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PFF ReFocused, NFL Preseason Week 3: Oakland Raiders 22, Green Bay Packers 21

Nathan Peterman led the Oakland Raiders to a 22-21 win over the Green Bay Packers on Canada's shortened field in Winnipeg on Thursday night, completing 23-of-37 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns in the process.

PFF's ReFocused series features immediate takeaways from the two analysts who graded the game live. The two offer a detailed breakdown of the game's most notable performances before the grades and advanced stats are reviewed and finalized by Senior Analysts.

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Final Score

Oakland Raiders 22, Green Bay Packers 21

Oakland Raiders

Cornerback Keisean Nixon started at cornerback and played a majority of snaps until the final whistle blew. He took advantage of his playing time, flashing in coverage, forcing multiple incompletions and generally just being in good position when the ball came his way.

Second-year cornerback Nick Nelson, on the other hand, was burned on a wheel route from the slot on one of the Packers' touchdowns and surrendered another touchdown into his coverage despite committing a pass interference penalty on the play. He did finish the game with a hail mary interception on the final play of the game.

It came as a surprise when rookie Keelan Doss went undrafted out of UC Davis. The Raiders didn't complain when they snagged the priority free agent, and his play thus far during the preseason has been nothing short of exceptional. Doss converted several short targets into decent gains that included a sweet back shoulder fade down the right sideline over the coverage of Nydair Rouse.

While Darren Waller has taken control of the starting tight end position, free agent acquisition Luke Willson is left vying for backup blocking duties. He did not help out his cause in this contest, surrendering several defeats early in pass and run blocking. He missed a blocking assignment entirely that permitted Curtis Bolton to secure an easy tackle.

Rookie Takeaways

Rookie offensive lineman Tyler Roemer, an undrafted free agent out of San Diego State, put together a solid performance against Green Bay, especially when asked to move guys off the line of scrimmage in the run game. South Carolina product Keisean Nixon really had a good game against Green Bay, as mentioned above.

Green Bay Packers

Trevor Davis had a productive day with seemingly every reception going for a first down. He also had a nice contested touchdown grab despite a defensive pass interference called on the play.

Tim Boyle started at quarterback for the Packers due to questionable field conditions and got off to a rocky start with some errant throws and poor decisions that could have led to turnovers. However, he did settle down and put together three touchdown scoring drives in the second quarter.

Linebacker Ty Summers had himself a solid game playing sideline to sideline, stuffing the stat sheet with a good amount of tackles in the process. He was flagged for a defensive hold in coverage but later scored a pass defense on an out route to Keelan Doss early in the second quarter.

Defensive back Nydair Rouse was a frequent target of Oakland quarterbacks, especially late in defense of Doss. He would've allowed another reception on a long third down to open the fourth quarter if not for a dropped pass from Keon Hatcher.

Rookie Takeaways

First-rounder Rashan Gary had his day cut short due to injury and had a forgettable performance before exiting on a cart. Seventh-round TCU product Ty Summers was outstanding in run defense and coverage, while Nydair Rouse really couldn't have had a worse game against Oakland.

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