Raiders make a stand, beat Cowboys for first win

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Randy Moss burned Dallas early, catching
a 79-yard pass on Oakland's second play. After that, his biggest
contribution to the Raiders' first win came in the running game.

But the talented receiver didn't run a long reverse or throw a
big downfield block. Instead, his presence kept the Cowboys'
safeties away from the line.

Enter Lamont Jordan.

The Raiders' other big acquisition on offense ran for a
career-high 126 yards and a score, Sebastian Janikowski kicked four
field goals and Oakland's defense mounted a late goal-line stand in
a 19-13 win Sunday.

"I will forever look at it as teams saying we can't run the
ball," said Jordan, who bounced back from a 19-yard performance
last week against Philadelphia. "I encourage defenses to play that
way. If you play two-deep defense against us with the way we're
capable of running the ball ... we are going to run the ball down
your throat. I think today was a true test of that."

A week after gaining just 21 yards as a team, Jordan and the
offensive line took it upon themselves to fix the running game.
They succeeded from the start, as Jordan frequently got tough yards
up the middle.

"We were determined to get running yards, especially after
being shut down last week," offensive lineman Barry Sims said.
"We really wanted to get LaMont going. And you can't go when
there's no where to go, so we really wanted to get some lanes
opened up for him."

The Cowboys kept it interesting until the final 2 minutes.
Trailing 19-13 after Janikowski's 43-yard field goal with 4:29
left, Dallas (2-2) drove inside the 5 with help from a 57-yard pass
from Drew Bledsoe to Terry Glenn.

But Tommy Kelly dropped Julius Jones for a 2-yard loss on second
down from the 3, and Bledsoe followed with incompletions to
Keyshawn Johnson and Glenn to turn it over with 1:45 to go.

Jason Witten was open in the end zone on the last play, but
Bledsoe said he had chosen to go toward Glenn's side and didn't see

"It's a three-step drop. He just has to make a decision to go
the other way with the ball," Witten said. "I'm not doubting his
decision. He's got Keyshawn and Terry over there. He's got to make
a quick decision and go with it. I was open. That's for sure."

Jordan then ran twice for a first down and Oakland (1-3) ran out
the clock, heading into the bye week with a much-needed win.

Kerry Collins threw to Moss only three times in the opening
half, connecting on the long pass on the first drive to set up
Janikowski's 30-yard field goal and throwing his direction on
back-to-back plays to open the second quarter.

Moss, who had 10 touchdowns in his first five games against
Dallas, finished with four receptions for 123 yards and remained
unbeaten in six games against the Cowboys.

Collins finished 13-for-23 for 218 yards, extending his streak
without an interception to a career-high 149 passes, dating to last

"I definitely didn't play my best game today but I didn't turn
it over and I made some smart decisions at times that ultimately
helped us win the ballgame," Collins said. "The other guys picked
me up today. LaMont and the other guys up front did an excellent

Oakland's defense played a big role too, holding Jones to 76
yards on 22 carries and limiting Dallas to 146 yards through three

"I know they think Julius Jones is the next Emmitt Smith,"
Oakland safety Stuart Schweigert said. "I played against the guy
in college and he's a good running back but he's not a great
running back. We knew we were going to shut down the running. That
allowed us to get some sacks and pressure on Bledsoe."

Janikowski, who missed four field goals the first three games,
kicked short field goals in the first half and a 49- and 43-yarder
in the fourth quarter.

"I didn't change a thing,' Janikowski said. "I worked the
whole week with the same approach I always do."

Bledsoe hit Patrick Crayton on a 63-yard touchdown pass midway
through the fourth quarter to make it 16-13. Bledsoe finished
11-for-26 for 212 yards.

"We feel like we missed out on an opportunity here," Bledsoe
said. "We made a lot of mistakes in the ballgame that really hurt
us in the end."

The Raiders, the most penalized team in the NFL, committed 13
more infractions, including three in the first 74 seconds of the
fourth quarter.

Game notes
DeMarcus Ware, a first-round pick in April, had three
offsides penalties, including one to wipe out a sack by La'Roi
Glover in the fourth quarter. ... Dallas had gone 13 games without
allowing a 100-yard rusher. ... Raiders C Jake Grove left the game
with a strained right knee. ... Oakland DL Derrick Burgess tied his
career high with two sacks.


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