It goes without stating that both the Dallas Cowboys and the Las Vegas Raiders wish to win a win today, however for varying factors. Dak Prescott and his stable of offending weapons are coming off of a 2nd bad proving in 3 weeks after scoring no goals in their loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, and although they’re still sitting atop the NFC East with a 7-3 record, included losses will start minimizing the chances of them making a relocation for the No. 1 seed in the conference. Derek Carr, contrarily, isn’t thinking of leading seeding, and rather has his fury focused on a three-game losing streak that threatens to take the Raiders out of the AFC playoff image completely.

There is much to bet on both sidelines, and pride is likewise a big part of it, as a “pissed off” Prescott prepares to host a similarly mad Carr at AT&T Stadium– where the Cowboys are 7-point favorites, through Caesars Sportsbook. The 2 groups have actually taken on just 12 times in the history of the league, splitting the series 6-6, and it’s difficult to forget the last time they satisfied, unless index cards and a fumble out of bounds do not sound a bell for you.

If you understand, you understand.

Will the Raiders pull the required upset to put their train back on the tracks of an extremely questionable season ruined with off-the-field diversions, or will the Cowboys get their loss to the Chiefs on the Raiders in the exact same style in which they did the Atlanta Falcons after being humiliated by the Denver Broncos one week earlier?

Hold onto your turkey and stuffing, due to the fact that this one may get extreme.

How to view

Date: Thursday, Nov. 25 (Thanksgiving) | Time: 4: 25 p.m. ET
Location: AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)
TELEVISION: CBS | Stream: Paramount (click on this link)
Follow: CBS Sports App
Odds: Cowboys -7, O/U 50.5

Preview

Without Tyron Smith on Prescott’s blindside, the Chiefs teed off on the two-time Pro Bowl quarterback to the tune of 8 hits and 5 sacks. The Raiders pass rush is far more powerful than what the Chiefs had actually revealed prior to Sunday, however Smith is anticipated to return and the significance of his existence can not be overemphasized. With the seasonal All-Pro back in uniform, things calm down in a significant method on the left side of the Cowboys offending line, consisting of Connor McGovern in what will be just his 2nd start at left guard. That will not just assist Prescott stay upright and concentrated on making tosses downfield, however it likewise makes sure lanes will be sculpted for Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard in the run video game– using that far more pressure on a Raiders secondary that has actually had a hard time to take the ball away and becomes part of a protective system ranked 25 th in points enabled this season (262 average).

The greatest enigma for the Cowboys offense is the status of CeeDee Lamb, who suffered a concussion on Sunday versus the Chiefs and is combating an uphill struggle to be readily available versus the Raiders. Currently without four-time Pro Bowl receiver Amari Cooper– who stays in COVID-19 procedure– missing out on Lamb too would be a terrible blow to what offending planner Kellen Moore wishes to do, however there is optimism Lamb may clear concussion procedure in time(remain tuned). If he’s sidelined too, the Raiders secondary may have a much easier break Cedrick Wilson Jr. and Noah Brown, who have actually both revealed they can step up and play huge however who are likewise coming off of a video game on Sunday that saw them drop 2 vital passes a piece.

One thing is particular which’s the reality Carr will require assistance from his defense to stand a possibility in Arlington. Las Vegas has actually now permitted more than 20 points in all however among their 10 video games, a minimum of 27 in 5 of them and an integrated 73 in their last 2. If Prescott and Co.– who dropped 43 on the Falcons prior to taking their foot off of the accelerator and average 29.3 points per video game (3rd in the NFL)– can start early, Carr is going to remain in problem. The more one-dimensional the Raiders end up being, even with the addition of DeSean Jackson, the most likely Carr will be presented to the takeaway device that is the Cowboys defense, be it by interceptions, fumbles or both, and novice experience Micah Parsons is wanting to contribute to his robust tally of 8 sacks.

Additionally, the truth the Raiders offense averages just 22.3 points per video game does not assist their case.

The finest possibility for the Raiders is to see Maxx Crosby lead the charge in a huge method defensively to assist ground the Cowboys offense, permitting Carr to run with the hazard of a running video game to back him up. This is a winnable video game for the Raiders, however they’re going to have change into a heavyweight competitor to knock out Dallas’ teeth and take it, since the Cowboys have another bad taste in their cumulative mouth; and we’ve seen what occurs this season when the sour disrupts their sweet.

Key match

There are numerous to enjoy in this video game, however none larger than Prescott versus the Raiders secondary. Coming off of another bad proving– once again, his 2nd in just 3 video games– and back for some house cooking at AT&T Stadium, Prescott will be aiming to start early and frequently to benefit from a Raiders secondary that just recently launched security Damon Arnette and utilize the scoreboard to use pressure to an offense that parted methods with Henry Ruggs. The Raiders do not have a gamer on their lineup who has more than one interception through their very first 10 video games, and Prescott does not frequently turn the ball over.

That’s a formula that works greatly in the Cowboys prefer on Thanksgiving, in a video game that may leave hand prior to the Raiders can pull their turkey out of the proverbial oven.

Prediction

The Cowboys have actually scored a minimum of 40 points in 3 of their very first 5 house video games and are balancing a massive 36 points at AT&T Stadium. If they beat the Chiefs, possibly they take a bite of the cheese as soon as again, however they didn’t, which spells difficulty for the Raiders; and it most likely will not need using an index card.

Cowboys 44, Raiders 20

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