Saturday night the Raiders open the 2017 preseason in Arizona against the Cardinals. It’s the first glimpse we get of this year’s Raiders coming off a 12-4 season, making their first trip to the playoffs in 14 years.
That journey fell short due in large part to Derek Carr being lost to a broken fibula in week 15. The defense was exposed even more than they had been after that, making it a priority to bring in some upgrades this season.
Most of the defensive help is to come from the draft. Top two picks Gareon Conley and Obi Melifonwu are injured. Third round pick Eddie Vanderdoes should start and could see some extended time in the game. As should fifth round linebacker Marquel Lee.
Then of course, there’s the slew of roster hopefuls who will be battling to try and earn a spot on the roster this season. Their journey hits a milestone tonight in Arizona.
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale AZ
Game time: Saturday, August 12, 7:00pm Pacific (10:00 pm ET)
TV channel: Raiders broadcast - Fox Bay Area and Las Vegas, My58 Sacramento, CW Honolulu and Los Angeles (tape delay). Cardinals broadcast - NBC Phoenix, My18 Tucson, CW Las Vegas (Do I get the game?)
Online streaming: NFL Game Pass Preseason live
Radio: 95.7 The Game, 98.5 KFOX (Greg Papa, Tom Flores) | Full listings
Announcers: Raiders broadcast - Beth Mowins, Matt Millen. Cardinals broadcast - Dave Pasch, Ron Wolfley
Enemy blog: Revenge of the Birds
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