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Ravens get defensive in 47-3 rout of inept Bills

Ravens get defensive in 47-3 rout of inept Bills

The Baltimore Ravens harassed and embarrassed Buffalo quarterback Nathan Peterman on a rainy Sunday afternoon and beat the rebuilding Bills 47-3.

Joe Flacco threw three touchdown passes for the Ravens, one to each of the new receivers Baltimore added during the offseason to enhance a lackluster passing attack.

Flacco went 25 for 34 for 236 yards before being replaced in the third quarter by rookie Lamar Jackson, who did little more than hand off the ball after entering with a 40-0 lead.

Making its debut under defensive coordinator Don Martindale, the Ravens (1-0) held Buffalo (0-1) to 33 yards and no first downs in going up 26-0 at the half.

Baltimore added two touchdowns in the third quarter following Buffalo mistakes before Bills coach Sean McDermott had finally seen enough, replacing Peterman with rookie Josh Allen.

Making his third NFL start, Peterman went 5 for 18 for 24 yards and two interceptions for a quarterback rating of 0.0.

Allen was 6 for 15 for 74 yards in Buffalo's most lopsided defeat since a 56-10 loss to New England in November 2007.

Baltimore had six sacks and limited Buffalo to 153 yards.

The Ravens and Bills both finished 9-7 last year, but Buffalo won the tiebreaker and earned its first playoff berth since 1999.

Since then, however, Buffalo traded quarterback Tyrod Taylor and had to replace two starting offensive linemen.

The result: LeSean McCoy rushed for 22 yards on seven carries and the Bills had 70 yards passing.

Buffalo won the opening coin toss, deferred until the second half and subsequently offered little resistance while Baltimore mounted a 10-play drive that ended with an 8-yard touchdown run by Alex Collins.

Baltimore quickly added a 7-yard touchdown pass from Flacco to John Brown, who was signed as a free agent after playing with Arizona last year.

A 51-yard punt return by rookie Janarion Grant set up a field goal in the second quarter, and Baltimore added another field goal after an interception by Tony Jefferson in Buffalo territory.

Michael Crabtree made a tippy-toe catch in the back corner of the end zone for a 12-yard TD late in the half, and Willie Snead scored on a 13-yard catch to make it 33-0 in the third quarter.

Crabtree was signed in March after a three-year run with Oakland, and Snead was secured as a restricted free agent from New Orleans.

INJURIES

Bills: CB Taron Johnson left with a shoulder injury and did not return.

ROOKIE WATCH

Bills: Linebacker Tremaine Edmunds is the first Bills rookie with a sack in the season opener since 2002 and first with a forced fumble since 2013.

Ravens: Before entering in the third quarter, Jackson was used sporadically -- mostly as a decoy, although he did run once (for no gain) and throw an incomplete pass.

UP NEXT

Buffalo opens its home schedule against the Los Angeles Chargers next Sunday.

Baltimore travels to Cincinnati for a Thursday night matchup between AFC North rivals.

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Jets running back Le'Veon Bell doesn't regret bowling while sick

Jets running back Le'Veon Bell doesn't regret bowling while sick

As the New York Jets visit the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night for their matchup, the Jets are dealing with some controversy surrounding running back Le'Veon Bell. 

Bell, who missed New York's game against Miami on Sunday with the flu, was seen bowling the night before and has since found himself in the middle of discussions about "distractions" and bad public "optics".

Before Sunday's game, Bell's flu forced him to miss two practices and Saturday's walk-through. He was ruled as too sick to play Saturday at 5 p.m., only hours before he was spotted bowling in New Jersey. The next day Bell watched the Jets-Dolphins game from a private box in MetLife Stadium.

The team was unaware of the controversy until late Monday when head coach Adam Gase heard about the running back's outing. 

On Tuesday, Gase said Bell's late-night bowling excursion was a bad look for the team since he was too sick to play. But Bell spoke out later Tuesday, explaining he has no regret for going bowling, only for being spotted in public. 

"I didn't break any rules," Bell said, "and I wasn't a distraction until now that you all see me bowling, so that's it."

Bell explained that he understands how, from a certain perspective, bowling while he is too sick to play can look bad, but that he does not see anything wrong with it.

"I could see, from the outside of it, if I was playing Sunday and they see me bowling [it would look bad]," Bell said.

While Bell is surprised his bowling turned into a "big thing," he's more surprised that he bowled a career-high 251 while recovering from the flu.

Whether Bell's controversy impacts the team or not, the Jets will have a tough opponent to face with, or without, their running back as they face the Ravens on Thursday. The Ravens are seeking their 10th consecutive win and the AFC North title.

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Hayden Hurst sending signed jersey to fan he headbutted in TD celebration

Hayden Hurst sending signed jersey to fan he headbutted in TD celebration

Ravens tight end and self-proclaimed #HockeyGuy Hayden Hurst is spreading the holiday cheer as he makes amends for a celebration injury he caused a fan in the stands.

Over Week 14 in Buffalo, Hurst caught a 61-yard toss from QB Lamar Jackson and rushed in to the end zone for his second touchdown of the season. With excitement, Hurst leaped in to the stands to celebrate with fans. In the process, there was some helmet-to-head contact.

Shortly thereafter, Hurst found this tweet that was sent out after the Ravens beat the Bills:

Thanks to social media, a connection was made, and the lucky fan with not only get his gloves but a signed jersey as well.

With warning to future fans down front, Hurst has well established that he is, indeed, a Hockey Guy and will continue to "crash the boards" aka leap in to the stands. 

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