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5 must-see moments from the Ravens' win over the Raiders, including Terrell Suggs' 43-yard touchdown

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5 must-see moments from the Ravens' win over the Raiders, including Terrell Suggs' 43-yard touchdown

The Baltimore Ravens (6-5) hosted the Oakland Raiders (2-9) Sunday and earned a much-needed win in exciting fashion.

Here are five must-see moments from the 34-17 win.

1. Terrell Suggs scores 43-yard touchdown

It's not often you see the big man take it to the house, but Terrell Suggs did just that Sunday.

After Matthew Judon strip-sacked Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, Suggs headed 43 yards to the end zone for the first time in ten years.

“It seemed like it took me forever to get there,” Suggs said jokingly. “In high school, I could do it over and over. After that one, I was kind of gassed.”

The 36-year-old played running back in high school, but his teammates and head coach said he'll be working on his ball security at practice this week.

2. Matthew Judon's three consecutive sacks

Linebacker Matthew Judon has been a force for the Ravens defense all season long, and on Sunday he achieved something that hasn't been done since Week 15 of the 2006 season.

It was three plays and three sacks for Judon who leads the team in sacks at six. The last player to find the quarterback on three-consecutive plays was Packers' Cullen Jenkins back in 2006.

Once Judon hit three sacks, he decided he had done enough work for the day and headed for the tunnel.

3. Cyrus Jones' 70-yard punt return touchdown

Cornerback Cyrus Jones became a hometown hero against the Raiders after returning a punt 70 yards for a touchdown and putting the Ravens up 10-7 early in the second quarter.

A Baltimore native, Jones attended high school at Gilman before playing college ball at Alabama and was selected in the second-round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. Since September, Jones has gone back-and-forth between the Ravens and Patriots' practice squads, but his first NFL touchdown happened right where he wanted it to. 

“To do it in Baltimore, that’s a life-long dream in front of my hometown,” Jones said. “I mean it’s an unbelievable feeling. I’ve been through a lot. I can’t really put it into words. I’m going to sit back and relish it for this night and get back to work on the next week.”

The last time a Ravens returned a punt for a touchdown was more than a year ago.

4. Jackson to Andrews for 74 yards

The Ravens' rookies have not disappointed in their first season, and this highlight has to make fans feel very good about the future in Baltimore.

Rookie quarterback, Lamar Jackson, faked the handoff and instead found rookie tight end, Mark Andrews, for a 74-yard gain.

It probably would have been a touchdown had Andrews kept his eyes ahead.

5. Crabtree scores TD against former team

The Raiders chose to move on from Michael Crabtree in the offseason after spending two seasons with the team in favor of signing Jordy Nelson. Crabtree found a new home with the Ravens not shortly after and got sweet revenge against his former team Sunday with an 8-yard touchdown on third-and-goal.

Crabtree finished the day with three receptions for 21 yards and that one touchdown, but it's all love between Crabtree and the Raiders. 

"I have nothing against the Raiders. As a matter of fact, I love the Raiders," Crabtree said postgame. "I love them all. I love the guy upstairs, Mark Davis. I have nothing but love for him. Ain’t no bad blood between anybody, I just go out here and play ball.”


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Lamar Jackson’s play this season has begun to make some analysts and fans backtrack 

Lamar Jackson’s play this season has begun to make some analysts and fans backtrack 

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Lamar Jackson is starting to make people reconsider what they think of him. 

After the Ravens’ 49-13 win over the Bengals on Sunday, the rest of the NFL is starting to take notice about Lamar Jackson’s status in the NFL. Especially considering his spin move through the Bengals defense.

Hall of Fame NFL general manager Bill Polian recently admitted that he was wrong when he said that Jackson should be an NFL wide receiver during his draft process in 2018.

“I was wrong, because I used the old, traditional quarterback standard with him, which is clearly why John Harbaugh and Ozzie Newsome were more prescient than I was,” Polian told USA TODAY Sports. 

Jackson is currently building an MVP case for himself and is on-pace for over 30 touchdowns and nearly 5,000 yards of total offense. 

