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    Brandon Carr intercepts a pass during the Thanksgiving Day game between the Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders at AT&T Stadium on Nov. 28, 2013.

    Every week, we'll grade the Cowboys on the three phases of the weekend's game.

    Offense: A

    Thanks to a nice defensive performance, Tony Romo & Co. were able to roar back to outscore the Raiders 17-3 in the second half and win their Thanksgiving Day game. Romo had a nice, efficient game, tossing a touchdown pass to Dez Bryant and no interceptions. The Cowboys' running game was great with Lance Dunbar getting a lot of play and leading the team with 82 yards on 12 carries before exiting with a season-ending injury. DeMarco Murray had 63 yards on the ground and three touchdowns and also had five catches for 39 yards.

    Defense: B

    On the bad end of things, the Raiders scored 24 points, and the Raiders aren't very good. On the positive side, Brandon Carr had an interception and the Cowboys' run defense stuffed a really good rushing team for 50 total yards, including holding a red-hot Rashad Jennings to 35 yards on 17 carries.

    Special teams: C

    An otherwise solid day in the kicking game was spoiled by what happened on the opening kickoff when Terrance Williams decided to take a kick from 7-8 yards deep in the end zone and then fumbled. The Raiders scooped it up and returned it for a touchdown to give the Raiders a 7-0 lead literally seconds into the game.