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-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Dallas Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott. (Image Source: Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
Preview of two of Week 11’s biggest games (check back tomorrow for primetime previews):
1:00 (CBS) – Baltimore Ravens (5-4) @ Dallas Cowboys (8-1)
Coming off a 28-7 Thursday night win over the Cleveland Browns, the Baltimore Ravens are riding a two-game winning streak that has landed them in first place in the AFC North. Veteran wide out Steve Smith Sr. is second on the team with 417 receiving yards. For his career, the Utah product has caught 997 passes and he needs just three on Sunday to become the 14th player in NFL history to reach 1,000 receptions for his career. Baltimore’s leading receiver this season is Mike Wallace, who has 673 yards and four touchdowns on his 43 receptions. The Ravens of course would like to see Joe Flacco protect the football better, as he’s thrown nine interceptions to nine touchdowns this season.
With their 35-30 win at the Pittsburgh Steelers last week, the Dallas Cowboys won their eighth-straight game of the season, a win that vaulted them to the best mark in the NFL, as well as help Baltimore move into sole possession of first place. Against the Steelers, rookie quarterback Dak Prescott threw a pair of touchdown passes and rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott scored three touchdowns, two on the ground and one through the air. On the season, Prescott has thrown for 2,339 yards and Elliott has rushed for 1,005 yards, the first rookie pair of teammates to have 2,000/1,000 nine games into the season.
Spread: Cowboys -7; Pick: Cowboys (Lay the Points)
4:25 (CBS) – Philadelphia Eagles (5-4) @ Seattle Seahawks (6-2-1)
Chip Kelly might be in San Francisco, but that doesn’t mean the Philadelphia Eagles aren’t looking to control the game on the ground. In their Week 10 upset of the Atlanta Falcons, the Eagles rushed for 208 yards while they held the Falcons to 48 yards rushing. It was the first time since 2007 that Philly ran for 200-plus yards while they kept the opposition to under 50 rushing yards. Running back Ryan Mathews rumbled for 109 yards and two touchdowns, the second time in his career that he reached the century mark and scored multiple touchdowns in the same game, the first time as an Eagle.
In case you weren’t sure…the Seattle Seahawks are still among the NFL’s elite and a top Super Bowl contender…they reminded you on Sunday night with their 31-24 upset at the New England Patriots when they handed presumptive MVP Tom Brady his first loss of the season. In the win, quarterback Russell Wilson threw three touchdown passes, all to wide receiver Doug Baldwin. It was the 12th game of Wilson’s career with at least three scoring strikes and no interceptions. The only other player to have more such games through five seasons is Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins who accomplished that feat 13 times.
Spread: Seahawks -6 ½; Pick: Seahawks (Lay the Points)
Last Week: 5-0; Season: 18-16-3
Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards.
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