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Raiders vs. Packers: Keys to the game

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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)

RAIDERS (1-0) VS. PACKERS (1-0)

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)

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Packers by 3

MATCHUP TO WATCH

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.

STATS TO LIVE BY

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.

FAMILIAR FACES

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.

LAST MEETING

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.

INJURY IMPACT

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.

THE WEATHER FACTOR

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.

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Jimmy Durkin

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

  • lol I have had just about everything I can think of but for some strange reason I have never ever had chicken and waffles

  • Can we steal Jesse Ventura from the Cards instead?

  • Rifflicks

    tried the Biscuit and Gravy chips?

  • jesusraiderjim

    Same here

  • He already lives in Vegas so would make sense for some color work maybe.
    Can’t do play-by-play.
    Maybe they promote Las Vegas do it all play-by-play guy Russ Langer

  • Nobody likes that locker room?

  • Dan78

    My thoughts exactly..

  • Ah, no I just go to the webpage and listen live.

  • 24
  • jesusraiderjim

    Purv are you blogging from the Trailhead?

  • Your Average Banana

    Until he accidentally clicks on the “You really need this Flash update to view this feed” link

  • “not like they are going to know”
    Famous last words

  • Dan78

    Really.. Didn’t know that.. F 95.7 I’m going to the Raider web site while I ride the train home..

  • Your Average Banana

    Yet Oakland hosting a SB would mean everyone stays in SF.

    Blog logic

  • And the Sac Bee guy today was mocking Las Vegas strip traffic.

  • 24

    Yeah no doubt but seriously…how would they know and even if they did….it’s not a big deal.

  • Dan78

    Oh Jesus… I thought you said tail-head…lol..

  • jesusraiderjim

    That’s what Al Capone said

  • I hear you, but those sites get real wonky.
    Those sites are the San Pablo avenue of the internet.

  • R8RCatDave

    For those visually impaired, NFL.com offering 7 day trial period for game pass, free then cancel

  • jesusraiderjim

    I did. Damn spellcheck

  • Dan78

    And Luciano..

  • 24

    haha…only click on the x’s to close things out…do not try to download anything and you’re golden.

  • Hit up Hash-House next time you are in Vegas.
    Like Sahara and Jones area. Near the Black Bear dinner.

  • Your Average Banana

    Have pop up blocker too. Some of those pop ups are risky if his company monitors his web traffic.

  • 24

    Things are going well for the Del Rio’s

    Adam Schefter ‏@AdamSchefter 47s48 seconds ago
    Luke Del Rio, son of Raiders HC Jack Del Rio, has been named Florida’s starting QB for season opener.

  • I like the faux plants for added measures.

  • Dan78

    Tebow records are going down..

  • Your Average Banana

    “But this guy on this blog said…”

  • They make that damn X so small

  • Your Average Banana

    Don’t risk it man.

  • jesusraiderjim

    Love that dude. “Blood Farming”

  • Dan78

    People spinning on the bridge again… What is it this time… Mustangs, Challengers, Camaros..

  • Post to the Ghost

    I’ll say “yes”

  • 24

    We’re Raider fans…don’t be a 49er.

  • Scourge of the East

    new postage

  • Your Average Banana

    By trying to make sure he keeps his job? Right. All over a preseason game.

  • Dan78

    46.5 cents please..

  • 24

    Are you in good standing with your company? Sometimes you just do it and if they don’t like it, they’ll slap your hand and you don’t do it again. You can always plead the “My bad…I didn’t know, it won’t happen again”

    It’s not like they’re going to fire you for watching a Raiders game. There are so many worse things.

  • While true, you only get so many of those bullets.
    Need to keep a few in the backpage chamber

  • 24

    If he loses his job over streaming a Raider game…then he was screwed to begin with.

  • Your Average Banana

    Lol.

    “Is that sort of thing frowned upon here? Because had I known it was frowned upon, I definitely wouldn’t have done it.”

    – George Costanza

  • 24

    lol…ok then…enjoy the radio.

  • I was just looking at some reviews on yelp. There are mostly good but this one was funny
    My boyfriend got the chicken and waffles, and I got the waffle combo.
    They were regular a$# waffles, only my boyfriend’s was stacked
    ridiculously and uselessly high and skewered with rosemary. It was
    almost impossible for him to eat it.
    ******
    Regular A@# waffles!!

  • 24

    Exactly…and who knows better than him? 😉

  • “Was that wrong?”

  • Maybe I can buy the IT girl a discounted Cashmere sweater with a red dot on it.

  • Reminds me of Curry hitting baskets from crazy spots untill playoff time, they quit dropping in

  • Your Average Banana

    Just a little red dot. Who will notice?

  • R8erEduc8er

    Maybe for preseason game 3