Gutierrez's Instant Replay: Cardinals 31, Raiders 27


Gutierrez's Instant Replay: Cardinals 31, Raiders 27


ARIZONA -- The Raiders' first-team offense, especially the passing game in which Carson Palmer had a passer rating of just 48.4 after completing 13 of 24 for 107 yards and an interception, looked skittish, not to mention the zone-blocking scheme. Oakland's first-team defense, however, looked dominant at times and dominated the line of scrimmage. Special teams? Yeah, the Raiders have some work to do there. In all, the Raiders had two turnovers and a blocked punt that led to 17 points for the Cardinals. Yeah, the Raiders have some work to do still in this preseason.Run DMC shows explosionkinda: A week ago, Darren McFadden touched the ball three times and came away with 38 yards. This time, McFadden had 10 touches for 51 yards, though that number might be a little misleading since 39 of those yards came on two plays, a 22-yard run and a 17-yard catch and run. Other than that, he had three carries for no gain, including twice from the 1-yard line. At least he emerged unscathed, unlike...Injury bug bites: Receiverreturner Jacoby Ford and running back Mike Goodson both left the game in the first half with foot and chest injuries, respectively. Goodson, who missed last week's opener after a scary-looking neck injury, fumbled twice and left the game after his second, when he was popped by linebacker Reggie Walker. Then there was backup quarterback Matt Leinart going out in the third quarter.Speaking of Ford: So much was made this week of Jacoby Ford needed to atone for his poor game Monday. And sure enough, he caught both passes thrown his way and did not muff any returns. But his going out late in the first quarter with a foot injury is troubling in that he was plagued by injury last year, when he suffered a broken hand in camp, a strained hamstring in the opener and a sprained foot midseason that limited him to just eight games. He was on the bench in street clothes with crutches.Leinart's finger: Matt Leinart was quietly dissecting the Cardinals defense when third-string nose tackle Ricky Lumpkin's cheap shot on a helmet-to-helmet hit knocked him out. Leinart was driven off the field in a cart with his right index finger heavily taped. Leinart was five-of-eight passing for 66 yards at the time.Streater keeps streaking: With Ford sidelines, undrafted rookie revelation Rod Streater jumped in with the first team offense and kept his hot exhibition season going. At halftime, Streater had seven catches for 43 yards, giving him 13 receptions for 109 yards in two games.T.K. with the TKO?: Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly dominated the line of scrimmage in the first quarter, so much so that Arizona quarterback Kevin Kolb is sure to have nightmares about him. Especially after his first-quarter safety.Um, DVD?: DeMarcus Van Dyke, the early-camp standout who had a rough go of it last week against the Cowboys, had another tough night against the Cardinals. DeMarco Sampson beat him bad on a long ball down the left sideline and then, one play later, his missed tackle enabled William Powell to run the ball in from nine yards out for what proved to be the game-winning touchdown. Stephen Williams beat him later for a 31-yard pickup.

Report: Former Raiders RB arrested for domestic violence


Report: Former Raiders RB arrested for domestic violence

Trent Richardson is reportedly in some trouble.

Richardson was arrested on Thursday night for domestic violence, according to TMZ Sports.

The former running back was taken into custody on a third degree charge, the report states, with bail being set for $1,000.

The arrest was made in Hoover, Alabama.

The Browns selected Richardson with the third overall pick in the 2012 draft.

He was traded to the Colts in 2013 and played for Indianapolis in 2014.

He signed with the Raiders in 2015 and appeared in three exhibition games, but did not make the team.

The 26-year old was cut by the Ravens last August.

Downing: Carr will have increased influence on Raiders game plan

Downing: Carr will have increased influence on Raiders game plan

Derek Carr and Todd Downing are tight. A strong friendship was forged between the Raiders’ franchise quarterback and his position coach these past two seasons, one that should help the Raiders now that Downing will call plays.

The Raiders new offensive coordinator will use his young signal caller as a resource formulating a game plan. Carr has a bright offensive mind – he called his own plays in high school and in college at times – and Downing plans to use it to put his quarterback in positions to succeed.

Carr’s influence in preparation will expand over previous seasons under coordinator Bill Musgrave.

“Where I see him needing a little bit more command is just being able to share his thoughts of game plans,” Downing said Wednesday in a conference call. “Being a student of the game, as he already is, but vocalize what he likes and doesn’t like. I think my relationship with him is something that’s going to give him the opportunity to voice his opinions. I look forward to him really taking charge of expressing his thoughts on the offense.”

Carr has always had freedom to adjust at the line of scrimmage, but that could increase with Downing in charge. Derek Carr’s brother Davis Carr told 95.7 The Game as much a few weeks ago, a topic Downing addressed on Wednesday.

“There’s been a lot made about his command at the line of scrimmage,” Downing said. “There’s certainly going to be opportunities for Derek to do that. That’s not something I feel we’ll even have to get into until we’re much further into this offseason and into training camp.”

Downing had opportunities to interview with other teams this offseason, but head coach Jack Del Rio wanted to pair Downing and Carr together. The young duo have similar personalities and a strong working relationship based on a love of the game.

“My relationship with Derek starts there,” Downing said in Wednesday interview on 95.7-FM. “We both love coming to work each day and respect the heck out of each other. When you have that kind of relationship with any coach, you’re taking a step in the right direction. Derek’s the leader of our franchise. In my opinion, he’s the best young quarterback in football. We’re fortunate to have him. Why wouldn’t I be in a good mood every time I am around him?”

Carr made great progress working with Downing the past two years, and was an MVP candidate in 2016. Downing sees continued room for growth and refinement as next season approaches.

“I think Derek made big strides in 2016, just in terms of his command of the offense, being the field general, being able to get through progressions more efficiently,” Downing said. “His footwork took big strides. I certainly want him to remain focused on all of those attributes. You don’t want to feel like you’ve arrived in a certain area of your game and then have it go backwards when the next season starts. Certainly, I want him focused on all of those.”