Carr channels Gruden advice in Raiders' OT victory

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said advice from former coach Jon Gruden helped him get back on track and lead Las Vegas to a win in Dallas. (Author: Gardener)

CarrARLINGTON, Texas - Derek Carr hadn't been himself since the Las Vegas Raiders left. A three-game streak of bad luck with fans demanding Marcus Mariota as quarterback getting louder from the loss made him feel good. In a short week, with a primetime game at the Dallas Cowboys on the horizon, Carr recalled some advice his former coach Jon Gruden had given him. Never take your arm out of a game. For example, Carr Gruden, who resigned on October 11 after posting offensive emails, channeled the course of the Raiders' 36-33 overtime win and passed 373 yards, his most since Week 3 when the Raiders were 3-0. Carr also admitted that it was important to start faster on offense. So it was the Chef's kiss to find DeSean Jackson for a 56-yard touchdown in the third game of the Raiders of Scrimmage. "We're getting this touchdown, I'll look at the scoreboard, OK, 7-0," said Carr. We have to go on. "But I can't breathe out during the game, especially this one, how close it was. We met this game, it's exciting ... Win or lose, whether it goes well or bad, I have to stay in the moment." "Carr also got his running game going and rushed to a 22-yard pickup." I always call myself 'Carriota' and he enjoys it, "Carr said of Mariota." Every time I'm in practice or a game climb, I come up to him and say 'Carriota, bro' and he'll laugh at me. It felt good to be able to take that trip and I felt it. "Interim coach Rich Bisaccia said:" Derek is his biggest critic . "Today he looked like Derek Carr. It's fun to watch him play. "The Raiders, who will host Washington in 10 days, endured Gruden's resignation, as well as the trauma and tragedy of the high-speed car crash of former recipient Henry Ruggs, in which a 23-year-old was born Wife and dog were killed. With the release of Ruggs, the Raiders' vertical threat was gone. So they signed Jackson, who turns 35 on Wednesday but is in shape for Las Vegas. "One thing that I tried this year, especially when [Ruggs] was here, was that I would be so aggressive, "Carr said." It sometimes results in not completing as many balls on a percentage table, but Gruden always told me: 'Take your arm out of a game.' So if we name these things let's tear them up. "


Dallas Cowboys vs. Las Vegas Raiders NFL Week 12 Odds, Plays and Insights for November 25, 2021

Check out the odds, games and more for the Dallas Cowboys vs. Las Vegas Raiders NFL Week 12 matchup on November 25, 2021. (Author: Gardener)

November 25, 2021The Las Vegas Raiders (5-5) will try to break their three-game losing streak in Week 12 with the Dallas Cowboys (7-3). Dallas, along with their opponents, have scored more than 51.5 points in five out of ten games this season. The two teams together averaged 51.6 points per game, 0.1 more than the total in this competition. The 47.6 points per game these two teams have allowed this season is 3.9 less than the total of 51.5 in this competition. The average total in Cowboys games this season is 52.4, 0.9 points more than Thursday's over / under of 51.5. The average of 48.5 PPG in Raiders games this season is 3.0 points less than the over / under for this game. Dallas' 10 games this season saw eight wins against the spread. The Cowboys were favored twice this season with 7.5 points or more, covering the spread in one of them, and this year's Dallas games have the total in exceeded five out of 10 opportunities (50%). The Cowboys scored 29.3 points per game, 3.1 more than the Raiders per m² allow atchup (26.2). Dallas is 6-0 against the spread and 5-1 overall in games if it scores more than 26.2 points. The Cowboys averaged 65.2 yards more per game (418.1) than the Raiders allow per outing (352.9). In games where Dallas totaled more than 352.9 yards, the team is 8-0 against The spread and 7-1 total. Click on SISportsbook to find the latest spread, moneyline and grand total for Dallas' matchup with the Raiders. Against the spreads, Las Vegas faces 4-6-0 10 chances this season (50 %). This year an average of only 0.9 points more per game (22.3) than the Cowboys (21.4) allow. If Las Vegas scores more than 21.4, it's 4-1 against the spread and 5-0 overall, the team is 4-2 against the spread and 5-1 overall. The Raiders flipped the ball 12 times, seven times fewer than the Cowboys forced turnovers (19). Dallas is 4-1 against the spread and 4-1 overall, at home this season. The Cowboys have an ATS win (1-1) as a 7.5 point favorite or more at home. Dallas has hit the over in three of five home games this year. Cowboys home games this season are 52.1 points, 0.6 more than the over / under of this matchup (51.5). Las Vegas has two wins against the spreads and is 2-2 away road games total this season. Average total Raiders away games this season is 47.6 points, 3.9 fewer than this matchup over / under (51, 5).


