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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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  • raiders24

    just went to cards vs texans game. Texans look awful. Ryan Fitzpatrick worst starting qb in the league

  • Raider O

    Lol
    I hope throwing a fade to MJD is not a “Zinger” play.

  • Breaking_Black

    Dood can jump 2.

  • lefty12

    Because you are open minded and are willing to see what he is like with at least some decent talent before proclaiming him great or terrible.I agree with you,but I don’t hate him either.I’m not sure.

  • Raider O

    Lmao
    This should be called “Dood can Really jump” since MJD is 5’7.

  • Myopinion

    Can’t blame her. She probably got tired of all your biching.

  • r8ter4evr

    Spud Webb

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

    No I just went to Sandia and killed 2 hours.
    Ate the buffet, had a beer and pulled the lever for an hour.

  • Breaking_Black

    Keep btching about people complaining, it will change everything! Lol

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Let the haters hate some of us knew Johnny Football would be special!

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

    My wife is in Vegas going to the Timberlake concert without me.
    That’s like cheating.

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    I always love how some people come in here and complain about the negative comments not realizing they are doing exactly what they are bltching about

  • Breaking_Black

    I’m sorry to hear that. But look on the bright side. She’s probably having a good time.

  • lefty12

    Johnny might be great,he might not but since he isn’t a Raider I don’t give a hoot.As long as he isn’t against us.

  • Raider O

    Real fans don’t complain about their team.
    Real fans b i t c h about other fans complaining.

  • r8ter4evr

    So in a sense we are all F@CKED up

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

    I really only thought McFadden looked good on that one run.
    MJD runs like a RB who is done. Gets what he can, and angles away from contact and into the turf for an extra two yards. I thought he looked beyond awful.
    Murray is a big guy who just moves forward didn’t break any tackles, but he did show some nice hands.

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    It’s a sports blog one should expect some discord

  • lefty12

    We avg’d over 5 yards a carry and didn’t have any ‘stuffs’ at the line.Even Sheets looked ok.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Palmer’s the best. Perfect, as JFB said. And Oak.

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Palmer is going to have a big year!

  • r8ter4evr

    Right
    I like the saying”I respect your opinion but”,,,,,,,,,,,
    Use it often

  • Gdog

    “He didn’t want to be a Raider. And it bothers me?”

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    lol yep

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

    McFadden looked good on the run, that was a huge positive.
    Take away that run and we averaged 3.7YPC. I was not really impressed with Murray or MJD. MJD will grind for us, but his season long rush might be 19 yards.

  • The Big Banana

    He certainly has a hand up on Schaub, his LT.

  • raiders24

    he kept clowney in check from what I saw

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    I agree….Murray didn’t break any tackles but did show good hands. I hope he has speed or can move a pile.

  • Breaking_Black

    Listen..at the end of the day we know DA can get us 4 wins, so let’s hope that one of them is week 1 so I don’t have to come in here btching up a storm and have all these negative thoughts flyin around out there.

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

    Sio Moore had a sack, 2 TFL’s and a QB hit.
    Burris…….managed to not make the box score in any fashion.
    I hope that effectively ended that whole charade.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Did OK with the worst O line in the league last year. Should only get better.

  • lefty12

    Maybe he didn’t make the BS but I did see him involved in a few plays.

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    He came here and worked his butt off and was let go….or like you said did not want to be here. Maybe he saw this hot mess coming!

  • Gdog

    Like you wouldn’t be doing cartwheels if a Raider QB did it in a practice game.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    Podcast segment I did for another forum, on the AFC West and NFC West. On my youtube channel you can see the other divisions, and I’m still trying to upload all the ones I did last year.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ch1I6yuH7Xk

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

    And in the nobody should be shocked department, the Raiders returned 3 punts for…..-3 yards.
    A stellar -1 YPR.
    I never thought we could find a way to be worse at punt returns then the year before , and every year they find a way.
    It might just kill me this year.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Sio looked possessed–was throwing himself around. I got the feeling that he WANTS that starter label. Good for him.

  • Raider O

    Our FAs don’t want to be Raiders. Just ask Reggie and his homers.

  • The Big Banana

    Agree, man was playing with a purpose. Sio > Burris and it ain’t close

  • Raider O

    He didn’t want to be here.

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    I saw Keystone cops in all three elements of the game ST, D and O. To see 4 win teams like Cleveland and 5 win teams like Minnesota so far ahead of us at this time of year is disheartening.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Mattaroni could do that while looking down on him.

  • Gdog

    Sunk costs? grin

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Have to address the soft coverages called. Got sick of seeing third and longs for Vikes, only to have a dump off pass underneath lbs get the first down. This happened all last year. Now, last night.
    WHY?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • Gdog

    Exactly.. work your butt of and get dumped. Reggie has no clue.

  • Return

    Finally. Somebody beside me thinking this Mack for Sio then Burris for Sio is BS. There has been no rationale for it other than Mack is 1st pick. Which is cool. So let him and Burris battle it out for WSL and leave the 10 ten LB where he was?

  • lefty12

    Or maybe he was promised a better shot at being ‘the guy’ in NY.Players move all the time.that is FA.As CSaN said-love the one you’re with.

  • lefty12

    He wasn’t dumped-he weren’t for the best offer.Good for him.

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Yeah he and Chekwa was good last night

  • Raider O

    Lol
    You are learning.
    Still lol