Three missed field goals and a missed touchdown cost the Dallas Cowboys in a 27-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Often, reliable kicker, Greg Zuerlein went 1-of-4 missing every kick from 40 plus yards. Defensively the worst run defense in the league allowed 294 rushing yards the most in Ravens history.
Despite holding star quarterback Lamar Jackson to 107 yards passing they couldn’t stop the three-headed rushing attack of Jackson, JK Dobbins, and Gus Edwards. Each had over 70 yards with Edwards rushing for 101 yards on seven carries. Both Jackson and Dobbins found the endzone. Linebacker Jaylon Smith led the charge with 12 tackles while safety Darian Thompson had six and the team’s only turnover on a first-quarter interception. On the day they allowed 401 yards and 19 first downs most of which came up the middle.
Offensively Andy Dalton had one of his better outings of the season throwing for 285 yards and two touchdowns to one interception on a deflection. However, he missed a wide open Michael Gallup in the endzone early in the first quarter. Gallup did finish with seven catches for 86 yards and his second score of the season. Rookie sensation CeeDee Lamb finished with six catches for 46 yards while tight end Dalton Schultz had four for 44. On the ground running back Ezekiel Elliott led with 18 carries for 77 yards. Dallas rolled up 29 first downs and 388 yards.
Backup running back Tony Pollard provided the best special teams play of the game returning the first-half kickoff 67 yards to the Ravens 30-yard line that set up a touchdown. He finished with 126 return yards on four returns. On the flipside, Zuerlein set a career-high in misses.
Dallas got the scoring started with Zuerlein’s only field goal of the game from 31 yards. Baltimore took the lead on a 37-yard Jackson touchdown run on a fourth and two. An early second quarter Gallup touchdown put Dallas up for the last time 10-7. After that point, Baltimore rattled off 20 straight points before Amari Cooper found the endzone with 4:03 left in the game. On that drive, thanks to a pass interference Dallas had six chances inside the 10-yard line.
After a failed onsides kick Dobbins finished the game off with a five-yard run dropping the Cowboys to 3-9 on the season.