Oakland Gets Carr-Jacked in Dallas

This game had a very ugly start for the Cowboys. The opening kickoff was fumbled by rookie wide receiver Terrance Williams and returned for a touchdown by Raiders’ Greg Jenkins to take a 7-0 lead :12 into the game. The offense as very stagnant through the first half. It wasn’t until Oakland quarterback Matt McGloin fumbled the snap that the Cowboys got on the board. On the next play running by Tyron Smith, DeMarco Murray would score his first of three touchdowns on the day.

The Cowboys were in big trouble early as they weren’t able to get their offense moving in the right direction. With 1:56 left to go before halftime and only 53 yards of offense the Cowboys found themselves down 21-7. Tony Romo led a drive to get within a score by going 5-7 for 69 yards in 1:46. The drive was capped off by DeMarco Murray’s four yard touchdown.

The Cowboys went on a roll scoring 24 points before the Raiders would find an answer. It seemed to be too little too late. The Raiders’ would lose their second straight game where they had the lead. The Raiders in an effort to get back into this game would try and unleash McGloin.

Nov 28, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr (39) intercepts a pass against Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jacoby Ford (12) in the fourth quarter during a NFL football game on Thanksgiving at AT&T Stadium. Dallas beat Oakland 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 28, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys . Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Carr would intercept a pass intended for Jacoby Ford late in the game. It seemed to be a dagger for Oakland. Now the Cowboys turn their focus to the Chicago Bears. Their next game comes 10 days after their Thanksgiving victory which becomes like a mini-bye week. The Cowboys look to get healthier with the possible returns of Dwayne Harris, Justin Durant and defensive captain Sean Lee. With this win the Cowboys are in sole possession of first place in the NFC East…for now.