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August 11, 2011

Cardinals Beat Raiders On Late TD Pass, Serious Injury Worries Raiders

Filed under: NFL, Oakland Raiders — Bill @ 11:22 pm

The Raiders may have lost more than a preseason game tonight, serious injury to safety Hiram Eugene.

Game Notes:
RB Darren McFadden out due to a broken orbital bone, hard to do while wearing a helmet, one of those freak injuries sustained during camp.

WR Jacoby Ford was out due to a broken bone in his wrist, not believed to be serious.

RB Michael Bush was supposed to be out but played briefly, looked strong on a typical bull Bush run.

QB Jason Campbell played two series, drove them for a scoring drive on the first possession (field goal), & was able to orchestrate a drive from deep near their own goal line.

TE Kevin Boss (wearing Dave Casper’s old #87) caught a pass on the Raiders 2nd offensive play of the game, then was promptly involved in a fight. It’s official, now he’s a Raider.

Early on the Raiders defense had a nice goal line stand when they were in difficult position at 2nd & goal on the 3 yd. line. They stopped the Cardinals on 2nd, 3rd, & 4th & goal against Arizona’s first team offense.

Word is out about 5th round draft pick WR #17 Denarius Moore from Tennessee. He is making impressive plays every day in camp, popping eyes with his all-around ability. Ran a 4.3 40yd. dash on his pro day, seems polished, however he did drop his first professional pass thrown to him. More than made up for it on a spectacular 68 yd. punt return (called back for reasons nothing to do with him). He had another 26 yd. reception on a fine crossing route. The kid is showing he belongs in the NFL.

QB Trent Edwards is battling for the second string QB job with Kyle Boller, I hope Edwards wins it. He’s an accurate thrower, smart (from Stanford), patient, can throw on the run, has a history of above average play in the NFL, unlike Boller. Former 3rd round pick by the Bills, won the starting job there, his play was extremely good until he suffered a severe concussion, was never quite the same after that. It’s been a few years, he looks like his old self, tonight he looked good.

Edwards started the 3rd quarter, drove the team to a field goal completing several nice passes. On his second possession he led the Raiders to their first touchdown of 2011, a TD pass to converted USC WR to TE David Ausberry. It was a pretty pass. Late in the 4th he led the team on what we thought was a game winning drive, unfortunately for the Raiders it wasn’t meant to be.

Odd moment: You don’t see a QB complete a pass to himself very often. Trent Edwards caught his own thrown forward pass off a deflection and ran for 5 yards.

Debut of the Hue Jackson era. He threw his first challenge flag in the 3rd quarter on a fumble that the Raiders recovered, refs ruled differently, Jackson threw the red flag, the call was overturned. Jackson is 1 for 1.

One odd thing that ultimately falls in Jackson’s lap, the Raiders kicked off on both the 1st & 2nd half. Turns out it was a mistake in language used by Jason Campbell at the start of the game. Thank goodness it’s preseason, hopefully not a mistake they will ever make again.

In the second half most of the Raiders rushing attack was Michael Bennett, who looked solid & at times powerful. Other carries by backup Louis Rankin (who fumbled late but fortunately recovered it). Rankin was immediately benched.

Name Game:
Run DMc = Darren McFadden
DHB = Darrius Heyward-Bey
And now they have DVD = CB DeMarcus Van Dyke (but will he make the team?)

Let’s talk about how good Sebastian Janikowski is…
Under the new rule kickoffs will now come from the 35 yd. line instead of the 30. Sea Bass may break the NFL record for most touchbacks, he led all kickers last season.

He was 3 for 3 in field goal attempts tonight, then late in the game he nailed a 57 yd. FG off the infield dirt (because the A’s play at the Coliseum tomorrow night). As an 11 yr. season ticket holder I’ve seen many a quality kicker fail off of that dirt, but it didn’t bother Sebastian.

On the final drive the Raiders young defenders couldn’t get it done as Max Hall led the Cardinals on the game winning TD drive.

**One significant injury to report: safety Hiram Eugene was carted off the field after suffering a painful dislocated hip. The sort of injury that could be a career ender, ask Bo Jackson. The injury report was an early diagnosis so let’s hope for the best.

New name for the stadium “The O dot Co”
Whatever…

“Paid attendance” was listed as just a shade over 25,000. After seeing the pictures it looked more like 2500. Sparse to say the least.

Scoring summary:
Raiders scored first, led at the end of the 1st Q. 3-0
Another Sea Bass FG made it 6-0
Cardinals scored to lead 7-6
Halftime: 7-6 Cardinals
Cardinals J. Feely FG made it 10-6
Raiders FG made it 10-9
Edwards 18 yd. TD pass gave the Raiders a 15-10 lead, failed 2 pt. conversion
Cardinals Bartel TD pass made it 17-15
End of 3rd Quarter 17-15 Cardinals
With 2:32 left Janikowski’s amazing 57 yd. FG made it 18-17 Raiders
Cardinals Max Hall’s 28 yd. TD pass with 0:41 left made the final score 24-18

Top Passer: OAK Trent Edwards 1-19 140 yds. 1 TD
Top Rusher: OAK Michael Bennett 9-40 yds.
Top Receiver: ARI Larry Fitzgerald 2-60 yds
Top Kicker: OAK Sebastian Janikowski 4 for 4 FG’s
Top Defender: OAK Hiram Eugene 4 tackles 1 assist

All in all a fun night at what Bill King labeled “The House of Thrills”, except for the Eugene injury. Some of the kids showed their stuff, the Raiders offensive line is still a concern, but in the end it was simply nice to have our favorite team playing our favorite sport.

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