▪ Opponent: vs. Arizona
▪ Time: 1:25 p.m.
▪ Line: Cardinals by 31/2
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▪ Records: Raiders 0-5, Cardinals 4-1
▪ TV/Radio: FOX40 (Dick Stockton, Brady Quinn), 950, 1140
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH
Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer isn’t the only former Raiders player who will be returning to O.Co Coliseum. Left tackle Jared Veldheer and defensive tackle Tommy Kelly also return. Veldheer is most interesting because the Raiders allowed him to leave as a free agent after calling him a building block. Oakland ended up signing Donald Penn, who has had a bounce-back season after getting cut by Tampa.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr came into the league facing questions whether he could outperform big brother David, who was a disappointment after being drafted No. 1 in 2002 by the expansion Houston Texans. David Carr never recovered from the beating he took early in his career behind a patchwork line, getting sacked a record 76 times as a rookie. Derek Carr has benefited from good protection, with only Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton getting sacked on a lower percentage of pass plays. “I’m very appreciative. I appreciate it a lot,” Carr said. “I know my wife appreciates it. They’ve been doing such a fantastic job.”
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Palmer threw 30 interceptions in 25 games with the Raiders, the fourth most in the league during that span. He has eliminated a lot of mistakes under Cardinals coach Bruce Arians’ tutelage. The Cardinals haven’t thrown an interception in the first five games, the first team to do that since the 2010 New York Jets, and have the third-fewest turnovers with three.
The Raiders improved their running game in Tony Sparano’s first game as Raiders interim coach. Oakland ran for a season-high 114 yards, including 80 on 14 carries by Darren McFadden in his most productive game in more than a year. The running game allowed Oakland to convert 8 of 13 third-down attempts, the team’s best performance since the 2011 season finale.
The Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson, who boasts that he is the NFL’s top cornerback, isn’t living up to the $70 million contract he signed this summer. Peterson has allowed 17 catches on 27 throws into coverage, according to Pro Football Focus, for 248 yards and four touchdowns, including a pair last week to DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. Peterson also has no interceptions this season.
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▪ Out: WR Vincent Brown (quadriceps), CB Keith McGill (groin), S Usama Young (foot)
▪ Questionable: OL Khalif Barnes (quadriceps), FB Marcel Reece (quadriceps), DE Justin Tuck (knee)
▪ Probable: QB Derek Carr (ankle), DE Benson Mayowa (knee), LB Sio Moore (ankle)
▪ Out: DE Calais Campell (knee), TE Troy Niklas (ankle), TE John Carlson (knee), LB Glenn Carson (ankle), DT Frostee Rucker (calf)
▪ Questionable: DT Alameda Ta’amu (illness),
▪ Probable: WR John Brown (hamstring), WR Michael Floyd (groin), LB Alex Okafor (quadriceps), RB Andre Ellington (foot), QB Carson Palmer (right shoulder), CB Patrick Peterson (ankle)
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