ARLINGTON, Texas – The staff writers of DallasCowboys.com shared their initial feelings of the Cowboys’ 31-24 win over the Raiders Thursday at AT&T Stadium.
David Helman: That first half was a little uglier than you’d typically like to see, but the way this season has gone, it’s hard to get picky about how the Cowboys delivered a win. It was great to see the running game deliver with 144 total rushing yards and three touchdowns on the ground, but the success of the passing games makes that possible in my opinion. The ground game seemed to get cranking once the offense had spread the Raiders out and forced them to account for
Rowan Kavner: I don’t think anyone anticipated the quick 14-point lead by the Raiders, and more surprisingly how they got there. I expected the Raiders to run all over the Cowboys’ defense, but they only ended up with 50 yards. Oakland and former Cowboys Andre Holmes burned Dallas through the air. Eventually, the Dallas defense began to answer, allowing the Cowboys’ offense to finally gain steam with their own rushing prowess. We all predicted Dallas to eventually come out on top, and the Cowboys’ resiliency finally has them two games above .500 for the first time this year, thanks in large part to their running game. The
Nick Eatman: Ok, not sure I got anything right about this one, other than a Cowboys’ win. It was tougher than I thought it’d be. Anytime you give up a touchdown 12 seconds into the game, it’ll probably be that way. But the Raiders did a nice job of controlling the first half. To me, the biggest play in the game was
Here we're the gut feelings for staff writers Nick Eatman, David Helman and Rowan Kavner, posted Wednesday.
David Helman: It’s a little troubling to see a running game that’s averaging 5.1 yards per attempt come into AT&T Stadium to face a Cowboys defense that’s allowing 5.1 yards per attempt. It’s likely to be a long Thanksgiving for the Cowboys’ makeshift defensive line against Rashad Jennings and Darren McFadden. Fortunately, I think the Cowboys hold a significant edge in most other facets of the matchup. Oakland’s passing game isn’t anything to fear, and
Rowan Kavner: It’s never happened before. The Cowboys have never this year won the following game after going a game above .500. That should change this week, despite running numbers that should leave many concerned. As poorly as the Raiders might have played in leading to a 4-7 record, they do boast a top five rushing offense and Rashad Jennings has been magnificent in Darren McFadden’s stead. I see the Raiders rushing for more than 150 yards, but the Cowboys finally getting out of that .500 mold by fighting out a closer win than many expected.