RAIDERS (0-0) VS. CARDINALS (0-0)
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
MATCHUP TO WATCH
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.
STATS TO LIVE BY
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.
GRANADA IN THE HOUSE
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).
CAMP WINDING DOWN
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 WEATHER FACTOR
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.