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Dallas Cowboys vs. Baltimore Ravens 12/8/2020 NFL Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Dallas Cowboys visit the Baltimore Ravens on 12/8/2020 at 8:05PM.

Dallas and Baltimore face off in a critical regular season game as part of this unpredictable and chaotic 2020 NFL Season. Dallas has a record of 3-8 this season. Baltimore is 6-5 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Dallas Team Defense Preview

Dallas faces 6.0 plays per drive, this defense gives up 33.9 yards per drive, and this defense lets offenses score 2.69 points per drive. On 46.8% of defensive possessions, opponents find a way to come away with points, but 8.1% of the time, they force opposing offenses to turn the ball over. Defensive possessions start on average at opponent’s Own 32.4 and these drives typically last 2:50.

This defense holds opposing quarterbacks to a Quarterback Rating (QBR) of 105.1 and 1.1% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.Dallas has forced a sack rate of 5.9% this season.

Examining Dallas in a few key defensive situations would be helpful in making judgments. They have encountered 143 opponent third down attempts this season and opponents successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 71 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 49.7%. There is nothing more pressure-packed than fourth down situations. They have had to wall up against 13 fourth down attempts this season and opponents have converted 6 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 46.2%. Defensive possessions that reach the Red Zone have a higher chance of getting in the End Zone, which is why defenses strive to avoid this from happening. They have had allowed offenses 40 opportunities to score from the Red Zone this season and opponents successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 27 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 67.5%.

Dallas Team Offense Preview

Dallas has run 6.5 plays per drive and they generate 33.5 yards per drive, and this offense puts up 1.98 points per drive. On 37.9% of offensive possessions, they find a way to come away with points, but on 18.5% of offensive possessions, they find cough the ball up to the opponent. Their possessions start on average at their Own 26.9 and these drives usually take up 2:29 of time.

3.5% of passes thrown are touchdown passes by Dallas and on 2.2% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. Dallas has yielded 31 sacks this season and there were 251 yards lost as a result of the inability to protect the Quarterback.

They rushed for 4.2 yards per carry and for 111.8 yards per game. Rushers, Receivers, and Sitting Duck Quarterbacks fumbled the ball 19 times this season.

Examining Dallas in a few key offensive situations would be helpful in making judgments. They have navigated through 144 third down attempts this season and have converted 58 of these attempts, which comes out to a success rate of 40.3%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have willingly and unwillingly encountered 25 fourth down conversion attempts this season and successfully turned the fourth down attempt into a first down 12 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 48.0%. It is critical for offenses to get the ball into the Red Zone. They have had 34 Red Zone entrances this season and have converted 17 of these attempts into Touchdowns, which comes out to a conversion rate of 50.0%.

Baltimore Team Defense Preview

Baltimore faces 6.0 plays per drive, they hold opponents to 30.4 yards per drive, and opponents score 1.70 points per offensive possession. 30.0% of the time on defensive possessions, opponents will score a Touchdown or convert on a Field Goal Attempt, but on 13.3% of defensive possessions, they force opponents to cough up the ball. Defensive possessions start on average at opponent’s Own 25.2 and these drives usually take up 2:42 of time.

This defense holds opposing quarterbacks to a Quarterback Rating (QBR) of 89.7 and on 1.5% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. Baltimore has forced a sack rate of 6.2% this season.

We will get more situational with Baltimore and examine various situations. They have faced 133 third down attempts this season and opponents successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 47 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 35.3%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have taken on opponents in 23 fourth down conversion attempts this season and the opposition have successfully turned the fourth down attempt into a first down 9 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 39.1%. Defenses need to prevent possessions from reaching the Red Zone. They have allowed 30 Red Zone entrances this season and their opponents have converted 19 of these attempts into Touchdowns, which comes out to a success rate of 63.3%.

