Oakland (0-2) at Dallas (2-1)
When: Saturday, August 26th 2017
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Time: 8:00 ET | TV: NFL.com GamePass
Opening Odds: Dallas -3/45
Two of the winningest teams from a year ago will square-off in a Week 3 Preseason clash as the Dallas Cowboys host the Oakland Raiders on Saturday night. Both the Cowboys and Raiders combined for 25 wins a year ago, but each were eliminated in their first playoff game and will look to get back to that point and then some this season. The Raiders had an excuse as QB Derek Carr was hurt at the end of the season a missed the playoffs. Oakland will be looking for their first preseason win after falling to Arizona and the L.A. Rams, while the Cowboys are 2-1 and coming off a 24-19 home win over Indianapolis. This will be first meeting between these two teams since Thanksgiving Day 2013 when Dallas came away with a 31-24 victory. The will actually meet during the regular season this year on December 17th in Oakland.
Last week’s Raiders game featured the debut of Carr and Marshawn Lynch, who will both be key factors in the success of this team making a deep postseason run. Carr was 7-of-9 for 100 yards and 2 touchdowns in the loss to the Rams, while Lynch carried the ball twice for nine yards. Superstar defensive end Khalil Mack also appeared in his first game of the preseason and picked up right where he left off from a year ago, recording four tackles (three solo) and one sack. Raiders WR Michael Crabtree, who is a Dallas native and was a college football’s most productive receiver from 2008-09 at Texas Tech, scored a touchdown last week on his only touch of the game. The Raiders have yet to record an inception on defense this preseason.
Dak Prescott made his debut last week as well and so far, showed no signs of a sophomore slump. It was only one game, but the former Mississippi State Bulldog torched the Colts for 108 yards passing on 7-of-8 attempts and a touchdown. He will most likely get the start again, but his play will be limited. Star running back Ezekiel Elliott will make his debut also according to head coach Jason Garrett. Elliott could see a workload of 8 to 12 snaps in Saturday’s contest against the Raiders. Elliott is still waiting for the appeal process to begin, as he was handed a six-game suspension by the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
As far as preseason games go, this one could be one of the better ones. Both are loaded with talent and have pretty good depth to go along with it. I can see the Raiders sticking with their starters a little longer, so I’ll give the edge to them and take the points.
Pick: Raiders +3
- Raiders are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 road games.
- Raiders are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games on fieldturf.
- Cowboys are 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 games on fieldturf.
- Cowboys are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
- Over is 4-1 in Raiders last 5 games on fieldturf.
- Over is 8-3 in Raiders last 11 games overall.