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By Jeremy Kahn
Jon Gruden will definitely have a smile on his face after what he saw from his starting quarterback Derek Carr on his only series of the game.
Carr threw a 13-yard pass to Ryan Grant, helping the Oakland Raiders to a hard fought 33-26 over the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium.
The Raiders were cruising, as they jumped out to a 26-0 lead on the home standing Cardinals; however, the Cardinals attempted to get back into the game, as they cut the lead down to 26-10 at the end of the first half.
Zane Gonzalez kicked his second field goal in the third quarter, as the Cardinals cut the Raiders in half; however, Mack Brown on a three-yard run early in the fourth quarter, helping the Raiders gain a 20-point in the desert.
Yes, it may be in the preseason; however, the Cardinals did not give up, as Charles Kanoff found Andy Isabella for a 59-yard touchdown and in the waning seconds of the game, Caleb Wilson caught a 13-yard touchdown pass with three seconds remaining.
Carr ended his evening going 2-for-2 with 40 yards passing, two touchdown passes and ended with a passer rating of 158.3.
Mike Glennon, who is in battle with Nathan Peterman went 11-for-14 for 175 yards and two touchdowns and also ended with a perfect passer rating of 158.3.
Peterman went a perfect 8-for-8 for 41 yards, as the trio of Raiders quarterbacks went a combined 21-for-24 with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
James Butler led the Raiders with 32 yards rushing on eight carries, while Brown also carried the eight times for 27 yards.
Rico Gafford made the most of his only catch of the night, as on his only catch of the night, he hauled in a 53-yard touchdown pass from Glennon.
Keelan Doss led the Raiders in receptions, as he caught five passes for 38 yards against the Cardinals defense.
Number one overall pick Kyler Murray went 3-for-8 for 12 yards passing, and was also sacked twice.
Brett Hundley led the Cardinals in passing, as he went 10-for-15 for 139 yards passing with a touchdown pass.
The Raiders next play the Green Bay Packers in Thursday Night Football at 5:00 p.m. PT.