Keys To Beating…Oakland Raiders

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The Dallas Cowboys head to Oakland in what will be the final game of Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension.


The Cowboys got back to winning football over the last two weeks.  Beating the Redskins and Giants in back-to-back weeks.  Both times using the passing game to get the victory.

Dallas looks to passing game for a third straight week!

Dak Prescott wasn’t perfect against the Redskins, but still had a strong game with two touchdowns.  However, last week in New York, Prescott finished the day with a career high in passing yards, while also throwing three touchdowns.  In these two games, Prescott has thrown five touchdowns with zero interceptions.

With the struggles in the secondary, it would make sense to continue this passing attack by the Cowboys.  That would also put me more on Rod Smith as the main back, with Alfred Morris being more of the backup to Smith.

On defense, I think the Cowboys get more pressure on the quarterback than they did last week.  The Raiders offense has struggled recently and that is something DeMarcus Lawrence can take advantage of.  If David Irving can play on Sunday night, it will only help Lawrence.  However, he has yet to practice so it appears he is closer to not playing that playing against the Raiders.

Position match-ups:

Dallas ground game vs Oakland rush D…Dallas advantage.

Oakland ground game vs Dallas rush D…Even.

Dallas passing game vs Oakland pass D…Dallas advantage.

Oakland passing game vs Dallas pass D…Dallas advantage.

On paper, the Cowboys should win going away, but for some reason I see this being more of a closer game.  This could come down to the wire, with Dallas winning late with a big offensive drive or by the defensive having a huge game winning stop.  I think it will be the offensive version with Prescott sending the rest of the doubters to hibernation.

Prescott finishes with another 300-yard, three touchdown game.  The defense steps up late with a couple turnovers in the second half.

Prediction: Dallas 24 over Oakland 20!

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