The Oakland Raiders flew to Green Bay to take on the Packers in their second preseason game after breaking training camp earlier in the week.
It may not have been head coach Jack Del Rio's plan for the week, but he ended up keeping much of his starters in for the entire first half after they struggled to find a rhythm.
With starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers out, it was backup quarterback Brett Hundley that took the field for the Packers first after the team received the opening kickoff. Him and running back Eddie Lacy gashed the Raiders starting defense with a 14-play, 74-yard drive that ate up over seven minutes of the first quarter. Lacy found running room easily while finishing with 45 yards on the drive, including a one-yard touchdown run that ended it. The lone highlight for the Raiders defense came when rookie safety Karl Joseph stopped a leaping Lacy from getting into the end zone.
Third-year quarterback Derek Carr and the starting offense struggled to answer but he did find second-year wide receiver Amari Cooper for a 20-yard gain on a fade route, similar to the play that they couldn't connect on last week in their preseason debut. Carr would get the offense into Green Bay territory, though the drive would stall and Sebastian Janikowski would come out and nail a 46-yard field goal to bring the score to 7-3.
With the starting defense holding, Del Rio kept his starting offense on the field with the hopes of getting them into the end zone for the first time this preseason. Unfortunately, they wouldn't get into the end zone and they'd head into the locker room down 7-to-3. Carr would finish the game the game 9-for-13 for 38 yards and one interception. Running back Latavius Murray was unable to find any rushing room, finishing with just 19 yards on six carries.
Second-string quarterback Matt McGloin wasn't able to get the offense going either, coming in for just two drives while going just 2-for-5 for only two passing yards. r
Rookie quarterback Connor Cook would replace McGloin late in the third quarter hoping to get the offense moving for the first time in the night. The former Michigan State QB fared better, driving the offense down the field with a 10-play, 65-yard drive that included a great throw while on the run to wide receiver Seth Roberts that got them into the red zone for the first time. The drive unfortunately stalled, but backup kicker Giorgio Tavecchio nailed a 28-yard field goal to make it 17-to-6.
The young quarterback would get a "welcome to the NFL" moment on the next drive when he tried threading the needle to receiver KJ Brent but cornerback Josh Hawkins made an acrobatic interception. He would finish the game 6-for-9 for 101 yards and one interception.
Rookie and third-round linebacker Shilique Calhoun showed his pass-rushing potential in the fourth quarter when he bursted into the backfield and sacked quarterback Marquise Williams to force a field goal. Calhoun could prove to be a crucial pass-rusher with veteran Aldon Smith's status in doubt.
The Raiders first touchdown of the night came with three minutes left in the game when defensive back Brynden Trawick got around the line and blocked the punt as veteran safety Nate Allen scooped it up for the touchdown.
That would be the only touchdown though as the Packers would run the clock out and the Raiders would fall to 1-1 in preseason by a final score of 20-12.
Oakland will return to Alameda for practice on Saturday and practice there all week before taking on the Tennessee Titans in their first preseason game on Saturday night.null