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NFL Week 15 Preview: Cowboys at Raiders

By PFF Analysis Team
Dec 14, 2017

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Nov 23, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Melvin Ingram (54) and Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith (77) during the game at AT&T Stadium. The Los Angeles Chargers defeat the Dallas Cowboys 28-6. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys visit the Oakland Raiders in Week 15 of the 2017 NFL season. PFF previews the top player matchups of the game.

PFFELO Ranking: 12

Coverage by: Aaron Jones

Matchup: Dallas Cowboys offense vs. Oakland Raiders defense

Travis Frederick, center, Dallas Cowboys

  • WR Dez Bryant vs. CB T.J. Carrie – Dez Bryant was targeted five times last week, bringing his total on the season to 108, the eleventh-most among wide receivers. His overall grade of 80.3 currently has him tied for 23rd among 116 qualifying wide receivers. Despite the struggles in the Raiders’ defense, T.J. Carrie has quietly put together his strongest season to date. His overall grade of 80.9 has him tied for 30th among 118 qualifying cornerbacks. Carrie is, however, allowing a 109.5 quarterback rating when targeted, which ranks 100th among 120 qualifying cornerbacks. Carrie moves into the slot when the Raiders go to nickel, but he remains on the outside in base, so he’ll see a lot of Bryant this week.

PFFELO Ranking: 19

Coverage by: Mike Guerrelli

Matchup: Oakland Raiders offense vs. Dallas Cowboys defense

Marshawn Lynch, running back, Oakland Raiders

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