Cowboys Woeful Stretch Against AFC West, Still Top NFC East – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

The Dallas Cowboys struggled through a November trip through the AFC West that took plenty of brilliance from their incredible start, even though they still control NFC East.

After forcing overtime on Thursday, the Cowboys had two untimely penalties after getting the ball first before losing 36-33 to the Las Vegas Raiders. It was the third loss in four games for Dallas, all against AFC West teams.

From a 6-1 record after a Halloween victory in Minnesota, the Cowboys finished their annual Thanksgiving Day match 7-4. They only play at home again the day after Christmas.

“It was definitely (was) a home game that we all hoped before we got away that we could win this game,” said Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. “Oakland took advantage of the situation. I call it vomit ball. The right way to play in a game like this, just throw it out and get a penalty.”

Daniel Carlson’s final 29-yard field goal came after cornerback Anthony Brown was called for pass interference on a third-down incompletion for the fourth time. It was part of a franchise record of 166 penalty yards against Dallas on the 14 flags that were enforced.

After the 33-yard penalty marked for Dallas 24, the Raiders (6-5) had two running games to put up the kick that ended their three-game losing streak.

“It’s frustrating, but at the same time you have to deal with it. You have to fight your way through it,” Brown said. “The other team takes care of that too. They get called up too. We can’t complain about that.”

Without their two best receivers and with Ezekiel Elliott still playing through a lengthy knee injury, Dallas still had 437 total yards and forced overtime on Greg Zuerlein’s 45-yard field goal.

Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein missed an extra point and a 59-yard field goal Thursday in a game that Dallas lost by three. NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs says the more Zuerlein kicks, the more questions are raised.

But the Cowboys were plagued by penalties throughout, including an illegal block on kickoff return that forced them to start their overtime possession from their own 7.

The month of November began for Dallas with a 30-14 home loss to Denver, which led 30-0 in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys then had a 43-3 win over Atlanta at home the following week before losing 19-9 to Kansas City last Sunday.

Dallas now plays three games in a row away from home, next Thursday in New Orleans before division games against Washington and the New York Giants.

Recipients CeeDee Lamb (concussion) and Amari Cooper (COVID-19 protocols) are expected to return to the Saints game. Defensive DeMarcus Lawrence (broken foot) could also play for the first time since the season opener.

Despite a less-than-desirable result on the field, Dallas Cowboys fans were out in full force for the team’s annual Thanksgiving Day game.

The Eagles (5-6) and Washington (4-6) have both won their last two games en route to matchups this weekend against 3-7 teams. The next home game for Dallas is in prime time on December 26 against Washington.

“We’ve got help on the way, we have young guys playing hard,” Jones said. “We have a tough schedule ahead of us. I’m not talking about other teams and strength in the schedule. We just go out here and play against any team and we know we have our hands full in every match.

“We’re a team that needs to get better than we were out here today to think about our goals this year,” he said. “We must become better than we were today. But the facts are that we can become better, we can technically and tangibly become better than we are today.”


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