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Cowboys' miscues boost Ravens

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Cowboys' miscues boost Ravens

Ravens, how did the Cowboys help thee? Let us count the ways.

Dallas had several miscues and questionable moves during Sunday’s game that aided the Ravens’ cause. One – or you could count two – of the biggest came at the end of the game.

Having recovered the onside kick that bounced through Brendon Ayanbadejo’s legs, the Cowboys took over at their 46 with 30 seconds left, needing to get into field-goal range for the winning points. Beneficiaries of pass interference called on Ravens cornerback Chykie Brown, the Cowboys had the ball at the Ravens’ 34 with 26 seconds left. With a timeout still in its pocket, Dallas ran a pass play that gained 1 yard, even though the Cowboys had been chewing up yards on the ground all game. A few extra yards could have made a big difference in what ended up being a 51-yard field-goal miss. And with a greater sense of urgency, the Cowboys could have run another play and then used their timeout.

Again, if that 51-yard try turned into a 48-yarder, who knows what would have happened?

But that wasn’t the only mistake. Here are some others:

*Dez Bryant’s last of three dropped passes was his worst – a throw from Tony Romo that went right through his hands in the end zone, denying the Cowboys the chance to tie the game on a two-point conversion.

*On the Cowboys’ second possession of the game, they drove from their 20, mostly powered by the running of DeMarco Murray. But having reached the Baltimore 12 on a second-and-four, they did the Ravens the favor of trying a pass, which was incomplete. That was followed by an illegal-shift penalty on Dallas and then a pass to Bryant that lost yards, and the Cowboys had to settle for a field goal.

*In the second period, the Cowboys had stopped the Ravens on third-and-goal from the 2, but instead drew an illegal-use-of-hands penalty on Kenyon Coleman that gave the Ravens a first down. Ray Rice scored on the next play.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Free agent Gerald McCoy to visit Baltimore

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Free agent Gerald McCoy to visit Baltimore

Kick off your holiday weekend with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. One of the most obvious needs for the Ravens is help rushing the passer, and they're hoping to find some of that help on the interior in the form of free agent Gerald McCoy. The longtime Buccaneer DL visited Cleveland last week, but left town without agreeing to a contract.

Reportedly interested in playing for a contender, the former top-five pick is scheduled to visit the Ravens on Tuesday.

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson is still struggling to throw the ball, as he noted things aren't right yet when it comes to accuracy. Media members noticed the ball wobbling through the air on many throws, and Jackson told them he thinks his hand is too high on the ball. If he's going to successfully run Greg Roman's new offensive scheme, Jackson will eventually need to be able to hit his receivers in stride with greater regularity.

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: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including how quarterback Lamar Jackson has fared during OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Following a January surgery on his left ankle, safety Tony Jefferson remains sidelined after the first week of OTAs. Originally, Jefferson was expected to return 4-6 weeks after surgery. However, now that it's 5 months later, his return timetable is becoming more and more concerning. 

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson spoke with Ravens media Thursday about his progress not only learning the new offense implemented by Offensive Coordinator, Greg Roman, but learning the names of his new teammates as well. After another day of OTAs, Jackson was his biggest critic despite a solid day of running plays namely passing drills. “I’d say my first day, I sucked,” Jackson said to Ravens media. “Second day, I did better. Today was alright, but it could have been better. I always try to be perfect in practice. It was alright for the first week.”

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: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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