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NFL Capsule: Broncos at Ravens

NFL Capsule: Broncos at Ravens

DENVER (10-3) At BALTIMORE (9-4)

Sunday, 1 p.m. CBS

OPENING LINE - Denver by 2 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Denver 8-5; Baltimore 5-8

SERIES RECORD - Ravens lead 5-3

AP PRO32 RANKING - Broncos No. 2; Ravens No. 8

LAST MEETING - Ravens beat Broncos 31-17, Oct. 10, 2010

LAST WEEK - Broncos beat Raiders 26-13; Ravens lost to Redskins 31-28 OT

BRONCOS OFFENSE - OVERALL (4), RUSH (20), PASS (6)

BRONCOS DEFENSE - OVERALL (4), RUSH (6), PASS (7)

RAVENS OFFENSE - OVERALL (18), RUSH (17), PASS (16)

RAVENS DEFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (25), PASS (23)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Broncos have already clinched second straight AFC West title and riding eight-game winning streak, longest current run in NFL and fourth-longest in team history. ... Denver QB Peyton Manning 8-2 against Ravens. He needs 188 yards passing to become first player in NFL with dozen 4,000-yard seasons (including postseason). ... Jim Caldwell, who replaced Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron on Monday, coached Manning in Indianapolis. ... It's a homecoming for Broncos RB Lance Ball, who played at Maryland from 2003-07. ... Denver has plus-71 point scoring differential in fourth quarter. Baltimore has blown fourth-quarter leads in each of last two weeks. ... Manning has engineered 48 game-winning drives in fourth quarter or overtime over career. ... Denver LB Keith Brooking will be playing in 190th consecutive game, third-longest active streak in NFL. ... Ravens RB Ray Rice had 133 yards rushing and two TDs in last game against Denver (2010). Rice had season-high 121 yards on ground last week in loss to Washington. ... Broncos LB Von Miller has six straight games with sack and is one sack short of team record of 17, set by teammate Elvis Dumervil in 2009. ... Ravens can clinch AFC North title with victory. ... Baltimore has lost two straight, its first losing streak since October 2009. ... Ravens LB Paul Kruger has sack in five straight games and has career-high eight sacks this year. ... Ravens are averaging 34 points per game at home this season. They have won 23 of last 25 at home and 5-0 against Denver in Baltimore. ... Baltimore DE Arthur Jones has 4 1/2 sacks over past three games. ... Ravens 10-1 against AFC West (including playoffs) under John Harbaugh.

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Report: Ravens extend defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale to three-year extension

Report: Ravens extend defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale to three-year extension

According to a report from Ian Rapoport, the Ravens have made another move to keep their defense intact long-term. 

Defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale has reportedly signed a three-year contract extension that will make Martindale the highest paid defensive coordinator in the NFL. But as for the future, the team expects him to be a head coaching candidate after the 2020 season. 

Martindale, 56, has been in Baltimore since 2012 where he started as the team’s linebackers coach. He held that position through 2017 and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2018. 

In 2018, his first season as coordinator, he led the Ravens defense to a league best 292.9 yards allowed per game and was runner-up for Associated Press Assistant Coach of the Year.

The Ravens lost some significant pieces after 2018 season and were without Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley, Eric Weddle and Za’Darius Smith in 2019. After struggling in three of the first four weeks of the season, the revamped defense eventually took shape. 

Baltimore allowed just 15.1 points per game after the Week 4 loss to Cleveland, where it allowed 40 points — their most all season. 

Through the whole season, the Ravens allowed 300.2 yards per game, which ranked fourth in the league. They also ranked third in total points with 17.6 points allowed per game. 

The unit took shape with some key mid-season acquisitions — most notably Marcus Peters, Jihad Ward and Josh Bynes — and lifted the unit to one of the best in the league along with its NFL-best offense.

In a season of new contracts for the Ravens defense, they’ve now extended cornerback Tavon Young, linebacker L.J. Fort, defensive lineman and linebacker Patrick Ricard, Peters and, most recently, safety Chuck Clark in the last year.

Now, the man leading the defense will be in the fold for a few more years, too. 

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Ravens' left guard Bradley Bozeman dominates 72-ounce steak challenge

Ravens' left guard Bradley Bozeman dominates 72-ounce steak challenge

Baltimore Ravens’ starting left guard Bradley Bozeman showed off one of his many talents earlier this week as he dominated a 72-ounce steak dinner. 

Bozeman accomplished this feat at The Big Texan Steak Ranch while traveling with his wife. The restaurant is famous for this eating challenge, which involves eating over 4 pounds of steak, shrimp cocktail, baked potato, salad topped off with a butter roll in under an hour. 

Although Bozeman is an absolute unit of a person, this was still no small feat. Bozeman strategized during the meal in order to ensure success as he switched from steak sauce to honey. Yet, Bozeman still questioned his ability to successfully finish with just 2 ounces of steak left. He even instructed his wife who was filming in the audience to shut the camera off in fear of getting sick on camera.

“I knew it was going to be tough, but I didn’t think it was going to be that tough,” Bozeman told ESPN. “The last bite was rough.”

Bozeman pushed on and not only finished the steak, but even had a little carrot cake for dessert. His prize? Free dinner, a t-shirt, and most likely a massive stomach ache. 

Despite his claim that this was “the toughest food thing” he’s ever done, Bozeman flashed a big smile holding the prized shirt which read “I ate it all!”

Bozeman is now one of only approximately 10,000 people who have successfully finished the meal, with over 110,000 people having tried. 

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