Preseason 2012: Oakland Raiders Monday Night Football Preview

The Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders had to wait the longest to get their first taste of live game action in 2012, but the day has finally arrived and the two teams will be on national television. It’s a good time for the Raiders to show the world that the new era doesn’t have to start slow, and that there is plenty of young talent in Oakland to fill out the depth chart.

Preseason games are a different animal than regular season games; the starters will only be in for a series or two, and then the rest of the 90-man roster will have an opportunity after that. For players that are competing for a roster spot in Oakland or are simply camp bodies, they have the chance to put up good tape for other teams.



Carson Palmer will play a series or two, but Dennis Allen wouldn’t say exactly how much the starters would play. Allen is hoping to avoid a situation where his starters check out mentally.

If the Raiders want to make a statement, they will have Palmer use his feet. Palmer’s athleticism has been widely discussed because of the mobility demands of Greg Knapp’s offense.

Matt Leinart will relieve Palmer and should play a good portion of the game. Leinart has a good grasp of Knapp’s offense and, at times, has even looked sharper than Palmer during training camp. Leinart also will have two exciting rookie receivers to throw the ball. Don’t be surprised if Leinart produces above average passing statistics.

At some point in the second half, Terrelle Pryor should get his chance to shine. Preseason is the type of situation where Pryor could explode. There’s no doubting that Pryor is an amazing athlete and he can make all the throws. He’ll probably be the best athlete on the field playing with the No. 3 offense and defense. The problem is consistency from Pryor and even if the consistency issue comes up, there is no guarant...

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