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Raiders beat Cowboys 19-17

Not great, but not bad, either.

There weren’t any absolute truths to be gleaned from the Raiders 19-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys Friday night in their preseason opener, but there were signs the team could be an improvement over last season’s 4-12 disaster.

No reason to schedule a parade, perhaps, but considering many preseason prognosticators consider the Raiders to be one of the least-talented teams in the NFL, it was at least baby steps in the right direction.

Sebastian Janikowski and Eddy Carmona each kicked a pair of field goals and Brice Butler caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Matt McGloin to account for the Raiders’ scoring.

Dallas, 1-1 in the preseason, had a 38-yard field goal by Dan Bailey, a 15-yard pass from Kyle Orton to Cole Beasley and a 1-yard run by Joseph Dunbar.

Starting quarterback Matt Flynn and backup Terrelle Pryor each had a turnover and led the team to a field goal in the first half, with Sebastian Janikowski converting from 51 and 40 yards. Both also showed their respective strengths and weaknesses.

Carmona had field goals of 32 and 23 yards, the latter following a fumbled Marquette King punt by D.W. Webb was recovered by Eric Harper at the 13-yard line to put the Raiders up 19-17.

Defensively, the Raiders put 10 new starters on the field with the first team and kept Dallas out of the end zone following their first turnover _ a sack-fumble lost by Flynn.

Only coach Dennis Allen knows who did and who did not enhance their chances of being a major player in 2013, but one thing is for sure _Butler gave himself a chance to be the outside playmaker the offense desperately needs.

Butler caught a 40-yard pass from third-string quarterback Matt McGloin, then later made a diving catch in the end zone for a 30-yard touchdown while being tightly guarded by Sterling Moore.

Flynn for the most part did what Allen and offensive coordinator want him to do _ manage the team, keep drives alive, use some clock and make the safe play. He finished 4 of 5 for 37 yards.

He couldn’t be faulted for the lone turnover _ a blindside sack by Sean Lee that Jason Hatcher recovered at the Oakland 16-yard line.

Flynn’s second series resulted on a 12-play, 49-yard drive that included a 17-yard strike to Denarius Moore on third-and-6 and a 4-yard scramble up the middle on second-and-6 that set up a 4-yard first-down pass to Rod Streater.

The Raiders got as far as the Dallas 33 before Flynn threw incomplete and short of the stake on third-and-3, with Janikowski coming in to covert a 51-yard field goal off the infield dirt.

“Practice is one thing, but it’s a whole different ballgame when you come out here to play a game,’’ Flynn said.

Pryor demonstrated in his second-quarter performance the kind of running-passing threat currently in vogue in the NFL, rushing three times for 31 yards and hitting 6 of 10 passes for 88 yards.

The Raiders also got strong running from Rashad Jennings, who ran well in short-yardage, also had a 16-yard run and finished with nine carries for 39 yards.

The third-year quarterback also made the kind of error that makes him a risk. After an athletic and creative drive that opened at the Oakland 10 and faced with third-and-4 from the Dallas 6, Pryor’s inexperience showed.

Rolling to his right, Pryor threw late and over the middle, with J.J. Wilcox intercepting the pass and ending the drive.

Pryor later drove the Raiders for their own 24 to the Dallas 22 before Janikowski connected from 40 yards to put the Raiders within 10-6.

The Raiders first-team defense, playing without tackles Vance Walker and Pat Sims, allowed only a Cowboys field goal after Flynn’s lost fumble.

One problem was pass rush _ the Raiders had almost none, and on one play Romo had a full seven seconds to throw before winging it out of the back of the end zone.

With little pressure, Romo had sliced through the Oakland secondary with no problem on the drive, completing 4 of 5 passes for 65 yards, including a 26-yard pass to Dez Bryant.

“I think after the fumble, for us to keep them out of the end zone was good,’’ Allen said. “They moved the ball a little but on us on the second drive but we were able to bow our backs and keep them out of the end zone. We did some good things but need to be more consistent.’’

Still, the Cowboys never crossed the goal line, and early in the second quarter came up empty after advancing to the Oakland 8 when Tyvon Branch blocked a Dan Bailey field goal attempt.

“On their first field goal, Tracy Porter got really close to blocking it so I think the wing tried to overextend to get him and I just shot the gap,’’ Branch said.