'Ready to rumble'? Raiders Edge Cowboys in OT

Perhaps that second straight defeat in Dallas wasn't so much about who was "pissed" as it was about who was "missing". (Author: Gardener)

OTARLINGTON - Thanksgiving Thursday naturally offered a "big game" atmosphere with all the fixings. America's Team on national television at a traditional annual festival against a remarkable Raiders team against the Dak Prescott-led Dallas Cowboys .. The cowboys were indeed "ready to rumble". , said, "Proud of the way (our players) fight. We talked about the officers last night ... that's how they officiate. But we're going through a difficult period." The officer? The "hard patch" “After last week's disappointing loss in Kansas City, Prescott announced he was“ pissed. ”I guess this game wasn't so much about who was pissed off as who was“ missing. ”The Cowboys , proud of their squad depth, had no recipients Amari Cooper (reserve / COVID) or CeeDee Lamb (concussion) and was also missing offensive line coach Joe Philbin (COVID). They got Tyron Smith back to play on the left, but Terence Steele was in shock the right starter to oust La'el Collins. "You want to get these two guys involved," said McCarthy, who also cited the tight deadlines for the Games. "Terance deserved the start today." Maybe that counts as depth. The depth became tested Depth - despite a valiant late attack from Dalton Schultz and Tony Pollard - failed the test. Dallas fell back early, 14-6, with Greg Zuerlein missing the extra point in the first quarter after the Cowboys hit on a Prescott throw to endorse the tight end Sean McKeon. By the time it was 24-13 Raiders, the Cowboys faced a surge aided by Pollard's 100-yard electric kickoff return for a TD. Then came the involvement of the tight end Schultz who caught a big TD pass and then the 2 point talk to tie it at 30-all. The clubs were then tied 33 points to go to OT when the Raiders took advantage of some official business that Dallas certainly disagrees with (the cowboys were fined 14 times for a franchise record of 166 yards). . and then got the game-winning kick in the fifth third. Ezekiel Elliott said of the missing boys: “Definitely tough. Next Thursday night in New Orleans, cowboys will bring back Cooper, Lamb and (now in his 21-way window to return) DeMarcus Lawrence. There are many reasons Dallas can keep you hopeful about this full roster and some real disputes. But no matter who dresses in a Dallas Cowboys uniform, especially on a big stage like this, they have to be "ready to rumble." And maybe when it was too late that Thanksgiving Thursday - even considering Dallas' late attempt to avoid a second straight loss and a third in four games - these were all trite, empty, trademarked words.


Dallas Cowboys continue downtrend in Thanksgiving loss to Las Vegas Raiders

Dallas' 6-1 start is a thing of the past after the Cowboys lost their second game of the week. What's going on in Big D? (Author: Gardener)

