Baltimore Ravens vs. Dallas Cowboys Preview
Where: AT&T Stadium — Arlington, TX
When: Sunday, November 20, 2016, 1:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: CBS
Writer’s Pick: Baltimore Ravens (+7)
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Betting on the Baltimore Ravens (+7)
Baltimore used a strong second-half effort to keep the Browns winless last Thursday night.
The Ravens found themselves trailing at half time until they decided to break the game wide open in the third quarter, during which quarterback Joe Flacco converted 10 of his 12 passes to go along with two touchdowns.
Then after, Flacco added the cherry on top with a 27-yard touchdown throw to Breshad Perriman in the fourth period to come away with the 28-7 win. The Ravens have now won their last two games (2-0 ATS) after losing four in a row, and also gained sole ownership of the No. 1 spot in the AFC North.
In order to maintain the division lead, Baltimore will now have to take down a mightier foe in the form of the Cowboys, who have won their last eight games since losing to the Giants in the opening week.
Key to a Ravens victory is keeping Ezekiel Elliott and Dez Bryant at bay. Both had superb performances on Sunday’s thrilling 35-30 win over the Steelers.
Zeke rumbled for 114 yards and two touchdowns, both of which came in the last two minutes of the final period. Bryant, meanwhile, corralled six passes for a season-high 116 yards and his third touchdown of the year.
The Ravens’ league-leading defense (281.1 total yards allowed per game) is going to have its hands full.
Betting on the Dallas Cowboys (-7)
Dak Prescott and Ezekiell Elliott have not looked like rookies at all this season. Both are the main reasons why the Cowboys have won their last eight games, including Sunday’s wild win over the Steelers.
Prescott passed for 319 yards and two touchdowns, while being sacked twice. Elliott, on the other hand, notched his fifth 100-yard game of the season, running for 114 yards and a pair of late-game scores that ultimately gave Dallas the W.
Dallas has been imposing its will on the ground this year, leading the entire league with 161.0 rushing yards per game. And yes, you can mostly thank Elliott for that. But things could start turning ugly when the Cowboys try to power through Baltimore’s defense this weekend.
The Ravens are allowing the fewest offensive yards this season, as well as the lowest in rushing yards (71.3 per game). Prescott might be forced to throw more than usual here, but it won’t be that easy, too. Their opponents have also done a solid job in keeping receivers in check, yielding just 210.2 yards passing a game.
Dallas is 3-1 SU and 3-0-1 ATS at home this season.
Baltimore (+7) ends Dallas’ eight-game run, 22-17.
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