Dallas Cowboys at Baltimore Ravens preview

Baltimore Ravens

Can Tony Romo get back on track against a still formidable Ravens D?

Richard Moore previews one of the most intriguing games of the weekend.

Dallas Cowboys (2 – 2) @ Baltimore Ravens (4 – 1)

Ground Hog day appears to be upon us again, as with the Cowboys it seems we’re living the same season ‘over, and over again’, one that, for fans of ‘America’s team, could ultimately end up ‘cold, grey, and ‘last until the end of their lives’.

Tony Romo again appears to be the culprit. As following a more than competent performance against the defending champion Giants on opening night, where he completed 22 of 29 passes for completion percentage of 75.8, and threw for 307 – yards and 3 touchdowns, ‘bad Tony’ reared its ugly head against the Bears to the tune of 5 interceptions, an eventuality that’s led to a sharp decline in passer rating from 130 to 78.5, and scathing criticism from former Redskins Quarterback Joe Theismann who on ‘Sportsnet 590’ remarked “Sooner or later we have to come to the realization Tony isn’t a very good quarterback” "What hit me (Monday night) is, Tony isn't really that good.

He said: "Just because he wears a star on his helmet, we all think that people who are Dallas Cowboys, 'Ooh they're wonderful,’ and ‘Ooh they're terrific, ooh they're the next Roger Staubach' or whatever the heck they want to say. They're full of bologna. Tony makes bad decisions with the football. And I'll tell you something else; he missed two wide open touchdowns last night that nobody's talking about. Forget about the five interceptions. He misses Miles Austin and Dez Bryant with easy touchdown throws, and he airmails the ball over their heads."

More importantly though, the defeat left the Cowboys, who on paper at least, appear loaded with talent, a distinctly average 2 – 2 going into this Sundays match up with a Baltimore Ravens side, that though not the defensive powerhouse of last year, are still limiting opponents to 17.8 points a game on average, and through a combination of Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, Dennis Pitta, Torrey Smith, Anquan Boldin have amassed an average of 398.8 – yards per game.

Verdict: Flacco in particular looks to be far more settled than his counterpart in Dallas, and if Romo inconstancies continue unabated, Dallas could be in for quite a torrid afternoon in Baltimore at the hands of Ray Lewis, and therefore I can only see one outcome – A Ravens win, but by how much?

Well, that will be down to how often the Ravens defense gets to Romo… 

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