Not great but not bad either.

There weren't any absolute truths to be gleaned from the Raiders 19-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Friday night in their exhibition opener but there were signs the team could be an improvement over last season's 4-12 disaster.

No reason to schedule a parade perhaps but considering many prognosticators consider the Raiders to be one of the least-talented teams in the NFL it was at least baby steps in the right direction before 43013 fans at O.co Coliseum.

Sebastian Janikowski and Eddy Carmona each kicked a pair of field goals and Brice Butler caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Matt McGloin to account for the Raiders' scoring.

Janikowski connected from 51 and 40 yards with Carmona connecting from 42 and 23 yards.

Dallas (1-1) got a 38-yard field goal by Dan Bailey a 15-yard scoring pass from Kyle Orton to Cole Beasley and a 1-yard TD run by Joseph Dunbar.

"I'm pleased with the way we played but you always look to see what you can improve on -- and we've got a lot to improve on" Raiders coach Dennis Allen said.

Starting quarterback Matt Flynn and backup Terrelle Pryor each had a turnover and led the team to a field goal in the first half.

Both also showed their respective strengths and weaknesses. Flynn (4 of 5 37 yards) played it safe and operated within the framework of his talents while Pryor (6 of 10 88 yards and three rushes for 31 yards) showed the explosive athleticism that will be utilized whether he starts or not.