Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

November 26, 2009
Raiders-Cowboys live Turkey Day game blog

Greetings from the gleaming new football palace known as Cowboys Stadium...this place is unreal...follow me on Twitter @paulhgutierrez

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Being that this game is being televised nationally, expect much less play-by-play today

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Raiders are wearing throwback "whites," Cowboys in throwback "blues" with white helmets...

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Raiders special teams are on the field warming up and it looks like punter Shane Lechler took a few shots at the MASSIVE Hi-Def video board above the field, to no avail...

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Hiram Eugene is fielding practice punts with Johnnie Lee Higgins while Gary Russell has joined Jonathan Holland in practicing kickoff returns...and here I thought the Raiders should have Darren McFadden return punts and Darrius Heyward-Bey should return kickoffs.

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Linebacker Jon Alston, who's been dealing with what sounds like post-concussion syndrome, was placed on IR by the Raiders...no word yet no the corresponding roster move...check that, Slade Norris promoted from practice squad...

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Raiders inactives: OT Khalif Barnes, WR Nick Miller, LB David Nixon, OL Erik Pears, WR Javon Walker, WR Todd Watkins, LB Slade Norris...Charlie Frye is 3rd QB...

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Raiders captains - Zach Miller, Greg Ellis and Sebastian Janikowski...Raiders win toss, elect to receive...

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Gary Russell is your new kickoff returner...

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Cowboys up 3-0 on 36-yard field goal by Folk with 39 seconds to play in 1st quarter...set up by Choice's 66-yard run off direct snap. So THAT'S what the Wildcat looks like...

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Fargas running with Cable's "good violence," 52 yards on six 1st quarter carries...time of possession after 1st quarter, OAK 7:34; DAL 7:26

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THISCLOSE...5 plays after near Raiders INT by Branch/Scott in DAL red zone, Felix Jones scampers 46 yards for TD and 10-0 Cowboys lead, 10:48 left in half

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Raiders don;t have to pay for Barber's 42-yard catch and run when Folk's 49-yard FGA hits the right post with 5:58 remaining in the half...

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Gradkowski with a decidedly JaMarcus-like ending to 1st half, sacked and fumbles...Cowboys 17, Raiders 0...

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DHB 1st career TD, 4-yard reception from Gradkowski...DAL 17, OAK 7, 7:16 to play in 3rd, DHB beats Alan Ball on corner route from slot....Raiders go 88 yards in 11 plays, taking 7:16

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Talk about "explosive plays"...Raiders have surrendered 384 combined yards on 10 such plays...ouch

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Ballgame....Cowboys 24, Raiders 7....Cowboys with 494 yards of total offense, 384 of those yards on 10 plays...

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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