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NFL Capsule: Raiders at Falcons

NFL Capsule: Raiders at Falcons

OAKLAND (1-3) At ATLANTA (5-0)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Falcons by 9 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Oakland 1-3; Atlanta 4-1

SERIES RECORD - Raiders lead 7-5

AP PRO32 RANKING - Raiders No. 28; Falcons No. 2

LAST MEETING - Falcons beat Raiders 24-0, Nov. 2, 2008

LAST WEEK - Raiders had bye; Falcons beat Redskins 24-17

RAIDERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (25), RUSH (32), PASS (12)

RAIDERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (25, RUSH (24), PASS (28)

FALCONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (12), RUSH (21), PASS (7)

FALCONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (17), RUSH (27), PASS (7)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Falcons 5-0 for first time in franchise history. ... Oakland first-year coach Dennis Allen served as Atlanta's defensive assistant and quality control coach from 2002-05. ... Falcons coach Mike Smith one win away from tying Dan Reeves as winningest coach in team history. Smith has career record of 48-21. Reeves went 49-59-1 with Atlanta from 1997-2003. ... Falcons never trailed in first three wins, but they have rallied in fourth quarter last two weeks. ... Raiders QB Carson Palmer on pace for career highs in attempts, completions and yards passing. ... Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez coming off best game with team, a 13-catch, 123-yard performance against Redskins. He also hauled in 99th touchdown pass of career. ... Atlanta tied with New England for best turnover margin in league, plus-10. ... Falcons S Thomas DeCoud has four interceptions. ... RB Darren McFadden has been held under 35 yards rushing in three of Oakland's four games. Raiders rank last in league in rushing, averaged just 60.8 yards per game. ... Falcons QB Matt Ryan second-rated passer in league (106.1), trailing only San Francisco's Alex Smith (108.7). ... Atlanta K Matt Bryant 10-for-10 on season, including a 53-yarder. ... Oakland WR Darrius Heyward-Bey is expected to return after being knocked unconscious against Pittsburgh three weeks ago.

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We can’t stop staring at these Bowie Baysox commemorative moon landing jerseys

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We can’t stop staring at these Bowie Baysox commemorative moon landing jerseys

One of the coolest things about Minor League Baseball is the creativity that comes with it.

The stadiums. The ice cream deals. The interesting mascots. And most importantly, the uniforms.

The Bowie Baysox, the Double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, released special uniforms they will be wearing on Saturday for the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing.

And, oh wow, are they something. Take a look.

On the front of the uniform, you can see the image of where lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin planted the American flag on the lunar surface of the moon. On the back, a satellite view of the moon is pictured, with the player's number on top of it. Both the number and the cursive "Baysox" on the front are filled in with the American flag.

If you're looking for some to do on Saturday, go support the Baysox and their Moon Landing uniforms. If only there was a jersey giveaway.

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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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