CowboysSkip Bayless spoke to millions of Dallas Cowboys fans without saying a word. Thursday's 36-33 loss in overtime to the Las Vegas Raiders was the second loss of the week for Dallas (it fell 19-9 in Kansas City on Sunday) and the third in their last four games. And now, Bayless isn't sure if the Cowboys' promising start is going to lead to anything other than disappointment, as a tough schedule remains in the final six weeks of the season. Four of Dallas’s last six games are on the street, where the Cowboys are 3-2 in the season and their opponents are essentially at a stalemate after scoring 113 points on the street and allowing 112 in. Conversely, Dallas will have two more games at home, beating opponents 213-138 (that 43-3 win over Atlanta in week 10 certainly helped). The Cowboys will embark on a three-game road trip in New Orleans from Week 13, before facing Washington in Week 14 and the New York Giants, two of the division's rivals, in Week 15. Dallas welcomes Washington in week 16 before welcoming Arizona - the team with the best record in the NFL - and closing the regular season in Philadelphia in week 17. As of Thursday, both the WFT and the Eagles are two games in the losing column behind the Cowboys, which means every division game in the NFC East will have playoff branches. The Cowboys are from 2016 - Dak Prescott's first season as a starter for Dallas - the Cowboys are in division games 8-7. Only once this season has Dallas won without rushing 100 yards or more - a narrow 20-16 win in Minnesota in Week 8, where Dallas only hit 78 yards on the ground. In losses to Tampa Bay, Denver, Kansas City and Las Vegas, the cowboys stormed 60 yards, 78 yards, 72 yards and 64 yards, respectively. The Dallas defense have been struggling for week 6 too, particularly when it comes to stopping the run. The Cowboys have dropped at least 100 yards for six straight games after adding 100 yards to an opponent only once in the first five weeks. Dallas gave up a whopping 190 yards on the ground in a week 9 loss to Denver before giving up 126 yards to K.C. on Sunday and 143 yards on Thursday. Prescott had some singles wins on Thursday, making 32 of 47 passes for 375 yards and two scores, but he wasn't his normal accurate self and hasn't been in the recent Dallas losses. He does 60.6% of his passes in the last three Dallas defeats, compared to 74.4% of the passes in the Cowboys' victories. And then there was one little thing called penalties that ruined Dallas on Thursday. The Cowboys were flagged 14 times for 166 yards against the Raiders. Co. in week 13.


Cowboys frustrated with the number of flags in OT loss

The Cowboys and Raiders were penalized 28 times for 276 yards in the game on Thursday night. (Author: Gardener)

CowboysARLINGTON, Texas - Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones made it clear he didn't blame the officials for his team's 36-33 overtime loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. The Cowboys and Raiders were each punished 14 times in Thursday's Thanksgiving Day game. The Cowboys earned a franchise record of 166 yards after these penalties; the Raiders 110. In the third quarter, Cowboys cornerback Kelvin Joseph and Raiders Safety Roderic Teamer were thrown out after a scuffle after a punt. The final swing of the game came after a 33 yard pass interference penalty against Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown, who failed to turn to win a deep pass from Derek Carr on third and 18th field goal attempts. "Well, this is going to be probably the most watched game besides the Super Bowl, and I hated the fact that it just boiled down to throwing the ball up and getting your penalties to get your big games," said Jones. Don't get me wrong, I'm so proud of our team for the way we held out, held out and come back and played, but it's frustrating for everyone, for all of our fans at this special time to have a game that You were pretty unsure of where you would be with your basics i.e. whether or not they would be called. And they got calls too, so playing the game is just a little off-balance. "Speaking to Mike McCarthy before the game, Jones said there was an expectation that it would be a heavy penalty game Shawn Hochuli's crew threw the fifth most flags (153) and had the third highest penalty total of the season (1,207). McCarthy said. The Cowboys have been among the highest penalty point teams in the league all season Played No. 1 in the league on Thursday at 91 for 816 yards. The Raiders are obviously frustrating at 89 for 785 yards, "said McCarthy. "The game was jerky from start to finish. But as with anything in this game, there are trends and patterns and we expected this game to be officiated that way. I don't want our guys to slow down and play slower. We've tried that and it didn't help us to overtake the penalty shoot-out a few weeks ago. We'll get up on the balls of our feet and keep fighting. We really have to focus on our basics and finish the games. We evaluate the penalties every week Brown's penalties were 91 yards. He is the third player since 2000, along with Trayvon Mullen and Xavien Howard, to be flagged four times for defensive passing disorder in a single game. Brown called it "a day" despite being in the second quarter jokingly looking for a flag from the officials. "As a DB you definitely have to have a short memory until the next game," Brown said. Unfortunately, it was last penalty decisive. We just have to keep fighting. We cannot control when the referee is throwing flags or not throwing flags. Micah Parsons was called to punishment against the passerby when Carr appeared to be falling into him. "I think we should play football and not tag," said the rookie linebacker. The Cowboys had also thwarted a potential fumble rebound in the first half after Jayron Kearse appeared to break the ball off Darren Waller with a firm end. The Replay official determined that the passport was incomplete and McCarthy could not appeal. "I was actually standing on the sidelines with my helmet off and celebrating with my team-mates," said Kearse. I can't control that. I can't control that. We'll just keep playing football. I didn't see the piece. Like I said, it's the post we got tonight.


