Dallas Cowboys Vs. Oakland Raiders
Date: November 28th
Kickoff Time: 2:30pm CST
TV Channel: CBS
Thanksgiving Day Game Prediction
The Oakland Raiders arrive in Dallas for a late season matchup which means nothing for them, and everything to the Cowboys. The Raiders reside in the highly talented and highly competitive AFC West. The same AFC West who the 9-2 Denver Broncos and the 9-2 Kansas City Chiefs call home. Thereby the 4-7 Raiders have no realistic chance at a postseason in 2013. But they would love to play spoiler…
The Dallas Cowboys are on the opposite side of the spectrum. Equipped with a slightly more impressive 6-5 record the Cowboys ARE right in the middle of a playoff chance. They reside in first place in the highly competitive (but not highly talented) NFC East and need to win this game considering their difficult upcoming schedule.
At first glance this game screamed trap, but the closer it gets, the more confident I feel. The best news the Cowboys received this week is that Matt McGloin will be playing QB rather than Terrelle Pryor. Pryor may not be able to hit the broad side of barn as a passer but as a runner he is a constant threat. Pryor was been cleared to play on Sunday but the Raiders chose to let him rest a bit longer. Pryor will not be starting at QB but you can bet he will get his snaps at some point today.
The Dallas Cowboys have never, I repeat – NEVER, been able to properly defend the read-option. This is what inevitably got former defensive coordinator Rob Ryan fired, and this is one of the many things Monte Kiffin has struggled with teaching this season. Defending the read-option requires education, discipline, and practice. All of these are lacking from Dallas’ patchwork front 7.
If Pryor plays out of the Wildcat and/or read-option he will have success. Dallas struggled last week against the run and they will continue to struggle on Thursday. The more the Cowboys see McGloin – the better. That means less Pryor and less Rashad Jennings. Look for Dallas to dare the Raiders to beat them with the pass so they can avoid what they really fear.
Offensively Dallas should explode. It’s the perfect time, they are in a groove, it’s a big-time game on a big-time stage, and they are at home.
Prediction: Dallas 32 Oakland 20