Arizona Cardinals Lead Oakland Raiders 14-10 At Half
By Scott Allen
The Oakland Raiders picked up the pace and got back into the game, trailing 14-10 at halftime
The Arizona Cardinals defense held their end of the bargain in the second quarter. The was a sighting of linebacker Larry Foote in the Raiders offensive backfield as he registered a sack of Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. Then the offense got going.
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The Cards took the ball down the field for another touchdown after the Raiders punted back after the sack. Cards quarterback Carson Palmer led the Cards on a short four-play 50-yard drive that culminated in a 33-yard touchdown pass from Palmer to receiver Michael Floyd. It put the Cards up 14-0 for a very short time.
On the ensuing Raiders drive the Raiders tried two big plays in a row. On the first one, the Cards dodged a possible pass interference penalty on cornerback Antonio Cromartie. However on the next play, cornerback Rashad Johnson was burned for a 55-yard pass and catch from Raiders quarterback Derek Carr to receiver Brice Butler. Johnson never looked back for the ball.
The Raiders ended up punching it in though a few plays later. Raiders running back Darren McFadden scored on a one-yard run. It was a disappointing series for the Cards defense after getting the quick score a few minutes earlier.
The Cards got another shot to score before halftime. Then, Palmer threw his first pick of the season. It was a high throw off the hands of tight end John Carlson that was intercepted by Raiders free safety Charles Woodson. The Cards defense was able to hold the Raiders to a field goal.