PASSING OFFNESE: B -- Quarterback Andrew Walter was lethal on third down, converting eight attempts -- often in long yardage -- for 137 yards. He had only one bad throw, an interception by Adrian Wilson inside the 10-yard line. The five sacks the Raiders allowed were deceiving. Walter had plenty of time to make the important throws, but there were way too many dropped passes. Randy Moss had four drops, including two on throws from backup QB Marques Tuiasosopo after Walter left with a hamstring strain.
RUSHING OFFENSE: B-minus -- The Raiders averaged only 3.7 yards per carry and gained 137 yards, but not bad considering the Cardinals were often putting eight men in the box and leading rusher LaMont Jordan couldn't play because of a back injury. Justin Fargas had career highs in carries (23) and yards (66) despite having a shoulder subluxation last week. Zack Crockett chipped in with 44 yards on eight carries. ReShard Lee got his first career touchdown on a 1-yard run.
PASS DEFENSE: A-minus -- The lone blemish was a 58-yard hookup from Matt Leinart to Brian Johnson. The Raiders first disrupted Leinart's timing, then pressured him relentlessly. DE Derrick Burgess wore out RT Oliver Ross, who was saddled with the responsibility of blocking him on-on-one. CB Tyrone Poole and DT Terdell Sands had interceptions. Anquan Boldin, the NFL's leading receiver coming in, had just four catches for 59 yards and was not a factor.
RUSH DEFENSE: A -- An easy A, given the Cardinals' difficulties running the ball, but an A nonetheless. The Raiders gave up 34 yards on 13 carries to Edgerrin James and 50 yards on 20 carries overall, an average of 2.5 yards per carry. Arizona had no gain longer than 9 yards. S Michael Huff and Sands dumped Marcel Shipp in the end zone for a safety when Arizona was simply trying to get a yard for a punt on third down.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B -- Chris Carr had a 35-yard punt return that set up the Raiders at the Arizona 36 and set up a 31-yard Sebastian Janikowski field goal for a 17-0 lead. Janikowski also connected from 35 yards. He has just one miss this season -- from 54 yards. P Shane Lechler has had better days. His 31.7 net was largely because of a punt he tried to angle out of bounds that instead went to the 20. The Cardinals did not return a punt. Janikowski had two touchbacks, and Arizona averaged 14.7 yards on kickoff returns.
COACHING: A -- The Raiders had to be mentally ready to take full advantage of an Arizona team coming off a difficult Monday night loss. Walter's passing got the Raiders ahead, and Oakland controlled the clock effectively with the lead. Offensive coordinator Tom Walsh's game plan included some nice screens and a swing pass to Lee, a changeup from previous games. The Raiders somehow held it together despite five turnovers and won convincingly, showing some of the stoicism of coach Art Shell. Rob Ryan's defensive plan -- rattle Leinart, take away Boldin, shut off the run -- was executed to near-perfection.
Cardinals Report Card:
PASSING OFFENSE: F -- Quarterback Matt Leinart wasn't sharp, completing just 13 of 32 passes and he was under pressure all day. He was sacked three times and had two interceptions.
RUSHING OFFENSE: F -- Another inept performance. Edgerrin James had just 34 yards on 13 carries. In the past two weeks, he's carried 49 times for 79 yards.
PASS DEFENSE: C -- The Raiders don't pass very well, but Andrew Walter had 263 yards against the Cardinals. Bertrand Berry did have two sacks, however.
RUSH DEFENSE: D -- The Raiders were productive, gaining 137 yards on 37 carries, despite having LaMont Jordan out with a back injury..
SPECIAL TEAMS: F -- The Cardinals gave up another long punt return and kicker Neil Rackers missed another field goal. The return teams are not producing.
COACHING: F -- This team was flat. It was hard to tell what the offensive game plan was, because things were so disjointed. The defense couldn't stop the Raiders on third-and-long in the first half.