It’s a nice change of pace for the 22-year-old quarterback in his second year as a pro. Jackson had to face heavy criticism after he left Louisville for a variety of reasons headed into the draft. Even after he took over as the Ravens quarterback, those evaluations persisted. 

“We always knew what he was about,” Ravens center Matt Skura said. “We always knew his ability to make plays and all that stuff. I think it’s just people right now seeing it on a much larger scale and it’s just getting the attention now.”

At this point, however, it’s clear that not only is Jackson a quarterback, he might even be the MVP of the league.

Of the five quarterbacks drafted in the first round of the 2018 Draft, only four are starting and just two have led their teams to a winning record. Jackson leads all of his draft counterparts in total yards and total touchdowns. 

But as anyone in the Ravens’ locker room will say, the accolades don’t concern Jackson — only the record does.

“I think he’s more concerned with winning than anything,” Orlando Brown Jr. said. “As individuals, we’ve all got people to prove wrong and things that we used to put a chip on our shoulder. At the end of the day, I know he’s more concerned with winning more than anything.”

Still, it’s noteworthy that it only took Jackson a complete season of starts, through two partial seasons, to begin the backtracking across the NFL landscape.

“If you watch ESPN or you watch TV, it’s going to come up no matter what,” Skura said. “Even on your Instagram feed it’s going to come up. I think for a lot of us, just in one ear and out the other as far as people pumping us up. You’ve kind of got to stay level-headed and ride the rollercoaster, so to say.”


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Hayden Hurst set on helping those with depression, anxiety with new documentary titled “Headstrong”

Hayden Hurst set on helping those with depression, anxiety with new documentary titled “Headstrong”

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Hayden Hurst immediately saw the impact of his documentary last week when, just hours after it aired, people reached out to him to tell their stories. 

Hurst was a part of a documentary titled “Headstrong” that aired on NBC Sports Washington last week, which detailed his struggles with depression and anxiety as a baseball player. The documentary will air on NBCSN on Nov. 20.

Now, Hurst is reaching out to tell his story in hopes of impacting those who struggle with mental illness, as he did.

“I think it’s going to reach a lot of people,” Hurst said. “Some people even reached out to tell me stuff that affects them in their lives. It’s very cool, it’s very humbling.”

Hurst was a standout baseball player in high school and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 17th round of the 2012 MLB Draft. He signed immediately and began his professional baseball career. 

But shortly thereafter, Hurst developed the “Yips,” and he was unable to throw strikes like he once did. On the mound, his hands shook when he attempted to pitch. Off the field, his condition began to deteriorate. 

He said he began to self-medicate and that’s when he started to seek help. 

After he retired from baseball, he decided to play football at the University of South Carolina and began to treat his mental illness. In 2018, he was a first-round pick of the Ravens.

“It’s night and day from where I was,” Hurst said. “Back in the baseball days, my lack of success in baseball kind of led to my off the field issues. I kind of self-medicated a little bit to make everything go away. Where I’m at now, I’m so much more mature, I’m so much more in-tune with the person that I am, I’m close with my family.”

Hurst is now set out on telling his story to help others who might be in the same situation that he was in. With his background as a professional baseball and football player, he’s hopeful that people will see his situation and feel compelled to talk about what they’ve been going through.

“I really want to tell my story so I get it out there and people can relate to it and they can see it and read it and see the silver lining in it,” Hurst said. “I think a lot of people struggle with things and not a lot of people like talking about it.”

It’s difficult for him to make speeches and speak with others during the NFL season, but he’s got plans to travel to Columbia, South Carolina and Jacksonville, Florida to reach out to people who might be in need of help in the offseason.

He’s already begun work in Baltimore and wants to continue to help through his foundation, the Hayden Hurst Family Foundation. 

For now, though, he wants everyone to know that it’s OK to not be OK. Hurst’s story proves that. 

“I think more people are affected by it than we think,” Hurst said. “It’s a sensitive topic and not many people like talking about it. I’m in a position where — this sounds worse than it is — I really don’t care what people think about me. I am who I am, it’s part of the make up of who I am and I’m going to tell my story.”