There are few better opponents for a struggling team to face this year than the last-place Cowboys (3-9), who have tumbled after losing quarterback Dak Prescott for the season.
But while the Ravens (7-5) enjoyed their 34-17 win over Dallas on Tuesday night after three straight losses, a pregame positive COVID-19 result for receiver Dez Bryant suggested their prolonged battle with the illness is not yet done. Disruptive quarantines could follow if Bryant’s interactions with teammates are deemed “high risk” — so far, the NFL has indicated no one else is likely to have contracted the coronavirus from him.
On the field, things went according to plan for Baltimore. Lamar Jackson, back from his own bout with COVID-19, accounted for 94 of the team’s staggering 294 rushing yards. He tallied three total touchdowns — one on the ground and two through the air.
Dallas, meanwhile, continued a year so bad it would be disingenuous to pin entirely on quarterback Dak Prescott’s season-ending ankle injury. The defense is failing in all facets — applying pressure, stopping the run and covering receivers — and likely needs a complete reworking this offseason. But it will be difficult to make meaningful progress there with a cap space crunch that could tighten further if Prescott is extended.
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