Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 11/16/14

As the Oakland Raiders prepare to play the Detroit Lions, quarterback Carson Palmer is not concerned about the offensive production of the first team thus far in preseason. The Raiders first team offense has yet to put a touchdown on the board while they have turned the ball over several times.


“Obviously we haven’t done what we expected to do,” Palmer said. “But it is not a concern. We just need to keep working and keep grinding. They’ll come. We just need to clean some things up. We’ve made a handful of mistakes and hurt ourselves, but it’s not concerning. It’s frustrating because you want to score every time you get the ball. We will continue to work and get better.”

So far in two preseason games Palmer has played just under two and a half quarters, completing 16-30 for 140 yards and two interceptions. He has yet to build chemistry with the Raiders leading receiver last season Darrius Heyward-Bey. The two interceptions he threw were poor decisions. Palmer admits to taking chances in preseason games that he normally would not in the regular season, which could explain some of the miscues.

“Absolutely,” Palmer said of taking chances. “That’s what it’s for really. Unless you’re a young guy who hasn’t played and just wanted to get acclimated with the speed of the game. I’ve been around long enough that’s not something I’m trying to do. There’s certain things and certain plays that maybe in a game plan for a team that we normally wouldn’t be put in, but we want to see if this guy can handle it or we want to see if this guy can run by that guy. There’s a ton of different situations where it comes up where you do things in a preseason game that you wouldn’t normally do in a regular season game.”

Because the Raiders are treating the third preseason game much like a regular season game, the team has prepared for Detroit specifically. Expect the starters to play the longest they have all preseason. This should be a good opportunity for Palmer and the first team offense to get into rhythm and scores points.

“Yeah, they’re going to get out there and get some work,“ Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said. “We’ll see how the game goes as far as the number count of plays, but I would anticipate them getting more action.”


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