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The Oakland Raiders played their starters for most of the first half Saturday night — EJ Manuel replaced Derek Carr with less than two minutes before halftime and Connor Cook had the Raiders inside the 10-yard line with less than 10 seconds to play. But Cook could not connect on a pair of fade passes, the latter as time expired, and the Raiders fell to the Dallas Cowboys 24-20 to remain winless in the preseason at 0-3. Again, the Raiders’ offense was efficient and explosive while Oakland’s defense was exposed and exploited … at times.

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Saturday night in Arizona will mark Raider debuts for a number key offseason acquisitions, including All-Pro RB Marshawn Lynch, who will suit up in the Silver and Black for the first time.

The Oakland Raiders open the 2017 preseason with a road game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 12 at 7:00 p.m. PT. Following the first two weeks of training camp at the team’s summer home in Napa, Head Coach Jack Del Rio and the Raiders will begin a preseason slate of games that features three NFC West opponents. The team opens in Arizona for the second straight season before a home game against the Los Angeles Rams. Oakland’s third preseason contest will be a road game against the Dallas Cowboys before wrapping up the preseason at home against the Seattle Seahawks.

Here is the Game Preview, presented by 95.7 The GAME.

THE SETTING

Date: Saturday, August 12, 2017
Kickoff: 
7:00 p.m. PT
Site: 
University of Phoenix Stadium (2006)
Capacity/Surface: 
63,400/Natural Grass
Preseason: Raiders lead, 8-7
Regular Season: Raiders lead, 5-4

Postseason: N/A

QB Derek Carr, entering his fourth season, will again set the pace for the offense. Reigning Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year DE Khalil Mack will look to build upon his stellar 2016 campaign as he leads the defensive unit. Saturday night in Arizona will mark Raider debuts for a number key offseason acquisitions, including All-Pro RB Marshawn Lynch, who will suit up in the Silver and Black for the first time. Approximately 30 Raider rookies will get their first taste of NFL game action on Saturday as well.

Following Saturday’s game, the Raiders will return to Napa, for their final days of training camp practices before playing in their first home game of the season at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Aug. 19 against the Rams. The Cardinals, who participated in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, last week, will host the Chicago Bears.

PRESEASON OPENER

The Raiders will open the preseason on the road for the third time in the last seven seasons, as they also opened the 2016 preseason campaign in Arizona last season and the 2014 preseason in Minnesota. It also marks the fifth time in the last seven years that the Silver and Black have played the Cardinals. The Raiders won last year’s preseason opener by a final of 31-10. Oakland’s last trip to Arizona in the regular season came in 2010, with the Cardinals winning, 24-23. The two teams are slated to meet in the regular season in 2018.

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On Friday, the Raiders owe Derek Carr the first money from his new $125 million deal — a check for the first 10 percent ($12.5 million).

Combined with an already earned roster bonus of $7.5 million, due in September, and a $5 million salary, Carr will make $25 million total this season.

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The NFL is officially entrenched in its slow season, and given the frenetic spring and early summer the Patriots have enjoyed a little break probably isn’t the worst thing in the world. News league-wide has been hard to come by, but one interesting and notable development took place last week when the Raiders and Derek Carr agreed on a lucrative contract extension.

Using that deal as a springboard, ESPN.com takes a look at some quarterbacks who may force their owners to open their checkbooks soon.

ESPN the Magazine’s annual “Body Issue” has a Patriots tie in with wide receiver Julian Edelman making an appearance. Speaking of Edelman, the Boston Globe thinks the veteran was smart to have his recently signed extension frontloaded.

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ALAMEDA, Calif. — While the Oakland Raiders may be lame ducks as they await a move to Las Vegas, quarterback Derek Carr hopes fans won’t be, well, lame in the interim.

In fact, he expects fans to unite, rather than fight with each other.

“We’re not going to split up like you’ve seen other cities do,” Carr said Monday, and immediately images of Cleveland and Houston in the mid-1990s, when the Browns and Oilers departed for Baltimore and Tennessee, respectively, come to mind.

“We’re not going to do things like that. For the ones that do, I don’t really believe that they’re true Raider fans. I feel their hurt. I’m with you. I hurt, too. But at the same time, we’re all in this together and we’re just going to do it together.”

