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Oakland Post Game: How did the Raiders Do?

After watching Oakland's second preseason game, you gotta love this.

Sure, after the Dallas game, questions were asked. Was the Offense going to score? Was the offensive line going to give Jason Campbell some time? Would the defense be able to perform as well, as they did in week one?

Let's look at each area.

For the offense, Jason Campbell couldn't have performed a better opening drive for the Raider Nation. Picking his targets and showing a variety of options, Oakland marched down the field and Jason scored the Raiders' first touchdown of the game. Included in this passing barrage was Johnnie Lee Higgins, Louis Murphy and Zach Miller and some nice running by Michael Bush.

By the time the first squad was done, the Raiders had put up 13 points in the first half...but more fun was on tap.

The team's offensive line performed so-so, with penalties causing Tom Cable some frustration. Robert Gallery early on was flagged several times, and an injury to Samson Saetle led to a bad snap by Chris Morris, leading to a turnover.

The defense, meanwhile also showed that they would not be going light, harrassing Jay Cutler off and on. In the first drive, Jay got to watch his team go from 2-8 to 4th and 29, as he was sacked twice...Kamerion Wimbley wound up with 4 sacks total, probably drawing some wide-eyed stares from Browns fans across the country.

The defense did have some small lapses though...a touchdown allowed on the fourth down, shortly before halftime, plus a long breakaway run from Matt Forte' doesn't help. Both were helped by hometown officiating, but it is something teams overcome with a simple solution....points.

Oakland's Special Teams though, stole the show. Slade Norris, probably punched his card for the team this year, by scoring eight points for the Raiders, on a fumble recovery and a punt that he blocked, owning a Bears defensive player in the fourth quarter.

Backup Stevie Brown added another interception, leading some to wonder, can we find a place on the roster for this guy? Maybe as a Nickel option?

All in all, I think people are starting to notice the Raiders now. Against the Cowboys, it was either, "it's only the preseason" or "it was against the backups and roster cuts".

Against the Bears, we were not at full strength at either offense or defense...and we put up 32 points.

The game against the 49ers will be in Oakland....home sweet home.


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