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Game Notes: Raiders 31 Cardinals 10


Here are the games notes from the Raiders preseason opener against the the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium, presented by Microsoft Surface.

Raiders Win Preseason Opener at Arizona

  • The Raiders defeated Arizona by a score of 31-10, giving the team its first victory of the preseason and bringing their record to 1-0.
  • The win marks the Raiders' first victory against the Cardinals in the preseason since Aug. 11, 2007 when the team won 27-23 in Oakland.

NFL Debuts

  • RB DeAndré Washingtonkicked off his career with a 31-yard return on the opening kickoff. Washington saw action in the Raiders' backfield as he managed eight carries for 43 yards (5.4 yard avg.) and finished with a long of 25 yards.
  • WR Johnny Holtonsaw his first action in the NFL primarily on special teams, returning a kickoff 43 yards leading to a Raiders field goal. Holton**also added a fumble recovery to his stats, leading to a touchdown on the very next play from scrimmage.
  • S Karl Joseph *andDE Jihad Ward *were the only two players of the Raiders 2016 rookie class to start on either side of the ball, each totaling one tackle a piece for the defense.
  • QB Connor Cook *took the field for the first time in the third quarter, leading a four-play 91-yard drive, lasting 2:08, that was capped by aRB*George Atkinson IIItouchdown run. Cook finished with 71 yards on 7-of-11 passing attempts, earning an 82.0 passer rating and a game-high 63.6 completion percentage.
  • LB/DE James Cowserand LB Cory Jamesfinished tied for second on the team in tackles, each tallying five a piece for the Raiders defense.
  • DL Drew Iddingsnotched the only sack of the game, a six-yard loss when taking down QB Jake Coker, ending the drive for the Cardinals late in the fourth quarter.

Points Off Turnovers Leads To Fast Start

  • LB Kory Toomer forced a fumble on a first quarter punt, recovered by WR Johnny Holton. On the following play, TE Clive Walford hauled in a 19-yard reception that would give the Raiders a 7-3 lead over the Cardinals with 1:19 to go in the first quarter.
  • Following a Raiders touchdown, S Nate Allenpicked off an errant pass from QB Drew Stanton on the Cardinals' first play of the series. Two plays later, the Raiders capitalized on a second first-quarter turnover when WR Andre Holmesfound the end zone.
  • The 14 points off turnovers came in a span of 59 seconds, to give the Raiders a 17-3 lead entering the second quarter.

George Leads Rushing Attack

  • On his first carry, RB George Atkinson III bounced right, eluding a defender and made his way up the sideline for a 53-yard touchdown run to give the Raiders a 24-10 lead with 55 seconds left in the third quarter.
  • Atkinson III found the end zone again with less than four minutes left in the game on a 35-yard rush up the left side, sealing the Raiders' victory.
  • Atkinson III finished the night as the game's leading rusher, totaling 97 yards on five carries (19.4 avg.) with two touchdowns.
  • The team finished with a total of 166 yards on the ground on 21 carries (7.9 yard avg.) and two touchdowns.

McGloin Finds The End Zone Early

  • QB Matt McGloin ended his 2016 debut with 41 yards on 5-of-11 passing attempts, two touchdowns and a game-high passer rating of 95.1.
  • Following a Cardinals turnover, McGloin threw an immediate strike to TE Clive Walford on the ensuing play, a 19-yard pass with 1:19 left in the first quarter.
  • On the ensuing Raiders drive following an interception by S Nate Allen, McGloin connected with WR Andre Holmeswith 10 seconds remaining in the opening quarter.


Offensive Line Keeps Quarterbacks Clean**

  • The Raiders offensive line held off the Cardinals defense, keeping all three quarterbacks upright throughout the preseason opener.

Toomer Leads Team In Tackles

  • LB Korey Toomer finished the day with a team-high seven tackles (five solo), and added a forced fumble on special teams that resulted in a Raiders touchdown two plays later.

King Pins Cardinals Deep

  • P Marquette Kingpunted eight times for an impressive 409 yards (51.1 yard avg.), dropping three punts inside the 20-yard line.

Crabtree Hauls In Both Targets

  • WR Michael Crabtree hauled in a pair of first-quarter receptions for a total of 38 yards in his two series of action. His 38 yards receiving led all receivers in the first half of play.

K Sebastian Janikowski

  • In his only action of the night, K Sebastian Janikowski split the uprights from 53 yards in what were the Raiders first points of the game. The 53-yarder marks Janikowski's* *longest preseason field goal since his strike from 58 yards against the Chicago Bears on August 28, 2013.
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