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How The Raiders Moving To Las Vegas Will Affect The Cowboys

RJ Ochoa



Viva… Las Raiders! One of the NFL’s most storied franchises, the Raiders, are leaving Oakland. Raider Nation, the Oakland Chapter, is losing it’s team for a second time if you can actually believe it. Unlike in 1982 when the Silver & Black stayed in California by heading to Los Angeles, 2017 has given us the birth of the Las Vegas Raiders. Why is this important to Cowboys Nation, you ask? I’m here to tell you!

The Dallas Cowboys will travel to Oakland to play the Raiders this upcoming season. Yes, even though the Raiders are now the Las Vegas Raiders they will still be the playing in Oakland for at least 2017 and 2018. Word is they may temporarily still be known as the Oakland Raiders, maybe they’ll be the Las Vegas Oakland Raiders, well whoever they are the Cowboys will be visiting their house in 2017.

When Will The Cowboys Travel To Las Vegas?

Since Las Vegas – in all of its due sin – will not be ready for the Raiders until about 2020 (which by the way I think we should call “The Year of Vision”) that means that the Cowboys won’t play a regular season game while visiting the Las Vegas Raiders until 2025. How do we know this? You’re just full of questions today, aren’t you?

Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant has already made a play or two in Oakland, let’s hope he makes the most of his last trip there in 2017.

Per the NFL’s rotating schedule, any given team plays each division from the opposite conference once every four years. This means that the Cowboys, who play the Raiders this season in 2017, will also play the Las Vegas Raiders in 2021. The scheduling format dictates that these games alternate in terms of the team hosting them, so four years from now we’ll see Dallas host Las Vegas, just like they did in 2013 on Thanksgiving Day.

The Cowboys will very likely get some action in at Las Vegas before 2025, though… hopefully of the football variety and none of the amenities Las Vegas seemingly offers. Whenever the Raiders’ new stadium is officially open for business, you can bet your bottom dollar that the Cowboys will be their first preseason opponent. This was the case just a year ago when the NFL was welcomed back to the Los Angeles market with the Rams hosting the Cowboys, and Lucky Whitehead returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown.

The Cowboys Will Visit Oakland For The Final Time In 2017

Jerry Jones

Jerry Jones will join Al Davis in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August of 2017. For the final time their two franchises will square off in Oakland this season.

All of this adds a special touch of history to 2017’s Cowboys and Raiders matchup. Every NFL game is a treasure, after all there are only 256 per regular season, but it’s so rare that you can walk into one knowing that you’re going to witness history.

Should you choose to venture out to Oakland to watch Dak Prescott and Derek Carr square off, you will literally be watching the last time that the Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders, two of the NFL’s most storied franchises, square off. Hot tamale.

The last time that the Cowboys visited Oakland in regular season action was October 2nd, 2005. It was a 13-19 loss in which the lone highlight was quarterback Drew Bledsoe hitting wide receiver Patrick Crayton for a 63-yard touchdown. Let’s make a better last memory in Oakland before we close the book on it, alright Cowboys?

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1 Comment
  • fgoodwin

    It’s obvious the only reason the owners didn’t veto a team moving to Vegas (like they did Tony Romo’s fantasy football convention) is the money.

    That’s the real impact on the Cowboys. The Vegas Raiders will make a heckuva lot more $$ than the Oakland Raiders, and through the socialism of the owners, that means every team in the NFL will share in that increased largess. That’s the real reason we’ll see NFL football in Vegas in the very near future.

    Follow the money, always follow the money!

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Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach

Sean Martin



Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach

After hiring Paul Alexander to fill their vacant OL coaching position, the Dallas Cowboys are continuing to retool their offensive staff below Scott Linehan. Sanjay Lal has been hired to coach the Cowboys’ wide receivers, replacing Derek Dooley.

Lal has experience as a WR coach with four different teams, dating back to 2009 with the Oakland Raiders. He was promoted up to this position after serving as the Raiders’ quality control coach from 2007-08.

David Moore on Twitter

Sources: Cowboys have reached an agreement with Sanjay Lal to become the team’s WR coach. Lal was with Indianapolis last season and replaces Derek Dooley on the staff.

