Ravens run over Cowboys as Lamar Jackson makes history

Dallas Cowboys (Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports)
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The Dallas Cowboys once again got run over by an NFL team, this time the Ravens

The Dallas Cowboys played in Baltimore against the Ravens on a Tuesday night. The game was scheduled for Thursday, but a Covid-19 breakout forced the NFL to change the date.

Longtime Cowboys wide receiver turned Raven, Dez Bryant, was about to play against his former team for the first time. Unfortunately, Bryant was pulled from the lineup during warmups after testing positive for the virus that delayed the game.

Kicker Justin Tucker has been looked at as the best kicker in the NFL for a while. What would have been a 31-yard field goal was called back because of a false start. The 36-yard try missed, ending his streak of 70 made kicks inside 40 yards. That was the longest streak in the NFL.

Kickers for both teams missed four of their six field goals. Two of Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein‘s three misses were from 50+ yards.

In the first half, it looked like the Cowboys defense was playing well. They forced an interception and limited quarterback Lamar Jackson from throwing the ball. The main issue was giving up big plays and defending the run.

They gave up four plays of 30 or more yards. Two of those plays ended with a Ravens’ player celebrating in the endzone. Dallas also gave up 162 rushing yards.

In the second half, Dallas’ defense couldn’t bounce back. The team gave up 130 more rushing yards and showed little competition. Sure, they defended the pass well, but the run game killed them yet again.

Jackson made NFL history, becoming the first player to throw for 5,000 yards and run for 2,500 yards in their first three seasons. He finished the game with 12 completions for 107 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He also ran for 94 yards and one touchdown.

Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton, on the other hand, played decently. He finished the game completing 65 percent of his passes for 285 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.

Running back Ezekiel Elliott enjoyed a very good game. He quietly racked up 95 total yards from scrimmage. Before being stuffed repeatedly at the goal line on Dallas’ second-last drive, he averaged 5.2 yards per rush, which would have been a season-high.

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Final Score: 34-17 Baltimore

Next week, the 3-9 Dallas Cowboys are in 2-9-1 Cincinnati playing the Bengals. Kickoff is on Sunday at 7:20 p.m. CDT.