What: Ravens (5-4) at Cowboys (8-1)
When: Sunday, 1 p.m.
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
OUT – TE Crockett Gillmore (thigh), LG Alex Lewis (ankle).
DOUBTFUL – OLB Elvis Dumervil (foot), RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (thigh), CB Jimmy Smith (back).
QUESTIONABLE – LB Kamalei Correa (thigh), DT Timmy Jernigan (shoulder), LB C. J. Mosley (thigh), CB Shareece Wright (thigh), RG Marshal Yanda (shoulder).
OUT – S Barry Church (forearm), CB Morris Claiborne (groin).
QUESTIONABLE – WR Dez Bryant (back), OT Chaz Green (foot/back), DE DeMarcus Lawrence (back), QB Tony Romo (back), OT Tyron Smith (back/hip).
Five bold predictions:
1. Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott won’t reach 80 yards rushing.
Elliott has seven straight games of 92 yards or better, which is why he leads the NFL in rushing. But the Ravens are ranked No. 1 in the NFL against the run. Ravens tackles Jernigan, Brandon Williams, and Michael Pierce won’t back down from the Cowboys’ vaunted offensive line.
2. Joe Flacco won’t throw an interception, and will throw for at least 300 yards.
The Cowboys’ secondary, which has some issues, will give up some plays. Steve Smith Sr., who needs three catches to reach 1,000 for his career, looks healthier every week. Second-year wide receiver Breshad Perriman is playing with more confidence. My gut says Flacco has one of his better games, even if he doesn’t come dancing out of the tunnel like Ray Lewis.
3. Cowboys TE Jason Witten will have eight catches or more.
Witten’s season-high is nine catches in Week 1. But I think he’s a matchup problem for the Ravens, and Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott will milk Witten in clutch situations.
4. Ravens running back Kenneth Dixon will have at least 50 yards rushing.
Considering Dixon only has 61 yards rushing all season, 50 yards would be a breakout game. But Dixon looks recovered from his knee injury, and I think the Ravens want to give him more touches.
5. The Ravens can't pull off the upset unless they force at least two Dallas turnovers.
Prescott has been careful with the ball all season, and so has Elliott. But the Ravens are going to need some short-field drives, or some defensive points, to keep pace with the Cowboys for 60 minutes.
Prediction: The Ravens will keep this game close, but the Cowboys are playing with as much confidence as any team in the NFL. I see Dan Bailey kicking a game-winner late for the Cowboys.
Cowboys 23, Ravens 20.