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Dallas at Baltimore

Posted By David Willow On Oct 12 2012 @ 7:43 pm In Dallas Cowboys | No Comments

The Cowboys begin what is arguably one of the toughest parts of their schedule this as they travel to Baltimore to face the 4-1 Ravens. The schedule will include the Ravens, Panthers, Giants, Falcons, and Eagles.

This will be a defining part of the team’s schedule with the Ravens, Panthers, Giants, and Falcons combining for a 15-5 record. These games will also all be on the road, save for the Giants game. With the team playing as it has been the games could go either way, as the Dallas defense has been strong, but the offense has been shaky at best. So what we see from the team over this stretch is likely going to be what can be expected throughout the rest of the season.

The Ravens, who lead the AFC North, have been improved on offense and declined a bit on defense, which has not been the norm for Baltimore over the years. The Cowboys have been working to improve on their issues on the offensive line which hopefully will lead to an improved rushing attack. Getting DeMarco Murray going this week will be a must if the team hopes to generate any type of offense. It has long been an issue with the Cowboys that their lack of a run game has let teams bring the rush and defend the obvious pass situations because the run game has shown no threat. Murray has the capability of being a top 10 running back in the league, but if he continues to get hit behind the line of scrimmage it won’t matter what kind of talent he brings to the table. Baltimore has been susceptible to the run at times this season, but are very good at home behind Haloti Ngata and Ray Lewis.

Tony Romo will need to be able to rely on Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, and Jason Witten to give him somewhere to go with the ball. The team will need Dez to play focused and start to shed the mistakes that a 3rd year vet should no longer be making, and Miles Austin will need to keep himself involved throughout the game rather than making plays in spurts. While the Ravens have given up an average of 274 yards per game passing, they have only allowed 2 TDs during the first 5 weeks of the season, meaning they clamp down pretty tight around the red zone.

The Ravens come in ranked 9th overall in offense and have developed a very balanced attack. The real key for the Cowboys going into Sunday will be their defense. If the secondary can slow down Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin, and the front seven can contain Ray Rice, the Cowboys will be in the game throughout. A tall order for any team to defend against talented group like that.

The Cowboys can win this game, but with questions on the line and a lack of cohesion on offense against an excellent team, the edge goes to the home team Ravens.

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