TV Schedule: Thursday, Nov. 28, 4:30 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: AT&T Stadium
Weather: High 54, Low 30
Line: Dallas (-9)
Every Thanksgiving afternoon, the Dallas Cowboys are in the NFL‘s spotlight with their annual holiday game. Dallas has been solid on offense this season, but it’s the defense that has been holding it back from being a solid, consistent team in the league. Tony Romo leads the strong passing attack with 2,915 yards and 23 touchdowns on the year with Dez Bryant turning into his favorite target. Bryant has caught 61 passes for 835 yards and eight touchdowns on the year, becoming one of the NFL’s elite wide outs. DeMarco Murray has also been solid on the ground, when healthy, for the Cowboys this season, rushing for 634 yards and four touchdowns on 5.1 yards per carry.
Prior to the season, no one thought the Oakland Raiders would amount to anything in 2013, but they have silenced many critics and proved many doubters wrong. Oakland will be led this week by rookie quarterback Matt McGloin as injuries and average play have sidelines Terrelle Pryor for the time being. Pryor had been decent this season for a first0year starter, passing for 1,559 yards and just five touchdowns, but had rushed for 504 yards and two scores. Denarius Moore might be the top target on the team usually, but he is second on the team thus far, catching 37 passes for 569 yards and a team-high five touchdowns.
Defensively, the Raiders are a middle-of-the-pack type of squad. Oakland ranks 20th in the league in points allowed per game but also ranks 17th in total yards and eighth in rushing yards allowed per game while ranking a mediocre 25th in passing yards allowed per game. Dallas has been playing poorly on defense this season, ranking last in total yards allowed, second-to-last in passing yards allowed and third-to-last in rushing yards allowed per game.
PREDICTION: Raiders 17, Cowboys 30