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August 20, 2011
Raiders obviously have some work to do

SAN FRANCISCO - If any play sums up the Raiders and their offensive issues thus far, it came in the second quarter.

The Raiders had first-and-goal from the 49ers two-yard line, and Jason Campbell rolled to his left on a run-pass option play.

Tight end Kevin Boss appeared to be open in the back of the end zone. Campbell however didn't lob the ball to the 6-foot-6 target. Instead Campbell tried to run and was tackled for the loss of a yard.

After the game Campbell said that's a play he'd like to have back.

Boss said that's a play that will work as the team has more time together.

"It's early in the process," Boss said. "By the time it's the regular season that'll be an easy touchdown. Jason thought he could get in the end zone by running or didn't like the look but I'll have to look at it on film. I don't know if I was open or not."

Said Campbell: "The only play I remember from tonight is probably that one."

Campbell left the game before halftime after taking a knee to the head from 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks while trying to recover a fumble.

Campbell said he'd be taking a concussion test.

Before that Campbell believed the offense was beginning to find itself.

"We started getting our groove on and then comes the knee to the head," Campbell said. "The rest is history."

Campbell noted things should improve when the likes of Darren McFadden return and that in all he's only had five series in the preseason.

But to this point the first-team offense hasn't scored a touchdown in spite getting close to the end zone in both exhibition games.

I like the Raiders going for it on fourth and goal in the second quarter, too. We know Sebastian Janikowski can make a 20-something-yard field goal. So it's best to get as much work in those situations as possible even if it ended with Campbell being sacked.

I know I didn't cover the team last season, but right now the Raiders are looking a lot like the teams I covered from 2006-08.

*Boss suffered a minor left knee strain.

"It's fine," Boss said. "Just a little stiff and sore right now."

Raiders coach Hue Jackson said safety Jerome Boyd suffered a leg contusion.

*The Raiders were soft against in the run all night. The 49ers piled up 239 yards on 41 carries for a nice 5.8 average. It looked a lot like the defense of recent seasons, where unknown running backs (Kendall Hunter, Xavier Omon) look like stars

True, Hunger and Omon did their work against back ups but the starters didn't look much better. The 49ers had 100 rushing yards at halftime. Not a good look considering how bad the 49ers looked up front last week.

*Jackson decided to let Trent Edwards be the second quarterback tonight. His time on the field was brief. He finished the drive that Campbell was injured on and completed three of six passes for 36 yards and an interception into double coverage.

Kyle Boller finished the game, connecting on six of 11 passes for 56 yards and an interception.

Campbell was 5-of-7 for 74 yards.

*Darrius Heyward-Bey had a good showing with a tough 22-yard grab against tight coverage for one of his two catches for 40 yards. Denarius Moore had two catches for 28 yards.

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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