Oakland Raiders fall flat in winnable game

By Josh Walfish
Jeremy Brevard- USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Raiders let another win slip through their fingers, which is unacceptable in the NFL. The Carolina Panthers didn’t dominate the Raiders, but they still got the win which all that matters. So how did Oakland grade out in Week 16?

Quarterbacks- The offense never looked the same after Carson Palmer left the game with cracked ribs and a bruised lung. Matt Leinart did not play well as the backup and he may be pressed for playing time next week by Terrelle PryorC

Running Backs- The Raiders only picked up 47 yards on the ground and Darren McFadden didn’t average two yards per carry. The only saving grace for this unit is their ability to catch the football out of the backfield D

Wide Receivers- Oakland’s receivers were absent for most of Sunday’s game. Nobody had more than three catches or more than 31 yards, not a formula for success.  C

Offensive Line- Leinart may have been kept clean, but the running backs had nowhere to roam. The line has to play better for the Raiders to have success in the future. C-

Defensive Line- For the second straight game, the defensive line came to play. They sacked Cam Newton twice and held Carolina to 112 yards on the ground as a team. B+

Linebackers- This unit played well again this week and helped the line in limiting Newton’s production. If you factor in the interception by Miles Burris, it was not a bad day for the linebackers. B+

Secondary- It wasn’t a great game from this unit, but it wasn’t horrendous either. The secondary limited the big plays in the passing game and held Newton to less than 200 yards. B

Special Teams-It was another wonderful day for the Oakland specialists. Sebastian Janikowski hit both of his chip shots and Shane Lechler hit four of his five punts inside the 20-yard line, an impressive feat. A

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