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Raiders vs Packers preseason week two recap: Raiders take big leap back at Lambeau

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There wasn't much of what the Raiders showed in their preseason opener when they headed to Green Bay.

With Aaron Rodgers sitting this one out, taking the field to start at quarterback was Brett Hundley. But it didn’t matter who was at QB, the Raiders were flat out ran over in the opening drive. Eddie Lacy gashed them for 45 yards and a touchdown on nine carries to lead out the contest.

The Raiders had to answer with their own ground attack and weren’t able to do it. Latavius Murray had just 7 yards on 3 carries. The highlight was a gorgeous pass around the defender and dropped into Amari Cooper up the right sideline. It came on 3rd and 11 and went for 20 yards to put the Raiders in scoring position. Three downs later, Sebastian Janikowski got the Raiders on the scoreboard with a 46-yard field goal.

The struggles would continue for the Raiders offense and the running ‘attack’ in particular. At the end of the first quarter, they had 32 total yards of offense and Latavius Murray had 8 yards on 4 carries (2.0 yards per carry) and were down 7-3.

Derek Carr was picked off in the second quarter on a high arching pass for Amari Cooper on a post route. Cooper didn’t get up and fight for the ball, but the pass was off target and put up for grabs.

With the third string quarterback in the game for the Packers, they were unable to take advantage.

Both teams tightened up on defense, but could do nothing on offense. Where it’s concerning is the Raiders kept their first team offense out there, including Derek Carr, for the entire first half and could do basically nothing.

They finished the first half with 73 total yards of offense – 38 passing and 35 rushing – and just 4 first downs. The Packers had 8 first downs with 5 of those coming on the opening drive. Yes, the Packers converted more first downs in their opening drive than the Raiders did the entire first half.

Matt McGloin came out with the rest of the second team to start the second half. Same result. The Raiders went three-and-out to start things off.

Just like the first drive of the game, the Packers took whatever they wanted to start the second half and drove for a touchdown. In the process they made Packers third string QB Joe Callahan look like Russell (freaking) Wilson. And of course, the touchdown came on the ground as John Crockett ran it right up the gut 10-yards to paydirt.

Another three-and-out by the Raiders, ending in a drop by Mychal Rivera, and the Packers were back in business. Once again they drove right down the field. This time their drive stopped at the 5-yard line and a field goal extended the lead to 17-3.

Connor Cook came in near the end of the third quarter. A connection with Johnny Holton up the right sideline got things going heading into the fourth quarter. Holton bobbled it but trapped the ball between his knees to keep possession. The drive stalled at the Packers’ 10-yard-line and a Giorgio Tavecchio 28-yard field goal made it 17-6.

Later in the fourth, Connor Cook went for KJ Brent up the right side, but Josh Hawkins stepped in front of it to pick it off. He returned it to the Raiders’ 30-yard-line with Vadal Alexander being called for a facemask to put them at the 15-yard-line. The defense held up, finished off by a sack by Shilique Calhoun to force the Packers to settle for a 44-yard field goal to go up 20-6 with just over six minutes remaining.

The Packers went backwards on their next series after Daren Bates got in the backfield to stop a run for a loss of seven. A three-and-out had them punting with their backs to their own endzone. Brynden Trawick came flying in from the right side to block the punt and Nate Allen recovered it in the end zone for the touchdown. Just to add to the wackiness, Girogio Tavecchio missed the extra point to make it 20-12.

And that was how it would end.

The Packers outgained the Raiders 257 to 187 in total yards with the biggest disparity coming on the ground -- 145 to 46. They also had 18 first down conversions to the Raiders' 7.

The Raiders were just 3 of 11 (26%) on third down.