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Bengals beat Ravens 23-17

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Bengals beat Ravens 23-17

CINCINNATI (AP) Carlos Dunlap returned an interception 14 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter Sunday, sending the Cincinnati Bengals to a 23-17 victory over the Baltimore Ravens in a game that didn't much matter to either playoff-bound team.

The Ravens (10-6) had already clinched their second straight AFC North title, putting them in line to host a game next weekend.

The Bengals (10-6) were locked into the sixth seed as the final wild-card team. The only question was who they would play in the opening round, and that wouldn't be answered until games were completed later in the day.

So, they went into preseason mode on a 26-degree afternoon with a wind chill of 16.

The Ravens let quarterback Joe Flacco and running back Ray Rice play only two series. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and receiver A.J. Green sat out the second half.

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Adam 'Pacman' Jones feuding with Joe Haden over burnt jerseys

Adam 'Pacman' Jones feuding with Joe Haden over burnt jerseys

How many, 'This is peak 2020' moments will it take for that saying to go out of style? Or has it already?

Anyway, whatever's going on with former Bengals corner Adam 'Pacman' Jones and Steelers corner Joe Haden could certainly be considered a 'Peak 2020' moment.

It all started when somebody decided to send Jones a box filled with signed Haden jerseys. Thinking Haden sent him the jerseys, Jones lit them all on fire.

In response to the video, Haden's agent Drew Rosenhaus told Pro Football Talk, "I want to clarify that Joe Haden was not involved in sending his jerseys to Adam Jones. He had no knowledge of this and was not connected to it. He had no knowledge of this and was not connected to it. Furthermore Joe has been a first class person on and off the field. We do not appreciate or condone Jones negative reaction or comments. Joe has had immaculate track record in the NFL and should not be treated this way by another member of the NFL family.”

Haden hasn't responded himself yet, so at this moment the feud remains between Jones, a box of jerseys and Rosenhaus. Sounds about right if you paid attention to Jones' playing career. 

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There is no love lost between Jones and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Honestly, you could say the same thing about the rest of the AFC North for that matter. Jones played on the Bengals from 2010-17 and worked up a reputation as a big-hitting defensive back who from time to time, delivered a few dirty hits alongside the notorious Vontaze Burfict. 

It's an incredibly odd situation between one retired player and a vet who's never played with him. Maybe more will come out of this situation, and maybe it flames out. 

One thing is for certain, though. Whoever actually sent Jones those jerseys is sweating right now. 

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Lamar Jackson ranks fifth in 2019 MVP rankings behind Dak Prescott and Aaron Rodgers

Lamar Jackson ranks fifth in 2019 MVP rankings behind Dak Prescott and Aaron Rodgers

Apparently winning NFL MVP, ranking No. 1 in the NFL’s Top 100 list and earning a spot on the cover of Madden still isn’t enough for experts around the league to believe Lamar Jackson is the best quarterback.

In Pro Football Focus’ most valuable player rankings of 2019, the Ravens’ quarterback was slotted fifth overall behind four other quarterbacks. Even after winning the league’s MVP award during the 2019 season, Jackson was selected behind Russell Wilson, Patrick Mahomes, Dak Prescott, and Aaron Rodgers in PFF’s WAR rankings.

The WAR model stands for ‘wins above replacement,’ which factors in how well the player performed, what the player did, how important those tasks were to winning games, and how often the player did the various things he did. 

According to PFF, the model follows a series of five steps to calculate a player’s score:

  • Determine how good a given player was during a period of time (generally a season) using PFF grades.
  • Map a player’s production to a “wins” value for his team using the relative importance of each facet of play.
  • Simulate a team’s expected performance with a player of interest and with an average player participating identically in his place. Take the difference in expected wins (e.g., Wins Above Average).
  • Determine the average player with a given participation profile’s wins above replacement player, assuming a team of replacement-level players is a 3-13 team.
  • Add the terms in the last two calculations to get that player’s WAR.

Based on these calculations, PFF claims a quarterback should always be the MVP, which accounts for the list it released on Thursday. However, many would challenge which quarterbacks deserved a spot in the top five.

Jackson led the league in 2019 with an 81.8 quarterback rating. Mahomes was a close second. Prescott and Wilson ranked fourth and fifth, respectively. However, Rodgers finished down the list at 20th. 

In the NFL’s Top 100 list released at the end of July, Jackson was rated the No. 1 player in the entire league. Russell Wilson came in second. Mahomes was an underrated fourth. But Rodgers and Prescott ranked 16th and 46th, respectively. 

This is far from the first time Jackson was placed lower than expected in an individual player ranking. In early July, both Stephen A. Smith and ESPN left Lamar Jackson out of their top four quarterbacks. In June, Chris Simms ranked him fifth in his quarterback rankings.

Ultimately, while Jackson hasn’t received the complete respect he deserves around the league, he has racked up a number of impressive honors and records and will continue his search for more this fall. 

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