BAL 17, DAL 10: Ravens Running Free but Cowboys Keeping it Close

It’s been a disappointing night so far for the current Dallas Cowboys and a former one. But at least they’re still in the game with a 17-10 halftime deficient in their Week 13 battle with the Baltimore Ravens.

Shortly before the game Baltimore WR Dez Bryant tested positive for COVID-19 and became ineligible to play tonight. The former Cowboy immediately took to social media to express his frustration and even hinted that he may be walking away from football after this huge letdown.

Baltimore has managed fine without Dez though and rushed for 161 yards in the first half. They’ve made the Cowboys defense look like the ones playing on a short week and recovering from a COVID outbreak.

Lamar Jackson went untouched on a 37-yard touchdown run as Baltimore went for it on 4th-down. and has 55 yards overall running. He hasn’t had to pass much but has thrown a touchdown pass to WR Miles Boykin.

Jackson’s one low moment was an interception off a tipped ball caught by Safety Darian Thompson.

The Cowboys’ offense has executed well for the most part. Andy Dalton has 123 yards on 15/22 passing and a touchdown pass to Michael Gallup. He also had his own interception thanks to a ball tipped at the line of scrimmage.

Ezekiel Elliott has looked good with 53 yards on just 10 carries. Tony Pollard helped the field position game with a 66-yard kickoff return that set up Dallas’ one touchdown drive.

Greg Zuerlein and Jason Tucker have each missed field goals tonight to help keep things close.

While the Cowboys’ defense has been an open sieve it’s offensive line has played surprisingly well thus far.  Dalton has had solid protection and time to get passes off and has yet to be sacked.

Can the Cowboys stay competitive in the second half? We’ll find out shortly.

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

Written by Jess Haynie

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!


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  1. Yeah and the game should’ve been closer at halftime, but the only reason it wasn’t is cause the refs were trying to screw us over again!! Ceedee Lamb was interfered with and it was plain as day, and you could see the defender hugging Ceedee and turning him around and everything, and the ref was standing right there looking right at them, but don’t throw the flag!! These refs sure know how to ruin a game!!

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