Oakland-Dallas: Do the Raiders Have the Advantage for a Change?

Raider Card Addict@RaidercardadictSenior Writer INovember 26, 2009

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 22:  Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on November 22, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Is Tony Romo requesting two helpings of potatoes in this picture?

As it stands, the Raiders are coming into this Thursday's game at 3-7, facing off against a Cowboys team that is presently 7-3. Oakland does have some momentum, coming off a shocker, winning in the last minute with 10 points and a 20-17 final.

Oakland played at home against the Bengals, who had, at that time, a 7-2 record—direct opposites.

The Dallas Cowboys had a game on Sunday, in which Tony Romo directed the Cowboys to a winning drive at the end of their game against the Redskins with less than three minutes remaining.

The drive was helped by a late missed field goal, about the same way the Raiders won, thanks to a key mistake by the Bengals.

So, which team has the advantage coming into this game?

The Cowboys, with home field advantage are hurting. Romo wasn't his normal self after a first-quarter tackle, but did manage to both scramble and complete seven straight passes, leading to the game-winning score.

Oakland, coming off an emotional win, will have their second game under Gradkowski and looking capable of scoring more points than the seven Dallas put up last week.

Both teams will be playing on short weeks, so fatigue could affect both clubs.

Jason Witten, the Cowboys starting TE, was sighted in practice despite a foot injury. If he is missing in action or if the Raiders can rattle Romo with a blitz-heavy play, Oakland could go for back-to-back wins.

The last two options, regarding the Raiders and Cowboys, would be the running game, and familiarity issues.

The running game for the Cowboys had Marion Barber missing 100 yards by one, but also losing a fumble.

The Raiders, managed 84 yards of rushing, with three different running backs, also losing a fumble.

The familiarity factor, comes from one Greg Ellis who played for the Cowboys in the previous 11 seasons and may know a thing or two about the Cowboys' plans.

How many Raider fans remember Bill Romanowski? This keg of dynamite was picked up in time for the 2002 season.

He was particularly effective against Denver. He had four tackles and two passes defensed in Denver and then in Oakland he had nine tackles and a sack.

For Ellis, it should be an emotional return.

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