5 Reasons for the Outcome

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The Baltimore Ravens overcame injuries to running backs Jamal Lewis (sprained ankle) and Musa Smith (compound tibia fracture) to fashion a 30-10 win Sunday over the Dallas Cowboys.

1. The Baltimore Ravens overcame injuries to running backs Jamal Lewis (sprained ankle) and Musa Smith (compound tibia fracture) to fashion a 30-10 win Sunday over the Dallas Cowboys. Quarterback Kyle Boller completed 23 of 34 passes for 232 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 106.5 passer rating. The Ravens (7-3) outgained the Cowboys in offensive yardage, 163-11, in the third quarter. On a drive capped by a touchdown to tight end Darnell Dinkins, Dinkins' first NFL score, Boller went 6-for-7 for 74 yards. Boller distributed the football to eight different receivers, averaging 10.1 yards per completion. Despite a few drops by Travis Taylor, he finished with a game-high six catches for 68 yards. Kevin Johnson caught his first touchdown as a Raven, a 31-yarder from Boller over the head of outmatched former Baltimore practice squad member Lance Frazier.

2. Defensively, the Ravens intercepted former Baltimore starter Vinny Testaverde twice and turned a lost fumble by backup quarterback Drew Hensen into a touchdown. Safety Chad Williams returned a Testaverde interception 44 yards for a score. Baltimore limited Dallas (3-7) to 222 net yards, 3.4 per play and 2.7 on rushing attempts.

3. Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs reached 20 sacks and became the fourth-fastest player to reach that total in NFL history. Suggs has 20 ½ sacks in 26 games, tying Jevon Kearse and Anthony Smith as the fourth-fastest to reach 20.

4. Ed Reed intercepted a pass for the third game in a row and his fourth in the last five games. It was his sixth interception of the season, giving him 18 in 42 career games.

5. The Ravens' 30 points in the second half were the third-most in team history (38 vs. Seattle on Nov. 23, 2003 and 32 vs. Jacksonville on Sept. 10, 2000) as the Ravens won the their 36th game in a row when recording a positive turnover ratio. Baltimore was plus-1 against Dallas.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.

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