The Oakland Raiders played well for it being the first preseason game of the year, but they would eventually fall short on a last-minue touchdown drive from Max Hall and the Arizona Cardinals. Here is some post-game reaction and analysis from the blogosphere:
- Rich Langford, Silver and Black Pride
The Raiders starters dominated this game. The offense did a solid job of moving the sticks, and in the starting defense one series (Routt, Chris Johnson and Rolando McClain didn't play after the first series) they stifled the Cardinals offense.
My favorite moment of this game came mid way through the first quarter. The Raiders defensive line stuffed Arizona on a goalline stand that led to the Cardinals turning over the ball on downs. The Raiders then took the ball in the shadow of their own endzone and smashed it out. Three straight runs picked up 16 yards and gave the Raiders breathing room. That is what building a bully is all about.
- KA1Z3R, SIlver and Black Pride
The team looks exactly the same as last year because it is largely the same team as last year. The running game struggled but last year it was rushing attack that got better as games wore on and defenses got tired. Expect much the same this year.
The good thing with this team looking the same as last year's 8-8 team is just that. They already look like that 8-8 team this early on. Last year the team looked like another 5-11 early on. We're already looking to be in 8-8 form with key players missing from this game. It'll be interesting to see though if that 8-8 team lingers around, or finally steps it up.
QB Jason Campbell said, "It's fun to have an opportunity to come out even though it's a quick turnaround from training camp. It's good to go against another team instead of going against ourselves every day. We'll figure out the things we've got to continue to work on, the things we've got to continue to improve, that's what the preseason is for.
"Not such a good show for second-year cornerback Walter McFadden, who was flagged for two pass interference penalties and burned on a couple of notable occasions. Rookie DeMarcus Van Dyke was also used a few times by Larry Fitzgerald, as well as being beat on John Skelton's 18-yard TD pass to Stephen Williams.