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Cowboys score 24 unanswered to beat Raiders 31-24

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It took the Cowboys a half to wake up from what appeared to be a tryptophan coma, but once they did, they looked like a quality team again.

They came back from an early malaise to beat the Raiders 31-24 Thursday, riding a running game that did what it needed to do, and a passing offense that was good enough in the second half.

DeMarco Murray ran for three touchdowns, and the Cowboys were able to control the clock after the Raiders pushed them around in the first half. Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was 23-of-32 for 225 yards and a touchdown, but he had plenty of help.

Backup running back Lance Dunbar, who had 18 carries for 68 yards this season, emerged with 82 yards on 12 carries before going down with a left knee injury late in the game.

That was enough for the Cowboys to improve to 7-5, putting them a half-game up on the Eagles for the top spot in the NFC East.

The Raiders fell to 4-8, wasting a solid first half by rookie quarterback Matt McGloin. But when he was picked off by Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr in the end zone it sealed things, as the Raiders mostly looked like a tired team on a short week.

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29 Responses to “Cowboys score 24 unanswered to beat Raiders 31-24”
  1. doomsdaydefensetx says: Nov 28, 2013 8:17 PM

    Finally some sort of run game.
    Now for some more Turkey.

  2. gibbyfan says: Nov 28, 2013 8:26 PM

    Hard to believe —another sub 500 year coming for sure this year and odds are next year too. Just nothing to build on

  3. sourdough says: Nov 28, 2013 8:27 PM

    Congratulations to the Raiders for locking up its eleventh (11th) consecutive season w.o a winning record.

    Just lose baby!

  4. cwk22 says: Nov 28, 2013 8:40 PM

    Don’t get excited cowboy fans. It was the Raiders

  5. dubblelznhell says: Nov 28, 2013 8:48 PM

    Raiders need to wipe the slate clean and build this team from the inside out. Everything begins on the front lines…..

  6. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Nov 28, 2013 8:55 PM

    Somebody in the Raiders organization had a heavy interest in the line !Pull back and Kick a field goal on 2nd down when your driving cmon man ! You could have ran two quick plays to see if the touch down was the first option then an onside kick recovered at mid field with the big leg of janikowski is a real chance at the tie cmon man !

  7. abninf says: Nov 28, 2013 9:05 PM

    If the number of championships determines the best quarterbacks, the same goes for General Managers. General Manager Jones has three championships and is now building a second dynasty. Princeton educated Coach Garrett is considered to be the most intelligent coach in the league. Tony Ramiro Romo is the highest rated QB in NFL history and will lead this team to a Super Bowl Victory this season. America’s Team. The Eagles will continue to have Zero Lombardi trophies. Zero. How sad.

  8. dolphins4 says: Nov 28, 2013 9:51 PM

    The Raiders couldn’t win or they would miss out on one of the top QBs coming out this year.

  9. slick50ks says: Nov 28, 2013 9:53 PM

    Way to go fade.

    Worst team of the century!

  10. atwatercrushesokoye says: Nov 28, 2013 9:54 PM

    Hey joetoronto and the rest of the Raiduhs fans…congratulations on your 11th straight season without a winning record! The crypt keeper would be proud!

  11. shatho1 says: Nov 28, 2013 10:03 PM

    here we go with the its just the raiders comments… let’s get this straight ppl the raiders seemed to be doing pretty well let’s give credit where credit is due… the cowboys defense was getting hammered in this game and so was the offense they came back and stepped up their game so these comments about its just the raiders are just pathetic. GO COWBOYS!!!

  12. MDRaider says: Nov 28, 2013 10:03 PM

    Why did the Cowboys let the Raiders get up and lead at the half? A team that was predicted to be the least talented in the league put up 300+ yards on the defense. This was supposed to be a blowout on national TV according to all the experts. Congrats to the Boys on the win. I wouldn’t buy those tickets to the SB just yet though.

  13. gibbyfan says: Nov 28, 2013 10:10 PM

    Raider fan here but have to admit.11 losing seasons in a row could easily turn into 13 or 14………I see no real end in sight

  14. repmochief50 says: Nov 28, 2013 10:14 PM

    Look on the bright side Joetoronto, your boys are the ONLY AFC West team to lose to the Cowboys this years! You can be proud of that! Maybe you shouldn’t talk so much crap bout every other team whe yours is having a tough year??

  15. MyTeamsAllStink says: Nov 28, 2013 10:31 PM

    The Raiders don’t get better but they do TG et worse.They just stay the same which is the worst thing you can do.If they got worse at least they’d get a top pick.

  16. rjwalnuts says: Nov 28, 2013 10:39 PM

    MDRaider says:
    Nov 28, 2013 10:03 PM
    Why did the Cowboys let the Raiders get up and lead at the half? A team that was predicted to be the least talented in the league put up 300+ yards on the defense. This was supposed to be a blowout on national TV according to all the experts. Congrats to the Boys on the win. I wouldn’t buy those tickets to the SB just yet though.

