The Dallas Cowboys had a much needed bye week, after starting the young 2012 season with a 2-2 record and having more questions than ever before on how this team will finish the season in its current status. Turnovers are over-flowing, just like the questions on how they are going to stop. Who is to blame for the rash of turnovers? What is Cowboys’ head coach Jason Garrett going to do to address it? Do we replace starting quarterback Tony Romo? Do we start over on the offensive line? How do turn a mediocre running game into something that was once feared? All of these questions will unravel this coming Sunday at noon (CST) as the Cowboys go to Baltimore to face against the Ravens.
The Ravens last won against the Cowboys in the team’s last game ever at Texas Stadium, making for a rough debut at the new digs, as the Cowboys not only lost the teams finale in Texas Stadium, but lost its first regular season game in Cowboys Stadium to the New York Giants.
The Ravens are on a 3 game winning streak after losing in week 2 to the hated, Philadelphia Eagles by one point, 24-23. Last week, Baltimore won a game of field goals against the Kansas City Chiefs, 9-6.
Offensively, the Ravens are better in the running game and scoring as opposed to the Cowboys. The Cowboys average more yards in the air, but to bottom line it; you have to score more points and the Cowboys average is ten points below the mark as compared to the Baltimore Ravens. Baltimore scores 26 points per game while Dallas manages only 16 points.
Defensively, the Ravens are the Ravens. They still have Ray Lewis and he may be a bit older, but he is as hungry as ever. Statistically, the Ravens defense allow more yards in passing and rushing, they do allow more 3rd down conversions BUT they beat the Cowboys where it counts. The Ravens allow 5 points fewer per game than Dallas, 22-17.
With all of the uncertainty and state of the team, I am not going to sit here and be a sunshine pumper, and tell you that the Cowboys will definitely win this game. Borrowing a page from the Billy Bean (the general manager of the Oakland A’s and main character in the movie, Moneyball) philosophy of baseball, the bottom line is that the Ravens score more on offense and allow fewer points on defense. If the Cowboys win, it will be ugly and a close one. The vibe this week is that our Cowboys will not win this one, as the confidence isn’t showing from the team. The Cowboys will fall to the Ravens, 17-9.