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The Setup
2nd preseason game. Since starters were held out of the HOF game with Dallas, this would be the first game where Cardinal fans could get a feel for how polished the #1 units looked which players were favored to start and which backups seemed to hold inside and long-shot positions to stick on the Final 53. Of course, winning would be nice too.

Key roster battles to keep an eye on:

QB (How sharp did Palmer, Stanton and Gabbert look)? RB - (The fightbehind David Johnson for roster spots). WR (Several backups fighting for one/possibily 2 spots behind Fitz, the Browns and Nelson). TE (Probably Momah vs. Valles). OL (How well did they execute as a unit in both pass pro and the run game. Possible battle between Toner and Boehm or for a backup spot at LT).

DL (Who'll replace the departed Calais Campbell. Is Nkemdiche really looking that good)? LB (Will Reddick satisfactorily back up Bucannon? Is Budda Baker really that good)? ST (Do the kicking and punting games look more stable)?

The Lede
"Cards Hang On to Beat Raiders 20 - 10)"


The Bottom Line:
As we did in the HOF game, the Cards started quickly with its top 2 units - led by Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton - looking sharp during the first and second quarters and 3rd and other backup units - under Blaine Gabbert - suffering an attack of the "mehs" and hanging on to coast to a final 20 - 10 victory

Answering some of the questions we had going into last night's contest:

Palmer and Stanton generally looked mid-season sharp; the only exceptions being missed TD passes to wide open receivers. Gabbert still has a way to go "feeling" the enemy pass rush and adjusting to it. David Johnson "was who we thought he was", but (although each flashed on one or two plays) neither Ellington nor K Williams looked consistently productive. But we were impressed by the physicality of Elijah Penny (who looked dependable between the tackles). At WR: John Brown didn't play. Nelson looked good. Jaron Brown had an up and down game. If a roster-decision had to be made right now, Brittan Golden would own the #6 WR spot/ Most of the other backup WRs were victims either of missed passes or dropsy, but the two who stood out the most were Jeremy Ross and and Marquis Bundy. The OL by and large looked fairly good. Humphries didn't play. Backups generally didn't embarrass themselves.

Defensively, "The "Deech" lived up to his advance clippings as did S Budda Baker. Reddick got turned around defending an inside misdirection cutback play. Cards - up and down the depth chart - were shaky in the short game, defending against screens, short passes, sweeps and misdirection plays. Among the longshots to earn a roster spot - Bynes jumped out at us roughly a half-dozen times.

Watching Phil Dawson line up to kick FGs or XPs is like "eating comfort food."

To Add Context - If you just read the nit-picky text of this article, you might get the false impression that the Cardinals were desperately mediocre. That really wasn't the case. Matched up helmet-to-helmut, the Cards - from to to bottom - looked physically tougher, athletically more gifted and somewhat sharper than the Raiders.

Game Recap
Cards started fast and opened upa 17 - 3 halftime lead - then hung on to prevail 20 - 10.

Game Log
Source: NFL.com Website

1st Quarter
  • Arizona Cardinals at 15:00

    11-S.Janikowski kicks 70 yards from OAK 35 to ARI -5. 33-K.Williams to ARI 30 for 35 yards (26-S.Luani).

