The middle game of this year’s Thanksgiving Day NFL tripleheader pits two of America’s most popular franchises against one another. Plenty of eyeballs will be on Thursday afternoon’s matchup between the Las Vegas Raiders and Dallas Cowboys. While both teams started off the season strong, they have been trending in very different directions when it comes to on-field performance recently. The NFL betting odds reflect this, listing the home side as a touchdown favorite ahead of this Raiders vs Cowboys Thanksgiving showdown.
The following Raiders vs Cowboys NFL betting preview will give you the current odds, betting trends and picks for the Week 12 Thanksgiving Day matchup, along with a stream link to watch games all season long.
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Raiders vs Cowboys Week 12 Thanksgiving Day NFL Betting Preview
NFL Regular Season — Week 12 Thanksgiving Day
Las Vegas Raiders (5-5, 2-2 Away) vs. Dallas Cowboys (7-3, 4-1 Home)
Date: Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021
Time: 4:30 p.m. EST
Venue: AT&T Stadium — Arlington, TX
Coverage: Click here for the stream
Las Vegas Raiders Preview
The Raiders enter this NFL betting matchup on a three-game losing streak. After a terrific start to the season, Las Vegas has come crashing back down to .500 and appears to be a dead team walking in the wake of numerous off-field distractions. The offense was listless in a lopsided home loss to the Cincinnati Bengals last week. The Raiders converted just one of seven third downs for the game. After starting out the season looking like an MVP contender, Derek Carr has faltered dramatically in recent weeks. The lack of a stable ground game and viable weapons outside of tight end Darren Waller has this team facing an uphill battle on every possession.
The absence of offensive production and sustained drives led to the Raiders’ defense being on the field for over 37 minutes against Cincinnati last week. While they were able to hold the fort for a while, fatigue certainly caught up to them down the stretch. Las Vegas’ defensive secondary is shorthanded as it is. Being forced to spend nearly two-thirds of a game on the field is a recipe for disaster. The onus will be on the Raiders’ offense to rebound in Thursday’s NFL betting matchup.
Dallas Cowboys Preview
The Cowboys also enter their annual Thanksgiving Day home game off a loss, falling 19-9 in a surprising defensive affair to the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday. Dallas was without wideout Amari Cooper in that game and will likely be without him again on Thursday all due to a certain virus. Fellow receiver CeeDee Lamb also was knocked out of Sunday’s loss with a concussion and has yet to practice this week. Luckily, lead running back Ezekiel Elliott was a full participant in Tuesday’s practice after sustaining a knee injury in last week’s contest. Even though they will be at less than full strength, the Cowboys are still hefty NFL betting favorites ahead of Thursday’s tilt.
It should be noted that last week’s low-scoring result was not totally out of line for what the Cowboys’ defense has accomplished so far this season. Dallas enters Week 12 ranked fourth in overall adjusted defensive efficiency. Micah Parsons is the runaway NFL betting favorite to win the Defensive Rookie of the Year Award. He only bolstered his case last week with two more sacks. Parsons and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn deserve a ton of credit for turning around a unit that was one of the worst in the NFL a year ago.
Raiders vs Cowboys Odds and Spread
Moneyline: LV: (+290) | DAL: (-350)
Spread: LV: +7.5 (-110) | DAL: -7.5 (-110)
Total: 41 — Over: (-115) | Under: (-105)
Public (Spread) Betting via Action Network: LV: (37%) | DAL: (63%)
Raiders vs Cowboys NFL Betting Trends
- Raiders are just 2-6 ATS in their last eight games.
- The total has gone over in ten of the Raiders’ last 15 games.
- Cowboys are 8-2 ATS on the season.
- Four of the Cowboys’ last five games have gone under the total.
- Cowboys are 7-10 ATS over the last 17 seasons in their annual Thanksgiving Day home game.
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Raiders vs Cowboys Stats
- Las Vegas is averaging 22.3 points per game (PPG) this season (No. 18 in the NFL).
- Las Vegas is surrendering 26.2 PPG this season (T-No. 25 in the NFL).
- Dallas is averaging 29.3 PPG this season (No. 3 in the NFL).
- Dallas is surrendering 21.4 PPG this season (No. 8 in the NFL).
Raiders vs Cowboys Prediction
This Raiders vs Cowboys NFL betting prediction uses NumberFire’s game projections. They give Dallas an 83.0% chance to win this Week 12 matchup.