Report Card v. Raiders

Check out Denver's grades in the loss to the Oakland Raiders.


PASSING OFFENSE: C -- Tim Tebow didn't take off running with each hint of pressure, but he demonstrated both his mobility and his willingness to stick in the pocket. Tebow only threw 16 passes, completing eight, as the team watered down the game plan to account not only for the rookie but the anticipated (and received) poor weather. He stuck a few nice throws into tight spaces, which was encouraging. But more evidence is needed to determine whether Tebow has the goods carrying the offense with his arm.

RUSHING OFFENSE: D-plus -- Take out Tebow's scrambles --including a 40-yard TD on a play call that was supposed to be a draw to the running back but instead was mistakenly run as a keeper -- and Denver's running game was pitiful. Knowshon Moreno had four carries for 5 yards before hurting his side. In total, the three running backs toting the ball combined for 25 carries for 28 yards, as the Broncos were dominated at the line of scrimmage.

PASS DEFENSE: B -- Unlike the first game against Denver, Jason Campbell didn't augment a potent running game with his own career day. Denver intercepted him twice, and his TD pass was more a catch-and-run by fullback Marcel Reece through a sea of missed tackles than some bullet toss downfield. Helping Campbell's cause was the fact Denver failed to sack him, the fourth time the team has failed to fill that stat column through 14 games.

RUSH DEFENSE: D -- Oakland rushed for 328 yards in the first game in the series, and with sloppy weather Sunday, there was no doubt what was coming. The Broncos responded by allowing 201 more ground yards in the first half alone. The Broncos buckled up in the second half, but watching Denver allow running backs gain the outside and run free in space is weekly deja vu.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B -- Fill-in kicker Steven Hauschka nailed all three field-goal attempts, and Britton Colquitt did a decent job with a 34.3-yard net under less than ideal conditions. The return games weren't much of a factor for either team, other than a 22-yard punt return by Oakland's Nick Miller.

COACHING: B-minus -- Interim coach Eric Studesville, offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and quarterbacks coach Ben McDaniels have to receive some credit for getting Tebow ready in a hurry. There were no major flubs by the rookie, who admitted during the week he'd taken only about 5 percent of the first-team reps until the lead-up to Oakland. But the defense continues to be a shambles. It's playing hard but not well, and the point totals allowed since the bye now stand at 29, 35, 36, 10, 43 and 39. No rookie-led offense can live up to that kind of pressure to score.

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