GAME NOTES: Raiders Fall to Arizona Cardinals 30-23

Allen Records Two Picks of Palmer

  • S Nate Allenended the Cardinals' opening drive with an interception of QB Carson Palmer, marking his first takeaway as a Raider and the team's second of the preseason.
  • Allenhauled in his second interception of Palmer late in the second quarter, adding a 14-yard return after the catch.
  • The last Raider to intercept two passes in the first half of a game in the regular season was Nnamdi Asomugha, Dec. 10, 2006 at Cincinnati.

Mack Attack

  • LB Khalil Mackrecorded two sacks of Palmer, four quarterback hits and one forced fumble in the contest. His first sack came on third down in the second quarter, where his 4-yard sack forced a Cardinals punt. His second sack, a 6-yard loss, ended the first half.
  • On a third-and-short play in the first quarter,Mackforced a 3-yard loss while also stripping RB David Johnson for a forced fumble. The play forced a Cardinals field goal attempt, which was short.

Cooper Doubles Preseason Totals

  • Rookie WR Amari Cooperpicked up 36 yards on his second reception of the game, with most of the yardage coming after the catch when Cooper broke a tackle and continued deep into Cardinals territory.  Cooper**caught a 13-yard pass on the very next play, bringing the Raiders down to Arizona's 8-yard line.
  • Cooper finished the contest as the game's leading receiver with four catches for 62 yards (15.5 avg.), doubling his totals entering the game to give him eight receptions for 124 yards (15.5 avg.) this preseason.

Janikowski 5-for-5 in First Half

  • K Sebastian Janikowskiopened up the game's scoring with a 49-yard field goal following Nate Allen's first interception, and booted a 33-yarder at the end of the first quarter. In the second frame, Janikowski added conversions from 42-, 28- and 32-yards out.
  • Janikowski's five field goals would be tied for the second most in a game in Raiders regular season history, and would also be the most field goals made by a Raider in a single half.

Edwards Jr. Records Two Sacks

  • Rookie DE Mario Edwards to Palmer in the first quarter for an 8-yard sack. The sack forced a Cardinals fourth down and field goal attempt.    
  • Edwards Jr. got to QB Logan Thomas late in the fourth quarter for his second sack of the game, giving him 2.5 this preseason.


Smith Smothers the Cards**

  • LB Malcolm Smithled the Raiders in tackling with nine stops (six solo) with one tackle for loss, according to unofficial press box statistics.
  • Smithhelped stall a Cardinals drive in the second quarter by identifying a screen pass and making the open-field tackle for a 4-yard loss.

Autry and McGee Deflect Four Passes

  • DE Denico Autrywas active on the front line, especially when he deflected a first-quarter pass attempt from Palmer at the line of scrimmage for an incompletion. Autry knocked down another attempt from Palmer at the line late in the first half for his second pass defensed of the game.
  • DT Stacy McGeeadded a deflection of his own in the second quarter on a first-down attempt from Palmer, and another late in the fourth quarter on an attempt from QB Logan Thomas.* *

Reece, Richardson, Rivera and Roberts All Produce

  • FB Marcel Reecehauled in a deep pass from QB Derek Carrand raced down the right sideline for a 41-yard gain on his second reception of the preseason. Reece finished the game with two receptions for 42 yards (21.0 avg.). The 41-yard completion to Reece marked Carr's longest pass of the preseason.
  • TE Mychal Riveraentered the game with just one reception this preseason, but added three catches for 42 yards (14.0 avg.) in the contest, including an 18-yard catch for a first down.
  • WR Seth Robertsranked second on the team in receiving with three catches for 52 yards (17.3 avg.).
  • Trent Richardsonhad a few impressive carries in the second half, including a 15-yard scamper, his longest as a Raider. He finished with five carries for 19 yards (3.8 avg.), both team highs.
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