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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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  • Guest123

    Here. Lemme pour you all a tall glass of koolade straight from SnBG’s special reserve. Have a sip!

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

    Practice with the rodeo’s this week should be good for the squad after yesterday’s uninspiring effort.

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

    Defenders are slower as well

  • Guest123

    Worthless POS, cut him!

  • RaiderReloader

    not sure about that.. a stable of average players atleast I guess

  • Myopinion

    You really got all that from three drives in the first preseason game. Well files threw two picks in his three drives, does that mean he will be the worst qb in the league?

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Thank you Andre Holmes is going to be awesome tell me again why James Jones did not play?

  • RediaR

    Like us, they play the NFCW and AFCW. They play against ATL who I think will bounce back. I don’t think they get 9 wins easy.

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

    That was Manziel’s most impressive throw there.
    Odd angle and led the RB perfectly.

  • Myopinion

    Not files, foles.

  • SlvrnBlck478

    Hahaha. I caught that too. These guys sounded like amateurs. He would just randomly shout MCGLOINNN!!!!

  • HELLSBELLS

    Carrie, Checkwa, and Wilson looked pretty good.

  • plunkhead

    Cards have another great WR = Josh Brown is kicking butt.
    I would not be surprised to see the niners and hawks take a step back this year and the Cards hired a great coach in Arinas

  • r8ter4evr

    Will be better depth on Oline from roster cuts soon than Bergermeister

  • RaiderReloader

    Indeed jsut 3 drives, but it looked alot like same old Raiders sadly and that has people on edge

  • RediaR

    Can we just put Mastrud 2.0 on their roster instead of trying to have him block Clowney?

  • SaintKaufman

    Because no one is keeping score?

  • rudegruden

    I can’t believe he came back as mcfadden20 last night

  • HELLSBELLS

    Guy just said the QB want to throw at the receivers knee caps”

  • plunkhead

    Notice Manziels LT?

  • TUCK YOU

    If only TP could sling it like Johnny

  • OhioRaider

    I’ve been patient since 1984. You?

  • JV.

    If cards didn’t lose dansby and Washington I’d say they are head to head with Seattle for best defense and secondary.

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

    Johnny’s arm is significantly stronger then Bridgewater’s.

  • r8ter4evr

    What a shocker the kid that shredded the SEC all his career can play in the NFL
    Wow who would have thought!!

  • plunkhead

    Biggest mistake Jerry Jones ever made = not taking JF

  • RediaR

    More specifically, DIDN’T KNOW WHAT SUPERBOWL HIS TEAM COMPETED IN!

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    If you cant tell how far we are behind other teams (even the lowly 4 win Cleveland and 5 win Minnesota Vikings) Then I cant help you. I am not talking about one position either we are a mess we are not cohesive at all….Sorry you cant see that.

  • RediaR

    He was so proud of that one. He’s been sitting on that for months.

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Murray

  • r8ter4evr

    Another great FBS QB Moore
    But at Boise hardly SEC competition

  • RediaR

    He already had Quincey Carter 1.0…

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Do you know why Holmes is over James Jones on the depth chart?

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    He is playing pretty good right now

  • JV.

    Dallas will be one of the worst teams this year..

    Romo will have to do it all to even dream of going 8-8 again.

  • r8ter4evr

    True that
    Proud Vets need to lead the way

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

    And he makes Coco Crisp look like Jeff George.
    No arm at all from Kellen.

  • RediaR

    True. That O will have to score a TON.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Doesn’t mean much. Carr has the strongest arm.

  • r8ter4evr

    Man it seemed like whenever I watched him play he could throw with the best of them

  • RediaR

    My dad could beat up your dad if it were 1976.

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

    With a clean pocket yes.
    Not sure if Carr can throw from multiple angles yet.
    That’s what makes Big Ben and Rodgers so great. Don’t need to be able to step up cleanly to put some mustard on it.

  • TUCK YOU

    Dallas D was historically bad last year, will still be awful, but offense will still put up points, 8-8

  • r8ter4evr

    So did Schroeder
    Jeff George
    I want a complete QB that does it all
    Hopefully Carr can

  • RediaR

    Ohhh. Tyler Wilson is going to overtake Dalton and lead the Bengals to a SB win this year. Proving Reggie both right and wrong at the same time!

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    JF needs smallish , quick O-lineman, the kind Walsh used for his WCO so they can roll left and right with him.
    That’s not the kind of line RM wanted to build. Nor did Al. Al would NOT have taken JF.

  • Myopinion

    I’m sorry too. I wish I had your ability to see in the future like you.
    It’s the first three drives of preseason with drops and penalties and starting spots up for grabs. Was it fun to watch? No. Does it tell us how we will play this season? No.

  • plunkhead

    Fitz still in at the end of the half and he looks horrible

  • JV.

    Schaubs fault.

  • RediaR

    Pretty sure it’s Palmer’s fault.