The Raiders won the right to relocate to Southern Nevada on March 27 by a 31-1 vote.

Raiders owner Mark Davis does not plan on moving to Las Vegas until a $1.9 billion, 65,000-seat domed stadium with natural grass opens in 2020. The Raiders will play in Oakland this coming season and have a lease option for 2018 at the Oakland Coliseum but thus far have no concrete plan for the 2019 season.

And while the future may be a bit muddy, Raiders players insisted on the first day of the team’s offseason workout program it will not detract from their on-field goals.

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Add another offensive player to the Oakland Raiders’ free-agent haul as quarterback EJ Manuel, a former first-round draft pick, is headed to the East Bay to compete with second-year pro Connor Cook to be Derek Carr’s backup.

Terms: Unknown.

ESPN 150 ranking: Not ranked

Grade: D+

EJ Manuel lost his starting job in his second season with the Bills and is just 6-11 as a starter in his career. AP/Bill Wippert

What it means: Matt McGloin is done as a Raider … or close to it. McGloin, an unrestricted free agent who wants a chance to compete for a starting gig somewhere, was not going to get that opportunity in Oakland. Not after his flameout and injury in the season finale at Denver, and not after going 1-6 as a starter in four seasons. Manuel, who was taken 16th overall by the Buffalo Bills out of Florida State in 2013, started 10 games as a rookie, but then lost his job in his second season and is 6-11 as a starter in his career and has not won a game since Week 2 of the 2014 season.

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ALAMEDA, Calif. — What would new Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Todd Downing do if the Raiders found themselves facing a first-and-10 situation at the opponents’ 22-yard line while holding an eight-point lead late in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl?

Surely he’d call three straight run plays, forcing Oakland’s foes to burn timeouts, and then kick a field goal to go up by two scores and all but clinch the Lombardi Trophy, right?

Downing laughed.

“You know what?” Downing said, “let’s have that conversation once we get to the Super Bowl.”

Raiders QB Derek Carr can expect to have more input under new coordinator Todd Downing. Erich Schlegel/USA TODAY Sports

Downing was taking part in a conference call with Bay Area reporters Wednesday, his first since being promoted from quarterbacks coach on Jan. 14, and he gave his vision of running the Raiders’ high-powered offense as a first-time coordinator.

Mainly, Downing sees himself as an if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it kind of guy. And since the Raiders had the No. 6 total offense in the league last season (No. 13 passing, No. 6 rushing), that should be a good thing, no?

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It all started when Raiders offensive lineman Kelechi Osmele posted a tweet saying how much his QB Derek Carr looked like Sid from Toy Story.

It would start a hilarious twitter war with numerous players taking shots at other over their celebrity doppelgangers, even throwing shade at their coach Jack Del Rio.

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is the most clutch QB in the NFL, according to both anyone who watched football in 2016, as well as to Bleacher Report’s analytics.

Bleacher Report has broken down all the starting quarterbacks in the NFL in 2016. Using some of their own measures, they’ve determined which QB they feel is most clutch. Their answer: none other than the franchise quarterback of the Oakland Raiders, Derek Carr.

B/R’s measures acknowledge that QBs of teams who routinely blow other teams out are at a disadvantage. They will have skewed clutch ratings as they do little in crunch time. The article allows that Brady is as clutch as needed when he needed, for example.

 The B/R methodology is this: pull stats describing overall quarterback play. Adjust them by how much better or worse the QB performed under pressure. Then add special situations — game-winning drives, 21-plus-yard throws late in the game, turnovers inside an opponent’s 30 — to come up with a score.

If you look at the B/R measurements, Carr’s ranking of #1 makes complete sense. The Raiders rarely blew teams out and almost always needed a clutch Carr in the 4th quarter during winning time. Carr’s numbers increased across the board in the 4th quarter, from accuracy to yards per attempt. He brought his best at peak times.

He won four Castrol “Clutch Performer of the Week” awards this past season, and his passer rating increased almost 10 points in the fourth quarter. His yards-per-attempt went up over a half a yard and his completion percentage around 2% points. The man amped his game up in winning time.

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Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is out of surgery for a broken fibula, online according to a Facebook post from his mother.

 

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