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Ravens @ Cowboys Expert Picks: Dallas Is Running At Full Throttle Behind Rookies Ezekiel Elliott & Dak Prescott

A sampling of picks made for Sunday's Ravens @ Cowboys game has the Cowboys as strong favorites over the visiting Ravens.

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The Cowboys are seven-point favorites at home against the Ravens, with the over/under set at 45. The last time the Cowboys were seven-point favorites was just two weeks ago in Cleveland.

That game ended 35-10 in the Cowboys' favor, and while we probably won't see the Cowboys outscore the Ravens by 25 points, a Cowboys win is widely expected.

Here's what our panel of pigskin pundits foresee for the game:

Pick Score Comment
David Steele, Sporting News (8-1)
Dal_medium 26-16 Momentum can end at any time in football, but the Cowboys are on a tremendous roll, while the Ravens’ mini-streak seems more fragile. They’re also going to be missing Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda for at least another week. This will be Dak Prescott’s first start since Tony Romo’s graceful step-aside, but so far, Prescott seems totally immune to outside forces.
Sam Farmer, LA Times (7-2)
Dal_medium 23-17 The Ravens are 4-0 all time against the Cowboys, but they’ll have a hard time derailing the Dak Attack, especially on the road. Baltimore is building confidence, though.
Elliot Harrison, (7-2)
Dal_medium 26-21 Strength on strength in this game. Ezekiel Elliott and that dominant Cowboys offensive line face a Ravens run defense that has allowed a scant 71.3 rush yards per game ( fewest in the NFL), just 11 rushes of 10 or more yards (fewest in the NFL) and four rushing touchdowns (tied for fewest in the NFL). Meanwhile, Zeke already boasts 29 scampers of at least 10 yards and has out-rushed 17 NFL teams. Oh yeah, and nine rushing touchdowns in as many games. Think Baltimore will fare much better than Cincinnati did in JerryWorld, but Dallas picks up another win.
Peter Schrager, Foxsports (6-3)
Dal_medium 33-24 The Tony Romo situation is one that will dominate airwaves, and rightfully so, as his candid, raw and heartfelt news conference Tuesday both established whom the starting quarterback is and got rid of any awkwardness between Romo and the rest of the team. His role is defined -- he's the backup -- and now he's dressing. I love Dallas to keep it rolling Sunday.
Chris Simms, Bleacher Report (6-3)
Bal_medium 20-17 It feels like Dallas is due for one. Trust me when I say that teams are most vulnerable when they're most hyped; all the "America's Team" buzz has never been higher after Tony Romo's statement to the media. That same speech put so much pressure on Dak Prescott, though. He'll have to be the one to win this game for Dallas, and despite his amazing start, he hasn't been asked to shoulder that burden yet.
Pete Prisco, CBS Sports (5-4)
Dal_medium 23-20 This is a game featuring two first-place teams, with the Cowboys having the best record in football. The matchup between the Cowboys offensive line and the Ravens front seven will be a good one. The Ravens will keep this close, but Dallas finds a way late.
Michael Smith, Pro Football Talk (5-4)
Dal_medium 16-13 The Cowboys’ offensive line against the Ravens’ front seven is a great matchup for people who like old-school football. I think the Ravens may actually win that battle and hold Ezekiel Elliott in check, but I don’t think the Ravens’ offense will do much, and Dallas will win a low-scoring game.
Greg Cote, Miami Herald (5-4)
Dal_medium 27-17 Our Game of the Week first runner-up finds Baltimore having won two in a row and arriving in Big D with a big D — a defense strong enough to challenge Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, et al. Dallas is running at full throttle, though, and Ravens injuries on the offensive side could heap a bunch of pressure on Joe Flacco. This is first game Tony Romo has been healthy enough to play. That and Ravens’ D makes it an especially big Sunday test for Prescott.

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Chris Burke, (4-5)
Dal_medium 23-18 The AFC North-leading Ravens rank No. 1 against the run, No. 1 in total defense and are No. 2 in Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric. The NFC East-leading Cowboys have the NFL’s top rushing attack, most efficient overall offense (points on 51.1% of possessions) and feature the two leading Offensive Rookie of the Year contenders in their backfield. Buckle up for this one. With all eyes on how Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott fare against Baltimore’s outstanding defense, however, Joe Flacco might be forced to take the game over for his team. With Dennis Pitta and Steve Smith attacking on short routes, the Ravens could push the Cowboys’ out of their preferred bend-don’t-break defensive approach.
Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk (3-6)
Dal_medium 31-20 Eight years ago, the Cowboys hand picked the Ravens to close out Texas Stadium. And the Ravens beat them. This version of the Cowboys is a far cry from that one.

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