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Cowboys vs. Ravens: Dallas falls below .500

The Cowboys had some chances to pull off the upset in Baltimore, but Dez Bryant dropped a two-point conversion and Dan Bailey missed a 51-yard FG attempt as time expired in a 31-29 loss on Sunday.

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Cowboys vs. Ravens: Dallas runs all over Baltimore

The Dallas Cowboys may have lost their game against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, but they put up a heck of a battle. They were a two-point conversion at the end of the game from going to overtime and the statistics, other than points, were almost all on the Cowboys side in a big way.

During the game, the Ravens got run over by the Cowboys to the tune of 227 rushing yards. That was a record number allowed for the Ravens, who were also plagued by defensive injuries as the game went along to key contributors including Ray Lewis and cornerback Lardarius Webb.

DeMarco Murray was the top contributor for the Cowboys on the night, putting up 93 yards on just 14 carries. Felix Jones had a great night for himself as well, putting up a slightly more modest 92 yards on 18 carries. Phillip Tanner and Lance Dunbar combined for the other 42 yards.


Felix Jones has his best game of season

Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones had the best game of the early 2012 season on Sunday, during Dallas' Week 6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Jones ran the ball 18 times for 92 yards, including an impressive 22 yard touchdown run in the first quarter, marking the first time Jones scored a touchdown since the first game of the 2011 season. More importantly, though, Jones showed an excellent burst, especially on his 22 yard touchdown run. Jones had looked lethargic in his limited playing time in recent weeks.

Jones credited his good game to his offensive line.

"I have to give it up to the offensive line, they did a great job of providing lanes for all the runners and we have to hit it full speed," Jones said. "It's disappointing (to lose), but we did a lot of great things. We fought back and we continued to fight until the last second."

Jones also added one reception for 13 yards in the 31-29 loss.

Jones could end up having a large role in Dallas' Week 7 contest against the Carolina Panthers. Starting running back DeMarco Murray injured his foot early in the second half against the Ravens, and even though X-rays came back negative, the extent of Murray's injury is still unknown.


Cary Williams: Dez Bryant needs to 'man up'

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Cary Williams has some simple advice for Dez Bryant. Williams told USA Today after Baltimore's 31-29 victory over Dallas that Bryant needs to "be a man," after Bryant said that Williams interfered with Bryant during Dallas' failed two-point conversion late in the game.

"He needs to step up and be a man. You can't be a baby about stuff. You've got to man up. It's one on one. Mano-a-mano. I got you. Sometimes you're going to win. Sometimes you're going to lose.

"You've just got to be a man and accept responsibility, give credit where credit is due. If it was me I'd say, you know what, he made the play and I didn't. Bottom line. Don't complain and look for a flag, man."

If the Cowboys and Bryant had converted the two-point play, the game would have been ticketed for overtime. Instead, the Cowboys were forced to kick and recover an onside kick. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, Dan Bailey missed what would have been a game-winning 51 yard field goal with one second left on the clock.

Bryant was targeted 15 times by Tony Romo, and finished with a game-high 13 receptions. Bryant did catch two touchdown passes and racked up 95 yards in the loss. Through Dallas' first five games, Bryant has 34 receptions for 364 yards and two touchdowns.

Dallas will look to rebound next Sunday when the Cowboys take on Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.


X-rays negative on Murray, Lissemore

The Dallas Cowboys suffered a scare during Sunday's 31-29 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, as starting running back DeMarco Murray suffered a foot injury early in the second half.

Fortunately for Murray and the Cowboys, X-rays came back negative on Murray's foot, and it is believed that the running back only suffered a strain. Murray will undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the injury.

Murray finished the game with 93 yards on 14 carries -- most of which coming in the first half. Felix Jones filled in for Murray, rushing 18 times for 92 yards and one touchdown.

Cowboys linebacker Sean Lissemore suffered a right ankle injury during Dallas' loss on Sunday. X-rays came back negative on the ankle, but Lissemore believes he suffered a high ankle sprain, and more tests will come Monday.

Jason Garrett and his coaching staff will hope that Murray and Lissemore will be available next weekend, when the Cowboys head to Carolina to take on the Panthers.


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X-rays negative on Murray's foot

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Cowboys fall to Ravens, 31-29

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The Cowboys opened the half with a seven-play drive that resulted in another Dan Bailey field goal, this one from 43 yards out to make it 17-13. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, the score meant they had to kick away to the speedy Jacoby Jones.

