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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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  • Charlie

    Give it a rest about Reggie.
    You think having $50 million in dead money, a roster full of ex players most of which are now on someone else’s bench or out of the league, no draft picks other than compensatory ones in 2012 and lacking a second round pick in 2013 may have had something to do with the players he has been able to get?
    Think our situation may have impacted who might want to coach us in 2012?
    If you don’t- stop reading you do not get it.
    We are rebuilding as a result of drafting horribly from 2002-2011 and paying Hall of Fame money to some of the worst players the NFL had to offer.
    No quick fix baby.

  • nolarick

    Another delusional post.

  • BOKNOWS

    WR core for 2014:
    1. Watkins
    2. Holmes….or Pryor LOL
    3. Streater
    4. Moore
    5. Jenkins in slot

  • Sebastian Livermore

    Mike Evans would be good or maybe a WR from FA

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Completely Concur Charlie

  • KoolKell

    Looks like QB play is not the answer here.

  • prometheus

    Pryor was sacked 29 times in 8 games!!!! thats more than palmer in 15 games. your boy sucks. holds the ball, panics and runs to his right. most predictable QB in the NFL. i know McGloin doesn’t have the skin pigment that you prefer racist but he is better than Pryor. and that doesn;t even mean that McGloin is good, just good compared to toilet paper

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

    We are all glad the Pryor experiment is over.

    e should have never even attempted to play QB in the NFL it was a joke.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Watkins, Evans, Robinson, Lee works for me.

  • marks hair

    no one’s complaining because there hasn’t been a quick fix.. they’re complaining because he wastes draft picks.

  • BOKNOWS

    If they had converted him to WR immediately…he’d be awesome by now

  • marks hair

    and because he hired da

  • BOKNOWS

    You only get 1

  • prometheus

    Holmes and streater for sure. Pryor could play TE

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

    Bo knows!

  • Sebastian Livermore

    Hakeem Nicks would be nice but I’m pretty sure he’s going to Carolina next year

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    10centsworth’s ”Amy Alarm” just went off.

  • BOKNOWS

    Fact!

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    He didn’t get snaps. I think Cork is just like most people–sees a short guy and said, “Nice arm but too short. Nothing but a back up.” Besides, TP’s athletic talent is a turn-on for some, esp. for writers.
    Writers don’t care emotionally about a team. Cork is not a Raider fan nor should he be. He is simply assigned to cover them and nothing is more a bore for a writer than to be assigned covering a losing team. Your stories never make the headlines, are never picked up by the other biggies like ESPN.
    Writing about a new guy with all the athletic talent in the world, a guy whose exploits in the running game were being shown as highlights on the sports networks is seen as better than writing about a team that has a workmanlike, effective qb if the team is not going to win the division.
    Here’s a fact: go back and check out Charles Woodson’s and Nick Roach’s comments about McGloin….they said, in individual interviews that McG’s arm, his decision-making, his ability to lead the team didn’t surprise them at all as it did other people because they “were used to him picking them[the D] apart in practices for a while now.”

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Love how Pryor played the first 4 games. The san Diego game was the best qb play we have seen in a decade here. The o line fell apart & Pryor struggled playing behind guys that are not nfl caliber.

    Macgloin has not matche what Pryor did, yet Allen and these so called fans want him?

    Lol

    Hope you enjoyed losing two games the raiders could have won had they played the best offensive player PRYOR

  • BOKNOWS

    What burns me is they knew he couldn’t throw 3 yrs ago

  • prometheus

    so what. he can disrupt the pocket and knock the QB down consistently. O would have to gameplan to stop him. thats what OAK needs.

  • myopinion

    I didnt, from my phone its almost impossible to backtrack a day and find something. sounds good to me. ivee put years of thought into it and I think I have a really good plan. and making homes beutiful for cheapis what ive been doing for ten years.

  • http://www.raiders.com/ Drexl

    ^^ Delusional poster

  • BOKNOWS

    Someone is still drunk from yesterday…..

  • Sebastian Livermore

    Don’t feed the trolls

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    yeah, her.

  • J Hill

    When I say fine, I mean in terms of a need based 1st rd pick.

    3rd down defense HAS to be a priority as I’ve been screaming for YEARS.

  • nolarick

    Mike Evans is the next Megatron

  • RaiderCDE

    Reggie simply is not getting it done. We haven’t heard a peep from him since he promised ‘wins’ at the beginning of the season.

