Arizona Cardinals battle back to win 30-23 against the Oakland Raiders: By the Numbers

Aug 30, 2015, 8:59 PM | Updated: 9:08 pm
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) evades Oakland Raiders linebacker Ray-Ray Armstro...

Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) evades Oakland Raiders linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong (57) during the second half of an NFL preseason football game Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

(AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

A second half comeback from the Arizona Cardinals backups, highlighted by a game-winning drive, lifted the team to a 30-23 win over the Oakland Raiders.

While the first-team offense struggled mightily for the Cardinals, the defense did not. The Raiders couldn’t take advantage in the first half, scoring 15 points on five field goals.

Quarterback Carson Palmer had a rough first half, with two interceptions and the Raiders tremendous pass rusher Khalil Mack dominating the Cardinals offensive line. Palmer was consistently under pressure and wasn’t able to get in rhythm with his receivers.

His two interceptions put the Cardinals defense in bad positions, but they continued to step up and keep the game close. Great performances from the secondary, particularly a couple of big plays from safety Tyrann Mathieu repeatedly had the Raiders settle for three-and-outs and field goals.

A 15-3 score at halftime could have been much worse for the Cardinals and they took advantage.  An interception from rookie cornerback Cariel Brooks was returned 81 yards for a touchdown that got the Cardinals right back into the game.

After that, a 12-play, 80-yard drive from backup quarterback Drew Stanton produced a touchdown and that was followed by another touchdown drive of 10 plays and 59 yards from quarterback Phillip Sims.

The Raiders tied the game up at 23, but an end of the game drive from quarterback Logan Thomas was the difference. The hero of the drive was tight end Ifeanyi Momah, who had two catches where he refused to go down. Those extra yards Momah got kept the Cardinals alive and put them in field goal position.

A rushing touchdown from running back Marion Grice sealed up the win.

Here’s Sunday night’s game, by the numbers:

39

A 39-yard reception from John Brown was the signature play of the game for the Cardinals offense. The ball was a bit underthrown, possibly on purpose, which allowed Brown to slow down and rise up for the catch.

2.1

The Cardinals running game struggled to get going. Andre Ellington had 9 rushes for 19 yards, averaging only 2.1 yards per carry.

3

Mack only had three tackles in the game, but he was a humongous factor. He had two sacks and put Palmer under constant pressure, whether it was Jared Veldheer on the left or Bradley Sowell on the right, nobody could contain him.

11

The Cardinals had 11 tackles for loss, including three from Calais Campbell.

4

David Johnson had four rushes and four receptions. He had far more success in the pass game, averaging 10 yards per catch as opposed to -0.5 yards per carry.

61

Momah had three receptions for 61 yards.

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Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) is tackled by Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tony Jefferson, bottom, while under pressure from cornerback Jerraud Powers (25) and linebacker Kevin Minter (51) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) passes against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) Oakland Raiders wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (85) can't make a one-handed catch as Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) defends during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) passes against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) Oakland Raiders wide receiver Rod Streater catches a pass in front of Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper (89) runs against Arizona Cardinals cornerback Jerraud Powers (25) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray (28) runs against Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) passes as Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell (93) and linebacker Alex Okafor, rear, apply pressure during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, center, is tackled by Oakland Raiders defensive back Nate Allen (20) and cornerback T.J. Carrie (38) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Oakland Raiders linebacker Malcolm Smith, right, grabs the jersey of Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington (38) before tackling him during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Khalil Mack (52) reacts after sacking Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) Oakland Raiders defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (97) sacks Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) reacts after catching a touchdown pass in front of Oakland Raiders inside linebacker Ben Heeney (51) during the second half of an NFL preseason football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) evades Oakland Raiders linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong (57) during the second half of an NFL preseason football game Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) Arizona Cardinals defensive back Cariel Brooks, left, celebrates after scoring on an 81-yard interception return for a touchdown with defensive back Tony Jefferson (22) during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) rests on the ground after being sacked by Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Khalil Mack during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) Oakland Raiders place kicker Sebastian Janikowski (11) celebrates with Marquette King after kicking a field goal during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians gestures during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio, right, and defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. watch during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton (5) passes as Oakland Raiders defensive end Benson Mayowa, left, applies pressure during the second half of an NFL preseason football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Arizona Cardinals running back Kerwynn Williams (33) celebrates with teammates after scoring on a 10-yard touchdown reception against the Oakland Raiders during the second half of an NFL preseason football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Arizona Cardinals quarterback Logan Thomas (6) is tackled Oakland Raiders defensive end Shelby Harris, bottom, and outside linebacker Neiron Ball (58) during the second half of an NFL preseason football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. Ball was called for a face mask penalty on the play. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Arizona Cardinals running back Marion Grice (23) evades tackles for an 11-yard touchdown against the Oakland Raiders during the second half of an NFL preseason football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. The Cardinals won 30-23. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) Arizona Cardinals tight end Ifeanyi Momah (80) is hit by Oakland Raiders' Brandian Ross (29) and Taylor Mays, center, during the second half of an NFL preseason football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. The Cardinals won 30-23. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) Oakland Raiders quarterback Christian Ponder (9) is tackled by Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Matt Shaughnessy (91), linebacker Shaquille Riddick (47), nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu (66) and linebacker Kareem Martin (96) during the second half of an NFL preseason football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. The Cardinals won 30-23. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

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