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Five bold predictions for Ravens at Cowboys, and who will win

Five bold predictions for Ravens at Cowboys, and who will win

What: Ravens (5-4) at Cowboys (8-1)

When: Sunday, 1 p.m.

Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX

Ravens injuries:

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).

Cowboys injuries:

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.

 

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Ravens' Sam Koch teaches celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay how to punt

Ravens' Sam Koch teaches celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay how to punt

Sam Koch teaching celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay how to punt at M&T Bank Stadium isn't exactly the football highlight you'd expect to find in late February. 

But hey, here we are. 

Ramsay is pretty good at punting based on this clip, though we don't know exactly how many attempts and cuss-word filled rants went on before it. 

His connection to the Ravens? Glad you asked. Ramsay opened a restaurant in Horseshoe Casino Baltimore in 2017. He met a few players and toured the stadium back then, so he's returned to get more action on the field. 

Maybe now Ramsay can teach some Ravens players to make his perfect burger. 

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Lamar Jackson's college teammate recounts the time he tackled the elusive QB

Lamar Jackson's college teammate recounts the time he tackled the elusive QB

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is hard enough to bring down during live action, but that task is impossible during practices when he's donning an alternate, no-contact jersey in practice. 

But during a live scrimmage when he was at Louisville, linebacker Jonathan Greenland claims he did what many NFL defenders struggled to do in 2019: Tackle the ever-elusive Jackson. 

"I actually tackled him one time. I think that was our freshman year when he was live for like one time," Greenland said at a podium appearance during the NFL combine. "He probably ain't gonna tell you that. But I always got the video and all that."

Greenland and Jackson were both members of Lousiville's 2015 recruiting class.

Greenland may have tackled him once, but on another play, Jackson showed he was on a different level than most others on the field. 

"He took it for like 60-70 yards," Greenland said. "I'm running down the field, but I'm not catching him, No. 1. But, two, it's just like 'this kid gonna be special.'"

The two former Cardinals played together from 2015 to the 2017 season, which was Jackson's Heisman Trophy year before the quarterback entered the draft. 

Meanwhile, Greenland returned to Louisville in 2018 but suffered a season-ending wrist injury on the first series of the season. He transferred to Florida for his final season of college. During his only season as a Gator, Greenland racked up 52 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. 

That production alone is enough for teams to covet the pass rusher in the draft. But if you're an NFL team that Jackson terrorized in 2019, a proven ability to tackle the Ravens star quarterback is an added reason to select Greenland.

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