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

    Soup got hurt already.
    Who would have thought his career would literally go in the toilet when he failed to slide or dive, and just kind of fell forward?

  • JV.

    Not if it’s the texans…

  • r8ter4evr

    I don’t know
    All oved that player that stood out from others
    I believe Al would have loved him some Johnny Football

  • OhioRaider

    No way.

  • RaiderReloader

    gonna get spaked like 2 bit hookahss in primetime

  • R8erEduc8er

    One thing I noticed about Carr last night was he doesn’t go thru his progressions. That ball is a hot potato in his hand. I think he’s a little timid back there trying to get it out anticipating a quick pass rush. He’s not ready yet.

  • r8ter4evr

    Any supposed athlete that slides like that should rethink their abilities

  • AlDavisJr

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/boxscore?gameId=400554716
    When you compare the stats, the Raids did pretty good on defense. This was a preseason game. Gotta be optimistic!

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

    When I watched Mack’s youtube clips from his games, his best move (which looked real legit) was when he blitzed from the LB spot and kind of changed direction mid move.
    Looked lethal. They need to do that more. He doesn’t look like he is just going to beat NFL tackles constantly lined up in front of them.

  • r8ter4evr

    I guess we will never know

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    He would have loved watching him, but he would NOT have taken him.

  • RediaR

    Carson Palmer couldn’t properly handle his position with the Raiders. That left a void at the QB position for Oakland after a year of winging it with a lovable band of schmucks. This lead to the Raiders trading with the Texans for Matt Schaub during a year when the best FA QB available was Ryan Fitzpatrick.

  • JV.

    Unless he can throw the ball 70 yards on one knee… Ain’t happening.

  • r8ter4evr

    Fitzpatrick better than Schaub??
    Sorry bro
    LMAO

  • OhioRaider

    Based on what? Tonight?

  • RediaR

    That is not at all what I said.

  • JV.

    USCs fault…

  • OhioRaider

    Confused maybe. Not timid.

  • r8ter4evr

    He drafted The Snake
    Kenny didn’t have the strongest arm

    Obviously he was elusive though

  • plunkhead

    Fitz just threw another int

  • RediaR

    Six degrees of Carson Palmer blame, 2014 champion.

  • r8ter4evr

    Ok my bad
    Like I said
    Sorry

  • JV.

    Bet they miss schaubby now.

  • OhioRaider

    No he’s not . Reggie put the pig together under Marks watchful eye.

  • AlDavisJr

    Yeah—hard to say after one preseason game. But having some depth is reassuring.

  • plunkhead

    Plenty of great reasons. Plus you have to take risks and JF would pay off huge in Texas

  • OhioRaider

    What game are you watching dude?

  • plunkhead

    They better pray BB can open the season for them because Fitz is likely to lead them to 0-16

  • r8ter4evr

    He better watch his house
    The lynch mob is coming

  • OhioRaider

    What the f does that mean?

  • JV.

    If you have a twitter search “Schaub” the texans fans are in full meltdown mode hahaha

  • OhioRaider

    1968. Last good qb Al ever drafted.

  • r8ter4evr

    I got you
    Schauby was not a FA
    Still I think Sanchez is better than
    Fitz
    But that is not saying much

  • OhioRaider

    Uh huh.

  • r8ter4evr

    They ran out their best ever QB
    Real smart fans

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

    He threw like 8 million bubble screens last year.
    There was no progressions in his Fresno offense.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Who is “BB”?

  • TUCK YOU

    Biggest mistake JJ made was paying that ridiculous contract to Romo, JJ following in Al’s footsteps in his latter years

  • 909RaiderLifer

    Gorilla Jackson @SirTrillington 5m Fitzpatrick worse than Schaub My god how did they downgrade from him

  • lefty12

    Marinovich could have been good but he preferred smack,kind of like the Bust who could have been good but…….

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

    Carson Palmer posted a perfect QB rating tonight.

  • JV.

    Palmers fault.

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

    Savage ain’t no savior either.

  • 909RaiderLifer

    Taylor Rammrath @TRammrath 3m That’s why the #texans should have drafted Johnny! Schaub gets the last laugh here! It’s Keenum’s job to lose now!

  • JV.

    Neither is case.. They are FCKED!

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    That’s nice.

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

    “Defense wins championships” yet the Texans can’t win 3 games.
    Strange?

  • JV.

    @Seeeddd_: #TexansPreseason Fitzpatrick GOTTA GO CUH! He’s NOT getting the job done AT ALL I’d rather Schaub than him

    Lol.

  • 909RaiderLifer

    LOL..
    “““““““““““““““““““““““““

    25m
    Ray Ratto ✔ @RattoCSN
    With every preseason football game tweet, a small family pet dies. Just so you know.
    Retweeted by Jerry McDonald

  • Myopinion

    So what happens if we score our first two drives, and hold them to two three and outs next weekend? Does that mean we are Super Bowl bound?