In what could be one of the final primetime games at the Oakland Coliseum, the Oakland Raiders will host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football on Dec. 17.
All Sunday night games are subject to change because NBC — the network that airs Sunday night games — has the ability to flex games in and out every week late in the season. But with the popularity of these two squads and the unlikelihood that either team will be bad in 2017, it’s highly likely this game will not be flexed out.
The Raiders went back to the playoffs last season for the first time since the 2002 season when they lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII. Oakland finished 12-4 last year and appeared to be Super Bowl contenders in the middle of December, but the Raiders lost quarterback Derek Carr to injury in Week 16 and took defeats in their final two games. In the playoffs, Oakland fell to the Houston Texans, 27-14.
Behind a rookie quarterback and running back, Dallas went 13-3 and earned the No. 1 seed in the NFC last season. But after their bye week, the Cowboys lost to the Green Bay Packers, 34-31, in the NFC divisional round.
These two clubs haven’t faced each other since 2013 when the Cowboys beat the Raiders on Thanksgiving at AT&T Stadium. This will be just the 12th time they will square off since the Raiders joined the NFL from the AFL in 1970. Dallas has a slight edge in the series, 6-5.
The rest of the schedule for both teams will be released sometime Thursday night, but this game in December certainly looks like it will have major playoff implications.