The Oakland Raiders took care of the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night, dominating early in their 33-26 victory in the desert.
Oh what a night it was for the Oakland Raiders on Thursday, as they got out to a 26-0 lead over Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals on the road. During the game, the Raiders stood out against the Cardinals first-team offense, making Murray look completely overmatched at the NFL level.
Overall, the Raiders played better than the Cardinals on both sides of the ball, and while the game got close late, as the Cards scored 13 in the fourth quarter, this one was one-sided for most of the game. The Raiders starting offense looked very good, moving down the field and scoring with ease on the opening drive, and the first-team defense dominated as well.
For the Raiders, they have to have come out of this game with plenty of good things to look at, and while they did not get good execution on some occasions, this was a great team win. The backup quarterbacks looked good, the defense was flying around, and Daniel Carlson once again proved to be automatic at kicker.
Here are three things we learned on Thursday night.