BEST BET OAK­LAND over Dal­las by 8

Playbook Football (Midweek Alert) - - 2-minute Handicap -

Both own­ers should be wear­ing out the car­pet in their re­spec­tive lux­ury suites to­day. The vis­it­ing Cow­boys are cur­rently the No. 10 seed, one game back of No. 6 seed At­lanta in the Wild Card race, while the Raiders hold down the No. 9 play­off seed in the AFC, one game be­hind No. 6 seed Buf­falo. What to do? A trip to the ATS archives courtesy of our all-know­ing data­base re­veals lots of bad ju-ju for Dal­las to­day. Jerry’s kids are 0-7 ATS fol­low­ing an ATS win of more than 3 points when fac­ing AFC West op­po­nents com­ing off a loss, 1-10 ATS away in Game 7 of the sea­son against an op­po­nent com­ing off a loss, and 1-6 ATS away fol­low­ing the Giants when fac­ing an op­po­nent com­ing off a divi­sion game. Whew! Things are equally des­per­ate for the 6-7 Raiders af­ter last week’s loss to Kansas City, a game where the Oak­land of­fense never showed up un­til the fi­nal quar­ter, outscor­ing the Chiefs 15-0 af­ter fall­ing be­hind 26-0. The Raiders’ of­fen­sive line must do a much bet­ter job of pro­tect­ing QB David Carr to­day, af­ter he spent most of the KC game run­ning for his life. Mean­while, Pokes QB Dak Prescott has re­gained his touch the last two weeks, fir­ing 5 TD passes as his team rang up a to­tal of 68 points. But we’re still not sold on the ‘Boys here, not with them ar­riv­ing off con­sec­u­tive divi­sion clashes and with RB Ezekiel El­liott not due back un­til next week. Oak­land has won its last two con­tests on this field and also owns the ap­proval of THE CLINCHER: See this week’s AWE­SOME AN­GLE on page 2.

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