It was an inauspicious debut for the Raiders' new era, as Oakland was shut out at home in the preseason for only the second time in franchise history. Yes, it's only an exhibition game, but you just know coach Dennis Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie wanted to have a better showing. And really, if the starters played longer, the offense probably would have scored. It was moving the ball.
And the Raiders' first-team defense seemed to get the better of the Cowboys' first-team offense. Alas, it was not meant to be in a game decided mostly by guys who will not be on either teams' final 53-man roster.Run DMC alms this way: The last time we saw Darren McFadden on the field, he was limping off with a Lisfranc sprain to his right foot in Week 7 last season. He put to rest any questions about his health now, though, with the power and speed his displayed in his lone series. McFadden carried the ball twice, for 20 yards, and caught a pass for 18 yards. Getting him out of the game after one series was the smart move.About that new-look defense: The Raiders limited the Cowboys to four first downs and 81 net yards in the first half. The first-team defense got the better of the Cowboys' first-stringers. On consecutive plays, Lamarr Houston nearly had Tony Romo, only to have him slip out of his grasp, before Tommy Kelly wrapped up Romo for a 12-yard sack at the Dallas 6-yard line.Mitchell plays center field: Safety Mike Mitchell has been healthy all camp for the first time since his rookie season. And he's been just as intense. This week in practice, he had an interception and took it to the house as he zigged and zagged. Monday, he played center field and Kyle Orton's pass came right at him. No cutting back this time, Mitchell returned the pick 19 yards.How does Hot Rod suit you?: Rod Streater, the undrafted free agent rookie from that college football powerhouse Temple, was Matt Leinart's BFF. Streater was targeted seven times and caught six passes for 66 yards. He has seemingly jumped in front of fellow rookie and fifth-round compensatory draft pick Juron Criner on the receiving depth chart.Ford flops: Too harsh? Yeah, it's only a preseason game, but Jacoby Ford did not acquit himself in his first game sans Jason Campbell and Louis Murphy on the Raiders' roster. Ford was crushed on the opening kickoff, did not sell out at all on Carson Palmer's bomb into double-coverage and jogged back to cover the interception, then saw two Palmer passes slip through his hands. Meh, it was just an exhibition game, right? Right?Hooking and shanking: Sebastian Janikowski's 47-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter was blocked and Eddy Carmona, who hit the left upright four times in practice last week, hooked his 36-yarder wide right in the fourth quarter. Rookie Marquette King, meanwhile, had punts of 52, 34, 36, 60, and, gulp, 19 yards through three quarters.Terrelle Time?: It doesn't have the same ring as Tebow Time, does it? But Terrelle Pryor's scramble for nine yards and a first down in the fourth quarter woke the crowd up, especially with his jukes along the way. His accuracy is a constant work in progress. But finally, fans saw how raw he truly is, and in a game situation. He played the entire second half and finished with 50 yards through the air on eight of 15 passing and an interception, and 21 yards rushing on six attempts.