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John Harbaugh shows sense of humor about Ravens minicamp fine

John Harbaugh shows sense of humor about Ravens minicamp fine

OWINGS MILLS - Ravens coach John Harbaugh is trying to keep his sense of humor about being fined $137,233 by the NFL for the team’s recent rookie camp rules violation.

After a recent OTA practice, Harbaugh said he made a $1 bet with outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith about whether Smith was offside on a particular play.

“Maybe that’s against the rules to have a bet with a guy – but it was only $1, so I have to read the CBA and see what the rule is on that,” Harbaugh said. “I bet him that he was in the neutral zone early. (We) went back and watched the tape frame-by-frame, and he was not in the neutral zone…I have to pay him $1, but I’m going to wait until I check my side letter on that.”

Harbaugh said last month that he misinterpreted modified language in the CBA when the team briefly had rookies in pads. Losing a $1 bet to Smith was far less expensive for Harbaugh than violating the CBA. But at least he can find some humor in it.

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Lamar Jackson leading vote-getter, Ravens lead all clubs in votes

Lamar Jackson leading vote-getter, Ravens lead all clubs in votes

The Ravens are the hottest team in the NFL, and their signal-caller Lamar Jackson leads all players in Pro Bowl voting.

The NFL announced today that Jackson has a nearly 30,000-vote lead on Chiefs' star Patrick Mahomes.

Jackson has been taking the league by storm through the first 10 games of the season. Baltimore is sitting in second place in the AFC and has standout wins over Seattle, New England and Houston going into Week 12.

The Ravens lead all clubs in votes with five players currently sitting atop the totals at their respective position in the AFC. 

In addition to Jackson, FB Patrick Ricard, RT Orlando Brown Jr., LG Marshal Yanda, DB Marcus Peters and PK Justin Tucker are all currently leading in Pro Bowl voting in the AFC.

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The Ravens have been the NFL's best team since Week 7 according to this advanced metric

The Ravens have been the NFL's best team since Week 7 according to this advanced metric

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Currently riding on a six-game win streak, the Ravens are the hottest team in the NFL right now.

And not only do they look good on the surface, but a deeper dive indicates they’ve been the NFL’s best team in recent weeks. 

According to Football Outsiders, the Ravens have the NFL’s No. 1 defense and offense by DVOA since Week 7.

DVOA is a statistic used to calculate the efficiency of a team’s offense or defense by breaking down how successful a particular play is. The formula takes into account strength of opponent and whether or not plays constituted a first down, amongst other variables.

For the first six weeks of the season, with the Dolphins opening week blowout as an outlier, the Ravens’ defense struggled to get off the field and didn’t show much improvement from Arizona in Week 2 to Cincinnati in Week 6. 

Then, the team traded for Marcus Peters, and with a few other savvy defensive acquisitions, the Ravens defense took off. They’ve only gotten better since the Seahawks game, too.

In the four games since the Peters acquisition, the Ravens have allowed just 56 total points and scored three touchdowns of their own. 

Analytically, the defense has been stout, but paired with the offense, the Ravens have made themselves perhaps the most complete team in the NFL.

Through the last four games, they’ve scored 157 points, though three touchdowns were defensive scores. 

With the Ravens surging headed into the home stretch of the season, there’s ample evidence to believe that as of Week 12, they’re the most complete team in the NFL.

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