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The Raiders 3rd preseason game vs Detroit brought some interesting results.  With the first string playing a large portion of the game, it was going to be a good test both on offense and defense. 

Palmer didn't look spectacular, but that's no different than the previous two games.  He has a habit of throwing into double coverage and still seems to be a little off with some of the receivers.  Again, we don't know if its the wrong route being run or if the throw is just off - but either way, there were plays left on the field and a few given away.

Pryor had a great game and we got to see him roll out some good runs with one crossing the goal line.  He threw very little, but of his 5 attempts, two were TD passes to Criner - one for 39 yards and a long 76 yard toss thrown across his body.  He looked really comfortable out there with the 2nd team and it surely will do wonders for his confidence.

The defense held Detroit to 5 first downs and under 100 yards in the first half.  They shut Calvin Johnson down, which was a good sign for our young secondary.  Our tackling has been much improved - there were some really nice open field tackles with the defense wrapping guys up. Something we haven't seen in a long time.

Janikowski got injured on a kickoff return in the 2nd quarter, but Eddy Carmona was able to boot a 56 yard FG from the dirt - pretty impressive.  Not sure whether Janikowski will be ready to go by week one with his groin injury, but Allen says he's not too worried about it.

All in all, the Raiders got the win and the first string managed to finally score a TD. I hope that Allen plays the first string a little on Thursday because it's obvious there are some kinks to work out.  Just hope we can escape the game without injuries.

None of the roster cuts made yesterday were surprising, but we signed Roscoe Parrish today to help our return game - which is a huge need. 

Go Raiders!
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August 28, 2012  03:25 PM ET

The best performance of the preseason by far. Pryor looked great, but he's still a big time project. PCH actully thinks he should be starting by the end of the year. I don't see that kind of optimism. He needs another year or 2 and he could be Cam Newton-lite. He is very athletic, but still needs work on his throwing motion and accuracy. The defense stepped up at times and played fairly well.

Peach said he COULD get a chance to start if Palmer falters. It's a throwdown - not necessarily his true belief.

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August 28, 2012  04:13 PM ET

Glad to see Pryor having success. The coaches have GOT to find a way to use him during the season, he's got talents that deserve to be on the field.Having said that, I only know from reading about it. Finding something as simple as the Raiders preseason game on TV seems to be a challenge this year. Looking forward to the regular season when I can count on the games being televised here.

I ponied up for NFL preseason live. It wasn't horribly expensive - about $5 per game. I signed up after the Dallas game since it was televised nationally. My curiosity about this team forced me to do this. LOL

I hope you at least got to see the highlights of Pryor, and that amazing catch by DHB. Taiwan Jones looked really good too.

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August 28, 2012  04:38 PM ET

Saw the pass to Criner. Absolutely right on the money.

Yeah - both of Pryor's TD passes were very accurate. Palmer's throw to DHB wasn't - but he made an incredible adjustment to come down with the ball. Almost circus like :-)

I'm worried about Jano too. He was simply running to the area of the return man and pulled up gimpy. No contact, no huge surge of speed, just gimped up. Not a good sign to me, but I don't know much in that area.

August 28, 2012  05:33 PM ET

Not happy about Seabass hurting his hamstring again. Same thing that cost him last year.

me neither. over the past few years he has been our most consistent point maker. gonna really need him this year.

August 28, 2012  05:48 PM ET

me neither. over the past few years he has been our most consistent point maker. gonna really need him this year.

Hopefully Allen is right and he won't miss time in the regular season.

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August 28, 2012  06:00 PM ET

Of course TDs are better than field goals, but it sure the hell is nice to know anytime we are on the opponents 40-yard line or better its at least 3. I don't have that same faith in Eddy Carmona.

Exactly. And since we really don't know if Palmer can get the offense down to the redzone without throwing a pick in the process... yeah, it's good to have Jano healthy.

August 28, 2012  06:02 PM ET

Really? Duh. I was simply stating McFadden is more important to us having success. The offense was way too predictable last year and CP had to throw 40 times a game way too often.

The offense was predictable because Palmer only knew 5 or 6 plays and the long ball.

DMC being healthy helps for sure, but we can become just as predictable if he's running all the time.

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August 29, 2012  11:26 PM ET

They shut down Calvin, but he only played for just one of two halves... And you need to ask the Cowboys if shutting Megatron down for just one half does anything!

August 29, 2012  11:27 PM ET

Terrelle Pryor did have a good game... the Lions secondary is... terrible.


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