Raiders vs. Cardinals Game Preview

Take a look back at the Raiders vs Cardinals series through the years.

The Oakland Raiders return home for the third preseason game on their schedule, a nationally-televised contest on NBC's Sunday Night Football against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Aug. 30 at 5:00 p.m. PT at O.co Coliseum. This will mark the second straight year that Oakland has been on national television for their third preseason game, as the team's match-up against the Packers in Green Bay was on CBS in 2014. Arizona returns to the Coliseum after visiting last year during the regular season, winning the Week 7 match-up by a final of 24-13. Last week, the Raiders had their first road trip of 2015, falling at Minnesota, 12-20. The Cardinals will play the entire AFC West division in their four preseason games this year, and they lost to the San Diego Chargers last week, 19-22, and to the Kansas City Chiefs, 19-34 the week before.

THE SETTING

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Date:Sunday, August 30Kickoff:5:00 p.m. PTSite:O.co Coliseum (1966)Capacity/Surface:56,063/Overseeded BermudaPreseason:Raiders lead, 7-6Regular Season:Raiders lead, 5-4

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RB Latavius Murrayled the offense early on against the Vikings last week, picking up 20 rushing yards on four carries and a 2-yard touchdown run through two drives. QB Derek Carrand WR Amari Cooperhad their first explosive connection of the preseason, connecting on a 40-yard completion that set up Murray's touchdown. Oakland's defense created two turnovers on the night, starting with an interception by S Jonathan Dowlingin the

second quarter. LB Ben Heeney, who led the team in tackles, and DE Mario Edwards Jr.combined for a sack-fumble in the second half that was recovered by DE Shelby Harris.

Next week, the Raiders will have a quick turnaround for their final preseason game in Seattle against the Seahawks on Thursday, Sept. 3, while the Cardinals go to Denver to play the Broncos.

QUICK HIT VS. ARIZONA

The Raiders are 7-6 against the Cardinals all-time in the preseason, including 3-4 at home and 1-2 in the third preseason game.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

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TELEVISION NBC Sunday Night Football
Play-by-play: Al Michaels
Color Analyst: Cris Collinsworth
Sideline: Michele Tafoya

RADIO

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Flagship: 95.7 The Game
Play-by-play: Greg Papa
Color Analyst: Tom Flores
Sideline: Lincoln Kennedy

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QUOTING DEL RIO

"It was our first time on the road. We'll learn how to travel better, play better on the road. We did some good things and some things need to be corrected. It doesn't feel as good as last week, but it's similar. There was some growth. There were some areas where we're going to need to be better. It's that time of year. It's camp.

You're going to like some of it, you're not going to like some of it. You go home happy if you get a win, and you don't go home happy if you don't."

- Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio


NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Pro Connections

• Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenziewas a linebacker with the Phoenix Cardinals from 1989-90, where he played with Cardinals running backs coach Stump Mitchell(running back/return specialist) in 1989.

• Raiders wide receivers coach Rob Moorefinished his playing career with seven seasons (1995-2001) as an Arizona Cardinal. Moore later worked as wide receivers coach at Phoenix (Ari.) Junior College in 2009.

• Raiders DT Dan Williamsspent five seasons (2010-14) with the Cardinals after being drafted by Arizona in the 2010 NFL Draft.

• Raiders DT Ricky Lumpkinspent three seasons (2011-13) with Arizona.

• Cardinals QB Carson Palmerplayed two seasons (2011-12) with the Raiders, appearing in 25 games with 24 starts.

• Cardinals DE LaMarr Woodleyplayed for the Raiders in 2014, starting 5-of-6 games he played in.

• Cardinals T Jared Veldheerwas originally a third-round pick (69th overall) of the Raiders in the 2010 NFL Draft and went on to start 48 games for Oakland from 2010-13.

• Cardinals DE Matt Shaughnessyplayed for the Raiders from 2009-12, totaling 15.5 sacks over his four seasons in Oakland.

• Cardinals linebackers coach Bob Sandersheld the same position with the Raiders from 2013-14.

• Cardinals cornerbacks coach Kevin Rosscoached safeties with the Raiders from 2010-11.

• Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio(linebacker) and offensive line coach Mike Tice(tight end) played under Cardinals assistant head coach/offense Tom Moorewith the Minnesota Vikings from 1992-93, where Moore was the assistant head coach/offensive coordinator/quarterbacks/wide receivers. Moore also coached assistant defensive backs coach Rod Woodsonwith the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1987-89.

