Raiders hope to get going against SF

It hasn't exactly been the smoothest of preseasons for the Raiders starters on offense and defense. In back-to-back losses to Dallas and Tennessee, Oakland sputtered its way to just one touchdown and one field goal while doing very little to slow the Cowboys and Titans. That's one of the reasons the Raiders intend to play their starters longer than usual in Saturday's game against San Francisco.

Head coach Bill Callahan said that quarterback Rich Gannon as well as most of the Oakland's starters are expected to play at least one half and likely will go into the third quarter against the 49ers.

The Raiders have generally pulled their starters from preseason games after just one quarter in order to take a look at some of the newer, younger talent on the roster. But Oakland has struggled on both sides of the ball during the exhibition season, thus by keeping them in Callahan is hoping to kickstart the team.

It also helps, the coach added, that the team already has a pretty clear indication of which way the roster will go. The first wave of cuts comes on Tuesday when teams must get down to the 65-player limit.

''We feel we know our personnel pretty well at this point,'' Callahan said. ''We want to put some players into position to get a good evaluation on them. For the next two games it will be important. For some guys this game will be ultra important.''


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