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Harbaugh says Ravens 'can get so much better'

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens are riding a three-game winning streak and getting significant contributions from some unlikely heroes.

Reserve cornerback Corey Graham helped the Ravens hold off Pittsburgh 13-10 on Sunday night.

Filling in for the injured Jimmy Smith, Graham had an interception and knocked a pass away in the end zone in the third quarter to help hold the Steelers to a field goal. Backup safety James Ihedigbo tallied a crucial sack that forced a punt in the fourth quarter.

Receiver Jacoby Jones, a free agent signing this offseason like Graham and Ihedigbo, returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. It was Jones' third return for a TD this season, having also run back two kickoffs for scores.

The Ravens (8-2) have received a great deal of help since returning to the football field after their Week 8 bye, which came one week after they were blown out by Houston 43-13. Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, who went undrafted in 2009, is now leading the Ravens in tackles with 75. In the preseason, there were questions whether Ellerbe would even make the roster.

``The thing I'm most proud about is how hard they played, how physical they were, and how they kept stepping up in a close game,'' Ravens coach John Harbaugh said on Monday. ``It was a classic Pittsburgh game.''

The win gave Baltimore a two-game cushion in the AFC North. Pittsburgh, now at 6-4 for the year, will have a chance at lessening Baltimore's lead in two weeks as both teams will meet again in Baltimore.

But the Ravens are in control of the division, having beaten each AFC North opponent thus far.

``I'm happy right now, 8-2, can't complain,'' Jones said.

The Ravens have looked superb at home this season, averaging 36.8 points per game when they play in front of their home fans. On the road, it's been a different story. The Ravens offense has only scored an average of 16.6 points each outing, making it much more difficult to come away with victories.

But that's what the Ravens have done in three of their five road trips. Baltimore squeaked by the Chiefs 9-6 in Kansas City. The Ravens needed a late score to put Cleveland away 25-15 three weeks ago.

And then on Monday night, Baltimore needed a late stop to walk out of Pittsburgh with a win. There have been plenty of ugly outings on the road for this Baltimore group, though the two recent road wins against divisional opponents have only added to Baltimore's stranglehold on the AFC North.

``We can get so much better,'' Harbaugh said. ``The thing I love about this team is this team understands that. This team is ready to go to work. We're talking about tomorrow and how we're going to get better this week.''

For role players like Ihedigbo, who came untouched on a third down to sack Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich late in the ballgame, being able to contribute a bigger role on defense in recent weeks has been fulfilling.

``That's what I'm here for, whatever I can do to make an impact,'' Ihedigbo said. ``I'm glad I did and helped our team.''

Meanwhile, Harbaugh said Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta was not experiencing concussion-like symptoms following Baltimore's win over Pittsburgh. Pitta sustained a concussion in the first quarter of the game after catching a five yard pass. Pitta exited the game for further evaluation and did not return. He'll have to pass mandatory testing before being cleared to play.

Harbaugh also said it is possible that starting defensive end Pernell McPhee plays against San Diego next week. McPhee was held out of the Pittsburgh game with knee and thigh injuries.

``He's a good guy and he's working hard,'' Harbaugh said. ``There was no setback and he's on schedule - very soon. This week is a possibility. Last week, in all fairness, was not a possibility.''

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Ravens lose in OT after offensive struggles haunt team once again

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Ravens lose in OT after offensive struggles haunt team once again

BALTIMORE -- When the Chicago Bears weigh the good and bad facets of their performance against the Baltimore Ravens, it's likely they will come up with this conclusion:

Who cares? We won.

After blowing a 14-point lead, allowing two long kick returns and committing two turnovers, the Bears used a 40-yard field goal by Connor Barth in overtime to secure a 27-24 victory Sunday.

"You got to be able to take whatever situation you get and make something out of it," defensive end Akiem Hicks said. "I wanted to get a good W, go home and relax. The coming down to the wire thing is not my favorite style, but . however you get it, you just got to appreciate it."

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Jordan Howard ran for 167 yards, including a 53-yarder that set up the game-winning score for the Bears (2-4), whose two wins this season have come in overtime.

Howard's long run in OT put Chicago at the Baltimore 40. After rookie Mitchell Trubisky completed an 18-yard pass to Kendall Wright, Barth delivered the decisive kick.

"It wasn't always perfect -- it seldom is -- but we're just happy to get out of here with a win," Bears coach John Fox said.

Making his first career start on the road, Trubisky directed a conservative game plan that leaned heavily on the run. The first-round draft pick completed 8 of 16 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown.

"We took what the defense gave us," the rookie said. "The run game was working, so let's keep pounding the rock."

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Howard had 36 carries and the Bears gained 231 yards on 54 attempts.

"Whatever it takes to win," Fox stressed. "This week, we had to run the ball -- and we did."

