This match is not only the duel between the two of NFL’s most popular franchises, but it may as well be the last time Cowboys visit the Raiders in Oakland. The Dallas Cowboys vs. Oakland Raiders game in Week 15 is one of the most exciting duels of the weekend. Let’s see what’s in the store for us.
The clash is set to be on the TV prime-time because of the immense popularity of these teams. Cowboys are America’s Team as you know, while the Raiders are for those who are opposing the establishment. Interestingly, thanks to the Raiders transferring to Las Vegas, this might be the last match between these squads in Oakland. But, knowing how their owner Al Davis moved the team on relation Oakland-LA-Oakland, they might find themselves in Oakland once again.
Both teams are on a playoff hunt. Cowboys are hopeful of a wild-card spot, while the Raiders still have a chance of clinching AFC West. Last two matches were won by Cowboys, with the last one coming in 2013. Before that, the teams met in 2005.
America’s Team is on a two-game winning streak after divisional wins over Redskins and Giants. The last duel in New York finished in Cowboys favor by 30-10. The game was tight despite what the final score would suggest. Prescott had an outstanding match with career-high 332 yards. Rod Smith added an 81-yard TD and a 15-yard scoring run. His numbers are getting better, but what Cowboys want is Ezekiel Elliott to return. The Raiders duel will be the last match of his suspension. The win is a must for Cowboys if they’re going to retain their playoff hopes.
Raiders are 2-1 in their last three games, with their two-game winning streak ended in Kansas on Sunday. The match vs. Chiefs was their worst outing of the season. They didn’t score a point until there was 8:51 left on the clock. The yardage was on Chiefs side 408-268, mostly thanks to two interceptions that Carr had. He only had 69 passing yards in first three quarters despite having both Cooper and Crabtree at his disposal. This is their final clash at home this season, and as things stand now the easiest one on the schedule. Last two games of the season they play away at Eagles and Chargers.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Oakland Raiders Week 15 Predictions
This match is hard to predict as both teams have a lot to gain and a lot to lose. The strength of both the Raiders and Dallas Cowboys is in the offense so the game will be decided on the offensive side of the ball. Cowboys secondary played better in the last two weeks but against uninspired teams. It is hard to predict how will they perform against Raiders potent attack, that this late in the season still didn’t find its stride. But, at the moment Cowboys look like as a more complete crew out of the two. We predict Dallas Cowboys WIN – 30-20.