The Raiders got within 10-9 on a 32-yard field goal by Carmona in the third quarter when Usama Young intercepted an overthrown pass from third-string quarterback Nate Stephens and returned it deep into Dallas territory.

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • J Hill

    2 plays from Pryor that were errors. The int, obviously, and MAYBE the play where we had to burn a TO.

    Does the guy have to have a perfect night to be deemed ready to start?

  • Raider E

    Apparently Oak has a bias against #22, but I know what thats all about.

    Now he’s easing his way onto the Pryor bandwagon slowly.

  • 00tt00

    in defense of DA…which i never do….often coaches wont go for 2 on the PAT unless its the 4th qtr

  • http://WhyWontGodHealAmputees.com Sir RaiderDuck, OMS

    Relentless Says:
    August 9th, 2013 at 10:28 pm
    The resign will happen. Mark my words.

    =======================================

    Nah. Make him earn his Franchise tender from us.

  • lefty12

    #22 is making a position switch and per DA one of the best ST players in the league.He will make the team for his ST play.#39 sucked.

  • Raider J

    Wait until you Palmer fans see what he does with an even worse OL vs. stronger pass rushers in the NFC west. How many times did Kolb get sacked?

  • Crawfish Joe

    If Captain Checkdown Junior goes 0-3, cut the cord. Time to get off the tit bucket.

  • 0ak r8rs

    Chris In NY Says:
    August 9th, 2013 at 10:34 pm
    Palmer can still sling it boy.

    @@@@@@@

    Yep. Directly to a DB at the most critical of times. Over and over again. For more than a decade.

  • NGRaiderfan

    I think Pryor needs to warn the startin spot. I jus t dont get y flynn doesn’t. He has done nothing to earn the starting job. He looked mediocre in the practice i went to in training camp. Pryor looked way better. And most notes from training camp are similar. With the only thing they say about flynn is “he’s consistent” consistent at what? Theowing 5-10 yd routes when no one can hit him? Our offense with him out there looks like our offense did with palmer last yr. a lot of short completions, and on some ofthem the receiver will make a great play and get yds after the catch or defense will mess up. I see a future of 5 yd passes on 3rd and 8. O but its a completion. Look at that conpletion %.

    I just want the guy who makes our team te best to be our starter. If flynn starts ballin out then shoot lets go i’m all for it. I didnt see much the two times ive seen him in a raider uni. Time will tell. Can he at least have to earn it tho?

  • inonewordraider

    Raider J Says:
    August 9th, 2013 at 10:33 pm
    Need more depth at DE

    _____________
    HUGE problem. carter got some pressure, but other than that, as good as our secondary is they can’t cover all day

    we should have signed Abraham, qb’s are gna have all day to pass on us

  • Relentless

    Maybe ur right sir.

  • Raider E

    I think I mis-interpreted your post Johnny?

    Do you agree that going for 2 was the play?

  • 0ak r8rs

    Lefty12 Says:
    August 9th, 2013 at 10:35 pm
    #22 is making a position switch and per DA one of the best ST players in the league.He will make the team for his ST play.#39 sucked.

    @@@@@@

    Not talking about ST. Talking about D. #22 sucked.

  • J Hill

    Adams was solid all game.

    Who was 39?

    22 won’t be playing CB for us anytime soon.

    I’m talking about guys who will be playing.

  • inonewordraider

    He has GOT to see that wide open field in front of him on the two roll outs to the right he blew.

    Those were both first downs or TDs
    _________
    inside dt’s will be fine against the run

    no need for your boy bryant

  • lefty12

    J,that is more or less what DA said after the game-he needs to improve in the mental part,ie. reads,getting out of the huddle in time,etc.The little intangibles good and great QBs display.

  • Crawfish Joe

    Flynn may be the starter, for now. But it is evident our #2 will be the starter before to long.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    flynn is like jasoup without the arm…

  • the famous dr robert

    Dam. Missed the first quarter.

    So I will see for myself with the rest.

  • Raider E

    Oak,

    What are you gonna do when #22 makes the roster. Pryor outplays Flynn, and wait for it?

    Palmer wind his first playoff game.

    I suggest you stop making predictions. Your just about Cork level.

  • the famous dr robert

    U guys love u some 47 rated passers.

    Love it.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    i was thinking flynn would be out week 4…he may not even be the opening day starter…oh wait DA is the coach…week four it is.

