10. At 7-7 the Cowboys’ scoring drive went 3 yards and the Raiders’ offense didn’t have to gain even a yard. Two bad turnovers, two touchdowns. Well, it is ThanksGIVING.
9. Not a real good start. Catastrophic, actually. First of all, Terrance Williams returned a kickoff from eight yards deep in the end zone, which is a no-no. Secondly he, um, fumbled. Raiders returned it for a touchdown just 12 seconds in, NFL’s first score by the kicking team on the game’s first play since 1999. Quickest touchdown ever allowed by the Cowboys in their 53-year history.
8. Stop the presses: After allowing 242 and 208 yards rushing the last two games, the Cowboys’ defense held the Raiders to 50 today. Smirk if you want, but Oakland entered the game 8th in the NFL on the ground.
7. DeMarco Murray with three rushing touchdowns – the Cowboys’ first triple TD since Julius Jones in ’04 – but it was Lance Dunbar who provided the running-game spark. He has a hyper-extended knee, but should be good to go against the Bears in 11 days.
6. Jason Witted juked two Raiders on a nifty stop-change-of-direction move, instantly doubling the number of tacklers he’d juked this season.
5. Selena Gomez was hotter than we expected. But has there ever been a more obvious lip-sync performance in the history of non-singing?
4. After a mouthy, productive start by former Cowboys Mike Jenkins and Andre Holmes, in the second half they regressed into, well, former Cowboys.
3. Biggest play of the game produced by Brandon Carr, who picked off somebody named Matt McGloin’s end-zone pass intended for somebody named Jacoby Ford. The Cowboys responded with their second 14-play drive in five days to build a 10-point lead.
2. Tony Romomentum: Despite playing with a stomach virus, he’s now 16-1 at home in November including 6-1 on Thanksgiving. Stats on Turkey Day? 165 of 248 (66%) for 2,033 yards, 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. Turkey Romo.
1. Question: What’s the antidote for jinxes both Sports Illustrated and blue jersey? Answer: The Oakland Raiders. Cowboys didn’t play great and, fortunately, they didn’t have to. Even down 21-7 I had zero fear Dallas wouldn’t score 30+ points and win.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently writes a sports/guy stuff blog at DFWSportatorium.com and lives in McKinney with his fiancee, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.