Cowboys-Raiders Preseason Preview from a Raiders Point of View

And here we go…finally, the games start.  Key for the Raiders this Thursday:

*Offensive line

Gave up the 3rd most sacks last year, were 3rd from last on passing yards per attempt, and were in the bottom half of rushes per attempt.  All together, an abysmal performance last year, and any expectation that Jason Campbell can lead the offense to respectability requires him to be kept upright.  The Cowboys put pressure on Carson Palmer in their first game, so the line will need to step up their game.  Will Jared Veldheer and Bruce Campbell be thrusted into the line up immediately to see what impact they can bring?

*Defensive line

They first started by re-vamping their entire LB core, and already the impact has been felt as Rolando McClain is already the QB of the defense.  LaMarr Houston was drafted and has earned the start at the LE, allowing Richard Seymour to move to the RE where he can match up with teams LT and give the rest of the defense a chance to penetrate up the middle.  How they perform against a team that ran nearly 200 yards against them last regular season will show how far this unit is coming along.

*QB Backup Battle

Colt Brennan’s pick up this week was a head scratcher, except that he has played in the system.  Who comes out of the pack of 3 between Colt, Charlie Frye, and Kyle Boller will be determined in the first or second pre-season game.

*Consistency

If nothing else, Jason Campbell has been consistent in his career.  Never spectacular, but right now all the Raiders need is consistency.  Between the play calling of new Offensive Coordinator Hue Jackson and the performance of Jason Campbell, how they move the ball and have some consistency will do wonders for the overall team.  Remember, the offense averaged almost 20 pts in the pre-season last year, so it won’t be the points that matter, just consistency.


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