The Dallas Cowboys, who enter Week 11 of the NFL season with the league’s best record at 8-1, can make a little bit of team history on Sunday when they host the Baltimore Ravens at AT&T Stadium.
There’s a lot happening in Big D these days. The Dallas Cowboys racked up their eighth straight victory by defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers this past Sunday, and coupled with New England’s loss to the Seahawks, they now own the NFL’s best record at 8-1 and hold a two-game lead in the NFC East over the New York Giants. And for the first time in a decade, a returning Tony Romo will suit up as a backup quarterback behind rookie Dak Prescott, who owns the NFL’s fourth-highest quarterback rating.
Dallas also boasts arguably the best offensive line in football, which has allowed rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott to shine. And Dez Bryant, less than 24 hours after learning of the death of his father, had his biggest game of the season to this point, earning the game ball in the process.
Again, there’s a lot going on in Big D these days.
And there’s possibly more big things to come in Week 11 as the Dallas Cowboys host the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday at AT&T Stadium with a few chances to make some team history.
With a win on Sunday, the Cowboys would be the owners of a nine-game regular season winning streak, something that has never happened in the 57-year history of the franchise. They did win 10 straight games in the 1971 season but that included the playoffs. In fact, the Cowboys have won at least eight games in a row four times, whether it be just regular season or regular season combined with the postseason, and in all four of those seasons (1971, 1977, 1978, 1993), Dallas went to the Super Bowl. Seeing as how the Cowboys are in the midst of the longest Super Bowl drought in their history, setting a new regular season winning streak record could make this an especially historic season.
Another team record that could be broken on Sunday –scratch that, another team record that WILL be broken on Sunday– is the rookie rushing record, set by Tony Dorsett in 1977 with 1,007 yards. Former Ohio State standout and likely Rookie of the Year winner Ezekiel Elliott comes into this game with 1,005 yards, meaning there’s a chance he could break Dorsett’s record on his first carry. And while he’ll certainly break the record (and inch closer and closer to Eric Dickerson’s NFL rookie record of 1,808 yards set in 1983), he and the Dallas offense will be in for a challenge as the first-place Ravens come into this game boasting the NFL’s top defense and are only allowing 71.3 rushing yards per game.
Just a win for the Cowboys on Sunday would be historic for them as a whole, seeing as how the Baltimore Ravens are the only current franchise that Dallas has never beaten. Dallas has lost the previous four meetings (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012) and this is actually Baltimore’s first trip to AT&T Stadium, making them the last team in the NFL to visit the newest home of the Dallas Cowboys.
Okay, maybe this is all a bit ridiculous but it’s easy to tell that the Dallas Cowboys are having a lot of fun this season and the fans should keep enjoying every little bit of history that this season could bring.
Kickoff for the Dallas Cowboys versus the Baltimore Ravens is at 1:00 Eastern/Noon Central on CBS.