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Gus Edwards does something no one in Baltimore had done in nearly two decades

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Gus Edwards does something no one in Baltimore had done in nearly two decades

In week 11, the Ravens offense turned back the clock and relied heavily on their rushing attack to win a critical game against the Bengals.

In week 12, for the first half, the Ravens seemed really interested in proving rookie quarterback could throw the ball. They went into halftime with a lead, but the offense just didn't look quite as cohesive as the week before. Gus Edwards, the undrafted rookie out of Rutgers, was efficient, but the emphasis clearly wasn't as much on the run game as it was the week prior.

Clearly, the Ravens re-evaluated that strategy at halftime, because they came out and ran the ball down the Raiders' throats for the entire 3rd quarter. The biggest beneficiary? Gus Edwards.

Gus "The Bus" Edwards has taken on a larger role with Jackson as the starting quarterback, and his north-south running style appears to be a terrific fit with the running threat of Jackson.

The second-half emphasis on keeping the ball on the ground helped Edwards make a little history, doing something no one had done in Baltimore since Jamal Lewis.

It hadn't just been a long time for Ravens rookies, though. No Ravens running back of any experience level had topped 100 yards in back-to-back weeks in three years.

The Ravens held onto the ball for a whopping 12 minutes during the 15-minute 3rd quarter, and Gus Edwards was a huge reason why. He looks like another in a long line of major Ravens pickups during rookie free agency, and could very well be the Alfred Morris to Lamar Jackson's Robert Griffin III.

It helped Edwards that Alex Collins, the Ravens starter at running back throughout the first half of the season, missed Week 12 with a foot injury. While Edwards clearly earned more touches after his breakout performance against the Bengals, Ravens fans were unsure what the breakdown would look like to between the two.

It's still hard to tell what exactly the Ravens offense will look like when Joe Flacco and Collins are fully healthy again, but Edwards couldn't have made much more of an impression on the Ravens coaching staff in these last two weeks. It's hard to imagine him losing work if he keeps running for 100 yards every game while averaging more than five yards per carry. 

There's a reason why Edwards went undrafted, but for the last two weeks at least, he looks like an elite running back, and clearly the best fit in the current Baltimore backfield.

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Lamar Jackson earns November's AFC's Offensive Player of the Month award

Lamar Jackson earns November's AFC's Offensive Player of the Month award

The awards just keep coming for Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.

The second-year signal-caller was named the AFC's Offensive Player of the Month for November, a month where Jackson led Baltimore to an undefeated 4-0 record.

The MVP frontrunner finished November with 777 passing yards on a 76 percent completion rate with 13 passing touchdowns and zero interceptions. Additionally, Jackson added three scores and 300 yards with his legs.

Jackson won the AFC Offensive Player of the Week three times during November and has taken home the weekly award four times this season, the most in the NFL.

The Ravens are in the midst of an eight-game winning streak, with victories over New England, Seattle, and San Francisco during that span.

At 10-2, the Ravens currently own the top seed in the AFC. If things stand, the path to the Super Bowl goes through Baltimore, a team no team in the NFL wants to play right now.

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Ravens add to interior offensive line and claim Hroniss Grasu; waive Zach Sieler 

Ravens add to interior offensive line and claim Hroniss Grasu; waive Zach Sieler 

Just two weeks after Matt Skura’s season-ending injury and a short stint with Jake Brendel, the Ravens made another move for the interior of their offensive line. 

According to a report from Field Yates, the Ravens claimed Hroniss Grasu, a center, off waivers from the Titans.

In a corresponding move, the team waived Zach Sieler, according to Jamison Hensley.

Grasu was a third-round pick of the Chicago Bears in 2015, where he spent three seasons. He later joined the Ravens in 2018, where he played three games before his release. After a quick stint in Miami, he joined the Titans, where he was on-and-off the roster until his release on Tuesday. 

The former Oregon Duck has played in 17 career games and made 13 careers starts. 

In order to make room, the Ravens had to waive Sieler, a defensive tackle selected in the seventh round in 2018. He was Ozzie Newsome’s final pick as general manager.

Sieler spent time early in the season on the Ravens practice squad before making his season debut against the Steelers. He registered three tackles in four games.

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