Raiders at Cardinals Game Notes

Cardinals.jpg


**

cardinals-setting.jpg

THIS WEEK'S NOTABLE STORYLINES**:

• The Raiders play their first preseason road game under the direction of General Manager Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen, the league's youngest head coach.

• The Raiders opened the preseason on Monday Night Football, falling 3-0 to the Dallas Cowboys at O.co Coliseum.

• The Silver and Black will travel more miles than any other NFL team this season (28,692).

• Arizona and Oakland will meet for a 13th time in the preseason. The contest will mark the fourth preseason game between the two teams in the last six years, including last season's matchup in Oakland, a 24-18 Arizona win.

• Raiders QB Matt Leinart will return to Arizona to face the team that made him the 10th overall selection in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft.

• The Raiders will be looking to snap a five-game preseason losing streak, following the loss to Dallas on Monday. The Silver and Black went 0-4 in the preseason last year for just the second time in franchise history.

EXTENDING THE SERIES: The Raiders and Cardinals have faced each other 12 times in the preseason, making Arizona one of the Silver and Black's most regular annual opponents. Friday's contest will mark the fourth time in six years that the two teams have met in the preseason, with the previous three contests taking place in Oakland. The Raiders have not played a preseason contest in Arizona since a 17-16 victory prior to the 2004 season. The Raiders made the team's first trip to University of Phoenix Stadium during the 2010 regular season, suffering a narrow 24-23 defeat.

TRAVELING FAR AND WIDE: The Raiders' trip to Arizona this week will mark the first road game in a schedule that has the Silver and Black traveling more miles than any other NFL team this season. Of the schedule's eight regular-season road games, five of them will be played in the Eastern Time Zone (Miami, Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, and Caroli- na). AFC West matchups against the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs will be played in the Mountain and Central time zones, respectively. The regular-season finale at San Diego will be the only road game played in the Pacific Time Zone this season. The Raiders, Seahawks and Chargers will all travel "around the world" at least once this season (25,000 miles).

LEINART RETURNS: Raiders QB Matt Leinart will return to face his former team for the first time since leaving Arizona in 2010. Leinart, the 10th overall pick by the Cardinals in the 2006 NFL Draft, played five seasons in Arizona. He saw action in 29 games with 17 starts, completing 340 of 595 pass attempts for 3,893 yards and 14 touchdowns. The Raiders selected FS Michael Huff seventh overall in the same draft, and the two players are now teammates. Leinart was released by the Cardinals prior to the 2010 regular season and spent two seasons with the Houston Texans before landing in Oakland.

Notable connections

QB Matt Leinart played for the Cardinals from 2006-09, entering the NFL as Arizona's first-round draft pick in 2006 (10th overall)...General Manager Reggie McKenzie played for the Raiders (1985-88) and the Phoenix Cardinals (1989-90)...LB Travis Goethel and OL Dan Knapp played at Arizona State...WR Juron Criner attended the University of Arizona...QB Kyle Newhall-Caballero is from Gilbert, Ariz. ...Defensive backs coach Johnnie Lynn coached at the University of Arizona from 1987-93...Offensive line coach Frank Pollack attended Greenway High School in Phoenix and Northern Arizona University...Pollack coached at NAU from 2005- 06...Cardinals special teams coach Kevin Spencer was an assistant coach for the Raiders from 1995-97...Cardinals LB Quentin Groves played for the Raiders from 2010-11...Cardinals TE Jim Dray went to Stanford... Cardinals P Ricky Schmitt was in training camp with the Raiders in 2009...Cardinals LB Reggie Walker and S Eddie Elder are from Sacramento...Cardinals LB Zack Nash is from Vacaville and attended Sacramento State...DE Lamarr Houston and Cardinals LB Sam Acho played together at the University of Texas...CB Shawntae Spencer and Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald played together at the University of Pittsburgh...CB Chimdi Chekwa and Cardinals RB Beanie Wells played together at Ohio State...Pro scout Larry Marmie was the head coach at Arizona State from 1988-91...Raiders football operations staffer Pete Caracciolo's brother, Matt Caracciolo, is the football operations coordinator for the Cardinals.

Series highlights

• Oak. 17, at StL. 10 (Oct. 7, 1973): RB Marv Hubbard's 1-yard touchdown dive in the fourth quarter broke a 10-10 tie and provided the difference in the first-ever meeting between the two teams. Four Oakland running backs combined for 247 yards on 43 carries and RB Charlie Smith added a touchdown on a 2-yard run.

• Oak. 41, at Ari. 20 (Nov. 24, 2002): QB Rich Gannon passed for 340 yards and three touchdowns, including a pair of scoring strikes to WR Jerry Porter, in a 41-20 romp at Arizona. RB Charlie Garner rushed for 100 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries, and WR Jerry Rice added 110 yards and one touchdown on seven receptions.

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.

Related Content

Advertising