Week 13: Dallas Cowboys 31, Oakland Raiders 24- Post Game Thoughts

The Dallas Cowboys outlast the Oakland Raiders at home, making a 14-point comeback en route to the team’s seventh win of the year.  The Raiders sprinted out to a 21-7 lead on the strength of a couple of nice drives pieced together by Matt McGloin, and a fumble returned for a touchdown on the opening kickoff.  However, Tony Romo woke up and was able to lead his team down the field for a touchdown right before the half.  This cut the Oakland lead to 21-14.  In the second half, the ‘Boys’ defense took over and held the visiting team off the scoreboard until late in the fourth quarter.  At the same time, the Dallas offense was rolling.  They seemed unstoppable in the second half (and were helped out by some poor tackling along the way).  Tony Romo was under a ton of pressure in the first half, but the offensive line really sured up and protected him better later in the game.  This allowed him to scan the field and find the open receiver.  To me, the Raiders came out on fire but were unable to keep the flame burning for four full quarters of play and as a result they fell to a superior team on the road.  Dallas now holds sole possession of first place in the NFC East (pending the outcome of the Cardinals-Eagles game on Sunday).  For the Cowboys, they can ill afford another December slide.  However, Tony Romo has showed signs of turning the corner in that month.  I wouldn’t bank on another dismal December in Dallas.  Now for the Raiders, they did fight pretty hard, but came up short.  However, this game did prove to me that Matt McGloin can play.  The evaluation of him and comparison with Terrelle Pryor is a priority in this team’s final four games.

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