When assessing the Dallas Cowboys, receiver Miles Austin can be overshadowed because of Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant.
But Ravens coach John Harbaugh is aware of what he can do. Bryant is a bigger name and a more controversial figure because of what happens with him off the field.
Austin, however, is bigger threat on the field. He has 18 catches for 300 yards and three touchdowns. That's three more touchdowns and 31 more yards than Bryant.
"He's in the slot, and when he's not in the slot they pretty much target him a lot of times, too," Harbaugh said Friday. "He's one of the best receivers in football. … We don't play the Cowboys all the time, but I'd be watching these guys on tape or watching them on TV and he shows up.
"He's a phenomenal playmaker, very smooth, fluid. He's a guy that we are definitely going to have to keep an eye on."
The Cowboys have met the Ravens only three times and haven't won yet. The last time they played was in 2008, when the Ravens won the final game at Texans Stadium 33-24. The key players remaining on Dallas' offense from that game are Romo and tight end Jason Witten.
There's not a lot of familiarity with Dallas, so prepartions aren't quite the same for Baltimore.
"It’s different because you start from scratch a little bit more. You have more of a foundation of information on teams that you play all the time," Harbaugh said. "You have to go back to the beginning and build from the ground up a little more when you play a team that you haven’t played.”
The Ravens hope to make a better impression than last week, when they struggled to a 9-6 win at the Kansas City Chiefs. The Cowboys had a bye last week, but in their last game they were disappointing in a 34-18 loss to the Chicago Bears.
Harbaugh tries to downplay the importance of not just winning but looking good while doing so.
“The fact is most teams are up and down in the NFL because everybody is so good. So, every week presents a new challenge. It’s a very fine line," he said. "The margin of success and failure is just that much. It’s a play here or a play there. I don’t think it’s any different than any other team. That’s kind of the way it is for everybody. That’s what makes the National Football League so good, so entertaining.”