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In the second half of Thanksgiving predictability the Cowboys won another easy game against a bad football team on national television. I’m not sure who schedules the Cowboys’ game on Turkey day, but they must like to see Dallas blast an easy opponent.

Miles Austin Produces

The Cowboys’ star receiver Miles Austin has had a few quiet games of late but in this game the Raiders did him a favor by not using Nnamdi Asomugha against him most of the time. The Raiders tend to use Asomugha on one side of the field most of the time (very dumb idea) and the Cowboys were actually smart enough to put Austin away from him.

This mismatch allowed Austin to burn up the Raiders secondary for seven catches for 145 yards and a touchdown.

While this was a nice game to see from Austin, I would still expect him to struggle when a team lines their top corner on him all day. He has had trouble beating top coverage for big days and that will probably continue more often than not.

Running the Rock

What was refreshing to see from Dallas was their running game burned the Raiders for huge runs. Most of the big plays were from Tashard Choice and Felix Jones as Oakland bottled up Marion Barber most of the game.

Seeing Barber struggle isn’t that surprising against the Raiders as they tend to stop bigger sized running backs. Their horrible weakness in the run game is against small, shifty backs like Choice and Jones.

If the Cowboys can run like this in December, they will win their division and should win at least on playoff game.

Bruce Gradkowski to Darrius Heyward-Bey

One connection the Raiders’ organization is hoping will pay off more is when new quarterback Bruce Gradkowski can hit Darrius Heyward-Bey for a touchdown like he did in this game.

Oakland Raiders v Dallas Cowboys

Heyward-Bey will always be compared to fellow Bay Area rookie receiver Michael Crabtree because Bey was drafted before the ultra talented star from Texans Tech.

So far, Bey has been a horrible failure when compared to what Crabtree has done for the San Francisco 49ers this year. Heck even if Crabtree wasn’t having a good year (or wasn’t on a team still) Bey would be a disappointment anyway.

This young receiver needs to go out in the offseason and catch a million balls to make his hands at least average for the pro game. Too many times Bey has dropped key passes that have hurt his team and made him look bad.

You could easily say that Bey isn’t even the best rookie receiver on his own team as Louis Murphey has put together a decent year for the Raiders.

For the future, I haven’t given up hope on Bey because he still has great talent. At the same time, he may need another year to mature and grow until his is ready.

Look for Bey to be a dangerous late round pick in two years when he walks into his third year as a fantasy football receiver. That season in many receivers bust out and put it together.

Just look at this years third year men like Sidney Rice, Mike Sims-Walker and Steve Smith out of New York.

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