Oakland Raiders’ comeback runs out in finale

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The Oakland Raiders tried to execute a comeback in their season finale, but they could not pull it off. The consolation prize for the loss to the San Diego Chargers is the third pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. However, how did the team grade out in its last game of the season.

Quarterbacks- Considering it was his first start, Terrelle Pryor played pretty well. While he had an interception, he threw two touchdowns and ran for a third to become the gamechanger we thought he could be. A-

Running Backs- The running game really stalled again Sunday with Darren McFadden struggling. His 57 yards on 19 carries was not exactly what the Raiders needed from their star back.  C

Wide Receivers- Pryor was not very efficient through the air, but the wide receivers did a good job catching what came towards them. Rod Streater had another nice game and both Darrius Heyward-Bey and Denarius Moore caught touchdowns.  B

Offensive Line- The running game was inefficient and Pryor was constantly on the move. Although there isn’t an issue with Pryor making plays with his feet, the run blocking must be better. D

Defensive Line- The defensive line had two sacks and kept the Chargers to less than 2.5 yards per carry. Lamarr Houston came to play with 13 tackles including 1.5 sacks. A-

Linebackers- It was yet another great week for the Raiders’ linebackers. Miles Burris and Omar Gaither both played exceptional and helped limit the Chargers’ rushing attack. B

Secondary- San Diego did not pass the ball much, but Philip Rivers completed 13-of-17 passing attempts. He averaged nearly nine yards per attempt and threw two touchdowns.  C

Special Teams-Sebastian Janikowski made all three extra points and Shane Lechler punts were average. However, giving up a touchdown on the opening kickoff wasn’t an ideal start. B-


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