Plenty of things have been said about the Cowboys defense, few of them good. But all eyes will be on Dallas’ offense this evening as Tony Romo is expected to make his first preseason appearance in tonight’s Cowboys game against the Baltimore Ravens at 7pm EST in AT&T Stadium. To see how he does, and how long he plays, you can watch Ravens vs Cowboys online live preseason Game 2 on NFL Network in various ways.
Baltimore’s offense will also be a hot commodity after a surprising 23-3 Thursday night preseason Week 1 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. While 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick was the pre-game darling, he managed to move the 49ers 66 yards in settling for a field goal. Flacco then came onto the field and went 4 for 5 on an 80-yard touchdown drive, his only series of the game. Clearly at home in new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak’s variation of the West Coast offense, Flacco gave Ravens fans a glimpse of what this season could hold after a disappointing post-Super-Bowl season last year.
Still, it’s Romo’s debut — at home, no less — that’s the real reason to watch tonight’s Ravens vs Cowboys game. The NFL must agree, making the game one of only two being televised today. “Flacco vs. Romo” is always a fun storyline, but knowing the Cowboys QB is making his debut following surgery to repair a herniated disk adds a layer of intrigue.
Cowboys fans will need to see good progress from Romo considering the outcries when Jerry Jones passed on Johnny Manziel in the Draft. The chances of that are pretty high, as fellow starters Jason Witten (tight end), DeMarco Murray (running back) and Dez Bryant (wide receiver) will play tonight after sitting-out last week’s loss to the San Diego Chargers.
Dallas also needs its offensive starters to play well to help alleviate the pain of its ailing defense. Last week the Cowboys gave up 152 rushing yards to the Chargers and didn’t record a sack, and their secondary will be playing for the second week without starting cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne. Against an apparently rejuvenated Joe Flacco and a powerful rushing game, those aren’t good signs.
Last week against the 49ers the Ravens rushed for 237 yards on 48 carries. Keep in mind, that was mostly backups. When that second-string offense stepped off the field, the defense kept San Francisco in check by holding them to 187 total yards. The Ravens will no doubt capitalize if Romo and the rest of the Cowboys offense shows signs of rust.
Baltimore vs Dallas is one of only two games broadcast on TV tonight (NFL Network), but you can still watch tonight’s Ravens vs Cowboys game online live using the NFL Preseason Live service. This preseason-only package lets fans watch all out-of-market preseason NFL games for $19.99. In other words, it won’t do you any good if you live in Dallas, but everywhere else it should work fine. Another option if you’re an NFL Network subscriber is to watch the game online via the NFL Online website. You’ll need to sign-in using your login info for your satellite or cable TV provider.