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Cowboys Vs. Raiders: Dallas Opens Season On Monday Night Football

The Cowboys will be taking on the Oakland Raiders at the Coliseum as both teams hope to get a good start to the 2012 season.

Aug.1, 2012; Oxnard, CA, USA;  Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) talks with Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett during training camp drills. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
Aug.1, 2012; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) talks with Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett during training camp drills. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

The Dallas Cowboys have earned the moniker of "America's Team", and that much is clear even with the team's Monday Night Football appearance to open the preseason. In other words, even if the starters like Tony Romo are only likely to play one series or perhaps up to one quarter for some, they're still the team that everyone wants to watch.

The Cowboys will be taking on the Oakland Raiders at the Coliseum as both teams hope to get a good start to the 2012 season. The Cowboys will be dealing with nagging injuries to both first round choice Mo Claiborne and wide receiver Dez Bryant.

For the Raiders it's all about starting a new regime on the right foot. The team will open the season without iconic owner Al Davis for the first time in 40 years. New head coach Dennis Allen will be interesting to watch after only one season as a coordinator -- last year with the Denver Broncos as their defensive coordinator.

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