Cardinals 24, Raiders 13

Here is the early version of beat writer Jerry McDonald’s game story from today:

The Raiders stand alone as the only winless team in the NFL after a 24-13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals Sunday at O.co Coliseum.

Arizona, 5-1 and leaders of the NFC West, got 2- and 4-yard runs from former Stanford star Stepfan Taylor and a 33-yard touchdown pass from Carson Palmer to Michael Floyd.

The 0-6 start is the worst for a Raiders team since 1962, a year before Al Davis joined the organization.
Chandler Catanzaro put the game away with a 41-yard field goal with 29 seconds remaining.

The Raiders, with their first 0-6 start since 1962, scored on a 1-yard run by Darren McFadden and had field goals of 29 and 53 yards by Sebastian Janikowski.

Palmer completed 22 of 31 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns, leading a balanced offense which saw Andre Ellington gain 88 yards on 24 carries with Taylor adding 40 yards on 12 attempts.

For the Raiders, quarterback Derek Carr completed 16 of 28 passes for 173 yards, looking more like a rookie than he did in the previous week’s four touchdown pass effort against San Diego.

Running back Darren McFadden had 48 yards on 14 carries, including the touchdown run.

With the Jacksonville Jaguars beating the Cleveland Browns 24-6 earlier in the day, the Raiders began the day as the lone team without a victory in the NFL and are in danger of remaining that way with consecutive road games coming up against Cleveland and Seattle.

It is the 12th consecutive loss for Oakland dating back to last season. The Raiders trailed 14-0 in the first half but managed to climb back into it by scoring twice 10 points in the final 1:56 before intermission.

The Cardinals were in control with 5:33 left in the first half after Palmer threw a 33-yard strike to Floyd on third-and-9 against Tarell Brown for a 14-0 lead.

But the Raiders worked their way back into the game on the strength of Carr’s 55-yard strike to Brice Butler to the 3-yard line, where McFadden was able to score on third-and-goal from the 1.

The Cardinals, attempting to put another score on the board before halftime, instead turned it over. Palmer, with the pocket collapsing around him, threw deep for tight end John Carlson. The ball tipped off Carlson’s outstretched hand and went directly to Charles Woodson, who returned it 30 yards to the 13-yard line.

The Raiders couldn’t convert the turnover into a touchdown, settling for a 29-yard field goal by Janikowski.

Palmer finished the first half 14 of 21 for 158 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Carr was 6 of 13 for 88 yards.

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Cardinals 7, Raiders 0 — End of first quarter

The Raiders won the coin toss and elected to receive Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, just as they did last Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.
And, just as the Raiders did against the Chargers on their first possession, they went for the home run. This time, it came on the first play, with Derek Carr airing it out for wide receiver James Jones.
However, Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson had position on Jones and came closer to catching the ball than Jones, who inadvertently tripped Peterson.
Ultimately, the Raiders failed to net a first down and punted after three plays. The Cardinals marched into Raiders territory and opted to go for a first down on a fourth-and-3 play from the 40-yard line.
Rookie cornerback TJ Carrie broke up Carson Palmer’s pass at the first-down marker and got the ball back for the Raiders offense.
Again, Carr wasn’t able to find open receivers. On one play, he was forced to dump it to running back Darren McFadden for a short gain.
Carr’s other pass, for Jones on third down, missed the mark and the Raiders had to punt for the second straight time.
That’s when the Cardinals struck for the game’s first score.
The drive covered 88 yards in 11 plays and culminated with a 2-yard touchdown pass from Palmer to running back Stepfan Taylor.
The Raiders helped out on the drive with two penalties, one an illegal contact infranction on Carrie and the other 12 men on the field.
One of the key plays on the drive came on a short pass to running back Andre Ellington, who eluded Miles Burrie and Carrie, then another defender, before he turned on the jets. Charles Woodson stopped Ellington with a great open-field tackle, but not before Ellington had chewed up 37 yards.

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