    1-10-ARI 30 (14:53) 31-Da.Johnson left tackle to ARI 32 for 2 yards (97-M.Edwards).
    2-8-ARI 32(14:17) 3-C.Palmer pass incomplete short left to 14-J.Nelson. PENALTY on OAK-21-S.Smith, Defensive Pass Interference, 8 yards, enforced at ARI 32 - No Play.
    1-10-ARI 40 (14:12) 31-Da.Johnson right tackle pushed ob at 50 for 10 yards (57-C.James).
    1-10- (13:35) 31-Da.Johnson up the middle to OAK 46 for 4 yards (57-C.James).
    2-6-OAK 46(12:54) 3-C.Palmer pass incomplete deep middle to 13-Ja.Brown.
    3-6-OAK 46(12:47) (Shotgun) 3-C.Palmer pass short left to 14-J.Nelson pushed ob at OAK 34 for 12 yards (38-T.Carrie).
    1-10-OAK 34 (12:12) 23-C.Johnson right end to OAK 28 for 6 yards (57-C.James).
    2-4-OAK 28 (11:37) 23-C.Johnson right tackle to OAK 30 for -2 yards (78-J.Ellis).
    3-6-OAK 30(10:55) (Shotgun) 3-C.Palmer pass short middle to 84-J.Gresham to OAK 21 for 9 yards (55-M.Lee).
    1-10-OAK 21(10:12) 3-C.Palmer pass incomplete short right to 13-Ja.Brown.
    2-10-OAK 21(10:08) 3-C.Palmer pass short middle to 10-B.Golden to OAK 15 for 6 yards (57-C.James).
    Timeout #1 by ARI at 09:26.
    3-4-OAK 15 (9:26) (Shotgun) 3-C.Palmer pass incomplete short left to 38-A.Ellington.
    4-4-OAK 1 (9:20) 4-P.Dawson 33 yard field goal is GOOD, NULLIFIED by Penalty, Center-46-A.Brewer, Holder-9-R.Leone. PENALTY on OAK, Illegal Formation, 5 yards, enforced at OAK 15 - No Play.
    1-10-OAK 10 (9:15) 23-C.Johnson right end to OAK 12 for -2 yards (42-K.Joseph).
    2-12-OAK 12 (8:38) 3-C.Palmer pass incomplete short middle to 84-J.Gresham.
    3-12-OAK 12 (8:31) (Shotgun) 3-C.Palmer pass short middle to 10-B.Golden for 12 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
    4-P.Dawson extra point is GOOD, Center-46-A.Brewer, Holder-9-R.Leone.

    OAK 0 ARI 7 Plays: 14 Possession: 6:36

    Oakland Raiders at 08:24

    6-M.Wile kicks 65 yards from ARI 35 to end zone, Touchback.

    1-10-OAK 25 (8:24) (Shotgun) 3-E.Manuel pass short right to 84-C.Patterson to OAK 30 for 5 yards (21-P.Peterson).
    2-5-OAK 30 (7:48) 33-D.Washington up the middle to OAK 39 for 9 yards (28-J.Bethel).
    1-10-OAK 39 (7:05) (Shotgun) 3-E.Manuel pass short left to 10-S.Roberts pushed ob at ARI 47 for 14 yards (28-J.Bethel).
    1-10-ARI 47 (6:31) 33-D.Washington up the middle to ARI 45 for 2 yards (43-H.Reddick; 98-C.Peters). PENALTY on ARI-97-J.Mauro, Illegal Use of Hands, 5 yards, enforced at ARI 45.
    1-10-ARI 40 (6:02) (Shotgun) 3-E.Manuel pass short right to 86-L.Smith to ARI 34 for 6 yards (56-K.Dansby).
    2-4-ARI 34 (5:23) (Shotgun) 33-D.Washington up the middle to ARI 34 for no gain (27-T.Branch).
    3-4-ARI 34 (4:43) (Shotgun) 3-E.Manuel pass short left to 10-S.Roberts pushed ob at ARI 33 for 1 yard (32-T.Mathieu).
    4-3-ARI 33 (4:08) 11-S.Janikowski 51 yard field goal is BLOCKED (97-J.Mauro), Center-59-J.Condo, Holder-7-M.King.

    Arizona Cardinals at 04:02

    1-10-ARI 41 (4:02) 38-A.Ellington up the middle to ARI 43 for 2 yards (57-C.James).
    2-8-ARI 43 (3:22) 38-A.Ellington up the middle to ARI 44 for 1 yard (94-E.Vanderdoes; 26-S.Luani).
    3-7-ARI 44/(2:46) (Shotgun) 5-D.Stanton pass short left to 38-A.Ellington pushed ob at OAK 45 for 11 yards (55-M.Lee).
    1-10-OAK 45 (2:10) 5-D.Stanton pass incomplete deep middle to 81-C.Hubert [57-C.James].
    2-10-OAK 45 (2:01) 38-A.Ellington right tackle to OAK 30 for 15 yards (38-T.Carrie; 42-K.Joseph).
    1-10-OAK 30 (1:20) 33-K.Williams up the middle to OAK 27 for 3 yards (42-K.Joseph).
    2-7-OAK 27 (:37) 33-K.Williams up the middle to OAK 23 for 4 yards (78-J.Ellis). FUMBLES (78-J.Ellis), RECOVERED by OAK-55-M.Lee at OAK 22. 55-M.Lee to OAK 22 for no gain (67-T.Bergstrom).

