Last Saturday night, the Ravens defeated the Dallas Cowboys in Dallas, 33-24. This was the last game ever at Texas Stadium, the home of the Cowboys. The Cowboys got on the board first when RB Tashard Choice ran for a 2-yard touchdown. Then the Ravens got on the board on a 26-yard field goal by K Matt Stover. In the second quarter, Stover made it a 7-6 game when he hit a 29-yard field goal. The Ravens took a 9-7 lead into halftime on a 37-yard field goal by Stover. Then the Ravens took a 16-7 lead on a 13-yard touchdown pass from QB Joe Flacco to WR Derrick Mason. Next, Cowboys K Nick Folk hit a 35-yard field goal to make the score 16-10. After that, Matt Stover hit a 35-yard field goal to make the score 19-10. Next, Cowboys QB Tony Romo found WR Terrell Owens for a 7-yard touchdown. Then, Ravens RB Willis McGahee exploded for a 77-yard touchdown run to give the Ravens a 26-17 lead. But the Cowboys then made it a one possession game again on a 21-yard pass from Romo to TE Jason Witten. But then the Ravens put the game away when FB Le’Ron McClain ran for an 82-yard touchdown.
Other Game Notes: In the third quarter, the Ravens faked a field goal, and P Sam Koch ran for 9 yards and the first down. Ravens S Ed Reed had two interceptions. Le’Ron McClain’s 82-yard touchdown run was the longest run in the history of Texas Stadium.
Players of the Game: Ravens RBs Le’Ron McClain and Willis McGahee- Combined for 30 rushing attempts, 247 rushing yards, 4 catches, 25 receiving yards
Next Sunday, the 10-5 Ravens face the 5-10 Jacksonville Jaguars at home in the final regular season game for the Ravens. If the Ravens win, they clinch a playoff spot. The Ravens will also clinch a playoff spot if the Patriots lose their 1:00 PM game in Buffalo against the Bills. The Jags are no longer in the playoff race. When the NFL had two divisions, these two teams were big rivals, so this is a matchup of old rivals. Jaguars Head Coach Jack Del Rio used to be a coach with the Ravens. The Jaguars have one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL, and Jags QB David Garrard has been sacked 41 times, so the Jags will have a tough time against the 2nd ranked defense in the NFL. But the Jaguars have one of the best RBs in the NFL, Maurice Jones-Drew. Jones-Drew is a threat to be the first runner to surpass the 100 yard mark in a game against the Ravens in 33 games. In an exciting game, I have the Ravens winning, 31-13, and clinching a playoff spot.
Suggestion: The Ravens defense must shut down Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew, forcing the Jaguars to pass in order to move the ball. The Ravens then must get past the struggling Jaguars offensive line, so they can put pressure on David Garrard and force him to make bad passes.
Key Matchups for Ravens vs. Jaguars
Ravens QB Joe Flacco vs. Jaguars LB Mike Peterson Edge: Flacco
Ravens C Jason Brown vs. Jaguars DT John Henderson Edge: Henderson
Ravens WR Derrick Mason vs. Jaguars CB Drayton Florence Edge: Mason
Ravens LB Ray Lewis vs. Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew Edge: Jones-Drew
Ravens LB Terrell Suggs vs. Jaguars QB David Garrard Edge: Suggs
Ravens CB Samari Rolle vs. Jaguars WR Reggie Williams Edge: Rolle
Player Injury Status
LB Antwan Barnes Chest OUT
WR Marcus Maxwell Hip OUT
T Willie Anderson Foot QST
WR Derrick Mason Shoulder/Neck QST
S Ed Reed Thigh QST
RB Ray Rice Calf QST
CB Samari Rolle Ankle QST
T Adam Terry Knee QST
CB Fabian Washington Toe QST
WR/KR Yamon Figurs Head PRB
DE Trevor Pryce Illness PRB
Player Injury Status
RB Maurice Jones-Drew Knee PRB
Well, that’s it for this week’s version of my Ravens Report, let’s go kick the Jags’s butts and clinch a playoff berth!