Raiders starters struggle in preseason opener

Raiders starters struggle in preseason opener
August 8, 2014, 6:00 pm
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Tarell Brown was the 49ers' fifth-round pick out of Texas in 2007. He signed with Oakland as a free agent in 2014. (AP)

MINNEAPOLIS –- Raiders right tackle Menelik Watson started Friday’s preseason opener with a false start. Then quarterback Matt Schaub underthrew Andre Holmes with a pass that could’ve been intercepted.

It didn’t get any better from there.

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The Raiders offense played three series and had just one first down. Mychal Rivera had two drops that could’ve been first downs. Maurice Jones-Drew had a nice run negated by a penalty, as did a catch from Andre Holmes.

Watson also allowed a sack.

Though it wasn’t entirely his fault, Matt Schaub was just 3-for-7 for 21 yards.

Save a 23-yard run by Darren McFadden sprung by tackle Donald Penn and guard Khalif Barnes.

Other than that, it wasn’t pretty. The same can be said for the first-team defensive effort. The starters allowed 95 yards, 8 minutes, 30 seconds of possession and a touchdown in a series and a half.

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Cornerback Tarell Brown had a particularly tough start, allowing two big catches on his side. He was also flagged for defensive holding. Defensive end Justin Tuck whiffed at Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater after breaking free from his block.

The second unit came in halfway through the Vikings’ second drive and held them to a field goal.

Head coach Dennis Allen will have comments on these performances after the game. Check back with for updates.