It was an especially quiet day for the Ravens' passing game in general Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs with no touchdowns passes and one interception for quarterback Joe Flacco during a 9-6 victory at Arrowhead Stadium.
It marked a season worst for wide receiver Torrey Smith as far as receiving yards with three catches for 38 yards while being targeted four times.
And it was another game where press coverage stymied the Ravens' wide receivers, similar to struggles earlier in Week 2 against Philadelphia Eagles cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
"It's only been one game, it happens," said Smith, a former Maryland star who has caught 19 passes for 370 yards and three touchdowns in his second NFL season. "I'm not worried about it. I go out there and play. If the ball comes my way, I make the play. If it doesn't, I'm going to block and it opens it up for other guys. That's my job as a receiver."
Smith, who has generated 17 first downs this season to rank behind Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice's 30 first downs, is on pace for 60 receptions, 1,184 yards and nine touchdowns.
The Ravens were limited to 214 passing yards in road games against the Eagles and 165 yards against the Chiefs, two teams that play press coverage and have noisy stadiums.
"I like press, it's just that it's a lot harder when it's press and they're not worried about getting beat deep," Smith said. "They do a great job in press. It's the NFL. They have great corners with tight coverage. The throws have to be better and you have to make tougher catches.
"We had one game where we weren't targeted as much. We're taking advantage of opportunities. When the play is there, we have to make it. That's the difference between us having a great offensive game and not."
Heading into Sunday's game at M&T Bank Stadium, the Dallas Cowboys rank first in pass defense with an average of 169.5 yards surrendered per contest.
Like the Chiefs and Eagles, the Cowboys feature athletic, physical cornerbacks in Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr. And the Cowboys have depth behind them with Mike Jenkins.
"It's going to be a nice challenge for us," Smith said. "We go against press man every day. We're doing the same thing. They do things in their scheme where they're more aggressive because they have safety help. They're doing a good job. They're good corners."
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