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Oakland Raiders Head To Texas For Preseason Matchup With Dallas Cowboys

Posted Aug 21, 2017

Here is this week's game preview, presented by 95.7 The Game.

The Oakland Raiders will play in their final road preseason contest this week as they head to Dallas to face the Cowboys on Saturday, Aug. 26 at 5:00 p.m. PT at AT&T Stadium. This will be the first time the two teams have faced each other since the 2013 season, when they opened the preseason against each other and then faced off on Thanksgiving Day in the regular season. The teams will meet twice in the same year again in 2017, as the Cowboys will visit the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Dec. 17.

Here is the Game Preview, presented by 95.7 The GAME.

THE SETTING

Date: Saturday, August 26, 2017
Kickoff:
5:00 p.m. PT
Site:
AT&T Stadium (2009)
Capacity/Surface:
80,000/Matrix RealGrass
Preseason: Raiders lead, 19-10

Regular Season: Raiders lead, 6-5

Postseason: N/A


Last week, the Raiders fell at home against the Los Angeles Rams, 21-24. In his first action of the 2017 preseason, QB Derek Carr posted a 113.0 quarterback rating, throwing for 100 yards on 7-of-9 passing with two touchdowns and one interception. WR Michael Crabtree recorded a 13-yard catch-and-run for a score in the first half and TE Lee Smith hauled in a 19-yarder from Carr for his first touchdown of 2017. RB Marshawn Lynch saw his first game action in Silver and Black, totaling two carries for 10 yards. DE Khalil Mack also appeared in his first contest of the preseason and picked up right where he left off from a year ago, posting four tackles (three solo) and one sack.

Both teams will face a short week following the game Saturday night as the Raiders will wrap up their preseason slate at home against the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday, Aug. 31 and the Cowboys will travel to Houston to play the Texans on the same day. All NFL teams will make their final roster reductions on Sept. 2, reducing their squads to the mandated 53-man limit. Looking ahead to Week 1 of the regular season, the Raiders will open on the road in Tennessee against the Titans and the Cowboys will host the New York Giants.

LAST WEEK vs. LA RAMS

Below are the stat lines from a few key contributors from last week’s preseason opener against the Arizona Cardinals:

QB Derek Carr: 7-of-9 passing for 100 yards with two TDs and one INT and a 113.0 quarterback rating.

QB Connor Cook: 9-of-15 passing for 83 yards with one TD and a 97.4 quarterback rating.

WR Amari Cooper: Three receptions for 46 yards.

WR Michael Crabtree: One reception for 13 yards and one TD.

LB Jelani Jenkins: Six tackles (six solo).

DE Khalil Mack: Four tackles (three solo) and one sack.

TE Lee Smith: Two receptions for 25 yards and one TD.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

TELEVISION

KTVU/KICU (Bay Area)

KVVU (Las Vegas)

Play-by-play: Beth Mowins

Color Analysts: Matt Millen

Sideline: Nicole Zaloumis, John Tournour "JT The Brick"

RADIO

Raiders Radio Network
Flagship:
95.7 The GAME/98.5 KFOX (Saturday's game will be on KFOX 98.5 and 102.9 KBLX)
Play-by-play: Greg Papa
Color Analyst: Tom Flores
Sideline:
Lincoln Kennedy

SPANISH RADIO

Flagship: KIQI 1010
Play-by-play: Fernando Arias
Color Analyst: Ambrosio Rico

NFL GAME PASS

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Pro Connections

• Raiders LS Jon Condo signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2005 and made his NFL debut with the Cowboys that year, appearing in three games for the club.

• Raiders FB/RB Jamize Olawale signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2012 and was added to their practice squad that same season. Olawale was signed by the Raiders off the Cowboys’ practice squad in December of 2012 and has been with the club since. Olawale also attended the University of North Texas in Denton, where he played in 19 games as a wide receiver.

• Cowboys offensive line coach Frank Pollack had a one-year stint with the Raiders, holding the same title for the club in 2012.

• Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson played quarterback for the Raiders from 1998-99. • Cowboys RB Darren McFadden was originally drafted by the Raiders with the fourth overall pick of the 2008 NFL Draft. McFadden spent seven years (2008-14) with the club, posting 4,247 yards on the ground and adding 25 rushing scores. His 1,038 carries also place him fourth for most in team annals.

• Cowboys WR Brice Butler was originally drafted by the Raiders in the seventh round (209th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. As a reserve wide receiver and special teamer, Butler spent two full seasons with the team before being traded to the Cowboys in 2015.

• Cowboys LB John Lotulelei was signed to the Raiders practice squad and activated for one game in 2015 and remained with the team through the 2016 training camp.

• Cowboys DE Benson Mayowa spent time on the Raiders roster (2014-15) before being signed by the Cowboys as a restricted free agent in 2016.

• Cowboys DE Damontre’ Moore spent time with the Oakland Raiders in training camp during the 2016 season.

• Cowboys T Emmett Cleary spent the 2014 training camp with the Oakland Raiders and was released following its conclusion.

College Connections

• Raiders RB DeAndré Washington attended Texas Tech for four years (2012- 15), and was named All-Big 12 First Team in 2015. Raiders DL Branden Jackson also attended Texas Tech (2012-15), totaling 138 tackles in 51 career games.

• Raiders first-round pick CB Gareon Conley played two seasons (2014-15) with Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliot at Ohio State, teaming up to help the Buckeyes win the 2014 National Championship.

• Cowboys defensive coordinator/defensive line coach Rod Marinelli served as the defensive line coach and assistant head coach at Cal from 1983-91.

• Cowboys FB Keith Smith attended San Jose State for four years (2010-13) and played linebacker, amassing 476 tackles, the second most in school history.

• Cowboys LS Louis-Philippe Ladouceur played every game as Cal’s long snapper from 2000-03 and was a key member on special teams.

Hometown/Family Connections

• Raiders WR Michael Crabtree is a native of Dallas, Texas, and was college football’s most productive receiver from 2008-09 at Texas Tech. Crabtree was twice honored as the Fred Biletnikoff Award winner, given to the nation’s top receiver, and was a two-time consensus All-American and Big-12 selection.

• Raiders T Marshall Newhouse is a native of Dallas, Texas, where he attended Lake Highlands High School before playing four years at TCU (2006-09).

• Cowboys CB Chidobe Awuzie is a native of San Jose, Calif., and attended Oak Grove High School, earning PrepStar All-West Region and first-team all-area honors as a senior.

COWBOYS SNAPSHOT

Overview: Head Coach Jason Garrett enters his seventh season at the helm of the Cowboys, owning a 59-48 overall record in Dallas, including playoffs, and coming off a successful 2016 season in which he was named NFL Coach of the Year. The Cowboys tied a club-best 13-3 record in 2016, earning the NFC East Division title and the No. 1 seed in the NFC.

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Offense: Entering his second year in the NFL, QB Dak Prescott will look to build off the success he had in his rookie season, which included leading the Cowboys on a franchise-record 11-game win streak en route to a 13-3 record and the NFC East Division title. Prescott set franchise rookie records with 3,667 yards, 23 TDs and four INTs on 311-of-459 passing for an NFL rookie record 104.9 passer rating, earning a Pro Bowl nod and being named AP Offensive Rookie of the Year. The Cowboys’ run game was highlighted by another rookie, RB Ezekiel Elliott, who led the NFL with 1,631 yards and 322 carries and ranked third with 15 TDs. Elliott, who was named to the Pro Bowl, recorded the third most rushing yards in NFL history by a rookie. WR Cole Beasley led the team with 75 receptions for 833 yards (11.1 avg.) and five TDs.

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Defense: Rod Marinelli enters his fifth season as a member of the Cowboys coaching staff and third as the defensive coordinator. In 2016, Dallas saw improvements across the defensive side, leading the league in rushing yards allowed (83.5 per-game). The defense also finished sixth in plays of 20-plus yards allowed (51) and forced nine more takeaways than in 2015 (20). The Cowboys defense was led by captain LB Sean Lee, who recorded a career-high 174 tackles, earning All-Pro honors and his second consecutive Pro Bowl nod. DE Benson Mayowa led the group with six sacks in his first season with the Cowboys.