This time of year we have to preface everything said with the fact that this is merely the pre-season. With that being said the pre-season game last night between the Dallas Cowboys andthe Oakland Raiders may have taught us a few things about the 2009 NFL regular season.
The Raiders looked pretty good, however most of their scoring came against the Cowboys 2nd defensive unit, and with backup QB Bruce Gradkowski. However, Bruce was able to lead the team to three TD's while in the game. This seems to indicate that Raiders offense will be able to move the ball.
This means that Russell, entering his third NFL season, will have to live up to his status as a former overall number one pick in the NFL draft. He appears now that he has the weapons around him, and that this will be a make or break season for the young QB.
On the other hand, it looks like the Dallas Cowboys will be far better off post Terrell Ownes than they were with him. It seems that the Dallas offense will now be able to distribute balls to all of their receivers while relying on RB's Marion Barber, and Felix Jones to keep drives alive.
Dallas QB, Tony Romo, has a couple of good receivers in WR Roy Williams, and TE Jason Whitten. At this point Dallas looks like one of the teams to beat in the NFC East.