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Ravens can recover from being over 40


Ravens can recover from being over 40

Just forget about it and move on. That would be one piece of advice to the Ravens after they were thrashed by the Texans on Sunday, 43-13.

On the other hand, they could wring their hands — and with a bye week coming up, there is plenty of time for hand-wringing — over such a thoroughly disheartening loss. After all, can a team expect to be a Super Bowl contender after losing a game in which it gives up more than 40 points?

Actually, yes.

Over the past five Super Bowls, three of the 10 teams to reach the Ultimate Game have had regular-season losses in which they gave up more than 40 points. In fact, in the Giants’ two championship seasons, they had such stains on their resumes. Even seeing it happen twice in the regular season doesn’t disqualify you, as this listing shows:

2011 Giants: 49-24 to Saints
2008 Cardinals: 56-35 to Jets, 46-20 to Eagles
2007 Giants: 45-35 to Cowboys, 41-17 to Vikings

The message? There is still plenty of time to set things right. The fact that your defense yields a lot of points in a regular-season game doesn’t mean it isn’t going to turn around by the postseason. And once you get in the playoffs, anything can happen.

So maybe that saves everyone’s hands from being wrung.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson has his best practice yet

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson has his best practice yet

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. The Ravens are hopeful Earl Thomas will be a leader for their new defense which Thomas called "very complex." "This defense is very complex compared to what we were doing in Seattle,” Thomas said to Ravens media. “We were just playing Cover-3 all the time. Now, we’re making calls on the fly. That’s the biggest adjustment for me.”

Additionally, Thomas told media members after practice that he's made "fast friends" with quarterback Lamar Jackson. "He's a very funny guy, I don't know if you all know that," Thomas said.

2. Speaking of Lamar Jackson, he reportedly had his best day of practice so far this offseason according to Ravens media. Jackson's throws looked much better and he was quick in the pocket.

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

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: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.


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RG3 likens KD's desire to play hurt to his own injury in 2012

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RG3 likens KD's desire to play hurt to his own injury in 2012

Like most athletes, Robert Griffin III was empathetic towards Kevin Durant when he first went down, taking to Twitter on Monday night to voice his concern. 

Today, the Ravens' veteran quarterback told ESPN's The Undefeated that he's all too familiar with Durant's decision to play and subsequent injury. RG3 likened it to his own brief playoff stint in 2013. Just four weeks removed from an injury to a knee that required reconstructive surgery in college, RG3 started – only to get hit late in the fourth and watch both his season and career come to a screeching halt. 

But that's not how RG3 views it. 

"I was looking at it like I'm out for here for my brothers. I'm out here for my team. And that was the only place I wasnted to be." 

And Griffin doesn't believe he's alone in that thought process, suggesting it was KD's mindset ahead of Game 5 as well.

"Most of us are built to fight. So whenever we get a situation where we’re a little injured or a little banged-up, our first reaction isn’t to get out of there and rest. Our first reaction is to figure out how we can keep going. That’s what makes a guy like Kevin Durant great." 

It remains to be seen whether KD's recovery will be smoother than RG3's. The former Heisman Trophy winner never came close to matching his breakout rookie season, eventually losing his starting job in Washington in 2014.

Durant will miss all of next season, meaning the former Montrose Christian star's next NBA appearance would be as a 32 year-old.