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Zack Martin Will Not Play vs Ravens; Can Cowboys Win Without Him?

The have officially ruled Guard/ Zack Martin “out” for Tuesday’s Week 13 matchup with the . That means Dallas will now have to do something that they haven’t so far in 2020; win a game without their All-Pro offensive lineman.

Martin has missed one full game and exited early in two others this year with . All three were losses; Week 6 against the and both games against the Washington Football Team.

This season we’ve seen Zack have to play offensive tackle due to injuries to both and La’el Collins, and even then he was still still Dallas’ best lineman. His presence has been the difference maker, even more than the issues, for the having a solvent .

Second-year player has been in at Martin’s tradition spot of and hasn’t been the key problem. The real issue is at offensive tackle and when has to play, which will be the case this week.

Steele has been decent in as a run blocker but is a huge liability in pass protection. And while many quarterbacks suffer from this, has been particularly bad under pressure in his first season with Dallas.

The Cowboys’ most recent loss to Washington was the best they’d performed so far without Martin on the field. Even after Zack had to go out with a calf they were able to stay competitive until ’s fumble and ’s poor decisions let things get out of hand.

The Baltimore Ravens are far more equipped to take advantage of Dallas’ miscues than even Washington was. That means the Cowboys will have to play nearly perfect football to overcome Zack Martin’s absence.

Martin’s calf injury was given a “2-4 week” recovery timetable and Zack has always been one of the toughest guys on the when it comes to playing hurt. Hopefully the Cowboys can get him back for the final four weeks of the season, especially if they remain in contention for winning the East.

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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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