Optimism was high for this team’s season, but it was quickly leveled after Derek Carr and the offense went three and out to give the ball to the Bengals offense.
Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson orchestrated a perfect drive down the field, driving down to the goalline before the Raiders put up a stand and forced a fourth and goal. Linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong had a chance to make the tackle in the backfield, but Bengals running back Jeremy Hill broke the tackle and bounced it outside for the touchdown run giving them the early 7-0 lead.
That was just the beginning for the Raiders defensive struggles. Following another Raiders punt, the Bengals would drive down the field again after just two plays, getting into field goal distance. The Raiders defense would hold, but they’d drop to a 10-0 deficit.
The Oakland defense struggled to cover the seam route by big tight end Tyler Eifert all day, who finished with nine catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns.
The Raiders lost Carr for the remainder of the game on the ensuing drive. On 3rd and 9, Carr scrambled to his left trying to reach the first down. Instead, he was driven out of bounds and fumbled the ball just one yard short. He would leave with a hand injury and not return after being listed as questionable. He struggled throughout the first half, finishing 7-of-12 for 61 yards.
On 4th and one, backup quarterback Matt McGloin handed the ball off to Murray up the middle for no gain, giving the Bengals short field position at the Raiders 44-yard line. Hill would cap off the drive with his second touchdown of the day, putting the Bengals up 17-0.
The Bengals would keep adding on to their lead, with Eifert getting his first touchdown on a seam pass to make the score 24-0 heading into halftime.
Dalton and his squad would get the ball first in the second half, and the Raiders would hold. But that didn’t matter, as McGloin would give it right back as he overthrew tight end Mychal Rivera and was intercepted.
Hue Jackson would soon dial up another seam pattern to his tight end, this time over Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden who never turned his head to see the ball coming. The Raiders would get their first highlight of the game as Justin Tuck got around to block the extra point, making it 30-0.
The Raiders offense was so putrid that they didn’t have their first snap in Bengals territory until they snapped it on the Bengals 14-yard line to begin the fourth quarter.
With the game out of reach, McGloin would lead the offense down the field for two fourth-quarter touchdowns, both the fullback Marcel Reece. The Raiders would fail a two-point conversion after one of them, giving them the 33-13 loss to start the season.