By: Malaika Bobino
Oakland, CA – It lacked excitement, fun and entertainment. Some things looked familiar while others were simply puzzling. The Raiders offense was a disaster for their first exhibition game.
Oakland was defeated 3-0 to the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night football. The starters looked sloppy and Carson Palmer picked up where he left off last season throwing his first interception for the 2012 season.
“Our execution was not working today and we’ve got to do better,” coach Dennis Allen said. “With the first group we’ve got to get those opportunities to catch the ball and protect the football.”
Palmer’s intended pass for Jacoby Ford was intercepted by Gerald Sensabaugh in the opening drive. That was the end to Carson’s night and the beginning woes for Ford whose injuries last season limited his playing time.
Unfortunately, in his comeback game, Jacoby failed miserably. He rushed for only 4-yards on the opening kickoff, had two passes from Palmer go through his hands, got picked off and mishandled a punt that went out of bounds.
“We’re not where we need to be,” said Allen. “I’m not ready to hit any kind of panic button, I have confidence in that we’ll be where we need to be by opening day.”
The Raiders defense was the best action of the game. There was participation from everyone, they held the Cowboys to only a field goal. They shut down every quarterback that stepped foot on the grass and took much pride into pleasing the fans with simple tackles.
“Thank God this game does not count,” Mike Mitchell said. “We want to win every game, I thought we did some good things out there outside of giving up three points. We need to eliminate deeper throws and prevent them from getting in field goal range. That’s what we’ll improve on.”
Dallas didn’t have much success on their offense either but did more downs behind backup Kyle Orton. He was responsible for the only scoring opportunity of the game. Orton drove the offense 67 yards on the opening play to set up Dan Bailey’s 33-yard field goal in the in the third quarter.
“We made some mistakes and it cost us,” said Tony Romo. “There will be some good stuff to evaluate and get better. We have to get better from tonight’s game and we will.”
Oakland’s first opportunity to score turned out to be a botched play that was an intended fake field goal for 55-yards by Sebastian Janikowski. Thanks to a penalty on the Cowboys the Raider’s got a second attempt. But Janikowski’s field goal for 47-yards was unsuccessful.
Terrelle Pryor was the only Raiders quarterback to make it to the red zone. He finished with 8 of 25 passes, rushed 21 yards and was quick to leave the pocket. Pryor brought some light into the offense in the fourth.
“I don’t think I did that good today but I’ll get better,” Pryor said. “It’s my first time playing in about a year so… I just could’ve played a lot better and I will play better.”
After putting the team in position to score, kicker Eddy Carmona missed a 36-yard field goal to tie the game. Terrell then threw a interception in the closing minutes of the fourth. Oakland has four days to figure out what went wrong before heading to Arizona this Friday.