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NFL Oakland Raiders

Oakland Raiders receive middling grades

Kyle Terada- US PRESSWIRE

The Oakland Raiders lost another heartbreaker on Sunday and the grades are out. As much as the Cleveland Browns played well, it was a bad day for numerous positions groups on the Raiders.

Quarterbacks- This was a good bounce back game for Carson Palmer, who threw for 351 yards and two touchdowns. He couldn’t have done a whole lot more except maybe complete some more passes. A-

Running Backs- It was an off day for the running back unit in terms of yardage. However, they did run for five yards per carry on very few carries.  B

Wide Receivers- There was at least one person who said Brandon Myers was going to have a great game and 14 catches for 130 yards counts in that category. The other receivers also had good games, something that is rare for the Oakland wideouts.  A-

Offensive Line- It was a good day for Oakland on the ground and Palmer didn’t get knocked to the turf too often. It wasn’t an amazing game for the line, but it wasn’t mediocre. B

Defensive Line- The defensive line still needs a lot of help and it showed Sunday. The Browns ran for more than 120 yards and 4.1 yards per carry on the Raiders, which means there’s still room for improvement. C-

Linebackers- It was another weird game for the linebackers, who didn’t get a lot of tackles. Most of the tackles came from the secondary which means the linebackers were not doing their job well. C

Secondary- It was a tough day for the Oakland defensive backs, who gave up more than 360 yards passing. Brandon Weeden looked like an elite quarterback although he did throw two interceptions. D

Special Teams- It was a solid day for Shane Lechler in the punt game and Sebastian Janikowski missed his second field goal of the season when his 61-yard attempt to end the first half failed to split the uprights. You can’t blame him though for having to attempt such a long field goal especially when the chances of missing are high. A-