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VirginiaCavs

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Las Vegas Raiders vs. Dallas Cowboys
Thursday, November 25, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. ET at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas

The Importance of Running The Ball

All Cowboy losses have featured fewer than 100 rushing yards from the offense.

Dallas lost three games: to Tampa Bay, Denver, and Kansas City. In those three games, the Cowboys mustered 60 yards on the ground against Tampa Bay, 78 against Denver, and 82 against the Chiefs.

Failure to run the ball makes the offense effectively one-dimensional. It places too much onus on quarterback Dak Prescott, who is less likely to succeed when he has to do too much.

Running normally isn't a problem for the Cowboys, though. With two starter-caliber running backs in Tony Pollard and Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas ranks fifth in averaging 133.8 rushing yards per game.

Raider Run Defense

I am a believer in Dallas' run game this week because it faces one of the worst run defenses in the NFL in the Raiders.

Las Vegas' problems defending the run may not have been super transparent in the beginning of the regular season as it started 3-0 and two of its first three games came against very pass-heavy Pittsburgh and Miami teams.

However, the problem -- with run defense -- has been apparent from the beginning, since the Ravens amassed 189 rushing yards on 5.6 YPC in their season-opening shootout.

Given the Raiders' consistent struggles against the run, they rank 29th in limiting opposing rush yards per game.

ATS Trend

Perhaps due to the plethora of off-the-field issues that have leveled the Las Vegas locker room, the Raiders are out-of-sync.

They currently suffer an 0-3 ATS streak as they lost as the favored team against the Giants before being blown out at home by Kansas City and Cincinnati.

One constant element during their losing streak has been the lack of offensive productivity. The Raiders have scored 13, 14, and 16 points in their last three games, respectively.

Their 13-point output against the Bengals is particularly telling given Cincinnati's recent defensive struggles.

Without Henry Ruggs, the Raiders lack explosive playmaking in the passing game. Poor offensive line play, especially in the interior, has already made their ground game one of the NFL's least productive ones.

Buffalo Bills vs. New Orleans Saints
Thursday, November 25, 2021 at 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC) at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans

Trend


Slow starts are a consistent problem for the Saints.

Since Trevor Siemian took over the starting quarterback job for the injured Jameis Winston, the Saint offense has been non-existent in first halves.

Against Atlanta, the Saints scored zero first-half points. When they faced Tennessee a week later, they produced six first-half points. Most recently, they managed seven first-half points in Philadelphia.

This trend is significant because slow starts mean that the Saint offense has to pass its way back into the game.

Passing the ball, though, is really hard to do against the Bill defense which ranks second in the NFL in limiting opposing passing yards and first in limiting the opponent's passer rating.

Saints Pass Defense

New Orleans' pass defense, though, has also been top-level. The Saints rank fifth in limiting the opponent's passer rating.

They do a strong job mixing up coverages and are one of the better teams at reaching the quarterback.

Given this defensive strength, they've succeeded against the likes of Tom Brady, harassing Brady in what was a rare turnover-heavy day for him.

The Saints' strength against the pass is crucial because Buffalo lacks any kind of a running game.

Buffalo is a pass-heavy team that benefitted from encountering Dolphin and Chief teams before their recent defensive renaissances and that generally has benefitted from facing weaker pass defenses than New Orleans'.

The Verdict

Las Vegas will continue free-falling as Dallas bounces back to exploit Vegas' poor run defense while the Raiders continue to lack offensive productivity.

Meanwhile, two strong pass defenses will ensure a low-scoring contest between the Saints and Bills.

Best Bet: Parlay Cowboys -7 at -113 & Bills/Saints Under 46.5 at -115 at +252 odds with BetOnline
 

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I think your take on the Raiders/Cowpatties is good. I took the under 51.5 because I think Dallas will be running on this defense...a lot. I also took Dak under 275.5 passing yards. Hard not to like Dallas as well but I don't want to lay a TD.

Other game I took the Bills early because the number was just wrong and destined to move given half the Saints offense is out. But I am not 100% sold on them and if the game hits 7 I might go for a middle. Lean under in that one as well.
 

Tin&Lint

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Love the Raiders +7. Sorry @VirginiaCavs . Think they were out of sync vs Giants. But then ran into strong/hot defenses in Chiefs & Bengals. Don’t forget Chiefs kept this very Cowboys team out of the end zone 4 days ago. If Vegas gets up for a game and puts up points, it’s this one on national tv. Gimme the doggy here against McCarthy.
 

VirginiaCavs

CTG Junior Moderator
Love the Raiders +7. Sorry @VirginiaCavs . Think they were out of sync vs Giants. But then ran into strong/hot defenses in Chiefs & Bengals. Don’t forget Chiefs kept this very Cowboys team out of the end zone 4 days ago. If Vegas gets up for a game and puts up points, it’s this one on national tv. Gimme the doggy here against McCarthy.
Are you criticizing Dallas for struggling vs Chiefs D but excusing Raiders for doing the same? And Bengals D was not hot, they were blown out by Jets and Browns
 

Tin&Lint

Well-Known Member
Are you criticizing Dallas for struggling vs Chiefs D but excusing Raiders for doing the same? And Bengals D was not hot, they were blown out by Jets and Browns
Bengals D is just good. Better than Cowboys D. Jets game aberration to throw out; was just really bad spot for Cincy. Just like Broncos loss for Dallas; don’t put any stock in that.

So no knock on Dallas; Chiefs D just playing well. Both Dallas & LV should put up points.
 

VirginiaCavs

CTG Junior Moderator
Bengals D is just good. Better than Cowboys D. Jets game aberration to throw out; was just really bad spot for Cincy. Just like Broncos loss for Dallas; don’t put any stock in that.

So no knock on Dallas; Chiefs D just playing well. Both Dallas & LV should put up points.
I see your reasoning. Much respect to you T and L. BOL on this and your other plays :)
 

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