Raiders vs. Cardinals: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Radio, Game Time and More
Oakland and Arizona's preseason tilt may not have you on the edge of your seat, but it's football worth watching as the regular season slowly approaches.
Neither one of these teams has enjoyed success so far this summer, but that's going to change for one lucky team Friday night in Glendale, AZ. Arizona, with two losses and a home crowd behind them, has to hope it's them.
Before this game gets underway, let's take a look at everything you need to know about this preseason game between two teams out west.
Where: University of Phoenix Field in Glendale, Ariz.
When: Friday, August 17 at 10:00 p.m. ET
Watch: KNXV-TV (Arizona) and KQCA-TV(Oakland)
*Full table of Oakland TV stations here.
Live Stream: Preseason Live
Listen: 92.3 KTAR FM (Arizona) and LIVE 105 FM (Oakland); Sirius XM- Arizona (92), Oakland (139)
Betting Line: Arizona (-5) via ESPN.com
What's At Stake?
Nothing is really at stake, considering it's preseason football, but both squads have players trying to earn roster spots. This is yet another chance for those players to prove themselves.
The Raiders would like to improve off of their last showing. They lost 3-0 to Dallas in their first preseason matchup, and very few bright spots can be taken from the game. Wide receiver Rod Streater made his presence felt with a six-catch, 66-yard performance, but he was the only standout player for the boys in black.
Arizona has lost twice, and their defense has been very bad. This isn't their starting unit on the field for the majority of the game, but they have allowed 44 points in two contests.
The win or loss doesn't necessarily matter, but both teams have something to prove on both sides of the ball.
Cardinals Injury Report (via CBSSports.com)
Questionable: LB Paris Lenon (ankle), RB Beanie Wells (knee)
Probable: RB Ryan Williams (knee)
Raiders Injury Report (via CBSSports.com)
Out: RB Mike Goodson (hamstring, neck), DB Ron Bartell (undisclosed)
Questionable: RB Taiwan Jones (hamstring), WR Denarius Moore (hamstring), TE Brandon Myers (shoulder)
What They're Saying
The Arizona Cardinals have a quarterback situation that you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy. Well, maybe you would, but forcing anyone to choose between Kevin Kolb and John Skelton is just cruel.
Kolb had a chance to pull away last year, but he lost six of his eight starts before getting injured. Arizona was much better under Skelton for the remainder of the year, but pride makes it difficult to bench Kolb considering they shipped Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to the Eagles to get him.
The long-term solution is unclear, but ESPN's Adam Schefter shed some light on Tuesday:
The Arizona Cardinals plan to start quarterback Kevin Kolb against the Oakland Raiders on Friday in their third preseason game. However, John Skelton is considered the favorite to win the job, people within the organization told ESPN NFL Insider AdamSchefter on Tuesday.
The Raiders have a quarterback in Carson Palmer, but that hasn't made their offense look any better so far this preseason. As mentioned before, the Cowboys shut out Oakland on Monday.
However, their defense performed well. New head coach Dennis Allen had this to say to mercurynews.com after Monday night's contest:
"I thought our first-team defense played exceptionally well," Allen said. "I was pleased with the way Darren McFadden played in the first quarter. We got a lot of young guys a lot of reps, but the execution is not where it needs to be, and we need to get better."
Cardinals Key Addition: WR Michael Floyd
Floyd was the Cardinals' first-round draft pick for one reason: take attention away from All-Pro Larry Fitzgerald. Floyd hasn't done much thus far (one catch for three yards in their last game), but he oozes upside.
Floyd's 6'3'', 225-pound frame is NFL ready, but he needs to work on his route-running. He faces a huge responsibility next to Fitz's proven play, and he could be the difference for the Cardinals' aerial attack.
The Cardinals will likely work Floyd more and more as preseason matchups roll around, and you can bet all eyes will be on him every time he steps onto the field.
Raiders Key Addition: LB Phillip Wheeler
Kamerion Wimbley is no longer in Oakland, and Wheeler was a bit of an unheralded pickup. Nonetheless, Wheeler is a very solid replacement on the outside.
He's a bit undersized, but he performed well on an abysmal Indianapolis defense last season. He's versatile, a solid tackler and also competent in pass coverage.
The Raiders don't have a proven leader at linebacker, and Wheeler could eventually slide into that role. His agility and speed will give him a chance to change games from his edge position.
Key Matchup: Kevin Kolb vs. John Skelton
As I mentioned earlier, Kolb is expected to get the start Friday night. That may make this an odd "matchup," but it's extremely important for the Cardinals' franchise.
Who should be the Cardinals starter?
Kolb knows that he's only going to get so many chances to prove himself. Each performance speaks miles about his ability, considering that he knows exactly how much is on the line each time he sets foot on the field.
One start may be all he gets to put himself in front of Skelton for the starting job. Skelton is scheduled to start their preseason finale, and a poor showing from Kolb Friday night will likely land him in a backup's role for the foreseeable future.
Keep an eye on Kolb as his west-coast abilities do their best to stretch the field with Arizona's talented skill players on the outside.
Raiders 20, Cardinals 17
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