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NFL Today, Week 10

SCOREBOARD

Monday, Nov. 12

Kansas City (1-7) at Pittsburgh (5-3). The Chiefs have yet to lead in regulation this season, have a minus-20 turnover differential, last in the league, and face a Steelers team that is 7-0 at Heinz Field on Monday nights since stadium opened in 2001.

STARS

Passing

-Drew Brees, Saints, threw for 298 yards and three TDs in handing Atlanta its first loss, 31-27.

-Peyton Manning, Broncos, was 27 for 38 for 301 yards and one TD in a 36-14 victory at Carolina. Manning threw his 420th touchdown pass to move into a tie for second place on the NFL's career list with Dan Marino. He trails only Brett Favre (508).

-Josh Freeman, Bucs, passed for two TDs in a 34-24 win over San Diego and has thrown for 13 TDs with just one interception in his past five games.

-Joe Flacco, Ravens, threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns as Baltimore set a club record with 55 points in a 55-20 romp over Oakland.

-Andy Dalton, Bengals, threw a career-high four touchdown passes - each to a different receiver - to beat the New York Giants 31-13.

Rushing

-Adrian Peterson, Vikings, raced 61 yards for the game-sealing touchdown and had 171 yards on 27 carries in a 34-24 victory over Detroit. Peterson has 1,128 yards rushing.

-Chris Johnson, Titans, became the first rusher to gain 100 yards on the ground against Miami in the past 23 games. He had 126 yards on 23 carries and one score.

-Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks, had 124 yards rushing and a 1-yard TD plunge in a 28-7 rout of the Jets. He has 1,005 yards rushing for the season.

-Arian Foster, Texans, had 29 carries for 102 yards and added a 2-yard TD reception in Houston's 13-6 win over Chicago.

-Steven Jackson, Rams, rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown in a 24-24 tie with the 49ers.

Receiving

-TE Jimmy Graham, Saints, caught seven passes for a career-best 146 yards and two touchdowns as New Orleans beat Atlanta 31-27. Tony Gonzalez, Falcons, finished with 11 catches for 122 yards and two scores while becoming the first tight end to catch 100 touchdown passes. He now has 101.

-Calvin Johnson, Lions, had 207 yards on 12 catches, including a touchdown, in a 34-24 loss at Minnesota.

-Demaryius Thomas, Broncos, caught nine passes for 135 yards in helping Denver beat Carolina 36-14.

-Danario Alexander, Chargers, scored on an 80-yard pass and had five receptions for 134 yards in a 34-24 defeat at Tampa Bay.

-Torrey Smith, Ravens, caught TD passes of 47 and 20 yards on his only two receptions in a 55-20 rout of Oakland.

-Danny Amendola, Rams, made 11 catches for 102 yards - he had an 80-yarder in overtime negated by a penalty - in a 24-24 tie at San Francisco.

Special Teams

-Jacoby Jones went 105 yards on a kickoff in a 55-20 rout of Oakland to become the first Ravens player to have two KO returns for TDs in a season. He also had one for 108 yards vs. Dallas.

-Linebacker Adam Heyward, Bucs, scooped up a punt blocked by Dekoda Watson and ran 29 yards for a touchdown in a 34-24 win over San Diego.

-Blair Walsh, Vikings, kicked field goals of 48, 23, 23 and 33 yards in a 34-24 win over Detroit.

-Trindon Holliday, Broncos, returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown in a 36-14 victory at Carolina.

-Dwayne Harris, Cowboys, had a 78-yard punt return for a score in a 38-23 victory over Philadelphia.

Defense

-CB Tony Carter, Broncos, returned an interception 40 yards for a score in a 36-14 win at Carolina.

-CB Brandon Carr, Cowboys, picked off a pass and went 47 yards for a TD in a 38-23 victory at Philadelphia.

-Paul Kruger, Ravens, had two sacks and an interception in a 55-20 romp past Oakland.

-Lavonte David, LB, Buccaneers, was in on 14 tackles in a 34-24 victory against San Diego.

-DE Muhammad Wilkerson, Jets, returned a fumble 21 yards for New York's only points in a 28-7 loss at Seattle.

MILESTONES

-Tony Gonzalez, Falcons, caught the 100th TD pass of his career, a 2-yarder from Matt Ryan in Atlanta's 31-27 loss at New Orleans. He added another score on a 6-yard pass and is the first tight end with 100 TD receptions.

-Peyton Manning, Broncos, threw his 420th touchdown pass to move into a tie for second place on the NFL's career list with Dan Marino. He trails only Brett Favre (508).

-Baltimore set a club record for points in a 55-20 rout of Oakland.

-Marques Colston's TD against Atlanta was the 55th of his NFL career, tying Deuce McAllister for first in that category in Saints history.

