Post-Game Thread: Preseason Week 1 - Dallas vs. Oakland


With over 400 comments in the game thread I thought I'd put up a post game thread for everyone to discuss their thoughts about the game. Here are a few of my initial thoughts.

First Team Offense

It was nice to see Russell have a good two-drive game, going 6/9 for 50 yards. Russell's favorite target was obviously Chaz Schilens, who caught 5 balls for 52 yards and also set up a big defensive pass interference call with another pass attempt. I was surprised that Zach Miller's number wasn't called even once. I guess the Raiders already know they have that connection in their pocket whenever they need it. The running game looked alright, even though Fargas' only touch was to get stuffed in the red zone (he won't be there in the regular season). As expected, McFadden and Bush looked much more dynamic and will take a lot of touches away from Fargas this season. Also, except for the one sack, the offensive line looked pretty solid, even without Robert Gallery.

At the end of the day though, it was deja vu all over again to see the Raiders at the 2 yard line and settle for a field goal.

First Team Defense

First drive - fantastic. Tight coverage on the outside, some pressure from the defensive line, and a quick 3 and out. Second drive - WTF? John Marshall was lucky I'm in Florida as he utilized the classic Rob Ryan 3-man rush with the frickin' DT in coverage in the red zone. Result - TD Romo to Witten. I was screaming at the TV.  Thankfully the TV booth team was criticizing the defensive call as well, so I felt vindicated. Overall I was pleased with their performance.

Second/Third Team Offense

This is where the game got out of hand for the Cowboys. They had no answer for either Gradkowski or Frye, who were consistently hitting receivers, highlighted by Nick Miller's big grab. Nor did the Cowboys have an answer for Louis Rankin, who always impresses in trainingcamp/preseason and hopefully can get a shot on another team this season.

Second/Third Team Defense

The second and third string back 7 looked pretty good, and we can only hope Ekejiuba is alright. Slade Norris had his nose in a lot of plays. The backup defensive tackles looked OK as well, and William Joseph was getting some consistent pressure. I was disappointed not to see Matt Shaughnessy apply a bit more pressure on Kitna and McGee. He got stood up a few times when he tried to bull rush, and didn't seem to have a great move repetoire.

 

All in all, it felt amazing to be watching Raiders football again, and the Raiders should take this preseason victory and continue to build on the foundation of returing to greatness. Your thoughts S&BP?

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Silver And Black Pride

You must be a member of Silver And Black Pride to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Silver And Black Pride. You should read them.

Join Silver And Black Pride

You must be a member of Silver And Black Pride to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Silver And Black Pride. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker