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Final: Cowboys 3, Raiders 0

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, August 13th, 2012 at 7:59 pm in Oakland Raiders.

With Jon Gruden in the broadcast booth and general manager Reggie McKenzie re-lighting the Al Davis torch to signify a new era, the Raiders had the scene properly set for a night of drama.

Preseason football seldom works out that way, however, and a 3-0 loss to the Dallas Cowboys Monday night in the debut of coach Dennis Allen will recede from memory the same way it did for Gruden and every other Raiders leader in his first game in charge.

Both offenses struggled throughout, with the Raiders failing to score with their first unit in large part due to a rough night by wide receiver Jacoby Ford.

Ford, who has enjoyed a mostly sure-handed and injury-free training camp, dropped a pair of passes from Carson Palmer and was the intended receiver on the first series on a Palmer pass that went into the hands of Dallas safety Gerald Sensabaugh.

The Raiders for the most part displayed the competitive nature Allen has stressed throughout training camp, but were lacking in terms of execution and crisp play.

The game ended when No. 3 quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who struggled with his passing throughout, threw an interception on a fourth-and-26 overthrow to Mana Silva with 36 seconds to play.

The Cowboys weren’t much better, with a 33-yard field goal by Dan Bailey in the third quarter accounting for the game’s only points.

The Raiders missed a chance to tie with 6:44 left when place kicker Eddy Carmona, who hit the upright four times in five attempts during a recent practice, pushed a 36-yard field goal attempt wide right.

Oakland got in position with the help of a 9-yard Pryor scramble on third-and-7 for a first down and a pass interference call on Justin Taplin-Ross against tight end Tory Humphrey.

Dallas broke a scoreless tie on a 33-yard field goal by Bailey, a 67-yard, 11-play drive that include Kyle Orton completions of 20 yards to Andrew Szczerba and 16 yards on third-and-9 to Andre Holmes.

The Raiders outgained the Cowboys 181 to 81, had more first downs (11 to 4) and had the ball for 19:07 of the first 30 minutes but went into halftime tied because of an inability to convert key plays on offense.

Three dropped passes hurt _ two by Ford on successive plays and another by a wide open Juron Criner off a rollout by Matt Leinart.

On the plus size, Dallas had only 16 yards rushing on seven attempts with no gain longer than seven yards.

The first-half penalty total was manageable by Raiders standards _ three flags for 20 yards.

– The Raiders gave up only 38 penalty yards and the defense limited to the Cowboys to 11 first downs overaell.

– Running back Darren McFadden carried twice for 20 yards and caught an 18-yard pass and took the rest of the night off.

– Palmer was 3 of 6 for 33 yards before coming out with 6:36 left in the first quarter. Besides the two drops, Ford later fumbled a punt, retrieved it and stepped out of bounds, getting scattered boos from the home crowd.

– Wide receiver Rod Streater, an undrafted free agent out of Temple who has been a standout since the offseason, caught six passes for 66 yards. In his senior year at Temple, Streater had just 19 receptions all season.

– Backup quarterback Matt Leinart completed 11 of 16 passes for 98 yards and failed to lead the Raiders to a score.

– The second-string offensive line, which was in by the second quarter, had Joe Barksdale at left tackle, Tony Bergstrom at left guard, Alex Parsons at center, Lance Nix at right guard and Kevin Haslam at right tackle.

– Running back Lonyae Miller found it rough going against the team that cut him last year, gaining 39 yards on 15 carries as the primary runner with McFadden out of the game early and Taiwan Jones and Mike Goodson injured.

– Gruden made his way to the Black Hole and was greeted enthusiastically by early arrivals. The focus of an upcoming HBO Real Sports profile, Gruden was followed by cameras.

– Raiders owner Mark Davis exchanged warm greetings with Cowboys defensive coordinator and former Raiders defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, long a staunch Al Davis supporter.

– Raiders who didn’t suit up included punter Shane Lechler wide receivers Duke Calhoun, Eddie McGee and Denarius Moore, Jones, running back Goodson, linebackers Mario Kurn and Aaron Corry, offensive tackle Zach Hurd, tight end Brandon Myers and defensive tackle Richard Seymour.

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  • http://raiders.com Orange Julius

    Exactly one year ago after the first round of pre-season games, we were leading the league in penalties. Now Dalls is. We won the game in the stat column.

  • dvrick

    PlunkforHOF Says:
    August 13th, 2012 at 9:35 pm
    I’ll borrow this from Capt. Stubing:
    GOOO CHARGERS!!!!!

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Agreed, Miami.

    I’m thoroughly satisfied with tonight. Better than I expected. I think last year Dallas wins this game 17-3. Our defense is much better. Our offense is a huge work in progress with this receiving corp. I don’t care what Gruden says.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Any decent possession receivers around the league we could possibly land before trade deadline? That could be the difference maker.

  • http://raiders.com Orange Julius

    If we had Dman, Moore, Seymour and CP3 play the entire game, we win, hands down.

  • Dan78

    Looks like Criner had the same snack as Ford..Butterfingers

  • 504 Raider

    We could go 23-0 with the Lombardi Trophy and there’s gonna be some fools on here talking about dropped balls and too many false starts. Relax dudes, We have a good team and I believe DA when he said the other day that we will be proud of this Team.

  • joker94583

    Pryor is a dumpster fire at QB. The guy can’t hit the side of a barn. All in all it was pretty bad even for the 1st preseason game. DA will get it tightened up.

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Dan, our receiving corp looks sad. And I wish I could call it preseason jitters, but these guys never had hands. Is there any decent possession receiver in the league we might be able to land before trade deadline? That’s the one thing that might get us a wild card.

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  • mcfadden20.