    Oakland Raiders at 00:27

    1-10-OAK 22 (:27) (Shotgun) 30-J.Richard up the middle to OAK 20 for -2 yards (44-M.Golden).

2nd Quarter
  • Oakland Raiders continues ...
    2-12-OAK 20 (15:00) (Shotgun) 3-E.Manuel pass short right to 88-C.Walford to OAK 28 for 8 yards (27-T.Branch).
    3-4-OAK 28 (14:17) (Shotgun) 3-E.Manuel pass short middle to 84-C.Patterson to OAK 45 for 17 yards (41-A.Bethea).
    1-10-OAK 45 (13:40) 30-J.Richard right tackle to 50 for 5 yards (37-T.Williams).
    2-5- (12:59) 30-J.Richard up the middle to ARI 46 for 4 yards (90-R.Nkemdiche, 27-T.Branch).
    3-1-ARI 46 (12:22) 30-J.Richard right tackle to ARI 46 for no gain (90-R.Nkemdiche, 27-T.Branch).
    4-1-ARI 46 (11:37) 30-J.Richard up the middle to ARI 46 for no gain (58-S.Wright).

    Arizona Cardinals at 11:32

    1-10-ARI 46 (11:32) 5-D.Stanton pass incomplete deep left to 81-C.Hubert. PENALTY on OAK-21-S.Smith, Illegal Contact, 5 yards, enforced at ARI 46 - No Play.
    1-10-OAK 49 (11:25) 38-A.Ellington left tackle to ARI 49 for -2 yards (47-J.Cowser).
    2-12-ARI 49 (10:42) (Shotgun) 5-D.Stanton pass short right to 87-T.Niklas to OAK 44 for 7 yards (57-C.James).
    3-5-OAK 44 (10:03) (Shotgun) 5-D.Stanton pass short left to 15-J.Ross to OAK 34 for 10 yards (55-M.Lee).
    Timeout #1 by OAK at 09:16.
    1-10-OAK 34 (9:16) 5-D.Stanton pass short right to 10-B.Golden pushed ob at OAK 8 for 26 yards (21-S.Smith).
    1-8-OAK 8 (8:49) 38-A.Ellington up the middle to OAK 7 for 1 yard (55-M.Lee, 90-T.Hester).
    2-7-OAK 7 (8:09) (Shotgun) 38-A.Ellington right tackle to OAK 7 for no gain (55-M.Lee; 47-J.Cowser).
    3-7-OAK 7 (7:27) (Shotgun) 5-D.Stanton pass short right to 87-T.Niklas for 7 yards, TOUCHDOWN [91-S.Calhoun].
    XP .Dawson extra point is GOOD, Center-46-A.Brewer, Holder-9-R.Leone.

    OAK 0 ARI 14 Plays: 7 Possession: 4:13

    Oakland Raiders at 07:19

    6-M.Wile kicks 72 yards from ARI 35 to OAK -7. 19-J.Mickens to OAK 13 for 20 yards (58-S.Wright). FUMBLES (58-S.Wright), recovered by OAK-26-S.Luani at OAK 13. 26-S.Luani to OAK 13 for no gain (18-M.Bundy).

    1-10-OAK 13 (7:12) 33-D.Washington up the middle to OAK 18 for 5 yards (26-B.Williams).
    2-5-OAK 18 (6:35) (Shotgun) 3-E.Manuel pass short left to 88-C.Walford to OAK 24 for 6 yards (36-B.Baker).
    1-10-OAK 24 (5:58) (Shotgun) 3-E.Manuel pass incomplete deep right to 84-C.Patterson.
    2-10-OAK 24 (5:52) (Shotgun) 33-D.Washington up the middle to OAK 24 for no gain (45D-J.Bynes, 90-R.Nkemdiche).
    3-10-OAK 24 (5:13) (Shotgun) 3-E.Manuel sacked at OAK 15 for -9 yards (sack split by 96-K.Martin and 45D-J.Bynes).
    4-19-OAK 15 (4:30) 7-M.King punts 62 yards to ARI 23, Center-44-A.East. 33-K.Williams to ARI 36 for 13 yards (9-I.Whitney).

