Cowboys' Secondary gets chewed up by the Ravens in a 34-17 loss
Dallas- The Cowboys defense gave up a total of 401 yards in a loss to the Ravens.
Coming off a two week stretch of not playing football, the Cowboys' offense looked out of sync in their first few possessions of the game. Midway in the first quarter, Darian Thompson intercepted Lamar Jackson, which set up Dallas in good field position. Dallas took advantage of the turnover and hit a field goal to strike first against the Baltimore Ravens, 3-0.
Dallas' secondary was burned on the ensuing possession, as Lamar Jackson hit the speed burners for a 37-yard touchdown on a fourth and two, as the Ravens took the lead, 7-3. On the ensuing kickoff return, Dallas ended up getting a 67-yard return from Tony Pollard, which set up the Cowboys in the redzone. Andy Dalton took advantage of the great field position and hit Michael Gallup for the 13-yard touchdown to retake the lead late in the first quarter, 10-7.
With under 10 minutes left in the second quarter, the Cowboys' defense got a crucial stop in the redzone, which forced the Ravens to kick a field goal. Justin Tucker missed the field goal, as it went wide right.
On Dallas' next possession, Dalton was intercepted by Patrick Queen. The Ravens took advantage of the turnover and scored a touchdown two plays later to retake the lead, 14-10. Before the end of the half, the Ravens tacked on a field goal to extend their lead 17-10.
At the start of the third quarter, the Cowboys had a promising drive that chewed six minutes off the clock. However their offense stalled and Greg Zuerlein was forced to attempt a 53-yard field goal, which went wide left and left the Cowboys frustrated on the sidelines. Late into the quarter, the Ravens tacked on another touchdown to build a comfortable lead against the Cowboys, 24-10.
The Cowboys' kicking concerns grew as Zuerlein missed his third field goal of the game at the start of the fourth quarter. Tucker nailed another field goal for Baltimore, with eight minutes left in regulation, to ice a Cowboys' comeback, 27-10.. Everything after that was pretty much cosmetic. The final score was 34-17.
Dalton finished the game with 285 yards through the air, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception, and ran for 2 yards.
Ezekiel Elliott finished with 18 touches for 77 yards.