    Most of our O guys were gun shy they were not ready to be hit yet, i bet the few practices we will have in the future are going to be pretty intense like real games

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Palmer critics:

    That bomb to Ford that was picked off? Right through Ford’s hands.

  • MiamiRaider78

    I can’t imagine if our offense scores 14 points on it’s two first poss, what the comments in here would be? Automatic SuperBowl bid? lol

  • RaidO

    Joker94583 Says:
    August 13th, 2012 at 9:41 pm
    Pryor is a dumpster fire at QB. The guy can’t hit the side of a barn. All in all it was pretty bad even for the 1st preseason game. DA will get it tightened up.
    _________________________________________

    Same goes for CP. He sucked. No more “He had no offseason excuses”

  • mcfadden20.

    RaidO Says:
    August 13th, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Joker94583 Says:
    August 13th, 2012 at 9:41 pm
    Pryor is a dumpster fire at QB. The guy can’t hit the side of a barn. All in all it was pretty bad even for the 1st preseason game. DA will get it tightened up.
    _________________________________________

    Same goes for CP. He sucked. No more “He had no offseason excuses”

    yeah lets judge him when the real games start , not in pre-season , shall we?

  • CanuckRaider

    Prior will never be an NFL QB…Tonight proved it…Time to convert to WR if he wants an NFL career.

  • lefty12

    Don’t agree Bob.It was the exact same type of pass that made people fall in love with the guy when he made the acrobatic catch against KC.On tonights pass he never left his feet and didn’t extend for the ball.As I’ve said over and over,the ball shouldn’t have been thrown,but he sure didn’t make any effort to help out his QB.

  • Dan78

    Sulli we may have to wait for surprise cut

  • http://www.djsulli.com/ Silverandblack666

    DJ Sullie Fresh is back in the house…where are you spinning your outdated poorly sampled crap beats at this weekend?

  • ghostraiders

    We have a bunch of number 2 and 3 receivers a t best… we don’t have a chance without atleast one go to Guy… we couldn’t get it done with the likes of Timmy brown and jerry rice… these guys are not going to get it done…IMO

  • da trinity

    MY THOUGHTS ON GAME:
    1. DMC looked like he’s ready to ball out this year.
    2. Its still early, but defense looks like it will be just fine this year.
    3. Ford played like a lame, drops 2 balls, then on int, ran Hella slow, pretending he was gonna try to make a tackle. He supposed to be fast, but you can clearly see him jogging. Hopefully he gets called out for that during films.
    4. Streeter better then Criner.
    5. I want Pryor to succeed, but didn’t throw good today. He’s definently a project.

    * And for all those complaining about shut out, remember our 4th and 5th string RB played whole. If we had Goodson and Jones, you can bet your bottom dollar, we score more then Cowgirls.

  • lefty12

    Let me put it another way.If that was Moore instead of Ford it is a completion for a big game.Incomplete pass at worst.

  • Dan78

    Or go after welker in the offseason

  • Dhidee99

    I think the team is looking alright there is too much doom and Gloom in this room for a first preseason game #1 if Jacoby Ford catches two balls over the middle this is a different game. But it’s the preseason and I think that him letting the balls go over the middle in a preseason game so he is around in the Season Open game is alright with me. Dmac was out of the game very early. The Back-ups look like Back-ups Most of whom have never played in a NFL game. Now on to QB play I think CP3 looked real good even on that interception in the first qt. I really blame that on Ford for not going up and Fighting for the Ball. If you use Tivo go back and watch the play he sees the ball and does not jump for it or fight for the ball. I have been watching him for three seasons and I’m going to be really hard on the guy because I believe he has bought into his first year hype. JFord what have you done for me lately? I believe some of you are going in too hard to soon on Terrell Pryor to soon. This was his first full off season As a third string QB no way he was going to make plays surrounded by guys who will not be in camp two weeks from now. Mark my Words he will succeed CP3 as Qb in two years. He needs more time to develop in practice and gain experience on the field I bet Reggie and Dennis Allen See it the same way. Some you thought he was going to come out and play like a franchise QB with the scrubs. Hello right now he is a scrub that’s why he’s with the scrubs!!!! But give him time I’m going all in with TP as a star in this league.

  • Dan78

    new post

  • ghostraiders

    TP better start thinking about plan b in his career.. like someone said earlier.. he’s another Tim tebow at best… he should consider moving to widereceiver… he would probably excel there..

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    TP is a guy we can develop, and he is young and cheap. his salary is $465,000. Min salary for player with 0 years is $355, and 3 year vet salary is around $600,000.
    Stop complaining.

  • 2sense

    Long BART ride from an ugly game. Thank God it’s only preseason or would be a long trip back to the East coast for us tomorrow. Did run into Gruden and Tirico as we were leaving our hotel in the lobby. After I offered Mike Tirico a free ride on the BART while we were in the elevator (he turned me down by the way) him and Gruden walked out with us to the front of the hotel where they were gettin picked up in a discreet white van. Gruden peeled off his coat and out of nowhere pulled out about a three foot magnetic raiders shield and plastered it on to the door as he sat shotgun. The driver made him take it down to which me and my family who were the only bystanders could only look at Coach Gruden and exchange a shoulder shrug with him. Hey you can’t blame a guy for tryin. Once a Raider Always a Raider. Great guys. What an experience.

  • raidertbone

    Did anyone else hear the Freudian slip that Gruden committed during the after-game radio breakdown? He was talking about the Dallas defensive backfield and accidentally referred to them as “we”. Don’t know what he was thinking, but it has to make you wonder — I know he had several discussions with Rob Ryan both before and after the game. He probably just ff’d up – kinda like those rookie refs!