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Ravens not satisfied after knocking off undefeated Patriots

Ravens not satisfied after knocking off undefeated Patriots

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — John Harbaugh wasn’t ready to talk about last night’s win. 

Despite the 37-20 statement victory over the previously unbeaten Patriots, Harbaugh won’t let his team get complacent with maybe the worst team in the NFL on deck. 

“It’s probably more than a good win, but it’s behind us now,” Harbaugh said.

The Ravens scored as many touchdowns (four) as the Patriots had allowed through their first eight games of the season. 

In Cincinnati, the Ravens will face the worst defense in the NFL, a unit that is allowing 435.8 yards per game. That’s a significant step up from the Patriots, who now are second in the league.

The Bengals are 22nd in the NFL in pass defense and have the worst run defense in the league by 20 yards. 

Harbaugh, whether it’s just coach-speak or otherwise, isn’t letting the Ravens look past the Bengals. 

“We also understand that records don’t mean one thing,” Harbaugh said. “They don’t. It’s the National Football League. We’ll have to play our best and they’re going to be healthy coming off their bye with a great gameplan. We’re going to have to play our best game of the year.”

Cincinnati is set to start rookie quarterback Ryan Finlay on Sunday in what will be his NFL debut. 

The biggest storyline, Harbaugh explained, is to not allow the win over the Patriots to consume them. 

“We do what we always do,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t want to downplay it, but I’m not too concerned about our guys. If I see a problem, I’m going to be all over them, they know that. Our guys understand that if you want to make a big win matter, you’ve got to follow it up with a win. If you follow it up with a loss, you’re just negating the win. You might as well have not won the game.”

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WATCH: Justin Tucker drills 70-yard field goal at Pro Bowl practice

WATCH: Justin Tucker drills 70-yard field goal at Pro Bowl practice

Justin Tucker is the most accurate kicker in NFL history, but at Pro Bowl practice Friday he decided to show off his ridiculous range by drilling a 70-yard field goal with relative ease. 

Hitting 70-yard field goals in practice isn't anything new. He spent time in the offseason drilling kicks from the same distance.

There just wasn't any need for Tucker to kick a record-breaking field goal because the Ravens offense was seemingly always in the red zone. Tucker attempted 59 extra points this year, which was the most he'd ever taken in a season by 17 and led the league by a wide margin. 

Tucker's current career-long is the 61-yard bomb he hit in 2013. His longest field goal in 2019 was 51 yards. 

In a game like the Pro Bowl, field position and the final result doesn't really matter. So maybe Tucker will get a chance to kick from 70-plus during the game on Sunday. 

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Take a look at Marlon Humphrey's NFL Top 100 player ballot

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Take a look at Marlon Humphrey's NFL Top 100 player ballot

The NFL's Top 100 players list is always an interesting discussion point for fans. It's fun to debate who is the best of the best, especially in a sport like football.

Positions require such vastly different skills, so it's difficult to compare a running back to, say, a punter.

What also makes the list interesting is how it's compiled: by the players themselves.

We don't always get to peel back the curtain, but Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey was willing to share his ballot on social media once he put his votes together.

This is an especially interesting list. Humphrey resisted the urge to simply vote all Ravens, as Lamar Jackson, Ronnie Stanley and Marcus Peters are the only ones to make his top 20.

Humphrey did seem to heavily weigh players he has faced already, particularly in 2019. Of his 17 non-Ravens, 11 played against Baltimore this past season.

The cornerback clearly remembers 2018's matchup with the Saints well, as Michael Thomas and Drew Brees find themselve in his top four. He has a nice balance between offensive players he's had to defend and defensive players he can evaluate as a peer.

The divisional round loss also clearly is still weighing on his mind, with Titans running back Derrick Henry ranked sixth across all players.

Of course, according to him, the easiest choice of all was Humphrey's first.

Hard to disagree with him on that one.

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