Raiders vs. Packers: Keys to the game

Amari Cooper and the Oakland Raiders face the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night.  (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)

Amari Cooper and the Oakland Raiders face the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)


5 p.m., Thursday, Lambeau Field

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

Radio: 95.7 (Greg Papa, Tom Flores, Lincoln Kennedy)


Packers by 3


Derek Carr vs. the Packers defense. It’s only the preseason and the numbers don’t really matter at all. But after going all last preseason without a touchdown pass and not finding the end zone in two drives last week, it would be nice to see Carr and the starters motor down and score a touchdown. That early-game efficiency always helps during the regular season so it would be nice to get some good practice in.


The Raiders averaged 7.9 yards per carry in the preseason opener against the Cardinals, a 31-10 win. George Atkinson III’s five carries for 97 yards, especially his touchdown runs of 53 and 35 yards, gave that a terrific boost. … Raiders quarterbacks, however, completed just 52 percent of their passes (15 of 29), with only rookie Connor Cook exceeding the 50 percent mark. He was 7 of 11 for a team-high 71 yards.


Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie returns to Green Bay for the second time since he joined the Raiders in 2012 after a long run in the personnel department with the Packers. He also was back for another preseason game in 2014, but this trip comes with an extra pep in his step after recently signing a four-year extension. … Derek Carr gets to reunite with former Fresno State teammate Davante Adams. The Packers receiver is also a Palo Alto High product.


The Raiders and Packers met in Oakland in Week 15 of last season, with Green Bay winning 30-20. Oakland held Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to just 204 yards passing and one touchdown, but Carr was victimized by an early pick-six that put the Raiders in an 14-0 hole. Oakland rallied to take a 20-17 third-quarter lead but Rodgers found former Raider and San Jose State star James Jones for a 30-yard touchdown pass that regained the lead and helped drop the Raiders to 6-8, ending their shot at a winning season. Amari Cooper had six catches for 120 yards and the only two-touchdown game of his rookie season in the loss.


The Raiders won’t have defensive end Mario Edwards Jr., who injured his hip last week. They are also without tight end Gabe Holmes (ankle), who will soon likely go on injured reserve. Running back Jalen Richard (knee) isn’t likely to play either after missing the week of practice and last week’s game. Linebacker Ben Heeney could also be out after sitting out team drills Tuesday with a minor leg injury.


A warm, humid day in Green Bay will feature a temperature of 80 degrees at kickoff with 67 percent humidity. It will stay in the mid-to-low 70s throughout the game.


Jimmy Durkin

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