Raiders report card: One other defensive collapse — this one within the final seconds

Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Nelson Agholor (15) reacts after a play against the Miami Dolphins during the first half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)
With Raiders victory at hand, blown protection and large penalty result in defensive failure towards Miami

Grading the Raiders’ 26-25 loss Saturday night time to the Miami Dolphins at Allegiant Stadium:


The Raiders had been lots explosive towards one of many NFL’s high defenses as Derek Carr, taking part in with a groin pressure, accomplished 21 of 34 passes for 336 yards together with an 85-yard scoring go to Nelson Agholor. Agholor caught 5 passes for 155 yards and likewise drew the 49-yard penalty on Byron Jones that seemingly put the Raiders in place to win the sport. Darren Waller added 5 catches for 112 yards. Consistency was an issue, as a Raiders group that’s been fairly good on third down was 0-for-10 towards the highest third-down protection within the NFL. The underside line is that they did sufficient by the air to win even with settling for 4 area objectives from the Dolphins 25 or higher.


Josh Jacobs, who wanted an in-game I.V.. due to an sickness, gained 69 yards on 13 carries and had some good runs. Jalen Richard had 19 yards on two tries, together with a 18-yard run on third-and-19 that helped arrange a area objective. Devontae Booker transformed the following fourth-and-1. It was the one time all night time the Raiders transformed a third- or fourth down with out assist from a penalty. That’s not the signal of a group that’s working the ball nicely. The Raiders completed with 24 carries for 104 yards and their 4.3 common is best than they’ve executed in current weeks. Nonetheless, the Raiders misplaced their energy working recreation after counting on it closely Weeks 8 by 10 and its been part of a downfall that noticed their document go from 6-3 to 7-8.

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Two performs create a failing grade. The largest, after all, was a 34-yard pop fly prayer that Ryan Fitzpatrick threw to Mack Hollins from the 25-yard line with 19 seconds to go, which additionally included a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty penalty on Arden Key. The penalty was a no-doubter, too. As for the protection, Damon Arnette allowed Hollins to run unimpeded to the left sideline and neither he nor Isaiah Johnson appeared to grasp their roles within the scheme. The second play was routine flare to Myles Gaskin that went for a 59-yard landing go from Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick was 9 of 13 for 182 yards and the landing in aid of Tua Tagovaiola. The Raiders really performed some strong protection at occasions however had been introduced down by the massive errors.


It’s not just like the Dolphins ran wild on the bottom, however they did acquire 130 yards on 25 carries and averaged 5.2 yards per try. Gaskin had a 24-yard run and Clayton Fejedelem ran 22 yards as a private protector on a pretend punt to assist up the yardage. Missed tackles within the second half had been expensive towards the run in addition to towards the go.


Hunter Renfrow’s 32-yard punt return helped arrange the Raiders first landing, a short-field drive that ended with Carr’s 1-yard dive over the pile for a 7-0 lead. The Raiders fell exhausting for the Dolphins pretend punt play, which got here from the 50-yard line after Miami had initially run its offense onto the sphere. The Raiders protection stiffened, however Miami transformed the play into one among 4 area objectives, this one from 39 yards. Daniel Carlson was 4-for-4 on field-goal makes an attempt, all from contained in the 40, however by some means missed an additional level which ended up being the deciding level though there have been different elements at work. A.J. Cole positioned one punt contained in the 20 and likewise had a touchback.


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