Monday, August 13, 2012
Three things: Raiders vs. Cowboys
By Bill Williamson
Here are three things to watch in Oakland’s preseason opener against visiting Dallas on Monday night. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ESPN:
1. The quarterbacks: This is a big season for Carson Palmer in Oakland. He must shine in his first full season with the Raiders. He won’t play much, but he needs to be sharp. Backup Matt Leinart has looked good this camp. Let’s see whether he can keep that up. This likely will be Terrelle Pryor’s first extensive preseason action as an NFL player. He is far behind Leinart, but the Raiders would like to see Pryor produce.
2. Discipline: The Raiders have to cut down on penalties, and it must start now. They set NFL records for penalties and penalty yardage last season. New coach Dennis Allen has been preaching discipline. The improvement has to begin against Dallas.
3. Receivers: The Raiders have a promising group of receivers, but it skews young. Oakland wants to see production from all layers at this position. Expect rookies Juron Criner and Rod Streater -- offseason and early-camp stars -- to produce in a game setting.