While this matchup may be the preseason opener, there will certainly be expectations for “America’s Team” and “Raider Nation” as their teams premiere in primetime.
For the Cowboys, they will likely be without first-round pick Morris Claiborne, who is recovering from a sprained MCL. According to Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com, Claiborne was able to participate in Thursday’s walkthrough practice, but the date for his return has been set for the Aug. 18 preseason game against the San Diego Chargers.
The Raiders are also battling injuries, like most teams in the NFL. They are looking to replace the departed Michael Bush and will be without their main contestants for the running back position due to injuries to Mike Goodson and Taiwan Jones. According to Jerry McDonald of MercuryNews.com, that leaves Lonyae Miller as the likely work horse for the Raiders Monday night.
He’s right; after Darren McFadden and the starters head to the bench, Miller will likely see the most work in the No. 2 running back position.
Here’s when and where you can catch the game Monday night
When: Mon., August 13 at 8 p.m. ET
Where: O.co Coliseum
TV: ESPN, NFL RedZone
Radio: Sirius XM Radio: 88
Live Stream: NFL Preseason Live
Each team’s key player
Jones will likely receive the biggest workload for the ‘Boys in their preseason opener. He has the speed and slashing ability it takes to gash and gouge the lacking Raiders rush defense.
After DeMarco Murray sits with the rest of the first team, watch for Jones to take advantage of the holes in Oakland's defense.
Moore will play an integral role in the Raiders offense. His speed will be critical for the Raiders to gain yardage throughout the first quarter, as he will likely get a significant amount of snaps during the opening frame.
His explosive ability on special teams is also another strong reason to keep your eyes on No. 17 on Monday night.
The Dallas Cowboys running game is deep after the breakout season of DeMarco Murray in 2011. This gives them a significant dual rushing threat in the first half against a Raiders rush defense that came in at 27th in the league a season ago.
Anything could happen after the second half begins and the team’s third and fourth stringers begin to see action. However, it’s most likely that the lead built by the Cowboys' first- and second-teamers will be enough for them to close out the Raiders at home in this one.
Dallas Cowboys 17, Oakland Raiders 13.
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