Ravens visit Cowboys in matchup of top rush defense, offense

BALTIMORE (5-4) at DALLAS (8-1)

OPENING LINE - Cowboys by 5 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Ravens 4-4-1, Cowboys 8-0-1

SERIES RECORD - Ravens lead 4-0

LAST MEETING - Ravens beat Cowboys 31-29, Oct. 14, 2012

LAST WEEK - Ravens beat Browns 28-7; Cowboys beat Steelers 35-30

AP PRO32 RANKING - Ravens No. 13, Cowboys No. 1





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Ravens have No. 1 rushing defense, allowing 71 yards per game; Cowboys have top rushing offense at 161 per game. ... Ravens allowing NFL-low 31.5 percent conversion rate on third down; Cowboys converting at 47.3 percent, second best in NFL. ... Game features two most accurate kickers in NFL history: Dallas' Dan Bailey (90.4 percent) and Baltimore's Justin Tucker (89.4). Tucker has made all 22 FGs this season. ... Ravens WR Steve Smith needs three catches to become 14th player with 1,000 in career. Dallas TE Jason Witten ninth with 1,064. ... QB Joe Flacco has 102 rating in two victories against Cowboys. ... WR Mike Wallace has 400 yards receiving and touchdown in past four games. ... Dennis Pitta second among NFL TEs with 46 catches. ... Cowboys trying to break franchise season record with ninth straight win. ... Rookie QB Dak Prescott starting over Tony Romo, who's expected to be active as backup for first time since breaking bone in back in preseason game. Prescott coming off first 300-yard game. ... NFL rushing leader Ezekiel Elliott (1,005 yards) first player since Ahmad Rashad in 1974 with two go-ahead touchdowns in final two minutes in same game in win over Steelers. Had 209 scrimmage yards last week (114 rushing, 95 receiving, including 83-yard TD on screen). ... WR Dez Bryant has 19 TDs in past 16 games vs. AFC. ... DE DeMarcus Lawrence, suspended first four games for substance abuse violation, had first sack of season last week. ... CB Orlando Scandrick expected to be OK coming out of concussion protocol, looking for fourth straight home game with sack. ... S Byron Jones had career-high 12 tackles vs. Steelers. ... Fantasy Tip: In other meeting with top-five rushing defense, Elliott had career-high 157 yards against Green Bay.


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