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Ravens overcome vicious hit on Joe Flacco to destroy Dolphins

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Ravens overcome vicious hit on Joe Flacco to destroy Dolphins

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BALTIMORE -- Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was dazed and bleeding as he was helped off the field.

Diagnosed with a concussion after absorbing a late hit by Miami linebacker Kiko Alonso late in the second quarter, Flacco was taken to the locker room and did not return.

Fortunately for the Ravens, they didn't need him in a 40-0 rout of the Dolphins on Thursday night.

Alex Collins ran for a career-high 113 yards, and Baltimore (4-4) returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the most lopsided shutout in franchise history.

In the midst of one of his best performances of the season, Flacco was hit high by Alonso while sliding at the end of an impromptu run. Flacco's helmet flew off his head, and the 10-year quarterback appeared wobbly as he struggled to his feet.

Alonso was flagged for unnecessary roughness, providing Baltimore with a first down that ultimately turned into a touchdown.

Flacco was initially placed in concussion protocol, and by halftime was ruled out.

"Joe had a concussion and a cut ear," coach John Harbaugh said. "They were stitching it up without any anesthesia, so he's a tough dude. That's as much as I know."

Flacco went 10 for 15 for 101 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin.

After losing four of five to fall under .500 for the first time this season, the Ravens put it all together with a showing that included a 63-yard interception return by C.J. Mosley and a 50-yard pick-six by Jimmy Smith.

"We coached a lot better, obviously. And we played a lot better," Harbaugh said. "It was just a much better game for us."

The Dolphins (4-3) came in with a three-game winning streak after rallying from 17- and 14-point deficits in the previous two weeks. There would be no comeback in this one, not against a swarming Baltimore defense that limited Miami to 196 yards.

Matt Moore was making his first start of the season, for an injured Jay Cutler. Four days earlier, Moore engineered a victory over the Jets after Cutler left with fractured ribs.

In this one, Moore completed 25 of 44 passes for 176 yards. He was sacked three times, and both his interceptions turned into scores for Baltimore.

"This is tough. These are hard ones," Moore said. "You don't ever go into a week preparing and expect it to turn out like this. I don't know what to say right now. It's just tough, tough. We got to figure some stuff out. I got to figure some stuff out."

Moore received little backing from the running game, which generated only 45 yards against the 32nd-ranked rushing defense in the NFL.

"It was inept. We're not doing anything," Miami coach Adam Gase said.

Baltimore went up 7-0 when Maclin slipped behind Bobby McCain and Nate Allen to haul in Flacco's perfect pass on the right sideline.

Justin Tucker added field goals of 55 and 48 yards in the second quarter. After Cody Parkey missed from 50 yards for the Dolphins -- his first misfire in nine tries this season -- Flacco began the drive that would end in the end zone without him.

The late hit by Alonso gave Baltimore a first down at the Miami 5. Three plays later, Ryan Mallett threw a 2-yard TD pass to Benjamin Watson.

Mosley iced it with 14:15 left when he snared a poor throw by Moore near the line of scrimmage and turned it into his first career interception return for a touchdown.

As the Ravens were closing in on another score, a few players exchanged shoves and punches before Chris Moore pounced on a fumble in the end zone.

Overseeing an offense focused on protecting a sizable lead, Mallett went 3 for 7 for 20 yards.

Cat nap
A cat ran onto the field in the fourth quarter, providing some amusement after the game had lost all suspense.

The feline reached the Miami sideline and skipped around a bit before running out of sight.

Injuries
Dolphins: Allen hurt his calf in the second quarter and did not return.

Ravens: TE Vince Mayle was placed in concussion protocol in the second quarter. ... LT Ronnie Stanley hurt his shoulder in the third quarter but returned to action.

Up next
Dolphins: Miami plays the second of three straight night games, this one at home against Oakland on Nov. 5.

Ravens: Baltimore faces Tennessee on the road on Nov. 5, the first meeting between the teams since 2014.

Byron Maxwell using trade from Eagles as motivation; Kiko Alonso not so much

Byron Maxwell using trade from Eagles as motivation; Kiko Alonso not so much

Byron Maxwell doesn't have any doubts about why the Eagles traded him last offseason. 

"It was obvious," Maxwell said on Monday afternoon. "[The Eagles] needed a quarterback." 

