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Raiders’ coach Dennis Allen identifies the bright spots in 10-6 loss to Minnesota Vikings in preseason opener

Coach Dennis Allen acknowledged Saturday the Raiders had better get used to the way games will be officiated this season but saw enough good things in a 10-6 road loss to the Minnesota Vikings to be encouraged.

“The penalties were the biggest thing we had to deal with, and a couple of those things at this year’s points of emphasis with defensive holding or illegal contact downfield,’’ Allen said in a conference call with local reporters.

A facemask penalty on Brian Leonhardt also fell into that category, Allen said.

“I don’t know that in the past you would see some of these things called, but with the rules and points of emphasis, we’re going to see those things,’’ Allen said. “It was good for us to get out, play a game and see how officials are going to call those things.’’

The Raiders finished with 13 penalties for 94 yards, including five pre-snap penalties. The offenders were Menelik Watson (false start), Pat Sims (neutral zone infraction), Tony Bergstrom (two false starts) and Erle Ladson (false start).

Allen said positives from the loss included the running game and the pass rush.

Darren McFadden ran 23 yards on his only carry, Maurice Jones-Drew had two carries for 10 yards (not including a 7-yard run called back by penalty) and Latavius Murray had seven carries for 28 yards.

“I think we’re going to have an effective run game,’’ Allen said. “You saw some good things up front with guys being able to move people off the ball.’’

Defensively, the Raiders sacked starting quarterback Matt Cassel once, backup Teddy Bridgewater twice and third-string quarterback Christian Ponder three times.

Allen said he was “not displeased’’ with the performance of starting quarterback Matt Schaub, noting three potential first down passes that were dropped. Schaub was 3 of 7 for 21 yards.

“We obviously need to play better and be more consistent, but there were things to build on,’’ Allen said.

Allen said getting rookie quarterback Derek Carr work with the first team was “not part of the plan right now.’’

Rookie starting strong side linebacker Khalil Mack, Allen said, was able to cause “disruption’’ on a couple of pass rushes but overall “ I think you saw a guy playing in his first NFL game.’’
Rookies who flashed at Allen with solid play included defensive end Shelby Harris and cornerback T.J. Carrie. Both are seventh-round picks who look as if they will not only make the 53-man roster but potentially make a contribution sooner rather than later.

– Other than defensive tackle Justin Ellis (concussion), the only other player to come out of the game injured was safety Jansen Watson with a toe injury of undetermined severity.

– The Raiders took Saturday of and return to practice Sunday at 3 p.m. They break training camp with a Monday morning practice then travel to Oxnard to practice against the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday (4 p.m.) and Wednesday (9 a.m.)

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  • plunkhead

    Good news everyone Texans look as bad as we did, almost

  • JV.

    Well… At least the lions defense looked as horrible as expected.

  • SaintKaufman

    Bring on dem Cowboys!!!

    Go Raiders!!!

  • irjonny

    Hope schaub works out. I just dont trust the guy yet.

  • plunkhead

    The Houston Boots already miss the Mighty Shob

  • JV.

    How they looking?

  • plunkhead

    Not very good.
    Its 17 – 0 and the first quarter is not over

  • SaintKaufman

    I tried to reply, no luck. Wait, is ‘luck’ gonna get me banned?? F U Disqus!

  • JV.

    Sounds like us yesterday…

    Fitzpatrick look bad?

  • plunkhead

    Total yards 127 – 25

  • plunkhead

    nice beard but that’s it. Threw a int from his own 10 yard line

  • SaintKaufman

    atdhe.eu

  • JV.

    Don’t want want to watch it but thanks anyway… Just curious.

  • JV.

    Hahaha damn.. Oh well we might be joining them in Texas and then they’ll convert to raider fans :(

  • RediaR

    The true bright spot is that the score of the game accurately projects the final record of the Raiders this season.

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Keystone cops?

  • SaintKaufman

    Most would think backwards and upside down.

  • TUCK YOU

    Raiders lost 6-10, you are correct

  • Guest123

    http://twitter.com/SBNationGIF/status/498272659600187392/photo/1

    Clowney destroys tackes, eats RBs for breakfast.

  • JV.

    @justinjaybby: Ryan Fitzpatrick is horrible, I rather have kept Schuab

    Wow… Already!

  • Guest123

    Johnny Yayo already looks gimpy. Poor guy.

  • RediaR

    10-6, 6-10. You choose.

  • SaintKaufman

    10-6 upside down is 1-9. :p

  • PlunkforHOF

    Major cloudburst/lightning in Reno right now. Can’t believe the rain lately. Dry winter/wet summer.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    On the highlight of the Palmer TD, Clowney did his typical routine of quiting on the play once the O-lineman gets his hands on him.
    I saw that all of last year in college. Not easy getting your hands on him sometimes due to his freakish athleticism, but if you do, he does nothing.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    ..

  • Guest123

    Isn’t there a drought in CA these days?

  • SaintKaufman

    Been crazy hot and dry in the northwest the last 2 months. The end is near!

  • JV.

    Yea I thought it was a myth until I went to the river… Man it’s bad.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Am I active?

  • PlunkforHOF

    Extreme. We’re getting monsoon moisture from the south. Doubt Cali is seeing any of this on the other side of the Sierra.

  • RediaR

    So we end the season hot and win 5 of our last 6. That is swell.

  • SaintKaufman

    morse code working

  • PlunkforHOF

    Test

  • RediaR

    Yeah it is… sheeeeeeet.

  • JB

    Send us your water. will soon be as valuable as oil.

  • JV.

    Wow Texan fans are melting down over fitzmagic..

    Hope savage wins the job somewhere down the line.

  • AlDavisJr

    Yep–everybody glued to the Johnny Foosball Drama.

  • PlunkforHOF

    You’re alive! Alive I tell you!

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    I certainly hope so….I sure you could a vacation from this stupid shlt….silly shlt….stupid shlt

  • Guest123

    He’s raw and still dominates whenever he doesn’t drop in coverage. Once he develops an inside standing move, he’s going to maim some people.

  • SaintKaufman

    Gonna keep both eyes on you!

  • Guest123

    On the bright side they are running the ball at will down the Cardinals throat.

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Johnny Football

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    That’s a Tool song

  • JV.

    Manziel looks like a shorter kap to me.. Both a compliment and a knock.

  • HELLSBELLS

    Yea real gimpy.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    One thing about Johnny is he competes.
    Got beat on a little, but that always made him better in games.
    Hasn’t been that impressive but he will knife fight you in an alley.

  • RediaR

    Lets just hope the LT situation is figured out by week 2.

  • 909RaiderLifer

    mic check..