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Carson Palmer throwing agains the San Diego Charger defense
The season opener was not all bad for the Raiders. The first thing anyone will mention is how improved the defense looked. While managing to stop drive after drive in the red zone, the defense did a good (not great—more on this in another post) job in their first action. If they can practice what Dennis Allen preaches by getting better each day, this defense could be a force by the end of the season once Jason Tarver gets the hang of calling plays in the NFL.
The most overlooked aspect of Monday night's game was the impressive play of Carson Palmer. All offseason analysts and fans alike continually uttered how this Raider team would live or die by Carson Palmer's decision making.
False. This team will live or die by Greg Knapp's offensive playcalling. Carson Palmer played a stellar game with minimal errors. Carson committed zero turnovers, was consistently threading the ball into tight coverage, looked sharp on timed routes to receivers with which he didn't have much practice and looked every bit as competent as Dennis Allen and Reggie McKenzie promised.
Bottom Line: Look for Dennis Allen to clean up the mental errors, detangle the punt team mess and emphasize the run game next Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.