ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Dallas Cowboys struggled through a November trip through the AFC West that took a lot of shine from their incredible debut, even though they still control NFC East.
After forcing overtime Thursday, the Cowboys suffered two more premature penalties after getting the ball first before falling 36-33 to the Las Vegas Raiders. It was the third loss in four games for Dallas, all against teams from AFC West.
Going 6-1 after a Halloween win at Minnesota, the Cowboys ended their annual Thanksgiving game 7-4. They won’t be playing at home until Boxing Day.
âIt was definitely (was) a home game, we were all hoping that before we hit the road we could win that game,â said Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. âOakland took advantage of the situation. I call it a throwing ball. The right way to play in a game like this, just throw it up and get a penalty. “
Daniel Carlson’s 29-yard field goal ended the game after cornerback Anthony Brown was called up for pass interference on an incomplete third down for the fourth time. It was part of a franchise record 166 penalty yards against Dallas on the 14 flags that were applied.
After the 33-yard penalty against the Dallas 24, the Raiders (6-5) made two running games to prepare for the kick that ended their three-game losing streak.
âIt’s frustrating, but at the same time you have to face it. You have to fight through it, âBrown said. âThe other team also takes care of it. They are also called. We cannot complain about this.
Without their top two receivers and with Ezekiel Elliott still playing despite a lingering knee injury, Dallas still had 437 total yards and forced overtime on Greg Zuerlein’s 45-yard basket.
But the Cowboys have been plagued with penalties throughout, including an illegal block on return from the kickoff that forced them to start their possession overtime from their own 7.
November began for Dallas with a 30-14 home loss to Denver, which led 30-0 in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys went on to claim a 43-3 victory over Atlanta at home the following week before losing 19-9 at Kansas City last Sunday.
Dallas now plays three straight road games next Thursday in New Orleans ahead of the divisional games against Washington and the New York Giants.
Receivers CeeDee Lamb (concussion) and Amari Cooper (COVID-19 protocols) are expected to return for the Saints game. Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence (broken foot) could also play for the first time since the start of the season.
The Eagles (5-6) and Washington (4-6) both won their last two games before this weekend’s clashes against 3-7 teams. Dallas’ next home game is on December 26 in prime time against Washington.
âWe’ve got help along the way, we’ve got kids playing hard,â Jones said. âWe have a busy schedule ahead of us. I’m not talking about the other teams and the strength of the schedule. We just come out here and play any team, and we know we have our hands full in any game.
âWe are a team that needs to improve from where we were here today to reflect on our goals this year,â he said. âWe have to do better than today. But the facts are that we can improve, we can technically and concretely be better than we are today.
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