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NFL Capsule: Cowboys at Ravens

NFL Capsule: Cowboys at Ravens


Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Ravens by 4

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Dallas 1-3; Baltimore 2-3

SERIES RECORD - Ravens lead 3-0

AP PRO32 RANKING - Cowboys No. 18; Ravens No. 4

LAST MEETING - Ravens beat Cowboys 33-24, Dec. 20, 2008

LAST WEEK - Cowboys had bye; Ravens beat Chiefs 9-6





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Cowboys have faced no other team fewer times than Ravens. Two of previous three games were in Baltimore, where Ravens won 27-0 and 30-10. ... Baltimore one of six teams with winning record against Dallas. ... John Harbaugh became Ravens coach before 2008 season after Jason Garrett turned it down. ... Ravens S Ed Reed has three INTs in two games vs. Dallas. ... Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray has 237 yards rushing in four games this season, fewer than he got in one game against St. Louis (253 yards) last season. ... Cowboys 16-7 all-time after bye. ... Dallas QB Tony Romo, who threw three INTs in last outing against Chicago, has won two straight vs. AFC opponents. ... Cowboys TE Jason Witten had 13 catches for 112 yards and TD against Bears. In last game against Ravens, he had five catches for 87 yards and a score. ... Cowboys LB DeMarcus Ware has three sacks and forced three fumbles in last two games. ... Ravens seeking 14th straight win at home during regular season. Under Harbaugh, Baltimore 8-0 at home against NFC goes, and Ravens are 24-5-1 all-time at home against NFC. ... Although Ravens defense ranks 24th, 17.8 points allowed is second-lowest in AFC behind Houston. ... Baltimore seeking to go 5-1 for first time under Harbaugh and only second time in franchise history. ... With 54 yards receiving Sunday, Anquan Boldin will move past Derrick Alexander (2,108 yards) into eighth place on the franchise career list. ... Ravens rookie K Justin Tucker scored all of Baltimore's points last week vs. KC and is 11 for 12 on FG tries this season. ... This is Baltimore's only home game in October.


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Ravens cancel Saturday's open practice at M&T Bank Stadium

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Ravens cancel Saturday's open practice at M&T Bank Stadium

The Baltimore Ravens cancelled Saturday night's free open practice at M&T Bank Stadium due to a forecast that calls for heavy rain and inclement weather.

There is no official word from the team on whether this practice will be resheduled, but it seems like Sunday may be an option, even though there's rain in the forecast then too.

Ravens fans who were looking to see first-round draft pick and potential future starting quarterback Lamar Jackson will have to wait for another day. His presence at training camp, an inevitable competition with the incumbent, Joe Flacco, and potential two-quarterback packages involving both of them are set to be some of the biggest storylines of Ravens camp this summer.

As a Heisman Trophy winner, Jackson was one of the most dynamic players in college football during his time at Louisville. If he can replicate that kind of performance in the NFL, he will be at plenty more training camp sessions for Ravens fans to watch.


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After breakout 2017 season, Ravens running back Alex Collins isn't getting too comfortable

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After breakout 2017 season, Ravens running back Alex Collins isn't getting too comfortable

This time last year, running back Alex Collins wasn't a part of the Baltimore Ravens.

After being released by the Seattle Seahawks at the end of the 2017 preseason, the Ravens placed the 23-year-old on their practice squad, and by Week 2, Collins was already making plays.

As the season progressed, Collins found himself as the Ravens' top running back. He finished 2017 as the team's leading rusher with 973 yards while Javorius "Buck" Allen followed behind him with 591 yards.

If the 2018 NFL season began today, Collins would likely be the Ravens' starter, which is quite ironic considering the fate of his 2017 preseason.

"I always go back to where I started and where I am now, and I use that as my motivation," Collins said after Thursday's training camp practice.

"No matter the day, no matter how tired I am, I think to myself, at this time last year, I didn’t know my position, where I was, where I’d end up. So just having that security behind it is definitely my motivation to keep it this way and keep pushing forward and keep trying to get better instead of being complacent.”

Over the course of 15 games, Collins proved he had the strength and speed to make an impact on the team after Danny Woodhead suffered a hamstring injury on the first drive of the Ravens' Week 1 game and Kenneth Dixon sat out the entire season with a torn meniscus. 

While job security is something we all strive for, Collins isn't getting too comfortable with the hierarchy. 

“I don’t want to say necessarily ‘comfortable,’ because when I use that word, it makes me feel like I’m too relaxed and lackadaisical," Collins said.

"I’m more focused. I don’t want to get comfortable. I don’t want the team or our group to get comfortable, because we just want to get better every day. So, in the position I am, it’s a great feeling, but I’m always pushing myself to be better.”

While Collins has set personal goals for himself – like a 1,000-yard season – he is equally as focused on making the Ravens backfield one of the best groups in the National Football League. 

“I expect that," Collins said on being the Ravens' starter.

"I would hope that all the other running backs expect [to be the starter] as well, and that’s what kind of drives our group – when we all know that we have that capability to be the No. 1 guy, and we’re out competing and push each other and try to be the best. No matter who’s out there during the game, you’ll see a productive play out of that person. So, I have that mindset. I want to be the guy. I have that fire in me, and I hope [that is] as well as the other running backs, as I encouraged them as well.”

Collins noted that he's coming into training camp a bit heavier. He added five pounds to his 200-pound frame "just to see how that feels," but is still maintaining the stamina and strength he's always had. 

Collins – who was one of several veterans released from practice early as the team begins to adjust their way into the extended preseason – finished his media availability with a friendly warning to fantasy football owners: "Draft me now before it’s too late, guys."