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NFL Preseason, Raiders At Niners: It's Gonna Be A Showdown

The Raiders look to continue their preseason dominance this Saturday as they host Bay rivals the San Francisco 49ers. New QB Jason Campbell will look to continue edging the Raiders toward respectability. After the Raiders offense looked a little off balance in their preseason opener against Dallas, Campbell threw for 170 yards with one interception and ran for a score in the first half of last game against Da Bears. They Raidahs ended up winning that in beatdown fashion, 32-17.

The defense thus far has looked mighty impressive. After defensive ends Matt Shaughnessy and LaMarr Houston had two sacks apiece in the preseason opener, it was linebacker Kamerion Wimbley who starred against Da Bears. Wimbley, who was acquired in the offseason from the Browns, had four sacks in the game.

"He had an exceptional night. It started right from the get-go," Oakland coach Tom Cable said. "Until he came out of the game, I thought he was a factor on third down on every series."

Wimbley is currently listed ahead of former Jacksonville Jaguar Quentin "Grove Street" Groves to make the 53-man roster.

QB Bruce Gradkowski will see some time under center this game. For those of you who forgot about him, he won two of his first three starts last season before tearing ligaments in BOTH of his knees. Judging by the fact he used two cliches in one sentence, it's safe to say he's excited to get back out there.

"Yeah, I feel good. I'm ready to rock and roll," Gradkowski said. "Shoot, I miss it. I've been champing at the bit. I'm just excited to get back out there this weekend."
Look for plenty of screen passes this weekend. Campbell hit Michael Bush and Marcel Reece with 24-yard and 40-yard passes respectively against Da Bears.