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Take the hodgepodge Ravens over these unreliable Dallas Cowboys, a team that seems intent on losing its games all by themselves.
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|Cowboys vs Ravens Information|
|What||Dallas Cowboys vs Baltimore Ravens|
|Where||M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD|
|When||Tuesday, December 8, 2020; 8:05 PM ET|
|How to watch||FOX / NFLN|
The Dallas Cowboys lost big to the Washington Football Team in front of a national Thanksgiving Day audience, final score 16-41, which totally crushed all hopes in this downward spiraling NFC East franchise, and at this point, game planning a way to outscore the Ravens might be too much to ask of QB Andy Dalton and new head coach Mike McCarthy.
The Ravens dropped the COVID ball in Week 12 and had to field a rag-tag roster for a surprising Wednesday Afternoon Football game where backup QB Robert Griffin and the company almost caught the still undefeated Steelers, final score 14-19, and now Baltimore finds itself in a must-win situation if they expect to earn an AFC Wild Card spot in the playoffs.
These two teams have played each other just 5 prior times, with the Baltimore Ravens winning 4 of the games and the Dallas Cowboys winning only 1 game.
Andy Dalton is 1-3 as the starting QB for the Dallas Cowboys, a role that was made possible when the Cowboy’s actual starter under center, Dak Prescott, suffered a season-ending ankle injury that required surgery and substantial rehab time.
Dalton’s numbers as the starter are not horrible – he has completed an average of 65 percent of his passes, 99 of them, for just 870 yards and 5 touchdowns with 5 interceptions on the season to add to that meh stats line.
For the Cowboys to have any chance of rising to the top of the pathetic NFC East, they need Dalton to become the kind quarterback he was in the early days of his career with the Cincinnati Bengals when he could throw for 30 touchdowns and lead his team to the postseason once in a while.
Baltimore messed up and let their guard down against the COVID virus and as a result, had much of their roster on the reserve squad while their backups had to take the field in Week 12’s 5-point loss to the Steelers.
Sixteen players had to sit on the Reserve-Covid-19 squad last week, so hopefully, most of them will be eligible to come back by the time this game is played on Tuesday night.
The team has told the media that quarterback Lamar Jackson will most likely be eligible to play, so it stands to reason that many more teammates will follow, but how much practice and game prep they can get in before Tuesday is what could affect the outcome of the game.
One key to a Dallas Week 13 win could be if tight end Dalton Schultz could step up and take advantage of the Ravens having to use some backups still, the 6’ 5” 244-pounder in his third NFL season and he is catching almost 67 percent of the balls thrown his way.
Last week in the loss to Washington, Schultz caught all five passes that QB Andy Dalton targeted him with, but those receptions amounted to just 24 yards and no touchdowns, production that is respectable but could stand some improvement.
To help beat the Ravens, Schultz needs to have a game as he did in Week 2 during the team’s win over the Falcons when he caught nine out of ten passes for 88 yards and a touchdown, a middle of the field threat that could be tough for Baltimore to game plan around.
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One of the bright spots of the Ravens Wednesday Night Football loss to the Steelers was the chance to watch second backup QB Trace McSorely get some playing time, the former Penn State Nittany Lion a 6’ 0” underdog at his position.
Not an ideal height, but the kid can play (just Google the song about him), with McSorely filling in for the injured RGIII (hamstring) and throwing completions for yards and a touchdown with no interceptions, proving that when his number is called, the young QB can get the job done.
QB Lamar Jackson is projected to be the Ravens Week 13 starter, but if the game gets out of hand going Baltimore’s way, perhaps head coach John Harbaugh might pull Jackson in the fourth quarter and give young McSorely another chance to shine.
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