Baltimore Ravens: Rushing Game Gashes Dallas Cowboys
The Baltimore Ravens could not afford to lose to a really bad Dallas Cowboys football team. Baltimore has had to get games rescheduled due to coronavirus outbreaks within the team. Anyways, the Ravens rushing attack dominated Dallas in a 34-17.
This was a huge win for Baltimore because if they lost, they would have been buried even further in the AFC Wild Card Standings.
The Baltimore Ravens did whatever they wanted to do against a porous Dallas Cowboys defensive front. Baltimore fooled Dallas all game long and the Ravens’ strength is running the football.
They ran a lot of plays up the middle and the Cowboys couldn’t stop it at all. This seems like the only way Baltimore can win football games is by running the football and controlling the time of possession.
Everyone was healthy in this game in the backfield for Baltimore. Mark Ingram II and J.K. Dobbins came off the coronavirus list and they did not play last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road and neither did Lamar Jackson.
His legs seemed fresh in this football game and he also scored on a 37-yard touchdown in the first quarter on a fourth-down play up the middle.
Jackson completed 12-of-17 passes for 107 yards two touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed for 94 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown.
There was no need for him to pass a lot in this football game. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman and head coach John Harbaugh deserve a ton of credit for sticking to the game plan.
Gus Edwards rushed for 101 yards on seven carries.
J.K. Dobbins rushed for 71 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown.
Mark Ingram II rushed for 28 yards on six carries. He also caught one pass for four yards receiving.
The other running back on this football team is Justice Hill. He served as the second running back on the roster last week and was back to the fourth spot on the roster and the depth chart as well here. Hill only caught one pass for four yards receiving.
The running back group on the Baltimore Ravens is the heart and soul of this football team. This is where their identity starts from here as well.
Other Game Notes
Marquise Brown caught five passes for 39 yards receiving and a touchdown.
The defense in this game was very good in this game as well here. If they want to make it to the playoffs for the third consecutive season, they have to run the football consistently and play with a lead.
Ravens receiver Dez Bryant tested positive for the coronavirus before the game and he had to be pulled off the field before warmups. He was ticked off about and contemplated quitting the season on Twitter. Bryant will most likely be back this season though and that was an in the moment kind of reaction. He is a very good competitor and did this off of emotion though as well here.
With the final four weeks of the regular season looming, the Baltimore Ravens (7-5) are currently the ninth seed in the AFC. They have the same record as the Las Vegas Raiders (8-5), but are just one game back of the Indianapolis Colts (8-4) for the seventh spot in the AFC.
The Dallas Cowboys (3-9) next game will be on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals (2-9-1) this upcoming Sunday. Dallas is now in last place in the NFC (L)East Standings.
The Baltimore Ravens (7-5) next game will be on the road. It is this coming Monday night against the Cleveland Browns (9-3), who are currently the number five seed in the AFC. The Miami Dolphins (8-4) are currently the sixth seed in the AFC and the New England Patriots (6-6) are currently the 10th seed in the AFC playoff standings.
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