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Ravens vs Cowboys Live Updates: Score, stats, highlights, analysis

Ravens vs Cowboys Live Updates: Score, stats, highlights, analysis

It's Week 11 of the 2016 NFL season, which means it's time for Ravens vs. Cowboys.

The Ravens (5-4) have a tall task head, as the face off with the red-hot Cowboys (8-1), winners of eight straight game. It's simple for the Ravens.

They need to score. And score. And score some more.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has been the recipient of criticism recently, and the Super Bowl champion can make a major statement with his play.

Steve Smith is looking to follow up his two-touchdown performance in Week 10 against the Browns with a big showing against the Cowboys. The Ravens will need their offensive line and run game to be stout if they are to win their third-consecutive game.

Despite the noise regarding Tony Romo returning from injury, quarterback Dak Prescott continues to prove that he and the rest of team are for real.

Prescott would be a clear-cut favorite for the Rookie of the Year award if not for his teammate Ezekiel Elliott, who is injecting his name into the NFL MVP race.The Cowboys' offensive line is still one of the league's best, and with Dez Bryant finally healthy, the Cowboys are as dangerous as ever.

The Cowboys have no problem scoring the football. That is why the Ravens will finally need to score, score and score some more.

Be sure to tune into Ravens Kickoff at 12:00 PM on CSN. 

Be sure to leave your comments below the live updates game thread.

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Ravens vs Cowboys Live Updates: Score, Stats, Highlights

4TH QUARTER

4:06 p.m: Ravens lose, 27-17. Record drops to 5-5. With a Pittsburgh win in Cleveland, the Ravens and Steelers are now tied for the AFC North lead. 

4:00 p.m: Dan Bailey hits a 21-yard field goal to make it 27-17. Ravens have 90 seconds to score 10 points with no timeouts. 

3:51 p.m: With that completion to Beasley, Dak Prescott goes over 300 yards passing on the day. It's been a day to forget for one of the NFL's top pass defenses. 

3:41 p.m:

3:37 p.m: TOUCHDOWN RAVENS. Flacco finds Steve Smith from five yards out and it's a one score game. 24-17 Cowboys. 

3:31 p.m: Cowboys fans take their football seriously. 

3:26 p.m: TOUCHDOWN DALLAS. Prescott again connects with Dez Bryant. Bryant now has six catches for 80 yards and two TDS. 24-10 Cowboys. 

3RD QUARTER - COWBOYS 17, RAVENS 10

3:25 p.m: Here's CSN Ravens Insider Clifton Brown on Steve Smith's 1,000th reception. 

3:21 p.m: ouch:

3:10 p.m:

3:02 p.m: TOUCHDOWN DALLAS. Prescott goes to Dez Bryant for a four-yard TD pass. 17-10 Cowboys. 

3:00 p.m: Ezekiel Elliot is sort of athletic:

2:57 p.m: If you missed it, here's Smith's 1000th career reception:

2:53 p.m: Steve Smith joined some pretty elite company today:

2:50 P.M: With that reception, Steve Smith officially has 1,000 career receptions. 

2ND QUARTER - RAVENS 10 COWBOYS 10

2:42 p.m:

2:32 p.m: DALLAS FIELD GOAL IS GOOD. Dan Bailey connects from 30 yards out to tie it up at 10. 

2:28 p.m: A Dez Bryant appearance! So far today: three receptions for 59 yards.

2:25 p.m: FIELD GOAL IS GOOD. Ravens take a 10-7 lead thanks to a 46 yard field goal from Justin Tucker. 

2:19 p.m: Flacco takes a shot deep and just barely misses a big TD. Two minute warning now. 

2:07 p.m: TOUCHDOWN Cowboys. Prescott connects with Beasley for a three yard score. Tied up at seven. 

2:07 p.m: Here's a closer look at Steve Smith's highlight reel catch in the first quarter:

2:01 p.m:

1:51 p.m: Something to watch for: Steve Smith is one reception short of 1,000 for his career. Seems likely to get there today. 

1:47 p.m: Call stands. Ravens pick up a first down on 3rd and 12 and Dallas loses a timeout.

1:43 p.m: That's about as pretty a catch as you're going to see from Steve Smith. Hard to tell if he got both feet down, though. Dallas throws the challenge flag.

1ST QUARTER - RAVENS 7, COWBOYS 0

1:40 p.m: Ravens are doing a good job showing how to stop the Cowboys by shutting down Prescott and Elliot. Through one quarter: Prescott is 4/8 with 31 yards and Elliot has 26 rushing yards on six carries. 

1:35 p.m:

1:25 p.m: TOUCHDOWN. The Ravens draw first blood. Terrance West scores from 18 yards out. PAT is good and Baltimore takes an early 7-0 lead. 

1:18 p.m:

1:15 p.m: With his two-yard run on the Cowboys' first drive, Ezekiel Elliot broke Tony Dorsett's record for most rushing yards by a Cowboys rookie. 

