Raiders drop dress rehearsal 31-21

The Raiders drew their “dress rehearsal” week-three preseason game against the tough Green Bay Packers and ended dropping with a frustrating XX-XX loss.

After struggling against the Vikings and Lions starting offenses, the Raiders got off to another slow start by letting Aaron Rodgers and the Packers starting offense drive quickly down the field for an opening-drive touchdown.

The Raiders defense forced a third and seven but defensive lineman Justin Tuck jumped offsides for an encroachment penalty to give Rodgers a third and two. Rodgers took advantage by continuing the drive that culminated in a touchdown run by Packers running back Eddie Lacy. The Packers would add on a two-point conversion to jump out to a quick 8-0 lead.

Raiders starting quarterback Matt Schaub would do a nice job of answering with a touchdown drive of his own as he led the Raiders offense down with a five-play touchdown drive that ended with a 40-yard scoring run from veteran Maurice Jones-Drew.

The long run shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise as Jones-Drew has been running hard all of preseason and training camp.

The Raiders defense, which has struggled mightily against their opposing starting offenses, came up with a big stop on Rodgers’ next drive. In fact, the defense would stop Rodgers and the Packers offense for the next three drives, forcing three and outs.

Rookie cornerback TJ Carrie got off to a strong start on the outside, knocking a ball out of a defender's hands in the end zone. Unfortunately, the very next play the young rookie got beat by Jordy Nelson for the touchdown. The two-point conversion would be incomplete, but the Packers would still take a 14-7 lead.

The Packers would increase their lead after taking advantage of four straight three-and-outs by an inept Raiders offense as Rodgers would find tight end Andrew Quarless for their third touchdown and to take a 22-7 lead.

Schaub and the Raiders starting offense would remain on the field and have a good shot for another touchdown but fail due to dropped balls. Schaub would find a wide open Marcel Reece in the end zone but the ex-wide receiver would have the ball clank off of his hands and incomplete.

On the very next play, Schaub found veteran wide receiver James Jones in the end zone for an apparent touchdown. The referees decided to review the play, deciding that Jones was bobbling the ball and ruling it incomplete. Raiders head coach Dennis Allen decided to go for it on 4th and 9 but Schaub’s pass fell incomplete to Rod Streater.

Former Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn and the Packers second-team offense would tack on another field goal in the third quarter, making it 25-7. The Packers found a way to add on to their lead with Scott Tolzien finidng ex-quarterback Alex Gillett for a fourth-quarter touchdown to put them up 31-7. Rookie cornerback Keith McGill got lost in the coverage.

Wide receiver Brice Butler found himself back in the end zone when Matt McGloin found himself over the middle and he continued to elude defenders for a 19-yard touchdown to bring the score to 31-13 with a little over 2:30 minutes left.

The Raiders earned one last chance to get a late-game touchdown when the Raiders defense earned a Packers punt with a little over a minute left.

Just as he did last week, Mcgloin led the Raiders offense to a late touchdown as he found wide receiver Brice Butler for a touchdown with just 11 seconds left in the game. A converted two-point conversion would bring the game to a final score of 31-21.

Raiders weakside linebacker Sio Moore left the game on a stretcher with an apparent neck injury, and Tarell Brown and Nick Roach left with injuries of their own and did not return.

The Raiders will take on the Seattle Seahawks in their fourth preseason game of the year.


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