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Game Preview: Baltimore Ravens at Dallas Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys Helmet LogoTonight’s game between the Dallas and Baltimore Ravens has a little more excitement to it than just any other week two preseason game. And the big reason for that is the return of .

Romo will be making his first appearance in a live game situation since of last season, when he lead the Cowboys to a come-from-behind victory while playing with a herniated disc. Also making their 2014 preseason debuts are , , and .  I look for these guys to play two, maybe three series; depends on how the first series goes.

On the defensive side of the ball, we finally get to see in action.

This will be his first action since 2012 when he was with the . Like some of the offensive starters, don’t look to see McClain out there a whole lot tonight. He’s been brought along slowly since he arrived and I expect things to be no different tonight.

A player who isn’t playing – but needs to be – is . Claiborne hurt his shoulder earlier in the week at camp in , CA. Although the isn’t reported to be serious, the team is keeping him out for precautionary reasons.

The will hope for a better showing than week one, but if the Ravens run the ball like they did last week against the 49ers, you can expect more of of the same from last week’s game against the Chargers. The Ravens put up 237 rushing yards, with most of that coming at the backs of the second and third string offensive linemen.

Baltimore Ravens Helmet LogoExpect the Ravens to mix their up with Ray Rice and Justin Forsett. Like the Cowboys, I don’t expect to see a whole lot of passing plays from the Ravens’ first string . I see the Ravens trying to drive the ball down the Cowboys’ throats during the first couple of series to control the line of scrimmage early.

On for the Ravens, look for them to move Terrell Suggs around, however, I suggest they keep him on ’s side if he doesn’t want to be stone-walled over and over by .

Overall, I expect a better showing from the first string , and I expect the ‘Boys to have a tougher task against the Ravens front seven.  But I do expect them to be able to move the ball.

And as always folks, remember this is a PRESEASON GAME.

The Ws and Ls mean nothing. It’s about getting some work in for your starters and evaluating your young talent. So do yourself a favor… sit back, relax, and enjoy the game. And be happy football season is back!

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Written by Brian Leatherman

Brian has been a football junkie from the time he was 5 years old. He lives, eats and breathes the game. Brian is a college graduate living in the south who loves his faith, his family, and his Dallas Cowboys.

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