The Baltimore Ravens survived a wild finish and escaped with a 31-29 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. When it appeared the Ravens had snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, the Cowboys missed a 51-yard field goal in the final seconds to preserve the Baltimore win.
Last we the response was "a win is a win," and that also goes for today. The Ravens defense was shredded again on the ground by the Cowboys this time, giving up 227 yards, as part of their almost 500 yards of total offense. However, for the umpteenth time this season, the Ravens offese was able to outscore what the defense gave up with the help of an NFL record-tying 108 yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Jacoby Jones.
Critics will surely rip into this team as soft and ineffective, as the vaunted Ravens run defense appears to have little resemblance with the one that consistently shut down opponents. However, it's the final score that truly counts and whether or not this type of effort will be enough to beat a top team like the Houston Texans next week will certainly be the topic of debate all week, it was good enough again today.