The 7-6 Dallas Cowboys will travel to Oakland to take on the 6-7 Raiders in this week’s Sunday night matchup. Both teams still have a small chance to make the playoffs but are coming off very different weeks. Dallas won its second in a row with a dominating 30-10 road victory over the New York Giants. This week’s game will be the last game Dallas will play without all pro running back Ezekiel Elliott who is serving the 6th and final game of his suspension. The Raiders suffered a 26-15 loss on the road last week to the Kansas City Chiefs. This was an important AFC West game as Oakland was tied with the Chiefs and Chargers for first place and they both won decreasing their playoff hopes.

Dak Prescott played brilliantly against the Giants earning a passer rating of 137. He completed 20 of 30 passes for 332 yards, 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. His favorite target was Rod Smith who had 5 catches for 113 yards and a touchdown. Dez Bryant had a nice game also with 3 catches for 73 yards and a touchdown. They also had success running the ball with 122 yards. Alfred Morris led the team with 62 yards on 19 carries. Defensively, They intercepted Eli Manning twice and limited the Giants to just 330 yards of offense. They did a good job against the rush as New York gained 102 yards on 29 carries. For the season, the Cowboys have allowed their opponents to average 22.6 points and 361 yards per game.

Oakland’s offense struggled all game against the Chiefs and it started with Derek Carr who finished with a quarterback rating of 12. He completed 24 of his 41 passes for 211 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. His favorite target was Michael Crabtree who had 7 catches for 60 yards. They had success running the ball despite only having 11 rushes. They gained 70 yards, which is an average of 6.4 yards per carry. Marshawn Lynch led the team with 61 yards and a touchdown. . On the year, the Raiders offense has averaged 20.3 points and 338 yards per game. Defensively, they intercepted Alex Smith once and sacked him 4 times. They struggled against the rush as the Chiefs gained 165 yards on 33 carries, which is an average of 5 yards per run. Four different Kansas City receivers had catches that went for at least 25 yards.

Oakland will have home field advantage for this game and are 3-point underdogs. They have gone 4-8-1 against the spread this season including 3-4 at home. The Cowboys have gone 7-6 against the spread including 4-2 on the road. This is a must win game for both teams as a loss will officially eliminate them from the playoffs. While Dallas is on a 2 game win streak, the Raiders have won 2 of their last 3 games and 3 out of their last 5.

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