Oakland Raiders: Upgraded Defense Pays Big Dividends

August 13, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It might be only preseason (which doesn't count for much in the real world), but the Oakland Raiders reaped the benefits of a vastly upgraded defensive front seven against the Dallas Cowboys in Texas Stadium last night.
Tom Cable said at the end of the 2009 season that the Raiders had to address "line of scrimmage issues", referring to both the offensive and defensive lines.
He is as good as his word.
Not in living memory have we seen a Raiders defensive line perform so well and dominate a game like that. Rookie Lamarr Houston led the charge with two sacks of Tony Romo, and what was more impressive than that was that both came early against starting tackle Marc Colombo.
Showing impressive athleticism for his 304 lbs., Houston out-hustled and out-muscled Dallas's starting right tackle. He showed that he was not just a training camp wonder, but a player who really can walk the walk when it comes to game time.
With Lamarr Houston, Richard Seymour, Tommy Kell...

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