3 predictions before the Dallas Cowboys visit the Ravens

Dallas Cowboys, Dez Bryant (Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)
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Dez Bryant, Baltimore Ravens
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The Dallas Cowboys will travel over 1,350 miles to visit the Baltimore Ravens

Do you have your calendar alert set? Yes, the Dallas Cowboys are back, and it’ll be a Tuesday night match against the Baltimore Ravens. The Cowboys last played Thanksgiving evening, losing to Washington, 41-16.

This means Dallas had 12 days between games, nearly two weeks. Standing at a 3-8 record, with the NFC East crawling away, you’d think that this many days off would benefit the squad. The Ravens, in contrast, played less than a week ago, losing to the Steelers, 19-14 on December 2.

The dominoes should favor Big D, right? I doubt it. In fact, I think the extra time off will hurt Dallas a bit, but the main headline will belong to the raging Ravens. More on that later.

This game is set up for an emotional evening. A former Dallas Cowboy favorite is back, and I’m sure he’ll do everything in his power to gain the spotlight. Can you guess who I’m talking about?

Well, here we go. Dallas Cowboys. Baltimore Ravens. Let’s go through three predictions before the Tuesday night game!

1. Dez Bryant scores his first touchdown since 2017

Oh boy. He’s back. Dez Bryant is sporting the usual “88” look, but now sports a black and purple trim. Good for him.

Bryant has not scored a touchdown in nearly three years. The last time he saw the endzone was with the Dallas Cowboys on December 10, 2017, against the New York Giants. I believe Bryant will be a factor on Tuesday.

So far, Bryant has played in three games, catching four balls on seven targets. He has 28 receiving yards on his tab. The former first-rounder spent eight seasons with America’s Team. During that span, he caught 73 touchdowns, 531 receptions, and nearly 7,500 yards. Bryant turned 32 last November.

I can’t speak for you, but this game should carry a ton of emotion for Cowboys Nation. In a good way, of course. While the fall out between Bryant and Dallas wasn’t favorable, it’s still great to see Bryant back in the saddle and doing what he loves. It’ll be hard not to root for the fan-favorite, even if he is sporting a new zip code.

With quarterback Lamar Jackson back for the Ravens, the playbook should operate in normal mode, which should spell trouble for the Dallas defense. Expect to see Bryant waving from the endzone, especially in the direction of where Jerry Jones is sitting.