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Botched ending keeps Cowboys from completing win


Botched ending keeps Cowboys from completing win

IRVING, Texas (AP) For all the Dallas Cowboys did right, they botched the ending.

After recovering an onside kick and benefiting from a pass interference call, the Cowboys were at the Baltimore 34 with 26 seconds left and a timeout remaining.

From there, they managed only a 1-yard pass play before Dan Bailey missed a 51-yard field goal attempt.

``We left too much meat on the bone there. We needed to get more than 1 yard when we had one timeout and 26 seconds,'' coach Jason Garrett said Monday after reviewing the 31-29 road loss against the Ravens.

``It starts with the play call that I had and then it really goes from there.''

There should have been plenty of time to try to get a few extra yards.

Instead, on a play when Miles Austin and Kevin Ogletree had vertical routes on opposite sides of the field, Tony Romo threw a 1-yard pass to Dez Bryant.

With precious seconds ticking away, Bryant appeared to be urging the referee for a better spot while Ogletree and Austin showed no apparent urgency with only slow jogs to get back to the line for another play.

``I know Miles and I both feel bad about what happened, because we know the outcome,'' Ogletree said. ``We know we missed the field goal and how close that was and how precious yardage was at the end of the day. So getting back to the line of scrimmage, maybe getting the play called, I think this will all be great for us going forward in learning a lesson.''

Austin declined to talk to reporters in the locker room Monday, refusing even when asked to offer any explanation about what happened.

Garrett said the receivers have to understand the situation and get back to the line as quickly as possible. But Garrett said coaches also have to communicate things better, and it has to be communicated better in the huddle as well.

``This is not an excuse. It's not an explanation. But crowd noise can be a factor in that,'' Garrett said. ``It starts with me.''

This was the third time in the past 10 games that the Cowboys had time management issues at the end of games that were losses.

With everything out of whack in Baltimore, the timeout was finally called with 6 seconds left to set up the field goal attempt. Bailey's kick had enough distance, but drifted just left of the upright.

Garrett spent more than 11 minutes Monday, the first portion of his media briefing, discussing how the final half-minute played out in Baltimore.

The Cowboys (2-3) scored on Romo's 4-yard touchdown to Bryant with 36 seconds left. But Bryant, who had 13 catches for 95 yards and two scores, couldn't make the play for a tying 2-point conversion.

Dallas recovered an onside kick, and Ogletree drew a pass interference penalty on first play. That stopped the clock and moved the ball 20 yards to the Ravens 34 before the 1-yard gain to Bryant.

``We had tried to work on these situations a number of different times with our team (in practice),'' Garrett said. ``We didn't respond well enough to that situation, getting back quickly enough or using the timeout and changing the circumstances in dealing with that type of situation.''

Ogletree said the team has rehearsed similar scenarios and that they are ``a major emphasis right now just because of how that went.''

The ending spoiled what had been a solid performance for the team, and what Garrett called a lot of positive things to build on moving on in the season.

The Cowboys rolled up 481 total yards, their most in two years, including 227 yards on 42 rushing attempts. They ran 79 offensive plays, matching the most in a single game in franchise history.

And still, they lost for the third time in four games since their season-opening win at the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants. Dallas plays Sunday at Carolina.

``We make it abundantly clear that there are no such things as moral victories,'' Garrett said. ``This is a bottom-line business and we need to win ball games.''

Notes: RB DeMarco Murray had an MRI on his sprained left foot, but Garrett said they were still trying to determine the extent of the injury. ... CB Mike Jenkins, who missed the offseason and training camp because of his surgically repaired right shoulder, had an MRI on that shoulder after getting banged up in Baltimore. ... DT Sean Lissemore had a walking boot on his sprained right ankle and will miss some time.


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Reaction: Peter King picks Ravens 12th in 2019 Power Rankings

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Reaction: Peter King picks Ravens 12th in 2019 Power Rankings

With OTAs underway, Peter King has released his 2019 NFL preseason power rankings and of the biggest surprises is the Baltimore Ravens landing at No. 12 on the list. Although stud Lamar Jackson surprised people last season, given the substandard state of their defense and the burden on Jackson to shoulder the load offensively, King may have the Ravens ranked a few spots too high. 

Let's start with the defense; it's got more holes than a slice of swiss cheese. Most notably they lost linebacker Terrell Suggs, the heart and soul of their defense for the past decade. Although past his prime, Suggs is still a productive player and they will undoubtedly miss his leadership. They released defensive back Eric Weddle, who was coming off two straight Pro-Bowl appearances. Their justification was that he's 34 and by releasing him, they could allocate the money to re-signing All-Pro linebacker C.J. Mosley. Solid reasoning, if Mosley didn't sign with the New York Jets in the offseason.

Credit must be given, however, to the four-year, $55 million contract given to former Seattle Seahawks All-Pro safety Earl Thomas. Coming off a broken leg, he is easily the biggest X-factor for this defense. If he produces like the Earl Thomas of old, it'll more than makeup for the loss of the Weddle. They'll also be getting back defensive tackle Willie Reed from injury, who's young and hungry.

Although last years' defense was one of, if not the top unit in the NFL, all anyone could manage to talk about was the dynamic offense led by rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson. Coach John Harbaugh threw caution to the wind and handed the reins to Jackson in Week 10, and the Ravens proceeded to win six of their next seven games behind a run-dominated offense.

It's a toss-up if they'll be able to replicate that success this season. On the one hand, the unconventional attack took the league by storm last year and one could argue the league just needed time to adapt to this new-look offense. On the other hand, the Ravens did add some electric new pieces to the offense to replace the losses of wide receivers Michael Crabtree and John Brown. 

They added Mark Ingram who is one of the best dual-threat running backs in the league when healthy. Their first-round pick, wide receiver Marquise Brown, is one of the fastest players Todd McShay has ever evaluated. Third-round pick wide receiver Miles Boykin was one of the 20 fastest players at the draft and fourth-round pick  Justice Hill registered the fastest 40 time for running backs at the combine. Adding young, electric talent will enhance Jackson's already stellar playmaking ability. 

At tight end, they're one of the deepest teams in the NFL, headed up by Nick Boyle and Hayden Hurst. Keep in mind, however, that this is the NFL: it all starts with the quarterback. Jackson completed passes at a 58.2% clip last season. If the Ravens are serious about building around him, he'll have to improve as a passer. 

Taking the defensive deficiencies and questions on offense into account, and 12 is too high for the preseason power rankings; 16 is more appropriate. In his article, King writes about the Ravens saying, "They could win 11. They could win six." If I had to choose one outcome I'd take the latter. 



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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: OTAs Day 1

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: OTAs Day 1

Kick off your Tuesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including a recap of the first day of OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Yesterday, (Monday) was the first day of the Ravens' OTAs. OTAs continue today (Tuesday) as the Ravens work on developing a new offense. Check out some of the highlights here. 

2. The Baltimore Ravens have officially announced the full 90-man roster that will be competing for an official team roster spot in OTAs this summer. 

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens for news points.