The Baltimore Ravens have been dominant in the preseason. After a 23-3 win over the San Francisco 49ers in the preseason opener, Baltimore dominated the Dallas Cowboys early on its way to a 37-30 victory.
Like last week, the defense was the story of the game early on. A bad exchange between quarterback Tony Romo and running back DeMarco Murray caused them to fumble the handoff, and Ravens linebacker Courtney Upshaw picked up the loose ball and took it to the house for six.
It didn't take long for Baltimore to regain the lead. On the ensuing kickoff, Ravens receiver Deonte Thompson returned it 100 yards for the score to put Baltimore up, 14-7.
At that point, Dallas put backup quarterback Brandon Weeden in, and he managed to lead Dallas to one scoring drive that ended with a Dan Bailey 53-yard field goal. From that point on, Baltimore would clamp down on defense and not allow another point in the second half.
Baltimore kept Flacco in the game, and he led the Ravens offense on a six-play drive that ended with a 40-yard field goal by Justin Tucker. Flacco would finish the second-half, and led Baltimore on two more scoring drives. The first of which was a seven-play, 96-yard drive that culminated with a 19-yard touchdown throw to Torrey Smith.
On the next Ravens drive, Flacco led Baltimore on an eight-play, 37-yard drive that ended with a 38-yard field goal to put Baltimore up 27-10 at the half.
The Ravens kept their foot on the peddle coming out of the half. Ravens backup QB Tyrod Taylor was put in, and he proceeded to direct a 10-play TD drive, with rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro running for a three-yard score. That put Baltimore up 34-10, and they would go on to win the game, 37-30.
Baltimore's defense did allow Dallas to get back into the game, and it was clear its depth at several defensive positions is thin to say the least. The Ravens surrendered 397 yards of total offense, including 280 passing yards.
Over the ensuing slides, I'll hand out grades to every Ravens positional group for its performance against the Cowboys.