The Baltimore returner promptly took it back 108 yards to the house, a quick answer to the Cowboys' opening 3 points. Jones burst through the initial scrum and went untouched out to the right sideline, and that was all she wrote. An animated gif of the return:


Undeterred, the Cowboys' offense went right back to work to answer the special teams score. Tony Romo marched the offense down the field, capping a 14-play drive with Dez Bryant's first touchdown catch of the season. Romo hit Bryant on the back shoulder, letting the defensive back run by him and hauling in the 7-yard touchdown.

Felix Jones was the primary back on the drive, spelling DeMarco Murray who put up 90 yards rushing in the first half. Jones is averaging nearly 6 yards per carry through the first three quarters, racking up 83 yards and a touchdown. Murray's day could be done, as the dynamic Oklahoma back is dealing with a foot injury.


Mo Claiborne limps off field

The Dallas Cowboys rookie cornerback left Sunday's game against the Ravens following a play in the endzone.


Ravens take lead late in the half after Romo pick

The Baltimore Ravens added a late touchdown in the final minute on Sunday to take a 17-10 lead into the locker room. The Cowboys' offense controlled much of the first half, but a Tony Romo interception into the final three minutes swung the half and led to the 7-point deficit.

The Cowboys continued to run all over the Baltimore defense, pounding the ball with DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones. Dallas ran right through the Ravens on their opening possession, and they went to the ground again on their second drive. The Cowboys came away with 3 points for a momentary 10-3 lead. The drive lasted more than six minutes and featured a heavy dose of Murray, but the offense stalled out inside the Baltimore 15 and was forced to settle for a Dan Bailey field goal. Murray already has 90 yards on 13 carries.

Baltimore would bring things even on their ensuing possession, with Ray Rice punching it in from 1 yard out. The Ravens went no-huddle for most of the drive, and two big runs by Rice and a 12-yard burst by Bernard Pierce quickly moved the ball into the Dallas red zone.

Dallas continued to march on the ground with their next possession, but Romo overthrew his intended receiver, Kevin Ogletree, and Cary Williams was there to scoop up the ball before it hit the turf. The Ravens took advantage of the giveaway, with Joe Flacco finding Torrey Smith down the left sideline for the 17-10 lead.

Flacco worked the two-minute drill perfectly, and veteran Anquan Boldin found plenty of room to operate in the middle of the field on two consecutive plays. In Dallas territory, Flacco lobbed one to Smith in the left corner and the speedy wideout hauled it in. There were two flags on the play, and it looked like Smith may have pushed off on Morris Claiborne. But both penalties were called on the defense and the touchdown was upheld.

On the play, Claiborne suddenly collapsed to the turf, clutching his leg. As soon as Smith nudged him, he went down. The Dallas medical staff had him on the training table and were examining his right knee, but he was walking on his own on the sideline before the teams went into the locker room.


Cowboys running over Ravens, Felix Jones scores

After 15 minutes in Baltimore, the Dallas Cowboys lead the Ravens, 7-3. Both teams scored on their first possession, with Jason Garrett's offense running all over the Baltimore defense.

The Ravens used up nearly half the quarter on their opening drive, slowly marching down the field with a mix of pass and run. Baltimore moved inside the red zone, but on third-and-one, the Cowboys' Alex Albright stepped in to blow up an outside run by Bernard Pierce. The Ravens settled for a 38-yard field goal from Justin Tucker for the early 3-0 lead.

But the Cowboys quickly responded on their opening possession, running the ball right through the Baltimore defense. The Ravens were gashed on the ground by the Chiefs last week, with Jamaal Charles running for over 100 yards in the first half alone. Dallas is doing the same so far, with both DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones finding running lanes on the outside. Jones busted one outside for the first score of the day, a 21-yard scamper down the left sideline. He was initially ruled out-of-bounds at the one, but a Garrett challenge successfully overturned the call. An animated gif of the play:


Dallas had 94 rushing yards in the first quarter, and they are averaging more than 10 yards per carry.


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Vickers and Lewis engage in trash talk

The Dallas Cowboys running game has struggled to get going all season, and according to Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, there's little chance that changes when the two teams face each other this Sunday in Baltimore (via The Dallas Morning News):

"They can look to do whatever they want to do, but it ain't going to be what they think it's going to be," Lewis said.

