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Romo picks apart Ravens in loss

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Romo picks apart Ravens in loss

Tony Romo played much better this week than last—and that’s a big reason the Ravens had problems on defense once again.

Romo came off a five-interception performance against the Bears last week and completed 25 for 36 for 261 yards and two touchdowns as the Cowboys pushed Baltimore to the limit before the Ravens hung on for a 31-29 victory Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.

Romo’s ability to make good passes and guide the running game helped the Cowboys constantly keep possession and pressure the Ravens’ defense. Dallas compiled 481 yards total offense, 227 of which came on the ground, plus 30 first downs.

The Cowboys also had a huge advantage in time of possession, 40 minutes, three seconds to 19:57 – a big reason they controlled long stretches of the game. They had the ball for almost the entire third quarter, thanks mainly to the good combination of running and Romo's passing.
 
“They haven’t defended the run as well as they typically have in the past,” Dallas coach Jason Garrett said. “We want to run the football. It makes the quarterback’s job so much easier.”

The success running the ball – DeMarco Murray (93 yards) and Felix Jones (92) – opened the door for Romo to pick apart the Baltimore defense. Dez Bryant led the way with 13 catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns and kept making big plays.
 
But even Romo said the good running game made his life so much easier this time around.

“As a quarterback, it makes it a completely different game when you run the ball like that,” Romo said. “If you have a game where you have to keep throwing the ball, it makes it so difficult. The more you throw, the more predictable the formations become.”

The Ravens also suffered a number of injuries on defense – Ray Lewis, Lardarius Webb, Haloti Ngata and others – and needed a bunch of players to step up at the right times to make plays.

And even though they had problems stopping Romo and the Cowboys all day, the Ravens were able to make just enough plays to hold on and pull out their fifth win in six games, something that made Ravens coach John Harbaugh happy afterwards. 
 
“I’m proud of this team,” said Harbaugh. “Was it perfect? Was it pretty? No. And I’m sure that’s all stuff that will get written about, and it’s all fine. But a victory is still a victory. I’m proud of these guys for understanding and figuring out a way to win.”

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Marquise Brown to miss OTAs

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Marquise Brown to miss OTAs

Kick off your Saturday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including an injury update on the Ravens' first-round pick. 

Player/Team Notes: 

1. 2019 first-round pick and WR Marquise Brown will miss OTAs as he continues to recover from Lisfranc surgery. Per Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic, the team expects Brown to be ready by the start of training camp. 

2. The Ravens confirmed the signings of OLB Pernell McPhee, OLB Shane Ray, and WR Michael Floyd Friday. Baltimore also announced it had waived QB Jalan McClendon and DT Kalil Morris.

3. Free agent LB Jon Bostic worked out for the Ravens Friday, per Zrebiec. Bostic was cut by the Steelers in April. 

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: The return of Pernell McPhee

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: The return of Pernell McPhee

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including the return of Pernell McPhee.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Pernell McPhee is a Baltimore Raven again! The Ravens signed McPhee to a one-year deal according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. McPhee was drafted by the Ravens in 2011 during the fifth round and spent four seasons with the team before landing in Chicago and then last season in Washington. The Ravens hope to capitalize on McPhee's 31 career sacks as they hone-in on producing a "diversified pass rush."

2. The Ravens have also signed offensive lineman R.J. Prince, who was last with Pittsburgh. Prince was waived by the Steelers after not seeing a down during the 2018 season. The Steelers picked up Prince as an undrafted free agent out of North Carolina.

3. Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson has been suspended for the first six games of the 2019 regular season. Peterson reportedly violated the NFL's performance-enhancement drug policy. The Ravens face the Cardinals during Week 2, so this is good news for the guys in purple.

4. The Ravens have reportedly signed former Denver Broncos linebacker Shane Ray, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Ray had an unproductive season with the Broncos last year with one sack and one forced fumble in 11 games played.

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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