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Final: Cowboys 24, Raiders 7

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, November 26th, 2009 at 4:25 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Scoring

Dal_Roy Williams 6-yard pass from Tony Romo (Nick Folk kicks PAT), 13:12

Notes:

– Raiders drive into Dallas territory, Darrius Heyward-Bey catches 17-yard pass, Gradkowski 17 yards to Schilens. Getting some cosmetic stats late. Drive dies at 20 when Gradkowski throws incomplete.

Raiders call last time out with 1:44 to play before Cowboys begin to kill clock. Barber first down will allow Cowboys to kneel on ball for the win.

– Third down, Marion Barber for 32 yards and a first down. Dallas has 384 yards on its 10 biggest plays.

– Gradkowski sacked by Anthony Spencer, Raiders can’t manage a first down, punt it back to Dallas wtih 8:12 left.

– Dallas penalizes itself into third-and-23, Romo throws short to Witten, Dallas punts at 10 minute mark.

– Down 24-7, with 13:12 left, Raiders need an answer _ and it needs to come quicker than an 11-play drive. Instead, they go three-and-out with 11:46 to play

– First play of fourth quarter _ Romo to Witten for 44 yards to the 8-yard line. Two snaps later, Romo finds Williams for six yards and a score as Chris Johnson looks immediately at Tyvon Branch as Raiders assess a blown coverage.

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  • Thec07

    RaidingTexas, agree on the FA QB, should be some good ones coming out, grad or BRL is not the answer…

    We also need to Fire Mr. Davis, and plant C4 in the building and blow it down. Move HQ to plesanton….

  • priesttj

    Grads would’ve been dominant if he was playing highschool kids. He’s short with a weak arm and was in way over his head.

    Grads threw a 30 yard pass but it only went 15 yards. WOW, what a QB!! hope he gets a chance vs the Steelers next week we could win…….I hope. Somebody help please!

  • Thec07

    “IF” we had of build our lines last year when the draft was very deep, we could have taken Dez B with our first pick in next years draft. I dont buy that it takes 3 years to develop a WR junk…. Pay them big money now they should contribute now. Look at crabs, harvin, nicks, britt…DHB was a bad pick period…

  • priesttj

    It’s obvious that the way Cable covers up for DHB that was his pick. DHB is terrible. Kirk Morrison has got to go.. We need a bonfide WR to go with Chaz.

  • Thec07

    DHB “pro reafdy” thats the BS we swallowed during the draft. crabs is light years ahead of DHB. Dez B as a freshman is better than DHB…

  • Thec07

    I blame everything on Mr. Davis but cable is a horrible play caller. He has them off balance with a pass on first down, only to come back with a run fargas, and get stop after a 2 yard gain… Cable is a lousy coach.

  • Thec07

    Who taught this team how to tackle????
    The middle is soft because of morrison. We should trade him for whatever we can get. He is the worst MLB in the league period….

  • Thec07

    1st MLB
    2nd RT
    3rd DT
    4th RG

    Get a vet QB in FA, and let him truly compete for the job.

    BRL, needs to come into camp at 250 tops.

  • manassamauler

    gradkowski did as well as could be expected. dallas defense is top 5. gradkowski is a FAR better QB than russell has been. would have been been blown out 45-0 with jabustus in there after his 2 ints, 3 lost fumbles and 7 three and outs. I’d take gradkowski ANY day, at least he manages the game and makes plays when they’re there. raiders have a CHANCE to win with gradkowski.

    Defense got gouged bad today though, no reason for that. cowboys played a perfect game.

  • Thec07

    stay the f away from taylor mays Mr Davis, we have enough safeties…

  • Thec07

    morrison is a joke…. he gets sucked in and cant shed worth S… He is a scholorship liability…..
    In business you mitigate your liabilities… morrison needs to be mitigated….