STATS

San Francisco's 24-24 tie with St. Louis was the first in four years in the NFL, since Cincinnati and Philadelphia played a 13-13 tie. ... The Bucs topped 30 points for the fourth straight week. They have scored 28 or more in five consecutive games for the first time in franchise history. ... Miami's 37-3 defeat at the hands of the Titans was the most lopsided at home since 1968 and worst anywhere since 2000. ... The 55 points scored by Baltimore tied an Oakland record for points allowed, a mark set in 1961 and matched in 1981. ... The home team has won every game in the Giants-Bengals series, which the Bengals lead 6-3 after a 31-13 victory. ... The Giants have given up 39 passes of 20 yards or more, 10 for touchdowns. ... The Bills had 35 first downs, their most ever and the most ever allowed by New England, but the Patriots won 37-31. Buffalo also had 14 penalties for 148 yards.

SWINGS

The Saints' defense came in allowing a league-worst 176.5 yards rushing per game, but held Atlanta to 46 yards in a 31-27 victory. ... A week after rushing for 251 yards and four touchdowns at Oakland, Bucs rookie Doug Martin set up a first-half field goal with a 42-yard reception but finished with 68 yards rushing in a 34-24 win. ... The Titans came into the game at Miami on pace to set an NFL record for points allowed in a season, but they won 37-3. The Titans didn't commit a turnover after totaling five a week ago.

STREAKS

The Raiders got a 55-yard pass from Carson Palmer to Darrius Heyward-Bey, the ninth straight game in which Oakland scored in the final two minutes of the first half. But the Ravens easily won 55-20. ... Tennessee's Rob Bironas set a franchise record for most consecutive extra points without a miss, breaking Al Del Greco's mark. Bironas has made 232 in a row. ... New England has won 11 straight against Buffalo at Gillette Stadium. ... Cincinnati snapped a four-game slide by beating the Giants. ... Bengals WR A.J. Green has a touchdown catch in eight straight games.

SACKS

The Broncos sacked Cam Newton seven times, with Kevin Vickerson getting two in a 36-14 win over Carolina. ... Eli Manning was sacked a season-high four times by Cincinnati.

SIDELINED

QBs Michael Vick of the Eagles and Alex Smith of the 49ers left their games with concussions. Vick was hit by Dallas LB Ernie Sims on an incomplete pass. Smith was injured when Jo-Lonn Dunbar crashed into him. ... Chicago saw its quarterback, Jay Cutler, leave at halftime against Houston with a concussion. ... Tampa Bay linebacker Quincy Black was hospitalized for observation of a neck injury after being carted off the field during the third quarter. Black was injured tackling running back Ryan Mathews for a 1-yard loss, remaining on the ground for a while. The Bucs did not release specific details about the injury, but coach Greg Schiano said the sixth-year pro is expected to be OK.

SPEAKING

``I think anyone would like to keep playing. I really don't know what good a tie does. It's frustrating when you play a game and you put so much into it during the week and during the course of it, today five quarters, you'd like to come away with either a win or a loss.'' - Rams QB Sam Bradford after a 24-24 tie with San Francisco, the first stalemate in four years.

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Baltimore Ravens 2018 Training Camp preview

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Baltimore Ravens 2018 Training Camp preview

The Ravens’ 2018 season is one of the most anticipated seasons in the last decade. 

From the coaching staff to the quarterback, the future of the franchise will be determined over 16 weeks. The work, however, beings now. 

The Ravens’ first training camp practice kicks off Thursday and there is a lot to keep a close eye on. Let's take a look at the many talking points of the 2018 preseason.

The Great Quarterback Debate:

Unless you’ve been in hiding since the NFL Draft, you know what all the hoopla is about. Joe Flacco remains the Ravens’ starter, but the competition at QB1 just got a little more interesting. The addition of Lamar Jackson has hopefully ignited a fire under Flacco and Jackson will get a year to learn under the 11-year veteran. If the season starts to go south early on, Jackson could come in as their starter and begin his role as the team’s next franchise quarterback. 

A lot could happen at the quarterback position over the next year, but one thing that is certain is all eyes will be on Lamar Jackson when he hits the field at training camp. You can't deny your intrigue. The Heisman winner had success both in the air and on the ground over his three years at Louisville, racking up record-breaking numbers. How the Ravens utilize Jackson will be interesting. Coach Harbaugh has already stated he will be active on game days and that they're experimenting with having Jackson and Flacco on the field at the same time. 

Oh, and then there's Robert Griffin III. We think you might know who he is.

The Ravens signed him to a one-year deal back at the beginning of April, but now with the addition of Lamar Jackson, another big training camp question arises. Do the Ravens keep a third QB on their active roster or do they send him on his way? RGIII has mentioned he's looking forward to mentoring the fellow Heisman Trophy winner in his first year in the league, but how much of that he'll get to do remains unseen.

