The Oakland Raiders offense struggled to get anything going early on, much like last week’s matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders didn’t get a first down until the quarterback scrambled for a seven-yard gain on the team’s third drive of the night.
Meanwhile, Dak Prescott and the Cowboys offense was humming, moving into scoring position each of their own first-three series. Cornerback Sean Smith limited the damage on the opening drive as he took advantage of an errant throw to haul in his first interception of the season. But the Raiders defense wasn’t able to limit the damage on the next two drives taking a 10-0 lead.
It wasn’t until late in the first half that Carr and the Raiders offense would find some rhythm and get into scoring position. With just second remaining, Carr found tight end Jared Cook for an 11-yard touchdown but the veteran was called for offensive pass interference negating the score. The Raiders would settle for a field goal try, but kicker Giorgio Tavecchio missed it wide right to keep the Raiders scoreless for the first half.
Sean Smith would build on his solid night in to start the second half, hauling in another interception and getting up to high-step into the end zone from 22 yards out for what looked like a Raiders defensive touchdown, only a replay showed he was touched down. Smith became the first Raider to haul in two interceptions since Michael Huff did so in 2009.
The Raiders would manage to get just one yard on the drive though, settling for another field goal that Tavecchio would this kick through to tie the game.
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett would turn to some trickery on the next drive to provide some spark, calling a fake punt on fourth down as he ran 28 yards for the first down. Prescott would capitalize with his feet, running into the end zone for the five-yard touchdown to put the Cowboys back on top 17-10.
Carr would answer right back on the next drive, making a big play with pressure coming from behind. On third down, Carr stepped up in the pocket and threw the ball deep to Seth Roberts, who hauled in the tough 26-yard reception. Just a few plays later, Carr would roll out and find Crabtree for his second touchdown of the night to tie up the game.
Garrett got aggressive on the next drive after the Raiders defense forced a 4th down, going for it with a keeper by Prescott. The Raiders defense looked as if they stopped the young quarterback short, but referee Gene Steratore pulled out his trusted index card to measure the mark and rule a first down for the Cowboys.
The Cowboys attacked Smith a couple of plays later, finding their veteran Dez Bryant for a big 40-yard gain that put Dallas in scoring position. The Raiders defense would once again hold up, forcing a field goal but put the Raiders down 20-17 with just 1:44 remaining in the game.
Looking to make a comeback, Carr got lucky when Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown dropped an easy interception. Carr took advantage on the next play, throwing it deep to Crabtree on 4th and 10 while the veteran forced a defensive pass interference to give the Raiders the ball in the red zone.
Carr looked to be the hero on third and three, rushing towards the corner of the end zone and diving for the touchdown but the ball came out and fumbled through the end zone for a touchback. The Cowboys would then take a knee to end the game and hand the Raiders their 8th loss of the season.
The Raiders head to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles next week on Christmas day.