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Stock up, stock down: Defense steps up as Ravens demolish Texans 41-7

Stock up, stock down: Defense steps up as Ravens demolish Texans 41-7

BALTIMORE — The Ravens are making a habit of ensuring the competitive parts of their games are over by the second half. 

In likely their most impressive win of the season, the Ravens dominated the Texans 41-7 at M&T Bank Stadium and took a crucial step to earning home-field advantage in the playoffs. 

Here are a few players whose stocks are up and down after the win:

Stock up: Pass rush

The Ravens defense nearly had half the sacks it had in the first nine games combined in the win against Houston. 

Baltimore finished with seven sacks and kept Houston’s offense at bay for the first three quarters. They also had 10 quarterback hits to keep Watson uncomfortable all day. 

Houston scored its first points with 7:10 left in the fourth quarter on a long Carlos Hyde run.

Matthew Judon and Tyus Bowser each had two sacks to lead the front seven.

With so much expected of both offenses on Sunday, the Ravens' defense was the star of the day as it shut down one of the best offenses in the NFL.

Stock up: The entire defense

When you play that well, it’s OK to literally call out the entire defense. The pass rush deserved its own section. 

The Texans came in with MVP candidate Deshaun Watson at quarterback and DeAndre Hopkins at wide receiver. That didn’t particularly matter. 

Watson finished just 18-for-29 and had 169 yards with an interception. The rushing attack wasn’t super impactful either, as the Texans rush offense couldn’t salvage an embarrassing performance. It was the best defensive performance of the season for the Ravens. 

Stock up: Seth Roberts

Roberts ended his long touchdown drought with a leaping grab in the end zone to put the Ravens up by seven early-on. 

His first touchdown of the year was his first since Week 8 of last season. 

Roberts came into the game with just 17 targets, but his touchdown grab put the Ravens ahead early in the blowout win. 

Lamar Jackson said he wanted to get Roberts’ first touchdown of the year earlier this week, something he didn’t need long to accomplish. 

Stock up: Lamar Jackson

Jackson is a perpetual stock up until further notice. There’s really nothing else to add. 

He went 17-of-24 passing for 222 yards and threw four touchdowns, but once again his legs made highlight reels as he made a few jaw-dropping runs through the Texans secondary. He finished with 86 yards on nine carries.

Against one of the league’s best defenses, with a terrible start, Jackson dominated once again. 

Stock down: Interference review

I mean, what are we doing here?

The Ravens stopped the Texans on fourth down in the first quarter, but a review revealed that Marlon Humphrey got to DeAndre Hopkins before the ball did. A review, however, stuck with the call on the field. 

Still, it was a pretty clear case of pass interference that the referees just missed. They had a chance to overturn it but elected not to. 

If it wasn’t already, it’s time to consider the pass interference reviews a total whiff.

Stock up: Mark Andrews 

Mark Andrews continues to be Jackson’s favorite target. 

With an 18-yard touchdown reception, Andrews moved into a tie for second all-time in touchdown receptions for a tight end in Ravens history with six. He trails Todd Heap and Dennis Pitta by one. 

Andrews’ season is slowly becoming one to remember for the second-year pro. 

Stock up: Mark Ingram

Mark Ingram didn’t have the most prolific day on the ground, but he had two excellent run-after-catches for touchdowns. 

Ingram, who has mostly been used as a bell-cow on the ground this season, showed his ability in the passing attack, too, with a season-high 37 yards receiving and two touchdowns. 

Stock up: Gus Edwards

Gus Edwards made his impact known late with a 63-yard run, his longest run of the season.

The touchdown put salt in the wound for Houston, which entered allowing less than 100 yards per game. 

He became the first person to rush for more than 100 yards against the Texans since Week 17 in 2017. 

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Report: Terrell Suggs angling to be claimed by Ravens

Report: Terrell Suggs angling to be claimed by Ravens

Terrell Suggs is currently available for 31 NFL teams, but there's reportedly only one team he wants to play for. 

According to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, Suggs only has interest in returning to the Ravens, where he spent the entirety of his career before heading to Arizona this offseason.

Suggs was placed on waivers by the Cardinals on Friday.

Schefter's report states that Suggs has told some people he is unlikely to report anywhere other than Baltimore, showing a desire to, "finish his NFL career in the same city in which he started it."

Suggs is the all-time franchise leader in sacks (132.5) and games played (229) for the Ravens. This year, he has 5.5 sacks, seven quarterback hits and 23 tackles as a member of the Cardinals. It's his first season not in the purple and black. 

The Ravens rank 15th in the NFL with 34 sacks, and could use a pass-rusher like Suggs before the team's playoff push. 

Suggs' position to other teams is likely genuine, as the 37-year-old would certainly love to join the 12-2 Ravens before a playoff push. He was a member of the Ravens when they beat the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII in 2013 and also has seven Pro Bowls and a Defensive Player of The Year award to his name as well. 

With just two games left before the playoffs begin, Suggs' wild ride from Baltimore to Arizona looks to be headed right back to where his career started. 

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Marcus Peters fined for beer-drinking celebration with fan

Marcus Peters fined for beer-drinking celebration with fan

Well, that's one expensive beer. 

Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters was handed a hefty $14,037 fine for drinking a beer in the stands with a fan to celebrate the game-sealing interception against the Buffalo Bills that give Baltimore its ninth win in a row. 

Peters, who came to Baltimore in a trade with the LA Rams that allowed them to clear space for Jalen Ramsey, has been an excellent addition to the Ravens secondary. His tip preserved the one-score win as Josh Allen attempted to thread the needle with a minute left. 

WATCH: Marcus Peters crushes a beer after sealing Ravens' ninth straight win

Unfortunately for Peters, not much beer even made it to the All-Pro's mouth. He showered the beer all over his face to celebrate with the surrounding fans. 

Despite the fine, it was another memorable moment for this memorable Ravens season. 

Peters' emoji-filled response was perfect. 

Thankfully for Peters, however, although he'll still have to pay the fine, something good is coming from something so pure. Thanks, Bud Light. 

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