Cowboys VS Raiders Prediction
- Dallas Cowboys at Oakland Raiders (Dal -3)
You could say both these teams have been disappointing all year. I actually picked these two teams to make there respective Conference championship before this season started. I have no reason why the Raiders suddenly fell off this year but the Cowboys have excuses, 1. RB Ezekiel Elliot has been out, and 2. injuries that keep deterring this Cowboys team from success. The Cowboys have won the last 2 games while the Raiders are coming off a bad loss to the Chiefs in which they were shut out in the first 3 quarters. For the first time in a few weeks, The Cowboys will be healthy coming into the game. They are still without Elliot but the backup running backs have stepped up these last 2 weeks.
The Raiders are coming in this game ranking 22nd in total defense this year, not very good. but don't expect the Cowboys to have an easy game against this defense without Zeke. The Cowboys have been average on offense this year ranking 15th. But have come on hot the last 2 weeks with the team rushing for over 150 yards and QB Dak Prescott had over a 137 passer rating last week. Pretty Damn good. But Dak Presott's success relies on his running game. With no running game, he could struggle. The Raiders are average at stopping the run this year ranking 16th but gave up over 100 yards to Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt last week. Because of the Cowboys great offensive line , I expect the Cowboys to be able to run the ball which in turn helps Dak throw the ball well.
The Raiders offense is what is mind boggling. Last season QB Derek Carr and his elite receiver talent really came on and showed out. This year, its the complete opposite. The Raiders receivers rank 2nd in dropped passes this year, while the offense rank 15th in passing offense. The Rushing attack is a lot worse. They currently rank 26th in rushing this year. Their offensive line is below average and will be going against a pretty good Dallas pass rush which has the number 1 player in sacks this year: Demarcus Lawrence.
As a whole Dallas is a better team but in Oakland in a sunday night game where all the eyes are watching, Oakland can show up and possibly mirror the same Raider team from last year.
- Prediction Cowboys 28 - Raiders 27