ARIZONA CARDINALS

Battle for the bottom: Loss to Raiders burns deep for Cardinals

Nov 18, 2018, 7:18 PM | Updated: 8:57 pm

(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)...

(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals made no concessions even after a loss to the previously one-win Oakland Raiders. They felt they are, and were, the better football team.

Maybe after Oakland beat them 23-21 Sunday in State Farm Stadium, the reality — that both teams have two wins through 10 games — is starting to sink in.

“You are what your record says you are,” Cardinals defensive tackle Corey Peters said. “Right now, we’re not a very good football team, but I think a lot of it is our own fault.”

Pick the moment, and the Cardinals see a path that could have led them to beat the Raiders. That’s how they still felt.

“No disrespect to the Raiders, but we feel as though we were the better football team there,” Arizona quarterback Josh Rosen said. “That’s why this one was really frustrating.”

The rookie quarterback was among the long list of Cardinals who shot themselves in their respective feet at key points during the defeat.

Rosen went 9-of-20 for 136 yards, three touchdowns but two interceptions. He fumbled a shotgun snap that combined with a penalty to kill a second-half drive with the game tied.

And no, that he shared the field at times with a rookie running back, two rookie receivers, a rookie left tackle and rookie center didn’t matter.

“It was across the board with everyone,” Rosen said of the breakdowns.

Arizona’s offense went stagnant for the second and third quarters after taking a 14-7 lead after 15 minutes, and 14 first-half points by Oakland scored off Rosen’s picks evened the game by the half. But when Rosen and running back David Johnson led the Cardinals on a touchdown drive in the fourth to give their team a 21-20 lead with five minutes to play, it looked like the home team just might hang on.

Instead, it self-destructed with two Cardinals punts coming out of two possessions that would’ve put the game away — or at the very least led to overtime barring a defensive breakdown that ended up becoming reality.

“This is definitely going to sting,” said running back David Johnson, who finished with 25 carries for 135 yards.

“The Raiders, everybody knows, are trading guys away. They are doing everything to try to rebuild.”

After taking a 21-20 lead with 5:02 to play, Arizona’s defense forced two straight Raiders punts, but Oakland’s third possession since falling behind in the fourth was the charm.

The Raiders used a 32-yard pass down the left sideline to rookie receiver Marcell Ateman with Cardinals corner Bene Benwikere in coverage to spark a 63-yard drive that ended with a Daniel Carlson field goal from 35 yards out as the final second ticked off.

“I think for us, I think it’s important to let it burn a little bit. Let it burn through tomorrow,” Peters said. “I think it’s important for us to feel this, to realize that’s it’s unacceptable to realize how much work and how far we have to go.”

What went wrong late for the Cardinals?

The final possession by Oakland loomed as the most obvious breakdown.

But there was also a 57-yard Johnson touchdown jaunt with 2:34 left that would have extended the lead to eight points. That was called back due to a holding penalty on Arizona tight end Ricky Seals-Jones.

A play before that, there was an unnecessary roughness call on Arizona tight end Jermaine Gresham. It turned a 2nd-and-12 into a 3rd-and-23.

A dropped interception by Cardinals linebacker Josh Bynes with the Raiders backed up at their own 2-yard line just before Arizona’s final possession also tallied as a missed opportunity.

“I think if there was an expression that exists of finding a way to lose, I think it applies here,” Rosen said, before offering a promise that would look more appealing if he were the only one to blame.

“You either quit or you don’t quit. And I promise you we won’t.”

