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Ravens Need to Rebound Against Dallas

You can expect plenty of spectacle and a host of former players as the Cowboys close the historic Texas Stadium this Saturday night.

It will be yet another challenge for the Ravens as they will need to stay focused on the opponent in front of them and not on getting autographs. Their playoff lives depend on it.

It’s very simple. If Baltimore wins and then then gets past Jacksonville in their own home finale they will gain the 6th and final seed in the AFC playoffs. If they lose it gets complicated. They would need the Patriots to drop one of their final two games as well.

This won’t be an easy task as those feuding Dallas Cowboys, who have had more drama than a High School Musical sequel, seem to put things aside when it comes to the field. They were impressive as they bounced the New York Giants 20-8 and had Eli Manning counting the lights most of the night. Their pass rush was relentless and Tony Romo had a fine day as he used his many weapons to wear out Big Blue.

History isn’t on the Ravens side either. Since the close of the 1995 season, 13 teams have moved to a new stadium. Their record in the final regular-season is 11-2.

But the purple and black are in a nasty mood after coming up short against arch rival Pittsburgh and they have a habit of playing very well after losses. Joe Flacco will once again be one of the keys as the line needs to keep him upright and he needs to toss some strikes to his receivers. The defensive backs will need to keep up with the likes of Owens, Witten and Roy Williams. Pressure will also be paramount as Romo has shown that he can be forced into mistakes. His health is also an issue. Nothing would be better for Baltimore’s cause if they could wrench his fragile back, since there is a huge drop off at that position after him.

The Ravens game plan is simple, continue to pressure Tony Romo into mistakes, stop the run and force turnovers. They will need to pay special attention to the huge targets of Wittenand Owens would could have huge games. On offense they will again pound the football with Le’Ron McClain who could have another respectable game. They must get production from the disinterested Willis McGahee since Ray Rice’s status looks doubtful. They need a speed element to compliment McClain’s bruising. Finally Flacco will need to make plays downfieldand hook up with his receivers. The line did a better than average job of protection last week and they didn’t take advantage.

Call me a waffler but I’ve had more time to think about it since the podcast yesterday. All signs are pointing to a Cowboys win. The pageantry at home, the weapons on offense, and the uncertainty of the offense’s production against a top rated defense. They will battle but just hope that one of the other contenders drops a game too. Come on Cardinals!

Cowboys 20 Ravens 13

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One Response to “Ravens Need to Rebound Against Dallas”

  1. Mike Brown says:

    I hear ya. It does look like gloom is about to decsend upon the Raven faithful, but all is not lost.

    The Ravens simply need to do what they do best, which is an offense that brings the element of surprise to every game, and a well rested defense that can play lights out. Expect the team to open things up in this game, and that’s fine with me.

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