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PFF Grades: Raiders with NFL's best pass protecting offensive line

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This season Pro Football Focus has had a lot of good things to say about the Raiders' offensive line. While the run blocking hasn't been consistently great, the pass blocking has been among the best in the league. In fact, PFF rates them the very best in the NFL.

They listed the top five offensive lines by percentage of pressured dropbacks and the Raiders were right at the top

1. Raiders (17%)
2. Cowboys (18%)
3. Falcons (18%)
4. Saints (20%)
5. Browns (21%)

This is even considering the Derek Carr was pressured on 43 of 127 dropbacks (33%) and sacked four times on Sunday. Which I guess says more about how well they were protecting Carr over the first four weeks.

Here are some other notable grades and stats from Sunday's game:

Offense
  • Rodney Hudson earned his first significant positive overall game grade as a Raider (+1.9), largely built on his run blocking (+1.6).
  • Derek Carr completed just five of 13 attempts outside the numbers and beyond the line of scrimmage while going 12-of-14 to the middle of the field.
  • Amari Cooper's limited involvement consisted of targets on two screens, a slant and a short whip route (outside of the deep shot that drew the flag to set up the late FG). On the year 26 of his 41 targets have come within 6 yards of the line of scrimmage.
  • Oakland fielded six offensive linemen on 16 plays (Khalif Barnes added), after doing so only once in the previous four weeks.
Defense
  • Charles Woodson had two interceptions Sunday. His +2.1 coverage grade this week has pushed him into the top five in that department among the league's safeties (+4.4 coverage on the season).
  • Khalil Mack's four run stops this week was second among all edge defenders (43 DEs and 34 OLBs) and his nine on the season is tied for fourth.
  • Oakland has generated pressure on 29 of 72 pass plays when sending at least five rushers (40.3%); 34 of 128 (26.6%) when sending four.
  • Against passes aimed over the middle and less than 20 yards downfield, the defense has allowed: 56-of-72 (78%) to be completed for 637 yards, 5 TDs and 1 INT.
Special teams
  • Neiron Ball's four special teams tackles on the year have him tied for 11th in the league and only four players have more ST tackles without a miss.