How the Eagles saved their season after a brutal defeat to Raiders 5-2

The Eagles season was on the verge of end on October 24th when head coach Nick Sirianni and his team seemed overwhelmed. (Author: Gardener)

EaglesPHILADELPHIA - Fletcher Cox stayed awake for the entire five-hour return flight from Las Vegas on the night of October 24th. That's because hours earlier the Eagles lost 33:22 to the Raiders in a game that wasn't nearly as close. Cox had criticized defense coordinator Jonathan Gannon in his press conference after the game. BLOCKING SLEDS: Why DeVonta Smith, Eagles recipients enjoy running blocking as much as the massive Jordan Mailata HOUSE OF PANCAKES: What 'Billy Bob' from 'Varsity Blues' and' IHOP 'have to do with Eagles' punishing running game Eagles trainer Nick Sirianni seemed overwhelmed on the offensive in a pass-happy attack that didn't work. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr passed 91.2% of his passes that day, making it the fourth quarterback to complete at least 80% against the Eagles that season (Chargers' Justin Herbert became fifth on Nov. 7). In the Eagles' previous 88 seasons, opposing quarterbacks had only outperformed 80% against them eight times. The Eagles stood 2-5, and it wasn't hard to tell that the season was about to break up. "It was awful," said Cox of the flight home. "It kind of sucks when you do the way we lost the game ... I think that put a lot of players really bad taste in their mouths, do something about it. Four weeks later, the Eagles are 5-6 in the middle of the NFC playoff hunt that will take on the Giants on Sunday in the MetLife Stadium. They had the NFL's best running attack in their last four games, averaging 217.5 yards per carry. You scored at least 30 points in three of the four games and were at least 11 points ahead of each of those three wins. How did the Eagles do it? The obvious answer would be to rely on the game in progress. After the Raiders game, the Eagles threw an average of 34.7 times per game and ran 16.5 times per game. In the four games since then, the Eagles have flipped that, playing the ball an average of 43.8 times per game, while they have only thrown 19.8 times per game. But it's not like the proverbial lightbulb in Sirianni's head went out and he said, "Hey, let's get the ball rolling." In fact, the Eagles were already headed in that direction, but as quarterback Jalen Hurts likes to put it, "Rome wasn't built overnight." "I think you're starting to figure out what works for you, what works better, and you kind of get rolling," Sirianni said. You duplicate the things you know are true and then you adjust your schemes and you adjust your schedules and you adjust different things. Against the Raiders, the Eagles opened the game with a touchdown drive. Miles Sanders ran the ball five times 25 yards or more when carrying the ball in the first half of the previous four games. But Sanders left the game on the second drive with an ankle injury. Jordan Howard was on the training team for this game so didn't get dressed. So the game plan fell apart quickly that day. But when Howard was removed from the practice team the following week against Detroit to replace Sanders, who went to the injured reserve, the Eagles committed to the game in progress and stuck with it, rushing for 236 yards in an easy 44-6 win . "I think even in Las Vegas I was still feeling offensive, we were starting to figure things out, especially the first ride," Kelce said. At the beginning of the season, the Eagles shuffled around their offensive line again due to injuries. They had five different line combinations in the first seven games. Left tackle Jordan Mailata missed two games with a knee injury and right tackle Lane Johnson missed three games to deal with mental illness. But in the last four games the Eagles have used the same line combination. We have freaks on the fringes out there, ”said Hurts. “The teams know that we have a great center (Kelce) that has a lot of experience. We have young people who can play guard at a very high level. "The Eagles' opponents know they're going to run and still can't stop it. The Saints, for example, came into play last Sunday with The NFL's Best Rushing Defense which only allows 72.9 yards per game. The Eagles stormed 242 yards on their 40-29 win. Surely opponents with eight or nine defenders could go for run support near the scrimmage line. Here, Kelce said there is a difference between Hurts versus another well-known Baltimore running quarterback Lamar Jackson, Eagles. "If you want to stop the run, playing (cover) -0 is a great way to do it," Kelce said. "But Jalen can throw the ball really, really well. I think that's the only outlier with this guy. I think he can throw the ball. "So if you do (cover) -0, it's a risky game. Whatever someone tries to try, we're ready for it." These are the amoeba-like adaptations Sirianni wants on both the offensive and the defensive. On defense, Gannon was willing to allow quarterbacks to make a higher percentage of shorter range passes, forcing opponents to make long drives as opposed to the fast balls. The defensive linemen could not put pressure on the quarterback, in part because the QBs quickly got rid of the ball to the receivers under the defensive backs, who played deep to prevent the deep ball. Everything came to a head against the Raiders. The next week, linebacker Eric Wilson was benched and then sacked, and Alex Singleton's playing time was drastically reduced. Edwards, an undrafted free agent in 2019, replaced Wilson, and Davion Taylor, the Eagles' third round pick in 2020, replaced Singleton as linebacker. But Gannon also adjusted his plans. He used "gram packets" in some temporary situations so that a linebacker would not get stuck on a wide receiver. That happened on October 3 against Kansas City when quarterback Patrick Mahomes saw Wilson try to cover fast Tyreek Hill near the goal line. "You want to do this later in the season," Gannon said, gesturing his hands up. “You don't want those big dips (where) you play great, you play bad, you play great. You want to move up and play sound, win football. ”The defense is still a work in progress. The Eagles occupy 13th place in yards allowed per game and 20th in points allowed per game. And Taylor just went into the IR with a knee injury, which means Singleton is set to play an important role again. But the Eagles also have an identity that arose from a brutal defeat in Las Vegas and a gloomy flight home. "Anytime you get hit that badly, all you can do is try to get better and get back to work," Kelce said. This article originally appeared in the Delaware News Journal: How the Eagles saved their season after brutally losing to Raiders in 2-5 Start


Jonathan Gannon flashes more successfully - sorta

Buddy Ryan liked to flash. "When they do a first down, [Ryan] would say 'Blitz!'" Recalled former Eagles defense coordinator Wade Phillips. "He said, 'Blitz' her!" Okay, Coach. (Author: Gardener)

