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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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  • JV.

    “Run the rock”

    Two run stuffs later…

  • J Hill

    Dumbest idea possible is this notion of lining him up as a DE.

  • lefty12

    No worse than many here.

  • JV.

    Obviously….

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

    That fat F probably ate them.

  • plunkhead

    Time will tell but its all blind faith at this point

  • lefty12

    He’s a LB and that is where he’ll play.

  • plunkhead

    Good question, I got Jax mixed up. They have Savage.
    Bigger problems then I thought

  • plunkhead

    They have building defense for almost ten years now all in a effort to stop Manning and look where they are today

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

    The only time they almost competed on that level, it took a career, Pro Bowl year from Schaub-O.
    Kind of how it works.

  • lefty12

    RR is one of the biggest Giant homers I’ve ever heard/read,can’t believe you don’t love the guy.

  • Myopinion

    What brings you to this conclusion?Nickel de. There are aller guys who have excelled at that.

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

    Never liked him.
    I don’t like homers per se. I can’t stand Amy G on air (although her and Paul are good people). Papa kind of bugs me sometimes.

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    no TD’s or turnovers … but how did Johnny Football look tonight? anybody actually watch the game?

  • JV.

    Solid.

  • lefty12

    Not a Papa fan myself.He thinks he knows much more than he actually does,IMO.

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    #1 Bortles
    #2 John
    #3 Carr
    everybody else is crap. those were basically my pre-draft QB rankings as far as franchise caliber guys go #RRSmoney

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

    I did, he didn’t look great at first but got rolling a little bit the last few drives.
    Two drops ended his last drive.
    Arm strength jumped out. He can spin it.

  • JV.

    Bortles looked awsome can’t deny that.. Guy should start over henne

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

    I do like Kruk and Kuip and they are homers, but they will give credit to the other side.

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    Reggie didn’t want to deal with the distractions, lol. Al Davis rolling in his grave, murmured something about “just win baby”

  • Return

    Ahemm…

  • lefty12

    “Guy should start over Henne”-Not something worth hanging your had on.

  • Myopinion

    Two drops ended his last drive?
    If that was Carr you’d blame him for the poor throws. But no, it’s your bromance who can do no wrong.

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    they’ll ease him in slow, as they should. Let Chad have the first 3-4 starts. Gus Bradley shouldn’t be concerned about his job

  • JerryMcDonalds#1Fan

    JFB hates DC? since when? thought he was skeptical of MACK more than anything ….

  • lefty12

    All Giant fans do.As a fan of a different team,I don’t agree.

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

    I think Ken Korach is really good, but Fosse is awful.

  • Myopinion

    Idono, just giving him sht. One throw was at the wrs knees in stride and the other was similar to the Carr throw to olawale, being too high.

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

    I don’t blame Carr for the INT yesterday. And Manziel had two drops, the second one might have had a bit too much steam on it, but he hit a 7th string WR in the thigh and he didn’t even attempt to catch it, lol.
    Johnny didn’t look great, Hoyer looked better.

  • lefty12

    You mean like many have been doing to Schaub since last night after our WRs/TE dropped 3?

  • lefty12

    Fosse is terrible and so is his partner Keiper,your guys brother.The radio guys are good though.

  • 0ak R8rs

    He usually does when the game means nothing.

  • lefty12

    Radio-the only way to listen to a baseball game.

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

    I am listening to my cousin doing the Isotopes game right now.

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

    Manziel announced as the starter next week.
    Well there you go.

  • Myopinion

    I’m just messing with you. But I do blame that pick on Carr. Too high.

  • lefty12

    They all start in the minors.Good luck to him.Maybe he’ll get a job with some big club in the future.Needs to be a good story teller.

  • Return

    All I know is Mack better get his butt in gear.
    Produce or give it back to a real linebacker, Sio.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Or the fact that he’d rather party than work. Or retreats in the pocket rather than stepping up. Or tends to throw the ball up for grabs when under pressure. Or that he will bust out by 2016. Could have been some of those reasons.

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

    It wasn’t perfect, but as a pass catches you have to either catch it, or bring it down on a bobble.
    You can’t tip it into the air. That’s how you get easy pick 6′s.

  • Myopinion

    Not this guy! Three drives of the first preseason game doesn’t tell me much.

  • Raider O

    Bridgewater?
    4th?

  • lefty12

    He took the blame but you have to wonder if its an int if Reece is the target.

  • J Hill

    What are you trying to say?

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

    Not one MLB job opened up in radio and TV last year, only 1 the year before.
    And all the big markets aren’t hiring a minor league guy. I think his best chance is doing college basketball for an SEC network, CBS sports type thing.

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

    Not trying to say anything.
    He is the topic du jour and there it is. Starting next week.
    Schaub better beat him when we play.

  • Raider O

    That’s not fair. It’s between Carr and JF. Who will have a better career. I’ll take Carr.

  • lefty12

    It takes years for a guy to get heard enough to get one of those gigs but if it was me,I’d rather do baseball than BB-if he can make a decent living that is.

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

    That’s the thing, MLB guys are making 6 figure salaries, $100 per diem, accumulating massive hotel and airline points, and calling baseball daily.
    Why would anyone leave doing that?