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Raiders report card: Beating Colts on the road reflected in grades


INDIANAPOLIS — How the Raiders graded Sunday in a 31-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium:

PASS OFFENSE: B

Derek Carr started 11 of 13 and finished 21 of 31 for 189 yards, so the Raiders got a great start and then slowed for a time. Carr went through a 1-for-8 spell after the quick start but threw no interceptions and made some big-time throws. First among them was an 18-yard touchdown strike to rookie tight end Foster Moreau as a secondary receiver. He later found Tyrell Williams for a 19-yard score. The pass blocking was very good despite a bit of musical chairs on the offensive line due to injury. Carr and Williams missed on a would-be touchdown at the end of an 86-yard drive, settling for the field goal. Carr could have thrown it better. Williams could have caught it. In all, a winning performance on the road. And a much-needed one.

Raiders tight end Darren Waller caught seven passes for 53 yards — including four in the first quarter — against the Colts Sunday. AP Photo

RUN OFFENSE: B-plus

Through big plays and small but effective ones, the Raiders rushed for 188 yards on 32 carries against Indianapolis. Trevor Davis raced 60 yards for a score in the first quarter on an perfectly executed fly sweep, getting downfield blocking from not only Waller but 6-foot-8, 325-pound left tackle Kolton Miller. But as was the case in Week 1 against Denver, Josh Jacobs, the first-round pick from Alabama, helped close the show with key first downs to help keep the Raiders defense off the field. Jacobs had 79 yards on 17 carries and those numbers don’t nearly do justice to his importance. DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard combined for 10 carries and 35 yards in spot duty. Keeping Jacobs fresh will be important as the year goes on.

Trevor Davis rushed for 75 yards on two carries — including a 60-yard touchdown run on a fly sweep in the first quarter against the Colts. Getty Images

PASS DEFENSE: B

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The Raiders bent some, as Jacoby Brissett completed 24 of 46 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns. Receivers were free to often, but the Raiders were fortunate that the Colts — tight end Eric Ebron in particular — had some drops. Ebron also caught a late 48-yard touchdown pass. The pass rush was also pretty much non-existent as Brissett wasn’t sacked and hit only three times. But Erik Harris got the Raiders their first defensive touchdown and first interception on the same play, racing 30 yards with a Brissett pass to give the Raiders a 31-17 lead. LaMarcus Joyner, beaten on occasion, was also stout on others and had a strong game. Considering the lack of a pass rush, even with Brissett’s missed passes and drops by receivers, the Raiders not only held up well in the secondary but contributed to a road win.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

      

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