Raiders shut out by Arizona

Lane Kiffin and the Raiders had one of those nights they'd rather forget. Find out what went right and what went wrong in the 24-0 loss to Arizona on Saturday night in Michael Wagaman's latest update.


· Michael Huff made a nice play to intercept Matt Leinart's first pass of the game, coming over from his free safety position to snatch the underthrown ball after cornerback DeAngelo Hall fell down while trying to cover Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

· Wide receiver Javon Walker, who seems to have a permanent spot in Lane Kiffin's doghouse, had his best day as a member of the Raiders. Criticized for his conditioning and sometimes lackadaisical effort, Walker caught four passes for 60 yards and could have easily had two more if quarterback JaMarcus Russell would have looked his way instead of trying to throw deep.

· The defense did a good job pressuring Arizona quarterback Matt Leinart, forcing him into three interceptions and a fumble while getting backup Kurt Warner to fumble once. In addition to Huff, Stanford Routt and Rashad Baker also picked off Leinart.


· JaMarcus holding the ball too long and took a sack then bypassed a wide open Javon walker to try a deep throw to Justin Griffith with three Az defenders closing in. The ball was under thrown and intercepted, setting up the Cardinals' first score.

· Oakland's run defense did well against Edgerrin James but had all kinds of problems against backups Tim Hightower and J.J. Arington. Hightower ripped off several big gains on the ground while Arrington broke loose for a 67-yard touchdown. Most disappointing was that much of the damage on the ground came right up the middle.

· Penalties, dropped passes and missed tackles did as much to derail the team as anything. On a night in which they were shut out of the end zone and gave up far too many big plays, it came down to the little things and Oakland failed to e·ecute when it counted.

· The pass protection was terrible and forced Russell to bolt out of the pocket more often than Kiffin preferred. Tackles Kwame Harris and Cornell Green both struggled and the interior of the line failed to pick up at least two blitzes that had Russell on the run. He was sacked four times for 46 yards in losses and narrowly avoided at least three other sacks by running out of trouble.


· Fullback Oren O'Neal and wide receiver Drew Carter both suffered likely season-ending knee injuries in the first quarter. Carter was diagnosed with an ACL injury in his left knee while the team plans to send O'Neal for an MRI to determine the full e·tent of the damage in his left knee.

· Right tackle Cornell Green tapped out in the second quarter and was replaced by Fred Wakefield, though Green was walking around fine afterward and did not show up on the injury report.


· Wide receiver Javon Carter on Drew Carter‘s apparent season-ending knee injury: "Drew's been a good addition to the team and to the offense. You just have to feel for him and pray to God he gets diagnosed the right way. Whatever case happens, he's going to come back stronger and even better."

· Quarterback JaMarcus Russell on the team being shut out: "We get down there close to the end zone, we have to punch it in. We had a few looks and chances and I think we should have put it in there. We'll go back to practice and the drawing board and get it taken care of."

· Head coach Lane Kiffin on the lack of pass protection: "We missed probably at least four blitzes. Guys bounced off guys and came free or we just got beat on them. I was very discouraged. It just kind of reminded me of who we are."

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