Oakland Raiders 17-0-7-7 — 31
Arizona Cardinals 10-0-0-0 — 10
It may have been preseason but the Raiders started early and never relented on their way to a 31-10 victory over the Cardinals. Oakland forced two first quarter turnovers to help jump out to a lead early in the game.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was 3-of-7 for 44 yards, but only played briefly in the contest. For the Cardinals, Carson Palmer was 3-of-5 for 38 yards. The majority of the game was played by both team’s backups as well as those fighting for roster positions.
Raiders running back George Atkinson had a phenomenal game with 5 carries for 97 yards and 2 touchdowns. For the Cardinals, David Johnson had 3 rushes for 31 yards.
Here’s what happened in the matchup.
Both Teams Opened With Field Goals
While the first team offenses for the Raiders and Cardinals drove down the field early, each team had to settle for field goals to start the game. Sebastian Janikowski hit a 53-yard field goal to even things up midway through the third quarter.
Matt McGloin Threw the First Touchdown of the Game
After the Cardinals fumbled the ball on a punt return, the Raiders capitalized on great field position. Backup quarterback Matt McGloin found tight end Clive Walford for a 19-yard touchdown. Walford has been getting some press as a deep sleeper in fantasy leagues.
Andre Holmes Scored on a Beautiful Fade Route
The Raiders came up with an interception to give their offense great field position for the second straight series. McGloin threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Andre Holmes. Holmes ran a fade route, caught the ball and tiptoed to get both feet inbounds.
Andre Ellington Found the Endzone for the Cardinals
David Johnson may be the lead back in Arizona, but Andre Ellington flashed his quickness throughout the game. Ellington’s touchdown made it 14-7.
Atkinson Scored His Second Touchdown
Not satisfied with just one touchdown, Atkinson rushed for a 35-yard touchdown. Atkinson gave the Raiders the 31-10 lead for good.