I don't do this very often. I'm picking the Cowboys to lose this week. I consider myself to be a glass half full kind of guy. But after watching the Cowboys disgusting display of football last Monday night against the Bears I can't find any reasonable way to see the Cowboys winning on Sunday.
The cards are stacked against the Cowboys. The Ravens haven't just been good at home. They have been great. The Ravens are known for having a tough defense. The Cowboys offense has been horrible since their week 1 win against the Giants. Like I said, it doesn't look good.
I do think the Cowboys will be better than they were against the Bears. I can't imagine a repeat performance by the offensive line, Dez Bryant, Kevin Ogletree and Tony Romo anything like the one we saw. I think they will all play better. Unfortunately, improvement on a terrible performance really isn't saying much at all.
The Cowboys don't need to play better to win this game. They need to play great. I can envision the defense putting up a great performance. I just don't see it with the offense. What the Cowboys really need is a boost from the return game and maybe a defensive score or two. Could that happen? Sure. Is there a good chance of it happening? Probably not.
I don't want to sound like I have turned on my team. I'll be a Cowboys fan until the day I die. But I have to look at this game realistically. The Ravens are simply a better team than the Cowboys right now. I really hope that the Cowboys prove me wrong.
I'm picking the Ravens to win the game 23-16. I think the x-factor for the Ravens will be Ray Rice. Not Ray Rice running the ball but Ray Rice catching dump off passes out of the back field. I think Romo will be better but I fear that he might play it a little safe after the disaster game against the Bears.