1. Denarius Moore – Moore had over 100 yards receiving and a touchdown on Sunday vs. the Falcons. The second-year star is a playmaker, folks, and will be one of the Raiders’ key players for the foreseeable future. He’s the kind of receiver around which you build a corps.
2. Michael Huff – What a difference a bye week makes. Huff looked – dare I say? – comfortable at corner on Sunday. He defended well and made a key interception in the second quarter. If Huff can keep up that kind of play next week, it will be a big boost for Oakland.
3. Miles Burris – Burris took Rolando McClain’s (see below…) spot in the Nickel defense, leaving McClain as the extra defender. He played well, and head coach Dennis Allen had nothing but great things to say about the rookie.
1. Carson Palmer – I hated to put Palmer on this list, because the rest of his game was so good. But the one play that defined Palmer’s day was an ill-advised pass that was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. The Raiders just aren’t consistently good enough to win without Palmer making mistake-free football.
2. Willie Smith – Smith, the offensive lineman who is a starter because of Khalif Barnes’ injury, not only ruined several key plays due to penalties, he was also no match for the Falcons’ defense. They harassed him all day unmercifully.
3. Rolando McClain – I’m only putting McClain on this list because the first round pick that is supposed to lead the Raiders’ offense has been supplanted on a package by a fourth round rookie. McClain isn’t supposed to be playing like an average defender. He’s a top pick, and needs to start acting like it before it’s too late.