Saturday, August 20, 2011
Three things: Raiders vs. 49ers
By Bill Williamson
Three things to watch for in Oakland’s preseason game at San Francisco on Saturday night. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET:
1. Denarius Moore show: Let’s see more of this kid. He’s exciting. The Raiders’ receiving crew has injuries and there are opportunities here. Let’s see if the fifth-round pick from Tennessee can help when the lights turn on in September. The training-camp star had a fine game last week. Let’s see him get more chances to see what he can do.
2. Find the end zone: The Raiders’ offense moved the ball well last week against Arizona. But it scored just one touchdown and converted four field goals, including two short ones. This is the time to work on things. I’d like to see the Raiders try to punch the ball in the end zone instead of opting for field goals.
3. Cut down penalties: Oakland has long been one of the most penalized teams in the league. Preventing them has been a point of emphasis for new coach Hue Jackson. Oakland had 10 penalties against Arizona. That’s too much. I’m sure Jackson will blow a gasket if his team reaches double-digit penalties in this game.