Not quite ready for primetime
Cowboys, 3 – Raiders, 0
I confess to having watched every second of the trainwreck last night that was Cowboys vs. Raiders. The ugliest NFL team in the ugliest NFL town playing in the ugliest NFL stadium in front of the ugliest NFL fans against the team with one of the ugliest post-season track records over the past decade and a half can produce but one thing: ugly, ugly football.
What a mess.
Of course, I have been a connoisseur of the NFL long enough to understand that anybody who reads anything into—or takes anything away from—an NFL preseason game is delusional. It makes absolutely no difference how a team performs in week one of the preseason. It is in no way a predictor or precursor of things to come.
And thank God for that, if you are a Cowboys or Raiders fan.
Against the NFL’s worst defense from a year ago, the Cowboys’ number one unit managed 22 yards in 11 plays.
Most of those yards came on the one play that might give a fan some hope: a Ton...