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Another crazy win in a season of close-calls

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Another crazy win in a season of close-calls

The Ravens are the only team in NFL history whose first 11 games have been decided by eight points or less. It has been a crazy season, and Monday night’s 33-27 victory over the Browns may have been the craziest.

For the first time in team history, the Ravens won on a walk-off blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown. Defensive end Brent Urban made the block, while safety Will Hill made the 64-yard return. Here are some of the emotional roller-coaster moments during the final three minutes:

  • Leading 27-20, the Ravens’ secondary made a huge mistake, allowing wide receiver Travis Benjamin to get wide open behind the defense on a post pattern

Backup quarterback Austin Davis hit Benjamin in stride for a 42-yard touchdown, and the score was tied, 27-27, with 2:33 left.Davis was only in the game because Browns starter Josh McCown had left with a shoulder injury. In that situation, for the Ravens to give up such a big play to an inexperienced quarterback was crushing.

  • With 56 seconds to play, Ravens quarterback Matt Schaub threw his second interception of the game, underthrowing Kamar Aiken.

Browns cornerback Tramon Williams broke in front of Aiken and made the interception, giving the Browns’ possession at the Ravens’ 46-yard line. Schaub set an NFL record in 2013 for throwing a pick-six in four consecutive games, and it appeared this latest mistake might cost the Ravens a victory.

  • With three seconds to play, after the Browns moved to the Ravens’ 33-yard line, Travis Coons’ 51-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Urban and scooped up by Hill, who went the distance with 0:00 on the clock.

For Hill, it was redemption, because he was caught out of position on Benjamin’s touchdown. And for the Ravens (4-7), it continued a historically thrilling season that has been disappointing record-wise, but never boring.

Who said a Ravens-Browns Monday night game would be boring? The Ravens’ next game is Sunday on the road against Miami. If you have high blood pressure, maybe you shouldn’t watch.

RELATED: Will Hill recaps thrilling Kick Six return to beat Browns

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Ravens agree to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst

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Ravens agree to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst

The Ravens have their entire 2018 draft class locked up.

The team agreed to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Hurst's rookie contract - like all first-round picks - is a four-year deal with a team option of a fifth year. According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the 25th overall pick is due $11.1 million. 

The 24-year old, who was a walk on at South Carolina at 21-years old after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012, finished his three-year career with 100 receptions, 1,281 yards and three touchdowns.

Standing at 6-foot-3, Hurst will be a nice addition to the TE corps with Nick Boyle and third-round draft pick Mark Andrews. 

Fellow first-round pick Lamar Jackson signed his rookie contract on June 5th.

Training camp kicks off for the Ravens July 19th. 

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Ravens experimenting with getting Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson on field at same time

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Ravens experimenting with getting Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson on field at same time

Since drafting Lamar Jackson, the Ravens have made it clear that Joe Flacco is their starter. That doesn't mean they're not experimenting with having them both on the field at the same time, however. 

During this week's minicamp, the team has been lining Jackson up at multiple positions. 

"Gosh, I sure like him out there helping us," coach John Harbaugh said of Jackson during Tuesday's minicamp, via ESPN.com.

"If you put two quarterbacks on the field at once, what options does it create for our offense? That's what we're trying to figure out."

While at Louisville, Jackson rushed for 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns in three seasons. That's more rushing yards than No. 2 overall pick Saquon Barkley. That unique skill set could be the creative options the Ravens are looking for. 

While at the NFL Combine, however, Jackson refused to workout at any other position than QB. 

"I have a lot of fun seeing what they come up with and what they're going to come up with next," Jackson said. "We'll see where it goes. You have to use your good players."

The Ravens are already viewing Jackson as one of those 'good players.' 

"Once he gets out of the pocket, it's like watching a young Michael Vick," LB C.J. Mosley said after minicamp practice. "It's amazing to watch. When you're defending him, you just have to act like you're tagging off -- you don't want to be on the highlight reel."

Harbaugh has alluded to the fact that the rookie will be active on game days, just exactly how they get the most out of him is what's in play.

"There's a lot of considerations that go into that," Harbaugh said of using two QBs at the once. "Everybody has an opinion. I've read a few. You want to find a way to get the most out of all your guys."

While Flacco isn't the fasted QB in the league, he has shown glimpses of running ability in the past. Figuring out how to utilize Flacco when Jackson is under center is where things will get interesting.

Interesting - as long as it works - is what Ravens fans have been searching for over the last several seasons. 

"Joe has to be able to do other things if [Jackson is] throwing the ball," Harbaugh said. "It gets the creative juices flowing for our offensive coaches, and they've worked hard on that."

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