    Arizona Cardinals at 04:17

    1-10-ARI 36 (4:17) (Shotgun) 5-D.Stanton pass short right to 38-A.Ellington to ARI 40 for 4 yards (57-C.James).
    Timeout #2 by ARI at 03:32.
    2-6-ARI 40 (3:32) 5-D.Stanton pass short middle to 38-A.Ellington to ARI 43 for 3 yards (78-J.Ellis).
    3-3-ARI 43 (2:46) (Shotgun) 5-D.Stanton pass short left to 15-J.Ross to OAK 46 for 11 yards (31-B.Borders).
    1-10-OAK 46 (2:07) 5-D.Stanton pass short middle to 15-J.Ross to OAK 31 for 15 yards (31-B.Borders).
    Two-Minute Warning
    1-10-OAK 31 (2:00) (Shotgun) 5-D.Stanton pass incomplete deep middle to 81-C.Hubert (26-S.Luani).
    2-10-OAK 31 (1:54) (Shotgun) 38-A.Ellington left end pushed ob at OAK 28 for 3 yards (21-S.Smith).
    3-7-OAK 28 1:46) (Shotgun) 5-D.Stanton pass short middle to 38-A.Ellington to OAK 15 for 13 yards (55-M.Lee).
    1-10-OAK 15 (1:25) (No Huddle, Shotgun) 5-D.Stanton pass incomplete short left to 81-C.Hubert.
    2-10-OAK 15 (1:20) (Shotgun) 5-D.Stanton pass short middle to 80-I.Momah to OAK 10 for 5 yards (26-S.Luani).
    Timeout #2 by OAK at 01:14. 3-5-OAK 10 (1:14) (Shotgun) 5-D.Stanton pass incomplete short left to 38-A.Ellington.
    4-5-OAK 10 (1:10) 4-P.Dawson 28 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-46-A.Brewer, Holder-9-R.Leone.

    OAK 0 ARI 17 Plays: 11 Possession: 3:12

    Oakland Raiders at 01:05

    6-M.Wile kicks 65 yards from ARI 35 to end zone, Touchback.

    1-10-OAK 25 (1:05) (Shotgun) 3-E.Manuel pass incomplete short right to 16-J.Holton.
    2-10-OAK 25 (1:01) (Shotgun) 3-E.Manuel pass short left to 19-J.Mickens to OAK 39 for 14 yards (36-B.Baker).
    1-10-OAK 39 (:40) (No Huddle, Shotgun) 3-E.Manuel pass deep left to 88-C.Walford to ARI 31 for 30 yards (45D-J.Bynes).
    1-10-ARI 31 (:17) (No Huddle, Shotgun) 3-E.Manuel pass short right to 19-J.Mickens to ARI 25 for 6 yards (36-B.Baker). Timeout #3 by OAK at 00:02.
    2-4-ARI 25 (:02) 2-G.Tavecchio 43 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-44-A.East, Holder-7-M.King.
    Plays: 5 Possession: 1:05

First Half Score: Cards 17 -Oakland 3.