Jonathan GannonPhiladelphia Eagles outside linebacker Alex Singleton (49) urges New Orleans Saints quarterback Trevor Siemian (15) after hitting the ball in the second quarter of the Philadelphia Eagles game against the New Orleans Saints at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Sunday, November 21 , released in 2021. Buddy Ryan likes to flash. That alone has made him forever popular with many Eagles fans. "When they do a first down, [Ryan] would say 'Blitz!'" Recalled former Eagles defense coordinator Wade Phillips. Every time they did a first down, he'd let them flash. ”Ryan's preference would have allowed an explosive game here or there, but the Philadelphians would often pass it off as sheer misfortune. The lightning played to her senses and Ryan was infallible in her eyes, even if he was imperfect as a head coach. It helped that his defense was consistently good and that he had top staff. But it was often unnecessary to send additional rushers because Ryan had the advantage of a dominant D-line. Jonathan Gannon prefers not to flash - at least the current defensive player hasn't played in the Eagles' first seven games this season. Only the Raiders among the NFL teams flashed less than the Eagles during this period. But Gannon has put more pressure on (24.7% on quarterback drops) in the last four games than head coach Nick Sirianni said the recent aggressiveness was a by-product of both his and Gannon's assessment that the Eagles were not attacking enough after losing have challenged in Las Vegas. The Eagles have done a better job in first and second place in three of the last four weeks. It helps that the quarterbacks in those games were mediocre starters in Jared Goff, Teddy Bridgewater, and Trevor Siemian. Many of the others the Eagles faced scorched them, which might partly explain why Gannon didn't flash much early on. Dak Prescott, Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady and Derek Carr made 18 of 22 passes (81.8%) for 192 yards and four touchdowns together when the Eagles flashed. Only four total pressures were exercised, only Prescott was fired (once) and the Eagles lost convincingly in all four games. However, in the Eagles' last three victories over the Lions, Broncos and Saints, opposing quarterbacks completed 12 of 25 passes (48%) for a higher number of yards (241). But no touchdowns were scored and 13 prints and two sacks were made. The risk-return gain with flashing is often higher than with the defense playing straight ahead. Gannon had his reasons for using soft zones and four-man rushes, but five quarterbacks - the four aforementioned Elite and Justin Herbert just three weeks ago - each completed more than 80% of their passes against the Eagles. But it was not so much the lack of lightning, but suspicious and abused personnel, a leak in the run defense and unoriginality in the reporting and urgent packages that were responsible for the fighting. The lower level of competition helped his efforts, but the tighter coverage, more complex lightning packages, and execution were relatively better over the last month. It could be argued to send additional rushers to Daniel Jones in Sunday's session. The New York Giants quarterback is among the worst-rated passer-bys having thrown four interceptions and sacked seven times the team's work in progress: As Edwards noted, the Eagles flashed more because they had lightning situations on third Make space. Defensive coordinators can certainly send more rushers on early downs, but when an offense is in the third and sixth plus, as the Lions were here, it increases the chances of passing. Presnap, Edwards (No. 57) pushed his way over the "A" gap, while linebacker colleague Alex Singleton (No. 49) lined up over "B". The former fell into coverage, which helped get Goff's first reading. Singleton timed his lightning bolt perfectly and was able to generate enough heat - along with defensive end Josh Sweat (# 94) - that when the Detroit quarterback got off he went into the defensive end Derek Barnett (# 94). 