All posts for the month August, 2016

Derek Carr looked ready for the season in the third preseason game. With a perfect 29 yard touch pass to Amari Cooper for the second score following a nice play that had DeAndre Washington scoring from six yards out.

It was nice to see but not really sure what else you can take from this game with the Titans and Raiders facing off against each other again on September 25th.

Johnny Holton – childhood friend of Cooper – had a good game, with three catches for fifty four yards along with fourteen yards on a rushing play that made a great highlight for the game.

KJ Brent also looked good with his three catches for fifty four yards but his highlight play was the popped up ball that led to Connor Cook having an interception recorded against him.

All told, it was a decent tune up game with a more than vanilla game plan. Holton, Washington and Richard likely sealed roster spots. George Atkinson continued to show that he could belong too but against players lower on the depth chart.

The good news is that apart from first drive, the Raiders starters on defense shut down the Packers. That first drive wasn’t pretty though and the same could be said of the Raiders starting offense too.

Derek Carr threw a pick attempting to get ball to Amari Cooper. Murray was underwhelming, going for nineteen yards on six carries.

Indeed, the Raiders only touchdown came from special teams when Nate Allen blocked a punt in the endzone for the score.

With two games left, the Raiders need to find a way to get the first time offense going to the same level they have their defense functioning. There is time and it isn’t like we are running anything but a vanilla offense right now anyway.


The Raiders opened their 2016 preseason campaign with a victory over popular Superbowl LI pick the Arizona Cardinals.

The win was fueled by the performances of the Raiders backups, including George Atkinson III, who rushed for two touchdowns (on 53 yard and 35 yard rushes) and 97 yards overall.

The scoring started with Carr’s 2nd and last drive with a 53 yard field gold by Janikowski . With Carr’s night over, Matt McGloin took over the reigns and led the Raiders to two touchdowns. One by TE Clive Walford and the second by Andre Holmes.

With McGloin’s night over, we got to see Connor Cook. Cook by reports hasn’t had the best training camp so far with fans openly comparing him to Tyler Wilson of late.  Cook looked nothing like a bust draft pick however in this game, completing seven of his eleven passes for seventy one yards. He looked more like the player that  received high marks from some draftniks prior to the draft.

There was some bad news however, Mario Edwards Jr left the field with a hip injury and was seen afterwards on crutches.