  • 0ak r8rs

    Raider E Says:
    August 9th, 2013 at 10:35 pm
    Apparently Oak has a bias against #22, but I know what thats all about.

    Now he’s easing his way onto the Pryor bandwagon slowly.

    @@@@@@@@

    What’s it all about? There is no bias, other than not believing he can make a switch in 4 months. If he can hang on as a gunner this year and become a DB next year than fine. Bit right now he sucks as a DB and if you can’t admit that then it’s you that has the agenda.

    I’ve always said I liked Pryor. Just that he couldn’t throw accurately. He was fun to watch tn. Added some electricity to the offense. I’m intelligent and enlightened enough to see when a player, even a player I’ve detracted from, can make that happen. Are you???

  • 00tt00

    Raider J Says:
    August 9th, 2013 at 10:36 pm
    Wait until you Palmer fans see what he does with an even worse OL vs. stronger pass rushers in the NFC west. How many times did Kolb get sacked?
    ============
    its not the same OL……they got levi brown back from injury and drafted cooper and added a quality running game with mendenhall……cards are going to surprise this year…..fantasy sleepers

  • Whoknows

    The Famous Dr Robert Says:
    August 9th, 2013 at 10:40 pm
    Dam. Missed the first quarter.

    So I will see for myself with the rest.
    ********************************
    Your talking all that crap and haven’t even seen the game? LOL

  • Raider E

    Dr. Flip Flop breaking it down.

    What a CLOWN !!!!

    Gimme my money, Fool. :)

  • lefty12

    BTW,we have one of the best young HCs in the league.Our future is looking up.

  • DJ Johnny

    inonewordraider Says:
    August 9th, 2013 at 10:36 pm
    Raider J Says:
    August 9th, 2013 at 10:33 pm
    Need more depth at DE

    _____________
    HUGE problem. carter got some pressure, but other than that, as good as our secondary is they can’t cover all day

    we should have signed Abraham, qb’s are gna have all day to pass on us

    Actually could’ve signed Dumerville too. Could have paid him one mill THIS yr and loaded him up next yr.

    Could’ve been done.

  • Raider E

    What’s it all about? There is no bias, other than not believing he can make a switch in 4 months. If he can hang on as a gunner this year and become a DB next year than fine. Bit right now he sucks as a DB and if you can’t admit that then it’s you that has the agenda.

    I’ve always said I liked Pryor. Just that he couldn’t throw accurately. He was fun to watch tn. Added some electricity to the offense. I’m intelligent and enlightened enough to see when a player, even a player I’ve detracted from, can make that happen. Are you???

    ————————————-

    Yeah right. Go back a month and read your words, Suckazz.

  • Chris in NY

    00tt00 Says:
    August 9th, 2013 at 10:42 pm
    Raider J Says:
    August 9th, 2013 at 10:36 pm
    Wait until you Palmer fans see what he does with an even worse OL vs. stronger pass rushers in the NFC west. How many times did Kolb get sacked?
    ============
    its not the same OL……they got levi brown back from injury and drafted cooper and added a quality running game with mendenhall……cards are going to surprise this year…..fantasy sleepers

    ——————–

    Count on big fantasy years from Palmer and Fitz. Floyd is a sleeper to draft late.

  • NGRaiderfan

    Whoknows Says:
    August 9th, 2013 at 10:43 pm
    The Famous Dr Robert Says:
    August 9th, 2013 at 10:40 pm
    Dam. Missed the first quarter.

    So I will see for myself with the rest.
    ********************************
    Your talking all that crap and haven’t even seen the game? LOL

    ======================

    Haha

  • Al_is_theraiders

    lol…didnt even watch the first 1/4…flip flop…

  • Raider J

    110.inonewordraider Says:
    August 9th, 2013 at 10:36 pm
    Raider J Says:
    August 9th, 2013 at 10:33 pm
    Need more depth at DE

    _____________
    HUGE problem. carter got some pressure, but other than that, as good as our secondary is they can’t cover all day

    we should have signed Abraham, qb’s are gna have all day to pass on us

    ************

    The blitzes looked pretty good but got beaten badly at times. Bass got some pressure but is a liability vs the run. There may be a diamond in the rough out there for Reggie to find & sign or DE will be top priority FA signing 2014.

  • lefty12

    Actually could’ve signed Dumerville too. Could have paid him one mill THIS yr and loaded him up next yr.