96) stepped. Primarily relegated to third place in the last five games, Singleton hasn't timed his Blitz as well in this game, however. Goff knew where his outlet would be when the linebacker came, and when he did, he just threw on the release running back for an 18 yard profit. Singleton has flashed more than most of the Eagles defenders. As with most rushers, he is more effective when he takes a direct line to the quarterback. Ultimately, this was where he could get to Bridgewater, but the Eagles' coverage probably had more to do with Bridgewater's throwaway problem. The Eagles' defense, led by Jonathan Gannon, suffocates Lions with a season high on quarterback hits. While the Eagles had a higher lightning rate against the Chargers than in any other game (29.3%), they couldn't stop Herbert, who made 8 out of 11 passes completed for 73 yards and a touchdown. The Eagles have a five-man front on their base defense. When attacks are thrown against this unit, it often results in a five-on-five blocking and a lack of creativity to break free rusher. The Chargers effectively made most of the Eagles' lightning bolts predictable. "I think I can set it up a little better if the teams do this," Gannon said at the time, "just be a little more creative in how we align our parts and what we do to put more pressure on the teams" Don't say, 'Hey, we're going to do this, so you have to play a certain way.' ”In this game, outside linebackers fell into zone coverage while Singleton hurried. Players are free to check out some flashes based on formation or what they see Presnap, but Gannon said there are calls where there is no flexibility. "There's a mixture of that because you can't put too much mental stress on the players if they are always checking out or checking in," Gannon said a few weeks ago. The Chargers grabbed this game quickly, so Rodney McLeod's (# 23) safety lightning bolt was late from the post, but it stood to reason why he'd come in 3rd and 5th from that depth. The Eagles forced a fourth deficit, but not because Herbert was under pressure. Siemian did little against the lightning on Sunday. He only made 1 of 8 passes for 21 yards and that one came too late. The Eagles hit cheap third downs again early on, and Gannon didn't hesitate to play single high-man or zero coverage when he flashed. He sent six here, and cornerback Avonte Maddox (# 29) hit the quarterback and influenced his throw. The Eagles didn't hit Siemian on this third down blitz, but he sped up his throw and had no open receivers against another single high man coverage. Singleton's best pressure came back to third and long place later. He clocked his lightning bolt through the "A" gap and forced Siemian to throw a dirtball. Singleton said a previous McLeod Blitz set up its free rush here. "When [McLeod] pointed back 'down' on this page, we knew they were going to move protection in that direction," he said on Wednesday. "So instead of reading what the center was going to do ... I knew it was going to open right away and the guard wouldn't see them slide the other way." Many other quarterbacks would have either hit that pass or the open Receiver seen at the Crosser. Not all lightning will work. But the example above is a reminder that while the Eagles have flashed more and had some success, that doesn't mean they still have a Ryan at controls or staff to make his calls. It's unlikely that Gannon will ever automatically flash on first down. But that could well be, even if Eagles fans can never get enough of longing for the return of those blisteringly happy days.


