Two defensive captains have been cut www.thecowboysfootballauthentic.com , a respected veteran retired and the team's No. 1 receiver was traded away. and off the field in recent weeks as a season that began with optimism has fallen apart at the midway point.After four straight losses, including a blowout by Bay Area rival San Francisco, have left the Raiders (1-7) tied for the worst record in the NFL, it's time to start looking to the future.To that end, coach Jon Gruden called in his rookie class Friday following the 34-3 loss to the 49ers and delivered a message to the group."He was just telling us he needs more from us rookies," defensive end Arden Key said Monday. "He needs more, more, more. He said we're doing pretty good but he needs more. We need to lead the league in effort and we're not doing that as rookies. ... It was a wake-up call and we answered."Little has gone right of late for the Raiders, who have been outscored by 85 points during a four-game losing streak. The team has also cut captains Bruce Irvin and Derrick Johnson during that span, watched cornerback Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie retire, and traded receiver Amari Cooper to Dallas for a first-round draft pick.That follows the trade one week before the start of the season that dealt star pass rusher Khalil Mack to Chicago for a package of picks, including two first-rounders.Oakland was last in the league with seven sacks before cutting ties with Irvin, who led the team with three. Only rookies Maurice Hurst (two sacks) and Key (one), along with Clinton McDonald (one) have sacks among players on the active roster.That's why Gruden wants more from his rookie class that also features defensive tackle P.J. Hall."I know right now the maturity level on this team has to rise up Dallas Cowboys T-Shirt ," veteran defensive lineman Frostee Rucker said. "We just have to be a complete team and do the little things better. That's what we're starting with today, trying to do the little things better."The Raiders also added some reinforcements Monday, signing defensive linemen Jacquies Smith and Kony Ealy to contracts.Ealy had 14 sacks in three seasons with Carolina from 2014-16, including three in a Super Bowl loss to Denver following the 2015 season. He was traded to New England in 2017, got cut by the Patriots and then signed with the New York Jets, where he had one sack in 15 games.Ealy spent training camp in Dallas before getting cut by the Cowboys on Sept. 1.Smith was originally signed as an undrafted free agent in 2012 and finally got his first chance to play in 2014 with Tampa Bay. He had 13 1/2 sacks in 27 games his first two seasons with the Buccaneers before suffering a major knee injury in 2016.Smith has played just seven games the past three seasons with Tampa, Detroit and Arizona, recording three tackles and no sacks in seven games. Smith was released by Arizona in September.Smith worked out for the Raiders in recent weeks and got the call Sunday, a day after Irvin was released. Smith said he feels as healthy as he has since before the injury and is eager for the chance to show what he can do."It's been very frustrating," he said. "Obviously, I have a ton of confidence in myself. Obviously, I've made a ton of plays in this league. Just getting back and getting that opportunity to do that. I'm very confident in my ability. Obviously, these guys see something in me to give me a shot."NOTES: The Raiders waived James Cowser. ... LT Kolton Miller didn't have a helmet at practice after re-injuring his right knee last Thursday. ... LG Kelechi Osemele participated in practice despite injuring his knee again against the 49ers. ... RB Marshawn Lynch stopped by practice for the first time since undergoing surgery on an injured groin last month. Well, that was heartbreaking. It was probably the most upsetting loss the Cowboys have endured this season. A clanked field goal that would have tied the game resulted in a 20-17 loss that drops Dallas to 3-4 and puts them in a second place tie in the division. It was a whirlwind of events that led to the final Dallas Cowboys Hats , fateful moment, so here are the five plays that shaped the game. Dak finds Rico Gathers deep, but a no-call prevents him from making the catchAfter what had already been a pretty ugly game, the Cowboys got the ball on their own 14-yard line down three with just over six minutes left in the fourth quarter. It was now or never, and Dak Prescott was going to have to carry the offense down the field. After a six-yard gain from Zeke, Prescott took a shot downfield looking for Rico Gathers. If the athletic tight end came down with it, it would have been a huge gain for the offense. But Redskins safety Deshazor Everett was draped all over Gathers, knocking him down before the ball got close. Broadcasters Jim Nantz and Tony Romo debated whether a flag should have been thrown, but the end result is that it wasn’t, and instead of a huge gain by reception or penalty, Dallas faced a third down. Dak finds Beasley for a crucial first down, but Connor Williams’ hold overturns itThe very next play, Dak was faced with a third and four. After missing Rico, he had to move the chains or leave the field for the punt team. Taking the shotgun snap Dallas Cowboys Womens Hoodie , Prescott looked and waited before he found Cole Beasley in the middle of the field for a 16 yard gain and the first down. The drive had been saved. Except it hadn’t. Rookie guard Connor Williams was flagged for holding prior to the throw, and the first down was wiped out. Instead, it was third and 14 at Dallas’ own ten-yard line, which set them up for failure via a fumble recovered for the touchdown. Holding on La’el Collins erases Dak’s scramble, takes time off the clockIn an effort to redeem himself after the huge mistake he made in his own endzone, Dak was desperately trying to move the ball down ten points and either get to overtime or win. He started the Cowboys offensive drive with a big hit to Geoff Swaim for a first down, but on second and ten at their own 43, Dak was forced to scramble. It turned into a huge play, gaining 15 yards and moving into Redskins territory. However, La’el Collins was called for a hold, and the first down was taken away. Now, it was second and 20 at Dallas’ own 33. Prescott would end up getting the first down on a huge fourth down attempt and later run in for a touchdown, but this penalty slowed their drive at a time when the Cowboys needed to score as quickly as possible. Alex Smith forgets to slide, gives the ball back to Dallas with timeAfter the Cowboys got their touchdown Womens Customized Dallas Cowboys Jerseys , the Redskins had the ball after the kickoff with a minute and a half left. Two successive runs from Adrian Peterson, both followed by Cowboys timeouts, and Washington was faced with a third and nine. Conventional logic would be to go down in some fashion that forced the Cowboys to use their third timeout, but as Alex Smith took the shotgun snap for a pass play and scrambled toward the sideline, he didn’t slide and was instead pushed out of bounds by Sean Lee. This mental lapse aided the Cowboys in a big way, as it allowed them to stop the clock on fourth down and keep their third and final timeout. The ensuing punt gave them the ball at the Dallas 36 with time to do something. Controversial snap infraction penalty costs Brett Maher and Dallas the gameFor what it’s worth, Dak Prescott did just about everything he needed to do on this final drive. He moved the chains on five consecutive pass plays and put the ball on the Washington 29 for Brett Maher to hit a 47-yard field goal in the wind and send the game to overtime. Before they could snap the ball, reliable long snapper LP Ladouceur was flagged for a snap infraction, which has sparked debate over whether or not it should have been called. Nevertheless, the Cowboys moved back five yards and attempted a 52 yard field goal, which hooked to the left right before going in and bounced off the post. As Jim Nantz said, “That goes in from 47.” Instead, the game was over.