3rd Quarter
  • Oakland Raiders at 15:00
  • 6-M.Wile kicks 66 yards from ARI 35 to OAK -1. 45-G.Atkinson to OAK 19 for 20 yards (39-J.Carter).
  • 1-10-OAK 19 (14:55) (Shotgun) 18-C.Cook pass incomplete short middle to 16-J.Holton.
    2-10-OAK 19 (14:51) (Shotgun) 18-C.Cook pass short middle to 82-G.Holmes to OAK 24 for 5 yards (45D-J.Bynes).
    3-5-OAK 24 (14:12) (Shotgun) 18-C.Cook pass incomplete short right to 19-J.Mickens (36-B.Baker).
    4-5-OAK 24 (14:07) 7-M.King punts 58 yards to ARI 18, Center-44-A.East, fair catch by 15-J.Ross.
  • Arizona Cardinals at 13:58
  • 1-10-ARI 18 (13:58) 35-E.Penny up the middle to ARI 18 for no gain (75-D.Latham).
    2-10-ARI 18 (13:19) 7-B.Gabbert sacked at ARI 11 for -7 yards (90-T.Hester).
    3-17-ARI 11 (12:37) (Shotgun) 35-E.Penny left tackle to ARI 18 for 7 yards (26-S.Luani).
    4-10-ARI 18 (12:07) 9-R.Leone punts 61 yards to OAK 21, Center-46-A.Brewer. 19-J.Mickens ran ob at OAK 37 for 16 yards (58-S.Wright).
  • Oakland Raiders at 11:52
  • 1-10-OAK 37 (11:52) 43-J.Crockett up the middle to OAK 35 for -2 yards (45D-J.Bynes).
    2-12-OAK 35 (11:16) (Shotgun) 18-C.Cook pass incomplete short right to 9-I.Whitney.
    3-12-OAK 35 (11:11) (Shotgun) 18-C.Cook pass short right to 43-J.Crockett to ARI 36 for 29 yards (36-B.Baker).
    1-10-ARI 36 (10:28) 19-J.Mickens left end pushed ob at ARI 12 for 24 yards (34-H.Miller). PENALTY on ARI-48-D.Hayes, Illegal Use of Hands, 5 yards, enforced at ARI 12.
    1-7-ARI 7 (10:05) (Shotgun) 18-C.Cook pass incomplete short left to 82-G.Holmes. PENALTY on ARI-36-B.Baker, Defensive Pass Interference, 6 yards, enforced at ARI 7 - No Play.
    1-1-ARI 01 (10:00) 43-J.Crockett up the middle for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.
  • 2-G.Tavecchio extra point is GOOD, Center-44-A.East, Holder-7-M.King.
  • OAK 10 ARI 17 Plays: 5 Possession: 1:57
  • Arizona Cardinals at 09:55
  • 2-G.Tavecchio kicks 65 yards from OAK 35 to ARI 0. 15-J.Ross to ARI 14 for 14 yards (41-B.Sheldon).
    1-10-ARI 14 (9:49) 7-B.Gabbert sacked ob at ARI 12 for -2 yards (90-T.Hester).
    2-12-ARI 12 (9:29) 35-E.Penny up the middle to ARI 14 for 2 yards (53-J.Jenkins).
    3-10-ARI 14 (8:47) (Shotgun) 7-B.Gabbert sacked at ARI 5 for -9 yards (46-L.Lewis). Penalty on ARI-69-W.Holden, Offensive Holding, declined.
    4-19-ARI 5 (8:37) 6-M.Wile punts 65 yards to OAK 30, Center-46-A.Brewer. 19-J.Mickens to OAK 39 for 9 yards (35-E.Penny).
  • Oakland Raiders at 08:24
  • 1-10-OAK 39 (8:24) 18-C.Cook pass short right to 81-P.Brown to ARI 46 for 15 yards (48-D.Hayes).
    1-10-ARI 46 (7:40) 45-G.Atkinson left end pushed ob at ARI 41 for 5 yards (34-H.Miller).
    2-5-ARI 41 (6:59) (Shotgun) 18-C.Cook pass incomplete short middle to 82-G.Holmes (45D-J.Bynes).
    3-5-ARI 41 (6:54) (Shotgun) 18-C.Cook pass short left to 16-J.Holton to ARI 34 for 7 yards (23D-S.Shelton).
    1-10-ARI 34 (6:17) (Shotgun) 18-C.Cook pass incomplete deep right to 16-J.Holton.
    2-10-ARI 34 (6:09) (Shotgun) 18-C.Cook pass incomplete deep left to 16-J.Holton. OAK-79-D.Kirkland was injured during the play.
    3-10-ARI 34 (6:04) (Shotgun) 18-C.Cook pass short right to 19-J.Mickens to ARI 23 for 11 yards (36-B.Baker).
    1-10-ARI 23 (5:29) 45-G.Atkinson up the middle to ARI 21 for 2 yards (45D-J.Bynes).
    2-8-ARI 21 (4:48) (Shotgun) 18-C.Cook pass short right to 82-G.Holmes to ARI 18 for 3 yards (45D-J.Bynes). FUMBLES (45D-J.Bynes), RECOVERED by ARI-34-H.Miller at ARI 25. 34-H.Miller to ARI 31 for 6 yards (18-C.Cook). The Replay Official reviewed the fumble ruling, and the play was Upheld. The ruling on the field stands.
  • Arizona Cardinals at 04:36
  • 1-10-ARI 31 (4:36) 35-E.Penny up the middle to ARI 40 for 9 yards (28-M.McWilson).
    2-1-ARI 40 (4:00) 35-E.Penny up the middle to ARI 46 for 6 yards (31-B.Borders, 58-T.Adams).
    1-10-ARI 46 (3:17) 7-B.Gabbert pass short left to 18-M.Bundy pushed ob at OAK 42 for 12 yards (46-L.Lewis).
    1-10-OAK 42 (2:47) 35-E.Penny up the middle to OAK 40 for 2 yards (53-J.Jenkins, 28-M.McWilson).
    2-8-OAK 40 (2:11) 7-B.Gabbert pass short right to 85-K.Hogan to OAK 34 for 6 yards (23-D.McDonald).
    3-2-OAK 34 (1:32) 35-E.Penny up the middle to OAK 31 for 3 yards (26-S.Luani).
    1-10-OAK 31 (:53) 35-E.Penny up the middle to OAK 28 for 3 yards (58-T.Adams).
    2-7-OAK 28 (:11) (Shotgun) 35-E.Penny up the middle to OAK 23 for 5 yards (26-S.Luani).
4th Quarter
  • Arizona Cardinals continues ...
  • 3-2-OAK 23 (15:00) 35-E.Penny up the middle to OAK 19 for 4 yards (75-D.Latham).
    1-10-OAK 19 (14:22) 7-B.Gabbert pass incomplete deep middle to 15-J.Ross [58-T.Adams].
    2-10-OAK 19 (14:16) 35-E.Penny up the middle to OAK 17 for 2 yards (46-L.Lewis).
    3-8-OAK 17 (13:35) (Shotgun) 7-B.Gabbert sacked at OAK 25 for -8 yards (46-L.Lewis).
    4-16-OAK 25 (12:57) 4-P.Dawson 43 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-46-A.Brewer, Holder-9-R.Leone.

