Oakland, CA – It’s obvious that it going to take time to adjust to a new head coach but at this rate the Raiders need to re-evaluate a lot more. In todays 24-13 loss to the Cardinals, Oakland is now currently the only team in the NFL that has recorded no wins this season. The Raiders came out strong in last weeks loss to the San Diego Chargers but feel flat to Arizona.
“It’s killing us,” said Safety Charles Woodson. “We were for the most part, able to play good football on the early downs, but for whatever reason, third downs. I don’t know if there’s a lack of focus or what it is on third downs but it’s definitely our Achilles heel right now.”
Derek Carr was not successful in moving the offense today. While he had plenty of time in the pocket, the Cardinals smothered the Raiders offense. Carr completed 16 of 28 passes for 173 yards. Carson Palmer on the other hand moved his offense down field with their rushing game to set-up Stepfan Taylor’s two-yard touchdown in the first making it a 7-0 game. The penalties on both teams were plentiful but damaging for Oakland.
After the Raiders SS Usama Young sacked Palmer, Oakland forced Arizona to punt. TJ Carrie rushed for 60 yards but a penalty in the back erased that return. That was the closest the Raiders offense got to catching a break in this first half. Palmer who completed 22 of 31 passes for 253 yards found Michael Floyd in the end zone for a 33-yard touchdown pass extending the Cardinals lead 14-0 in the second quarter.
“It’s a great environment to play,” Palmer said about returning to face his former team. “This place is awesome. This place is great when you’re wearing the silver and black and it’s a great place to play as an opponent. Great to get in here and get a win.”
No hard feelings for the former quarterback who came in under head coach Hue Jackson. Though his time was short Palmer had nothing bad to say abut his former team. And to be honest he didn’t have to because his defense did most of the talking. Carr completed a 55-yard pass to Brice Butler that led to Darren McFadden’s 1-yard touchdown.
“As a running back it’s very frustrating,” said McFadden. “You always want to go out there and run the ball. They fought hard on defense so you’ve got to give those guys credit. Our O-Line did their job and made some big plays and some big blocks, but it just wasn’t one of those days where we could get it going all the way.”
Woodson intercepted Palmers’s pass for 30 yards setting up the first of two field goals by Sebastian Janikowski to trim Arizona’s lead down to one. Janikoswki kicked a 29 and 53-yard field goal making it a 14-13 game in the third quarter. But Oakland failed to stop Taylor from scoring a 4-yard touchdown extending the Cardinals lead 21-13. Arizona was the only team to score in the fourth with 41-yard field goal making it a 24-13 game.
“It’s hard to put into words,” CB Carlos Rogers said. “We continue to fight, we continue to go out there and give ourselves a chance to win. We’ve just got to find a way to win, find a way to defensively get off the field and offensively, keep moving the ball on third down. When it’s crunch time, we’ve got to be the ones to make that play and not the other team.”