Grading the raiders

Pass offense

Carson Palmer would likely give himself an "F" simply because of the throw that resulted in a 79-yard pick-six for Atlanta's Asante Samuel. Sorry, 23 for 33, 353 yards and taking his team 80 yards in two minutes to tie the game counts for something. Denarius Moore had five receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown. Grade: B-

Run offense

Darren McFadden had to work for it, gaining 70 yards on 27 carries, but the Raiders lost some key yards on holding penalties. Regardless, getting 149 yards on 32 attempts -- even if 43 came from Mike Goodson on a single run and 20 on a reverse from Darrius Heyward-Bey -- is an upgrade. Grade: C+

Pass defense

Three interceptions of Matt Ryan (Joselio Hanson, Michael Huff, Tyvon Branch) and some nicely exerted pressure made a world of difference to the team's most maligned area. Atlanta was only 2 for 9 on third-down conversions. Rushed three on Atlanta's final drive, and strategy was OK for the first three completions under 10 yards. Grade: B

Run defense

The Falcons gained just 45 yards on 15 carries, and 15 of those came on one Ryan scramble. Running back Michael Turner found no running room, with 33 yards on 11 carries. The Raiders stuffed the Falcons at the goal line in the fourth quarter. Grade: A

Special teams


Advertisement

Three penalties -- offensive holding on Coye Francies and Travis Goethel and an unnecessary roughness penalty on Brandian Ross -- hurt field position. Punter Shane Lechler had a 48.2 gross average but only a 36.2 net, twice kicking the ball into the end zone. Sebastian Janikowski was good from 52 and 22 yards. Grade: C

Coaching

The Raiders made good use of their bye week. Strategy to rush three on final drive ended up being costly, but most every other coach would play it the same way against Ryan. A 55-yard field goal is hardly a lock. Hard to have issues with play-calling with 10 plays of 18 or more yards. Grade: B+

-- JERRY MCDONALD