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Tony Romo vs. Ravens' Pass Rush
Probably the biggest thing you will be able to take away from this game is determining how much Romo's back injury has affected him.
One of his best attributes has been his ability to escape pressure to make incredible plays. If his escapability has been lessened in any significant way, then it will severely hinder the Cowboys offense.
Also, it will be fascinating to watch if Romo takes any significant steps to protect his back. It would be extremely difficult for the offense to be effective if Romo gets too frantic in the face of pressure.
Even though the Cowboys have revamped their offensive line the last few years in hopes to keep Romo on his feet as much as possible, it will be interesting to see how he reacts with pressure in his face.
Tyron Smith vs. Terrell Suggs
Terrell Suggs has been one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL for the better part of a decade. He will make for a great test for Tyron Smith, whom Dallas recently gave a new extension.
In training camp, Smith has yet to be truly tested by an elite pass-rusher, and Suggs will give him that opportunity.
The Cowboys are counting on Smith to become one of the two or three best tackles in the entire league for the next 10 years. While all signs point to Smith having another great year, Suggs will give him his first true test of the year.
Cowboys Linebackers vs. Ravens Running Backs
The most disappointing position unit during the first preseason game for the Cowboys was easily the linebackers.
Against the Chargers, the linebackers did a poor job o tackling and controlling their gaps. They also had a huge problem getting off blocks, which led to the Chargers gashing the Cowboys in the run game.
If the Cowboys hope for their defense to play better than it did against the Chargers, the linebackers must do a better job of getting off blocks and filling gaps.
The Ravens have two productive running backs in Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce. The Cowboys linebackers must do a good job of locating them in the pass game and attacking them in the run game.
Cowboys' X-Factor of the Week: DeVonte Holloman
It is impossible to have an X-factor for a preseason game because of the high number of players who will get a significant amount of snaps. Therefore, we will discuss a player who must improve his performance from the first preseason game.
The player who needs to bounce back the most is linebacker DeVonte Holloman, whose performance was unacceptable, for the most part, against the Chargers.
Holloman must do a much better job of getting off his blocks against the Ravens. Oftentimes, he was glued to his blocker, which prevented him from stopping the run.
He was tabbed by many as a front-runner to win the starting spot at either the "Sam" or "Mike" linebacker positions. However, his play as of late shows that he does not deserve a starting spot.
However, there is still time for Holloman to prove he deserves to be on the first-team defense. He must start with a great game against the Ravens.