- Todd Archer, ESPN Staff Writer
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The practices are scheduled for 4 p.m. and 9 a.m. PT with the Raiders playing the Detroit Lions on Aug. 15 in Oakland. The Cowboys open the preseason Aug. 7 at the San Diego Chargers and will leave Oxnard on Aug. 15 before playing the Baltimore Ravens on Aug. 16.
“Once you get your instillation in and then you’re done with that, I think the opportunity to work against another team can really help you,” coach Jason Garrett said last week before the details were finalized. “It can help you evaluate your players, evaluate your team. It’s nice to see how your players respond to different schemes, going against different guys. And also just the level of practice; the intensity increases. It’s a fine line. You don’t want to increase too much where you get yourself in a bad position in terms of injuries, but typically the intensity is heightened in a real positive way.”
The players just enjoy the break in seeing a different color jersey.
“You’re not hitting the same guys, the same teammates every day,” running back DeMarco Murray said. “It’s going to be exciting. We’ve got a lot of respect for those guys. We played them last year (winning 31-24). They’re a good team.”