Looking Ahead: Cowboys 2013 Week 15

During the 2012 season, I continuously made "previews" for the Cowboys games each week. It was a very detailed story pretty much, where I basically went through the entire game by quarter, "predicting" what would happen. Now, before the draft or free agency is even complete, I will do that for every game on the schedule right now. Granted, this fake preview is probably not accurate in the least. I have no idea how rookies and other free agent signing will impact the games. However unrealistic and detailed beyond belief this is, it is not a real preview, but it is just fun to pretend I have been to the future and seen these games.


Week 1: @ New Orleans

Week 2: vs St. Louis

Week 3: @ Detroit

Week 4: vs Green Bay

Week 5: @Philadelphia

Week 6: BYE

Week 7: @ Kansas

Week 8: vs Minnesota

Week 9: @ New York (Giants)

Week 10: vs Washington

Week 11: vs Denver

Week 12: @ San Diego

Week 13: vs Philadelphia

Week 14: vs New York (Giants)

Week 15: vs Oakland

Week 16: @ Washington

Week 17: @ Chicago

Week 15: vs Oakland Raiders

The Cowboys will be in a win-needy mode. At 7-6, late in the year, and a tight race for divisional champion, the Cowboys will not be able to afford any bad games. Their last two games, both away games facing the Bears and Redskins, will be tough games. The Cowboys will have to take the advantage against the Raiders and take an easy win. But the Cowboys can’t get cozy, because a loss to the Raiders could be the worst way to choke after a 3-0 start to the season.

Key Players:

Darren McFadden, OAK: The Raiders really don’t have much talent on offense. Darius Heyward-Bey is out of town, leaving their receiving corps pretty ugly, and Matt Flynn is not a franchise QB. If the Raiders win, it will be through McFadden. He carries the entire team on offense, and it will be up to him to keep the game close.

Quarter by Quarter

Q1: The Raiders will receive the opening kickoff. They will not take it very far, to the 23, and Matt Flynn will take the field. McFadden will take the opening handoff and bounce it outside for a gain of 15 on the first play. He will instantly get into it, taking a total of 8 carries for 60 yards on the first drive, while Matt Flynn goes 2 for 2 and adds another 15. From the Cowboys redzone, Flynn fakes the handoff, and Denarius Moore makes a good cut back inside against Claiborne and gets the TD, and Oakland is up 7-0 after the first possession. Dallas will take the field, looking to nullify the score. Romo is able to light up the free agent defense immediately, as his first play goes to James Hanna for 20 yards up the middle. Murray gets 15 on the next play, and after a play action fake, Romo goes deep for Bryant against Mike Jenkins. Jenkins is a good CB, but Bryant is bigger and more physical, as he gets up and makes the grab in the endzone to cap a 3 play, 80 yard drive with a TD. The Raiders will take the field again, stunned. They know it will be a long day, because free agency built defense, with 9 new face starters, is usually a bad idea. The Raiders will try to repeat their offensive success, but Dallas will play it much better this time. Near hal field, Flynn drops back. Ware gets around and hits him from behind. Flynn loses the ball, and Jason Hatcher recovers the fumble and Dallas has it at the Raiders 45. Romo comes out of the field, and the Cowboys waste no time making mince meat of the defense again, through Murray. Romo does not pass the ball a single time as Murray takes 10 carries for 45 yards and scores the TD. Dallas leads 14-7. Flynn comes back out, hoping the end the first quarter on a good note. After driving the half field, he throws a pass to Moore again, but Claiborne is on front of it. Claiborne gets a good return, weaving through defenders and finds an opening. Claiborne gets through and burns everyone to the endzone, as Dallas ends the first already up 21-7.

Q2: The Raiders will get the ball, and Matt Flynn will be aching to resume the offensive rhythm from before. The Raiders will be stopped on third down and will have to punt. Dallas will be unable to get anything, and the two teams will exchange punts for the entire quarter. Near the end, Flynn will lead a solid drive to the Cowboys 20. With 15 seconds left, Jay Ratliff gets inside and sacks Flynn. The Raiders are still in field goal range and take the 3 points and the half ends with the Cowboys leading 21-10.

Q3: The Cowboys will be receiving the second half kickoff, and will be in good position to take control of the game with a score. It’s still Murray taking the load as Romo does not even need to pass the ball much. But the Cowboys cannot rely on the run forever, and on third down, Romo is sacked. The Cowboys still get a field goal from Dan Bailey and lead 24-10. The Raiders are unable to do anything on the next drive, and Dwayne Harris all but wraps up the game with a punt return TD and Dallas takes a 31-10 lead. The Raiders will try to get something going better on the next drive. This time, Flynn will look a bit better, and Denarius Moore will catch a long bomb. After driving to the goal line, McFadden takes a pitch to the endzone and cuts it to 31-17. The Cowboys drive to the Raiders 40 and the fourth quarter starts.

Q4: The Cowboys will be up by 14, and close enough to score soon again. But a costly fumble by Dwayne Harris will ruin the chance, and the Raiders will have the ball at their own 30 with a chance to get back in the game. Matt Flynn will end that though by throwing a pick to Barry Church on a bad pass to Moore. Church only gets a 10 yard return, but Dallas has the ball at the Raiders 35. Romo fakes the run and this time goes deep for Austin who catches the ball and reaches the endzone to make the score 38-17 and ending pretty much all hope for the Raiders. Matt Flynn goes 3 and out on the next drive, and the Cowboys run the ball to the Raiders 40, and with 4 minutes left, punt the ball. Matt Flynn will still be on the field, and will really get something going, a bit late though. But with 30 seconds left, Flynn will throw a wobbly deep pass that will be picked off by backup safety Will Allen to end the game.

Final Score: Dallas Cowboys 38, Oakland Raiders 17


Romo: 15/20, 180 yards, 2 TD

Murray: 32 rush, 250 yards, TD

Bryant: 3 rec, 70 yards, TD

Austin: 2 rec, 50 yards, TD

Flynn: 12/30, 150 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT

McFadden: 22 rush, 125 yards, TD

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