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Preseason: Cowboys Vs. Raiders

ALAMEDA, CA - MAY 08:  Nick Miller #89 of the Oakland Raiders runs with the ball during the Raiders minicamp at the team's permanent training facility on May 8, 2009 in Alameda, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Joe PerezContributor IAugust 14, 2009

Good morning, Raider Nation...good to finally see our Raiders in action last night...my two cents...

The Good...O line play MUCH improved over last year. Russell had time in the pocket, and McFadden's 45 yd run was against the Cowboy first team. Schilens looked good last night, and the word out of camp the past two weeks is that he's going to be our #1 WR.  He DEFINITELY showed why last night. Nick Miller, my darkhorse candidate to make the club, had the biggest play of the night--a 47 yd catch to the 2 yd line that received the biggest roar of the night. Always good to see an UFA make the team...

The Bad...Russell not looking off the safety on the deep balls to Heyward-Bey...the kid is going to have to learn to get that deep safety to either stay home or at least hesitate before making the commitment to offer help to his CB covering DHB. If he doesn't, he's either going to have a lot of incompletes or INTs going to DHB. I like that DHB is already drawing the double coverage--should open up the middle for Schilens, Miller, or DMac.

The Ugly...the DT play, and general run D performance. Sands, Warren, and Kelly ARE NOT the answer. Scheme, LB play, and their occasional good play may get us a few breaks this season, but we need new DTs. Period. End of story.

Overall, they didn't look too bad...and while wins / losses mean nothing in preseason, I will say this...at least they didn't look like the Cowboys.

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