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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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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens place Marquise Brown, Jaylon Ferguson on reserve/NFI list

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens place Marquise Brown, Jaylon Ferguson on reserve/NFI list

With training camp just six days away, here is the latest news surrounding the Baltimore Ravens.

1. Ian Rapoport reported that the Ravens have placed Marquise Brown, Jaylon Ferguson and two others on the reserve/NFI list. He later added that Brown is still recovering from Lisfranc surgery but is "progressing well" and Ferguson is dealing with a "minor hamstring" injury.

2. The entire Baltimore Ravens class is officially under contract after the signing of wide receiver Miles Boykin. Boykin was a third-round pick out of Notre Dame.

3. Michael Vick joined The Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan Friday morning and when asked which young quarterbacks in the NFL most emulate his style, he answered: "Lamar Jackson" along with Kyler Murray and Cam Newton.

Looking Ahead:

July 24: Ravens training camp begins. Rookies are set to report a week earlier on Wednesday, July 17. 

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: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.

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A big Year 2 ahead, Lamar Jackson isn’t worried about Madden ratings

A big Year 2 ahead, Lamar Jackson isn’t worried about Madden ratings

The number eight is sports royalty in the city of Baltimore thanks to Cal Ripken Jr.

If Lamar Jackson has the career many are hoping for, he’ll be another reason for that one day down the road.

For now, he’s a young, athletic quarterback entering his second season in Charm City. But his successful rookie year hasn’t been reflected in Madden NFL 20’s newest ratings.

Jackson came in with an overall rating of 76, tied for 24th among all quarterbacks. Unsurprisingly, his athleticism is highly-regarded, as he leads all signal-callers in speed, acceleration, agility, and elusiveness.

Questions abound about his throwing abilities, leading to the low rating. But that’s not a concern for Jackson himself.

“I can’t feel no way,” the quarterback told media members prior to throwing out the first pitch at the Orioles-Nationals game Wednesday night. “You know, I don’t make Madden. That’s them. But I feel like our team, we’re going to show ‘em this season.”

Jackson continued to praise the Ravens roster. When asked about the high ratings for teammates like Marquise “Hollywood” Brown and Earl Thomas, Jackson put his thoughts quite succinctly: “We look stacked!”

Of course, with speed and acceleration ratings like Jackson has, it’s fun to imagine how he might fit in on a baseball diamond as well.

“Whew, somewhere in the middle, to make a play,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde decided when asked where the Ravens quarterback might play on his roster.

“I’m looking forward to meeting him. I’m a big football fan, so watched him play a lot. And if he wanted to play center field or up the middle, it’d be great,” Hyde continued.

The speedy quarterback agreed, though it came with a caveat.

“Probably,” Jackson quickly answered when asked about his best fit being center field. “But you know, I’m the Ravens QB right now, so I’m good.”

He doesn’t know what his walk-up song would be if he played baseball, but Jackson was definitive about one thing at least: his hot dog preferences.

“I don’t really eat mustard,” he emphasized. “So I just put ketchup, relish...I just go from there. Pretty standard.”

When he’s not eating hot dogs, Jackson is working hard to build chemistry with his new receiving corps, and he seemed optimistic about the results it will bring on the field.

“Looking pretty good,” he described. “You’ll have to see for yourself.”

Knowing how many dual Orioles and Ravens fans there are in Baltimore, Jackson was also happy to provide a little hope as the city’s attention starts to shift from baseball to football. He gave a message to O’s fans who have sat through months of losing baseball and are looking to the Ravens to bring winning back to the city.

“Look forward to us coming out and balling,” he said. “Can’t say too much right now, [the] season’s not here!”

The Ravens season will be here soon enough, and when it is, Jackson will be ready to go out and show both local and national fans what he can do, regardless of what his Madden rating says.

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