FSM Essential Recap: Week 12- Raiders vs Cowboys

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Las Vegas Raiders (6-5) | Dallas Cowboys (7-4)


The Raiders ended their three-game losing streak with a 36-33 overtime win over the Cowboys in Dallas on Thanksgiving.


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Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson kicked a 29-yard field goal in overtime after Cowboys’ cornerback Anthony Brown’s fourth pass-interference penalty kept the drive alive, and the Las Vegas Raiders beat the Dallas Cowboys 36-33 on Thursday.

Carlson’s fifth field goal came after Brown was called for interference on Zay Jones on third-and-18. All four of Brown’s interference penalties came on third-down incompletions. The Raiders ended a three-game losing streak with their first Thanksgiving victory since 1968. It was their fourth appearance on the holiday since then, with the previous two losses coming at the Cowboys.

Carlson put Las Vegas ahead 33-30 with a career-long 56-yarder with 1:52 remaining. Greg Zuerlein, who missed an extra point after the first Dallas touchdown, answered with a 45-yarder with 19 seconds to go.


The game was filled with big plays and a ton of flags.


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The Cowboys’ Tony Pollard had a 100-yard kickoff return for Dallas in the third quarter but was stopped inside the 15 to start overtime. The Cowboys went three-and-out starting from their 7, and the Raiders finished off the third victory for the AFC West against the NFC East-leading Cowboys in the past four games.

Brown had his back to Jones when Derek Carr threw the pass with Las Vegas at its 43. The penalty put the Raiders at the Dallas 24, and the winning kick came after Dallas was penalized twice for rushing past the line of scrimmage before the snap.

Both teams had season highs in penalties and yards. Dallas had 14 for 166 and Las Vegas 14 for 110.


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Carr threw for 373 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown strike to DeSean Jackson. Marcus Mariota had a short-scoring run on a shotgun keeper. Jackson, who spent the first six of his 14 years with Philadelphia, has six career TD catches against his former NFC East rival. Five of those have covered at least 56 yards, including a 91-yarder with the Eagles in 2010 and an 81-yarder in his second stint with Philadelphia last season.

The Dallas offense struggled early without top receivers Amari Cooper (COVID-19 protocols) and CeeDee Lamb (concussion). Plus, running back Ezekiel Elliott is still nursing a right knee injury. Dak Prescott had 209 of his 375 yards passing in the fourth quarter. His 32-yard touchdown pass to Dalton Schultz and 2-point conversion toss to the tight end pulled the Cowboys even at 30, with 2:54 remaining after they trailed almost from the start.

Jackson tip-toed successfully on the sideline to open the scoring and drew one of the interference penalties against Brown in the end zone to set up Josh Jacobs‘ 1-yard touchdown. Sean McKeon had his first career touchdown, a 10-yard catch for the Cowboys‘ first points. Elliott, who was limited to nine carries for 25 yards, had a 1-yard touchdown.


Game News and Notes:


Kelvin Joseph of Dallas and Roderic Teamer of the Raiders were ejected after getting personal foul penalties at the end of a Las Vegas punt on the first possession of the second half. Field judge Tom Hill ended up with a small cut on his chin during the skirmish on the Raiders‘ sideline.

Raiders tight end Darren Waller was ruled out after leaving the game twice, first with a back injury and then a knee issue. The Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib also injured a knee and didn’t return, while cornerback Brandon Facyson was able to come back and finish the game.



Next week the Raiders will play the Washington Football Team at Allegiant Stadium on Sunday, December 4th. The kickoff is scheduled for 1:05 pm and can be seen on Fox.

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