The Oakland Raiders have already proven they can beat the Dallas Cowboys in 2009. Back in August, these two teams tangled in a preseason tussle with the Silver and Black dancing off to the beat of a 31-10 victory.
The Big Gradkowski was kind enough to share his thoughts with JBB on that victory.
That was then, this is now.
It would be the lone victory the Raiders experienced during the preseason. It was also the team’s best offensive showing in ’09. Since regular season play has started, the Cowboys have risen to the top of the NFC East while the Raiders have sunk to the bottom of the AFC West.
John Marshall is fully aware that the pressure rests on the shoulders of his defense. Nnamdi and company can’t expect much more that two TDs from the offensive unit.
Slowing the Cowboys is not going to be easy even though the “O” has gone missing in the lone star state lately. Having scored just 13 points in two weeks, the current Cowboys are looking like the pre-Gradkowski Raiders.
Despite Oakland’s clutch victory over the Begnals, odds makers still like Dallas as a two touchdown favorite.
One sure bet would be at least one of Shane Lechler’s punts hitting the massive scoreboard in the new Cowboy Stadium. So far, only one man has accomplished the feat and that also occurred in the preseason.
There really aren’t very many secrets at this point in the season. Both teams are headed in very different directions and both are playing with very different goals in mind.
There is no shortage of subplots ranging from Greg Ellis returning to Dallas, Darren McFadden and his former Arkansas teammate Felix Jones seeking expanded roles and even Tom Cable notching another stunning victory over a first place opponent.
Given the short week, Cable has a massive task at hand getting his troops ready for a Thanksgiving date in Dallas.
The last time these two teams met was back in 2005 with the Raiders stopping the Cowboys on 4th and goal to secure a dramatic victory.
With a nation watching and most expecting a turkey induced snooze fest, the stage is set perfectly for the Raiders to ruin many a family gathering in Texas. Having won just three times in ten contests, it is time for the Raiders to play the role of spoiler and rain on a few NFL parades. Cincinnati left the Black Hole with a sour taste in their mouths. Now it’s time to make like an overcooked turkey and ruin Thanksgiving in the house that Jerry built.
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