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Cole Beasley

Without Jimmy Smith, Ravens get burned by Dez Bryant

Without Jimmy Smith, Ravens get burned by Dez Bryant

The Ravens tried hard not to make excuses, but they also knew it was painfully obvious. As Dallas Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott dissected their defense and found mismatches around the field, the Ravens were badly missing their top cornerback, Jimmy Smith.

Smith was inactive because of a back injury, and Prescott took full advantage, completing 27-of-36 passes for 301 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Cowboys' 27-17 victory over the Ravens Sunday at AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys' top receiver, Dez Bryant, who likely would have been shadowed by Smith, had little trouble with smaller and less physical cornerbacks Shareece Wright and Tavon Young. Bryant...

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