Another blown lead. Another wasted opportunity to get back into the playoff race. The Oakland Raiders did plenty of good things, but they were far outweighed by the bad in a 31-24 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day.
For the fourth time in the last five weeks, the Raiders came up on the short end, continuing a second-half slide that is beginning to mirror the team’s late collapse in 2012.
Once again, the breakdowns came across the board. An offense that started out so well went stagnant in the second half, continuing a troubling trend under rookie quarterback Matt McGloin. The defense also came apart at the seams, allowing the Cowboys to take control after they were outplayed in the first 30 minutes.
Here are eight takeaways from Oakland’s loss to Dallas.