Oakland Raiders vs. Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving NFL game starts at 1:30 a.m. PT (4:30 p.m. ET) on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. The (4-7) Raiders will be visiting the (6-5) Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Raiders vs. Cowboys game can be watched online for free through live stream (more information below).
While Thanksgiving day football has become a big part of this holiday, there is an interesting back story. Since the year that Detroit Lions were founded in 1934, they have claimed a spot in every year's Thanksgiving Day football. Then, Cowboys was the other team that joined the tradition to play on every Thanksgiving since the 1966 season. As football has become a big part of this holiday, NFL has used since 2006 to rotate different teams in besides the Lions and Cowboys. This year, Dallas will host the visiting Raiders, and Pittsburgh Steelers will take on their rival Baltimore Ravens in prime time.
In today's matchup at Cowboys' home stadium, the Raider's quarterback Matt McGloin will start as the undrafted rookie has out-performed expectations in the past three games. In Sunday's game, after a second-quarter interception, he finished strong with 11-for-15 for 155 yards and a touchdown in the second half.
Meanwhile, Cowboy's coach Jason Garrett has said that he believes Raiders' offensive coach Tony Sporano will incorporate running quarterback Terrell Pryor into the game to form a power-running offense, according to Star Telegram. Pryor has rushed 553 yards and two touchdowns in addition to five passing touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Dallas' Tony Romo has led his team to the No. 1 seat in NFC East and achieved the best fourth-quarter passer rating (102.5) in the regular season of any quarterback ever.
"One of the things that he does as well as anybody in the league is he's able to create," Raiders' head coach Dennis Allen said, the SFGate.com reported. "His ability to extend the play and make plays down the field is probably as good as anybody in the league.
"Sometimes you have to stay in coverage for a long time. That's something that we've had to work on and emphasize this week," said Allen.
According to Dallas' official website, the Raiders have seen on tape that the Cowboys have struggled when they have had to force teams that move their linemen but also bring pressure from the linebacker area. This scenario makes it difficult for Romo to move the ball, especially during 3rd down drives, but the Cowboys is likely to attack with all their personnel groups and mix up their formations. The determining factor on whether Raiders can win the game could depend on their ability to play rock solid defense.
Cowboys defense, on the other hand, is expected to do all that they can to stop Raiders' power-running plays as Oakland is ranked 4th in rush yards per game in the league for rush yards per game. In addition, since the Raiders defense will be tough to run the ball on, Dallas will most likely emphasize on protecting Romo in the pocket while he throws the ball.
However, Dallas defense gives up 298.5 yards per game, the second-highest average in the league. The Raiders will most likely take advantage of their opponent's weakness.
"It's a great opportunity for us," McGloin said, according to SFGate.com. "I'm sure everybody has grown up watching that game with their families and to be a part of it is something special. We're all looking forward to it. We're excited about it. It's going to be a tough atomsphere for football, but we'll handle it."
Running back Rashad Jennings is back from a hamstring injury that sidelined him three weeks. Jennings' 553 total yards over the past four weeks lead the NFL. Together with running back Darren McFadden, the Jennings will be going against Dallas defense that allowed 134 rush yards per game, third worst in the NFL.
Despite Cowboys' defensive holes, Romo leads the Cowboys as the fifth high scoring teams in the league. Will the Raiders be able to stop Romo and his team from winning their prized Thanksgiving Day football game? Watch the game today and find out for yourself!
Raiders fans can tune in to free live online radio coverage here, and Raiders' radio network affiliates is listed here. Cowboys' fans can listen to their team's play-by-play radio broadcast here, and online radio live streaming here.
Viewers with the NFL Sunday Ticket premium service or Verizon's NFL Insider service may be able to watch the game live streaming online via their computers or mobile devices. A full on-demand replay will be available for NFL Game Rewind subscribers after the game has concluded.
Raiders vs. Cowboys Thanksgiving game will be televised on CBS, and live streaming can be watched online for free by clicking here (don't download anything, click on full screen).