It is time for Oakland Raiders football to kick off — finally.
The Oakland Raiders travel to Dallas to open their preseason slate in the Jones-Mahal against the Cowboys.
This will be the first preaseason game for the Silver and Black, whilst it will be the second for “America’s Team.” The Cowboys are coming off of a win over the Cincinnati Bengals in the Hall of Fame Game on Sunday.
What to watch for:
(During the regular season this space will be dedicated to matchups, but since it is preseason and the teams will be rotating personnel, it will be a look at the camp battles and storylines of interest.)
- Colt Brennan’s first chance to take the field in Silver and Black– With the injuries to Charile Frye and Bruce Gradkowski, Brennan will see significant time in the second half. He was highly touted in college, but has struggled with injuries since coming to the NFL. This will be his first significant playing time, and he is in direct competition with Kyle Boller for the third quarterback position. This is going to be his best shot to show what he can do.
- Rock Cartwright v Michael Bennett-winner take all-There is a pitched battle between Michael Bennett and Rock Cartwright for the third running back spot with the loser not getting a roster spot. With Darren McFadden out, these two will be getting the vast majority of carries.
- Alex Daniels for the block-Defensive end turned fullback will get to see his first live NFL action as a fullback.
- Cutting up-This will be the offensive line’s first chance to get after another team with their blocking. It will be their first cut blocking of the year. The Raiders line struggled against the Cowboys in the regular season last year. Their nose tackle Jay Ratliff threw Samson Satele around like a ragdoll all game, so this will be a real test for the line.
- In the center-It will be interesting to see where Jared Veldheer gets a longer look-center or tackle.
- First look-: This will be Raider fans’ first chance to see what the buzz has been about when it comes to the top two rookies: linebacker Rolando McClain and defensive end Lamarr Houston. They have both impressed in camp and now it is their chance to do it with the lights on.
- Revamped ‘backers-The Raiders have a completely different set of starting linebackers compared to the opening of last season. This will be their first live work as a unit. Trevor Scott started 5 games at linebacker in 2009 after starting the season as a defensive end. Rolando McClain is a rookie and Kamerion Wembley was an offseason acquisition from the Browns.
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