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NFL Capsule: Ravens at Bengals

NFL Capsule: Ravens at Bengals

BALTIMORE (10-5) At CINCINNATI (9-6)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Bengals by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Baltimore 6-9; Cincinnati 8-6-1

SERIES RECORD - Ravens lead 19-14

AP PRO32 RANKING - Ravens No. 9; Bengals No. 13

LAST MEETING - Ravens beat Bengals 44-13, Sept. 10

LAST WEEK - Ravens beat Giants 33-14; Bengals beat Steelers 13-10

RAVENS OFFENSE - OVERALL (15), RUSH (15), PASS (13)

RAVENS DEFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (24), PASS (17)

BENGALS OFFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (14), PASS (16)

BENGALS DEFENSE - OVERALL (6), RUSH (8), PASS (10)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Baltimore has won four straight over Cincinnati, including 44-13 Monday night win that ranks as one of Bengals' worst season-opening losses in franchise history. ... Baltimore clinched second straight AFC North title with win over New York. Ravens are NFL's only team to go to playoffs each of last five years. ... Cincinnati clinched second straight wild card berth with win at Pittsburgh. ... Cincinnati locked into No. 6 seed. Baltimore could move up to No. 3 seed if it wins Sunday and New England - No. 3 seed heading into final weekend - loses at home to Miami. Ravens then would host Bengals following weekend. ... If Ravens lose or New England wins, Baltimore would host Indianapolis in first round. ... Baltimore's offense emerged from slump during win over Giants, gaining season-high 533 yards. Joe Flacco completed 25 of 36 passes for 309 yards with two TDs. Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce reach ran for more than 100 yards. ... Rice has averaged 110 yards rushing with seven TDs in last four games against Cincinnati. He has run for two TDs in each of last three games against Bengals. ... Rice has 36 career catches for 300 yards against Cincinnati, his best mark against any team. ... Rice needs 22 yards receiving to join Marshall Faulk as only players to run for 1,000 yards and have 500 yards on catches in four straight seasons. ... In last four games against Cincinnati, Flacco has completed 71.3 percent of passes for 824 yards with five TDs, two INTs and 106.9 passer rating. ... TE Dennis Pitta needs one TD catch to set club record for tight ends. He's tied with Todd Heap at seven. ... S Ed Reed returned INT 34 yards for TD in season opener. His 10 INTs against Bengals second-most against any team. He has picked off 11 passes against Cleveland. ... K Justin Tucker has made 93.5 percent of field goal attempts. The NFL record for a rookie is 88.9 percent by Philadelphia's Alex Henery in 2011. ... Andy Dalton has completed 54 percent of passes with one TD and four INTs during Cincinnati's last three losses to Ravens. ... A.J. Green has five 100-yard games receiving, tying Bengals record. ... Green has 11 TD catches, trailing Green Bay's James Jones (13) and Dallas' Dez Bryant (12) for league lead. ... Green needs 116 yards to tie Chad Johnson's club record of 1,324 yards in season. ... Bengals' 47 sacks one shy of Denver for NFL lead. Cincinnati has never led NFL in sacks. Club record 48 in 2001. .. DT Geno Atkins has 12 1/2 sacks, most by NFL interior lineman.

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Orlando Brown Jr.'s late father predicted his future with the Ravens

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Orlando Brown Jr.'s late father predicted his future with the Ravens

Rookie offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr.'s future with the Baltimore Ravens was predicted long before he was drafted in the third-round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

His father Orlando "Zeus" Brown, who played the same position for the Ravens from 1996-98 and again in 2003-05, saw in Brown Jr. what he saw in himself.

In an NFL Films feature 'Son of Zeus,' Brown Jr. recalls being at the Ravens' training facility with his father at a young age.

"We were leaving and he was just like, you know, 'you're going to end up back here' and 'it's gonna happen dog' and 'i just foresee it,' Brown Jr. said.

Initially, "Zeus" was not for his son playing the game, wanting him to focus his attention on his education. Brown Jr. convinced his father otherwise but was taught at a young age that nothing less than dominating every single play would be accepted. 

