In one of the final preseason games of Saturday night, the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Las Vegas Raiders by a score of 31-16. The win brings the Cowboys final preseason record to 1-2, while the Raiders finish the preseason 2-1.
These were PFF’s standout players from the game.
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Offensive spotlight: Cowboys quarterback Will Grier finished the game 29-of-35 for 305 passing yards and two passing touchdowns while adding 53 yards on the ground and two more touchdowns as a rusher.
Walk it out, @willgrier_ ????
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) August 27, 2023
Raiders rookie quarterback Aidan O’Connell, who is becoming a bit of a preseason legend, also had another solid performance. He finished this game 17-of-26 for 178 passing yards. He’s making quite the statement as a fifth-round pick and looks to be ready if the Raiders need him, even as a first-year player.
Defensive spotlight: Cowboys defensive tackle Mazi Smith had a tough game against the Seahawks. But his performance against the Raiders was much better.
— Ej Savage (Boys N’ the Zone) (@BoysNtheZone) August 27, 2023
Smith looked much more explosive than he did against Seattle, playing with less hesitation and more confidence. That’s a good sign for the Cowboys' first-round pick heading into the regular season.
Rookie spotlight: Cowboys rookie running back Hunter Luepke was one of the most versatile players in this past year’s draft class. He played fullback, running back, tight end and even wildcat quarterback for North Dakota State during his college career. That versatility showed out against the Raiders, as Luepke finished the game with five catches on five targets for 60 receiving yards and a touchdown while also gaining 58 yards on the ground from 15 carries.
— NFL (@NFL) August 27, 2023
|Aidan O'Connell||7.12||17 / 26||178||6.8||0||0||22||0||85.1|
|Chase Garbers||1.84||5 / 6||46||7.7||0||0||29||0||98.6|
|Will Grier||40.5||29 / 35||305||8.7||2||0||33||1||122|
|Keelan Cole Sr.||1.9||1||1||9||9||9||0||9|