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Cowboys favored to extend Raiders’ slide on Thanksgiving

2021-11-25 18:32:31 GMT+00:00 – The Dallas Cowboys by no means discovered the tip zone of their final recreation and hope to keep away from one other turkey-like efficiency once they face the Las Vegas Raiders on Thanksgiving Day in Arlington, Texas.

The Raiders (5-5) have their very own points, with three straight losses after a powerful begin.

Dallas is a 7.5-point favourite at DraftKings, the place 61 p.c of the bets and 75 p.c of the spread-line cash is backing the Cowboys. Dallas has additionally been forecast with a 56 p.c probability of profitable by AI-driven analytics firm Quarter4.

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The Cowboys (7-3) had simply 276 yards once they settled for 3 subject targets Sunday in a 19-9 highway loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. It wasn’t the kind of efficiency you’d anticipate from one of many league’s prime offenses, however quarterback Dak Prescott mentioned he is not involved.

“I’m not worried about how this team is going to respond,” Prescott mentioned. “As long as I’m a part of this team, quarterbacking this offense, that’s the least of my worries is how we’re going to respond.

“We’re a resilient bunch. (The Chiefs) and their environment received the perfect of us. It’s a part of the sport. We’ll be higher due to it.”

Despite the poor showing, Dallas still leads the NFL in total offense at 418.1 yards per game and ranks third in scoring offense (29.3).

Also, the Cowboys will be without standout wideouts Amari Cooper (COVID-19) and CeeDee Lamb (concussion) for the second straight game.

Cooper is reportedly unvaccinated and Dallas owner Jerry Jones feels Cooper would be able to play on Thanksgiving if he had received the vaccine.

“He’s excellent and no person’s saying that he is not excellent,” Jones told a Dallas radio show. “But this can be a traditional case of the way it can impression a workforce.

“At the end of the day, this is not ‘individual,’ it is ‘team.’ You cannot win anything individually.”

Lamb was listed as questionable after collaborating in restricted observe however is just not anticipated to play, in accordance to a report by the NFL Network.

The Cowboys have dropped two of their previous three video games, each in opposition to AFC West groups — the Chiefs and Denver Broncos.

Now one other AFC West workforce will take its shot.

But Las Vegas is struggling badly and has been outscored 94-43 in the course of the three-game slide.

“In football, it’s going to be ups and downs,” mentioned Raiders defensive finish Yannick Ngakoue, who has a team-best 7.0 sacks. “Unfortunately, these past few weeks we haven’t gotten it done as a group, as a team. But at the end of the day, you’ve got to keep working. It’s part of the game. Adversity is going to come; it’s just all about how you respond.”

Las Vegas performed its final two video games at house and misplaced by a median of 23 factors to the Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals.

Interim Raiders coach Rich Bisaccia insists his workforce can flip issues again round.

“We’ve been fighting. Fighting to me comes from the soul, and it’s the heart of a man,” Bisaccia mentioned. “I don’t see those issues on tape. I feel like we’ve done a good job of battling. … I don’t see the fight or the will of our team or the will of the individual men in there being an issue.

“I do not see a problem in our effort or our means to compete till the bitter finish, however everybody has their take on it.”

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is 68 passing yards away from becoming the fifth quarterback in NFL history to reach 30,000 in his first eight seasons.

Carr passed for just 215 yards against Cincinnati. Tight end Darren Waller had his second 100-yard outing of the season, making seven receptions for 116 yards.

The 51.5-point Over/Under at DraftKings has seen fairly split action with 52 percent of the bets and 51 percent of the money backing the Under.

Linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski and cornerback Keisean Nixon both sat out practice this week with ankle injuries, with Kwiatkoski officially ruled out on Wednesdya.

Dallas has won the past three meetings. The Raiders’ most recent victory in the series came in 2005.

–Field Level Media

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Nov 21, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) throws a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.   Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

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