The Dallas Cowboys are coming off of a crucial, last second win over the New York Giants, while the Oakland Raiders are coming off of a gut-wrenching, last second loss to the Tennessee Titans. Both of these teams have been rather inconsistent this season, and both of these teams need this win badly. For the Raiders this is essentially a must-win game, for the Cowboys it is basically the same.
If the Cowboys come out and lay an egg against the Raiders then that hard-fought win over the Giants was all for not. Dallas has to find a way to stack some wins together or the playoffs might elude them once more. The Cowboys still have some tough games left on their schedule so they must have this one.
The Raiders should not be taken lightly, if the Cowboys do not play good football, Oakland could leave Texas with a huge Thanksgiving win. If that were to happen, it would be hard to imagine the Cowboys making much of this Season. Dallas looked like they might be finished after the Saints game but they bounced back and beat a streaking Giants team, now they must build on that victory.
Should the Cowboys manage to win this game then there is a chance that Sean Lee could be back the following week which would be a huge boost. The Cowboys played pretty good Defensively against the Giants, however they have gotten gashed in the run game this Season. Oakland is capable of running the ball well, so it is key for the Cowboys to slow down the run. With Oakland starting a rookie Quarterback, playing the run should be their focus. That is easier said than done with the injuries to the Linebacker corp.
Key Cowboy: Tony Romo is the key to this game and the rest of the Season for the Cowboys. He has to play really good football from here on out and help this Defense out.
Prediction: The Cowboys have to have this game and everyone within the organization knows this, the Cowboys beat the Raiders at home 30-17