The Dallas Cowboys will look to improve on last week's 18-0 loss to the Houston Texans later this evening when they take on the Oakland Raiders.
Kickoff is set for 8 PM Central Time, and the game will be televised locally in Dallas on CBS 11.
Starting quarterback Vinny Testaverde is expected to play most of the first half, while rookie Drew Henson will see action for most of the second half.
Head coach Bill Parcells said earlier this week that Testaverde needs to work on several things in tonight's game, including his timing.
"I just think it's a timing issue a little bit. Getting behind the center," said Parcells. "Vinny has a tendency to want to do everything perfectly. I have a tendency to want to get the ball out of his hands. That's a little conflict."
Testaverde completed 4-of-7 passes last week for 34 yards in limited action against the Texans.
The Cowboys will also be looking towards the running game again this evening as Eddie George, Julius Jones, and ReShard Lee continue to carry the load.
Jones led the way last week against the Texans, rushing for 57 yards on just 8 carries. George ran the ball 5 times for 12 yards.
Parcells also announced that Jemeel Powell would start at right cornerback in front of Pete Hunter and that Al Johnson would start at center in front of Tyson Walter.
On the injury front, the Cowboys will be without the services of S Darren Woodson, (disc), C Gennaro DiNapoli (ankle stress fracture), and RB Erik Bickerstaff (torn Achilles'). TE Dan Campbell might sit out also this evening because of a groin pull. Campbell missed practice Thursday after suffering the injury Wednesday.
On to the Raiders, where the starters will likely receive a little more playing time this week. Quarterbacks Rich Gannon, Kerry Collins and Marques Tuiasosopo will likely play about 1½ quarters this evening, and head coach Norv Turner is hopeful of getting No. 4 man Tee Martin some playing time.
All three quarterbacks shined in the win over San Francisco last week. Then again, there were plenty of aspects that need attention -- like the 21 penalties and several missed tackles on defense.
"Between the first and second exhibition you get a chance to clean up a lot of things," Turner said. "We have to eliminate the penalties and we have to tackle better. Dallas presents some real problems. They were one of the best defensive teams last year."
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