Every week of the NFL regular season, we ask all of The Landry Hat writers and contributors to submit their picks and predictions for the upcoming Dallas Cowboy game. This week, we asked our experts for their predictions for today’s game between our Cowboys and the Baltimore Ravens. To see part one of this story, click here.
Artie Cappello, Senior Writer: It is a little bit of a cop out that Jason Garrett is pointing the finger at Romo by saying that they have to simplify the offense ‘for Tony’ hoping lightening his load will have the offense perform better. The problem isn’t Romo’s running of the offense, it’s Garrett’s overly complicated, yet predictable, play calling. Garrett needs to simplify things for the other 10 guys, he knows that, but by pushing the blame onto Romo, he doesn’t have to outright admit it. If the Cowboys are successful, everyone will think it was Romo after all. Very smart to push Romo out on that limb, Jason, but you and I know it should be you out there. I don’t think I’ve ever picked the Cowboys to lose, but I’m quickly losing faith in their head coach. I hope I feel differently in a couple weeks. Ravens 21 – Cowboys 14.
Reid Hanson, Staff Writer: The Cowboys travel to Baltimore to play the Ravens who are almost unbeatable on their homefield. The loud and intimidating atmosphere will no doubt lead to a multitude of pre-snap penalties. The Cowboys offense will have problems staying on the field leading to extended playing time for the Defense. The eighth ranked Baltimore offense will do most of their damage to the tired Cowboys defense in the second half. Baltimore 24, Dallas 17.
Alex Young, Staff Writer: Dallas comes off of the bye week with an important game at one of the toughest places to play in the NFL, M&T Bank Stadium. The Cowboys have not shown in recent years that they can win in tough venues like this and I expect the same result Sunday. The Ravens defense will force Tony Romo into turnovers and Torrey Smith, Anquan Boldin and Ray Rice will give the defense fits. Ravens 31, Cowboys 13.
Steven Phillips, Senior Writer: Dallas just got done with a good old-fashioned beating at the hands of the Chicago Bears and their tough, opportunistic defense. I think the bye week came at a perfect time for the Cowboys, and will eventually aid them in the coming weeks. I just don’t think they’ve had enough time to fix all the problems they are having and they have to face another tough, opportunistic defense when they travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens. Ravens win 27-13.
Chance Streetman, Staff Writer: This is not a must win game for the Cowboys, but they need to play better than they did against the Chicago Bears. They need something to build on their confidence for future games. This Baltimore team may be the 2nd best team in the AFC behind the Houston Texans, and Dallas winning on the road would be a huge upset. Baltimore 20, Dallas 16.
Slimjizzle83, Video Contributor: The two tight end formation should be used a lot in this game. And with defensive tackle Jay Ratliff being back, he will impact our defensive line a lot. 31-20, Dallas over Baltimore. For more information, watch my preview video here.