Grading the Raiders
Carson Palmer (22 for 40, 312 yards) had his third straight game of 300 yards or more, but 113 of those were tacked on with the Raiders already trailing 35-10. Two interceptions were costly -- one that Malcolm Jenkins returned 55 yards for a touchdown, the other that bounced off Brandon Myers in the end zone for a Saints interception. Palmer and Denarius Moore were barely in the same area code. Grade: D
Marcel Reece gave the Raiders steady yards on the ground, finishing with 103 yards on 19 carries as the Raiders rushed for 120 yards overall and a respectable 4.6 yards per carry. The Raiders
got no surge on a first-and-goal play at the 1, with Reece getting stuffed for a loss, starting a sequence that ended in an interception. Grade: B
read more: Oakland Raiders: Grading the Week 11 loss to the New Orleans Saints - San Jose Mercury News
"They were in a lot of games (last season), they just didn't finish...This offseason, they went and brought in guys that know how to finish games. You bring that in here along with the attitude that a lot of these players have and you go to the next level."
~ Lamar Woodley on the Oakland Raiders May 2014
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