Week 10 has been very kind to the Baltimore Ravens. It started Thursday night in Baltimore against the AFC North division rival Cleveland Browns, looking to avoid a let down game after their big victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week. Down 7-6 at halftime, it looked like the Ravens would be in yet another close nail-biting game, but the team rallied in the 2nd half to do something they haven't done in a while, have a good decisive victory where every side of the ball was productive. The offense looked as good as its been all year long in the 2nd half on Thursday night and the defense was absolutely dominant to lift the Ravens to a 28-7 win and a sweep of the winless Browns.
With wins against the Steelers and Browns in a 4 day span, the Ravens are able to enjoy a mini bye week and watch how the AFC playoff picture continues to unfold. The biggest of course being the tight AFC North division race. Which takes us to, possibly, the game of the year in Pittsburgh between the Steelers and Dallas Cowboys. This game was a joy to watch and a performances for the ages for two rookies who are becoming two of the NFL's brightest stars in Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot. This was a game that put many smiles on Ravens fans faces. Or maybe it made many Ravens fans worry and sweat a lot considering the Ravens play these same Cowboys in Dallas next Sunday.
The fireworks started when Elliot scored his second touchdown of the day with 1:55 to go to give Dallas a 29-24 lead. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger marched Pittsburgh's offense down the field and put the Steelers at the Cowboy 15 yard line, However, Mike Tomlin and the Steelers might've outsmarted themselves. On the very next play, Roethlisberger pulled off the fake spike play made famous by Dan Marino to wide receiver Antonio Brown to give the Steelers a 30-29 lead. The problem was they gave Prescott, Elliot and the Cowboys offense 42 seconds to march down the field with three timeouts and only needing to get into Dan Bailey field goal range. The Cowboys did just that thanks in part to a 15 yard facemask penalty on Steelers cornerback Sean Davis. The drive concluded with Elliot's 32 yard dash into the Pittsburgh night for his third touchdown of the afternoon and the game-winner.
The Cowboys thrilling win gave the Ravens sole possession of first place in the AFC North and a one and a half game lead over the Steelers. Not only did Baltimore get a huge gift from the Cowboys, they got a preview of what's to come in Week 11 when the two teams go head-to-head in Dallas, Texas. For now, the Ravens will look to get another favor from another NFC East team, the New York Giants, as they face the Cincinnati Bengals tonight at the Meadowlands.
If the Giants can beat the Bengals, it will complete as good of a week the Ravens have had in a long time. With the AFC West most likely to carry three playoff teams, winning the AFC North is the only way the Ravens will make it to January football. The schedule for the Ravens begins to heat up starting this Sunday in Dallas, so Baltimore will need all the help they can get that features weeks like this if they want to win this division for the first time since 2012.