33-yard penalty kicks Raiders in Dallas

Raiders and Cowboys combined for nearly 1,000 yards of attack without the best wide receivers



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Shorthanded? You wouldn’t know.

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The Las Vegas Raiders and Dallas Cowboys played without their best wide receivers in the NFL triple-headed game two on Thursday, but ended up putting on one hell of an offensive show.

The Raiders won it 36-33 in overtime.

Derek Carr threw 39 times for 373 yards and one touchdown for Las Vegas, while Dak Prescott threw 47 times for 375 yards and two scores for Dallas. Neither smuggler was intercepted.

Carr lost his favorite target, tight end Darren Waller, early on. He left with a knee injury and did not return.

Prescott was without CeeDee Lamb (concussion) and Amari Cooper (COVID-19 / reserve). They are the Cowboys’ most prolific wide receivers.

The Cowboys offense struggled in the first half, but Prescott got hot after the half. At the end of the game, when you add all the rushing yards, the two teams combined for almost a thousand total yards – 946.

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That said, it was a gain of 33 yards on a single penalty, in overtime, that so decided the game.

Shortly after Dallas won the toss but quickly kicked off, the Raiders faced a 3e-and-18 from their own 43-yard line. Carr threw a deep pass to the Zay Jones spreader. Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown openly hampered Jones’ attempt to trap the pass at the Dallas 24-yard line, and two officials threw flags.

It was the fourth time Brown had been flagged for PI in the game.

That penalty – one-third of the field – put the Raiders in an instant winning goal position for Daniel Carlson. A few plays later, he split the posts with a 29-yard field goal.

Las Vegas ended a three-game losing streak and improved to 6-5.

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Dallas lost for the second time in five days and the third time in its last four games falling to 7-4, still comfortably ahead of the second-place Philadelphia Eagles, 5-6 in the NFC East.

“Hard to swallow,” said Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.

Especially for second-year head coach Mike McCarthy, whose team looked lethargic for much of another home game – and for the second consecutive Thanksgiving game.

McCarthy subsequently seemed annoyed at all the penalties handed down in the game: 14 for each team, totaling 276 yards.

“Twenty-eight penalties. I don’t know what you want me to say, ”McCarthy said.

JoKryk@postmedia.com

@JohnKryk

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