1. DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones will start to see more touches.
Dallas’ offense has struggled since Week 2 partly because of their tendency to get away from the run game. In the previous three games the Dallas backs have combined for 123 yards on only 39 touches. Felix Jones, who left last year’s season with a shoulder injury, had three carries for 13 yards leading to the Baltimore game.
Week 6 proved different for the Dallas offense as Jones and Murray accumulated 185 rushing yards on 32 carries and one touchdown. I’m not sure if Dallas has been holding off on Jones because of his injury, but it’s clear he is ready for action.
Murray finished the game with 97 total yards before leaving the game with a minor injury and Jones finished the game with 105 total yards. Dallas should turn into a dual-back team provided Murray is healthy
2. Tony Romo can’t convert on 3rd down.
I should say Dallas can't convert. It's difficult to be efficient on 3rd down when your offensive-line keeps getting penalties turning every attempt into a 3rd and long.
Penalties aside, Romo’s quarterback rating is dead last in the NFL on 3rd down. He has yet to throw a touchdown pass and has 4 interceptions trying to convert.
Romo threw an interception on 3rd down while in field goal range which could have made all the difference in a two point loss.
3. The Ravens are unstoppable at home.
The last time the Ravens lost at home in a regular season game: December 5, 2010. The Ravens won their 14th straight home game and they did so after losing Ray Lewis and starting cornerbacks, Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith.
Baltimore’s streak will be challenged later in the season when they host Pittsburgh, Denver, and the Giants.
4. Jacoby Jones is a special-teams threat.
Jones tied an NFL record with a 108-yard kickoff return putting Baltimore up 24-13 early in the third quarter. Jones had two more returns for 41 yards and has continued to give Baltimore decent field position after kickoffs.
5. Penalties continue to plague Dallas.
The Cowboys continue to shoot themselves in the foot with penalties, this time they tied a season high with 15 penalties and accumulated six in the 4th quarter. Dallas came into this matchup averaging 4.0 penalties in the 4th quarter, which ranks first in the NFL.
Coach Bill Callahan needs to get a grip on his offensive line if Dallas wants to start winning games. Part of the problem is the lack of chemistry on the line with three new additions to the team. On top of that, Callahan has implemented a zone blocking scheme that the players are trying to adapt to.
These problems aside, Dallas is now five games into the regular season and their playoff hopes are already dwindling.