Massive public teams going head to head in this showdown at AT&T Stadium Saturday night. When you look back at the 2016 season, little went wrong for the Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys. The two teams combined for 25 regular season wins. The Raiders are still in search for their first preseason win, with losses against the Cardinals (20-10) and the Rams (24-21). The Cowboys are 2-1 this preseason, coming off a 24-19 win against the Colts.
Oakland Raiders vs. Dallas Cowboys
Point spread: Cowboys -3
Date:Saturday, August 26, 2017 @ 20:00
Location:AT&T Stadium, Dallas
Betting and Point Spread Analysis
It’s hard to believe these two franchises have only met 11 times during the regular season, the Raiders had the edge winning 6 of those games. This will be the first time the two teams have faced each other since the 2013 season when they opened up the preseason against each other and then faced off on Thanksgiving Day (Cowboys winning 31-24) in the regular season. The teams will meet again this season, as the Cowboys will visit the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 17.
Both Derek Carr and Marshawn Lynch made their preseason debuts last week and will be key factors in any success the Raiders have this season. Carr was 7 of 9 passing for 100 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Lynch carried the ball 2 times for 9 yards. DE Khalil Mack also appeared in his first contest of the preseason and picked up right where he left off from a year ago, posting four tackles (three solo) and one sack. Raiders WR Michael Crabtree is a native of Dallas, Texas, and was a college football’s most productive receiver from 2008-09 at Texas Tech. Last week he scored a touchdown on his only touch of the game.
Last week in a win against the Colts, Cowboys’ fans got a firsthand look at now sophomore quarterback Dak Prescott. He didn’t disappoint, showing signs of his brilliant rookie campaign completing 7 of 8 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown. Reports say Prescott will see action against the Raiders, but it will be limited. Head Coach Jason Garrett addressed plans for the team’s star running back Ezekiel Elliott on Tuesday, saying Elliott could see a workload of 8 to 12 snaps in Saturday’s regular-season dress rehearsal against the Raiders. Elliott is still waiting for the appeal process to begin, as he was handed a six-game suspension by the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
Oakland Raiders at Dallas Cowboys Prediction
Cowboys 21 Raiders 10