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Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Dallas Cowboys can keep their playoff hopes alive

Veteran Dez Bryant remains a force for the Cowboys' offence
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Week 15
Sky Sports Action, 1.30am Sunday night

Dallas have been in must-win mode for two weeks and after scoring NFC East wins over Washington and the New York Giants they can take their staying-alive act to California.

With Seattle and Philadelphia still to come, the Cowboys have their work cut out to reach the playoffs but they should make no mistake against an Oakland outfit who have fallen short of expectations this season.

The Raiders are only one game out of the lead in the crowded AFC West but they have suffered a glut of injuries and look vulnerable.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott had some mid-season struggles but seems to be playing more like his old self again and could make hay against the home defence.

Veteran receivers Dez Bryant and Jason Witten should fancy their chances and running backs Alfred Morris and Rod Smith will be out to impress in the final game before Ezekiel Elliott returns from his six-game suspension. 

Recommendation
Dallas -3
2pts 23-25 188Bet


The lowdown
TV Sky Sports Action
Starts 1.30am tonight
Venue Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California
Surface Grass
Weather Clear, 13C
Vegas handicap Dallas -3
Vegas points line 45.5 

Team news
Dallas
Defensive lineman David Irving (concussion), cornerback Orlando Scandrick (back) and linebacker Justin Durant (concussion) are out. Linebacker Sean Lee (hanstring) should be fit. 

Oakland
Wide receiver Amari Cooper (ankle), defensive lineman Mario Edwards (ankle), tight end Clive Walford (concussion) are all out and and safety Obi Melifonwu (hip) will miss the rest of the season. 

Key stat
Dallas have covered the handicap in four of their last five road games.


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The Raiders are only one game out of the lead in the crowded AFC West but they have suffered a glut of injuries and look vulnerable
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