4:30 PM ET, November 28, 2013
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
The Dallas Cowboys need to keep their energy going. Back above .500 and tied atop the NFC East, this team appears to have a good opportunity to keep heading in the right direction today when they host an Oakland Raiders team which has faced difficulties away from home.
Having had two weeks to recover from a terrible 49-17 defeat versus the New Orleans Saints on Nov. 10, the Cowboys (6-5) pulled out a 24-21 road win Sunday over a New York Giants team which had won four straight NFL games.
Dallas blew a 15-point lead in the second half but in the end won on Dan Bailey’s 35-yard field goal.
In every game after Dallas has won to climb above .500, they’ve lost. Even so, all four of those losses haven’t taken place at home. The Cowboys are averaging an NFC-high 34.6 points at home this season while going 4-1.
Tony Romo has produced a pair of lengthy final drives in each of the Cowboys’ last two wins.
The 33 year-old QB capped a nine-play, 90-yard drive with a 7-yard TD pass to Dwayne Harris with 35 seconds left in a 27-23 home victory versus the Minnesota Vikings on Nov. 3. When facing New York, Romo marched Dallas 64 yards on 14 plays over the final 4:45 to set up Bailey’s winner.
Even when the Cowboys rank 29th averaging 79.7 rushing yards per game, online sports betting experts consider they should be pleased after gaining 107 on Sunday. DeMarco Murray has averaged 5.8 yards per carry while recording 175 with a touchdown in the last two games.
Oakland (4-7) has allowed an average of 122.6 yards on the ground while going 1-4 away from home.
The Raiders had dropped eight straight road games before winning their most recent one, but that came versus a Houston Texans team currently mired in a nine-game losing streak.
Oakland held Tennessee Titans’ Chris Johnson to 73 yards on 20 carries Sunday, it let the opposing team go 80 yards on 14 plays in 6 minutes to score a touchdown with 10 seconds left and hand the Raiders a 23-19 loss.
YouWager oddsmakers have learned that Oakland will have running back Darren McFadden back after he missed the last three NFL games with a hamstring injury. But, backup Rashad Jennings has averaged 5.7 yards per carry and 103.3 per game in the last four.
While Dallas is 28-16-1 on Thanksgiving, the Raiders fell to 3-3 on the holiday with a 24-7 defeat in Texas in 2009. Romo threw for 309 yards with two TDs and TE JasonWitten caught five balls for 107 as the Cowboys’ snapped a three-game skid in the series.