By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys struggled via a November journey via the AFC West that took loads of luster off their unimaginable begin, whilst they nonetheless management the NFC East.
After forcing time beyond regulation Thursday, the Cowboys had two extra premature penalties after they bought the ball first earlier than shedding 36-33 to the Las Vegas Raiders. It was the third loss in 4 games for Dallas, all towards AFC West groups.
From a 6-1 report after a Halloween victory at Minnesota, the Cowboys completed their annual Thanksgiving Day game 7-4. They will not play at residence once more till the day after Christmas.
“That definitely (was) a house game all of us hoped that earlier than we bought on the street that we might win this game,” Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones mentioned. “Oakland took benefit of the state of affairs. I name it throw-up ball. Right option to play in a game like this, simply throw it on the market and get a penalty.”
Daniel Carlson’s game-ending 29-yard discipline objective got here after cornerback Anthony Brown was known as for move interference on a third-down incompletion for the fourth time. That was a part of a franchise-record 166 penalty yards towards Dallas on the 14 flags that had been enforced.
After that 33-yard penalty marked to the Dallas 24, the Raiders (6-5) had two working performs to arrange the kick that ended their three-game shedding streak.
“It’s irritating, however on the similar time you’ve bought to cope with it. You’ve bought to battle via it,” Brown mentioned. “The different crew’s coping with it, too. They’re getting known as, too. We can’t complain about that.”
Without their prime two receivers and with Ezekiel Elliott nonetheless enjoying via a lingering knee harm, Dallas nonetheless had 437 complete yards and compelled time beyond regulation on Greg Zuerlein 45-yard discipline objective.
But the Cowboys had been stricken by the penalties all through, together with an unlawful block on the kickoff return that pressured them to begin their time beyond regulation possession from their very own 7.
The month of November started for Dallas with a 30-14 residence loss to Denver, which led 30-0 within the the fourth quarter. The Cowboys then had a 43-3 win over Atlanta at residence the following week earlier than shedding 19-9 at Kansas City final Sunday.
Dallas now performs three games in a row on the street, subsequent Thursday at New Orleans earlier than division games towards Washington and the New York Giants.
Receivers CeeDee Lamb (concussion) and Amari Cooper (COVID-19 protocols) are anticipated again for the Saints game. Defensive finish DeMarcus Lawrence (damaged foot) might additionally play for the primary time because the season opener.
The Eagles (5-6) and Washington (4-6) each have received their final two games heading into matchups this weekend towards 3-7 groups. The subsequent residence game for Dallas is in prime time Dec. 26 towards Washington.
“We’ve bought assistance on the best way, we’ve bought younger guys which might be enjoying onerous,” Jones mentioned. “We’ve bought a troublesome schedule forward of us. I’m not speaking relative to different groups and energy of schedule. We simply stroll out right here and play any crew, and we all know we’ve bought our arms full any any game.
“We’re a crew that has to get higher than we had been out right here as we speak to consider our targets this yr,” he mentioned. “We must get higher than we had been as we speak. But the information are that we are able to get higher, we technically and tangibly might be higher than we’re as we speak.”
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