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NFL Capsule: Giants at Ravens

NFL Capsule: Giants at Ravens

NEW YORK GIANTS (8-6) At BALTIMORE (9-5)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE - Giants by 2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - New York 6-6-2; Baltimore 5-9

SERIES RECORD - Ravens lead 3-1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Giants No. 9 (tie), Ravens No. 9 (tie)

LAST MEETING - Giants beat Ravens 30-10, Nov. 16, 2008

LAST WEEK - Giants lost to Falcons 34-0; Ravens lost to Broncos 34-17

GIANTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (10), RUSH (15), PASS (9)

GIANTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (28), RUSH (22), PASS (28)

RAVENS OFFENSE - OVERALL (21), RUSH (22), PASS (14)

RAVENS DEFENSE - OVERALL (26), RUSH (26), PASS (22)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Only third meeting between teams since Baltimore's 34-7 win in Super Bowl on Jan. 28, 2001. ... New York has dropped four of six to fall into tie atop NFC East. ... Giants coach Tom Coughlin 9-6 lifetime against Ravens, including 8-5 with Jacksonville. ... NY QB Eli Manning needs 410 yards passing to reach 4,000 for fourth straight season. He has won eight of last 10 starts against AFC foes, including Super Bowl. ... Giants WR Victor Cruz has 79 catches for 1,019 yards. Needs one catch to achieve second straight season with at least 80 receptions, 1,000 yards and nine TDs. ... NY DE Jason Pierre-Paul has eight sacks in last eight games against AFC opponents. ... Giants 4-1 after loss. ... Ravens have lost three straight, matching longest skid under coach John Harbaugh. It's Baltimore's worst slide since nine-game run under Brian Billick in 2007. Slump includes two straight home defeats following 15-game win streak at home. ... Ravens can clinch second straight AFC North title with win. ... Baltimore has won last nine home finales and 9-0 at home under Harbaugh against NFC foes. ... Only two players, Cary Williams and Ed Reed, have started all 14 games for Ravens on defense. ... Second game for offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell, who took over last week for Cam Cameron. In debut, Ravens didn't get first down until midway through second quarter in 34-17 drubbing by Denver. ... Ravens WR Anquan Boldin did not have catch last week, ending his streak of 106 games with at least one reception. ... Baltimore QB Joe Flacco gets 79th straight start, second-most in team history behind Jarret Johnson (80). ... Dennis Pitta has seven TD catches, one short of matching the Ravens single-season mark by a TE held by Todd Heap in 2005.

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Lamar Jackson’s play this season has begun to make some analysts and fans backtrack 

Lamar Jackson’s play this season has begun to make some analysts and fans backtrack 

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Lamar Jackson is starting to make people reconsider what they think of him. 

After the Ravens’ 49-13 win over the Bengals on Sunday, the rest of the NFL is starting to take notice about Lamar Jackson’s status in the NFL. Especially considering his spin move through the Bengals defense.

Hall of Fame NFL general manager Bill Polian recently admitted that he was wrong when he said that Jackson should be an NFL wide receiver during his draft process in 2018.

“I was wrong, because I used the old, traditional quarterback standard with him, which is clearly why John Harbaugh and Ozzie Newsome were more prescient than I was,” Polian told USA TODAY Sports. 

Jackson is currently building an MVP case for himself and is on-pace for over 30 touchdowns and nearly 5,000 yards of total offense. 

It’s a nice change of pace for the 22-year-old quarterback in his second year as a pro. Jackson had to face heavy criticism after he left Louisville for a variety of reasons headed into the draft. Even after he took over as the Ravens quarterback, those evaluations persisted. 

“We always knew what he was about,” Ravens center Matt Skura said. “We always knew his ability to make plays and all that stuff. I think it’s just people right now seeing it on a much larger scale and it’s just getting the attention now.”

At this point, however, it’s clear that not only is Jackson a quarterback, he might even be the MVP of the league.

Of the five quarterbacks drafted in the first round of the 2018 Draft, only four are starting and just two have led their teams to a winning record. Jackson leads all of his draft counterparts in total yards and total touchdowns. 

But as anyone in the Ravens’ locker room will say, the accolades don’t concern Jackson — only the record does.

“I think he’s more concerned with winning than anything,” Orlando Brown Jr. said. “As individuals, we’ve all got people to prove wrong and things that we used to put a chip on our shoulder. At the end of the day, I know he’s more concerned with winning more than anything.”

Still, it’s noteworthy that it only took Jackson a complete season of starts, through two partial seasons, to begin the backtracking across the NFL landscape.

“If you watch ESPN or you watch TV, it’s going to come up no matter what,” Skura said. “Even on your Instagram feed it’s going to come up. I think for a lot of us, just in one ear and out the other as far as people pumping us up. You’ve kind of got to stay level-headed and ride the rollercoaster, so to say.”

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Hayden Hurst set on helping those with depression and anxiety

Hayden Hurst set on helping those with depression and anxiety

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Hayden Hurst immediately saw the impact of his documentary last week when, just hours after it aired, people reached out to him to tell their stories. 

Hurst was a part of a documentary titled “Headstrong” that aired on NBC Sports Washington last week, which detailed his struggles with depression and anxiety as a baseball player. The documentary will air on NBCSN on Nov. 20.

Now, Hurst is reaching out to tell his story in hopes of impacting those who struggle with mental illness, as he did.

“I think it’s going to reach a lot of people,” Hurst said. “Some people even reached out to tell me stuff that affects them in their lives. It’s very cool, it’s very humbling.”

Hurst was a standout baseball player in high school and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 17th round of the 2012 MLB Draft. He signed immediately and began his professional baseball career. 

But shortly thereafter, Hurst developed the “Yips,” and he was unable to throw strikes like he once did. On the mound, his hands shook when he attempted to pitch. Off the field, his condition began to deteriorate. 

He said he began to self-medicate and that’s when he started to seek help. 

After he retired from baseball, he decided to play football at the University of South Carolina and began to treat his mental illness. In 2018, he was a first-round pick of the Ravens.

“It’s night and day from where I was,” Hurst said. “Back in the baseball days, my lack of success in baseball kind of led to my off the field issues. I kind of self-medicated a little bit to make everything go away. Where I’m at now, I’m so much more mature, I’m so much more in-tune with the person that I am, I’m close with my family.”

Hurst is now set out on telling his story to help others who might be in the same situation that he was in. With his background as a professional baseball and football player, he’s hopeful that people will see his situation and feel compelled to talk about what they’ve been going through.

“I really want to tell my story so I get it out there and people can relate to it and they can see it and read it and see the silver lining in it,” Hurst said. “I think a lot of people struggle with things and not a lot of people like talking about it.”

It’s difficult for him to make speeches and speak with others during the NFL season, but he’s got plans to travel to Columbia, South Carolina and Jacksonville, Florida to reach out to people who might be in need of help in the offseason.

He’s already begun work in Baltimore and wants to continue to help through his foundation, the Hayden Hurst Family Foundation. 

For now, though, he wants everyone to know that it’s OK to not be OK. Hurst’s story proves that. 

“I think more people are affected by it than we think,” Hurst said. “It’s a sensitive topic and not many people like talking about it. I’m in a position where — this sounds worse than it is — I really don’t care what people think about me. I am who I am, it’s part of the make up of who I am and I’m going to tell my story.”

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