Again in motion after a 15-day layoff, Lamar Jackson directed a relentless dashing assault that the Baltimore Ravens hope would be the first huge step in a run to the playoffs.
Jackson ran for 94 yards and a touchdown, and the Ravens returned from a COVID-19 outbreak to amass 294 yards dashing in a 34-17 rout of the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday night time.
Enjoying for the primary time since Nov. 22 following a optimistic take a look at for the doubtless lethal virus, Jackson carried 13 occasions and threw for 2 scores. He was one in all 23 Ravens to spend time on the reserve/COVID-19 record whereas 4 completely different strains of the virus swept by means of the group.
“I nonetheless can’t actually style or odor, however I’m good,” Jackson stated. “I really feel good to be again with my guys. It was like two weeks I ain’t seen Ravens”
Though the Ravens nonetheless have a half-dozen gamers on the COVID-19 record, the group felt full for the primary time in weeks.
“It’s like whenever you go on a household trip and one in all your loved ones members get sick and you may’t carry them,” rookie linebacker Patrick Queen stated. “You’re down within the dumps.”
The sport was performed on Tuesday night time as a result of Baltimore’s earlier sport — towards Pittsburgh final Wednesday — was pushed again thrice whereas the Ravens had at the very least one participant take a look at optimistic for 10 consecutive days.
Gus Edwards ran for 101 yards on simply seven carries and rookie J.K. Dobbins — who additionally missed time on the COVID-19 record — added 71 yards dashing and a TD to assist Baltimore (7-5) break a three-game skid and keep alive in its quest to succeed in the postseason for a 3rd straight yr.
“It’s a win we actually, actually needed to have. It was a must-win,” coach John Harbaugh stated. “Working sport was wonderful. That was the important thing on offense.”
Dallas got here in with the worst rush protection within the league, and it confirmed. The Ravens averaged 7.9 yards per carry and prevailed regardless of getting solely 107 yards passing from Jackson.
“I feel right this moment was clearly a unique problem than we’ve seen,” Dallas coach Mike McCarthy stated. “It is a distinctive offense. A really bodily offensive line and the dynamic of the mixture of the working backs and Lamar.”
The last-place Cowboys (3-9) have misplaced six of seven. Andy Dalton went 31 for 48 for 285 yards and two touchdowns, and Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 77 yards.
“I believed Andy managed the sport very nicely,” McCarthy stated. “We would have liked to throw some larger punches there and we wanted to get on the board with touchdowns and we didn’t get that carried out.”
Greg Zuerlein missed three subject aim tries and Dallas yielded 20 straight factors after taking an early 10-7 lead.
The sport was alleged to function Ravens receiver Dez Bryant going towards his former group, however Bryant left throughout warmups and was scratched with what Baltimore termed “an sickness.”
Bryant wrote on Twitter that he examined optimistic for COVID-19 and later posted: “Yea I’m going to go forward and name it a stop for the remainder of the season… I can’t cope with this.”
He subsequently posted a sequence of tweets, together with, “Yea I’m coming again… I’m being sensible.”
Bryant scored 73 touchdowns with the Cowboys from 2010-17. He was signed by the Ravens in October and noticed his first motion in two years, catching 4 passes in three games.
On his first sequence following his undesirable week off, Jackson threw a go that was tipped and intercepted. That led to a Dallas subject aim, however Jackson answered with a 37-yard landing run on a fourth-and-2 play.
An interception by Queen arrange a 38-yard landing go from Jackson to Miles Boykin for a 14-10 lead.
Jackson ‘s second TD go of the sport, a 20-yarder within the third quarter to Marquise Brown, made it 24-10.
If Jackson was rusty or stale after lacking a sport, it was powerful to inform by his efficiency.
“The one factor you do learn about Lamar: You’re going to get every thing he’s obtained,” Harbaugh stated. “That’s all you possibly can ask for.”
Baltimore’s Justin Tucker missed a 36-yard subject aim within the second quarter, ending his NFL-record run of 70 straight profitable FGs from inside 40 yards. … The Ravens have rushed for 100 yards in 35 straight video games, (Jackson, Ravens) third-longest streak in NFL historical past. … Baltimore has gained 9 straight over NFC foes, the longest energetic streak for one group towards the opposite convention.
Cowboys: LT Cameron Erving (knee) was inactive.
Ravens: Fullback Patrick Ricard left within the third quarter with a doable concussion however returned.