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Dec 29 2018, 2:53 am - By huangjian123

Raiders week 1 report card vs Rams Week one of the 2018 season saw the Raiders fall to the Rams 33-13 in Oakland on Monday night Authentic Marcus Gilchrist Jersey , although the final score represents a three score loss, it doesn’t tell the whole story.Early on the Raiders were firing on all cylinders. They scored on their opening drive and led 13-10 at halftime. Unfortunately for the Raiders things took a turn for the worse in the second half.The Rams coaching staff made halftime adjustments and the Raiders never countered.The Rams scored 23 unanswered points in the second half and that was it.There are positives to take from the first week.The defense held tough at times, getting several key third down stops.The Raiders were at least competitive for three quarters of the game against a very good Rams team. Let’s take a position by position look at the week one Raiders report card.Aerial attack: CAs Jon Gruden put it, “It was a tale of two halves” and this goes especially for Derek Carr.Carr’s final stat line included 29 of 40 passing (72.5%), 303 yards, 7.6 yards per completion, 3 interceptions and no touchdowns. One of those interceptions was a pick six to Marcus Peters to seal it.His completion percentage was efficient due in part to several check downs to Jalen Richard.Carr was on fire in the first half completing 20 of 24 passes for 199 yards.He did make one crucial error however.Inside the red zone, Carr under threw a ball to Jared Cook that was intercepted.The worst play of the game for Carr came mid-way through the fourth quarter.Trailing 23-13, on his own 25 yard line Carr threw an inexplicable interception.After the game Carr described the play as, “one of the dumbest plays you could ever have.”There is no excuse for Jordy Nelson, Amari Cooper Womens Mike Nugent Jersey , and Seth Roberts to only catch a combined four balls for 43 yards.How is that even possible?Was it a combination of them being blanketed by good coverage or was Carr not giving them an opportunity?For what it’s worth Cooper did have a 16-yard reception negated by a penalty.“It’s not an indication of Amari or anything like that. If the coverage looks a certain way during a certain play, we have different options,” Derek Carr said postgame. “That’s why Jared and the running backs came up big in the pass game for us.”Tight end Jared Cook was easily the best thing the Raiders had going for them. He accounted for 180 of the Raiders 300 receiving yards on the night.He was targeted by Carr early and often.Ground game: B-For the most part, the running game was a non-factor.Lead back Marshawn Lynch carried the ball only 11 times for 44 yards. Helping the overall grade was his 10-yard touchdown run to finish off the first drive in which he literally dragged defenders into the end-zone.Jalen Richard chipped in with five carries for 24 yards, followed by Doug Martin’s four touches for 20 yards.The trio combined for 88 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries.The Rams stout defensive line made creating running lanes an issue all night, though Jalen Richard was useful in the passing game. Derek Carr targeted him 11 times. If Jon Gruden’s plan is to bring back the smash mouth run game of 1998, the Raiders run game will need to be more productive.Offensive line: B+All things considered the offensive line held up well.There are several things to consider when evaluating the offensive line play.A rookie made his first career start at left tackle and Donald Penn made the start at right tackle after only a couple of weeks of practice at his new position.The interior line was facing the Rams combo on Aaron Donald and Ndamkong Suh. And they gave up just one combined sack.Defensive line: C-The much anticipated debut of rookies Arden Key, PJ Hall, and Maurice Hurst was rather uneventful.Outside of each of them registering three tackles, it was a quiet night for the threesome.The defensive line applied zero pressure on Jared Goff, with the exception of one Bruce Irvin strip sack.At one point in the game Jared Goff was spotted doing his taxes while in the pocket.In addition to the lack of pass rush the Rams ground game racked up 140 yards on 26 carries.The defensive line was supposedly going to be a strength of the defense.Things need to get turned around quickly.Linebackers: BNo news is good news.In my opinion the linebackers didn’t do anything spectacular but also they were not a liability. Tahir Whitehead showed some flashes Authentic Jared Cook Jersey , finishing the game with 7 tackles (1 tackle for loss) and a pass deflection on a crucial third down. Secondary: B+In the offseason the secondary was completely re-worked.Last nights starters included only one starter from 2017, Reggie Nelson.The Rams converted only 36% (4/11) of their third down attempts.The majority of the seven plays that were not converted were a result of someone in the secondary making a play.Here is one from the first quarter with Rashaan Melvin.Marcus Gilchrist started the game along side Reggie Nelson at the safety position.Gareon Conley made a nice play on third down, breaking up a potential touchdown.Leon Hall played a great game for the Silver and Black.His pass deflection on third down was a crucial point in the game.It kept the Raiders hopes of a comeback alive.Special Teams: A-The teams units were solid on the night.Kicker, Mike Nugent converted both of his field goal opportunities as well as one extra point try.Nugent connected