When Cowboys fullback Lawrence Vickers was told of the brash statement, he fired back with some words of his own:

"That's just the way he feels. I don't remember him being a Houdini or anything like that. He's entitled to his own opinion. And if that's how he feels, that's cool, too. Kudos to him."

Vickers, who has a history playing against Lewis, went on to say that he's always ready for every challenge and that big names like Lewis do not scare him.

The Cowboys currently average a paltry 67.8 yards on the ground, which checks in at 29th in the NFL. DeMarco Murray leads the team with just 237 yards rushing, and Felix Jones is next in line with a measly 13 yards for the season.

Meanwhile, the Ravens have not been all that stout against the run, giving up 118.4 yards per game. That's good for just 20th in the NFL. They were gouged for 214 rushing yards last week in their 9-6 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.


Tony Romo did not hang up on Baltimore media

A bit of controversy erupted around Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo when the Baltimore media took to Twitter on Wednesday claiming they were hung up on during a conference call.

Wilson, who works for the Baltimore Sun, claimed that Romo hung up after questions about his inconsistency. Immediately, the social media world erupted with questions about Romo's professionalism and why he would hang up on the media after just 37 seconds of questions. The Cowboys claimed there was an issue on the Ravens end of the call, with Wilson emphatically stating there were no problems and Romo simply hung up.

The Dallas Cowboys public relations team has released audio from their side of the call, which you can find here. The call begins with Romo saying "hello" twice, being told to wait one moment and then being asked what the team needs to do to be consistent.

Romo responds, "Well, I think our team just has to continue to execute a little bit better than we've been..." A lot clicking noise is heard, and then static. Romo says "hello" twice and stays on the line for close to two minutes, stating, "I don't hear anything."

A voice then comes on informing Romo that they think they lost the call, with the quarterback stating that meetings are starting soon and he doesn't know if he has time to stick around while they figure out the issue.

"We'll figure something out," Romo says, before the call is ended.

The quick response to jump on Romo by the media was immediately dampened by the release of the audio. Romo took part in another conference call late this afternoon with the Baltimore media, answering all questions that were asked.


Ravens coming off poor offensive showing vs Chiefs

The Baltimore Ravens may be 4-1 on the season as they welcome the 2-2 Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, but that doesn't mean that everything has been going exactly smooth for the first-place team.

The Ravens managed just 298 yards of offense and 15 first downs in Week 5 against the Kansas City Chiefs, converting just 27 percent of third downs in the game. Per, coach John Harbaugh says the team is still searching for their best overall effort.

"To give you how we're looking at it, no, there are a lot of things we're not pleased with," Harbaugh said Monday. "We're sitting here and looking at it, we don't want to give up any of those plays. We're chasing our A-game every week. We want to have our A stuff. It's like a pitcher, we want to have our best stuff every week. We didn't have our best stuff."

Despite the poor showing, the Ravens did just enough to win the game. This is something that has been a staple of the Ravens under Harbaugh, echoed by quarterback Joe Flacco.

"They're not always pretty around here, but there's one thing we do around here, we do what we have to do to win the football game," Flacco said. "I've been saying that for a long time, whether that's throwing for 400 yards or having a (bad) day and throwing for 100 yards."

The Cowboys and Ravens kick off in Baltimore at 12 p.m. CT on Sunday.


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Jay Ratliff expected to make 2012 debut vs. Ravens

After missing each of the first four games of the season for the Cowboys, defensive nose tackle Jay Ratliff is expected to be back in the lineup following a bye week and will reportedly make his 2012 debut against the Ravens, according to Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas.

Ratliff suffered a high ankle sprain in the first half of a preseason win over the St. Louis Rams on Aug. 25. In his absence, the Cowboys went 2-2 and allowed 108 rushing yards per game, as Josh Brent and Sean Lissemore rotated in replacement of Ratliff.

A Pro Bowler in each of the last four seasons, Ratliff started in all 64 games that the Cowboys played during those seasons and has 27 career sacks.

He is expected to return in time to face Ray Rice and the Ravens, whose offense averages just under 400 yards per game and is top 10 in both yardage and points scored. Rice has accumulated 419 yards on the ground with three rushing touchdowns.


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