The Raiders lost to the Arizona Cardinals on Friday night, 31-27, in an exhibition game. More important, for now, is that the injuries to wide receivers Jacoby Ford and Darrius Heyward-Bey, backup quarterback Matt Leinart and backup running back Mike Goodson don’t appear to be very serious. Continue Reading
Had to get back upstairs before Carson Palmer emerged from the shower to address the Raiders 31-27 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, but here’s what he had to say after going 13-for-24 for 107 yards, missing an open Darren McFadden for one potential touchdown and throwing an interception that was returned 60 yards for another:
“We need to look at this film and continue to get better and improve and I just need to score more points. There are some things we can clean up that are pretty obvious,” Palmer said. “We had some good things we can improve on also.”
Regarding the turnovers _ Mike Goodson lost a pair of fumbles to go along with Palmer’s interception, he said. “We had some turnovers and and a couple of penalties, and a penalty on a first down puts you in a big hole. There are some things here and there that we need to clean up. When we move the ball like we did, you need to get points out of it. We just need keep our eye on the red zone and keep working on it. We need to get better and get ready for next week.”
When Dennis Allen said he plans on giving Darren McFadden preseason work, he means it.
With the Cardinals leading 31-24 in the fourth quarter, Oakland’s biggest problems other than preseason mistakes appear to be an injury to Jacoby Ford (he’s on crutches with a foot injury) and quarterback Matt Leinart, although his finger injury was on his right (non-throwing hand).
An interception by Carson Palmer, a lost fumble by Mike Goodson and a blocked punt returned for a touchdown by Arizona’s Justin Bethel gave the Cardinals a commanding halftime lead.
Jay Feely kicked off to the Raiders, with Jacoby Ford taking it 20 yards to the 14-yard line.
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Five players to keep an eye on when the Raiders visit the Arizona Cardinals Friday night:
A few Raiders’ pregame notes:
As is the norm, the Raiders on Thursday went through an abbreviated practice on the eve of a game. Here are some notes about what to look for in the exhibition game against the Arizona Cardinals. Continue Reading