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Raiders' Lamarcus Joyner happy to disrupt Cardinals' 'pretty boy' offense

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Raiders' Lamarcus Joyner happy to disrupt Cardinals' 'pretty boy' offense

Kyler Murray, Kliff Kingsbury and the Arizona Cardinals' offense are hoping to take the NFL by storm.

The Cardinals hired Kingsbury to bring his Air Raid offense to the desert, and he promptly drafted Murray with the No. 1 overall pick.

While the two might form an electric pairing, they got a rude awakening in their second preseason game Thursday against Lamarcus Joyner and the Raiders at State Farm Stadium.

The Raiders flustered Murray all night. The 2018 Heisman Trophy winner went 3-for-8 for 12 yards on the night. He also rushed for 4 yards and was sacked twice, including once for a safety by Joyner.

The veteran safety has made his distaste for college offenses known, and he was more than happy to disrupt the NFL's newest hot item. 

"Well, it's pretty boy football," Joyner told ESPN's Lisa Salters about the college offense during the third quarter. "It don't allow the defense to play physical like the game was meant to be. So, you know, when you go against offense like that, you have to introduce that physicality to them because they don't want to do that." 

So, what does Joyner see as his goal as it pertains to offenses like Kingsbury's?

"Run that kind of offense out of the NFL," Joyner said with a smile.

The Raiders signed Joyner in the offseason, looking to revamp Paul Guenther's defense. The Florida State product is hoping to transform the entire culture surrounding a unit that was eviscerated last season.

"I think with the spirit of belief," Joyner said when asked how he plans to turn the unit around. "You have to positive energy and get the guys in the locker room believing. I mean brotherhood, you can move mountains with that."

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The Raiders' presumed first-unit defense shut down Murray and the Cardinals on Thursday night in their first real action together.

For Guenther and Joyner, it's so far, so good.

Why NBC Sports' Josh Norris has faith in Josh Jacobs, Raiders' O-line

Why NBC Sports' Josh Norris has faith in Josh Jacobs, Raiders' O-line

Following a bye week for the fantasy outlook is a lot like a box of chocolates ... you don't know what you're going to get.

Josh Jacobs and the Raiders head into Week 7 with a game against the Green Bay Packers. and the first-round draft pick's fantasy value will continue to rise according to NBC Sports analyst Josh Norris.

"Josh Jacobs right now is one -- the best player on the Oakland Raiders' offense, and two -- possibly a top-10 running back in the NFL by season's end," Norris told NBC Sports Bay Area. 

Norris wanted to also give credit to the Raiders' offensive line for how they performed against the Chicago Bears in the 24-21 win in Week 5. 

Despite the off week, Jacobs might continue to be a force to stay away from opposing teams. But if you're a Jacobs' owner, count your blessings.

Even against a tough Packers defense, his rookie campaign cannot be ignored.

[RELATED: Raiders-Packers odds, predictions, lines]

In the last outing for the running back, Jacobs ran for 123 yards with two touchdowns. That Packers D gives up 4.9 yards per carry and has allowed seven rushing touchdowns.

That's amazing news for owners. Start him if you weren't planning on it anyway.

Raiders-Packers odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks for NFL Week 7 game

Raiders-Packers odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks for NFL Week 7 game

The Raiders’ seemingly never-ending road trip continues as Oakland visits the Green Bay Packers for a Week 7 showdown.

Jon Gruden’s team won a physical Week 5 game over former Raiders edge rusher Khalil Mack and the Chicago Bears, 24-21, in London. 

Oakland will be without No. 1 receiver Tyrell Williams, who is dealing with plantar fasciitis. Davante Adams will also be out for Green Bay, leaving both Oakland and Green Bay without their top target.

[RELATED: Why Worley's versatility is key for Raiders vs. Packers]

Line:

Caesars: GB -4.5 (-110)
Consensus: GB -4.5 (-110)
Westgate: GB -4.5  (-110)
Wynn: GB -4.5 (-110)

Here’s how NFL writers around the country see the Raiders-Packers matchup shaking out:

Paul Gutierrez, ESPN: Packers 27, Raiders 21
Rob Demovsky, ESPN: Packers 28, Raiders 24
Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com: Packers 31, Raiders 24
Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk: Packers 21, Raiders 20
Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk: Raiders 24, Packers 23
Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News: Packers 23, Raiders 19