September 20, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper (89, left) is fouled by Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith (22, center) for a defensive holding penalty as Ravens free safety Kendrick Lewis (23) assists during the third quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Ravens 37-33. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Lowest rated defensive players
Kendrick Lewis (-3.5), Courtney Upshaw (-3.3), Kyle Arrington (-2.5), Timmy Jernigan (-2.0), Jimmy Smith (-1.5)
It was a rough, rough day for the secondary. Lewis actually had a good day in coverage, giving up only 2 passes on 5 targets, but was downright bad in run support.
Upshaw, meanwhile, continued to disappoint after being hyped up this offseason. He was equally bad as a pass rusher and against the run.
Arrington was torched in coverage, giving up 6 receptions on 6 targets for 56 yards and a touchdown. Derek Carr had a stellar passer rating of 145.1 when throwing towards the veteran slot corner.
Timmy Jernigan returned from injury, but is clearly not 100%.
The biggest surprise of the day was most certainly Jimmy Smith. Outside of being schooled by wide receiver Amari Cooper on a 17 yard touchdown run when he gave up trying to catch the speedy rookie, Smith gave up a total of 89 yards on 4 receptions.
Overall, it was a forgettable day for the Ravens’ D. Let’s hope it was also the exception to the rule moving forward.
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