- The Las Vegas Raiders beat the Dallas Cowboys 36-33 in OT on Thanksgiving Day.
- Dallas was a -300 Moneyline and -7 point spread betting favorite entering the game.
- Vegas’ 36 points were the highest score among the six teams that played on Thursday and they were just 4th at +550 to be the highest-scoring team on Thanksgiving Day.
For the third year in a row, the Dallas Cowboys have lost on Thanksgiving Day.
This year, Dallas was a -330 Moneyline and -7 point spread betting favorites at home against the 5-5 SU Las Vegas Raiders who had lost three straight games entering Week 12. But the Raiders pulled off the upset, doing so in a rare overtime game on Thanksgiving Day.
Prior to Thursday, the last Thanksgiving day that went to OT was in 2012 during a game between the Houston Texans and Detroit Lions. The best NFL sportsbooks didn’t favor any Thanksgiving Day game this year to go to overtime, with the NO going at a massive -700 at BetOnline.ag.
However, after the Cowboys outscored the Raiders 14-6 in the fourth quarter, the game went to an extra period. But after surviving the ‘excessive’ penalties called by the referees in regulation time, the calls finally caught up with the Cowboys in OT.
A Combined 28 Accepted Penalties
The 28 combined accepted penalties during the Raiders-Cowboys game were the most in a game since 2016 😳 pic.twitter.com/JaH1y6dqaG
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 26, 2021
The refs whistled a total of 30 penalties during the game, including 28 which were accepted, the most in any NFL game since 2016. It was also the first NFL game in 18 years where both teams had 14+ penalties and 100+ penalty yards each. Combined, the two teams were penalized a total of 276 yards which is more than the 239 total offensive yards that the Detroit Lions generated against the Chicago Bears in Thursday’s curtain-raiser.
Dallas and Las Vegas were both penalized with a season-high 14 accepted penalties each. However, the Cowboys were charged more penalty yards at 176 against 110, both also season-highs for both teams. Dallas’ 60 penalty yards in the first quarter was their most in the first quarter of a game since Week 1 of the 2002 season against the Tennessee Titans and the most in the first quarter of an NFL game since 2018.
None of the penalties was more important than the costly pass interference called on Dallas CB Anthony Brown that kept the Raiders’ overtime drive alive and paved the way for Daniel Carlson’s game-winning 29-yard field goal. That pass interference, which came against Zay Jones on 3rd and 18, was Brown’s fourth pass interference penalty of the game, all of them coming on third down incompletions by the Raiders.
How ‘Bout Dem Raiders?
How ’bout dem Raiders?! 🤠 pic.twitter.com/hKd6EA7urg
— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) November 26, 2021
While the Cowboys had every right to complain about the penalties after the game, it’s worth noting that they were already the NFL leaders in penalty yards for the season entering Thursday’s games. The Cowboys’ defense also allowed pass completions of 56, 54, 35, and 21 yards by the Raiders which could’ve been the difference in a close game like this one.
Derek Carr finished with 373 passing yards, the most by a Raiders QB in the history of Thanksgiving games, passing Hall of Famer Tommy Flores who had 286 in 1966. Carr threw only one passing TD but he moved the ball well enough to get his team in FG position. Of course, give credit to Daniel Carlson who made a career-best 56 yarder and the game-winner but simply put, Carr put his team in a position to win the game.
The Raiders were only 4th in the BetOnline betting board to be the highest-scoring team on Thursday at +550 with the Cowboys as the +175 betting favorites. But not only did the Raiders outscore the Cowboys, but they also outscored every other team on Thanksgiving Thursday. With the twin, the Raiders are back above the .500 mark at 6-5 and very much alive in the playoff race.