on kicks of 24 and 48 yards.Rookie punter, Johnny Townsend punted four times for a total of 178 yards.That’s a 44.5 yard average, with a long punt of 55 yards.One of his punts came from the back of his own end zone.Kick and punt coverage teams performed well, limiting Pharoh Cooper to 12 yards on two punt returns.One thing to keep an eye on is the status of long snapper Andrew DePaola who left the game in the first quarter with a knee injury.Blocking tight end, Lee Smith filled in as the emergency long snapper. Overall grade: C+Raiders want Derek Carr to be more aggressive and get the ball to Amari Cooper but Carr ‘not going to force’ passes I have never really bought this whole ‘Gunslinger’ mentality Derek Carr was supposed to have. The Raiders’ 5th year quarterback emulated Brett Favre growing up and even picked the number 4 because of it. Otherwise, there isn’t a lot to the idea that he has similar tendencies to Favre.What we always knew about Favre is he took chances. More times than not, that approach paid off for him. He won a Super Bowl and is now in Canton. What we have known about Derek Carr is he doesn’t take a lot of chances. His three interception game in the opener was just the second time in his career he has thrown that many picks. And those weren’t a result of taking chances as much as there were just bad throws and poor decisions. There was little in the way of being aggressive. Carr was just tentative and the result was a pretty looking completions stat line for the first half, but no passing touchdowns and only 13 points to show for it. That’s not going to get it done.“Yeah , we are always going to be aggressive. I think that is a mindset we have offensively, and we never want [Derek Carr] to lose that,” said Offensive coordinator Greg Olson. “We say, ‘let’s be aggressive with the football. Let’s not be careless with the football.’ It’s always an aggressive mindset. Certainly, we could have done a better job in that game on Monday night. Moving forward and throughout his career we are always going to want him to be a guy that can push the ball down the field.”Carr hears this kind of stuff and interprets it as forcing the ball to his receivers or taking unnecessary chances. But there’s a big difference between that and being aggressive.“I’m not going to force the issue because when you do that, that’s where wasted plays happen,” said Carr. “If they end up covering you just throw it away. Just because you were reading that when you could have went somewhere else. Like that’s where I would get caught earlier on in my career where now I’m just trying to play the game.”Though Carr has never been too risky with the ball, he has at times in his career been aggressive. We just haven’t seen it in a while. His entire 2016 season showcased him being aggressive to great success. Suffering a broken fibula in week 16 was the end of that.Monday night against the Rams, the longest pass play went for 43 yards to Jared Cook. Most of that was yards after catch, with the ball traveling about 15 yards in the air on a slant in which Cook got a step on his defender.Where you saw the lack of aggression was in throwing to the receivers. They were blanketed a lot against the Rams, but Raiders coaches saw several times when his number one receiver Amari Cooper was open and Carr didn’t get the ball to him.“It’s important to get everyone on track. Amari had one catch. He had one called back. We went to him three or four other times. The ball didn’t go there ,” said Gruden, referring to Carr not throwing it to Cooper. “But you look at the film, we had him wide open deep. We didn’t go there. He was open a couple of times and for whatever reason we didn’t go that route. Yeah, we want to get him going. That’s easier said than done now.”When your number one receiver has just one catch for 9 yards on the day, that’s a problem. Even if your tight end is setting single game records such as Jared Cook did last week.The reliance on Cook came with neglecting potentially bigger plays. But the way Carr saw it was taking what was available instead of taking a chance on something bigger.“Well, there was one. I know exactly which one he was talking about now,” Carr said when asked about his head coach commented about missing Cooper when he was open. “I threw it to Jared and we ended up getting the first down. That’s the one I was talking about, where you sit there and are like we had a chance at that but there’s a match-up there where we ended up picking up the first down. . . I know exactly what play he is talking about because I saw the same one.”Carr speaks of this as if it were one play Gruden was referring to. But Gruden didn’t say there was one play. He said a play he called was to go to Cooper three or four other times and a couple times of those times he was open and yet Carr didn’t throw him the ball. Olson echoed that. It suggests Cooper was the primary read, he was open, and Carr checked down for something safer. That’s not the Carr of 2016. And that’s not what the Raiders want from him.Getting it won’t happen overnight. That 2016 season was his second under Bill Musgrave as offensive coordinator. Therefore Carr was comfortable in knowing all the ins and outs of the playbook and could make snap decisions under pressure. Gruden’s playbook is complicated. Carr looked like his comfortability with it was coming along well in the offseason. They would like to see that translate onto the field as quickly as possible.Follow @LeviDamien
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