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Broncos rout Ravens 34-17 for 9th straight win

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Broncos rout Ravens 34-17 for 9th straight win

BALTIMORE (AP) Chris Harris returned an interception 98 yards for a momentum-turning touchdown, and the Denver Broncos beat the skidding Baltimore Ravens 34-17 Sunday for their ninth straight victory.

Peyton Manning threw for 204 yards and a score in his ninth consecutive win against Baltimore, the first with the Broncos (11-3).

Down 10-0 late in the first half, the Ravens had a first-and-goal at the Denver 4 when Harris stepped in front of Anquan Boldin, picked off a pass by Joe Flacco and sprinted down the right sideline en route to the longest regular-season interception return in Broncos history.

The Ravens (9-5) were playing their first game under offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell, who replaced the fired Cam Cameron.

Baltimore's offense sputtered in the first half, gaining only 119 yards and committing two turnovers that led to 10 Denver points. It was the third straight loss for the Ravens.

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More on the table for potential Matthew Judon trades?

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More on the table for potential Matthew Judon trades?

Uncertainty surrounds the upcoming college football season, with a majority of high-profile schools and conferences across the country unsure exactly how this year will play out. That uncertainty could actually end up benefiting the Ravens.

Former Jets general manager and current ESPN NFL analyst Mike Tannenbaum knows the draft process well having spent more than two decades in various front offices. Tuesday on ESPN’s “Get Up,” he connected the dots between the state of college football, the 2021 draft and potential NFL trades.

“The impact is massive,” Tannenbaum said. “We take an inexact science and make it even murkier… it just makes draft choices next year less valuable because you just don’t know what you’re getting.”

That murkiness could ultimately work in the Ravens favor. Baltimore placed the franchise tag on linebacker Matthew Judon this offseason but were unable to come to a long-term extension before this past July’s deadline. Tannenbaum sees a way for general managers like Eric DeCosta to capitalize on the current situation and get a haul of draft picks if they’re willing to deal.

RELATED: DEADLINE PASSES WITHOUT A LONG-TERM DEAL FOR JUDON

“If I’m Joe Douglas, the general manager of the Jets, I’m thinking, ‘Should I call Jacksonville or Baltimore right now and see if I can get Matthew Judon or Yannick Ngakoue and get a proven pass rusher?’” Tannanbaum said. “Because if I draft a guy next year who doesn’t play this year, he may not impact that team until the end of ’21, maybe 2022.”

“The permutations are really somewhat complex and I think we’re going to see some unusual trades this year because their picks next year won’t be as valuable if we don’t play college football this season.”

Judon has tallied 28.5 sacks over 4 seasons in Baltimore, including a career high 9.5 sacks last season.

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Report: Hall of Famer Deion Sanders leaves NFL Network

Report: Hall of Famer Deion Sanders leaves NFL Network

One of the biggest on-air personalities in football appears to be on the move. 

According to the Sports Business Journal's John Ourand, Deion Sanders is leaving NFL Network. His contract is set to expire and he does not plan on renewing the deal. 

The New York Post reported Sanders' decision to leave is centered around a contract dispute with the network. NFL Network reportedly asked Sanders to take a pay cut, and he refused.

RELATED: MARK ANDREWS NEVER CONSIDERED OPTING OUT

Sanders, who had been at NFL Network since the end of his playing career, has a desire to go into coaching. In an interview earlier this year, Sanders claimed he'd be a head coach in college football by the 2021 season. 

The Hall of Famer had recently been in headlines after making controversial statements about NFL players foregoing the 2020 season over concerns with the coronavirus pandemic. However, it is unclear whether those comments played any part in Sanders' departure from NFL Network. 

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