Boys buckle up, topple weaker rival

Against Oakland, Dallas prepares for December by learning to finish an inferior enemy

Updated: November 27, 2009, 2:51 AM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- If you want to be considered an elite team, or a team that is supposed to win its division, you beat inferior opponents.

The Dallas Cowboys are not an elite team, but they are a team trying to win the NFC East for the second time in three seasons.

Dallas is better -- much better -- than the Oakland Raiders, and proved it on Thanksgiving Day with a 24-7 victory.

It wasn't a perfect victory for the Cowboys, but it was one that pushed them to 8-3 overall and ...

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