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Final: Cowboys 31, Raiders 24

Was sure I posted this at the end of the game . . . guess not

The Raiders have been tired of losing for more than a decade.

In a 31-24 loss to the Dallas Cowboys Thursday at AT&T Stadium before 87,572 fans, the Raiders, according to coach Dennis Allen, were just tired.

The seeds of losing a 21-7 lead and ultimately the game were sewn in allowing the Cowboys to drive 73 yards inside of the final two minute of the first half.

Then the Cowboys’ previously anemic rushing attack simply flattened the Raiders and their eight-ranked rushing defense in the second half, gaining 132 of their 144 yards.

“With a short week after playing 82 plays the week before, our guys are beat up, our guys are banged up,’’ Allen said. “It wasn’t for a lack of effort. It wasn’t from a lack of planning. They blocked us, we struggled with our tackling and we weren’t able to stop them.’’

The Raiders, 4-8, are ensured their 11th consecutive non-winning season. They finish 0-4 against the NFC East with eight straight losses against teams with winning records dating back to a Nov. 27 win over the Chicago Bears in 2011.

While Dallas got 82 yards from 12 carries from undrafted free agent rookie Lance Dunbar and 17 carries for 63 yards and three touchdowns from DeMarco Murray, the Raiders fifth-ranked rushing attack managed just 50 yards on 25 carries. It was the second-lowest output on the ground this season, getting 49 yards in a Week 3 loss in Denver.

“It all starts with stopping the run, making them one-dimensional, and making plays on the outside,’’ Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said.

The Cowboys, 7-5 and a half-game up on Philadelphia in the NFC East, also got a 4-yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo to Dez Bryant and a 19-yard field goal by Dan Bailey in the fourth quarter.

The Raiders struck with a 23-yard fumble return on the opening kickoff, had a pair of 1-yard runs from Rashad Jennings in building their 21-7 lead, and managed only a too-little, too-late 45-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski late in the fourth quarter.

Momentum swung for good not long after the Raiders hit their high point, with Jennings scoring from the 1 following a 50-yard, 12-play drive engineered by quarterback Matt McGloin.

Previously, McGloin had taken the Raiders 79 yards in 12 plays _ also ending in a Jennings touchdown _ and in those touchdown drives was 5-for-5 for 81 yards and five first downs on third-down plays.

Romo, who completed 23 of 32 passes for 225 yards, had only 1:56 to work with but drove the Cowboys 73 yards with 10 seconds to spare, completing 5 of 7 passes for 71 yards against a defense that that had been stout up to that point.

“It’s a killer, and it’s happened to us a couple of times this year,’’ free safety Charles Woodson said. “Those are huge points. Those are momentum stoppers. And it gives them confidence going into halftime that they can move the ball on us.’’

Which is exactly what the Cowboys did, going on drives of 87 and 65 yards for touchdowns and 79 yards for a field goal, during which time the Raiders managed a single first down.

Oakland’s best chance for a second-half touchdown ended when McGloin (18 of 30 for 255 yards) threw a jump-ball to 5-foot-9 Jacoby Ford on third-and-9 from the 20 which was intercepted in the end zone by Brandon Carr.

Raiders players weren’t buying Allen’s fatigue theory.

“At this point everybody’s tired _ even Dallas, I’m sure,’’ McGloin said. “You’ve got to fight through it, you’ve got to push through it. That’s why you condition, that’s why you work all season to say in shape. That’s no excuse.’’

Said Woodson: “The opportunity was there. We’re up in that game and we didn’t find a way to finish it out. Going forward what you have to build on is being able to close games out.’’

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  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Hellno to Manziel.

  • prometheus

    jealous? open wide and I’ll spray you too texan.

  • BOKNOWS

    Isnt that Bortles kid compared to Big Ben?

  • nolarick

    He’s also a slackass with a poor attitude and work ethic. We’ve seen a bunch of physical freaks cycle through this organization over the years. How many of those experiments succeeded? Clowney is another Al Davis scholarship recipient waiting to happen. Let someone else fund that scholarship.

  • J Hill

    Hayden had 2 bad games all year. Denver and Philly.

    And those TDs in the Philly game were mistakes by the FS, imo. I know it’s sac-relig to talk about 24, but deep balls over the top ae what we signed him to pick off.

    Jenkins gave up WAY MORE completions that day than Hayden, by the way.

  • Sebastian Livermore

    Nah he can make plays, use the cap space to build up the offense and d line then insert Manziel

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    That one dimension we need the ability to rush the passer without needing to blitz.

  • BOKNOWS

    Don’t forget our DT’s were all backups for other teams….

