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Raiders-Cowboys could be Turkey Day shootout

Filed for print from Arlington, Texas . . .

A Thanksgiving Day shootout?

It is Texas, after all.

Even with their offensive limitations, the Raiders (4-7) should feel good about getting something done against the NFL’s 32nd ranked defense Thursday when they face the Dallas Cowboys (6-5) at AT&T Stadium.

The flip side is that the Raiders are four days removed from being shredded for 320 yards passing on their home turf by Ryan Fitzpatrick with much-maligned but consistently productive Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo on deck.

“Certainly we don’t want to get into a shootout, but if it does, the players are going to have to understand that we may have to match them score for score,’’ Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson said.

The Cowboys have broken 100 yards rushing only once all season, and given the Raiders have been stingy against the run, ranking sixth in the NFL, it could be a steady diet of Romo looking for wide receivers Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and Terrance Williams and tight end Jason Witten.

Romo, who once upon a time was an undrafted free agent like Raiders rookie starter Matt McGloin, gets most of the heat in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex for the Cowboys’ inability to make the playoffs and his five-year contract extension that tops out at $108 million.

The Raiders, however, see Romo as a quarterback who has passed for 2,931 yards with 23 touchdowns and six interceptions and has 19 games where he led Dallas to a come-from-behind victory in the fourth quarter or overtime.

No. 19 came on the road against the New York Giants to put the Cowboys above .500 and tied with the Philadelphia Eagles atop the NFC East.

Raiders cornerback Mike Jenkins called Romo “one of the best quarterbacks in the league’’ in a conference call with Cowboys media and was a Dallas teammate from 2008 through last season.

“There’s a lot of guys outside the franchise who have their own opinions and bring up interceptions or bad decisions,’’ Jenkins said. “I disagree with a lot of that stuff because I know what type of guy he is on the field.’’

Bryant, one of the NFL’s most explosive receivers, has 61 receptions for 851 yards and eight touchdowns. Witten (51 receptions, 569 yards, six touchdowns) remains a trusted target in the middle while Williams (30 receptions, 508 yards and five touchdowns) and Austin (16 receptions for 142 yards coming off injury) are formidable targets against a defense that gave up 100-yard-plus day to Tennesee second-year wide out Kendall Wright and rookie Justin Hunter.

The Cowboys are coming off one of their better defensive efforts against the Giants, but are giving up a whopping 432.2 yards per game, ranked 31st against the pass (298.5) and 30th against the run (133.6) while employing the Tampa 2 zone defense of defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.

Dallas does have one of the NFL’s premiere defenders in defensive end DeMarcus Ware, who returned after a three-week absence with a thigh injury and estimated he was at “97 percent’’ this week. Ware has five sacks and 18 pressures and an NFL-high 116 sacks since 2008.

With that in mind, McGloin and the Raiders could get plenty of carries from Rashad Jennings, with the added bonus of Darren McFadden returning after a three-game absence from a hamstring strain against a team which has given up more than its share of big plays.

McFadden was full-go in practice before the Raiders charter departed for Dallas Wednesday.

It’s a home game of sorts for second-year Raiders coach Dennis Allen, who played at L.D. Bell High School Hurst, Tex., as well as Texas A&M.

The Raiders have yet to beat an NFC team on Allen’s watch _ they’re 0-7. The Raiders have also played seven games without beating a team with a winning record. The last time was Nov. 27, 2011 when they beat the then 7-3 Chicago Bears 25-20 under Hue Jackson.

Five of those losses came on Allen’s watch.

– The Raiders as expected activated left tackle Jared Veldheer from the injured reserve/designated return list. Quarterback Tyler Wilson was waived and will be eligible to return to the practice squad if he clears waivers.

– Safety Tyvon Branch (ankle), defensive end Jason Hunter and wide receiver Denarius Moore were ruled out and did not make the trip. Concussion victims Mychael Rivera and Jenkins were limited but expected to play, as is linebacker Kevin Burnett (quadriceps).

