Oakland Raiders: 7 Things To Keep An Eye On Against Arizona Cardinals

Oakland Raiders: 7 Things To Keep An Eye On Against Arizona Cardinals

Oakland Raiders: 7 Things To Keep An Eye On Against Arizona Cardinals

Coming off a broken fibula, Derek Carr doesn't think he has any effects from the injury. So it would interesting to see how this combination works out for the Cardinals.

While Stanton missed two deep shots, he played a controlled short game.

Marshawn Lynch, the ex-Seattle running back who came out of retirement to sign with Oakland, sat during the national anthem before the Raiders' preseason opener against the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night.

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Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick remains a free agent after notably sitting during the national anthem last season. "There were several guys that didn't play and that was one of them". Offensive linemen Will Holden and Dorian Johnson did play, but struggled. Without that receiver, the Cardinals might struggle to find crucial plays when they need them most. That wasn't immediately evident.

"It was just fun to play", Palmer said after the game.

Two drives later, the Raiders only had 10 players on the field when fortunately an alert Karl Joseph called a time out.

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Granted, it's only the exhibition season. Manuel has long held the apparent edge in the backup quarterback battle and that didn't change Saturday.

Third-string quarterback Blaine Gabbert was outstanding in his first action in a Cardinals uniform, completing 11 of 14 passes for 185 yards and leading the Cards to a pair of touchdowns in last week's Hall of Fame Game. His best pass was a 30-yarder to tight end Clive Walford that he nicely dropped in. The Cardinals have a better overall defense, but if the Raiders only have to prepare for Gabbert and Knight it levels the playing field. Hester showed he may be able to provide that. He finished the game with a team-high six tackles, a forced fumble and a half-sack. He looks more like a candidate to be cut - even with a guaranteed $9.5 million salary this season - than he does to start.

Cornerback Sean Smith had shuffled between the first and second team in the week leading up to the first preseason game.

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Oddsmakers at sports book Bovada.lv list the Cardinals as a 3-point favorite Saturday night as they host the Raiders, while the over-under is set at 40.

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