  • manassamauler

    2010 draft

    1st pick. biggest meanest, most talented OT available.
    2nd pick. ANY MLB, somebody that likes to hit people and knows how to play a gap.
    34567rounds= MORE offensive linemen and linebackers. linbacker play is killing the defense. replace all of them.

  • armond

    u guys that defend grads are just as bad as u say russell defenders are and probably worse. dude is so limited its ridiculous. yall ready to give up on #@ but want to continue with the shrimp qb.throw away a 60 mil contract for a guy whose lucky to have a job.

  • armond

    priest u may be on to something in regards to cable and dhb. he refuses to sit him down while turnin his back on russell. dhb needs to sit just as much as russell did but captain caveman wont do it. heybey is the worst damn 1rst rnd wr ive ever seen and he might be the worst in this draft right now. he makes no real effort for the ball at all. he doesnt play like 6-2 210 pnd wr. desean jackson plays bigger than he does.

  • manassamauler

    russel has 10 times the talent of gradkowski and yet grad makes more plays!!! grad is WAY MORE accurate than jabustus and is in good shape. russell is physically gifted but very limited upstairs. grad looks like an NFL qb jabustus doesn’t. grads like what 6 1″? cool brees is barely 6 foot. jabustus is the most inaccuarate QB in the nfl. end of story

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Same old, same old.

    Defense shows some flashes, yet consistently gives up big plays.

    Offense can’t get the job done. 7 points just aint gonna cut it.

    The offensive woes of the LOWEST scoring team in the NFL continues.

    I’m really not too surprised.

    What does surprise me is to see anyone calling for the return of Jamarcus Russell as the Raid’s starting QB.

    We’re going to hear the same old nonsense about Russell. We’re going to hear that JR has all the talent and potential in the world, he just has to dedicate himself.

    To those of you that still haven’t given up on Russell, I ask what talent does he have ?

    Arm strength is about it.

    Besides having a strong arm, JR has minimal talent.

    He’s relatively immobile. It’s not that he can’t run, but he has no pocket presence, doesn’t feel or react well to pressure, can’t slip or slide to extend a play. He fumbles too easily as a result of not feeling pressure and failing to secure the football. His delivery is on the slow side.

    Russell is horribly innaccurate. Time and again, he has missed wide open receivers. And I’m not talking about narrowly missing. He’s not even in the same time zone on alot of his throws, even when he’s not pressured. He has no touch. He can’t even throw a catchable dump off to running backs.

    Russell doesn’t see the field and can’t read a defense.

    So again, I ask, what talent has JR exhibited ?

    Let’s assume Russell suddenly develops an extreme work ethic and tirelessly dedicates himself to being the best he can be.

    It’s possible he might be able to have a better grasp of the playbook and feel for the game. He might be able to better read a defense, maybe even run a no huddle or audible. He might even develop the ability to pump fake or use his eyes to manipulate defenders.

    Possible. But not probable.

    Because the truth is, Jamarcus Russell is a certified MORON.

    Anyone that’s ever listened to an interview with this buffoon, or read his incomprehensible statements in the press, knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that Russell is a mental midget.

    Combine Russell’s mental deficiencies, lack of accuracy, and other previously mentioned shortcomings–and top them off with a questionable work ethic– and you come up with one of the BIGGEST BUSTS IN NFL HISTORY.

    And yet, there are still those clamoring for the return of Jamarcus Russell as the Raider’s starting QB and face of the franchise.

    These people are out of their minds.

    Is Gradkowski the answer ? Probably not.

    But I’ll tell you this — Russell is DEFINITELY NOT THE ANSWER.

    Yes, the Raider offensive line is crap and the receivers are inexperienced. It would be hard for any QB to have a great degree of success with this supporting cast.

    But make no mistake, JR is a turkey. Not the kind of turkey we enjoy on Thanksgiving, but the kind that has no business ever quarterbacking the Raiders again.

    Happy turkey day.

  • priesttj

    The only LB we need is a MLB that can make the rest of them better. It’s like having a bad center with twoo great OT’s and good OG. The bad center can kill the Oline. That’s what’s happening to these LB’s the MLB is suspect. You must be stout up the middle of your defense or else the rest doesn’t matter.

