The Oakland Raiders fell to the Green Bay Packers by the final score of 31-21 in their third game of the preseason.
Injuries may be what stands out most tonight as the Oakland Raiders lost three defensive starters to injuries throughout the game. The most severe, which was to linebacker Sio Moore, was a neck injury where he had to be carted of the field. He was eventually taken to a hospital for further analysis.
The defense had its moments this evening against the Green Bay offense. Aaron Rodgers led the Packers’ first-team down the field on the opening drive that featured plenty of Eddie Lacy. In the end he was also the one who capped off the drive with a touchdown.
The Oakland Raiders would have an immediate answer as the newly signed Maurice Jones-Drew capped of a successful opening drive for the Silver and Black with a 40-yard touchdown run. His night would be done after that though. Darren McFadden also saw limited work and finished with just five yards on three carries with the first team.
The Raiders’ defense then started to pick things up and forced a couple of three-and-outs, though the offense could not do much to extend their lead. Of the two quarterbacks who played this evening — Matt Schaub and Matt McGloin — the latter looked sharper.
Schaub — who played into the third quarter — finished the night with a sub-50% completion percentage that saw his go 13/27 for 110 yards. He didn’t get any help from his receivers though and the worst offender was fullback Marcel Reece who dropped a sure touchdown. Schaub also threw a 40-yard bomb down the field to Denarius Moore that was probably one of his better throws of the night.
Backup Matt McGloin was 10/17 for 162 yard and two touchdowns, both of which were thrown to Brice Butler. One of those touchdown receptions came on a jump ball at the end of the game in the end zone.
Defensively Khalil Mack had his best game to date as a member of the Oakland Raiders and looked great. He ended the night with five total tackles (one of which was an assist) that included a couple tackles for loss and an very instinctual interception on a well-read screen pass.
Overall a decent showing from the Oakland Raiders, but unfortunately they have suffered a few key injuries on a defense lacking quality depth. Also, after another so-so performance, don’t be surprised to see Matt Schaub get plenty of work against the Seahawks in Oakland’s final preseason game.