Baltimore (3-3) trailed 17-3 in the third quarter and 24-16 late in regulation before capitalizing on special teams play to get back in the game.

Bobby Rainey took a kickoff 96 yards for a score to begin the comeback and Michael Campanaro brought back a punt 77 yards for a touchdown with 1:37 remaining. The 2-point conversion was successful , setting up overtime.

"Those two special teams touchdowns were huge," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said.

The Ravens weren't the only ones to capitalize on big plays. Chicago used a halfback pass from Tarik Cohen to Zach Miller for a first-half score, and Adrian Amos returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown for a 24-13 lead with 5:08 left.

Baltimore was in position for the go-ahead score when Amos got his first career interception on a pass that bounced off the chest of receiver Chris Moore, who was covered tightly by Kyle Fuller.

Chicago forced three turnovers and frustrated quarterback Joe Flacco throughout the afternoon. Operating without injured receivers Jeremy Maclin (inactive) and Breshad Perriman (second-quarter concussion), Flacco went 24 for 41 for 180 yards with two interceptions.

Trubisky put Chicago ahead 17-3 in the third quarter with an on-the-run, 27-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dion Sims, who outfought Tony Jefferson for the ball in the end zone.

That put the Ravens in a precarious position, especially with a struggling offense.

Rainey alleviated the pressure by taking the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown. After being tripped by a teammate, Rainey popped to his feet, broke right and went the distance.

Campanaro did his part later, but it wasn't enough.

"Sometimes your special teams kick in and score two touchdowns, which is great," tight end Benjamin Watson said. "But Chicago did a better job of closing than we did."

The Ravens were coming off a 30-17 win in Oakland in which they did not commit a turnover, didn't allow a sack and were penalized only once.

In this one, Baltimore gave the ball away twice, permitted two sacks and was flagged five times -- in the first half.

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The Ravens got a crucial 30-17 road win on Sunday against the Raiders and are looking to keep that momentum going.

Right off the bat, Joe Flacco threw a 52-yard pass to Mike Wallace that ultimately lead the Ravens to taking a 7-0 lead within minutes. That was pretty much the tone for the rest of the game. Flacco threw for 222 yards and completed 19 of 26 passes.

One major blow was star running back Terrance West being carted to the locker room during the first drive with a calf injury. He did not return to the game.

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Overall, the Ravens' offense connected on all fronts. Mike Wallace, Breshad Perriman and Jeremy Maclin all made crucial catches after the Ravens couldn't get anything going in their last two games against the Jaguars and Steelers.

They are facing a struggling Bears team who has turned to rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky after starting quarterback Mike Glennon has had more fumbles and interceptions than he has touchdowns. Trubisky is set to make his first start Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings.

Their only win has been in Week 3 against the Steelers. They currently rank 26th in the league in passing yards but 11th in rushing yards, something the Ravens defense should have no issue stopping.

Ahead of the Ravens' game against the Bears, here's everything you need to know to watch.

Week 5 Ravens vs. Bears game info:

Who: Baltimore Ravens vs. Chicago Bears

What: Week 6 NFL regular season 

When: 1:00 p.m.. ET, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017

Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

TV Channel: FOX

Live Stream: NFL Game Pass, FOX Sports Go

Radio: WBAL New Radio 1090 

Point Spread: Baltimore, -6.5

Over/Under: 39.5

Weather: 84 degrees, partly cloudy

BALTIMORE RAVENS 2017 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE:

Week 1 (Sun, Sept. 10): 20-0  at Cincinnati Bengals (W)

Week 2 (Sun, Sept. 17): 24-10 vs. Cleveland Browns (W)

Week 3 (Sun, Sept. 24): 44-7 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (in London) (L)

Week 4 (Sun, Oct. 1): vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:00 p.m. (L)

Week 5 (Sun, Oct. 8): at Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m. (W)

Week 6 (Sun, Oct. 15): vs Chicago Bears, 1:00 p.m.

Week 7 (Sun, Oct. 22): at Minnesota Vikings, 1:00 p.m.

Week 8 (Thur, Oct. 26): vs. Miami Dolphins, 8:25 p.m.

Week 9 (Sun, Nov. 5): at Tennessee Titans, 1:00 p.m.

Week 10 (Sun, Nov. 12): BYE week

Week 11 (Sun, Nov. 19): at Green Bay Packers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 12 (Mon, Nov. 27): vs. Houston Texans, 8:30 p.m.

Week 13 (Sun, Dec. 3): vs. Detroit Lions, 1:00 p.m.

Week 14 (Sun, Dec. 10): at Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:30 p.m.

Week 15  (Sun, Dec. 17): at Cleveland Browns, 1:00 p.m.

Week 16 (Sat, Dec. 23): vs Indianapolis Colts, 4:30 p.m.

Week 17 (Sun, Dec. 31): vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m