OAK 10 ARI 20 Plays: 13 Possession: 6:44

  • Oakland Raiders at 12:52
  • 6-M.Wile kicks 74 yards from ARI 35 to OAK -9. 16-J.Holton to OAK 26 for 35 yards (49-T.Waugh).
    Timeout at 12:42.
  • 1-10-OAK 26 (12:42) 45-G.Atkinson right tackle to OAK 29 for 3 yards (47-I.Gallon, 51-T.Johnson).
    2-7-OAK 29 (12:06) (Shotgun) 18-C.Cook pass short right to 45-G.Atkinson to OAK 34 for 5 yards (52-Z.Gooden).
    3-2-OAK 34 (11:25) (Shotgun) 18-C.Cook pass short right to 16-J.Holton to OAK 38 for 4 yards (25-D.Gray; 52-Z.Gooden).
    1-10-OAK 38 (10:43) 16-J.Holton left end to ARI 43 for 19 yards (47-I.Gallon).
    1-10-ARI 43 (10:01) 45-G.Atkinson up the middle to ARI 46 for -3 yards (63-P.Anau).
    2-13-ARI 46 (9:17) (Shotgun) 18-C.Cook pass incomplete short middle to 81-P.Brown.
    3-13-ARI 46 (9:12) (Shotgun) 45-G.Atkinson up the middle to ARI 46 for no gain (42-N.Capi).
    4-13-ARI 46 (8:35) 7-M.King punts 24 yards to ARI 22, Center-44-A.East, out of bounds.
  • Arizona Cardinals at 08:26
  • 1-10-ARI 22 (8:26) 7-B.Gabbert pass short left to 18-M.Bundy to ARI 34 for 12 yards (36-C.Humes; 37-A.Cioffi).
    1-10-ARI 34 (7:51) 7-B.Gabbert scrambles left end ran ob at ARI 40 for 6 yards. Penalty on ARI-69-W.Holden, Offensive Holding, offsetting, enforced at ARI 34 - No Play. Penalty on OAK-25-R.Jefferson, Defensive Holding, offsetting.
    1-10-ARI 34 (7:31) 35-E.Penny up the middle to ARI 39 for 5 yards (40-K.Durden).
    2-5-ARI 39 (6:45) (Shotgun) 7-B.Gabbert pass short right to 81-C.Hubert to ARI 47 for 8 yards (40-K.Durden).
    1-10-ARI 47 (6:04) 7-B.Gabbert scrambles right end ran ob at OAK 49 for 4 yards (35-N.Morrow).
    2-6-OAK 49 (5:22) 35-E.Penny up the middle to OAK 47 for 2 yards (75-D.Latham).
    3-4-OAK 47 (4:43) 7-B.Gabbert pass short left to 18-M.Bundy pushed ob at OAK 32 for 15 yards (36-C.Humes).
    1-10-OAK 32 (4:35) 7-B.Gabbert pass incomplete short right to 85-K.Hogan.
    2-10-OAK 32 (4:29) (Shotgun) 35-E.Penny up the middle to OAK 28 for 4 yards (92-P.Boyette).
    3-6-OAK 28 (3:49) (Shotgun) 7-B.Gabbert pass incomplete short middle to 81-C.Hubert [92-P.Boyette].
    4-6-OAK 28 (3:45) 6-M.Wile 46 yard field goal is No Good, Wide Right, Center-46-A.Brewer, Holder-9-R.Leone.
  • Oakland Raiders at 03:40
  • 1-10-OAK 36 (3:40) (Shotgun) 18-C.Cook pass short right to 9-I.Whitney to OAK 44 for 8 yards (52-Z.Gooden).
    2-2-OAK 44 (3:22) (No Huddle, Shotgun) 18-C.Cook pass short right to 81-P.Brown to OAK 46 for 2 yards (51-T.Johnson).
    1-10-OAK 46 (3:00) (No Huddle, Shotgun) 18-C.Cook pass incomplete short right to 9-I.Whitney.
    2-10-OAK 46 (2:55) (Shotgun) 18-C.Cook pass incomplete short left to 8-I.Zamora.
    3-10-OAK 46 2:51) (Shotgun) 18-C.Cook pass incomplete deep middle to 81-P.Brown (47-I.Gallon).
    4-10-OAK 46 (2:46) (Shotgun) 18-C.Cook pass incomplete short left to 14-K.Hatcher
  • Arizona Cardinals at 02:41
  • 1-10-OAK 46 (2:41) 45-J.Summers up the middle to OAK 42 for 4 yards (90-T.Hester).
    Two-Minute Warning
    2-6-OAK 42 (2:00) 45-J.Summers right end to OAK 40 for 2 yards (25-R.Jefferson).
    3-4-OAK 40 (1:19) 45-J.Summers up the middle to OAK 34 for 6 yards (25-R.Jefferson).
    1-10-OAK 34 (:38) 1-T.Knight kneels to OAK 36 for -2 yards.