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Okay, but that’s not enough of an explanation. I know what kind of defensive talent Chicago had, what kind of offensive disappointments were experienced under Lovie. They couldn’t get over any humps, year after year.
    Not saying that was his fault. Sometimes the other team is just better than you are, but I do know Lovie’s Chicago teams had a lot of defensive talents. Do we? Yet?
    What was the reason they let him go, in your estimation? What about his offense?

  • KoolKell

    How do the Raiders win?

    Certainly not with a lead.

  • Rifflicks

    but , but, but he’s better than Allen cause I said so.

  • Rifflicks

    duhh it’s the only way you can win

  • J Hill

    Definitely free agent and draft talk time.

    Holmes, Moore, and Streater are fine at WR.

    We need defense in rd 1. Best defensive player available.

  • BOKNOWS

    Who’s in the slot?

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Could Gurode have picked a worse time to have his worst game as a Raider?

  • prometheus

    i hate to agree with you on anything but on this we agree.

  • severeraiderz

    Lmao you’re kidding right? Matt McGloin has a higher floor than Pryor but a MUCH lower ceiling. He is accurate, but not Brees level accurate, he lacks mobility, has mediocre arm strength, he is small, and is the same age as Pryor.

    Tp hasn’t proven to be a Franchise guy, but to argue his ceiling is lower than McGloin is just foolish. Each qb has had flashes, TP’s flashes thus far have been much brighter

  • Rifflicks

    NO WAY…another shorter pryor…that BS don’t fly in the NFL

  • KoolKell

    Tittttty boy

  • nolarick

    Hell no. All three are scrubs. Streater or Holmes could make decent No. 3 WRs, but Mad Matt exposed our receiving corps for the scrubs that they are.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Matthews at OT anyone?

  • Rifflicks

    so he sits on the bench waiting for passing downs

  • Rifflicks

    still wrong since day 1

  • BOKNOWS

    I think with all the talent we currently have other than guard…we can have success on the offensive line…..if healthy

  • nolarick

    I disagree. Watching that kid work is amazing. Very smart guy. Goes through his reads. Can roll out to either side of the field and be effective throwing. Directs traffic downfield to his receivers. Calls protections from the line. Audibles out of bad plays. Tons of upside there.

  • J Hill

    They should all move around.

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    TP2 should not even be playing QB in the NFL.

    He is not an NFL caliber QB he could play WR however.

  • J Hill

    Why on earth would you think the Gruden dream is dead, Texas?

    The guy clearly wants out of that booth, imo.

  • BOKNOWS

    Yeah but you need a shifty guy aka..welker, amendola…who can work the middle of field

  • nolarick

    Clowney v. Hulk = Hulk SMASH!

  • severeraiderz

    McGloin was never better, Cork confirmed as much on several chats. There was a 4 qb race and TP won the job. If McGloin was so ready then why were they hesitant to send him out there even when Pryoy was playing on one leg? Speculation is all fun and games until its confronted with facts

  • BOKNOWS

    Nope

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Allen is a boob. Macgloin is a decent little back up.

    The o line has played their best football over the last 3 weeks. Time to sit down the scrub from Scranton & put the raiders best player Pryor back on the field.

    Failure to play your best players is reason to be fired!!!!

  • Rifflicks

    we’ll see in the Bowl games and the Combine what he really has

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    my rookie qb draft board in order
    1 Mariota
    2 Carr
    3 Bridgewater
    4 Hundley
    5 McCarron
    6 Murray
    7 Boyd
    removed from the board Manziel.

  • J Hill

    Again, depending on the scenario, I have Moore there and sometimes Streater.

  • Sebastian Livermore

    That was a mistake and Mariota is garbage

  • Rifflicks

    Cork confirmed????
    what gives him and credibility?

  • nolarick

    Wow, delusional post.

  • BOKNOWS

    Id like to see what that that kid Jenkins can do….

  • KoolKell

    Why, raiders don’t do QB’s

  • http://www.raiders.com/ Drexl

    ^^ McAngry

  • BOKNOWS

    No Bortles?

  • nolarick

    Yep. I’m pretty excited, too.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    The raiders needed just 1 or 2 big plays that we’re not in the script, but the only guys capable of doing that Pryor & dmac are not factors?!?!

    Allen has a defense that couldnt stop a leaky tire in a fix a flat factory!!

    Please fire this clown

  • marks hair

    we need d. but wr is not fine

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    coaching staff didn’t know he was playing on one leg, and I y think he is in the dog house still, because of it

  • Sebastian Livermore

    Please no more Pryor talk, he’s done time to move on

  • prometheus

    funny how you went into hiding after Pryor stunk it up against the queefs.Pryor sucks 5TDs 10 INts and isn’t an NFL starter And won’t start another game.. get over it mistic buster. McGloin>Pryor.. jamarcus Russel> Pryor

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Just deleted my response. not worth the effort.