Maxwell and Kiko Alonso are back in town at the NovaCare Complex this week for the first time since both were sent to Miami in a deal that moved the Eagles from the 13th to the eighth spot in the 2016 draft. The Eagles eventually packaged the No. 8 pick to move up to No. 2 to take Carson Wentz. 

So, yeah, Maxwell is kind of right. The Eagles needed a franchise quarterback and trading him and Alonso was the first step in making that happen. 

That hasn't changed the fact that Maxwell uses the trade as motivation. 

"Yeah, I would be lying if I told you I don't want to do better than the Eagles do," he said. "I do. I want to win more games than them. I want to prove them wrong."

If he knows the Eagles traded him to get a franchise quarterback, how does he still use the trade as motivation? 

"That's just what I do," he said. "You can call it petty -- I don't know what it is. But that's just what I do, how I feel. That's just realistic. I know what it is but I still want to do better than my old team. I don't think no player wants the team to get rid of you and then they do better, to be honest with you."

The Eagles gave up on Maxwell just one year into his six-year, $63 million contract and gave up on Alonso just one year after trading the franchise's leading rusher, LeSean McCoy, to get him. 

Both went to Miami and ended up being big defensive pieces of a Dolphins team that went 10-6 and made the playoffs. 

While Maxwell uses being traded as motivation, Alonso said he doesn't. The middle linebacker of few words and extended blank stares, just went with the flow when he was dealt to Miami. 

How does Alonso look back at his year in Philly? 

"Obviously, it wasn't the year we wanted," he said. "It is what it is."

For Alonso, his trade to Miami was the second time he was moved in two years, so he said the second trade wasn't very surprising. Maxwell said he was surprised by the move but thought something was up when he didn't hear from any of his coaches after the 2016 season ended. 

Still, both probably should have seen getting moved as a possibility, especially after the man who brought them to town, Chip Kelly, was ousted before the end of the regular season, and in a plot twist worthy of a movie, his biggest nemesis, Howie Roseman, was given back his power. 

"I didn't really get caught up in that," said Alonso, who still has a good relationship with Kelly, whom he also played for at Oregon. "I was just like, just go with the flow. They traded me, I was like 'alright, I'm going to Miami.'"

Both Maxwell and Alonso still have friends on the Eagles' roster, so they said it was good to catch up with them at Monday's joint practices. But Maxwell said he didn't really have any special feelings as he returned to Philadelphia. He spent just one season here and it wasn't really one to remember. 

Both also got a chance to face Wentz -- the player the Eagles eventually parlayed their trade into getting -- on Monday morning. Maxwell admitted he does pay attention to Wentz's progress because, as he already admitted, he wants to have more success than the Eagles. 

Of course, Alonso didn't see it the same way. 

"Naahh," he said. 

Shady McCoy calls Kiko Alonso a 'BUM' on his Instagram

Shady McCoy calls Kiko Alonso a 'BUM' on his Instagram

Alternative title options for this post include: "Shady McCoy says what many Eagles fans have been thinking for years."

LeSean may be linked to former Eagles Kiko Alonso -- who Birds fans may remember from that one nice interception he had that one time -- but that doesn't mean the Bills running back thinks very highly of the Dolphins linebacker.

It all started on Sunday when Alonso posted a seemingly harmless photo to his Instagram account featuring Shady getting upended pretty good.

El Blankito ojos claros #ozuna #futbolamericano #miamidolphins #yatusabes

A post shared by Kiko Alonso (@elbravo_47) on

As Eagles fans know, McCoy is not one to let things go very easily, so he presumably hopped onto his phone and left a comment on Alonso's post -- two of them to be exact.

"@elbravo_47 boy ya dad wish u was as good as me... n ya new contract garbage lol my 2011 money ...," read the first from @shadymccoy.

"@elbravo_47 take me off ya page u BUM," read the second.

If you enjoy puzzles, trying to decipher the meaning behind athletes' social media postings is quite fun. This appears to be Shady insulting Kiko's skills but also the quality of and money involved in his most recent contract as compared to the more money involved in Shady's contract.

There are now over 1,000 comments on said post and many of them suggest deleting your account, which to be fair, is always a wise move on the Internet because the Internet is full of people telling you to delete your account.