The Ravens' defensive preparations for Sunday's game at M&T Bank Stadium don't have a singular focus because of the Cowboys' formidable skill players.
However, accomplished tight end Jason Witten is an obvious priority.
Witten has already caught 21 passes this season for 188 yards and one touchdown after registering 79 receptions last season for 942 yards and five touchdowns.
"I've had a chance to play him before and he's a tough competitor," said strong safety Bernard Pollard, who will often draw the assignment of containing Witten. "He's crafty. He knows and understand the game. Him and his quarterback have a connection. I have to be on him at all times."
A seven-time Pro Bowl selection, Witten has caught 426 passes for 4,964 yards from Romo. For his career, he has 717 career receptions for 8,097 yards and 42 touchdowns.
He passed Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome, a Hall of Fame tight end with the Cleveland Browns, on the all-time receptions and yardage list for tight ends and currently ranks third in both categories behind Tony Gonzalez and Shannon Sharpe.
"Witten is still a very dominant force," defensive coordinator Dean Pees said. "He is still a good run blocker. He is still one of the best tight ends in the league."
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