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NFL Playoffs Capsule-Ravens at Broncos

NFL Playoffs Capsule-Ravens at Broncos

BALTIMORE (11-6) at DENVER (13-3)

Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ET, CBS

OPENING LINE - Broncos by 9 1/2

2012 RECORD VS. SPREAD - Baltimore 7-10; Broncos 11-5

SERIES RECORD - Ravens lead 6-4.

AP PRO32 RANKING - Ravens No. 11; Broncos No. 1.

LAST MEETING - Broncos beat Ravens 34-17 on Dec. 16, 2012

LAST WEEK - Ravens beat Colts 24-9; Broncos had bye.

RAVENS OFFENSE - OVERALL (16), RUSH (11), PASS (15)

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

BRONCOS OFFENSE - OVERALL (4), RUSH (16), PASS (5)

BRONCOS DEFENSE - OVERALL (2), RUSH (3), PASS (3)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Ravens won only previous playoff matchup, 21-3 in 2000, then went on to win Super Bowl. ... Ravens LB Ray Lewis, retiring after this season, his 17th, is 11-7 in playoff games. Lewis had INT in only postseason meeting against Denver. ... Ravens S Ed Reed has eight career postseason interceptions, tied for fourth most in NFL history. ... Ravens Joe Flacco is first QB in Super Bowl era to win playoff game in each of his first five seasons. He has postseason record of 6-4. ... Ravens RB Ray Rice has averaged 102.7 yards from scrimmage in three regular-season games vs. Denver. In Dec. 16 meeting, Broncos held Rice to 38 yards rushing and 3 yards receiving. ... Ravens rookie RB Bernard Pierce rushed for 103 yards on 13 attempts vs. Colts last week. ... Last week, Ravens WR Anquan Boldin had the most second-half yards receiving (145) since Jerry Rice (157) in 1989. ... Broncos are sixth team since 1970 to finish season with 11 or more straight victories. ... Broncos QB Peyton Manning ranks third on all-time list for playoff yards passing (5,389). Manning's 37 TD passes and 105.8 passer rating led the AFC. ... The four-time MVP is only 9-10 in postseason games. ... RB Knowshon Moreno rushed for 115 yards on 21 carries in regular-season game against Baltimore. ... Broncos CB Champ Bailey has two playoff interceptions, including 100-yard return vs. New England in 2006. ... Broncos WR Eric Decker had eight catches for 133 yards and 51-yard touchdown in last game vs. Ravens. Decker had 1,064 yards on 85receptions this season, with 13 TDs. Demaryius Thomas led Denver with 94 for 1,434 yards, and had 10 TDs.

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Robert Griffin III tweets that there will be no NFL preseason

Robert Griffin III tweets that there will be no NFL preseason

Last Thursday, the NFLPA's board of representatives came to a unanimous decision that the entire 2020 NFL preseason should be canceled. In a memo obtained by NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, the union recommended eliminating the preseason as a way to avoid injuries as well as greater health risks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Even with the players united on that front, it's unclear what the final decision will be in terms of the preseason. However, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin III is hearing that what the NFLPA voted for is going to come to fruition.

Whether or not the preseason should be played is a debatable topic for many. For Griffin, he believes the reasoning for canceling the games that don't officially count comes down to one essential factor: the health of the players.

RELATED: NFLPA VOTES TO ELIMINATE PRESEASON

While preseason games still bring in money for teams and the league, the quarterback doesn't see that as a reward big enough to ignore the risk of putting players in a situation that could compromise their safety.

The NFL had recently announced that it would be cutting down the preseason to only two games, but it now looks like even further reductions could be made. As for the status of the 2020 regular season, Griffin knows just about as much as everybody else.

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Lamar Jackson cancels 'Funday with LJ' as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Florida

Lamar Jackson cancels 'Funday with LJ' as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Florida

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has canceled his third annual 'Funday with LJ' event in South Florida as coronavirus cases continue to rise in the area.

The move comes as a surprising one, as the quarterback had promoted the event in recent days, as it was set for July 11-12 in Pompano Beach, Florida.

According to the Baltimore Sun's Jonas Schaffer, Jackson decided to call off the event after more people signed up for the event than city limits allowed. So, rather than turning away people from what was supposed to be a public event, the quarterback decided to cancel the event altogether.

Jackson's event was expected to be a 6-hour outdoor extravaganza featuring go-karts, rock climbing, flag football, water slides and more. The quarterback had previously put in place safety measures in order to hold the event that included requiring adults to wear masks, a limited autograph session and having children sign a waiver form before participating.

While Jackson likely did not want to have to cancel the event, the decision is ultimately a smart one. Broward County, where 'Funday with LJ' was supposed to take place, has reported over 21,000 positive COVID-19 cases as South Florida has become one of the virus hotspots in America. 

By canceling the event, Jackson also limits the potential chance of himself contracting the virus. And with NFL training camp just a few weeks away, that's the safe decision.

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