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Refocused: Dallas Cowboys 24, Oakland Raiders 20

By PFF Analysis Team
Aug 27, 2017

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ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 26: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys claps his hands during a time out in the first quarter of a preseason game against the Oakland Raiders at AT&T Stadium on August 26, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott led the Cowboys to an early 3 point lead, but Derek Carr and Cordarrelle Patterson would respond early in the second quarter with a touchdown. Carr’s night would end with another touchdown to Amari Cooper.

Two late touchdowns thrown by Cooper Rush to Ronnie Hillman and Lance Lenoir would give the Cowboys the victory, 24-20. With that. we give you our PFF exclusive takeaways from the contest for each team.

Top 5 Grades:

ED Damontre Moore, 88.9 overall grade

TE Jason Witten, 85.3 overall grade

ED David Irving, 79.9 overall grade

T Kadeem Edwards, 77.9 overall grade

DI Lewis Neal, 77.8 overall grade

Performances of Note:

TE Jason Witten, 85.3 overall grade

The 15-year vet was in mid-season form, hauling in all of his 6 targets for 74 yards and a touchdown. Witten and QB Dak Prescott were consistently on the same page, including  on a 28 yard completion up the seam. The two later connected on a well designed play action pass in the red zone for a touchdown.

QB Cooper Rush, 69.3 overall grade

Rush continued his solid play throughout the preseason, playing with the second-team offense and once again stating his case for the backup job. Rush finished with an adjusted completion percentage of 92.3 percent. Rush was on the lucky end of a dropped interception that ultimately lowered his grade.

ED Damontre Moore, 88.9 overall grade

Moore made a living in the Raiders’ backfield as he earned a sack, a hit and a hurry, along with beating his man on several other occasions. He forced a fumble on QB Connor Cook to end a drive as well. Moore has been a force this preseason racking up two sacks, three hits and two hurries on just 44 pass rush snaps.

DI Maliek Collins, 78.8 overall grade

Collins performance was noteworthy from a run defense standpoint, as he made an impact with his disruption on just 11 run snaps. He recorded just 1 run stop but forced the running back to cut into a tackle for loss on another occasion against Gabe Jackson. Outside his one neutral zone infraction, Collins played an excellent game.

Top 5 Grades:

S Shalom Luani, 84.6 overall grade

S Reggie Nelson, 78.8 overall grade

DI Treyvon Hester, 78.6 overall grade

CB Antonio Hamilton, 78.5 overall grade

LB Jelani Jenkins, 76.8 overall grade

Performances of Note:

WR Amari Cooper, 76.4 overall grade

QB Derek Carr targeted his No. 1 receiver early and often, doing most of his damage against CB Anthony Brown, where he caught two of three passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. Carr’s passer rating of 149.3 when targeting Cooper was easily a game high.

C Jon Feliciano, 73.8 overall grade

Much of the first team offense didn’t have a noteworthy performance but the second and third teamers did but mostly in a bad way. Feliciano bucked that trend as he was solid on 34 snaps including a clean sheet in pass protection on 23 pass blocking snaps. The third-year pro out of Miami (FL) has yet to allow any pressure the past two preseasons and saw 46 regular season snaps in 2016.

S Shalom Luani, 84.6 overall grade

Luani was overall the field with 6 tackles and 5 stops on the night. In coverage, Luani allowed 2 catches for just 10 yards.

S Reggie Nelson, 78.8 overall grade

The veteran was active as usual on his 29 snaps. Nelson total 1 quarterback hurry, 4 tackles and 2 stops. While in coverage, Nelson allowed just 1 catch for 8 yards

PFF Game Ball: Damontre Moore, ED

*Grades subject to change pending review

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