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Five final thoughts on Seahawks at Ravens

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Five final thoughts on Seahawks at Ravens

Five final thoughts on Seahawks at Ravens as we countdown to kickoff, 1 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium

- Matt Schaub (chest) is banged up and Jimmy Clausen could start at quarterback for the Ravens. If Clausen starts and the Ravens win, he should celebrate. Really celebrate. Clausen’s career record as a starter is 1-11. His only victory as an NFL starter came in 2010, a 19-12 win over the Cardinals. The last time Clausen won a game as a starter, Ravens tight end Maxx Williams was 16 years old.

-  Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls, an undrafted rookie, has 391 yards rushing over his last three games. The Ravens gave up 113 yards rushing to Lamar Miller of the Dolphins last week. You have to wonder if the Ravens’ defense is getting fatigued. Rawls could shred the Ravens if their defense spends too much time on the field.

-  The Seahawks have always finished seasons strongly since quarterback Russell Wilson arrived. Wilson enters Sunday’s game with a 13-2 career record in December. It’s no surprise the Seahawks (7-5) are riding a three-game winning streak. At this time of year, Wilson and the Seahawks switch to a different gear.

-  Don’t expect the Ravens’ defense to force Wilson into throwing an interception. The Ravens have just four interceptions all seasons, and Wilson has gone three straight weeks without throwing a pick. The Ravens’ franchise low for interceptions in a season is 11, set in 2005 and matched last season. It appears the Ravens won’t even reach double-digit interceptions this season.

-  The Ravens (4-8) could have plenty to say about the playoff picture.  All four opponents left on the Ravens’ schedule are playoff contenders – Seahawks, Chiefs, Steelers, and Bengals. Plenty of NFC teams will be rooting hard for the Ravens today.

 

 

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What you need to know from the Ravens' 27-14 win over the Broncos

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What you need to know from the Ravens' 27-14 win over the Broncos

The Ravens got a 27-14 win over the Denver Broncos in Week 3.

It was an interesting game for many reasons including Broncos star rookie running back, Phillip Lindsay, getting ejected in the first half for throwing a punch.

Here's what you need to know from Sunday's win:

— Rookie linebacker Kenny Young stepped in for injured C.J. Mosley and showed he will be a starter. Young had a critical sack on Broncos quarterback Case Keenum on a third down in the second and finished the day with 10 tackles. The Ravens defense as a whole was impressive. While they gave up a lot of short third downs, they stopped their fair share as well. Most importantly was the late fourth quarter interception from Patrick Onwuasor, while the Broncos were threatening in Ravens territory. 

— The Ravens are continuing to work on the run game, as something offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg emphasized after the team was averaging just 3.3-yards-per-carry heading into Week 3. Against the Broncos, the team averaged just 2.8 yard-per-carry, but put up two rushing touchdowns from Buck Allen and Alex Collins.

— It was a strange day for the Ravens' special teams when the Broncos blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown on the first drive of the game. The day became even stranger when safety Justin Simmons, (illegally) leaped over long snapper Morgan Cox to block a field goal and the penalty went uncalled. Kicker Justin Tucker made up for it by hitting not one, but two 52-yard field goals, his eighth straight from beyond 50. 

Joe Flacco finished the day 25 of 40 for 277 yards and one touchdown, while helping improve the team to 12-12 in the red zone. The QBs most impressive play came late in the fourth on a third down hitting the gas pedal, to not only get the first down but stayed in-bounds to keep the clock running and sealing the team's victory. His connection with John Brown continues to be strong after finding the receiver for a 44-yard gain, too.

The Ravens are now 2-1 and head to Pittsburgh for a Sunday night matchup in Week 4. 

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Ravens vs. Broncos Week 3 inactives: C.J. Mosley not in action

Ravens vs. Broncos Week 3 inactives: C.J. Mosley not in action

The Ravens will have to battle with the Broncos in Week 3 without the services of linebacker C.J. Mosely, who was ruled out of action prior to the game.

Mosley exited the Ravens' Week 2 matchup vs. the Bengals in the first quarter and was later diagnosed with a bone bruise. With 10 days of rest, the three-time Pro Bowler was limited in Thursday's practice but did not practice Friday.

Also ruled out for Sunday's game is cornerback Anthony Averett (hamstring), defensive tackle Willie Henry (abdomen), tight end Hayden Hurst (foot), 

RAVENS vs. BRONCOS WEEK 3: INACTIVE LIST

RAVENS:
— CB Anthony Averett
— QB Robert Griffin III
— DT Willie Henry
— TE Hayden Hurst
— WR Jordan Lasley
— LB C.J. Mosley
— DT Michael Pierce

BRONCOS:
— QB Kevin Hogan
— LB Alexander Johnson
— CB Adam Jones
— G Sam Jones
— S Dymonte Thomas
— DE Demarcus Walker
— T Elijah Wilkinson

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