Cowboys vs. Raiders Preseason Review: What We Learned
On Monday night, the Dallas Cowboys visited the Oakland Raiders in a preseason battle between two teams looking to find their identity in 2012. The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Oakland Raiders by a score of 3-0, unentertaining to say the least. Dan Bailey nailed a 33-yard field goal to open up the second half for the Cowboys, a drive led by newly acquired backup quarterback Kyle Orton.
Since more viewers were probably tuned into Monday Night Raw over the Cowboys/Raiders snoozer, let’s take a look at some notes we can break down from this preseason meeting.
1. Darren McFadden is healthy: LOOK OUT.
Darren McFadden is healthy folks, and this is not good news for opposing defenses. (Especially those in the tight AFC West). RUN DMC has the perfect blend of speed and power, and he showed that it’s back by gaining 38 yards on the Raiders’ first three plays of their exhibition season. McFadden missed his last nine games of the season last year, much to the chagrin of many DMC fantasy owners. When McFadden is healthy, he can be regarded in the NFL’s elite category in running backs.
2. What DMC means to this Raiders Offense?
Darren McFadden is the anchor to this Raiders offense. The Raiders move the ball so well when DMC is on the field as compared to when he is sidelined. McFadden offers a dynamic to this offense that no other back can offer, even in the receiving game. With McFadden healthy, the Raiders can move the ball smoothly, but without him, they often look dazed and confused.
3. Romo to Dez.
Tony Romo only completed one pass for a gain of 24 yards to Dez Bryant last night, but this duo can combine for big numbers this season. Early in the first quarter, Romo connected with Bryant deep down the right sideline with some ease. Dez Bryant is a hard cover, and I believe has the potential to finish as a top five receiver this year.
4. Terrelle Pryor: First Look
The former Ohio State superstar got his first taste of the NFL last night. Pryor missed last preseason because he entered the NFL late through the supplemental draft, and committed a false start penalty on his only regular season snap. Pryor completed 8 of 15 passes for 50 yards, and he also ran six times for 21 yards. He seemed very quick to leave the pocket, thus resulting in two sacks. He put Oakland in position for a field goal try with 6:44 to remain, but kicker Eddy Carmona missed wide right. All in all, I thought it was a decent night for the former Buckeye’s NFL debut.
5. Who are they? Streater? Albright?
Undrafted wide receiver Rod Streater made a name for himself last night in Oakland. Streater caught six passes for 66 yards from Matt Leinart, getting targeted eight times. He showed very strong hands and speed. Alex Albright, a second year linebacker out of Boston College looked like a man on a mission and trying to get Head Coach Jason Garrett’s attention. He tallied nine tackles, and two for a loss. He showed excellent tackling ability, and looked he can be play a role in the Cowboys stopping the run in 2012.