Carson Palmer threw an interception on the Raiders' first drive, yet the Cowboys failed to take advantage as a make-shift offensive line kept Tony Romo and his offense from gaining any momentum. Dez Bryant, who was a game-time decision with a hamstring injury, made a leaping grab along the sideline on the Cowboys' only big play of the quarter.
Raiders running back Darren McFadden showed some flash in the first few plays of the game, yet was quickly replaced by Lonyae Miller as the Raiders aim to keep their star back as healthy as possible. The Cowboys' defense was able to get a few stops, but several penalties on fourth down gave the ball back to Oakland on two separate occasions on one drive.
With the Cowboys missing several starting offensive lineman, notably center Phil Costa, Romo was sent scrambling on multiple plays before being tossed to the ground. He finished the quarter 2-for-4 for just 22 yards.
Both teams remain scoreless after one quarter.