    ==============

    Obviously the Raiders put up a ton of yardage, the Cowboys have the worst defense in the league…So to answer your question that’s part of the reason the Raiders had a halftime lead…And no one is buying SB tickets lol, it was just a win over your team after all…

  17. bluebongzilla says: Nov 28, 2013 10:57 PM

    “Why did the Cowboys let the Raiders get up and lead at the half?”

    I’m guessing because they spotted the Raiders an easy one on the kickoff.

    Why didn’t the Raiders get up in the second half and win this winnable game? Offhand I’d say conditioning. Some of those guys looked like they were wearing lead shoes.

    But really, it’s called “adjustments”. Being a Raiders fan you may have never seen a halftime coaching adjustment firsthand but that’s what happening to your team. They got out-coached and out-motivated.

    “This was supposed to be a blowout on national TV according to all the experts. ”

    Really? The line was -9.5 Cowboys last time I checked. Would have covered if not for that last minute garbage time FG the Faiders kicked.

  18. bluebongzilla says: Nov 28, 2013 11:03 PM

    The Cowboys D gives up an average of 432.2 yards of offense per game this season, dead last in the NFL. If you think putting 305 on them in a loss is some kinda moral victory, you MUST be a Faiders fan..

  19. robgilman says: Nov 28, 2013 11:25 PM

    dennis allen’s team quit today

  20. vonridel says: Nov 28, 2013 11:30 PM

    McGloin throws an interception in the end zone while throwing a jump ball to Jacoby Ford.

    One question: what idiot selected the personnel on that play? Ford is not tall enough to reach the top shelf of a pantry and has a history of NOT fighting for a contested ball. Dennis Allen needs to pull his head out of his butt and start coaching.

    How many games this year have Raiders led in first half only to be outplayed in the second half? Most of them? That is a pure coaching failure to not make adjustments in the second half and go from dominating to being dominated.

  21. radrntn says: Nov 28, 2013 11:56 PM

    well have to say McGloin in the past couple of games has looked great at times, and has made boneheaded rookie mistakes…..growing pains with both of our qb’s …the one bright side….just nice to see Velhdeer and our starting unit for the first time all year. They did not give up a sack the entire game, and was nice to see McGloin have time to get set- even if he threw a pick in the end zone

  22. r8dernation says: Nov 29, 2013 12:59 AM

    atwatercrushesokoye says:
    Nov 28, 2013 9:54 PM
    Hey joetoronto and the rest of the Raiduhs fans…congratulations on your 11th straight season without a winning record! The crypt keeper would be proud!
    _____________________________

    And you’ll make the playoffs and be one and done. Then tell me which hurts more.

  23. humb0lt says: Nov 29, 2013 1:31 AM

    lol the Raiders.

  24. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 29, 2013 2:07 AM

    shatho1 says: Nov 28, 2013 10:03 PM

    here we go with the its just the raiders comments… let’s get this straight ppl the raiders seemed to be doing pretty well let’s give credit where credit is due… the cowboys defense was getting hammered in this game and so was the offense they came back and stepped up their game so these comments about its just the raiders are just pathetic. GO COWBOYS!!!
    —————

    You pulled it when the Giants beat them. You clowns love to pick and choose when it’s “nobody” though.

  25. 64post says: Nov 29, 2013 2:17 AM

    gibbyfan says:
    Nov 28, 2013 10:10 PM
    Raider fan here but have to admit.11 losing seasons in a row could easily turn into 13 or 14………I see no real end in sight
    gibby, you are a one in a million Raider fan that’s not in denial, most think they’re going big soon.

  26. pencilmonkeymagic says: Nov 29, 2013 6:51 AM

    Reading some of these comments, you’d think the Cowboys had that all planned yesterday. They were woeful in the first half. The Raiders coordinators had them on the ropes and messed it up royally. Garrett had no answer for it. I wouldn’t trust him to run a bath, much less an NFL team.

    Cowboys had so much 2nd half possession due to inept Raider 3& out play-calling. With a half-decent OC, McGloin would’ve torn Jerry & Co. a new one. Alas, they’re still the Raiders & the Cowboys have that to be thankful for today. Playoff team? Not even close.

  27. junglerat524 says: Nov 29, 2013 12:32 PM

    These guys look like the Bengals in the 90s.

  28. shatho1 says: Nov 29, 2013 12:58 PM

    @Mr. Wright 212
    I may have , but the raiders didn’t look as good as they did n the first half of that game against your pathetic team as they did against Dallas. so u just keep on being a hypocrite like u were last week when the midgets lost to the cowboys at least I stick with what I say about my team win or lose unlike you!

  29. raiderapologist says: Nov 29, 2013 8:48 PM

    humb0lt says: Nov 29, 2013 1:31 AM

    lol the Raiders.
    ————-
    humb0lt has been hiding under his bed since October 6th, and when he finally reappears the best he can do is a lol. Pitiful.

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