Little will be left for Dallas until Dak Prescott fixes his problems

Here are Jean-Jacques Taylor's scores from the Cowboys' overtime loss of 36:33 against the Las Vegas Raiders on Thanksgiving: Dak Prescott was insane because the ... (Author: Gardener)

Dak PrescottHere are Jean-Jacques Taylor's scores from the Cowboys' 36:33 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Thanksgiving: Dak Prescott was furious that the Dallas Cowboys were not physical when they lost to Kansas City. He swore it would be different this week, but it wasn't. Dallas only managed 64 yards while Ezekiel Elliott continued a series of games with poor production. He was 25 yards and still struggling with a knee injury, and the Cowboys averaged 3.2 per carry. Without Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb, the cowboys' death looked around 2017, when people referred to Prescott as a dink-and-dunk-dak for three-quarters. He then tossed more than 200 yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter as Dallas bounced back from a 24-13 deficit to force overtime. But he made a bad throw at Noah Brown, who finished third in overtime, giving Las Vegas the ball and the chance to win the game. The Raiders ran for 115 yards and an average of 3.8. Jeff Jacobs had 87 yards and a 21-yard run in overtime. It was flagged four times, including a 33-yard pass interference on the third and 18th in overtime. Derek Carr passed for 373 yards and a touchdown. Kicker Greg Zuerlein missed an extra point and a 59-yard field but made a 45-yard less than a minute to send the game into overtime. Tony Pollard returned a 100 yard kick that gave the Cowboys a spark in the second half. The cover units were average. When they finished fourth, they were making a lot of big games. The two-point game was exotic, but do you really want to run far when you need a meter? There are way too many penalties every week, and coach Dan Quinn's unit allowed more than 500 yards and never found a way to hide Brown. Amari Cooper has stood the test of time, but the Cowboys quarterback doesn't play by his standards. He misses too many throws and leaves too many games on the field. Job # 1 this week is fixing the quarterback. More cowboys coverage from The Dallas Morning News can be found here.


