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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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  • 1960AutumnWind

    Where did you get that from? Your orginal statement is restrictions for western Europe which consists of more than Germany and Italy

  • Rifflicks

    read the thread and you’ll see

  • 10centsworth

    Then we agree. So did I. I’m NOT castigating vets, Riff. Step back and see that. I am BLASTING the leadership that took us down those stinking roads and wasted our blood in jungles and deserts.
    Doesn’t change what I said. I was RA in time of war, raised a brat, surrounded by vets of WWII and Korea.

  • Chino

    I’ll take bollers wife over flynns tho

  • 1960AutumnWind

    I know plenty idiot. You are the fool that said W Europe had restrictions when it only applied to Germany and Italy.

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

    Yes, thank you imposing your will on other countries and drone bombing innocent people. We appreciate that a lot.

  • Raider O

    I’m in SD, so I know/ met a lot of people in the military, some joined because they honestly believe they are protecting our freedom and helping others. My cousin joined for the benefits.

  • kenchun24

    Put Tolzien in already at least he can run…stop the Flynnsanity! Pack had the 6.5 cover with defensive turnovers (and another one just now) but noooo Flynn had to screw it up.

    Oh and Happy Turkey Day to you and yours ITBA Raider blog folk. Go Raiders! (and back in the kitchen I go).

  • aig-raiders

    you know they gotta put a few pkgs in for him.

  • Rifflicks

    the problem is not the leaders it’s the people who choose ignorantly to elect them

  • Chino

    At least have him run the wildcat

  • 10centsworth

    Another discussion but start off with…we agree. Bush Jr the Deserter garnered 100,000,000 votes. Mind boggling.

  • Rifflicks

    only if he shouts loud enough from the side line

  • Rifflicks

    or NOT!

  • Chino

    “The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter”

  • 1960AutumnWind

    I did read the thread. The question is should the US still underwrite the defense of much of the world when we are in massive deficit. For me the answer is obvious. Scale back the military and focus on its constitutional mandate and quit playing world police. I am not some hate America guy. I love our military but I also know these deficits will crush the very thing those guys fought and died for.

  • Raider O

    And serving Corps and their interests should not be a priority.

  • Chino

    Oooor have him out wide in the wildcat and run a route?

  • Rifflicks

    are those counties in western europe Einstein

  • Rifflicks

    then quit voting for those who do

  • Morilla_00

    I’m sick of this new NFL.

  • 10centsworth

    I’ll paraphrase Hitler (ouch), when asked one time how it felt to be running a democracy. “Democracy? You mean where 51 percent of the public decide what you are gonna do? Yeah. right.” He USED the process to gain control. Notice how many boot licking corporate lawyers CONTROL ALL THREE branches of our government?

  • Chino

    Seems like every time a helmet to helmet hit happens, the receiver stays down. I remember when they would pop right up. I think they’re milking it to draw that flag

  • Rifflicks

    tell me about Obama and Clinton’s service….and the 1000′s who died under their incompetent leadership

  • Jim Jesus

    going with the old school Rice Silver Jersey Black numbers all I got.

  • Morilla_00

    Dude used his shoulder, helmet was secondary

  • Rifflicks

    he should be a WR or cut

  • Tony Rasmussen

    Happy Thanksgiving, folks.

    Random predictions for today:

    We get a 60+ yard touchdown pass, I’m seein Holmes catching it. And we break 30 points for the first time.

    As for the game, hoping (like hell) we pull it off, but as far as predictions, I’ll say we cover (at least).

  • 10centsworth

    Another empty suit.

  • Raider O

    My comment about the military is not an insult to the people who serve. I was just wondering if other countries value (commercials, sports, etc) it the way we do.
    Wondering why the NFL talking about military, and doing a segment on it during thanksgiving. That’s it.

  • Chino

    Lol. Looking like a chicken out there

  • 10centsworth

    I think the undeniable truth in the USofA now and in the relative past do NOT vote FOR….they vote against. They got our minds and our ballz in their control. But then there’s hope. There’s the Raiders.

  • Rifflicks

    Presidents are suppose to get approval from congress….I’m talking about the millions who vote for the idiots in Congress and particularly perturbed at the apathetic imbeciles who don’t bother to vote at all

  • RaidingTexas

    Where’s Dr Rob to tell us how great Flynn is? He’s 7-14 for 71 yards passing and five sacks. And that’s with better weapons than the Raiders have. Smh.

  • Big Tom ‘the hand’ Cable

    Oh my.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Are you for real? Germany and Italy are considered Western European countries. Britain and France are definitely western European countries. All are part of NATO and the original make up of NATO in the cold war. Apparently you did not serve in Special Forces or intelligence with your lack of geographical knowledge. I think I am going to go back to football this conversation is becoming stupid.

  • Rifflicks

    nope….too many cant be bothered to vote so they pander to the 15 -20 % of the population who vote to get them elected

  • Chino

    A fumble a pick and less than 50 % completion. It’s ok tho cuz he had 10 tds in 3 games. He’s allowed to have these kinds of games

  • 10centsworth

    We had “gung ho” guys. Not because of any of this flag waving stuff. Because they liked it, war. Those guys could get you killed as quick as the cowards.

  • Rifflicks

    he said a he was gone for a while and wished everybody well

  • RaidingTexas

    Convenient.

  • RaiderGuy50

    oh – and INT and fumble too i believe. But we will hear how good his past stats are. He still and always will be a slow decision maker. I’m for a lions win- need burelson to score for my FF league

  • Rifflicks

    that was a couple of days ago

  • Morilla_00

    GB will pick up a QB next year

  • 10centsworth

    Theoretically…yes. In S/E Asia, the Japanese left the French bureaucracy in place, including the police. It was only after the Vichy government fell they treated the French as belligerents.

  • r8ter4evr

    You should know you post just like him

  • Rifflicks

    maybe the Raiders can trade Prior QB to them for their ball boy and a Jugs machine

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Were you in the booth with me? Both Major parties support interventions unlimited only time to challenge is in Primaries and in certain Congressional and Senate elections. It is not my only issue but it is a major issue I consider in votiing.

  • r8ter4evr

    Hoe convenient

  • Morilla_00

    And some sharp cheddar