By Gene Winner
Week 6: Dallas Cowboys (2-2) @ Baltimore (4-1)
Sunday, October 14th – 1:00pm
At: M&T Bank Stadium
The Ravens are coming off a less impressive victory over Kansas City. In fact, it reminded fans of the classic Ravens; the defense forcing turnovers and the offense kicking field goals. The good news is they won a road game; the team sits 4-1 atop the AFC North.
The Dallas Cowboys are 2-2, have enjoyed a week off (bye). They will be motivated, because they played a horrible game on National TV versus the Chicago Bears. QB Tony Romo had 5 interceptions and it was game to forget for Dallas fans. Yet, the Cowboys have play-makers on both sides of the ball, –the Ravens will have plenty to game-plan for this Sunday.
CHALK IT UP/KEY MATCH-UPS:
DE DeMarcus Ware vs. LT Michael Oher:
If QB Joe Flacco is to make throws he needs some time in the pocket. Let’s face it, the Ravens are better running the no huddle at home and they’ll need to do this Sunday. DE Ware has 5 sacks and 3 forced fumbles. The offense should give Oher some assistance (chip blocks) and rolling out the pocket away from Ware’s pressure.
RB Ray Rice vs. Dallas Run D:
The Ravens would be smart to establish Ray Rice, who is averaging 5.1 yards per carry, in this match-up. Why? The Cowboys rank 1st against the pass (169.5 yards a game). They rank 15th versus the run at 108 yards per game. It was encouraging sign to see Cam Cameron stay with Ray Rice through the whole game last week and an even more encouraging sign is that they are running it more on third and short to gain some first downs.
Ravens Run D vs. RB DeMarco Murray:
The defense gave up way to many yards rushing to Jamaal Charles. The only good was that the defense woke up in the second half after adjustments were made. Dallas ranks 29th in rushing yards a game (67.8). DeMarco Murray is a solid back running and receiving. He has a 3.9 rush average. The Ravens run defense must improve, they currently rank 20th versus the run (118.4 yards per game).
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