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Cowboys Routed By Raiders In Preseason Opener, 31-10

Tony Romo and the first string offense only played two series in the first quarter, scoring on their second possession with a TD pass to Jason Witten to take a 7-3  lead.  But the rest of the game would belong to the Raiders as they took advantage of several Cowboys’ mistakes and some big plays of their own on their way to the easy 31-10 victory.

The only real positive to take away for the Cowboys in this one was the play of a few of the starters, such as Witten, Romo, Barber and Martellus Bennett.  Felix Jones looked good also but only saw limited touches of the ball.    Some of the rookies made some plays, but for the most part, it was a sloppy, penalty-plagued outing and may not have proven much for several key back-up positions. 

The second and third team offensive line was simply porous and not providing Stephen McGee with much protection or opening many running lanes although Keon Lattimore did have some nice runs late in the second half.  The second and third defense didn’t play well either allowing the Raiders’ backs plenty of room to run and giving the QB’s plenty of receivers to throw to as Gradkowski and Frye both had good nights against them. 

Overall, not a very good performance by anyone as even Nick Folk missed a fairly short field goal at the end of the first half that would have tied the game at 10-10, but R Buerhle did a good job of kicking off and did make a 46-yard field goal also.  Lots of improvement is necessary before next week’s preseason home opener against the Titans at Cowboys Stadium.

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