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NFL Capsule: Ravens at Browns

NFL Capsule: Ravens at Browns

BALTIMORE (5-2) At CLEVELAND (2-6)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Ravens by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Baltimore 2-5; Cleveland 4-3-1

SERIES RECORD - Ravens lead 20-7

AP PRO32 RANKING - Raven No. 9; Browns No. 29

LAST MEETING - Ravens beat Browns 23-16, Sept. 27

LAST WEEK - Ravens had bye; Browns beat Chargers 7-6

RAVENS OFFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (19) PASS (13)

RAVENS DEFENSE - OVERALL (28), RUSH (30), PASS (24)

BROWNS OFFENSE - OVERALL (29), RUSH (29), PASS (19)

BROWNS DEFENSE - OVERALL (26), RUSH (24), PASS (25)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Ravens used last week to regroup after losing 43-13 to Texas on Oct. 21. ... Ravens 4-0 in week after bye under coach John Harbaugh, who is 9-0 against Browns. ... Ravens have won NFL-best 14 straight in games after loss. ... Baltimore has won nine straight and 11 of 13 over Cleveland. ... QB Joe Flacco also perfect 9-0 vs. Browns. ... Flacco passed for 356 yards in first matchup between teams. ... Ravens on 10-game winning streak inside AFC North, longest current division streak in league. ... Ravens playing stretch of four of five games on road. ... WR Anquan Boldin had nine catches - all in second half - for 131 yards in Ravens win over Browns in Week 4. ... Ravens have given up average 207 yards rushing in past three games. ... Ravens have lost LB Ray Lewis (triceps) and CB Lardarius Webb (knee) to season-ending injuries since faced Browns earlier. ... LB Terrell Suggs, recently back from torn Achilles, has 13 career sacks and seven forced fumbles against Browns. ... Browns have won two straight home games. ... Rookie QB Brandon Weeden passed for 320 yards in previous meeting with Ravens. ... Weeden has just one INT in last three games after throwing nine in first five games. ... Rookie RB Trent Richardson coming off season-high 122-yard performance. ... Browns CB Joe Haden missed first matchup while serving four-game suspension. ... WR/KR Josh Cribbs was knocked out during first game by vicious hit. ... Browns DT Phil Taylor expected to make season debut after being sidelined by chest injury. ... K Phil Dawson is 12 of 12 on FGs. Made three kicks of at least 50 yards last time against Ravens.

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Ravens hold on to another close preseason win in Week 2

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Ravens hold on to another close preseason win in Week 2

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Baltimore Ravens spoiled Andrew Luck's Indianapolis homecoming.

They picked him off before allowing a completion, and Terrell Suggs nearly chopped the ball out of Luck's hands on a sack. The Ravens then secured a 20-19 preseason win over the Colts by stopping a late 2-point conversion run.

Luck was just OK in his first home start since Jan. 1, 2017. But he did receive a roaring ovation from the crowd when he took the field, led the Colts to one score and apparently emerged unscathed after going down twice on sacks.

"Not too sharp, certainly red-zone turnovers are a negative, missed a couple of throws I'd like to hit," he said. "And I didn't feel like we, as an offense, got into any semblance of a sustained rhythm."

Expectations were high following a solid start in Seattle.

This time, the Colts (1-1) looked sloppy.

Luck missed his first three throws, the third winding up in the hands of Ravens safety Anthony Levine Jr. Luck rebounded to finish 6 of 13 for 50 yards and set up 45-year-old Adam Vinatieri for a 57-yard field before leaving in the second quarter.

If Luck had his way, he might have played longer. But first-year coach Frank Reich wasn't taking any chances with Luck's surgically repaired arm.

"We just never found a rhythm for him and some of his balls were not his best balls," he said. "But I still have a lot of confidence we're headed in the right direction."

Joe Flacco, Lamar Jackson and the Ravens looked better.

Flacco went 7 of 9 for 72 yards and one touchdown. Jackson then showed flashes of what helped him win the 2016 Heisman Trophy.

Jackson was 7 of 15 for 49 yards and a TD and carried four times for 26 yards before giving way to another Heisman winner, Robert Griffin III, in the fourth quarter.

Indy still had a chance at the end after Tarell Basham recovered a fumble at the Ravens 9. Five plays later, Phillip Walker threw a 9-yard TD pass to Zach Pascal with 2:24 left. But the Ravens (3-0) stopped Walker on the 2-point try, recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.

"Happy to get the win," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "We did a lot of things that weren't winning football, especially in the second half."

The Ravens made it tough on Indy all night.

They stopped Indy twice in the red zone and nearly had a third when Jordan Wilkins fumbled the ball into the end zone, where it bounced right into the hands of receiver Chester Rogers.

Flacco gave the Ravens a 7-3 lead early in the second quarter when he hooked up with John Brown on a 7-yard score, and Jackson's masterful hurry-up drive at the end of the first half ended with Justin Tucker's 38-yard field goal with 2 seconds left.

When Colts rookie Nyheim Hines fumbled away the opening kickoff of the second half, Jackson hooked up with Chris Moore on a 7-yard TD pass to make it 17-10.

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Joe Flacco not at all concerned with Jalen Ramsey's 'he sucks' comment

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Joe Flacco not at all concerned with Jalen Ramsey's 'he sucks' comment

After spending 10 years in the National Football League, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has been called just about everything.

His "eliteness" has been in question ever since winning the Super Bowl during the 2012-13 season, and while Flacco is known for his "cool as a cucumber" demeanor, he still hears all the noise.

In an interview with GQ, Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey gave an uncensored review on some of the league's top players. When asked what he thinks of Flacco, Ramsey responded with "And just being honest about it, [Joe] Flacco sucks. I played him two years in a row. He sucks."

Just one of several QBs Ramsey took a shot at, Flacco will be adding his comment to the laundry list of opinions.

“I don’t really have much of a comment,” Flacco said, via the Baltimore Sun. “I don’t really care. There’s plenty of people out there saying things. Just add one more to the list. No big deal.”

After finishing the 2017 season with 3,141 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions, there were a lot of opinions surrounding Flacco's future with the team. Those opinions ramped up when the Ravens traded up in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft to select Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson.

But Flacco has begun quieting those doubters with what has been his strongest and healthiest training camp in years. And with Jackson still adjusting to NFL style of play, the 2018 season is Flacco's time to prove he's still got it.

While Ramsey isn't too high on Flacco, the All-Pro cornerback foresees a successful career for Jackson.

"I would've picked [Lamar Jackson] earlier than 32," Ramsey said. "I think he's gonna do a good job. Especially with the [Baltimore Ravens'] offensive coordinator—he likes running quarterbacks, likes that read option."

Among other QBs Ramsey sounded off on was Bills first-round draft pick Josh Allen, who he called "trash," said Ben Roethlisberger is "decent at best" and that Jared Goff is "average to above average."

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