Cowboys vs Ravens: Key Matchups, What to Watch for Dallas
At NBC, I just posted two breakdowns of the Cowboys’ Week 6 tilt with the Ravens. The first analyzes three key matchups for Dallas:
WR Dez Bryant vs CB Cary Williams
Ladarius Webb is one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL, allowing only 4.04 yards-per-attempt. I think he’ll cover Miles Austin on the majority of the Cowboys’ offensive snaps, particularly in three-receiver sets when Austin moves into the slot.
That means Dez Bryant will be matched up with Cary Williams quite a bit, and he needs to win that individual battle. Williams has allowed a 70.3 percent completion rate and 10.46 YPA this season, but he’ll try to use his length to press Bryant. If Bryant can’t consistently get off of the line on Sunday, it will be a long day for the Cowboys’ passing game.
Check out the other matchups at NBC.
The second article notes a couple of things to watch during the game, one of which is whether or not Rob Ryan sends a lot of blitzes after Joe Flacco.
Will Rob Ryan blitz Joe Flacco consistently?
It will be interesting to see how Rob Ryan attacks Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco because I don’t think there’s a single “right” way to do it. You’d love to get pressure on Flacco with some regularity since that will of course help out the secondary in a major way. The problem is that Flacco has always been able to beat the blitz; in 2012, he has registered an incredible 109.2 passer rating when teams send five or more rushers.