Raider Nation: Raiders Offense Looks Sharp, Defense Needs Work.

Elias TrejoSenior Analyst IIAugust 14, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 21: Chaz Schilens #81 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates scoring a touchdown past Jacques Reeves #35 of the Houston Texans during an NFL game on December 21, 2008 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

The Raiders offense vs the Cowboys looked like a real NFL offense early to start the game. There was some mental mistakes, like a holding penalty in the Redzone, and a false start penalty, but the rest of the first half went pretty well. Darren Mcfadden did what we all know he can do. Jamarcus Russell looked more comfortable in the pocket and looked to get rid of the ball quick. Chaz Schilens, our 7th round pick looked like he is ready to be our number one guy. That is great news for Darrius Heyward-Bey, he doesn't have to step in there today and be The Guy. This will give him time to develop.

It was encouraging watching the Raiders play on offense but watching them on defense was a different story. They had issues stopping the run, and our pass coverage looked shaky. Nnamdi Asomugha may not have been in more than one drive but we have to make sure our second string corners are prepared to step in and do a good job. Seeing Michael Huff get a pick was very encouraging, if he keeps up the good work he should be getting the starting at safety. It looks like Ricky Brown, Kirk Morrison and Thomas Howard will be our starting linebackers this season.

Overall after watching the first half, the Raider Nation have plenty to be optimistic about. It may only be the preseason but you can tell that there has been a lot of development from the players.