Dallas Cowboys' First Team Looks Good in 31-10 Preseason Loss To Raiders

Richard ZowieCorrespondent IAugust 16, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 13: Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys throws the ball in the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders during a preseason game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on August 13, 2009 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Despite losing to the Oakland Raiders 31-10, the Dallas Cowboys offense seemed upbeat about their performance. They might even start asking, "Terrell WHO?"

Tony Romo, in his brief stint with the first team, completed four of six passes for 38 yards including a touchdown pass to his friend Jason Witten.

Witten's touchdown catch was perhaps an amazing coincidence, considering each of Romo's completions went to a different receiver.

Pretty encouraging considering Dallas' first drive of the game went three and out.

Jon Kitna looked decent, completing seven of 10 passes for one interception. Stephen McGee, the rookie quarterback from Texas A&M, went four for nine for 34 yards.

The game does show Dallas' defense has kinks to work out, especially the second team. Dallas' second team left after the first quarter with a 7-3 lead. From there on things, fell apart.

Oakland had 456 yards of total offense versus Dallas' 274. Oakland also out-rushed Dallas 176-127. And, not surprisingly, Oakland also had more penalties than the Cowboys.

We'll see what happens next. Usually the first game of preseason is where teams are more apt to evaluate players and get an idea whom to cut and whom to keep.