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Arizona Cardinals Drop Preseason Opener Against Oakland Raiders

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The first team offense and defense looked really good, but the Oakland Raiders took advantage of turnovers by the second and third team and opened up with a big win against the Cardinals

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The Arizona Cardinals fell in their preseason opener to the Oakland Raiders 31-10 behind a strong performance from Oakland running back George Atkinson.

The Arizona Cardinals took their opening drive and marched down the field before stalling inside the ten yard line, but overall, the Arizona Cardinals first team offense and defense looked like they were in midseason form.

Carson Palmer finished 3/5 for 38 yards and David Johnson had three carries for 31 yards, including a highlight reel run to take the Arizona Cardinals inside the ten where they settled for a Chandler Catanzaro field goal.

Palmer hit Michael Floyd on a 30 yard in route, which was aided by a phenomenal blitz pick up by David Johnson that can be seen here.

Then David Johnson found a way to make the highlights in only three carries, with a beautiful outside stutter that made David Amerson look just silly.  It set the Arizona Cardinals up for a short field goal.

From there the Cardinals first team offense and defense took the rest of the night off and the second team offense and defense had some struggles.

Andre Ellington had a couple great runs, finishing with three carries for 41 yards and a touchdown, the Arizona Cardinals lone touchdown of the evening.

You make the call.

Drew Stanton struggled mightily, missing open targets high a number of times, and he finished 2/6 for 42 yards and an interception.

His best target of the night though was Troy Niklas, who was active in both the passing game, finishing with two catches for 44 yards, and looked really good blocking, outside of his holding call that negated a Stepfan Taylor touchdown run.

Matt Barkley played the bulk of the game at quarterback and had some nice plays. He looked good in the face of pressure a number of times and was accurate when he was looking short and down the middle.

Issues arose when he was asked to throw the ball outside of the numbers.

He finished only 8/24 for 121 yards and an interception.

The defense, especially the third and fourth stringers, really struggled. Matthias Farley looked good, but a number of times players were out of position or just failed to make plays.

Quick Hitters:

  • J.J. Nelson cannot fumble the ball if he wants to return punts.  His fumble return set up the Raiders first touchdown.
  • The biggest concern coming out of the game is simply... If Carson Palmer ever gets... Never mind.
  • Kerwynn Williams and Elijhaa Penny are good players who will probably not make this team.
  • Ifeanyi Momah and Troy Niklas could be excellent players if they can stay healthy.

Anything else?