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Rice defers to Flacco in Ravens' victory


Rice defers to Flacco in Ravens' victory

The Cleveland Browns werent afraid of the pass-happy attack of the Ravens on Thursday.

It was the running of Ray Rice, who had 291 yards rushing in two games against the AFC North foe last season, which concerned the Browns most.

So they stacked the line of scrimmage and dared quarterback Joe Flacco to air it out. And he did.

In a light drizzle at M&T Bank Stadium, Flacco was 28-for-46 for 356 yards and a touchdown in a 23-16 victory. The Ravens have won 12 in a row at home and 21 of their last 22.

If you come into the game and your main goal is to stop the run, youre going to stop the run, said Rice, who finished with just 49 yards on 18 carries as he failed to reach the end zone. Its not hard to put a pencil on a guy and say, Were going to shut their guy down and make the rest of the team beat us. Thats what they did in the run game.

That was fine with Flacco, who hit Torrey Smith for an 18-yard touchdown strike in the second quarter and ran the ball in from one yard to start the third as the Ravens appeared to be on their way to a comfortable victory.

But their inability to move the ball allowed Cleveland to stay alive. While it is a winless team, it didnt play like one.

You hope they theyre all easy, but they are not. This is the National Football League. This is the AFC North, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. When you watch the Cleveland Browns on tape, you knew what kind of game you were going to get.

Rice worked his way into the passing game, getting eight catches for 47 yards. Anquan Boldin had his best game of the season, getting nine catches for 131 yards. He had 10 for 118 in the first three games combined. Torrey Smith had six catches for 97 yards.

The game-changing play came from the Ravens defense. With the offense stagnant late in the third quarter and the Browns driving behind just 16-10, cornerback Cary Williams intercepted Brandon Weeden and took it back 63 yards for the touchdown in what would prove to be the winning margin.

It was Williams first interception of his career. He was beaten on a 43-yard pass play that set up Clevelands only touchdown in the second quarter when Trent Richardson ran the ball in from one yard out.

The Ravens have played four games in 17 days, including on Monday Night Football and Sunday Night Football in high-profile affairs. Theyre looking forward to 10 days until their next game on the road Oct. 7.

We were fortunate to get (the three) games at home, so we didnt have to travel, Flacco said. Its physically tough. Its good that we came out with a win and now we can get a couple of extra days to heal up and get ready to play Kansas City.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens place Marquise Brown, Jaylon Ferguson on reserve/NFI list

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens place Marquise Brown, Jaylon Ferguson on reserve/NFI list

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

1. Ian Rapoport reported that the Ravens have placed Marquise Brown, Jaylon Ferguson and two others on the reserve/NFI list. He later added that Brown is still recovering from Lisfranc surgery but is "progressing well" and Ferguson is dealing with a "minor hamstring" injury.

2. The entire Baltimore Ravens class is officially under contract after the signing of wide receiver Miles Boykin. Boykin was a third-round pick out of Notre Dame.

3. Michael Vick joined The Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan Friday morning and when asked which young quarterbacks in the NFL most emulate his style, he answered: "Lamar Jackson" along with Kyler Murray and Cam Newton.

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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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.