The Dallas Cowboys provided another subpar effort in the 36-33 overtime loss to the Las Vegas Raiders and the outcome left many Cowboys fans regurgitating Thanksgiving dinner. The flag fest masquerading as a pro football contest surely gave most watching a case of agita.
The Cowboys have now lost three out of four and are suffering from their first back-to-back losses of the season. What once was thought of as a comfortable lead in the NFC East is now just two games in the loss column as the Philadelphia Eagles have been playing their best football.
Even though the Cowboys will be getting several injured players back in Week 13, the bigger issue is the team didn’t play well for the entire month of November.
Before turning the page to December, here’s a look at the good, the bad and the ugly against the Raiders.
The Good: Quarterback Dak Prescott
It was a slow start to the game, but when the offense needed him, Prescott came through. In the fourth quarter, Prescott turned it on to bring the Cowboys back and helped get the game to overtime.
The best sequence from Prescott came with Dallas down 30-22 with 3:41 left on the clock. Prescott went 3-3 for 68 yards on the game-tying drive and two of the throws had pinpoint accuracy. The 32-yard strike to wide receiver Michael Gallup got the offense moving and just two plays later Prescott threw a perfect 32-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dalton Schultz.
It was vintage Prescott with the game on the line against the Raiders.
The Bad: The pass defense
It would be easy to single out cornerback Anthony Brown for his putrid performance, but the entire secondary had a rough game on Thanksgiving. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr carved up the Dallas defense, frequently finding open receivers on his way to throwing for 373 yards and a score.
Cornerback Jourdan Lewis was one of easiest targets for Carr to throw at and he gave up the long touchdown to Raiders wide receiver DeSean Jackson on the Raiders’ first possession.