2 coaches OUT vs. Raiders

In a short week, the Dallas Cowboys are trying to recover quickly in hopes of beating the Las Vegas Raiders. (Author: Gardener)

OUTThe Dallas Cowboys host the staggering Las Vegas Raiders on Thursday afternoon in an annual holiday tradition as reliable as devouring turkey on Thanksgiving. More than 90,000 fans will crowd into AT&T Stadium in hopes of a Cowboys win at the 54th Annual Thanksgiving Day Game. Both the cowboys and the raiders will try to prevent their offenses from turning cold again. Dallas failed to score a touchdown in a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, while the Raiders only scored 43 points in their three-game losing streak. "Never get discouraged," said Dak Prescott after losing to the Chiefs. Dallas still has control of NFC East with the aim of scooping # 1 overall and a bye despite losing two of their last three games. Having once led AFC West, Las Vegas is now hoping to stay in the playoff chase for the past seven weeks. Dallas owns number 3 on the scoring offensive, but broad receiver depth is being retested with Amari Cooper (COVID-19) out and CeeDee Lamb on the concussion log and now excluded. Meanwhile, Dallas O-Line coach Joe Philbin and assistant coach Kendall Smith are on the COVID log and will not be attending the game today. will Prescott continue his Thanksgiving Excellency? In four starts on Turkey Day, Prescott has a completion percentage of 69.5, the highest of any Thanksgiving Day cowboy quarterbacks. FUN FACT: with two Sacks in the Kansas City loss, Micah Parsons now has eight - which brings him together with DeMarcus Ware for most Sacks by a cowboys novice since Sacks was officially launched in 1982. IMPORTANT INJURY NOTE: In a short week the cowboys have been trying to get well quickly. On Tuesday, Dallas received good health news regarding two offensive standouts in Tyron Smith and Ezekiel Elliott ... but again, Lamb didn't get the same. ODDS: The Cowboys are 7.5 point favorites over the Raiders. BETTING TRENDS: There have been eight wins against the spread in Dallas' 10 games this season. Against the spread, Las Vegas is 4-6 this year. THE LAST WORD: Parsons contacted his defensive teammates and invited them to a nightly Thanksgiving: “If your family is out of town or your wife doesn't feel like cooking, you are welcome to come over to my house.


Cowboys WR Lamb (Concussion) out

The Cowboys will be without their top two receivers in Thursday's game against the Raiders, with CeeDee Lamb unavailable due to a concussion on Sunday against the Chiefs, according to multiple sources. (Author: Gardener)

WR LambARLINGTON, Texas - The Dallas Cowboys will be without their top two receivers in Thursday's game against the Las Vegas Raiders, with CeeDee Lamb unavailable due to a concussion on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, according to multiple sources. Coach Mike McCarthy earlier this week expressed optimism that Lamb would play the Raiders before the receiver went through a limited portion of Wednesday's practice. He met with team doctors and an independent neurologist after training, and sources said he approved the protocol. However, Lamb could be prone to a second concussion in a short time that could have knocked him out for several weeks. The Cowboys already knew they would be without Amari Cooper, who is on the Reserve / COVID-19 list, for a second game in a row. Lamb, who leads the cowboys at receptions (50), yards (740), and receiving touchdowns (6), was able to walk through meetings on Monday and resume physical activity on Tuesday and Wednesday. Quarterback Dak Prescott said Lamb was "great" on Wednesday. After going through the sessions with Lamb on Tuesday and Wednesday, Prescott didn't think there would be any restrictions. The top cowboys receivers will be Michael Gallup, Cedrick Wilson, Noah Brown and Malik Turner. The Cowboys have played it safe with their players when it comes to injuries this season. Left tackle Tyron Smith could have played the Chiefs last week with an ankle injury, but the team decided to give him some rest by quickly switching to the Raiders game. Prescott could have played the Minnesota Vikings on Halloween despite a calf injury, but he was held up for an extra week to avoid a potential long-term problem. According to sources, the cowboys will get by without offensive line trainer Joe Philbin, who is in the COVID protocol. Philbin is the third-placed coach to miss out on time due to COVID, alongside defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who missed a preseason game, and running backs coach Skip Peete, who missed the November 7 meeting against the Denver Broncos. Two of the cowboys' three strength and conditioning trainers are also included in the COVID log.