Cowboys hold off the Raiders to win Sunday Night Football 20-17, Dallas will get Ezekiel Elliott back next week:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

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The Dallas Cowboys took on the Oakland Raiders last night on Sunday Night Football and it was the Cowboys who persevered in the end. Dak Prescott struggled throwing the football tossing two interceptions and not one touchdown pass. Prescott did put up 212 yards through the air but it wasnā€™t the second year QBs best offensive performance by any means. Fortunately for Jason Garrettā€™s team Prescott was able to rush for one touchdown and that was big considering Dallas only scored 20 points. Alfred Morris led the Cowboys in rushing yards with 61 yards, there wasnā€™t a lot of scoring in this contest but Jerry Jones organization did make more plays when it was all said and done. Derek Carr actually played really well for the Raiders throwing for 171 yards, 2 touchdowns, and no interceptions. Carr did have one huge blunder late in the game though when he fumbled into the end zone and the play got ruled a touchback. Ultimately that cost Oakland the game and will pretty much crush the Silver and Blackā€™s playoff hopes. Marshawn Lynch did run hard against a tough Dallas defense, Beast Mode racked up 76 yards. Michael Crabtree had a huge day in the passing game he brought in 2 touchdowns for the Raiders. If Oakland didnā€™t lose that fumble in the 4th quarter this game could have been completely different. You could feel the frustration Jack Del Rioā€™s ball club was feeling on that play. Itā€™s something theyā€™ve had to suffer through all season especially since this team was a playoff contender last year. The Cowboys on the other had rose to the occasion and kept their postseason hopes alive. Thatā€™s good news considering Ezekiel Elliott will be back next game. Thereā€™s a lot of good momentum surrounding this franchise and Elliott seems to have turned up his training regimen during his suspension. The former Ohio State alum looks prepared to make a splash in his return and it will come at the perfect time for this football team.

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