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NFL Thanksgiving grades: Raiders earn ‘B+’ for shocking Cowboys, Bears don’t impress in win, Saints fall flat

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The most appetizing NFL game wasn’t the first one on Thanksgiving Day 2021, but though the level of play in Bears-Lions left much to be desired, it did give us a game that wasn’t decided until the final kick. We couldn’t give the winner even an average mark in that one, but the Raiders showed plenty of spark in upsetting the Cowboys in a game where they were 7.5-point underdogs, per Caesars Sportsbook. Detroit’s offensive line had six holding penalties, they faced a third-and-32 twice in the game – and the Lions were winning with 8:30 to play! Detroit even had an opportunity to get the ball back in the final two minutes and drive to kick a winning field goal of its own, but head coach Dan Campbell called consecutive timeouts with 1:54 left on a third-and-9 – the second timeout was on a play Chicago went short of the sticks in order to kick a field goal to take the lead. Chicago got a first down on a third-and-4 as a result of the five-yard penalty and ran the clock out for the winning field goal. Raiders vs. Cowboys B Raiders We wondered what Raiders team we were going to see after they were blown out by double digits in their last two games, but it was pretty clear early on they were going to put up a fight.

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