The 6-5 Baltimore Ravens enter this game reeling from four losses in their last four games. Starting quarterback and reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson and many of his teammates will be back after missing last week’s game due to COVID-19. Jackson has struggled after his incredible year last year. Opposing teams have tried to keep him in the pocket, and Jackson is still a work in progress as a pocket passer. The Ravens passing offense has been pedestrian this year, going over 200 yards only three times all year. With the Ravens currently on the outside looking in at an AFC playoff berth, a loss tonight to the lowly Cowboys would be a crippling blow to their playoff hopes.
The 3-8 Dallas Cowboys come into this game sitting in last place in the woeful NFC East. The Cowboys are coming off an embarrassing 41 - 16 blowout loss to the Football Team. Dallas has lost five of their last six games, and four of the five losses have been blowouts. Despite their ineptitude, the Cowboys are still in the hunt for a NFC East division crown and a home playoff game. A win tonight would put the Cowboys just one game back in the division, with games against the Bengals, Eagles, 49ers and Giants remaining on the schedule. If the Cowboys can pull off the win here it is not unimaginable they could run the table the rest of the way and emerge with a division crown. If the Cowboys lose tonight, on the other hand, their playoff hopes would be just about extinct.
These two teams aren’t among the cream of the crop this year. Neither would make the playoffs if the season ended today. But the season doesn’t end today, and both of these teams are still very much in the race for the playoffs. After tonight only one of these teams will be a realistic contender. It’s the Ravens and the Cowboys playing to stay alive on Tuesday Night Football. Enjoy the game everybody.