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Starting defense great, offense not so much in 30-23 loss to Cardinals

OAKLAND — The Raiders’ starting defense was in better-than-midseason form in Sunday night’s third preseason game.  The offense was a different story and that led to a 30-23 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

The Raiders smothered the Cardinals and spent much of the night in the Arizona backfield harassing quarterback Carson Palmer. The defense consistently set up the offense, which wasn’t nearly as inspiring. Continue Reading

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Del Rio wants to get starters a good run, but not at expense of injuries

Today’s game advance that I filed and appeared in this morning’s paper. 

OAKLAND — Raiders coach Jack Del Rio has some mixed feelings approaching his team’s third preseason game Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

On one hand, he’d like to treat it like the dress rehearsal it typically is and see his starters play into the third quarter. On the other, a team that’s gone through camp relatively healthy wants to be somewhat cautious in a meaningless game. Continue Reading

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