The Cowboys’ sadness stretches toward AFC West, still at the top of the NFC East

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – The Dallas Cowboys battled it out through a November trip through the AFC West that took plenty of …

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – The Dallas Cowboys battled their way through a November trip through the AFC West that took plenty of brilliance from their incredible start, even though they still control the NFC East.

After forcing overtime on Thursday, the Cowboys had two untimely penalties after getting the ball first before losing 36-33 to the Las Vegas Raiders. It was the third loss in four games for Dallas, all against AFC West teams.

From a 6-1 record after a Halloween victory in Minnesota, the Cowboys finished their annual Thanksgiving Day match 7-4. They only play at home again the day after Christmas.

“It was definitely (was) a home game that we all hoped before we got away that we could win this game,” said Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. “Oakland took advantage of the situation. I call it throwing ball. The right way to play in a game like this, just throw it out and get a penalty.”

Daniel Carlson’s final 29-yard field goal came after cornerback Anthony Brown was called for pass interference on a third-down incompletion for the fourth time. It was part of a franchise record of 166 penalty yards against Dallas on the 14 flags that were enforced.

After the 33-yard penalty marked for Dallas 24, the Raiders (6-5) had two running games to put up the kick that ended their three-game losing streak.

“It is frustrating, but at the same time you have to deal with it. You have to fight your way through it, ”Brown said. “The other team is also dealing with it. They are also called up. We can not complain about that.”

Without their two best receivers and with Ezekiel Elliott still playing through a lengthy knee injury, Dallas still had 437 total yards and forced overtime on Greg Zuerlein’s 45-yard field goal.

But the Cowboys were plagued by penalties throughout, including an illegal block on kickoff return that forced them to start their overtime possession from their own 7.

The month of November began for Dallas with a 30-14 home loss to Denver, which led 30-0 in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys then had a 43-3 win over Atlanta at home the following week before losing 19-9 to Kansas City last Sunday.

Dallas now plays three games in a row away from home, next Thursday in New Orleans before division games against Washington and the New York Giants.

Recipients CeeDee Lamb (concussion) and Amari Cooper (COVID-19 protocols) are expected to return to the Saints game. Defensive DeMarcus Lawrence (broken foot) could also play for the first time since the season opener.

The Eagles (5-6) and Washington (4-6) have both won their last two games en route to matchups this weekend against 3-7 teams. The next home game for Dallas is in prime time on December 26 against Washington.

“We’ve got help on the way, we have young guys playing hard,” Jones said. “We have a tough schedule ahead of us. I’m not talking about other teams and the strength of the schedule. We just go out here and play any team and we know we have our hands full in every match.

“We’re a team that needs to get better than we were out here today to think about our goals this year,” he said. “We need to get better than we were today. But the fact is that we can get better, we can technically and tangibly get better than we are today. ”

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