Raiders vs. Cardinals exhibition: Keys to the game

Raiders DT Dan Williams makes his first return to Arizona since signing with Oakland last year. (Rick Scuteri/Associated Press)

Raiders DT Dan Williams makes his first return to Arizona since signing with Oakland last year. (Rick Scuteri/Associated Press)


7 p.m., Friday, University of Phoenix Stadium

TV: KTVU (Beth Mowins, Matt Millen, Nicole Zaloumis, John Tournour)

Radio: 102.1/98.5 (Greg Papa, Tom Flores, Lincoln Kennedy)


Cardinals by 3


DeAndre Washington vs. the Cardinals defense. The shifty and explosive fifth-round pick has looked good on the practice fields in Napa. He’s taken a pop or two up there, but Friday it goes fully live and we’ll have a chance to see what he can really do against a strong Arizona defense — even if he does mostly face reserves.


The Cardinals possessed the No. 1 ranked offense in the NFL last year, averaging 408.3 yards per game. They were second in passing at 288.5 yards and scoring at 30.6 points. Their defense was also fifth in yards allowed (321.7). … The Raiders, despite an explosive start, finished just 24th in offense at 333.5 yards per game. Their defense actually turned into their strength late in the year and was 22nd in the league (363.6 per game).


Arizona quarterback Carson Palmers played two seasons with the Raiders (2011-12) following his trade from Cincinnati to Oakland. He threw for 6,777 yards, 35 touchdowns and 30 interceptions during that time. … Raiders DT Dan Williams spent the first five years of his career in Arizona before signing with Oakland as a free agent last year. … Cardinals T Jared Veldheer started 48 games with the Raiders after being a third-round pick in 2010.


Two products of Livermore’s Granada High School will be suited up. The Raiders have running back/returner George Atkinson III (class of 2011) on the roster, while the Cardinals have linebacker Tristan Okpalaugo (class of 2008).


The Raiders are getting close to packing up their bags in Napa. Following Friday’s game, they’ll return home to the Bay Area and will take the weekend off. They’ll have a full practice again on Monday, then wrap camp Tuesday with what figures to be a brief workout as they prepare for exhibition game No. 2 Thursday in Green Bay. Following that game against the Packers, their practices the rest of the season will be in Alameda and will be closed to the media.


The roof will be closed at University of Phoenix Stadium and everybody who will be there (yours truly included) is eternally grateful for that. Friday’s temperature for the 7 p.m. kickoff calls for it to still be in triple digits. Air conditioning is any Arizonans’ best friend.



Jimmy Durkin

Sports writer for the Bay Area News Group, covering the Raiders.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Do not feed.

  • eastoaklandraider

    I definitely didn’t like the way I cook accepted the trophy

  • Raider Bren

    No way, not for me.
    But there is some good advice in there.

  • Post to the Ghost
  • I thought it was a drive by, didnt know it was a reg

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Ignore, if you trust me.

  • um, what?
    Tom Brady, Trent Dilfer, Doug Williams, Jeff Hostetler, Earl Morrall oh yeah and JIM MUH’UCKIN PLUNKETT

  • BDAtlanta

    Fender Bender is different from a Fender Telecaster or Stratocaster?

  • BroJackson34

    Spray the Troll repellent, why don’t cha?!?

  • BDAtlanta

    ignore what?, purv? what?

  • eastoaklandraider

    Of the names you listed I’ll give you Hostetler that’s it

  • PlunkforHOF


  • Raider Bren

    Well if your daddy was a Fender and your mama was a Gibson, they’d call you a Mindbender

  • Dakota
  • Oak R8rs33.01

    3s? He will look fine.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Freddy Minderbender.

  • jesusraiderjim

    Use BLOCK It’s glorious

  • Raider Bren

    Oops, was scrolling down and replied.
    Not again if Purv said so.

  • eastoaklandraider

    Keep it in its proper context when I say back up I mean career backup you have 2 Hall of Famers in your list

  • Oak R8rs33.01

    I don’t think Baltimore is as bad as last years record. Lots of injuries. Maybe they get one. Can’t see them touching Pitt, they crush them by 20 every year. Or Cincy.

  • jesusraiderjim

    Dude. It was so obvious I can’t believe East fell for it.

  • Myopinion

    No Richard?
    Ga3 it’s now or never!
    Ga3 shows out tonight.

  • New post

  • jesusraiderjim

    Does it say not to feed the Trolls in there?

  • BDAtlanta


  • eastoaklandraider

    Any Given Sunday

  • Oak R8rs33.01

    Well I already have one bet on here that they will be worse than 6-10. We can agree to disagree.

  • you said “no backup QB has ever come in midseason and took their team to a Superbowl.” which is wrong.
    as i said good backups are vital. you never know when yours will go down. crucial that someone competent is there to step in.
    Kyle Boller anyone?

  • R8RCatDave

    Tru dat

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I’m with Dakota on this one.

  • Raider Bren

    Yes, trolls face eternal damnation from Raider Nation.
    Mark it.


    Dog house?

  • Oak R8rs33.01

    Not sure who he is, but he doesn’t know QBs at all:

    BDAtlanta 2 years ago
    We should take Logan Thomas, QB out of Va Tech. Huge hands http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/d
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  • BDAtlanta

    Watching ESPN, Jon Gruden gettin a belly. Suppose it’s nice sitting behind the desk making money without the hassle of coaching.

  • BDAtlanta

    Bad call I guess. I know that’s never happened before…

  • BDAtlanta

    Street Hassle. Soundtrack to our lives!!!!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist


  • R8der4evr

    Damn going thru some old photo albulms trying to find my old bad azz Cherry 1967 XR7 Cougar and came across this bad azz and his ex wife….
    WTF happened 24 years later????

  • BDAtlanta

    No pics of the car?

  • BDAtlanta

    How many times does Mack put Carson’s face in the dirt tonight?

  • ComptonRaider

    Oh oh MEJ

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