The Dallas Cowboys will likely play their last game at Texas Stadium tonight against the the Baltimore Ravens.
For the Cowboys, they are still in must-win mode because they are trying to swat away the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons, as the Philadelphia Eagles creep into contention as well.
The Cowboys have a slight advantage at home, playing in good weather. But the two teams are well matched, pitting two strong defenses against one another. The Ravens offense is not very powerful, and the Cowboys can cause havoc on rookie quarterback Joe Flacco with some pressure. The Cowboys’ offense has the edge, but they must score. Tony Romo will have to watch out for Ed Reed, possibly the best safety the NFL has ever seen.
One defense (the Cowboys) lead in sacks while the other (the Ravens) lead in interceptions. What the Pittsburgh Steelers game showed teams facing the Cowboys is playing conservatively works.
I just don’t see this game being won with defense. The Cowboys have to penetrate the Ravens defense and score points. Scoring less than 20 may not cut it. A commanding win will do wonders for team chemistry heading into the final game of the year against the Eagles, which could have huge playoff implications.
Emotions will be high at Texas Stadium and the team will want to leave the legacy of that building on a high note.