The Dallas Cowboys (7-3) are set to host the Oakland Raiders (3-7) on Thanksgiving afternoon from Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys can thank their defense after they squeaked by the basement-dwelling Washington Redskins 7-6 on Sunday afternoon. Oakland had a little luck fall their way as they forced a fumble on a kickoff with less than 30 seconds remaining, leaving them with a stunning 20-17 victory of the Cincinnati Bengals. The Dallas Cowboy offense has been sputtering the last two weeks, only scoring on two occasions, totaling 14 points in their last 8 quarters of football. The big reason why Dallas is 7-3 this week is their defense. The Dallas defense has only given up 23 points in those same eight quarters, clearly giving them a chance to win their last two games. On the other side, Bruce Gradkowski marched the Oakland Raiders down the field with less than 2 minutes to go, ultimately winning them their 3rd game of the season last week. While Dallas has played on every Thanksgiving day since 1978, Oakland is making their first Thanksgiving appearance since 1970. The Raiders have not been great this season, but have upset Philadelphia and now Cincinnati thus far. Though Tony Romo has never lost a Thanksgiving start, the Oakland Raiders come into Texas with a 3-0 all-time record in Dallas. Listed below are your betting lines, trends, and predictions for this Cowboys vs. Raiders Thanksgiving afternoon collision.
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Cowboys vs. Raiders betting line and odds:
Oakland Raiders +13.5 (-110)
vs Dallas Cowboys -13.5 (-110)
Over 40 (-110)
Under 40 (-110)
Cowboys vs. Raiders Betting Trends:
Dallas is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games
Raiders are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf
Cowboys are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games
Cowboys vs. Raiders Predictions:
Final Score Prediction – Dallas 31 Oakland 10
Spread Prediction – Bet on the COWBOYS to cover the 13.5 point spread. After only scoring 14 points in their last two games combined, we look for the Dallas offense to explode against what isn’t a spectacular Oakland defense. We expect the Dallas defense to remain solid, and limit an anemic Raiders offense to a score or two. Tony Romo hurt his back early in last week’s game against Washington, but he looked like the Tony Romo Cowboys fans love to see on his last drive of the game this past Sunday, hooking up with Patrick Crayton for the game winning score with 2 minutes to go. Oakland upset Dallas last year, but on a stage like this it is Dallas’ game to run away with on home field. A $100 bet on Cowboys to cover the 13.5 point spread would pay out $190 at Bodog.com.
Over/Under Prediction. Bet on the OVER 40 total points in this AFC/NFC Thanksgiving afternoon collision. This game is an excellent stage and opportunity for Tony Romo and the Cowboy offense to click once again, and look like they did roughly a month ago, scoring at will. The Dallas defense should remain solid, and limit the yardage Oakland gets both on the ground and through the air. Look for Oakland QB Bruce Gradkowski to be under lots more pressure than he was last week, as Dallas has one of the more powerful defensive lines in football. We look for Dallas to win big, pushing to total over the 40 points. A $100 bet at Bodog.com on OVER 40 total points would pay out $190.
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