Preseason WK 3 Final Score Oakland 13, Green Bay 6

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filled game against Packers Welcome to the 3rd preseason game of the season, the
one that is usually the most exciting with the teams starters playing the most
minutes of the preseason. That’s the case for the Raiders anyway, with the
Packers sitting several big starters including QB Aaron Rodgers and their entire
starting offensive line. Oh well though, we are a Raiders blog after all and we
get to see our favorite players anyway!The Raiders started out with the ball and
immediately went deep to Amari Cooper for a whopping 49 yard gain, aided by the
Packers not challenging when Amari was clearly down several yards earlier when
he made the catch. They followed that up with a big 3rd down conversion to Jared
Cook for a 19 yard gain down to the Green Bay 4 yard line. They were not able to
punch in from there with Doug Martin and Carr fumbled but recovered it himself
for the 3rd down play so the Raiders settled for the 32 yard field goal from
Mike Nugent to make the score 3-0 Oakland.The Packers have a QB battle going
down for the back up position between Brett Hundley and DeShone Kizer, and it
was Hundley that got the start in place of Rodgers tonight. He started out the
Packers first drive going 4 for 4 before the drive finally stalled out at the
19. Green Bay was going to go for it on 4th and 3 but a false start made them
reconsider. They brought veteran kicker Mason Crosby out who nailed the 42 yard
field goal to tie the game at 3.Oakland had a big return from Dwayne Harris
negated by penalty so they started out the drive at their own 12 yard line. They
also already sat Derek Carr after just the one drive, so Connor Cook took over
at QB. He managed to lead the drive into Packers territory but they couldn’t get
further than the Green Bay 40. Rookie punter Johnny Townsend’s punt bounced into
the end zone for a touchback.The next drive for the Packers failed to get a
first down so the Raiders got the ball back right away. We finally got to see
why Doug Martin has had such hype about him in the off-season with a couple of
nice runs, but it didn’t lead to any points. That’s because Connor Cook threw an
interception to Packers 1st round selection Jaire Alexander to end the drive.The
silver (and black) lining was that the Packers started their drive at their own
7 yard line after the interception from Alexander. Green Bay did manage to get
one first down, but that was all. Their drive was ended by an impressive
defensive play on 3rd down that had Maurice Hurst Womens Justin
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Hundley for the sack.The Raiders unfortunately did not take advantage of
starting their drive at their own 40 after the sack though because Paul Butler
dropped the easy 1st down reception. Green Bay punted the ball back quickly with
their drive, and the Raiders managed to get into field goal position the next
time they had the ball.Unfortunately, K Mike Nugent missed the 49 yard field.
The two teams failed to put any points on the board after that for the rest of
the 1st half, though the Packers did have a pick 6 from 2nd round pick Josh
Jackson negated by a defensive holding and the Raiders had a nice strip sack
from Fadol Brown though the Packers recovered the ball on the play
anyway.Oakland got the ball first to start the game, so they kicked off to the
Packers to start the 2nd half. They should have forced a 3 and out from Green
Bay, and almost got a safety, but Mario Edwards, Jr grabbed DeShone Kizer
facemask on a 3rd and 12 play. Shilique Calhoun’s sack on 2nd down came without
any penalties though and led to the Packers punting shortly thereafter.E.J.
Manuel was the QB to lead the first drive after halftime for the Raiders, but it
was doomed by a high snap on 3rd down which led to the Packers sacking Manuel to
force a punt. Oakland returned the favor with Nicholas Morrow sacking DeShone
Kizer on the Packers 3rd down play of their next drive.Unfortunately the Raiders
quickly gave the ball back after a scrambling E.J. Manuel fumbled the ball which
Green Bay recovered at the Oakland 34. The Packers would get down to the Raiders
3 yard line, but have to settle for a 36 yard field goal after a chop block took
away their touchdown on a 4th and goal play. The kick made the score Green Bay 6
to the Raiders 3 which is the score the game was still at when the 3rd quarter
ended.In response the Raiders went right down the field and tied the game again
at 6-6 with a field goal of their own. The drive was made possible largely due
to a 24 yard catch and run from Griff Whalen http://www.oaklandraidersteamonline.com/frostee-rucker-jersey ,
who continues to keep himself in the conversation for a roster spot. There was
also a big 10 yard run from Chris Warren III on a 3rd down play to help lead to
the 40 yard Mike Nugent field goal.Green Bay didn’t do anything with their next
possession, and the Raiders responded by taking the lead with a 1 yard Chris
Warren touchdown run. The biggest play of the drive was a 15 yard catch by Keon
Hatcher that had a roughing the passer penalty added on to it and the 2nd
biggest play was a somewhat questionable defensive pass interference penalty in
the endzone which led to Warren getting his 1 yard touchdown on the next play.
The touchdown made the score 13-6 after the Raiders touchdown.The Packers then
got their own help from a big penalty on their next drive after the Raiders had
a 15 yard unnecessary roughness penalty added on to an impressive 27 yard
reception from Packers 4th round rookie J’Mon Moore. Green Bay did not
capitalize on the play though, their drive eventually stalled out just outside
of the red zone. The drive ended when Treyvon Hester sacked Kizer on 4th down to
give the Raiders the ball back after a turnover on downs.Oakland needed one more
first down after that to close out the game, but they did not get one so they
ended up punting back to the Packers with 1:28 left in the 4th quarter. Green
Bay needed to go 92 yards to get a touchdown and complete a successful 2 point
conversion to win the game. They didn’t do it, Raiders win 13-6.Raiders release
WR Griff Whalen from injured reserve with injury settlement, but he could still
return It’s been a busy few days for Griff Whalen. Once considered “neck and
neck” for the slot receiver job in Oakland, he suffered a turf toe injury in the
third preseason game that ended those hopes. In the past three days, Whalen was
waived, cleared waivers and was placed on injured reserve, and was released from
IR with an injury settlement. He is officially no longer with the team.For that
matter neither is Ryan Switzer with whom Whalen was supposed to be in that
heated battle for the slot receiver job. In the end Authentic
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Seth Roberts as well.As fro Whalen, his time as a Raider isn’t necessarily over.
Should the team like him, there is a chance he could be back.The way injury
settlements work is a player and the team agree to a payout based on how long
the player is expected to be injured. After that time is up, he can sign
anywhere, or wait three weeks at which point the Raiders are allowed to re-sign
him.For instance, should the injury settlement for just one week, Whalen could
be re-signed in a month.You need only look at what happened with James Cowser in
2016. The Raiders released him on an injury settlement on September 10th. By
October 4th, he was re-signed to the team’s practice squad and he’s been with
the team ever since.Derek Carr raved about Whalen thinking like a quarterback
and then Whalen went out and made a nice one-handed touchdown grab against the
Rams in week two of the preseason. If the Raiders are as high on him as they say
— and considering they signed him as a street free agent prior to the free agent
period, they like him more than other teams — this may not be the last of Griff
Whalen in a Raiders uniform.Follow @LeviDamien
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