Cardinals double up Raiders in preseason opener 20-10; Beast Mode chills on cooler during anthem

August 12, 2017

NFL, Oakland Raiders

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) sits during the national anthem prior to an NFL preseason football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

By Jeremy Kahn

On a night where the Oakland Raiders made their 2017 preseason debut, the biggest talk of the night came from a player who did not even play in the game.

Marshawn Lynch, who signed with the Raiders during the off-season sat on a cooler during the National Anthem prior to the game.

As for the game, Carson Palmer threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Brittan Golden, as the Arizona Cardinals defeated the Raiders 20-10 at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Palmer and the Cardinals completed a 12-play 70-yard initial drive after the Raiders committed a penalty on the field goal attempt, giving the Cardinals an additional four downs and Palmer finished it off by throwing a touchdown to Golden.

E.J. Manuel, who is competing with Connor Cook for the backup role to Derek Carr got the start in the preseason opener. Manuel went 10-for-12 with 107 yards passing.

Cook played the entire second half for the Raiders, as he went 10-for-21 for 81 yards passing.

Clive Walford led the Raiders in receiving with three catches for 44 yards passing, while Jaydon Mickens also caught three passes for 31 yards.

Mickens also carried the ball one time for a team leading 24 yards rushing.

NOTES: Carr, Lynch and Amari Cooper were the notable Raiders offensive players not to play in the opener.

Both Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin were the biggest defensive players not to play for the Raiders against the Cardinals.

The Raiders open their preseason home schedule on August 19, as the Los Angeles Rams head to Northern California.

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