Most recently, Sanjay Lal coached the receivers for the Indianapolis Colts in 2017. He has also been with the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets.

In this interview with the Colts, Lal mentions being very detail-oriented with a focus on the technical aspects of playing receiver.

Lal beats out former Cowboys WR Miles Austin for this position, earning the right to lead a room of receivers in desperate need of fresh talent. In an offseason that’s been about finding fresh ideas with the coaching staff so far though, the Cowboys have a new voice on offense.

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Cowboys Losing Linebackers Coach Matt Eberflus to Colts

Jess Haynie



Matt Eberflus, Sean Lee

Multiple sources are reporting Matt Eberflus — who has been the linebackers coach and passing game coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys — will leave to join the Indianapolis Colts as the new defensive coordinator. Eberflus has been with Dallas since 2011, having joined Rob Ryan’s staff when Ryan become the coordinator for the Cowboys’ defense.

He has been the linebackers coach during his entire Dallas tenure and was also named passing game coordinator in 2016.

Tom Pelissero on Twitter

With Josh McDaniels ticketed for the #Colts, former #Cowboys assistant Matt Eberflus is expected to come along as defensive coordinator, I’m told. Lot of parts falling in place now.

If not the Colts, some thought Matt Eberflus might end up replacing Matt Patricia as the defensive coordinator in New England. Either way, it does not appear Dallas could have kept him around while Rod Marinelli remains in his current position.

Eberflus’ work in Dallas speaks for itself, and primarily through LB Sean Lee.

He has been Lee’s position coach for all but his rookie season, and in that time Lee has been one of the top defensive players in all of football.

Beyond Lee, Eberflus has also been able to get quality play out of mid-round picks like Anthony Hitchens and Damien Wilson. We also saw Jaylon Smith make significant progress this season.

Given Matt Eberflus has never worked with Josh McDaniels before, the fact he was on the Colts’ radar says a lot.

Make no mistake; the Cowboys lost a good one here.

Don’t panic, however. Coach Marinelli has cast a very wide net during his time in the NFL and there are a lot of potential guys, some with plenty of experience, that Dallas might look to.

It’s entirely possible that Eberflus’ replacement will be someone who Marinelli spends 2018 grooming to take over as the defensive coordinator.

Still, of all the coaching changes so far for Dallas, this one hurts most.


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Cowboys Hire Longtime Bengals OL Coach Paul Alexander

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Hire Longtime Bengals OL Coach Paul Alexander

Thus far the 2018 offseason has brought a plethora of change to the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Now it is being reported the Cowboys have hired a brand new offensive line coach, former Cincinnati Bengals’ Offensive Line Coach Paul Alexander.

Alex Marvez on Twitter

Source tells @sportingnews that Paul Alexander hired as new @dallascowboys offensive line coach

Alexander coached with the Bengals for over 20 years, and replaces the same man in Dallas who replaces him in Cincinnati, Frank Pollack. Alexander has also been the Bengals assistant head coach since 2003.

The Cowboys recently lost an assistant head coach when Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia left for Jon Gruden’s Oakland Raiders.

Per usual, the hire has been met with mixed reactions from Cowboys Nation.

Joey Ickes on Twitter

Since 2003, CIN has had only one season where they finished top-10 in Yards per attempt on the ground… They’ve been bottom-5 in the league 5 times in that span… That’s the OL Coach DAL just hired.

The hiring of an offensive line coach who’s rushing attack finished bottom five in the league in rushing yards per attempt five times since 2003 doesn’t look too great on paper. He will also teach with different techniques and styles than previous Cowboys OL coaches, which could potentially set back the offensive line early in the season.

Plus, respected Bengals’ writer Joe Goodberry did not exactly love the hire for the Cowboys.

Goodberry on Twitter

Pretty bad

Regardless, this is still a very talented offensive line and one which should lead an effective ground attack based on their talent alone. 2017 proved further that coaching matters a lot in the NFL however, and the wrong hire could set back even the most talented of units.

We will just have to wait and see how this 2018 season ends up playing out.


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