In the Baltimore, Lamar Jackson had 94 rushing yards and a touchdown and the Baltimore Ravens beat the Dallas Cowboys 34-17 on Tuesday night.
Returning after a one-game absence due to testing positive for COVID-19, Jackson carried the ball 13 times and threw two touchdown passes. He was one of 23 Ravens players to land on the reserve list linked to the virus in recent weeks.
The clash also took place Tuesday night because the Ravens’ last game was Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has been pushed back three times after for 10 consecutive days at least one player on the team tested positive for COVID-19.
Gus Edwards had 101 yards on seven carries and rookie JK Dobbins added 71 rushing yards and a touchdown for the Ravens (7-5), who ended a three-game losing streak.
The Cowboys (3-9) started the night with the NFL’s worst running defense. The Ravens took the opportunity to amass 7.9 yards per carry and they won even though Jackson only totaled 107 yards on the air.
The Dallas troop has conceded six losses in its last seven outings. Andy Dalton completed 31 of his 48 passes for gains of 285 yards and two touchdowns. Ezekiel Elliott had 77 rushing yards.
Kicker Greg Zuerlein missed three field goal attempts, however, and the Cowboys allowed 20 straight points after taking a 10-7 lead.
This duel was to allow the Ravens receiver Dez Bryant to face his former team, but he left the warm-up due to “an illness” and he was struck out of training.
Bryant then wrote on Twitter that he had tested positive for COVID-19. The veteran hit it off with the Ravens in October and captured four balls in three games.
In his first offensive streak since Nov. 22, Jackson threw a pass that was deflected before being intercepted. That turnaround led to the Cowboys’ first three points. Jackson responded with a 37-yard rush for a major, however.
Tony Pollard then made a 66-yard kickoff return to set the table for a 13-yard touchdown pass from Dalton to Michael Gallup. At that point, the Cowboys held the lead for the last time in the game.
An interception by rookie Patrick Queen allowed the Ravens to get the ball back and Jackson joined Miles Boykin for a touchdown that made it 14-10.
Jackson’s second touchdown pass in the game, a 20-yard pass to Marquise Brown in the third quarter, extended the lead to 24-10.