    Doesn’t help to have a great runner without a great FB and/or POA hole. It’s like we have one very good WR but no one to really help him. We need a WR who’s better than Chaz. Not worse and your passing game will take off. We have a bunch of kids and it shows. Get a sound Oline and WR’s that can play and Russell can get it done.

  • manassamauler

    dhb was thrown at 4 times? he caught 2. cable doesn’t even use dhb. he can be a good receiver,I wouldn’t have picked him or craptree with that pick though. craptree is a possession receiver, nothing more, raiders already have chaz.

  • Thec07

    manassamauler Says:
    November 26th, 2009 at 6:03 pm
    dhb was thrown at 4 times? he caught 2. cable doesn’t even use dhb. he can be a good receiver,I wouldn’t have picked him or craptree with that pick though. craptree is a possession receiver, nothing more, raiders already have chaz.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++=

    truth, could have taken Dez B in this coming draft. DEZ B is better than both DHB and Crabs…

  • priesttj

    You’ll see Russell sooner than you think. He is hands down the best QB we have anting else is ridiculous. You’ll see in the next two weeks. Russell can play and has the talent to be great. These other jokers, are just jokers.

  • manassamauler

    people that want russell back are delusional. journeymen grad has thrown more tds in 2 games than jabustus did in 8 games, probably completed almost as many passes to.russell can’t even complete a screen pass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…accuracy should be the number 1 physical trait to look for in a QB.

  • Roch R

    DHB first career TD reception!!

    Wow more progress, I am so enthused. Super Bowl here we come.

  • manassamauler

    how is russell the best QB when he can’t complete easy passes and has at least 2-3 turns per game?

  • priesttj

    Armond, these guy’s are freakin’ clueless they actually think Grads is a player. Dallas was actually glad they didn’t have to deal with Russell. No deep threat. Popgun arm Grads can’t get it past 25 yards accurately.

    Just give Russell time enough to get right and we may have what we all want. Or else we are screwed……..period

  • manassamauler

    raiders should cut jabustus, he has received all of his guaranteed $$ already so let him go and try and make it with a different team OR make him take a journeymens wage and compete with some other guys. must be some FAs out there at QB that oakland can bring in. any ideas?

  • RAIDERMAN99

    priesttj Says:
    November 26th, 2009 at 6:05 pm
    You’ll see Russell sooner than you think. He is hands down the best QB we have anting else is ridiculous. You’ll see in the next two weeks. Russell can play and has the talent to be great. These other jokers, are just jokers.

    The biggest joke is insisting Russell is ‘talented’.

    I ask again, besides arm strength, what ‘talent’ necessary for being a top notch NFL QB, does Russell possess ?

  • manassamauler

    # priesttj Says:
    November 26th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Armond, these guy’s are freakin’ clueless they actually think Grads is a player. Dallas was actually glad they didn’t have to deal with Russell. No deep threat. Popgun arm Grads can’t get it past 25 yards accurately.

    Just give Russell time enough to get right and we may have what we all want. Or else we are screwed……..period

    come om man. russell hasn’t completed ANY of those long bombs this year man. he hasn’t hit long balls and he misses open receivers 15 feet away.. facts are facts and right now JR is a horrible QB. worst in the NFL. i can name off SEVERAL reasons why hes so bad, but its to easy. just the truth, if russell somehow turned it around he would be recognized, but right now hes the worst QB i can think of. 30 million down the toilet at this point in time.

  • priesttj

    You ask some dumb questions Raiderman99 have you ever heard anyone say Russell is not talented?

    Ray Charles can see Russell has unlimited talent. It’s just his application and maturity that they question. If you can’t see the obvious talent it wont do you any good for me to tell you.

    Russell highly touted, Grads wasn’t even touted he was a small school hope he can. He’s a backup QB in anyones book. Except the geniuses in here.

  • manassamauler

    russells historically crappy QB play is what makes people turn to gradkowski. thats what REASONABLE people do, when something isn’t working they try and fix it. russell makes ANY QB look good.

  • priesttj

    Grads will make them play Russell again before the year is out. He just can’t get it done at a hig enough level. He has no potential for greatness. Russell has a ton of potential he just needs to realize that.

  • jhill

    Jamarcus Russell again, huh?

    LMFAO!

    When is the obsession going to end? We played a game today and the topic is a guy who didn’t even play?

    That was a long ass post 99! You could’ve just stuck with I don’t like the way he talks, and I don’t like him, lol!

    At this point, does it really matter? I had fun today watching the game with a house full of Cowboy fans.

    TWENTY YARDS PASSING AT THE HALF?????

    45 yds through 3 qtrs???????

    This offense was MUCH better last year when we ran the ball 45 times a game and passed it 10 times. LITERALLY!

    The bottom line is our gameplan, and everyone associated with it, is flawed!

  • jhill

    Basing ANYTHING on this year at this point, is, well, pointless! Every single aspect of our offense and STs has regeressed.

    Gary Russell returning kicks? Our FB???????

    LMFAO!

  • manassamauler

    russell is SLOW! he played in the talent filled SEC which didnt teach him anything about being a QB. all about talent in the SEC. russell is in WAY over his head. and the team doesn’t trust him at all. that is reason enough to ship his ass out.

  • jhill

    What is our plan offensively? Fargas left, Fargas right?

    REALLY!!!!!

    The WRs have GOT to get out of their routes faster. The timing is so off with the passing games, it’s crazy. Same misses that we’ve seen all year, and since we have the super accurate Grads in there, can we finally agree that the misses are so bad because the young WRs are not running the routes correctly? DHB is barely turning his head around and the ball is going by him. Same with Murphy. They are both single covered or running through zones, and they are simply not getting their heads around. I just can’t believe that these WRs are being allowed to get the majority of the snaps. This is the kinda shyt that keeps scholarhip conspiracy theories alive and kickin’.

  • armond

    jhill wassuper!!!!!!!!! thats the same thing i thought when i saw g russ back there. i got to the tv late so i thought i was seein sheit but then nope it was g russ back there. genius cable is better off goin back to jlh like he did last year. you are right this whole offense return unit has regressed this year. can we really keep cable after this?

  • jhill

    Someone made a good point about Gallery. Even he has regressed. I think we praised him for something like a ridiculously low 2 penalties last year. Went from worst to first in that department. His penalties are really hurting us this year, and quite frankly he should be one of our bookend frickin OTs.

  • armond

    priest these dummies in here are just fine wastin money instead of allowin russell time to develope. nobody is sayin give him anything without earning it but to throw him away for nada is stupid. they are also stupid enuff to think nobody would give russell a contract if we did let him go.

  • manassamauler

    raiders could win the next 5 games and it would be hard to keep cable, to much negative shiyt of the field. yeah and we need to do something about the oline. next year super mario is gonna want 30 mil, he has that same ahole agent as craptree.

  • manassamauler

    # armond Says:
    November 26th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    priest these dummies in here are just fine wastin money instead of allowin russell time to develope. nobody is sayin give him anything without earning it but to throw him away for nada is stupid. they are also stupid enuff to think nobody would give russell a contract if we did let him go.

    i said russell should stay IF he takes a BIG paycut. russell doesn’t deserve more than the league min. he sure as hell shouldn’t be getting 10 mil a year.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAaQNACwaLw Raider75

    Don’t worry guys.

    Once Charlie Weis is hired as Head Coach Al will make the moves necessary to draft Jimmy Clausen.

  • jhill

    Happy Gobble Gobble Armond!

    I got to listen to all the old school Dallas fans at wifey’s Mom’s house today. The over 55 crowd was all over me. Had to take it out of respect for the elderly, and the fact that we were getting embarrassed.

    I just don’t see how anyone can be in here talking about Gradkowski. He was not good at all. And if you don’t think I was sitting there begging for something, ANYTHING to shut those folks up, then you are crazy.

    At some point in the game though, I just became jaded at sat there with that loser smirk on my face. I didn’t want to see Russell, I wanted to see a PLAY CALLER change. Russell coming in would have been the same result but with a lot more Russell bashing posting in here, lol.

    Let Russell sit the rest of the year and not be tainted anymore by this clown coaching staff. Play Gradkowski who can at least run for his life.

  • armond

    we may actually lose enuff games to have a shot at suh next year. we have to get boldin to help our wr core. picking dhb is gonna hurt us 2 much i fear. he might take longer to develope than we hope and he costs alot. i am really disgusted with our lack of commitment to dmc and bush. all we do is feed fargas early and decoy dmc only to leave bush in the dust. youd think fargas was the #4 pick. cable has got to go.

  • jhill

    Is there ANYONE in here who really thinks that Tom Cable is going to go into Pittsburhg and outcoach Mike Tomlin?

  • manassamauler

    steelers don’t look as good this year. but the raider d would have to PLAY a perfect game for oak to win it.IMO

  • armond

    jhill i agree but i was like damn, just put russ in to atleast make want to watch. grads missed open guys as he usually does, struggled to see over the d, ran up in the pocket a few times without needing to, ran towards a few would be sacks, almost got intercepted, engineered only 7 pts, had 20 yds passing in the 1rst half yada, yada, yada but hey he gave them alot of energy. to the tune of 7 pts. im glad people are getting what they wanted. now theyll see the problem is much bigger than russell tho he is a nice part of it.

  • DT42

    I think that Russell should finish out the season. Does Grad give this team the best chance to win. Of course he does. But at least it will give the new coach a chance to evaluate him with some extra game film. I think once you lose 8 games then you should start planning for the next season.

    My vote for next seasons Head Coach: Marc Trestman.

  • manassamauler

    maybe AD will take another corner with 4.3 speed with the first pick.

  • manassamauler

    my vote for head coach next year would be rich gannon. not kidding.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    You ask some dumb questions Raiderman99 have you ever heard anyone say Russell is not talented?

    Ray Charles can see Russell has unlimited talent. It’s just his application and maturity that they question. If you can’t see the obvious talent it wont do you any good for me to tell you.

    Russell highly touted, Grads wasn’t even touted he was a small school hope he can. He’s a backup QB in anyones book. Except the geniuses in here.

    ———————————–

    If JR’s ‘talent’ is so obvious, it shouldn’t be hard for you to list a few of these ‘talents’.

    Again, I ask you, what talents has Russell exhibited ?

    What are these ‘talents’ that Russell possesses ?

    I understand Russell was highly touted. That’s why he was the number one pick overall. That’s not news or the question here.

    The question is, now that Russell is in his 3rd season with the Raids, and you’ve seen him play, what ‘talents’ has he exhibited that makes you think he’s ever going to pan out ?

    Patronize me, because I must be blinder than Ray Charles, I don’t see much talent in Russell besides being able to throw the ball 60 yards on his knees — so please, tell me and the rest of this board, exactly what ‘talents’ you ascribe to Russell.

    And J Hill, you’re right, I don’t like Russell or the way he speaks, but that’s not why he SUCKS.

    He sucks for all the reasons and shortcomings enumerated in my post.

    Priest, again I ask, what ‘talent’ do you see in Russell?

    Accuracy, touch, leadership, ability to read a defense ?

    Seriously, what the heck do you see ?

  • armond

    hell no cable aint outcoachin tomlin but he will outcoach himself. and why the hell would russell take a paycut? jhill u believe some of these people in here? nobody on this blog would take a paycut for underperforming at their job especially if they signed a garaunteed contract. what the hell kind of sense does that make? its pointless to even argue that. HE just like YALL wont take a needless paycut. GET OVER IT!!