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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

  • Rifflicks

    boo hoo hoo I’m crushed

  • 10centsworth

    Actually, I don’t think Italy had restrictions. No one was afraid of them.

  • Rifflicks

    and Old Style beer from LaCrosse

  • RaidingTexas

    And now for the safety!!!! LMAO

  • KoolKell

    I see Matt Flynn is tearing it up.

  • Morilla_00

    That packer Olineman should have kept his mouth shut this week. He crossed the line , he gave the Lions too much bulliten board material.

  • Rifflicks

    you’re not in the will

  • Orthodoxdj

    Give me Pryor any day over Flynch.

  • Chino

    So clueless. How do you not see that monster of a man right in front of you.

  • Michael

    Lol

  • 10centsworth

    Hmmm, perhaps sane people opt out of contrived universes. Look at DC. Can you imagine it being more contrived? Name me a “leader”. For that matter, look around the world and name me a leader.

  • Rifflicks

    you have any kleenex left to share from the Prior QB benching

  • Big Tom ‘the hand’ Cable

    Ouch

  • RaiderGuy50

    Add safety to the stats- does aikman have a man crush on flynn or his wife too???

  • Big Tom ‘the hand’ Cable

    Ooooops

  • 10centsworth

    Ok. Here you go. Done deal, right?

  • Big Tom ‘the hand’ Cable

    Man-crush

  • Big Tom ‘the hand’ Cable

    Uh-oh

  • r8ter4evr

    Ya that would shut up on lot of haters claiming they root for the silver and black not one of them could say they didnt like the bomb in IIndy on first play or the the 93 yard run against Pitt

  • 10centsworth

    I’m a fan of Al Davis because he represented individuals in this country, to me. As for government, my attitude is this. Fix the potholes in the street, then come back and I’ll give you something else to do.

  • Big Tom ‘the hand’ Cable

    Alex was right. Flynn had 9 TD s in 2 games.

  • Chino

    Alex 7 is gonna come back and brag about how well Flynn held onto the ball to prevent the fumble td

  • Rifflicks

    it was San Diego PriorQB fan

  • Big Tom ‘the hand’ Cable

    That was smart of Flynn no doubt.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Are you guys Raider fans or Pryor fans? Very weird statement hoping your starting QB goes down. Never wished that on Flynn or Pryor. Maybe you can joint the guy that hopes we get crushed so we can get a new coach.

  • 0ak R8rs

    You keep trying to make this about Pryor. I’m simply talking about Flynn being sht. Not comparing him to anything. No need to. Because he’s sht.

  • RelentlessIV

    I wish Flynn was still starting for us. We’d beat the Cowboys like he’s beating the lions right now.

  • 10centsworth

    Then you can call him a pecker Olineman.

  • Big Tom ‘the hand’ Cable

    487-57 wow

  • RelentlessIV

    487-57 yards. Flynn is beast.

  • Big Tom ‘the hand’ Cable

    Uh boy

  • Morilla_00

    57 total yards? That’s embarrassing.

  • Big Tom ‘the hand’ Cable

    Man beast.

  • funnyfalcon

    A 30.9 QB rating does Flynn too much justice. GB’s offense has been non-existent, the blame of which falls directly on his shoulders.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Isn’t that about 20 more than he got for us?

  • 10centsworth

    You might find it interesting to know the US Army is running ads in…Central America.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Yea he is improving from the Skins game…

  • RelentlessIV

    Flynn + Packers = Superbowl win + Matt mvp

  • RaidingTexas

    Well serving is an easy way to get amnesty.

  • Big Tom ‘the hand’ Cable

    That could turn into a negative if Flynn keeps getting sacked.

  • r8ter4evr

    I am not hoping for Matt to get hurt I support all QBsif Flyynn was the answer I would be ok with that but seems like TP gets the most hate and has the most potential athletic ability

  • 10centsworth

    Soccer has become like that, I almost thing it is their version of a time out. Take a rest, guys, Ronaldo got brushed.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Yeah, but Flynn is scoring 3 times as many points per yard as Detroit.

  • RaiderGuy50

    Lol

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Matt just wins games…. for the other team.

  • Big Tom ‘the hand’ Cable

    I agree with the good Dr.
    Flynn is good looking. In a manly way.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yea. Definitely a step forward in his career. Alex7 would agree I’m sure.

  • RaidingTexas

    Ronaldo is a pretty bad flopper. I’m glad he no longer plays for ManU.

  • Rico Stifler

    Wow… The entire GB offense has been a disaster today….

  • RaiderGuy50

    Yep, stands nice and tall to take a good picture- on the field, red carpet, …