Raiders week three report card vs Dolphins

If you were to
look at the week three boxscore you would think the Raiders completely dominated
the Dolphins.They racked up 434 total yards of offense Cheap
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 , picked up 25 first downs, possessed the ball
for just over 38 minutes, and ran 74 plays on offense to the Dolphins
39.Unfortunately, for the Raiders the scoreboard told the only story that
matters.Once again the Raiders had a complete fourth quarter meltdown after a
strong first half.The Raiders were outscored 14-3 in the fourth.On the season
they have been outscored by opponents 37-3.The Raiders are now 0-3.They will
head back home to host the Cleveland Browns in week four. Let’s take a look at
the Raiders report card for week three.Aerial Attack: C+A week after setting an
NFL record for completion percentage, Derek Carr once again finds himself
squarely in the cross hairs of an unhappy fan base.For the most part, Carr
played very well.He completed 27 of 39 passes for 345 yards and one
touchdown.Trailing 21-17, late in the fourth quarter, on the Dolphins 13 yard
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 , Carr threw his second interception of the game
ending any hopes the Raiders had for a win.I took major points off the grade for
the crucial turnover.After two weeks of little to no production, Derek Carr and
Jordy Nelson were able to get on the same page.Nelson had himself a huge game
catching six passes for 173 yards and a touchdown.Outside of Nelson’s 173 yards,
the rest of the Raiders receivers and backs were able to manage only 21
receptions for 172 yards.Amari Cooper was shut down with two catches for 17
yards.Ground Game: B-The Raiders have yet to establish a consistent run game in
any of their first three games.Part of the blame goes on the offensive line not
getting enough push. You certainly can’t fault Marshawn Lynch, he is running as
angry as ever but with little production.Yards were hard to come by for Lynch,
gaining only 64 yards on 19 carries. Doug Martin did well with his limited
touches, gaining 43 yards with a 4.8 yards per carry average.Keith Smith was
stuffed for no gain on his lone carry of the game.On fourth and one, on the
Dolphins one yard line, Jon Gruden foolishly called a fullback dive to Smith
that was met for no gain.Offensive line: C+With the amount of money invested in
the offensive line there is no excuse for the lack of production in the run
game.109 yards on 32 carries is not going to cut it.The offenses is relying too
much on the arm of Derek Carr and the offensive line needs to step up and allow
the run game to be the focal point.A great example of the lack of push the line
gets was on the fourth and goal in the first quarter when fullback Keith Smith
was stuffed at the one yard line.Kolton Miller had a crushing false start
penalty in the second the second quarter.With the ball on the Dolphins two yard
line ,
the penalty prevented the Raiders from scoring a touchdown and instead had to
settle for a field goal.Derek Carr also took some big hits throughout the game,
getting sacked three times.Donald Penn was lost for the game with a concussion
in the first quarter.Defensive line: B-I think it’s fair to say that a B- for a
group that generated zero pass rush is being very generous, even if they held
the Dolphins run game to 41 yards. The lack of pass rush continues to be a major
area of concern for the Raiders.They may need to look to add a free agent sooner
rather than later to address the weakness.Clinton McDonald collected the groups
only sack. Linebackers: C-Ryan Tannehill attacked the linebackers and the middle
of the field in the passing game.Tannehill was able to dink and dunk the ball
down the field with little resistance.The big play in the game was on a Dolphins
trick play.A reverse pass that ended in a 52-yard Jakeem Grant touchdown.Tahir
Whitehead fell for the reverse which allowed Grant to run down the sideline
uncovered. Secondary: CThe script continues to be the same for the
secondary.Early in the game they show flashes of play making ability, but late
in the game when stops are needy they can’t get it done.Marcus Gilchrist missed
a tackle on Jakeem Grant’s 52-yard touchdown reception which could have kept the
Dolphins from scoring a touchdown.The Raiders allowed 332 yards passing and
three touchdowns on 18 completions.Special Teams: DIt was a rough day at the
office for the special teams.Lousy punts, penalties, and lack of production in
the return game will earn you a D.There were two plays that stand out to me as
being particularly bad.The first one, a punt return that Dwayne Harris did not
field, but teammate Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie thought would be wise to pick up
the ball inside his own 10.To make matters worse ,
Harris was called for an illegal block after a terrible return.The second was a
Johnny Townsend punt.Punting from his own 45-yard line, Townsend badly needed to
pin the Dolphins back deep.He was unable to do so and the result was a 25-yard
punt.The Dolphins began their drive on the 30-yard line.Overall Grade: CJohnny
Holton return to Raiders includes position change Twelve days ago wide receiver
Johnny Holton had survived the initial roster cuts to make the Raiders 53-man
roster. His spot on that roster lasted two days before he was let go in favor of
street free agent receiver Brandon LaFell.Nine days later (yesterday) Holton was
back. He was re-signed to the team’s practice squad. But this time with a
strange designation — he’s listed as a defensive back. Offensive Coordinator
Greg Olson explained.“Just a valuable football player. He was very valuable on
special teams, but we wanted to find a spot for him on the roster, so we put him
there (at cornerback),” said Olson. “We’ve got kind of a logjam at wide
receiver, we got a full room there, and we had a roster spot available. We’re
looking for help in all areas, but certainly special teams is a big area we put
a big [premium] on. He’s helped us there in the past and we just wanted to get
him back on the roster.”Unless Olson is tipping the Raiders’ hand on moves that
haven’t been made yet Gabe
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 , what he means when he says “roster” is practice
squad.They apparently liked rookie receivers Marcell Ateman and Saeed Blacknall
too much to let one of them go from the practice squad, so instead, they let go
of safety Terrell Sinkfield. Though there’s no rule about which positions the
players on the practice squad can be.Holton’s value to this team has been mostly
on special teams as a gunner. If he gets called up from the practice squad, that
would be why. In that case, it doesn’t really matter what position you designate
him on offense or defense.Follow @LeviDamien
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