Cowboys vs. Raiders: What to Watch for in Monday Night’s Game

The Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders are set for their preseason tilt on Monday night. Be sure to tune in for ESPN's broadcast because there will be plenty to watch for once the clock strikes 8 P.M. EDT.

Here are the biggest storylines on tap for this primetime NFL showdown.


Darren McFadden Returning from Injury

Raiders running back Darren McFadden was limited to just seven games last year. In fact, the 2008 first-round pick hasn't seen any live game action since October 23, 2011.

McFadden expressed his outlook to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle:

"I can't worry about last year," he said. "Or that people say I always get hurt. I am always in shape and I work hard...If anyone has any answers as to how I can avoid getting hurt, with these fluke-type injuries, I would love to hear them."

This will be an opportunity for the former 1,000-yard rusher to get back on his feet after suffering a Lisfranc fracture. But the injury-prone tag won't be leaving him any time soon—he's missed at least three contests in each of his four NFL seasons.

It would be a surprise to see McFadden play more than the first couple series, especially due to his medical history.


Dallas' Offensive Line Facing Oakland's Defensive Line

Cowboys' starting center Phil Costa won't be playing tonight, reports Calvin Watkins of Watkins indicates there will be an array of men handling the snapping duties, which could include natural guards like David Arkin, Harland Gunn and tackle Pat McQuistan.

As a result of that, the Raiders defensive front should have some fun. It is unclear how much Oakland's starting D-linemen Lamarr Houston, Richard Seymour, Tommy Kelly and Matt Shaughnessy will play, but they should be disruptive.


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