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Harbaugh: Ravens didn't have 'A-game' vs Chiefs

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Harbaugh: Ravens didn't have 'A-game' vs Chiefs

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Baltimore is winning and leading the AFC North, coach John Harbaugh just isn't happy how the Ravens got it done on Sunday.

Ravens' receivers dropped five passes and couldn't separate from defenders even though Baltimore escaped Kansas City with a 9-6 victory. Baltimore's defense allowed the Chiefs to grind out 214 rushing yards, but it was the offense's inability to establish a rhythm that ultimately irked Harbaugh.

Harbaugh and the Ravens (4-1) host the Dallas Cowboys (2-2) on Sunday.

``To give you how we're looking at it, no, there are a lot of things we're not pleased with,'' Harbaugh said Monday. ``We're sitting here and looking at it, we don't want to give up any of those plays. We're chasing our A-game every week. We want to have our A stuff. It's like a pitcher, we want to have our best stuff every week. We didn't have our best stuff.''

The Ravens had a tough time sustaining drives against a stingy Kansas City defense. Baltimore's offense entered Sunday averaging 424 total yards, but only managed 298 against the Chiefs.

Baltimore only converted three of 11 third-down opportunities, failing to pick up a third-down conversion until the second quarter when a defensive holding call against the Chiefs moved the chains for the Ravens.

Despite the lackluster performance, the Ravens were able to do enough to get a win.

``The ones that count the most are never the prettiest,'' linebacker Ray Lewis said. ``The ones that count the most are the ones that you have to fight through. Anybody on each side of the ball will tell you that they'll take a `W' before anything.''

Harbaugh said there were some positive moments from his ball club, despite two turnovers and a lack of total plays.

The coach was pleased with the Ravens defense holding the Chiefs to a field goal with over four minutes remaining. He also referenced quarterback Joe Flacco's 16-yard run that gave Baltimore a first down on a third-and-15 deep in its own territory. And then there was Ray Rice's 2-yard run on a late third-and-1 that helped seal the win.

``There have been plenty of times in the past when we did not convert and needed to convert in a four-minute situation and we had to punt and put the defense back out there,'' Harbaugh said. ``We were able to do that this week and win the game.''

It's the second game in a row that Baltimore struggled against a squad with a losing record. Baltimore held on to beat Cleveland 23-16 on Sept. 27. The Browns had a chance to score from the Ravens' 18-yard line and send the game to overtime.

``They're not always pretty around here, but there's one thing we do around here, we do what we have to do to win the football game,'' Flacco said. ``I've been saying that for a long time, whether that's throwing for 400 yards or having a (bad) day and throwing for 100 yards.

Now it's time for the Ravens (4-1) to turn their focus to Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys (2-2).

Harbaugh said there is not a projected return date for outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, who partially tore his Achilles tendon in April.

``He's not going through any football workouts right now,'' Harbaugh said. ``He hasn't been through a practice or anything like that yet.''

Suggs is on the physically unable to perform list and is eligible to come off it after the Dallas game. Harbaugh didn't rule out the possibility that Suggs could be back by the Houston game on Oct. 21.

``His progress between now and then will determine that,'' Harbaugh. ``We don't know yet. Once he gets out there and starts practicing, we'll have an indication.''

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Hayden Hurst is actually all set for training camp

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Hayden Hurst is actually all set for training camp

<em>This post has been updated with a correction to Hurst's injury status.</em>

Kick off your Wednesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. Some good news for Ravens fans: Despite reports earlier that a hamstring injury has left tight end Hayden Hurst 'questionable' to participate in training camp from Rotoworld, he said he's doing just fine. Hurst had hamstring issues previously but returned to practice. Last season, Hurst missed four games following foot surgery. After a previous version of this post was published, he tweeted that he is not questionable for camp. We regret the error. 

2. On "Good Morning Football," Maurice Jones-Drew called Earl Thomas the new Ed Reed. Jones-Drew says Thomas will have the biggest defensive impact on his new spot with the Ravens.

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. ET deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Wide receiver battle underway

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Wide receiver battle underway

Kick off your Tuesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. Aside from the battle at left guard, the Ravens also have a battle going on at wide receiver. 13 of the 90-man roster are wide receivers, and when asked who have been standouts at practice thus far, many said Antoine Wesley and Sean Modster. 

2. Just for fun: The Ravens' team photographer Shawn Hubbard took these amazing portraits of the team that will get you hyped up for this season.

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. ET deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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