Opening the game on offense, the Raiders' first drive was upended by pre-snap penalties. The first play was a pass from Derek Carr to Michael Crabtree went for a good gain on the left sideline. But after that, a false start and delay of game had the Raiders' offense spinning its wheels. A pass to Amari Cooper he couldn't control inbounds and the offense was done.
The defense didn't look too good either, allowing Carson Palmer to pick apart the secondary, before David Johnson picked up big yardage to put the Cardinals inside the 10-yard line. The Raiders defense was able to stop them there and they settled for a field goal for a 3-0 lead.
Johnny Holton made his first appearance, returning the ensuing kickoff 43 yards to give the Raiders good field position. A pass on the right sideline to Michael Crabtree put the Raiders in range where Sebastian Janikowski nailed a 53-yard field goal to tie it up 3-3.
Derek Carr would leave the game after two series, going 3/7 for 44 yards. Crabtree left with 2 catches for 38 yards which would make him the team's leading receiver.
The first team defense took the field again, this time without rookie Karl Joseph. A few plays later, Mario Edwards went down with a leg injury. He was helped off the field where he was carted into the locker room, offering some potentially bad news to an otherwise meaningless game.
When the Raiders offense got the ball back, it was Matt McGloin at quarterback and Seth Roberts and Andre Holmes as his receivers.
The offense didn't do much initially, but on the punt, Korey Toomer forced a fumble and Johnny Holton recovered at the Cardinals' 19-yard line. And in one play, Matt McGloin connected with a wide open Clive Walford for the touchdown.
Next it was the defense's turn to make a play. Nate Allen sat back in the deep zone and collected a bad overthrow from Drew Stanton and returned it to the 12-yard line. Once again, on his first pass, McGloin threw for the score, connecting with Andre Holmes who made a brilliant diving catch on the left edge of the end zone. And just like that, the Raiders were up 17-3.
And it was still the first quarter.
Both teams exchanged nice runs, the Cardinals Andre Ellington for 35 yards and the Raiders (DE)Andre WASHington for 25 yards. Ellington also had a 5-yard touchdown run. The other Andre (Holmes) caught a bubble screen and fumbled it away. The Cardinals would miss a 41-yard field goal wide left to keep the score at 17-10 at the half.
To start the second half, Matt Barkley was gouging the Raiders defensive reserves. He drove down field and looked to finish it off with a touchdown but it was called back by a hold. On the next play, Barkley went to the left side and Neiko Thorpe broke over, leapt in the air to pick it off.
Later in the third quarter, Connor Cook entered that game. His first drive was a rousing success. He dumped the ball off to DeAndre Washington who went for 32 yards, then handed it off to George Atkinson III who took his run out right and shot up the sideline 53 yards for the touchdown. The drive went 91 yards in 4 plays and the Raiders went up 24-10.
It was scrub time after that where the individual performances are the only ones that really matter as only a handful of them will be making the regular season roster.
But just for good measure, GA3 broke off another big touchdown run, going 35 yards to paydirt. That gave him 97 yards and two touchdowns on just five carries.
The Raiders win their first 2016 preseason game 31-10.