MAKING THE GRADE
Here is how the Raiders (2-4) graded in their 24-7 loss Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs (6-0):
Passing offense: Quarterback Terrelle Pryor started 7 of 11 for 100 yards and a 39-yard touchdown pass to Denarius Moore in the first half. The second half was another matter. Pryor was 11 of 23 for 116 yards and three interceptions, including a 44-yard interception return by Husain Abdullah for a touchdown. Pryor was sacked 10 times, hit 14 others behind a makeshift offensive line. Moore caught five passes for 82 yards including the touchdown.
Rushing offense: Pryor had 60 yards on six carries, with 27 yards coming on a scramble. Darren McFadden returned from a hamstring injury and managed just 3.3 yards per carry (16 carries, 52 yards). The Raiders desperately needed a solid running game to help slow the Chiefs pass rush and control the crowd noise and couldn't deliver.
Pass defense: Quarterback Alex Smith was 14 of 31 for 128 yards and was sacked three times. He admitted afterward to being confused by the Raiders many defensive looks and blitzes. There were three sacks, all in an excellent first half, by Sio Moore, Vaughn Walker and Nick Roach. The Raiders did not come away with any interceptions, however, and D.J. Hayden's pass interference penalty on Dwayne Bowe helped set up a Kansas City touchdown.
Rush defense: Jamaal Charles averaged only 3.5 yards per carry with a long gain of 11 yards, gaining 78 yards on 22 carries. He did score on two short touchdown runs. Alex Smith had 29 yards on four scrambles, including a 13-yard scramble for a first down. Generally a good job by the Raiders defense up front a the point of attack.
Special teams: Sebastian Janikowski was short on a 51-yard field goal attempt in the first half, which was the difference between leading 10-7 and being tied 7-7. Marquette King had a 45.3 net average and 51.3 gross. The Raiders had only one kickoff return for 18 yards but did get an extra 22 yards from D.J. Hayden on a well-conceived reverse on a punt return. Coverage teams continue to excel, particularly gunner Taiwan Jones.
Coaching: Raiders seemed to hit the right notes early and had the game within their grasp at halftime, which served as evidence they were well-prepared. However, in the second half, with the offensive line decimated, it's hard to fault play-calling since no plays were going to work -- run or pass. Raiders can say `next man up'' all they want, but they didn't have enough healthy men to win this game.
-- JERRY McDONALD