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • 1960AutumnWind

    I prefer his wife looks myself. Our other washout backup QB had an even better looking wife. RM better make sure the next QB in here has a girlfriend as ugly as godzilla.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    He kind of looks like the Waterboy just before he throws the bomb at the end of the movie. He has that stupid grin on his face. Except instead of releasing the ball before getting tackled like the waterboy he waits until afterwards.

  • Rico Stifler

    I am making a delicious feast…. Turkey in the oven and just waiting til i can get the rest of it going; Mashed potatoes, asparagus, green beans, corn, candied yams, turkey casserole and the dinner rolls last…..

  • RaiderGuy50

    That’s hilarious !! and accurate

  • Chino

    Guys guys guys! Save the bashing for when Alex and dr decide to show face again.

  • r8ter4evr

    Riff talks to the Doc (see below) or just mumbles to himself

  • Big Tom ‘the hand’ Cable

    No shìt. I puts my nutts on Green Bay today.

  • Big Tom ‘the hand’ Cable

    Now I’m ball-less.

  • 10centsworth

    You get my point, tho. This all volunteer stuff isn’t working out, duty assignments, blood drained in the middle of nowhere and 500,000 (and climbing) PTSD cases will do that.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Look I will stand in their stead. After losing Palmer I was so desperate that the Raiders get someone to compete with Pryor that I was happy about the signing at the time. I deserve it.

  • Chino

    So apparently here in the south you can get your turkey nice and fried from bojangles. I don’t remember KFC or Popeyes doing that in Cali

  • 1960AutumnWind

    You are a better man than I. I bet you have a very happy wife if you are married.

  • 10centsworth

    Certainly got a point…

  • 0ak R8rs

    Fried turkey is AMAZING!!!

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Now do I have to defend Flynn? That would be hard today. Kind of like defending that great new website the govt. put out recently.

  • 10centsworth

    All you are missing are the Indians. I mean Redskins. I mean Native Americans. I mean casino owners. Ha, finally their revenge.

  • Big Tom ‘the hand’ Cable

    Raids will beat off the cowpokes today. Got my nutts on the table for that one.

  • Chino

    I am thankful for Reggie realizing his mistake and dumping this garbage qb. Could you imagine getting humiliated like this on thanksgiving day?

  • RaiderGuy50

    tried it a few years ago ! Yumm-its a pain to dispose of the peanut oil but if can get it out- bonus

  • Chino

    New post

  • Big Tom ‘the hand’ Cable

    Rogers and Flynn not speaking to each other. Ouch o ouch.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    I hope not.

  • RaiderGuy50

    saw that too- picture tells a thousand words

  • RaidingTexas

    Only one home team wins this afternoon. Book it!

  • r8ter4evr

    Watching Flynn struggle with the pass rush and the state of our line earlier this year makes me Happy that we have a prospect like Matt who makes quick reads and has a quick release

  • Big Tom ‘the hand’ Cable

    Now picture that Alex and Dr.

  • Morilla_00

    Build a diesel eco car that uses the oil. You can drive around and smell like peanuts.

  • Rico Stifler

    My wife is at a relatives right now like she is every year…. I always make Thanksgiving dinner, every year, but I always end up eating it alone cuz she is at relatives every year.

  • Rico Stifler

    They prefer American Indian. lol

  • Rico Stifler

    What I miss?

  • Rico Stifler

    Think i only had fried turkey once and it was ok. I usually buy my turkeys fresh and brine them. Couldn’t do that this year as I could find any stores selling fresh turkeys here in CO….

  • http://facebook.com/Unicron5 Samnificient Jonsey

    Exactly. Get off this jingoism and read War is a Racket by Smedley Butler. Would do a lot of people good to understand what are the realities of service.

  • Rico Stifler

    What you mean is you’re him.
    Loser

  • Rico Stifler

    Fa6