Cowboys vs. Ravens: Spread Info, Line and Predictions
So far, Dallas has been wildly inconsistent, as the team has notched impressive wins against the Buccaneers and Giants, but got pummeled by both Chicago and Seattle, and find themselves at 2-2 coming off a bye in Week 5.
At the other end of the field, the Ravens have been dominant at times, but weren't overly impressive in their 9-6 win over Kansas City in Week 5. Prior to that, the Ravens picked up key victories over the Bengals and Patriots, and the team's only loss to date came against the Eagles in Week 2.
Heading into Sunday's game, the Ravens will be gunning for their fourth straight win, while the Cowboys will be hungry for redemption after their embarrassing loss to the Bears on October 1st.
Here's a look at game information, betting lines, fantasy stars and much more.
Who will win on Sunday?
When: Sunday, October 14th, 2012 @ 1:00 p.m. EST
Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD
TV: Fox (check local listings)
Live Streaming: NFL Sunday Ticket
Spread (via OddsShark): Baltimore -3.5
The Cowboys haven't lived up to expectations in the early going, and though Baltimore didn't blow the Chiefs out of the water on the road in Week 5, the Ravens are rightfully considered the favorite heading into Sunday.
Over/Under (via OddsShark): 44.5
Prior to Week 5, the Ravens had tallied at least 23 points in all four of their games, but against a Cowboys team that boasts the No. 1-ranked pass defense in the league, it seems unlikely that this game will turn into an offensive shootout.
The Cowboys' offense has been downright dysfunctional at times in 2012, and given its consistency over the last decade, Baltimore's defense can't be overlooked.
Key Injuries (via CBS Sports):
DAL- LB Alex Albright: Probable (neck)
DAL- WR Miles Austin: Probable (hamstring)
DAL- CB Morris Claiborne: Questionable (illness)
DAL- DT Kenyon Coleman: Probable (knee)
DAL- S Matt Johnson: Probable (hamstring)
DAL- NT Jay Ratliff: Probable (ankle)
DAL- DE Marcus Spears: Probable (knee)
DAL- LB Anthony Spencer: Questionable (shoulder)
BAL- DT Haloti Ngata: Questionable (shoulder)
Fantasy Start 'Em, Sit 'Em
Start 'Em- RB Ray Rice
With two 100-yard rushing games on the season heading into Sunday, Ray Rice will be leaned on heavily against a Cowboys team that has been exceptionally stingy against the pass.
Against Dallas, Rice may not post the gaudy receiving numbers he's become known for, but he's a lock to get 15-20 carries, which will mean somewhere around 100 yards for the All-Pro back.
Sit 'Em- WR Kevin Ogletree
After a 114-yard performance in Week 1, Ogletree has become a forgotten man in the Cowboys' offense, and unless Miles Austin's hamstring problems resurface, he isn't a reliable fantasy option at wide receiver.
He hasn't logged more than 60 receiving yards in a game since the Cowboys' season opener, so don't expect that to change now.
Sleeper- WR Torrey Smith
Yes, Dallas boasts the top pass defense in the league heading into the weekend, but Torrey Smith is due for a big game after a mediocre performance against Kansas City in Week 5.
In addition, if the Cowboys focus on minimizing Anquan Boldin's impact, Joe Flacco will be targeting the second-year receiver more frequently.
Keys to Victory
Dallas- Consistency from Tony Romo
Tony Romo had easily his worst game as a pro in Week 4 against Chicago, as the Pro-Bowl QB tossed five picks, including two that were returned for touchdowns.
If Dallas is to have any chance against a strong Ravens team, Romo simply has to be better on Sunday, and at the very least, has to limit his turnovers.
Baltimore- Another big effort from the defense
Last week, the Ravens' defense almost single-handedly beat the Chiefs, as the Ravens failed to score a touchdown for the first time all season.
Flacco will find it tough to find success through the air against the Cowboys, so Baltimore's defense will have to be even better than they were against Kansas City if the Ravens are to move to 5-1.
Baltimore 23, Dallas 21
The Cowboys will be better than they were in Week 4, but the Ray Rice will have a big day, and the Ravens will grind out another win at home, sending Dallas home with another disappointing loss.
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