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NFL Week 12 PFF ReFocused: Atlanta Falcons 43, Las Vegas Raiders 6

Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Jacob Tuioti-Mariner (rear left) strips the ball away from Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders’ offense averaged just 4.2 yards per play and turned the ball over five times en route to a 43-6 blowout loss on the road against the now 3-7 Atlanta Falcons.

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Carr completed just 22-of-34 passes for 215 yards and one interception in addition to his three lost fumbles. Raiders star back Josh Jacobs recorded 44 yards from 10 touches and lost a fumble himself.

Raiders offensive linemen Brandon Parker, Denzelle Good and Gabe Jackson were the driving forces behind the team’s offensive struggles. All three linemen gave up multiple pressures in the game and should finish PFF’s grading process with sub-60.0 overall grades.

That’s not to say the Falcons’ offense played all that better. Matt Ryan & Co. also averaged just 4.2 yards per offensive play but turned the ball over only once on a Ryan interception to Raiders safety Johnathan Abram.

With Todd Gurley II injured, running backs Brian Hill and Ito Smith split the work with 13 and 12 carries, respectively, and combined for 110 yards and a score (Smith) on the ground. Calvin Ridley was the team’s leading receiver with six receptions, 50 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, Falcons’ Deion Jones and multiple members along the team’s defensive line had stellar performances against Las Vegas. Jones returned a poorly placed Carr pass over the middle 67 yards for a pick-six.
Raiders rookie wideout Henry Ruggs III had an eye-popping sideline catch deep down the field for 36 yards early in the contest but failed to build on the momentum throughout the rest of the game. He finished with just three receptions for 56 yards. Fellow rookie wide receiver Bryan Edwards had one catch for 15 yards from two targets, as well.

Of the three Falcons rookies (Mykal Walker, Marlon Davidson, A.J. Terrell) with 20-plus snaps played against Vegas, it was Walker who had the best outing. He should finish PFF’s grading process with a grade above 85.0 and multiple pressures on the day. On first review, Terrell recorded a forced incompletion and allowed five receptions for 55 yards (including two first downs) from eight targets in coverage.

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