Cardinals' Robert Nkemdiche continues disruptive play against Raiders

From ESPN - August 12, 2017

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Robert Nkemdiche picked up in Saturdays game where he left off during his previous week of practice.

The second-year Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle disrupted the Oakland Raiders' offense early and often Saturday night in a 20-10 victory at University of Phoenix Stadium. He had three tackles, including a crucial third-down stop in the second quarter. The chatter around Cardinals camp about Nkemdiche for the past couple of weeks has been about how hes showing signs of improvement and maturity from last season. Its starting to translate into games. Nkemdiche was a constant in the Raiders backfield, forcing plays away from him while affecting the game down to down.

QB depth chart: Saturday showed it makes all the difference whom a quarterback plays with. A week after running with the second team, Blaine Gabbert played with the third-string offense and looked average compared to his stellar performance in the Hall of Fame Game. He was sacked four times and threw for just 53 yards as a combination of poor protection and dropped passes didnt help the six-year veteran's cause. By comparison, starter Carson Palmer knocked off some rust and led the Cards on a 14-play touchdown drive, then backup Drew Stanton threw for 112 yards and a touchdown on 11-for-15 passing.

When it was starters vs. starters, the Cardinals looked ...: a bit rusty, but they were able to move the ball down the field efficiently in a 14-play drive that went 70 yards for a touchdown in 6 minutes, 36 seconds. The Cardinals starting defense gave up two big plays early but stopped the Raiders on third down to end any threat of a touchdown.


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