Dallas Cowboys at Oakland Raiders Week 15 NFL Picks & Predictions 12/17/2017
Sunday, December 17, 2017
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The Oakland Raiders host the Dallas Cowboys at Oakland Coliseum on Sunday, December 17, 2017. The opening line for this game has Dallas as 2.5 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 45. The Raiders have an over/under record of 5-8-0 and they are 4-8-1 against the spread. The Cowboys have an ATS record of 7-6-0 while their over/under record is 6-7-0.
Valuable Dallas Cowboys Betting Trends
The Dallas Cowboys are 6-7-0 against the over/under
The Dallas Cowboys are 7-6-0 against the spread
Important Oakland Raiders Betting Trends
The Oakland Raiders are 5-8-0 against the over/under
The Oakland Raiders are 4-8-1 against the spread
Key Dallas Cowboys Injuries
12/10/17 DL David Irving Concussion is "?" Sunday vs Oakland
12/10/17 LB Justin Durant Concussion is "?" Sunday vs Oakland
12/10/17 CB Orlando Scandrick Back is "?" Sunday vs Oakland
11/12/17 RB Ezekiel Elliott Suspension 6-game suspension (eligible to return 12/24 vs. Seattle)
11/06/17 DT Brian Price Knee IR
10/20/17 DT Stephen Paea Knee IR
09/05/17 TE Connor Hamlett Fibula IR
09/05/17 TE Rico Gathers Concussion IR
Key Oakland Raiders Injuries
12/10/17 WR Amari Cooper Ankle left last game, is "?" Sunday vs Dallas
12/10/17 TE Clive Walford Concussion left last game, is "?" Sunday vs Dallas
12/10/17 LB Cory James Knee is "?" Sunday vs Dallas
12/10/17 CB David Amerson Foot is "?" Sunday vs Dallas
12/10/17 DE Jihad Ward Foot is "?" Sunday vs Dallas
12/10/17 OL Jon Feliciano Concussion is "?" Sunday vs Dallas
12/10/17 DE Mario Edwards Jr. Ankle left last game, is "?" Sunday vs Dallas
11/28/17 CB Antonio Hamilton Knee IR-Return Designation 12/10 vs Kansas City
11/13/17 CB Gareon Conley Shin IR
09/09/17 K Sebastian Janikowski Back IR
07/30/17 LB Aldon Smith Suspension out indefinitely
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Dallas Cowboys have run for 1,787 yards as a team, which ranks 3rd in the NFL. They've run 387 times, averaging 4.6 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Cowboys have been penalized on offense 76 times for 700 yards so far this season, which has them 25th in the league in penalties. They are 10th in the NFL in points scored with 316. They have run 814 plays this season for 4,398 yards, which ranks them 15th in the league in total offense. The Cowboys average 5.4 yards per play, which is 15th in the National Football League. As a team they have accumulated a total of 256 1st downs this year, placing them 14th overall as an offensive unit. Dak Prescott averages 6.9 yards per pass attempt and 10.9 yards per completion. He has completed 252 passes on 399 attempts for a completion percentage of 63.2%. His quarterback rating is 91.6. He has thrown for 2,752 yards this season.
The Cowboys rush defense has allowed 332 attempts for 1,396 yards this year, putting them in 11th place in the league against the run. Dallas has committed 75 penalties for 584 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 1st in the NFL. They've given up a score on 35.3% of possessions on defense, which is 17th in the league. They are 18th in the league in points allowed on defense with 294. They have surrendered a total of 4,441 yards on D, which is 17th in the NFL. The Cowboys are ranked 20th in yards per play allowed with 5.4. Their pass defense has given up 6.1 net yards per pass attempt, placing them 16th in the league as a unit. Opposing offenses have completed 313 passes on 466 attempts against the Dallas Cowboys defense this season, placing them 31st and 29th in the National Football League. The Dallas pass defense has also given up a total of 3,045 yards through the air, which is 23rd overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Dallas Cowboys have attempted 20 field goals this season and made 16, which is 25th in the National Football League. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 80.0%. Dallas Cowboys kickers have made 94% of their extra points, going 34 for 36 this year. Their punters have totaled 2,366 yards on 54 punts, averaging 43.8 yards per punt. That places them 25th in the NFL in punting average. Dallas is ranked 24th in the league in punt returns with 23. They've accumulated 216 punt return yards and average 9.4 yards per return, which is 11th in the NFL. Their longest punt return so far this year is 83 yards. They have returned 21 kicks for 539 yards on special teams, ranking 15th in kick return yardage. The Cowboys average 25.7 yards per kick return and have a long of 61 yards this year. They are 17th in the league in all-purpose yards with 5,296.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Oakland Raiders are 21st in the National Football League in points scored with 264. They have run 775 plays this year for 4,282 yards, which ranks them 19th in the NFL in total offense. The Raiders average 5.5 yards per play, which is 10th in the league. As a team they have accumulated a total of 241 1st downs this season, ranking them 22nd overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Oakland has run for 1,190 yards as a unit, which ranks 26th in the league. They've run 291 times, averaging 4.1 yards per rush as a unit. The Raiders have been penalized on offense 87 times for 769 yards so far this year, which has them 16th in the NFL in penalties. Derek Carr has passed for 2,942 yards this year. He's completed 268 throws while attempting 420 passes for a completion percentage of 63.8%. His quarterback rating this season is 88.8. He averages 11 yards per completion and 7 yards per pass attempt.
Oakland is 20th in the NFL in points surrendered on defense with 304. They have given up a total of 4,560 yards on D, which is 22nd in the league. The Raiders are 27th in yards per play allowed with 5.7. Their pass defense has allowed 6.9 net yards per pass attempt, ranking them 28th in the National Football League. Opponent offenses have completed 296 throws on 428 attempts against the Oakland defense this season, ranking them 26th and 8th in the league. The Raiders pass defense has also surrendered a total of 3,136 yards in the air, which is 25th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has given up 351 attempts for 1,424 yards this season, putting them in 16th place in the NFL against the run. The Oakland Raiders have had 80 penalties for 719 yards on defense this year. That places them 14th in the league. They've allowed a score on 42% of possessions on defense, which is 32nd in the NFL.
Special Teams Stats
Oakland is 20th in the NFL in punt returns with 24. They've totaled 135 punt return yards and are averaging 5.6 yards per return, which is 27th in the league. Their longest punt return this season is 19 yards. They have returned 25 kicks for 537 yards on special teams, placing them 16th in kick return yardage. The Raiders average 21.5 yards per kick return and have a long of 49 yards this season. They are 23rd in the National Football League in all-purpose yards with 5,069. The Oakland Raiders have tried 16 field goals this season and made 13, which is 30th in the league. Their kickers have a FG percentage of 81.3%. Oakland kickers have made 97% of their extra points, going 29 for 30 this season. Their punters have accumulated 2,746 yards on 57 punts, averaging 48.2 yards per punt. That ranks them 4th in the NFL in punting average.
Who will win tonight's Cowboys/Raiders NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Cowboys -2.5
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