The Raiders may have avoided getting pulled into the kicking drama last week but they were front and center in Week 2 with a stunning collapse against the Cardinals. Las Vegas had a 20-0 lead at halftime. They went into the fourth quarter comfortably ahead 23-7. They gave up two fourth-quarter touchdowns, including one as the clock ticked to zero, and two fourth-quarter two-point conversions.
In the words of the late great John Madden, “Prevent defense will prevent you from winning” And that’s exactly what happened. The Raiders defense collapsed in the 2nd half.
The Las Vegas Raiders seemed headed for the first victory in the Josh McDaniels era for most of the day, before the Arizona Cardinals stole it away.
Linebacker Isaiah Simmons knocked the ball loose from wide receiver Hunter Renfrow of the Raiders, and after a scramble, cornerback Byron Murphy scooped up the pigskin and ran 59 yards for a touchdown to give the Cardinals a wild and whacky 29-23 overtime victory at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
The Raiders built a 20-0 lead at halftime, and Daniel Carlson’s third field goal of the game gave the Silver and Black a 23-7 lead with 1:38 left in the third quarter, but then standout dual-threat quarterback Kyler Murray of the Cardinals suddenly woke up.
Murray, limited to 53 yards passing in the first half, completed three passes for 45 yards while driving Arizona 54 yards on nine plays to a one-yard touchdown run by Darrel Williams. Then Murray went back to pass and ran around the field for almost 21 seconds before scoring a two-point conversion that made it 24-15 with 8:13 in the game.
Quarterback Derek Carr of the Raiders, who was nearly flawless in the first half, got one first down on two runs for 10 yards by running back Josh Jacobs, but the Cardinals held and Las Vegas was forced to punt the ball back with 4:43 remaining.
This time, Murray took the Cardinals 73 yards on 17 plays, by passing for 43 yards and keeping the drive alive with his legs on a couple runs before scrambling six yards for a touchdown on fourth down as the clock ran out to make it 23-21.
The Cardinals were penalized five yards for delay of game, putting the ball at the seven-yard-line, before Murray hit wide receiver A.J. Green with an incredible throw in the back of the end zone and Arizona sent the game into overtime at 23-23.
The Raiders’ defense, which held the Cardinals to 83 yards in the first half, held Arizona on downs at the Las Vegas 41-yard-line on the first series of overtime when Murray threw an incomplete pass on fourth down and the Silver and Black seemed set to move into position for another game-winning field goal by Carlson—who hasn’t missed in his last 28 three-point tries.
Carr hit Renfrow with passes of seven and 11 yards to start the final possession for the Raiders, but after missing on a deep pass to wide receiver Davante Adams, Carr hit Renfrow on a short pass but this time he lost the ball and the Cardinals won the game on Murphy’s return.
The Raiders built their 20-0 halftime lead when Carr drove them 75 yards on 16 plays following the opening kickoff and hit Adams with a one-yard touchdown pass with 5:33 left in the first quarter.
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