GREEN BAY, Wisc. – For the third straight game, the Raiders defense struggled out of the gate and the offense struggled, period, as the Green Bay Packers cruised to a 31-21 victory at Lambeau Field.
The loss goes away once the regular season starts. It’s unknown how long it’s going to take for the Raiders to get back projected starters Sio Moore, Nick Roach and Tarell Brown from the injuries they suffered Friday.
Moore’s injury appears to be the most serious of the three, given he left field on a stretcher after he hurt his neck early in the second quarter. He later got transported to a nearby hospital for further evaluation.
Roach and Brown left the game with concussions in the first half and never returned.
Moore got hurt when he pursued a ball carrier and collided with a Packers blocker near the line of scrimmage.
Moore lay face down on the ground near midfield for several minutes while medical personnel from both teams tended to him.
Eventually, Moore’s head was secured to a body board, while he still donned his helmet. Moore gave fans a thumbs up as he was wheeled off the field. Fans responded with a hearty applause.
Moore is competing against Miles Burris for the starting job that Moore earned last season.
The Raiders matched the Packers through the first four drives, with each team scoring a touchdown on their first possession and then punting on their three successive series.
The Packers superior offensive talent prevailed from there, as quarterback Aaron Rodgers punctuated back-to-back scoring drives with touchdown passes.
Oakland’s offense misfired for most of the night with the starters on the field. The Raiders netted 60 yards on their first five drives. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew accounted for 40 of those on his touchdown run in the first quarter.
Raiders starting quarterback Matt Schaub completed his first three passes. He spent the rest of the first half trying to find a rhythm that never arrived.
Schaub completed 5 of 11 passes for 17 yards on his first six drives. It wasn’t until the Packers starters exited that Schaub moved the ball with much consistency.
Allen allowed Schaub to play into the third quarter, or long after Rodgers exited the game for the Packers.
The Raiders night was typified in one two-play sequence. Rookie cornerback TJ Carrie broke up a third-down pass for receiver Jordy Nelson in the end zone, only to have Rodgers come right back to Nelson on fourth-and-three for a touchdown against Carrie.
There were some positives for the Raiders. In particular, rookie linebacker Khalil Mack turned in his best outing after two so-so showings.
Mack recorded an interception of Matt Flynn in the second quarter. He also generated pressure on Rodgers a few times and notched five tackles.
But the overall team concerns remain, even as the season nears and time to fix the problems dwindles.
Friday’s game served to drive home that point.
– The Raiders committed seven penalties for 54 yards in the first half, when the starters dominated the playing time.
– Raiders running back Kory Sheets suffered an ankle injury midway through the third quarter on a play on which he fumbled. He was helped from the field.
– Rookie quarterback Derek Carr (concussion) and fullback Marcel Reece (foot) suited up and warmed up before the game. Reece played, while Carr watched.
– Matt McGloin connected with receiver Brice Butler for 19- and 28-yard touchdowns late in the game. They also hooked up for a 19-yard touchdown against the Lions in the previous game.
– Kicker Sebastian Janikowski didn’t play because of a sore right quadriceps. Kevin Goessling replaced Janikowski.
– Janikowski, defensive tackle Justin Ellis, offensive tackle Matt McCants, guard Lucas Nix, defensive tackle Justin Ellis, cornerbacks Taiwan Jones, DJ Hayden and Chimdi Chekwa and tight ends David Ausberry and Nick Kasa were scratched from the lineup before the game.
– For 15 players, this marked their final game with the Raiders. The first mandatory roster cutdown is Tuesday. Teams are obligated to pare their rosters to no more than 75 players by Tuesday afternoon. The deadline for teams to set their 53-man roster is Aug. 30.
– Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie spent 18 seasons with the Packers as part of their front office. He joined the Raiders in 2012.
– Raiders wide receiver James Jones spent his first seven NFL seasons with the Packers. He signed with the Raiders during the offseason.