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Thursday, November 26, 2009
The Beast first quarter report

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Cowboys have had a couple of big plays against the Raiders, but they only have three points to show for it. The holding penalty on fullback Deon Anderson on that last drive was huge. Tashard Choice had a long run to give the Cowboys the ball inside the Raiders' 10 yard line but the subsequent holding penalty forced the Cowboys to settle for a field goal.

One of the reasons it's difficult to score on the Raiders is that punter Shane Lechler is an unbelievable weapon. He can flip the field on you in a hurry. Early in this game, the Raiders have had some success in the running game. It looks like they're doing a nice job of moving defensive end Marcus Spears out of the running lanes.

The Raiders should have the ball deep inside Cowboys territory, but safety Tyvon Branch and defensive end Trevor Scott collided while both trying to intercept a Tony Romo pass that was telegraphed to Roy Williams.