With a very short time to prepare due to playing Monday night, the Raiders had a better game Friday (despite the loss). You wouldn't know it from the way the first string played. But the second and remaining lineups? Much better than Monday.
Carson played okay - 13 of 24 for 107 yards and an INT. More concerning for me were the passes that weren't caught. Either the receivers aren't running the right routes or Palmer isn't throwing it where it needs to be. There was a little disconnect going on between him and the first team receivers. He missed a couple of wide open passes to McFadden and TE Richard Gordon. And twice we had 1st and goal but ended up with field goals. Streater seemed to be the only guy he could find.
While we pretty much dominated the first half in nearly every aspect stat wise, we lost the turnover battle. Mike Goodson fumbled twice plus the INT by Palmer left us with 3 turnovers, so we were down 24-11. Arizona scored 10 off our mistakes. Not a great way to end the half.
came in for the second and was playing really well. Got us down the
field and we scored our first touchdown of the 2012 season. But then
Leinart got clocked (no penalty called, but a fine is coming for sure)
and he left the game 5 of 8 for 66 yards. He is being looked at for
his finger on his right hand.
Pryor came in and you could tell he wasn't warmed up. He made some short passes - okay, he was 2 of 3 for 9 yards... But we ran a lot and didn't make much headway with him at the helm. They are going to have to work on the plays for Pryor.
looked good and the later string guys scored a defensive touchdown in
the 3rd quarter. DE Hall Davis had a fumble return for a TD late. The
DBs and LBs looked good some plays, bad others. DVD had a rough game.
Pretty much what's expected in preseason.
I'm glad we put some points on the board and the team played a little
better - lots of new plays to absorb on both sides of the ball. But we
better hope that our offensive first string comes together with more
confidence. Our o-line looks pretty sketchy - guys need to get healthy
before the season starts.