DALLAS Teams

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The wheels are falling off. Dak Prescott intercepted by Sean Smith for the second time. Replay will overturn Smith's touchdown return, but the Cowboys have seen this game turned in a bad way. Bruce Irving deflected the ball as it was coming out of Prescott's hand, creating the flutter.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

With momentum swinging, Ryan Switzer takes a kickoff 7 yards deep out of the end zone and gets to the Dallas 15. Not wise.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

For the fourth time in the six games, the Cowboys have given up a score on the opening possession of the second half. Raiders back in this thing and the crowd is into it. Let's see how the Cowboys answer with a 10-7 lead.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

More good fortune for the Cowboys. Cordarrelle Patterson's kickoff return for a touchdown called back because of a holding penalty. The correct call, too.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Needing a win to have somewhat realistic chances of making the playoffs, the Cowboys lead 10-0 at halftime against Oakland, but missed a chance at three takeaways and had a fortuitous pass interference penalty wipe out a touchdown. Offensively, they started hot enough but had an interception wipe out a scoring chance on their first drive.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jared Cook broke the Cowboys hearts in the playoffs last January with a first down grab on third and forever for Green Bay. He was called for pass interference tonight to wipe out a Raiders touchdown. Was it a penalty? Perhaps but the half couldn't have ended better for the Cowboys with Giorgio Tavecchio missing a 39-yard field goal attempt.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

After allowing 52 yards on their first three drives. the Cowboys have given up 53 with the Raiders at their 11 late in the first half.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Defensive end Benson Mayowa is questionable to return with a back injury. He might have played just one series before coming out.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Sometimes I wonder if the Cowboys get them off schedule with their running back rotation. Alfred Morris had 51 yards on seven carries to start the first two series but then Rod Smith got the work on the third series. Morris came back on the fourth series and had two carries for no yards.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The last time the Cowboys had a runner with a rushing touchdown in four straight games came in 2014 when DeMarco Murray did it twice on his way to leading the NFL in rushing.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Have to give Chidobe Awuzie credit for that tackle/hit on Marshawn Lynch. The running back was enthused with the hit, but Awuzie held firm enough there. The rookie will stick his nose in there.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeff Heath fails to come up with a fumble by Michael Crabtree forced by Chidobe Awuzie. That's at least the third missed opportunity at a takeaway for the Dallas defense.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

On their third defensive series, after playing just six snaps in the first quarter, the Cowboys have six new defensive players in the base defense: Anthony Brown, Kavon Frazier, Jaylon Smith, Benson Mayowa, Taco Charlton and Daniel Ross.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Rod Smith with a 1-yard touchdown run. This is the fourth straight game he has had a rushing touchdown. Cowboys up 10-0 with 14:04 left in the half.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys ran 22 plays to Oakland's six in the first quarter. They only have a 3-0 lead. A touchdown here is big.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys will open the second quarter at the Oakland 8. Just a reminder, they have converted 29 of 46 red-zone drives into touchdowns on the season.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

After missing three kicks last week against the New York Giants, Dan Bailey makes a 45-yard field goal attempt to give the Cowboys a 3-0 lead. The Cowboys have moved the ball well on two drives, especially on the ground with 54 yards on nine carries.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Nice response by the defense after the interception, forcing a three and out. Jourdan Lewis could have had an interception on the third-down pass, which could have given the Cowboys the ball in plus territory.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Dez Bryant didn't really help Dak Prescott on that interception there. The pass was a little high but Bryant could have done more to help Prescott. That's just the third interception of the season for Oakland.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Stephen Jones to 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on the impending return of Ezekiel Elliott from suspension: “I know Zeke when he left for the suspension his goal was to get in much better shape and certainly get his mind right. He knows he's made some bad decision and I know he wants to be one of the greats in the NFL and you can't do that if you're not focused on your game, both on and off the field.”

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Dak Prescott warmed up with a glove on his left hand, like he did a week ago in New York when temperatures were much colder than tonight in Oakland.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Per ESPN Stats & Information, the only remaining playoff elimination possibilities this weekend are in the NFC – the Packers (with a Falcons win at Tampa Bay tomorrow night) and the Cowboys (with a loss to the Raiders AND a Falcons win).

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Cowboys inactives: WR Brice Butler, RB Trey Williams, CB Orlando Scandrick, LB Justin Durant, TE Blake Jarwin, DL Lewis Neal, DE David Irving.

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Dak all smiles as he arrives in Oakland (0:15)