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One of Lamar Jackson’s biggest collisions Sunday happened with a photographer — she still got the shot

One of Lamar Jackson’s biggest collisions Sunday happened with a photographer — she still got the shot

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Shelley Lipton took one of the biggest hits in Sunday’s game between the Ravens and Steelers. 

She also got one of the best photos of the day.

Lipton, a Pittsburgh-based photographer, was run over by Lamar Jackson on Sunday after he was pushed out of bounds by Steelers defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt. 

Lipton was knocked over and sat up before Jackson came over and helped her up and gave her a hug before heading back to the field. 

“They’re human beings, too,” Jackson said. “And I know we’re moving fast; [we] get physical out there on the field and we’re coming full-speed, and she’s sitting down taking pictures. I know that kind of hurt, so I had to make sure she was alright.”

But what Jackson didn’t know at the time was that Lipton got one of the best photos of the day. 

Just seconds before being run over, she captured Jackson’s stiff arm to the face of T.J. Watt.

Jackson later saw the picture, and reached out to tell her it was a great shot — and to check and see if she was feeling OK. Lipton, despite the collision, told Jackson she’s not hurt.

“I told her it was a great shot,” Jackson said. “I actually DMed her and asked if she was OK, and I told her that was a great picture.”

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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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According to an advanced metric, the Ravens have been the NFL’s best team since Week 7

According to an advanced metric, the Ravens have been the NFL’s best team since Week 7

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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