Final Score: Cards 20 - Raiders 10

Notable Game Stats.

  • Stanton was 11 for 15(112 yards, 1 TD and 0 picks). Gabbert was 5 for 9 (53 yards, 0 TD and 0 picks).

  • Penny (14 carries for 54 yards) was the top ball carrier
  • Top 4 receivers were Ellington (4), Golden (3), Bundy (3) and Ross (3)

  • Cardinal Run/Pass Ratio: . (Runs: 34 /Pass: 32).

  • Dawson was 2 for 2 in FG's. s

    Net punting average:50.5 Oakland punter netted 43.7)

  • "Killer Bees": Bynes led the team in tackles (7) followed by Baker (5) and Branch 4)

    Bynes and K-Mart shared the one Card sack.

    Card QB's were sacked 4-times

    Cards were 13 for 19 68%) in Third Down Efficiency. Oakland was 5 for 11 (44%) in 3rd down efficiency.

    Red Zone Efficiency: Cards 2 for 4 (50%). Oakland 1for 1 (100%)

    Penalties: Cards and Oakland were penalized 3 times each

    Time of Possession: Cards 35:24 - Oakland .24:36

  • Card defense gave up an average of 3.8 yds per rushing play (Card rushers averaged 3.3)

Bright Spots

  • All three Cardinal QBs looked like guys we could win with if need-be.

  • Niklas looked good (Can he stay healthy)?

  • Budda Baker looked terrific

    Josh Bynes had a strong defensive game.

  • K-Mar and Bynes shared a sack.

  • Penny did what he had to do between the tackles.

    Nkemdiche had another solid outing.

    Keep an eye on Ross and Bundy at WR

    On average - top to bottom - , we outplayed Oakland

The Dark Side

  • Defense continues to get snookered by short stuff and misdirection,

    Two wasted time outs.

  • Just one sack

Last Word:
It' was a promising outting.

Key to our season's success will be to maintain consistently high standards of play - every snap, 4 quarters, 60 minutes per game.

What I'll be hoping for from here on out is steady directional improvement in play from each player.

 
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