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Gridiron Breakdown: Dallas Cowboys vs. Oakland Raiders

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Dez Bryant (left) and Darrius Heyward-Bey both have the chance to become all-time greats for their teams.


 

"Monday Night Football" features the Dallas Cowboys and the Oakland Raiders; two of the most storied, revered and -- let's just say it -- despised franchises not only in the NFL, but all of professional sports.

But which franchise owns the ultimate bragging rights? Well, there is only one way to settle this dispute fairly -- we must take it to the grid!

Event: Dallas Cowboys Oakland Raiders Give it to ...
2012 record: 8-8 8-8 Push
Super Bowl titles: 5 3 Cowboys
Last title: Super Bowl XXX Super Bowl XVIII Push. There are high schoolers who don't remember a title run from either team.
Hall of Famers: 19 20 Push. The Raiders technically have one more, but when you break it down to true franchise players, it's deadlocked at 13 apiece
Guys who should be in the Hall of Fame: Drew Pearson, Charles Haley Tom Flores, Ken Stabler Push
Cheerleaders: Yep Yep Push
Iconic owners: Jerry Jones Al Davis Raiders. Davis served as a coach, commissioner, owner and maverick. He was the original.
Current face of the franchise: Tony Romo Darren McFadden Cowboys
He must prove he can ... Win the big one Stay healthy for an entire season Push
All-time QB: Roger Staubach/Troy Aikman Ken Stabler Cowboys
All-time RB: Emmitt Smith Marcus Allen Raiders
All-time WR: Michael Irvin Fred Biletnikoff Cowboys
All-time TE: Jay Novacek Dave Casper Raiders
All-time offensive lineman: Larry Allen Art Shell/Gene Upshaw Raiders
All-time defender: Randy White Michael Haynes Cowboys
Player nicknames: Playmaker, Moose, Too Tall, Manster Snake, Mad Stork, the Assassin, the Ghost Raiders
Defensive nickname: Doomsday Defense Eleven Angry Men Cowboys
Retired numbers None None Push. Push, though you won't see some numbers in rotation for the Cowboys, like No. 12 or No. 8.
Biggest party animals of all-time: Don Meredith, Peter Gent Every Raiders player ever Raiders
Uniforms: Blue and silver Silver and Black Raiders. Both are certainly iconic, but there's something about the Raiders uniforms.
Biggest rival: Washington Redskins Entire NFL, including the NFL Raiders
Divine intervention: The Hail Mary The Holy Roller Cowboys (it came in the playoffs)
Biggest lament: Not drafting Randy Moss Trading away Jon Gruden Raiders
Never bring up: Cabo San Lucas The Tuck Rule Raiders
Saying: How 'bout them Cowboys? Just win, baby Raiders
The autumn wind is ... What Tony Romo always does. Oh wait, that's autumn wind, not only win in autumn. A Raider Raiders
Fans: Raiders. Too many bandwagon jumpers with the Cowboys.
Connections to Star Wars: Stadium looks like the Death Star Darth Raider Cowboys
Country of origin: America's Team Raider Nation Raiders


 

The Raiders win 14-8. The Cowboys started out strong, but faded down the stretch. Hmm, where have we heard that before?

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