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BALTIMORE RAVENS (9-5) AT DALLAS COWBOYS (9-5)

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RAVENS: Club has won 7 of past 9. Aims for 3rd consecutive win vs. Dal…In past 5 on road, rookie QB JOE FLACCO (1st round, No. 18) has completed 88 of 137 passes (64.2 pct.) for 1,109 yards with 8 TDs vs. 2 INTs & 102.7 passer rating…RB WILLIS MC GAHEE averages 78.3 rush yards per game in past 3 on road…FB LE’ RON MC CLAIN leads team with 8 TDs (7 rush, 1 rec.)…Since ’03, WR DERRICK MASON ranks 2nd in NFL with 516 receptions (TORRY HOLT, 553). Mason (9,918) needs 82 rec. yards to reach 10,000. Mason has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. In past 2 vs. Cowboys, Mason averages 106.5 rec. yards per game (213 total)…Since ’03, team is 34-11 (.755) when defense posts 3+ sacks…Club is tied for 1st in NFL with 22 INTs…Since ’02, S ED REED leads NFL with 39 INTs & has 4 in past 4…Ravens have not allowed RB to gain 100+ rush yards in 33 games (longest current streak in NFL)…LB TERRELL SUGGS aims for 4th in row with at least half sack…

 

COWBOYS: QB TONY ROMO is 27-10 (.730) as starter. Has completed 382 of 600 for 5,119 yards with 46 TDs vs. 19 INTs for 103.0 passer rating in home starts. Cowboys are 19-3 (.864) when Romo starts & has 100.0+ rating…When RB MARION BARBER has 11+ carries, team is 26-4 (.867). Has 37 TDs (31 rush, 6 rec.) in past 44. Rookie RB TASHARD CHOICE has 309 scrimmage yards (154.5 per game) with 38-yard TD run in past 2…WR TERRELL OWENS had 8 catches for 101 yards & 1 TD in last meeting. Has 25 rec. TDs in 24 home games as Cowboy (incl. playoffs). TE JASON WITTEN has 382 catches & 4,451 yards since 2004, most by NFC TE. Rookie TE MARTELLUS BENNETT has TD in 3 of past 5…LB DE MARCUS WARE leads NFL with 19.0 sacks. Has 33.0 sacks in past 28, incl. 3.0 last week. Has sack in 24 of past 28. LB GREG ELLIS has 19.5 sacks in past 27, incl. 2.0 last week. LB BRADIE JAMES has 6.0 sacks in past 8. CB TERENCE NEWMAN has 4 INTs in past 5.

 

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STORYLINE: So long, Texas Stadium. But there’s some unfinished business to take care of.

 

Yes, it’s the final regular-season game of the famed stadium with the hole in the roof – the home of Landry & Jimmy, Troy, Emmitt and Michael. There will be a postgame celebration in which all five-year Cowboys will be introduced to the fans with ceremonies to follow.

 

The game? It’s an important one, indeed. Both clubs are in the thick of the playoff hunt. With a win and other scenarios, the Cowboys are in the playoffs.

 

Two stellar defenses will be in action. The Ravens have not allowed a 100-yard rusher for an NFL current-best 33 consecutive games. The ’Boys have not allowed one in five straight. Where Dallas is excelling on defense right now is in getting to the passer. The Cowboys lead the league with 53 sacks, primarily from 2009 NFL All-Star LB DE MARCUS WARE (a league-leading 19.0 sacks). Ware’s double-teaming by opponents is opening up lanes for teammates.

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Ravens 9

 

Cowpokes 31

 

We cant score on 3 posessions inside the redzone in our backyard, what makes us think we are going to do it on the festivous ocassion in Dallas?

 

Crav,

 

Thats about right. If Fabian Wash is out, we are toast and Romo and Co (Witten, Roy Williams, TO, Barber, etc) will have a big party on us. They may have it anyway and Jerry Jones will be lighting up cigar by halftime. Anything short of this, would be huge upset in my mind.

 

If for some crazy reason we make this game close (w/i 7 points) and Joe Flacco comes away w/o an injury, that will be a victory. Dallas' only weakness is their secondary, so....this might be a good game to try a litlle razzle dazzle, Suggs package, Troy Smith, you name it. Go ahead Cam, liven it up dude !

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Don't fret just yet!

 

Injury update

 

Three starters -- cornerback Fabian Washington (hamstring), safety Ed Reed (hamstring) and offensive tackle Jared Gaither (illness) -- did not practice today. Washington is the biggest concern, but he said the chances are "very high" he will play.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/footbal...0,2382331.story

 

Of course he could be lying to have the Cowboys guessing....but the Ravens would never lie...right?

 

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I wouldn't mind seeing that rb from Toledo get some PT. I wish the ravens would use the rb out of the backfield on the pass. This parmele guy has some quickness and shiftiness and could bust some big plays. Same with Rice if he is healthy.

 

 

Using the rb is something we don't do enough IMO. thats all the titans and steelers do when they play a good defense. They dump to the rb which protects your qb and gains you most of the time positive yards. This might get flacco's confidence up too completing some easy passes early.

 

IMO, this is a strategy we need to take in this game if we want to be successful.

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