    First he gives Palmer away for nothing – still eats the dead money – then follows that up with Flynch trade – $6.5 million and 2 draft picks! Guy lasts one game (a horrible loss of course)! Then he followed that stroke with with a ‘questionable’ (read: horrendous) draft. He simply pissed away the #3 overall pick! DJ Hayden?. OMG Not only because he’s too small, too soft, too slow, injury prone and can’t play in this league, but *especially* considering the 2 players selected after him are pro bowl game changing DT out the gate – and were *big time* positions of need for this team!! Hayden was abused on every level when he played, just had his 3rd surgery in less than a year – red flag!

    Watson? He’s simply too soft, can’t get on the field – when he does, he’s easily reinjured – now he is healthy but not even active? Red flag.

    Tyler Wilson is a 4th round pick and is frikn *released*?? Complete waste of a pick! David Bass is waived to keep 2 punters on the roster – only to be a starter in Chicago?Complete waste of a pick. Butler is this years Criner – red flag. Likely both gone.

    Last years draft? Bergs is approaching 30, has played poorly in a handful of games and is now on IR? – big time red flag. Bilukidi – wasted pick.

    When you add it all up – this is as bad drafting of even the worst of the Al years.

    I was hoping Reggie would work out – but he’s making it very difficult to think he will. Throwing millions down the toilet on bad FA moves and wasting draft picks simply is not cutting it.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Should we go with the lesser QB ‘cuz we’re losing either way? Or stay with the better one and work on the other problems?

  • nolarick

    Mike Evans is for real. I love that guy.

  • Raider O

    I agree with most of, but I don’t understand why Boyd is last on that list. I think he is better McCarron and Murray. I also like Murray more than McCarron.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Guess what when you play without wiz Watson veldherr Gironde& pasos

    Sacks

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Hey, there you are, guy, the full of brown stuff sycophant.

    If any other team in the league is hot for Pryor, that’s great, in my eyes. Means we can deal him and get something for him.

    It might be easier for him to give up his dream of being an NFL starting qb if he gets a fresh start with another team that will use him in packages. I do believe his talents can be used, but only if he faces the truth.

  • J Hill

    That would be a ridiculous WR core.

    And I wouldn’t be mad if we took Watkins in rd 1.

    Would just love to see a beast on the DL for a change.

  • nolarick

    Its way too early to know. Next year will tell the tale.

  • Raider O

    I do too, but his speed and separation at the next level is a concern.

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

    What a waste

  • BOKNOWS

    No that means you cant throw….

  • prometheus

    bullshit. Pryor holds the ball and panics. anybody that has watched him knows this. lie all u want

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    I project Raiders will be drafting #2 overall, behind the loser between Jacksonville and Houston in two weeks.
    Buffalo, Cleveland, and New York will win one more game, Washington and Tampa Bay will win two, Minnesota will win two, Atlanta will win two, Houston or Jacksonville winner will win one more game.
    I don’t see us winning one more game.

  • nolarick

    You’re nuts! How the hell is any O line ever supposed to protect a guy who either outruns his protection, or whose movement is so erratic that they don’t know where he is?

  • marks hair

    Exactly! but half the blog blindly believes reggie will do better with More picks and $$.. it seems like an opportunity for him to set us back a lot further…

  • BOKNOWS

    Ur crazy talking sense on here….

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    He’s so far past delusional he couldn’t even find his way back to it.

  • BOKNOWS

    We need theme music on here….like Benny Hill or South Park….

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    He can? He’s not build like a TE should be built, thick through the middle for all the shots he takes.
    Plus, we don’t know that he could ever be a good blocker on the line. Hell, we don’t even know if he can catch the ball, but I’d love to find out.
    That throw to Ford in the end zone? I could see TP streaking down the sidelines, pulling in front of the defender and, if he can catch, not even having to jump to get that ball because he would have outrun the defender.
    But, I guess he won’t consider that kind of glory.

  • nolarick

    I don’t think it will be. But, as all draft picks are, it is certainly a gamble. If the guy has the brains and the physical talent (Evans has both IMHO), then it is definitely worth the gamble.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Not only has McGloin’s play exceeded Pryor, the WRs, rbs, TE, and OLine play has exceeded their play with McGloin under center.