Cowboys extend woefully against West Asia, still top NFC East
Arlington, Texas The Dallas Cowboys struggled during a November trip across West Asia that took a big shine from their stunning start, even though they still controlled the NFC East.
Forced into overtime on Thursday, the Cowboys suffered two more penalties after taking the ball first before losing 36-33 to the Las Vegas Raiders. This was Dallas’ third loss in four games, all against Western AFC teams.
From a 6-1 record after Halloween’s victory in Minnesota, the Cowboys finished their annual Thanksgiving game 7-4. They won’t play at home again until the day after Christmas.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said: “This was definitely a home game we were all hoping for before we got on the road we could win this game.” “Auckland took advantage of the situation. I call it a throw ball. The right way to play in a game like this is just throw it and get a penalty.”
Daniel Carlson’s goal came at the end of the game from 29 yards after cornerback Anthony Brown was called in to pass over an incomplete third down for the fourth time. That was part of a franchise record of 166 penalty yards against Dallas on 14-flags that were imposed.
After the 33-yard penalty slot set for Dallas 24, the Raiders (6-5) had two consecutive games to set up the kick that ended their three defeat streak.
“It’s frustrating, but at the same time you have to deal with it,” Brown said. “The other team deals with it too. They are also contacted. We can’t complain about that.”
Without the two best receivers and with Ezekiel Elliott still playing through a knee injury, Dallas still had 437 total yards and was forced into overtime on a Greg Zuerlein 45-yard goal.
But the Cowboys were hit with penalties all the time, including an illegal kick-off ban that forced them to start their 7th overtime possession.
November began for Dallas with a 30-14 home loss to Denver, which led 30-0 in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys then claimed a 43-3 home win over Atlanta the following week before losing 19-9 in Kansas City last Sunday.
Dallas now plays three games in a row on the road, next Thursday in New Orleans before the division games against the Washington and New York Giants.
CeeDee Lamb (concussion) and Amari Cooper (COVID-19 protocols) receivers are expected to return to Saints. Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence (broken foot) could also play for the first time since the season opener.
The Eagles (5-6) and Washington (4-6) each won the last two games before this week’s showdown against 3-7 teams. Dallas’ next home game in the prime of the season will be on December 26th against Washington.
“We have help on the way, we have guys who are playing hard,” Jones said. “We have a tough schedule ahead. I’m not talking about the other teams and the strength of the schedule. We just go out here and play with any team, and we know our hands are full in any game.
“We are a team that has to be better than we were here today to think about our goals this year,” he said. “We have to be better than we were today. But the facts are that we can improve, technically and tangibly we can be better than we are today.”
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