The Dallas Cowboys’ first-team offense played 11 snaps in Monday night’s prime-time preseason opener against the Oakland Raiders. And much like their counterparts, the Cowboys’ offensive starters didn’t look ready for prime time.
Quarterback Tony Romo was without wide receiver Miles Austin (hamstring), and only had Dez Bryant (hamstring) for a snap or three. Bryant caught a 24-yard pass down the right sideline on Dallas’ second play from scrimmage, but exited shortly thereafter. Romo can be forgiven for his 3-of-6 for 30-yard game.
But the Cowboys’ run blocking was a major issue. Top tailback DeMarco Murray and change-of-pace guy Felix Jones found no room to run against Oakland’s front four. Murray was buried at the line of scrimmage on both of his carries, amounting to no positive yardage. Jones gained four yards on two rushing attempts and threw in a dropped pass for good measure.
Romo’s other two completions went to tight end Jason Witten, one for a gain of eight and the other for a loss of two. Romo’s remaining three pass attempts were intended for undrafted rookie receiver Cole Beasley, Jones (aforementioned drop), and Witten (sailed high).
The Cowboys will go back to the drawing board in practice this coming week.