Despite playing on the road in front of a hostile crowd, the Raiders were able to find a way to win...something that young teams need to go through to prepare them for the playoffs.
The offensive line had some problems this week. A few times they were isolated and exploited because of their inexperience with each other as a group. Lots of stunts and games were played by Houston that revealed that the Oakland line needs to shore up some communication issues regarding passing defenders off.
Every lineman has a sub-par performance this week. If we pick one lineman that scored the best then Khalif Barnes would be the guy. Barnes had an assignments score of 81% in run blocking and a +2 power score.
Let's take a look at the rest of those scores...
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|Team Run Blocking
||Power Blocking Score
||2nd Level Blocks
|Did the lineman get the job done or not? These grades are good for understanding value for a team and not necessarily for comparing across teams. A game in the mid 80s to 90% is a decent score.
||How often did the offensive lineman dominate the block or how often did he get dominated? These scores are good for comparing across teams and finding the most dominant lineman in the league.
||Anything over zero is a good score. The more over zero the more the lineman dominated the defender. Each lineman is scored a minus for being dominated, a zero for a draw, or a plus for dominating the defender.
||The number of success over failures for the lineman when blocking linebackers and safeties on the second level. The lineman must be athletic to accomplish a high second level score.
Run Blocking Grades
Run Blocking Notes:
- Stephen Wisniewski pulls across the formation, after the snap of the ball, and has a nice block. I haven't been impressed with Wisniewski yet this year. He isn't horrible... But I was impressed when he had to go to center in this game. I was very impressed. He really only did some run blocking but he got good movement from the center position on the defender. Something he doesn't do from guard...yet.
- Cooper Carlisle has a holding call at 1:29 in the second. I didn't see one...but I don't have a flag to throw, either. If you want to see AFC West rankings for left guards then go, here.
- The 3rd quarter, in general, consisted of some poor run blocking by all units: Line, backs, tight ends.
- One of the plays in which Wisniewski gets a nice push from the center position is at 1:20 in the 3rd quarter.
- Joseph Barksdale comes in when Samson Satele gets hurt. The first play he gets beat in pass protection from the left guard position. The next play Bruce Campbell is in at left guard for 3 passing plays. The Raiders then start thinking run...and Barksdale comes back in for some run blocking. AFC West right guard rankings are, here.
- Joseph Barksdale has nice power for the run game. He just needs a lot of practice in pass protection. A lot of practice.
- If you would like to see how the O-Line has performed in previous games then go, here.
|Team Pass Blocking
||Passing Power Blocking
|Did the lineman get the job done or not? These grades are good for understanding value for a team and not necessarily for comparing across teams. A game in the 90% is a good score for pass blocking.
||How often did the offensive lineman dominate the block or how often did he get dominated? Each lineman is scored a minus for being dominated, a zero for a draw, or a plus for dominating the block.||How often did the offensive lineman give up pressure on the quarterback? Every once and a while a lineman can do his job but give up pressure on the QB. This stat will help glean more info from the line grades.
||How often did the offensive coordinator provide help for a tough defender or a struggling lineman. Yea, two lineman ended up with the same grade...but how much help did either of them get?
Pass Blocking Grades
Pass Blocking Notes:
- At 13:35 in the 1st quarter, there is a lot of noise and Stephen Wisniewski and Samson Satele fail to communicate well enough to stop a defensive line loop stunt. Darren McFadden is there to step up and take on the missed assignment...but he misses the block also. Tough night.
- At 4:23 in the 1st quarter Khalif Barnes' defender ends up with the sack. However, it was Cooper Carlisle who was beat on the play and flushed Jason Campbell up and right...
- At 5:54 in the 2nd quarter, Jared Veldeer sinks to low and inside during a pass stunt and a defender loops around him, on the outside, and pressures the quarterback. I know what the entire line is going to work on this week. AFC West left tackle rankings are, here.
- The Raider lineman don't miss all the stunts. At :06 in the 2nd quarter, Stephen Wisniewski picks up a defender looping inside.
- Samson Satele has a good assignment grade in pass protection this week, 94%.
- Oakland has more problems with stunting and assignments at 12:33 in the 3rd, 9:33 in the 3rd, and 2:51 in the 4th quarter.
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