The Oakland Raiders beat the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, 27-21. The Raiders improve to 6-4 on the season, while the Vikings drop to 2-8.
In this weekly article, Pro Football Spotlight will bring you the blocking performances of the recent Broncos game, as well as some additional data. For example: Did you know that Kevin Boss ends the Viking game with a 94% assignment grade and a+0 power score in run blocking?
Let’s take a look at those blocking grades…
|Team Run Blocking||Power Blocking||Power Score||2nd Level Blocks|
|Did the lineman get the job done or not? These grades are good for understanding value for a team and not necessarily for comparing across teams. A game in the mid 80s to 90% is a decent score.||How often did the offensive lineman dominate the block or how often did he get dominated? These scores are good for comparing across teams and finding the most dominant lineman in the league.||Anything over zero is a good score. The more over zero the more the lineman dominated the defender. Each lineman is scored a minus for being dominated, a zero for a draw, or a plus for dominating the defender.||The number of success over failures for the lineman when blocking linebackers and safeties on the second level. The lineman must be athletic to accomplish a high second level score.|
- Run Blocking
Run Grade Bar Power Pull 2nd Grade Score Block Level Myers 80% 0 0 0 Boss 94% 0 0 0 Reece 73% 0 0 -1
Run Blocking Notes:
- Kevin Boss has a very consistent day run blocking. He ends the day with a 94% assignment grade. At 3:35 in the 1st quarter, Boss has a nice down block to spring an outside run for a 1st down.
- Marcel Reece has a nice lead block to the left side of the formation, as Brandon Myers does a nice job at staying with his block at 11:13 in the 2nd.
- Second level blocks are hard. You not only have to be athletic enough to block in space, you also have to be energetic and stay with the block after engagement. At 4:08 in the 2nd quarter, Marcel Reece lead blocks and gets to the 2nd level. He makes nice contact but allows the defender to get off his block after contact and the defender makes the play.
- I like Kevin Boss’ effort on the backside at 2:33 in the 2nd quarter. Kevin is starting to block better than he did at the beginning of the year.
- Marcel Reece has a tough time blocking Chad Greenway the entire game. Greenway was scraping, getting off blocks, and making tackles all day.
|Team Pass Blocking||Passing Power||Pressures||Combo Help|
|Did the lineman get the job done or not? These grades are good for understanding value for a team and not necessarily for comparing across teams. A game in the 90% is a good score for pass blocking.||How often did the offensive lineman dominate the block or how often did he get dominated? Each lineman is scored a minus for being dominated, a zero for a draw, or a plus for dominating the block.||How often did the offensive lineman give up pressure on the quarterback? Every once and a while a lineman can do his job but give up pressure on the QB. This stat will help glean more info from the line grades.||How often did the offensive coordinator provide help for a tough defender or a struggling lineman. Yea, two lineman ended up with the same grade…but how much help did either of them get?|
- Pass Blocking
Pass Grade Bar Power Pressures Sacks Combo Grade Score Allowed Allowed Help Myers 50% 0 0 0 2 Boss 98% 0 0 0 0 Bush 83% 0 1 0 2 Reece 98% 0 0 0 4
Pass Blocking Notes:
- At 6:04 in the 3rd quarter, Michael Bush does a nice job at picking up the blitz.
- Brandon Myers has only a couple of reps in pass protection. He ends the game at 50%.
- The Raiders have changed their pass protection philosophy since picking up Palmer, significantly. In the first quarter of the season, the Raiders were keeping in a max protection. Now, Oakland may keep in 1 tight end or 1 running back to help. Offensive line week #9 Rankings: