Halftime: Cowboys 17, Raiders 0



Dal_Felix Jones 46-yard run (Nick Folk kicks PAT), 10:48

Dal_Miles Austin 9-yard pass from Tony Romo (Folk kicks PAT), :31


Bruce Gradkowski to Louis Murphy gets 18 yards to the 48 with four seconds left in the half _ 18-yard gain is Raiders biggest in the passing game. Gradkowski sacked, fumbles by DeMarcus Ware, half is mercifully over.

— Cowboys lose what looked like potential touchdown when Miles Austin’s leg ruled down. Austin scores anyway _ Cowboys go 80 yards in six plays in 3:57 to go up 17-0 at halftime.

Dallas has gained 271 of its 310 yards on seven plays. They’ve run 28 plays in all. Gained 29 yards on other 21 snaps.

— Gradkowski hit while throwing on third down. Raiders 1-for-7 on third downs, Lechler punts into end zone on three-and-out. Cowboys at own 20 with 4:28 left in half. With Raiders run stuffed late two series, it looks bleak if Cowboys score.

— Swing right, Marion Barber uncovered, Romo hits him for 42 yards. That’s 232 yards on five snaps for Cowboys to the 30-yard line. Raiders eventually force field goal attempt on Trevor Scott sack (flushed out Tommy Kelly).

Folk hits right upright. No good.

— Gradkowski converts first Raiders first down on third-and-8 with 8-yard run, moments after Cornell Green goes down, replaced by Langston Walker. Second-and-8, Gradkowski has Heyward-Bey wide open on crossing pattern, throw a bit too far, DHB doesn’t dive, stretch out.

On next third-and-8, Anthony Spencer gets first sack of year for Cowboys. Got past Green, back in the game. Raiders punt.

— Gary Russell stops when he sees a wall, Raiders open at 17, Cowboys jazzed now, Fargas gets 2 yards.

— Scott and Branch collide on near-pick, Chris Johnson breakup. If Scott doesn’t collide with Branch, it’s a touchdown for Branch. Third-and-10 play, Romo to Austin, Huff tackle. Play is for 11, first down. Austin spun out of Scott tackle, just barely.

The conversion hurts, because Cowboys score on Jones’ 46-yard run, one play after a 27-yard Romo to Austin hookup. Big plays killing Raiders.

— Raiders fail on fourth third-down, Gradkowski to Murphy incomplete sideline. Will punt again. Scott covers punt at 11-yard line. Lechler’s punt _ 66 yards.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • priesttj

    Grads has a lot more to work with, Russell had garbage.

  • priesttj

    Can you imagine if Russell had what Romo has to work with?

  • aig

    Grad threw a td to Murphy, Dhb, and Miller. I believe Russel had the same guys. let’s stop iwth that argument.

  • aig


    i agree. they have been using dhb wrong cuz of crazy Al wanting the deep ball with dhb. dhb is better served with short passes and build his confidence.

  • priesttj

    So did Russell except DHB dropped all of them.

  • Midwest Fan

    Dirty – At least it wasn’t last week when I played against you. How many weeks have you started him now. I guess it’s bound to pay off for you. Well lets hope he now gets a 90 yd TD!

  • priesttj

    Man this guy is scary with the football.

  • aig

    dhb’s best assets are his legs not his hands. I dont know why we dont do quick screens with him or reverses.

  • Priest who is scary with the football, and why?

  • Ghost2Post

    Aig i agree with you on that one. He needs to take a couple of hits so he won’t be so tense when thrown to.