October 28th, 2013
The first half of this NFL season has been very exciting, especially for my two favorite teams, the Dallas Cowboys and the Baltimore Ravens. Though their seasons have turned out differently, both have made headlines and caused discussion. Here is a look at the Cowboys and Ravens in this season.
Dallas Cowboys- 4-4
The Cowboys have played well this season by staying competitive in all of their games, including those against tough opponents, but lost close games to the Chiefs (1 pt), Broncos (3 pts), Lions (1 pt), and Chargers (9 pts). The Cowboys have had a chance to win all of them, but have not performed well in the 4th quarter. On the bright side, Dallas is leading their division, which has performed poorly and could be the worst in the league. To win, the Cowboys will need to play better defensively, which was obvious especially when Calvin Johnson had a whopping 329 receiving yards in a Cowboys loss. The most valuable player for them has been wide receiver Dez Bryant, who has solidified himself as one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. If the Cowboys want to keep their lead in the NFC East, they must close out games that matter.
Baltimore Ravens (3-4)
I don't want to sugarcoat my favorite team's season, and I would have to say that it is a disaster. Joe Flacco has performed worse than his 120.6 million dollar contract suggests, including a 5-INT performance in a loss to a mediocre Bills team. The running game has faltered as Ray Rice has been playing terribly. Since Anquan Boldin and Dennis Pitta are not in the Ravens starting lineup, Flacco hasn't had many experienced options to throw to. The defense has held up, but Sam Koch has performed very poorly. The only wins this season for the Ravens have been against the Bills, the dismal Texans, and the slumping Dolphins. For the Ravens to turn their season around, the Ravens should hand off to Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce more often and would benefit from picking up a player like Randy Moss, Beanie Wells, Michael Turner, Cedric Benson, or Brandon Lloyd. Joe Flacco must play well and not turn the ball over. In all of the turmoil, the Ravens have had a very valuable player- inside linebacker Daryl Smith, who has become a good defensive leader and tackler.
NFLRUSH Kid Reporter