College Connections

• Raiders WR Andre Holmesand Cardinals T Jared Veldheerare two of only six players in NFL history from Division II Hillsdale College, and their meeting in Week 7 last season marked the second ever meeting between two players from Hillsdale.

• Cardinals RB Stepfan Taylorattended Stanford from 2009-12 and rushed for 40 touchdowns in his career, while DE Josh Mauroplayed at Stanford from 2010-13.

Hometown/Family Connections

• Raiders team travel and logistics coordinator Pete Caracciolo's brother, Matt Caracciolo, works as football operations coordinator for the Cardinals.

• Cardinals DT Alameda Ta'amuwas born in Alameda, Calif., where the Raiders' practice facility is located.

• Cardinals OLB Lorenzo Alexanderwas born in Oakland, Calif., and attended Saint Mary's College High School in Berkeley, before playing at Cal from 2001-04.

• Cardinals S Deone Bucannonis a Fairfield, Calif. native and attended Vanden High School.

Game action photos from the Raiders 24-13 loss to the Cardinals in Week 7 action.

CARDINALS SNAPSHOT

Overview:Led by third-year Head Coach Bruce Arians, the Cardinals are coming off consecutive 10-win seasons, including an 11-5 record last year, tied for the most wins in franchise history and the most since 1975 (11-3). After a 9-1 start to the season, the team finished in second place in the NFC West, earning a Wild Card berth and the team's first postseason appearance since 2009. The Cardinals fell to the Carolina Panthers, 16-27, in their lone playoff game last year.


Offense:The Cardinals offense is captained by former Raiders QB Carson Palmer, who enters his third season at the helm in Arizona. In six games last season, in which he led the team to a 6-0 record, Palmer completed 141-of-224 passes (62.9 percent) with 11 touchdowns and just three interceptions before a torn ACL sidelined him in November. Palmer will have one of the league's top receivers, WR Larry Fitzgerald, as a primary target. Fitzgerald led the team with 784 yards and 63 receptions, while rookie WR John Brownand WR Michael Floydposted five and six touchdowns, respectively. RB Andre Ellington, now in his third year, led the rushing attack in 2014 with 660 yards on 201 carries (3.3 avg.) with three touchdowns.


Defense:Arizona boasts a stout defense led by defensive coordinator James Bettcher, who takes over the role.The Cardinals ability to keep opponents' scores low helped them to 11 wins, as the team ranked fifth in the NFL in points allowed (18.7 points per game). The unit was also effective in forcing turnovers, recording 18 interceptions, tied for seventh in the league, with three returned for touchdowns. The pass rush aided the secondary in its efforts, posting 35 sacks on the season, including eight by DE Alex Okaforand seven from DE Calais Campbell. Veteran S Rashad Johnsonled the team in tackling with 89 stops (72 solo).

INDIVIDUAL STATS VS. CARDINALS

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Nate Allen**

Career Totals: 20 tackles (11 solo), one interception with 43 return yards, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in three games.

• Allen recorded an interception and returned it 43 yards against the Cardinals on Dec. 1, 2013.

Michael Crabtree

Career Totals: 55 receptions for 739 yards (13.4 avg.) with seven touchdowns and two rushing attempts for 12 yards (6.0 avg.) in 10 career games (8-2).

• He scored four touchdowns against Arizona in 2012, going for five catches and 72 yards with two scores on Oct. 29, 2012, and eight receptions for 172 yards with two scores on Dec. 30, 2012.

Sebastian Janikowski

Career Totals: 10-of-14 (71.4 percent) on field goal attempts and 14-of-14 on extra point attempts for 44 total points in five games.

• In last season's Week 7 meeting, Janikowski went 2-for-2 on field goals, connecting from 53 and 29 yards out.

Malcolm Smith

Career Totals: 19 tackles (10 solo), one interception with a 32-yard return, one sack for an 8-yard loss and two passes defensed in seven career games (5-2).

• On Dec. 22, 2013, he intercepted a pass and returned it 32 yards, while also tying a then-career high with eight total tackles.

Charles Woodson

Career Totals: 20 tackles (14 solo), four interceptions with 121 return yards and two touchdowns, six passes defensed and five punt returns for 40 yards (8.0 avg.) in six career games (4-2); seven solo tackles, one pass defensed and one forced fumble in one postseason meeting. • He recorded interception returns for touchdowns of 45 yards (Jan. 3, 2010) and 46 yards (Oct. 4, 1998).

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