1:10 p.m: After moving the chains through the air, Flacco's third down pass attempt to Steve Smith falls incomplete. Baltimore is 30th in the league in 3rd down conversion percentage (33.5%). 

1:07P.M: Ravens get a sack on third and long, force the Cowboys to go 3-and-out on their first drive of the game. There are worse ways to start a game. 

PREGAME:

12:55 p.m: Right before kickoff, our Brent Harris ran into and chatted with Baltimore's own Michael Phelps. 

12:21 p.m: Sure, why not:

12:07 p.m: The Ravens inactives were released, with CB Jimmy Smith headlining the list of players not suiting up today. The secondary's day against Dez Bryant just got a lot more challenging. 

11:24 a.m: Charley Casserly weighs in on how the Ravens defense can stop that highly-billed Cowboys offense:

10:38 a.m: Before the action kicks off at 1, revist our 5 bold predictions for today's game. 

10:00 a.m: Be sure to follow our CSN Ravens account and CSN Insider Clifton Brown, who is in Dallas covering the game.

9:55 a.m.: Welcome to CSN's live blog of Ravens vs Cowboys in Week 11. This is your home for live updates of the important matchup between two teams hungry for yet another win.

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John Harbaugh defends Lamar Jackson's playoff performance

John Harbaugh defends Lamar Jackson's playoff performance

Coach John Harbaugh, just six days after his team’s disappointing 28-12 loss to the Titans in the AFC playoffs, has already had to defend his quarterback.

Faced with some criticism after Jackson finished 31-of-59 passing, and three total turnovers, Harbaugh mentioned how far Jackson has come in the last year — which also ended in an early playoff loss at home.

“It’s really interesting to look at Lamar Jackson, because look at the progress he made in the last year,” Harbaugh said Friday. “Because the same question, I think you might have asked it last year, how is he going to get better going forward? And he did a good job, right? He’s 23 years old. He’s younger than Joe Burrow. So, he has a pretty good head start right now.”

Jackson is now 0-2 in the playoffs with a 19-3 regular season record. 



He’s likely the MVP this season after he passed for more than 3,000 yards and rushed for 1,000 yards, setting the single-season rushing record for a quarterback along the way. He led the NFL in passing touchdowns and carried the most prolific offense in the league to a league-best 14-2. 

Harbaugh isn’t worried that his quarterback, who is just 23-years-old, hasn’t found his playoff success yet.

“The Manning brothers combined to, they had five losses in their first five playoff games before they won one,” Harbaugh explained. (Joe) Montana, (Steve) Young and (Brett) Favre didn’t start a playoff game until their third season, (Drew) Brees and (Troy) Aikman, until their fourth season, and (Aaron) Rodgers until his fifth season.”

After the season ended, Harbaugh added that Jackson went to his office to discuss the offseason and what he needed to do to improve. 

While Harbaugh and the offensive coaching staff had a plan for Jackson to improve, Jackson “nailed” each and every single critique that the coaches had laid out for him.

“I’m really confident in Lamar and his understanding the things he needs to do to get better, and that he’s going to work really hard to keep building himself up as a player,” Harbaugh said.

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Harbaugh reflects on resting starters: 'I might go the other way' next year

Harbaugh reflects on resting starters: 'I might go the other way' next year

If the Ravens can pull off winning the AFC North division title three years in a row, their starters might be on the hook for Week 17 next time around.

In head coach John Harbaugh's season-review press conference on Friday, the Ravens leader of 12 years was asked if resting his starters in Week 17 vs Pittsburgh contributed to their AFC Divisional Round loss to the Tennesse Titans. 

"I mean, we didn't play well," he said.

Harbaugh went on to explain how he dove into the numbers of football's past in order to make decisions ahead of hosting the Steelers in their regular-season finale. The Ravens ultimately won 28-10 before two weeks off and then losing to Tennessee, 28-12.

"You look at the history, and I did that, went back and looked at the history," Coach Harbaugh said. "And the history is about 50/50. You know, teams have held their guys out and won and then won the Super Bowl. Teams have held their guys out and lost. It's gone both ways. We held our guys out and won and we won the Super Bowl [in 2012]. I was probably leaning on that in all honesty."

"Going forward after this, I might go the other way, you know?" Harbaugh offered. "Right now, if I had to do it today, and it's next year and we're in this situation, God willing we're in the same situation, we'll probably go the other way in all honesty."

Analytics can only tell you what has happened in the past, not what will happen next. A predictive guide at best, resting starters is likely best exercised as a case-by-case, team-by-team situation.

Since coming to Baltimore in 2008, Harbaugh has only been faced with this specific decision twice, establishing a 50/50 track record himself. It worked for the Ravens in 2012 as they went on to beat the 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl XLVII.

It did not work in 2019. 

"The disappointment ... is that we didn't play our best football," Harbaugh continued. "That's the thing that really sticks to us. We're way better than what we played in both those games, and we're gonna have to grow from that." 

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