    Could’ve been done.
    =======================
    Not if the player didn’t want to or wouldn’t do it.

  • 0ak r8rs

    Raider E Says:
    August 9th, 2013 at 10:40 pm
    Oak,

    What are you gonna do when #22 makes the roster. Pryor outplays Flynn, and wait for it?

    Palmer wind his first playoff game.

    I suggest you stop making predictions. Your just about Cork level.

    @@@@@@@@

    First of all, it seems you r the one making predictions, and none of that has happened.

    And yea, I said 22 won’t make the roster, along w several other people. And if he makes it as a gunner then fine. I admitted that all along. But right now, he sucks as a DB, and if you can’t admit that then…..

    Palmer has never won anything and never will. I have a decade of evidence behind my position. WTF do you have? Nothing because he’s never done anything.

  • DJ Johnny

    lefty12 Says:
    August 9th, 2013 at 10:43 pm
    BTW,we have one of the best young HCs in the league.Our future is looking up.

    I’d like to think that is the case.

  • Chris in NY

    Whoknows Says:
    August 9th, 2013 at 10:43 pm
    The Famous Dr Robert Says:
    August 9th, 2013 at 10:40 pm
    Dam. Missed the first quarter.

    So I will see for myself with the rest.
    ********************************
    Your talking all that crap and haven’t even seen the game? LOL

    —————————–

    Who needs to watch the game when you can base your opinion off of one quarter’s worth of QB ratings. LOL.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    suckazz…lol

  • inonewordraider

    game 1 notes:

    we have no de pass rush, carter looked good but not enough

    our backs are perfect for the power block scheme, Jennings and Murray run hard

    oline is fine

    ausberry is GIGANTIC get that man the ball, he’ll be the starter game 1

    secondary looks good and deep

    lb group is solid

    punters are shaky

    neither Flynn or Pryor scare other teams, but Pryors improved leaps and bounds

    DA looks the part

    the guys looked hungry from the snap

    punt return is still an issue

    wr’s didn’t look as bad as I thought, a couple need to really separate themselves

  • Kirk

    This is the first game in a long time that we have looked like a real football team.

    So glad Seymoure and Kelly and McLain and Palmer are gone.

  • the famous dr robert

    Olawale just looked very Reece like.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    crazy fool…”now ill watch the first part of the game..,”

  • DJ Johnny

    lefty12 Says:
    August 9th, 2013 at 10:46 pm
    Actually could’ve signed Dumerville too. Could have paid him one mill THIS yr and loaded him up next yr.

    Could’ve been done.
    =======================
    Not if the player didn’t want to or wouldn’t do it.

    True.

    I think we may see Reggie snatching someone cut from the niners or broncos when they hit the waiver wire after cuts.

    They won’t be top dog studs but maybe they can help.

  • the famous dr robert

    I was watching online and it was stopping. Missed a lot.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    yeah the dline did great today…what are some of you fools smoking?

  • 0ak r8rs

    @E

    And I never said Pryor couldn’t outplay Flynn. I’ve said 0.0 about Flynn. I know just about nothing about him, haven’t seen him play much, an made that clear several times. I have said Pryor isn’t accurate and can’t hit his spots and Pryor himself admitted that I was right all along. If he’s worked it out since, then awesome. I’ve always said I’d love to see Jon as the strarter of he could work out his throwing issues. There’s plenty of archives. Go ahead. Look it up. When your done, then you can STFU.

  • 00tt00

    Kirk Says:
    August 9th, 2013 at 10:47 pm
    This is the first game in a long time that we have looked like a real football team.

    So glad Seymoure and Kelly and McLain and Palmer are gone.
    ==================
    i was glad it didnt look like the keystone cops…yeah……but some perspective…..its preseason……what happens when the other teams that actually have star players play 60 min

  • Kirk

    King over Kwube…..

  • the famous dr robert

    Mastrun looks like a real TE.

  • Raider E

    Oak,

    TJ has had 2 months and had a nice pass defensed. He is coming along.

    You said no way he makes the roster. Your already wrong.

    Palmer is still playing, so never will is stupid to say, but I really dont see much fair analysis from you anyway. You talk out of the side of your mouth making declarative statements with built in excuses.

    No Biggie. I got you on ignore.

    Peace Out Boy Scout :)