Cowboys-Raiders Recap and Impressions

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Someone should have told the Dallas Cowboys and the Oakland Raiders that just because they were playing on a baseball field, the 3-0 score didn’t need to reflect that.

The Dallas Cowboys and the Oakland Raiders were the two most penalized teams last season, and it showed in tonight’s Week 1 preseason encounter. There was no unit that stood out as spectacular. That’s preseason fare for you. Aside from the August heat and ticket prices, there’s a reason the stands are sparse. No one wants to see a clumsy offense or a defense that gets gashed by the run like the Zodiac Killer on a July night.

You do; that’s why you’re reading this article. I’ll talk about the first teams, but I’ll also give you an update on the third wide receiver race as well as my impressions throughout the game. So let’s take a look at the first team offense and defense:

1st Team Offense:

1. Romo and Dez finally have chemistry. This was evident on a comeback route where Dez quickly broke stride with the cornerback to find the ball coming right to him. Bryant leapt into the air and made a remarkable catch.

Tony Romo ran from the Raiders tonight, but he doesn't need to run from the rest of the league this season.

2. There didn’t seem to be any daylight down there with the first team offense. Not at all. Demarco Murray and Felix Jones hardly gained a yard between the two of them. It looked similar to the first three weeks of 2011.

3. Romo showed his illusiveness on the second series, but it’s sad that he needed to do so. What was sadder was when the Raiders nose tackle swam Arkin to get a big sack on our franchise quarterback. Our interior line is appalling. It’s like a talc portion in a brick wall.

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  • californy

    The Ol for the Cowboys look awful and slow. The WR dont have time to seperate, we have no running game. Beasley dissapointed me. One catch by Dez, one by Ogletree. Doug Free look like last year. Arkins look like Costa being push back, reaching and holding players. Bernardea, look to have heavy feet struggling with line stunts, and the same with Leary. We got game film, but we have more questions than answer when it concern the Ol.
    I like the efforts of the defense especially in the secound half Bass has a nice Motor on him doesnt give up, Hamilton living up to his type. I like the fact the boys are lining up in 4 man fronts, this please me very much. I have been following Albright play a solid game . I hop he makes the team. Lionel Smith had some nice tackles especially off of the bubble screen. We need a new Punter, back up to Jones. We may need two.
    Holmes the only WR who showed up, ran awful pattern but still leading wr with 40 yards om 3 catches. Hanna did good on a couple of catches, so did Chapas. I think we will have real battle for spots in the LB department. McSurdy look slow. Atkins had a nice pass rush also. A little dissapointed with Crawford and Cole Beasley, didnt show up in the stat reports. I was not happy with William play CB, was trailing on most plays.

  • californy

    We look closer to the Rams than we do the leader of this division. We have a long way to go in the preseason . We have 3 more games in 16 days. We need new player to evaluate. I would start cutting now.