Oakland Raiders tight end Jared Cook (87) pulls in a touchdown catch as Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tre Boston (33) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Oakland Raiders tight end Jared Cook (87) scorers a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Oakland Raiders running back Doug Martin (28) is tackled by Arizona Cardinals cornerback Bene' Benwikere during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) scores a touchdown as Oakland Raiders strong safety Marcus Gilchrist (31) and cornerback Nick Nelson (23) defend during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) pull in a touchdown catch against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Cardinals running back Chase Edmonds (29) is tripped up by Oakland Raiders cornerback Daryl Worley (20) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) high fives wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) after a touchdown pass against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk (13) breaks the tackle of Oakland Raiders defensive end Arden Key (99) for a touchdown after the catch during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk (13) runs for a touchdown after the catch against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk (13) runs for a touchdown after the catch against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals defensive end Chandler Jones (55) celebrates his sack against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk (13) runs for a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) is sacked by Arizona Cardinals defensive end Chandler Jones (55) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) throws against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Oakland Raiders defensive back Karl Joseph (42) is hit by Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle Korey Cunningham (79) after an interception during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) is sacked by Arizona Cardinals defensive end Zach Moore (56) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Oakland Raiders tight end Jared Cook (87) makes a catch against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden talks with quarterback Derek Carr (4) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk (13) runs for a touchdown after the catch against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) runs against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Maurice Hurst (73) celebrates his sack against the Arizona Cardinals with defensive end Shilique Calhoun (91) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Haason Reddick, top, and Arizona Cardinals cornerback Jamar Taylor tackles Oakland Raiders wide receiver Marcell Ateman (88) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) looks pass as Oakland Raiders defensive end Jacquies Smith (93) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) looks to pass under pressure against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) is sacked by Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Maurice Hurst (73) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) throws under pressure from Arizona Cardinals defensive end Benson Mayowa (91) and defensive tackle Olsen Pierre (72) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Cardinals middle linebacker Josh Bynes (57) knocks Oakland Raiders running back Jalen Richard (30) out of bounds during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Oakland Raiders running back DeAndre Washington (33) runs as Arizona Cardinals middle linebacker Josh Bynes (57) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Oakland Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson (8) watches his 49-yard field goal split the uprights against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Oakland Raiders running back DeAndre Washington (33) alludes the tackle of Arizona Cardinals defensive end Markus Golden during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) escapes the hit of Oakland Raiders defensive tackle P.J. Hall (92) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Oakland Raiders wide receiver Brandon LaFell (19) can't make the catch as Arizona Cardinals defensive back Leonard Johnson (27) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Oakland Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley (21) intercepts a pass as Arizona Cardinals offensive guard Zack Golditch (75) pursues during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Oakland Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley (21) celebrates his interception with defensive tackle Maurice Hurst (73) and cornerback Daryl Worley (20) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Oakland Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley (21) intercepts a pass as Arizona Cardinals offensive guard Zack Golditch (75) pursues during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Oakland Raiders tight end Jared Cook (87) pulls in a touchdown catch as Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tre Boston (33) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Oakland Raiders tight end Jared Cook (87) scorers a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Oakland Raiders running back Doug Martin (28) is tackled by Arizona Cardinals cornerback Bene' Benwikere during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) scores a touchdown as Oakland Raiders strong safety Marcus Gilchrist (31) and cornerback Nick Nelson (23) defend during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) pull in a touchdown catch against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Cardinals running back Chase Edmonds (29) is tripped up by Oakland Raiders cornerback Daryl Worley (20) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) high fives wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) after a touchdown pass against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk (13) breaks the tackle of Oakland Raiders defensive end Arden Key (99) for a touchdown after the catch during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk (13) runs for a touchdown after the catch against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk (13) runs for a touchdown after the catch against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals defensive end Chandler Jones (55) celebrates his sack against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk (13) runs for a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) is sacked by Arizona Cardinals defensive end Chandler Jones (55) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) throws against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Oakland Raiders defensive back Karl Joseph (42) is hit by Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle Korey Cunningham (79) after an interception during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) is sacked by Arizona Cardinals defensive end Zach Moore (56) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Oakland Raiders tight end Jared Cook (87) makes a catch against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) warms up prior to an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) warms up prior to an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) greets Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden prior to an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis watches his team prior to an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) warms up prior to an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) warms up prior to an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Oakland Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley (21) celebrates his interception with defensive tackle Maurice Hurst (73) and cornerback Daryl Worley (20) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) warms up prior to an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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