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The first edition of Monday Night Football hits fans tomorrow but in preseason form when the Oakland Raiders host the Dallas Cowboys.
For the Raiders, Carson Palmer will begin his first full season with Oakland. A lot is expected from Palmer if they are to improve on their 8-8 record from a year ago. However, he will see limited action in Monday’s game. Matt Leinart and Terrelle Pryor should see the majority of the action.
The key Monday for the Raiders is trying to fill the void off Michael Bush. Darren McFadden is good to go Monday, but he will also be used rarely. Running backs Mike Goodsen and Taiwan Jones are out with injuries so Lonyae Miller will get plenty of action. Miller is very inexperienced but will get many looks against Dallas in an attempt to secure a roster spot.
As for Dallas, finding the right personnel for the year is their main goal. After a collapse in 2011 where they dropped four of their last five games, this year will be huge for Dallas and their quarterback Tony Romo.
Romo will get very limited action so Kyle Orton should see a bulk of the action. At the wide receiver position, the status of starters Dez Bryant and Miles Austin is in doubt as both are nursing nagging leg injuries so backups should get plenty of action.
As with all preseason games, with the carousel of players getting time, wagering on matchups can be extremely difficult. Bovada Sporstbook has given the edge to Oakland in their Cowboys vs Raiders Betting Odds as they will enter the game as just 1-point favorites. The OVER/UNDER in points is set at 35.
The Raiders have the edge in preseason matchups with Dallas with an 18-9 record, including wins in their last two preseason matchups.
Monday night’s matchup can be seen live on ESPN at 8:00 pm ET.