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Sunday

Indianapolis at Baltimore, 1 p.m. EST. The Ravens' Ray Lewis announced this week he will end his 17-year career as one of the NFL's premier players, let alone linebackers, after the playoffs. Meanwhile, Colts coach Chuck Pagano spent four seasons coaching defense in Baltimore, then landed the head coaching job in Indy. He missed 12 games while undergoing treatments for leukemia and came back last week in a win over Houston.

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Seattle at Washington, 4:30 p.m. EST. The Redskins won their final seven games to win the NFC East behind rookie QB Robert Griffin III, whose 102.4 passer rating was the best by a rookie in NFL history. Seattle rookie QB Russell Wilson threw 26 TD passes, tying Peyton Manning's NFL rookie record set in 1998.

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STARS

Passing

-Aaron Rodgers, Packers, connected with an NFL playoff-record 10 receivers as he threw for 274 yards in his first playoff victory at home, leading Green Bay to a 24-10 victory over Minnesota.

-Matt Schaub, Texans, shook off a second-quarter interception that was returned for a touchdown to finish 29 of 38 for 262 yards in his first postseason appearance to lead Houston to a 19-13 win over Cincinnati.

Rushing

-Arian Foster, Texans, ran for 140 yards and a touchdown in Houston's 19-13 win over Cincinnati, and became the first NFL player to have 100-yard games in each of his first three playoff games.

-John Kuhn, Packers, rushed for a touchdown and caught a scoring pass in Green Bay's 24-10 win over Minnesota.

Receiving

-Owen Daniels, Texans, caught nine passes for 91 yards to help lead Houston past Cincinnati 19-13.

-DuJuan Harris, Packers, led Green Bay with five catches for 53 yards as Aaron Rodgers spread the ball around to an NFL playoff-record 10 receivers in a 24-10 win over Minnesota.

Special Teams

-Shayne Graham, Texans, kicked four field goals in Houston's 19-13 opening-round playoff win over Cincinnati.

-Mason Crosby, Packers, made a 20-yard field goal in the second quarter of Green Bay's 24-10 win over Minnesota, his sixth straight in the postseason, a team record.

Defense

-Leon Hall, Bengals, returned an interception 21 yards for a touchdown in Cincinnati's 19-13 loss at Houston.

-J.J. Watt, Texans, had a sack and batted away two passes as Houston topped Cincinnati 19-13.

-Sam Shields, Packers, had seven tackles and an interception in Green Bay's 24-10 win over Minnesota.

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STREAKS & STATS

Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers connected with an NFL playoff-record 10 receivers as he threw for 274 yards in his first playoff victory at home, a 24-10 win over Minnesota on Saturday night. ... With two sacks of Joe Webb, Green Bay's Clay Matthews joined Reggie White as the only Packers to have two or more sacks in two postseason games. ... Green Bay's John Kuhn is the only player in the NFL to score a touchdown in each of the last four postseasons. ... Houston's Arian Foster finished with 140 yards in a 19-13 win over Cincinnati and became the first NFL player to have 100-yard games in each of his first three playoff games. ... Houston's Andre Johnson had four receptions for 62 yards to extend his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 99.

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SHUT DOWN

Minnesota's Adrian Peterson was held to 99 yards rushing in the Vikings' 24-10 loss at Green Bay on Saturday night. He ran for 199 and 210 in the first two games against Green Bay this season, and it marked only the second time in the past 11 games that he was held below 100 yards.

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POSTSEASON STRUGGLES

Cincinnati has gone 22 seasons without a playoff win, the longest current streak of futility in the league. It equals the seventh-longest in NFL history, according to STATS LLC. Since their last playoff win, the Bengals have been through five coaches, had 21 different quarterbacks throw a pass, and lost all four of their first-round chances. Their last playoff win came against a team that no longer exists, at a stadium that no longer stands. They beat the Houston Oilers 41-14 at Riverfront Stadium in a first-round game in January 1991.

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STEPPING IN

Minnesota's Joe Webb, who hadn't thrown a pass in a game since the preseason in August, finished 11 for 30 for 180 yards while playing for the injured Christian Ponder in the Vikings' 24-10 loss to Green Bay on Saturday night. He became the first quarterback in 20 years to start a playoff game without starting any games during that regular season since Frank Reich did so for Buffalo, according to STATS. Reich led the Bills to their famous comeback victory over Houston that year.

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SPEAKING

``The whole stadium knew we had to line up and run the ball and boy, he was at his best there at the end,'' ``He's become a fine, fine player, and it just seems like the bigger it gets, the better Arian gets.'' - Houston coach Gary Kubiak on running back Arian Foster, who ran for 140 yards and a TD in the Texans' 19-13 win over Cincinnati.

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``No disrespect to Ponder, but ... it's about one guy and that's Adrian Peterson. Our main focus, whether it was Ponder or Webb, was to keep 28 (Peterson) from getting off. And if we were going to keep him from getting off, put the ball in the quarterback's hands, whatever quarterback it was, we felt good about what was going to happen.'' - Green Bay's Charles Woodson on facing Joe Webb at quarterback instead of the injured Christian Ponder.

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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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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Sports Illustrated predicts Ravens defense will regress this season

Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Sports Illustrated predicts Ravens defense will regress this season

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

1. The Ravens are expected to have one of the best defenses in the NFL this season, but not the No. 1 ranked. Sports Illustrated's Andy Benoit says he predicts the Ravens defense will actually regress due to the loss of C.J. Mosely and Terrell Suggs in free agency. However, not as much as one would expect, he says.

2. Speaking of defense, Ravens outside linebacker Matthew Judon is entering his contract year. The Athletics' Jeff Zrebiec writes that this upcoming season should be a breakout year for Judon who could make a big impact on defense. 

3. Ravens Training Camp passes are now available. The Ravens have 14 different training camp practices open to the public this season. Claim your tickets and parking pass here or on the Ravens' mobile app.

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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