A New Core Of Offensive Weapons: 

Flacco's declining numbers cannot be placed entirely on his shoulders. His options at wide receiver and tight end have been limited, but Ozzie Newsome – in his last year as general manager – made sure that would no longer be an issue.

Michael Crabtree, Willie Snead and John 'Smokey' Brown became Ravens in free agency and Breshad Perriman will fight for his final chance with the team after they declined the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. There is also 2018 draft picks Jaleel Scott and Jordan Lasley and undrafted free agents Jaelon Acklin and Andrew Levrone. Veteran Chris Moore and Quincy Adeboyejo will also be competing. Flacco mentioned during OTAs that he would be rounding up his receivers outside of practice to build chemistry. Come Thursday, we will see if the sparks have begun to fly.

The tight end depth chart will be looking very different for the Ravens as well this season. There was, of course, the additions of Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews – a pair of Top 100 picks – in the draft and undrafted free agent Nick Keizer. Veterans Nick Boyle and Maxx Williams are returning, but who will be their starter Week 1 will be interesting to watch. Boyle was on the field for 66 percent of the Ravens' offensive snaps in 2017, but injuries have hindered both Boyle and Williams. Williams missed 12 games in 2016 with a knee tear and five games in 2017 with an ankle sprain. Where he sits on the depth chart will rely heavily on how healthy he remains during an extended training camp. 

Critical Year for the Coaching Staff:

The 2018 season is the most critical one of John Harbaugh's 10-year tenure. As you've read many times this offseason, the Ravens haven't seen the postseason since 2015. And if that trend continues into the 2018 season, big changes to the offensive playcallers should be imminent. 

At his annual State of the Ravens press conference in February, owner Steve Bisciotti was questioned as to why no coaching changes – from head coach to offensive coordinator – were made after the Ravens' offense clearly had trouble getting things going all season long.

"I’m not going to give a ‘playoff or bust’ edict to you all, or to my coach," Bisciotti said.

"He’s under as much pressure, probably, than he’s ever been in his life, and I expect him to keep his chin up and take his positivity and his talents and make the most of this season. I may as well replace him now if I’m going to tell him, ‘Make the playoffs or you’re out of town next year.’ That’s just not the way to run a business.”

That mindset is understandable. Bisciotti noted Flacco has been through four offensive coordinators in five years and was comfortable with OC Marty Mornhinweg. Harbaugh's contract was extended through 2019, but if the season doesn't pan out as expected, the offensive could have a very different look in 2019. 

A Fast and Furious Defense:

Linebackers coach, Don 'Wink' Martindale was promoted to defensive coordinator after Dean Pees' departure. Harbaugh hired within the organization to keep the defensive vision cohesive, but Martindale is bringing something different to the table. 

"He's just putting his personal fix on our defense and expanding it, giving the guys confidence to play fast," safety Eric Weddle said in a recent interview. "The idea is to do what's best for the defense, not what's best the individual."

It appears this year's defense will rely heavily on the instincts of its star players like Pro Bowlers Weddle, Terrell Suggs and C.J. Mosley. The defense has never had an issue being dominate, but you may be seeing a more creative defense come game days with players given the freedom to make decisions in real time. How well it works will be exciting to see. 

Other Notes: 

The Ravens placed six players, G Marshal Yanda, TE Vince Mayle, DE Brent Urban, CB Jaylen Hill, LB Bam Bradley and WR Quincy Adeboyejo on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list to begin training camp. Yanda missed 14 games last season after suffering a season-ending ankle injury. Placing him on the PUP list to begin training camp is most likely out of precaution. He did not participate in any offseason workouts. 

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Lamar Jackson, Ravens rookies report to training camp

Football is back in session for the Ravens.

Their rookies are set to report to the Ravens' training facility in Owings Mills, Md Wednesday. Veterans report next Wednesday, the 18th.

The team is reporting to training camp a bit earlier than most NFL teams. Due to Ray Lewis being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Aug. 4 in Canton, Oh, the Ravens will face the Chicago Bears in the annual Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 2. Teams participating are eligible to begin training camp earlier.

This rookie class is already generating national attention. While the Ravens stand by Joe Flacco as their QB1, first-round pick Lamar Jackson could cause a shakeup at some point during the season. And when it comes to much-needed offensive help, tight ends Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews could begin to provide relief. 

Third-round pick Orlando Brown Jr. begins his journey with the Ravens in a more sentimental fashion. His father, Orlando "Zeus" Brown, also played tackle for the Ravens from 1996-98 and then again from 2003-05. Brown passed away in 2011. 

Stay with NBC Sports Washington throughout the next several weeks as we keep a close eye on the Ravens' preseason. 

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