The Cardinals controlled the game, defeating the Raiders 24-13 to drop the Raiders to 0-6 on their season. The loss also handed the Silver & Black their 12th loss in a row, dating back to last season.
The 0-6 start is the worst start to a season since 1962… that’s before Al Davis was a part of the team.
Former Raiders starting quarterback Carson Palmer returned to O.Co Coliseum and played well, tossing two touchdowns against a Raiders defense that continues to struggle to get off of the field on third down. Palmer tossed for 253 yards and two touchdowns on 22-for-31 throwing.
The Raiders also failed to corral Cardinals running back Andre Ellington, who gained 88 yards on the ground on 24 carries, also adding six receptions for 72 yards in the receiving game.
Oakland was down 14-0 late in the first half, but was able to crawl back into the game by scoring 10 points before the half. Rookie quarterback Derek Carr found Brice Butler for a 55-yard gain down to the three-yard line, where Darren McFadden punched it in for the touchdown.
Carr threw for just 173 yards, while McFadden added just 48 yards on the ground for the Raiders.
Palmer and the Cardinals hoped to get back on the scoreboard in the first half, but instead veteran safety Charles Woodson intercepted the ball and brought it back to the Cardinals 13-yard line. The Raiders were unable to take advantage, and were forced to settle for a field goal.
The Raiders did have an opportunity to get a defensive hold late in the game, which would have given Carr and the offense one more chance down 21-13. Instead, Palmer led the Arizona offense down the field for a field goal that put the Cardinals up 24-13. The field goal came with under a minute left in the game.
The Raiders run risk of dropping to 0-8 as they head out on the road for the next two games, at Cleveland and then at Seattle.