Strong debut for Raiders' defense builds hopes

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Strong debut for Raiders' defense builds hopes


Vic Tafur

Updated 11:57 p.m., Tuesday, August 14, 2012

t's not the catchiest of mottos, but it's a short week so it's going to have to do.

"Execute the little things better," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. "That's going to be my message."

Oakland lost an uneven 3-0 preseason opener to Dallas at home Monday and has a game at Arizona on Friday.

Allen wasn't happy with the special teams play, the dropped passes by Jacoby Ford and Juron Criner, and the "tempo in and out of the huddle in the second half."

The run defense will try to build on its effort, allowing only 16 yards rushing in the first half after ranking 27th in the league a year ago.

Defensive linemen Lamarr Houston and Tommy Kelly got pressure on Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, another great sign for a defense just beginning to be unwrapped by the new head coach.

The defense was "attacking, they were aggressive, and that's what we're going to be," Allen said. Defensive coordinator Jason Tarver "did a nice job of calling the game."

Safety Mike Mitchell almost got a sack on a blitz and had an interception.

"I feel like a kid in a candy store," Mitchell said. "You saw the blitz. We're coming from anywhere."

Later Monday night, some guys who needed to make an impression did. Defensive tackle Dominique Hamilton had a sack and defensive tackle Jamie Cumbie and linebacker Chad Kilgore each batted down a pass.

Allen had some good injury news in Tuesday's conference call with beat writers.

Center Stefen Wisniewski's calf injury is a day-to-day situation after he left Monday's game after one series. And Allen said that running back Mike Goodson "probably" will be back at practice Wednesday morning.

Goodson hurt his neck Aug. 7 on a scary hit from outside linebacker Philip Wheeler in practice. An ambulance was driven onto the field to get him, but after tests were negative Goodson was back at the team's Napa hotel four hours later.

"If he is able to practice this week, we will get him in the game and let him play against Arizona," Allen said.

Goodson, acquired in an offseason trade from Carolina, had a great first two weeks of training camp and looks to be Darren McFadden's primary backup this season.

Rookie defensive end Jack Crawford, meanwhile, suited up Monday but did not play because of a sore foot.

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Yeah I was really impressed with the Raiders defense. They smothered the run, pressured the Dallas QB's. Can't ask for anything more- great job guys keep it up!

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The pressure they put on the QB is a game changer. All the other defensive improvements are augmented when you take the opposing QB out of his comfort zone. A QB under pressure makes mistakes, and throws bad passes.

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I really enjoyed their defense against the Cowboys, they're pass rush and run d seemed like it was very much improved, especially the run d! BraveRaider is right, I didn't see one time that a Cowboys QB looked comfortable in pocket, and mind you, all of this was done with Seymour out of the game too. Can't wait to see the defense at 100% during Week 1.

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