Baltimore Team Offense Preview

Baltimore has run 5.8 plays per drive and this offense averages 30.3 yards per drive, and they score 2.11 points per offensive possession. 39.2% of the time on offensive possessions, they will score a Touchdown or convert on a Field Goal Attempt, but on 11.7% of offensive possessions, they find cough the ball up to the opponent. Their possessions start on average at their Own 31.5 and these drives typically last 2:50.

5.4% of passes thrown are touchdown passes by Baltimore and 2.7% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.Baltimore has yielded 27 sacks this season and this has resulted in 158 yards lost.

They rushed for 4.9 yards per carry and for 157.6 yards per game. This offense coughed up the ball 18 times this season.

Examining Baltimore in a few key offensive situations would be helpful in making judgments. They have navigated through 145 third down attempts this season and have converted 63 of these attempts, which comes out to a success rate of 43.4%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have willingly and unwillingly encountered 13 fourth down conversion attempts this season and successfully turned the fourth down attempt into a first down 8 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 61.5%. It is critical for offenses to get the ball into the Red Zone. They have had 36 Red Zone entrances this season and have converted 21 of these attempts into Touchdowns, which comes out to a conversion rate of 58.3%.

The Dallas Roster

The Players to Watch for Dallas

Andy Dalton QB 6-2 220

This season, Andy Dalton has put up 870 yards and 5 touchdowns. He has thrown 5 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 77.5thus far this season. Andy Dalton has thrown 5 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Andy Dalton has 42 rushing yards, which puts him in the 42.86 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 12 times this season, which puts him in the 29.76 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Ezekiel Elliott RB 6-0 228

This season, Ezekiel Elliott has 707 rushing yards on 181 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 5 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Ezekiel Elliott picked up 256 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 39 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 2 receiving touchdowns this season.

Amari Cooper WR 6-1 210

This season, Amari Cooper picked up 848 yards. He caught the ball 71 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 3 receiving touchdowns this season.

Neville Gallimore DT 6-2 304

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Dallas, Neville Gallimore has 4 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 18.59 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Aldon Smith DE 6-5 255

The leading tackler among Defensive Ends for Dallas, Aldon Smith has 29 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 5 times this season, which put him in the 78.85 among all Defensive Ends in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Xavier Woods FS 5-11 202

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Dallas, Xavier Woods had 37 tackles which puts him in the 59.44 percentile among non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Xavier Woods as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 21.15 percentile among secondary position players this season.

Anthony Brown CB 5-11 196

Considered the leading tackler among Cornerbacks for Dallas, Anthony Brown had 23 tackles which puts him in the 43.22 percentile among Corners. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 1 times this season. Anthony Brown as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 21.82 percentile among Corners this season.

The Baltimore Roster

The Players to Watch for Baltimore

Gus Edwards RB 6-1 238

This season, Gus Edwards has 386 rushing yards on 94 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 4 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Gus Edwards picked up 42 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 3 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Marquise Brown WR 5-9 170

This season, Marquise Brown picked up 516 yards. He caught the ball 36 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 3 receiving touchdowns this season.

Calais Campbell DT 6-8 300

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Baltimore, Calais Campbell has 15 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 4 times this season, which put him in the 90.38 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Derek Wolfe DE 6-5 285

The leading tackler among Defensive Ends for Baltimore, Derek Wolfe has 15 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 8.33 among all Defensive Ends in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Chuck Clark SS 6-0 205

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Baltimore, Chuck Clark had 43 tackles which puts him in the 74.44 percentile among non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 2 times this season. Chuck Clark as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 21.15 percentile among secondary position players this season.

Marlon Humphrey CB 6-0 197

Considered the leading tackler among Cornerbacks for Baltimore, Marlon Humphrey had 51 tackles which puts him in the 98.31 percentile among Corners. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 2 times this season. Marlon Humphrey as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 59.55 percentile among Corners this season.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Baltimore Ravens Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Dallas Cowboys 20 Baltimore Ravens 27

Spread Pick: Dallas +9 -115 Bookmaker
Moneyline Pick: Baltimore -350 matchbook
Total Pick: Over 44.5 -114 matchbook