And nearly 15 years after predicting his son's future and seven years after his sudden death, "Zeus's" epiphany came true when Brown Jr. received a phone call from Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome in April.

"The first thing he said, 'you're not kidding me are you? Is this for real?,' Newsome said on how Brown Jr. reacted. "And I go, 'yes, it's for real.'"

It was almost like a higher power was involved in the connection.

“Hey, your dad’s smiling down right now,” Newsome added.

"It was like almost like emotionally overwhelming you know just for the situation," Brown Jr. said.

During his six years with the Ravens, "Zeus" helped Jamal Lewis hit 2,000 rushing yards and even turned down larger offers to stay in Baltimore to be closer to his children.

Now 10 games into the season, Brown Jr. is playing in a way his late father would be proud of. He started four games and is proving to be a valuable addition to the offensive line.

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Ravens' John Harbaugh wants it known Lamar Jackson can and will throw the ball more

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Ravens' John Harbaugh wants it known Lamar Jackson can and will throw the ball more

BALTIMORE -- In a league that relies heavily on the forward pass, the Baltimore Ravens have gone old-school in their bid to reach the NFL playoffs.

With quarterback Lamar Jackson leading the way , the Ravens rushed for 265 yards Sunday in a 24-21 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. Jackson ran 27 times for 117 yards, Gus Edwards garnered 115 yards on the ground and both rookies rushed for seven first downs.

There's a good chance Jackson will start for the injured Joe Flacco again Sunday when the Ravens (5-5) host the Oakland Raiders (2-8). If Jackson is the starter, it's unlikely he will again slither, slide and scramble with the ball 27 times.

"Yeah, you don't want your quarterback getting hit that much," coach John Harbaugh said Monday. "It's not going to last that way. So, that's pretty self-evident."

That said, Harbaugh mocked those people concerned about Jackson's workload.

"Oh, he had 27 carries," Harbaugh said. "You know what he did? He won the game. He played his tail off. Celebrate that, and move on."

Whatever it takes to win.

"It's not what we're going to be shooting for by any stretch, but if it takes that many, Lamar will do it," Harbaugh said. "But, no, he took some hits. I think they knew the quarterback was going to run the ball. They were going after him a little bit, as you would expect. That's something that we have to look at going forward."

Selected 32nd overall in the 2018 draft, Jackson was thrust into the starting lineup because Flacco has a right hip injury that has been slow to heal and could keep him sidelined against the Raiders.

"He has a chance," Harbaugh said, without much conviction.

Jackson ran 655 times at Louisville and won the 2016 Heisman Trophy for his ability to carry the ball, not throw it. On Sunday, his carries accounted for more than a third of Baltimore's 73 offensive plays, and the Ravens finished with 54 rushing attempts compared to 19 passes.

Harbaugh bristled when someone asked him about Jackson's ability to throw the football, and where that fits into the game plan moving forward.

"Yeah, we're going to throw the ball more down the road," Harbaugh insisted. "All this veiled stuff, `Is he really a thrower?' I got news for you: He's a thrower. He's a quarterback. I don't appreciate the insinuation of the question. Lamar Jackson is a quarterback."

He's a quarterback with 256 yards rushing -- second on the team behind Alex Collins -- and 237 yards passing. Collins scored a touchdown against the Bengals, but his playing time was sheared by Edwards, an undrafted rookie free agent who got 17 carries and played most of the second half.

Edwards, who scored his first NFL touchdown , got the call because of the way he's excelled in the days leading up to game day.

"He's been practicing great," Harbaugh said. "It has been a goal to get him more carries before this."

Baltimore's 265 yards rushing against Cincinnati was tied for the fifth most in franchise history, and it marked the first time in NFL history that a team had a rookie quarterback and rookie running back each top 100 yards rushing.

After he was done, Jackson made one final run -- after the referee to snag the game ball.

"However you move the ball is good. You do it based on your personnel," Harbaugh said. "You want it to be a mix, but in the end, the players deserve the credit for running the ball so well."

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