Unlike Week 1, this week’s preseason match up against the Cardinals gave us our first opportunity to see some of the starters that sat against the Rams. Namely Derek Carr and rookie running back Josh Jacobs, neither of who disappointed in the opening drive of the game.
The Raiders started out with the ball first in this one, and Derek Carr led the team straight down the field for an impressive opening touchdown. The drive was capped off with a great pass and catch to new Raiders receiver Ryan Grant but that was just one of several good plays on the drive. There were also a couple of shifty runs from Josh Jacobs and a nice catch from Tyrell Williams (also his Raiders debut) which had a personal foul penalty tacked on for the hit he took.
The great start gave Oakland a 7-0 lead but they were far from done in their first half scoring. The defense quickly stopped the Cardinals star rookie QB Kyler Murray and then a short punt had the Raiders starting close to midfield. The first play of that next drive was an easy pass from QB Mike Glennon over the middle to RB DeAndre Washington who took it deep into Cardinals territory for a 35 yard play. They settled for a field goal shortly after that to make the score 10-0.
Again the Cardinals offense stalled, mostly thanks to their own penalties, and so it was another quick punt for Arizona. The Raiders quickly attacked the Cardinals defense again, this time with a home run 55 yard touchdown throw from Mike Glennon to Rico Gathers on the 2nd play of the drive. It was a beautiful pass right on the money to a wide open Gathers who burnt his man on the play to make the score 17-0 Oakland.
Oakland’s defense again came up with the quick stop of the Cardinals offense, and again their offense would not be denied. They had a quick strike with a 19 yard pass to Hunter Renfrow, but the rest of the way was a sustained drive where they dinked and dunked their way down the field for another score. This touchdown was from Mike Glennon to TE Derek Carrier from 2 yards out and it made the score 24-0 Raiders.
A penalty on Arizona on the kickoff return had them backed up at their own 10 yard line to start their next drive, and the Raiders defense was salivating at the chance to score their own points in this first half rout. They got the chance after Brandon Marshall was credited with a sack on first down when he stopped a potential run from Kyler Murray, and then the defense swarmed the rookie on 3rd down with LaMarcus Joyner getting the sack for a safety to add another 2 points for the Raiders making it 26-0.
It was finally time for the Cardinals to show some signs of life after that, though it was behind the arm of backup QB Brett Hundley. The Raiders didn’t do anything on offense after the safety and Arizona had good field position starting at their own 45. They took advantage of that with a 25 yard pass interference penalty against CB Nevin Lawson and then a 40 yard touchdown pass to WR Trent Sherfield. That made the score 26-7 Oakland.
Oakland’s offense made it to midfield before stalling out and punting the ball back to Arizona. The punt was nearly downed inside the 5 but bounced just barely into the end zone for a touchback. The Cardinals offense with Brett Hundley still under center continued their better play with a sustained drive (11 plays, 76 yards) over the final 2 minutes of the half that culminated in a chip shot field goal to make the score 26-10 at half time.
The 2nd half started out with the Cardinals on offense, they started out at their own 26. They put together a 10 play, 47 yard drive that they finished off with a 45 yard field goal to make the score 26-13. It could have been worse if not for a dropped 3rd down pass from Damiere Byrd that ended the threat from Arizona, but they did still manage to get the only 3 points scored in the 3rd quarter.
Both teams traded punts before the Raiders regained the momentum with Nathan Peterman leading the offense in the 2nd half. The Raiders laid down a perfect, clock killing drive with Peterman at the helm leading them to another touchdown. They took up over 8 minutes of clock in their 15 play, 80 yard drive that was capped off with a 3 yard touchdown run from Mack Brown to make the score 33-13 Oakland.
After that the two teams again traded punts before Arizona managed to put some more points on the board. They scored on a 59 yard touchdown pass to 2nd round rookie Andy Isabella. The pass was absolutely perfect, and Isabella couldn’t have played the ball better on the touchdown which made the score 33-20 Oakland. The play also never should have happened if not for a running into the punter penalty on Oakland earlier which extended the drive.
Arizona did get one more touchdown in the final seconds. Cardinals QB Drew Anderson was the star of the drive finishing the game off with a 22 yard scramble on 3rd down that led to one last play with 3 seconds left, and then scoring on said play by throwing a 12 yard touchdown to Caleb Wilson. They didn’t even kick the extra point at the end though because it only made the score 33-26 with zero time remaining.
That 33-26 ended up as the final score, Raiders win. Oakland is now 2-0 this preseason with their next game being an international one. They will be taking on the Green Bay Packers but it will take place up north in Winnipeg, Canada. Hopefully that can be another good game for the Raiders, eh.