The Dallas Cowboys are facing off against the Baltimore Ravens in their second preseason game. After a semi-disappointing first game, the Cowboys will get a chance to redeem themselves. The Ravens will be a tough opponent, but it will be a great way for the Cowboys to prove themselves. So let’s look at the key to the game.
The first thing that needs to be looked at is the defense, specifically the secondary. At this point of time, we just need a sign that this defense is not completely hopeless. Baltimore uses a run first offense. Therefore, containing the passing attack shouldn’t be too much to ask for the Cowboys’ defense. I would say the Ravens have a below average receiving corps. Torrey Smith and Steve Smith are speedy wide receivers. With Joe Flacco as the Raven’s quarterback, you know they’ll be passing deep. Our defensive scheme focuses on limiting big plays. If they can contain the Ravens’ deep passing attack, I can have a bit more confidence in our defense.
The Ravens defense will be a great test against our offensive line. When the Cowboys line up on offense, it will be a battle in the trenches. The Ravens defense has some very talented players in the trenches. They have Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil, who are incredible edge rushers. Tyron Smith and Doug Free may have trouble dealing with them. The Ravens also have Chris Canty, Haloti Ngata, and rookie Timmy Jernigan at the interior defensive line. This will not be an easy match up for our offensive line. If our offensive line is as dominant as we believe them to be, this game will be cake for them.
Lastly, Tony Romo will make his debut. There were some concerns about Romo and his back surgery this offseason. How well will Romo play after his surgery? Now we’ll finally get a glimpse of the answer. Romo will play a couple of series, and will get the chance to silence the doubters. I can’t wait to see Romo play. If he can play at his usual level behind this offensive line, the Cowboys will have a chance this season.
The Ravens are a great team that will challenge the Cowboys and will answer many questions for the upcoming season. Is our defense totally hopeless? Or will they be able to contain the deep passing attack of the Ravens? Can our offensive line handle an impressive Ravens’ defensive line? How well will Romo play? We will find out soon enough.