The Dallas Cowboys haven’t been two games over .500 all season; that’s their mission this Thursday when they host the Oakland Raiders in the second Thanksgiving game at 16:30 PM ET at AT&T Stadium.
The Cowboys are still learning about themselves, but at least this time they got a great lesson on their shoulders while beating the NY Giants last week.
“The teams that are able to put that one (bad loss) aside and come back and go win the next game and put their best foot forward, those are the ones that play at the end of the year,” coach Jason Garrett told the Cowboys’ official website.
“It’s a long season. Games go a lot of different ways over the course of 16 games. You’ve just got to keep going.”
The Raiders lost their third game in four weeks last Sunday against the Tennessee Titans; they are the worst team in the AFC West with their passing game ranked 29th in the league.
“We don’t have a lot of time to sit around and wallow in self-pity,” said coach Dennis Allen. “We’re extremely disappointed in the loss, but we’ve got a game to play, and we’ve got to get ourselves ready to play the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day, and that’s really where the majority of our focus has turned to now.”
The Cowboys are 9 point favorites in the NFL betting lines, and the game total is at 47. In 2009, the Raiders lost to Dallas by 17 also on Thanksgiving.