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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

    I already predicted Manziel will have 80 more career TD’s then him.

  • lefty12

    Oh,I hear ya.Living the dream.

  • Raider O

    Lol
    I’ll be surprised if that guy is in the league 6 years from now.

  • Myopinion

    Probably not with Reece. But 90% of the other fbs around the league I’d say same result.

  • Raider O

    According to his coach, the decision hasn’t been made yet.

  • mikeschoice

    Schaub looked better if we’re adding in drops

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Jackson also had concussion

  • Myopinion

    Didn’t you say you were in a poker tourney last night? Did you win?

  • plunkhead

    Rashad Jennings broke a 73 yard TD run for the Giants

  • lefty12

    Why aren’t more talking about our ground game from last night?It looks like it might be unstoppable.The 3 headed monster.

  • Breaking_Black

    Unstoppable would be nice. So we wouldn’t have to use most of Olson’s fantastic playbook.

  • lefty12

    How do you actually know what that playbook is since we’ve never really been able to see the whole thing?

  • Myopinion

    If its not something negative, it’s not worth bringing up here.

  • lefty12

    I know the answer to my own question-it was something positive and pointing that out is a no-no around here.

  • Breaking_Black

    Just looking at Olson’s resume, I feel pretty safe in saying that I don’t need to see all of it.

  • plunkhead

    Was that as impressive as 6 sacks?

  • Blackholepriest

    Those were his first snaps in the NFL bruh, he’s not supposed to be ready yet. Just watch this kid grow.

    Any rookie or young player will go through ups and downs. They’re going to struggle no matter wWHO THEY ARE…….period

  • lefty12

    Riiight.It just doesn’t fit your anti coaching staff agenda.

  • Raider O

    Don’t forget last year play calling. A fade to Ford? Smh

  • Breaking_Black

    Yuuup.

  • Breaking_Black

    Haha. Dude can jump!

  • lefty12

    Both were,but we mustn’t accentuate any positives.

  • Raider O

    Lol
    A fade to our 5’9 WR. Don’t worry folks. “Dude can jump”

  • Blackholepriest

    Why don’t we give them the next ten years, will that do for ya’?

  • lefty12

    As a rookie when he made that great catch against KC you’d never have said that.You know,the one he out jumped the DB for a huge play.

  • Breaking_Black

    That’s what the play is called in Olson’s crayon-written playbook. Lol “Dood can jump”

  • Raider O

    Lmao

  • Breaking_Black

    That was Ford improvising. The fade was called.

  • Raider O

    Also, good OCs become HCs. Below avg – avg OCs coach QBs or work for some clueless desperate HC as OCs.

  • Ted Stosterone

    JFB is bringing energy and excitement and appears to be a baller on top of it. QBs have the potential to change franchises in a way other positions rarely do, so he looks like a great pick to me. Hopefully our LB from Buffalo can single-handedly change our defense for the better.

  • Myopinion

    What? Where’d you hear that?

  • AlDavisJr

    Right! We need to WHINE!!

  • lefty12

    No rooting allowed-only bashing!

  • lefty12

    Some of the best are here now.

  • Breaking_Black

    My girlfriend cheated on me! I feel like sht.

    But look at the bright side, she came back home and slept well.

  • Raider O

    Who is JFB?

  • Ted Stosterone

    I don’t blame the bashers. I feel entitled to it myself. I’ll spin cotton candy with my praise as soon as the Raiders field a watchable product, but for now I reserve the right to talk all the sh*t I want.

  • Ted Stosterone

    Yep, glass half-full Raiders fans. Silver and black kool-aid.

  • J Hill

    I’m not an Olson fan, so far.

  • r8ter4evr

    Yes you are right running game looked good
    And don’t forget that fleet footed QB that scrambled for a TD
    Oh we traded him that’s right!!

  • Breaking_Black

    I ran out of sugar after KC ran a billion screen plays on us.

  • Raider O

    Don’t whine. Look at the bright side you whiner. She came home. All is well now, and let’s see what happens next week. She may cheat, or she may not.

  • Ted Stosterone

    Exactly. Well said.

  • Raider O

    It’s the talent. Tarver and DA don’t play defense.

  • lefty12

    ??????

  • r8ter4evr

    Nothing a good shower and cleaning can’t fix

  • Raider O

    That’s because you have eyes and a brain.

  • Ted Stosterone

    It’s because we were running a “vanilla” offense. They’re saving all of the real zingers for the regular season.

  • Breaking_Black

    Lol. You’re right. You always have great perspective O. Now if we can just get some talent..

  • r8ter4evr

    Making a joke about the fleet footed Irishman
    Taking a page from TP