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Stock up, stock down: Ravens bludgeon Bengals in Cincinnati

Stock up, stock down: Ravens bludgeon Bengals in Cincinnati

The Ravens took care of what they needed to against one of the league’s worst teams during a 49-13 win over the Bengals on Sunday in Cincinnati. 

Baltimore is now 7-2 on the season and riding a five-game win streak. 

Here are a few players whose stocks are up after the Ravens’ victory:

Stock up: Lamar Jackson

Lamar Jackson might have had his MVP moment in the third quarter of Sunday’s game. 

His spin move through the heart of the Bengals defense left about five defenders on the ground as Jackson put the exclamation point on a blowout win for the Ravens.

He finished with 223 yards passing on 15-of-17 and three touchdowns. He added 65 yards on the ground with the touchdown, too. His passer rating of 158.3 was the second perfect passer rating he’s posted this season.

One of the most exciting players in the NFL had one of the most exciting plays of the season — one that will certainly be on his MVP resume.

Stock up: Marcus Peters

Marcus Peters continues to make plays on defense. 

In his first game as a Raven, he returned a pick-six for a touchdown against the Seahawks. Against the Bengals, he did it once again.

Peters’ touchdown put the Ravens up 28-10 and effectively put the game out of reach. 

He’s the only player in NFL history to have a pick-six for two different teams in the same season, and he leads the NFL with seven defensive touchdowns since 2015.

Stock neutral: Robert Griffin III

The Ravens’ offense used Robert Griffin III in way he’s never been used before. 

Baltimore lined up in the shotgun with Mark Ingram and Jackson paired with Griffin. The end result was a nine-yard gain off a triple option play where Griffin took the pitch from Jackson.

Griffin entered the game late with the Ravens up by such a large margin and finished 3-for-5 for 20 yards. 

He also threw an interception late in the game, which negated what would’ve been a strong day for the former Baylor product. 

Stock up: Mark Andrews

Mark Andrews posted his first ever multi-touchdown game Sunday and had six catches for 53 yards and two touchdowns. 

He was wide open all afternoon and was a consistently reliable target for Jackson over the middle. 

After a few weeks where he didn’t impact the statsheet very much, Sunday was a bounce-back for one of the NFL’s best tight ends.

Stock down: Run defense

There had to be some negative, right?

The Ravens lost Michael Pierce on the game’s first play, and his loss could be a significant one for the defense moving forward. 

Bengals running back Joe Mixon finished with 114 yards on 30 carries and was the only reliable source of offense for Cincinnati. 

On an otherwise strong day, it wasn’t the best for the Ravens’ run defense.

Stock up: Nick Boyle

Nick Boyle found himself constantly open and had four catches for 78 yards. He also nearly had a touchdown in the first quarter.

He was the team’s second-leading receiver, just one week after scoring his first ever NFL touchdown and has shown he's more than just a reliable blocker.

Stock up: Matthew Judon 

Matthew Judon didn’t register a sack, but was all around the Bengals’ backfield. He had two quarterback hits, three tackles for loss and six total tackles. 

He’s not getting home like he wants, but he's certainly affecting opposing offenses and what they want to do.

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Impossibly, the Orioles have lost a game more recently than the Ravens

Impossibly, the Orioles have lost a game more recently than the Ravens

Hard to believe, right?

Somehow, some way, the Baltimore Orioles have lost a game more recently than their football neighbors.

As a reminder, the Orioles season ended on *September 29*. They lost their regular season finale to the Red Sox that afternoon.

The Ravens’ last loss also came on September 29, though it came earlier in the afternoon.

It’s hard to fathom an NFL team winning for two-and-a-half straight months. 10 consecutive wins in that span is in the top-60 longest winnings streaks in NFL history, a sign of just how rare and impressive this Ravens stretch has been. 

It won’t be easy for Baltimore to maintain their play all the way through to the Super Bowl. If they do, however, they’ll have a chance to go almost an entire calendar year until their next loss.

Unfortunately, there will probably be a whole lot more Orioles losses in that span.

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Why a Terrell Suggs return to Baltimore makes sense and what could prevent it from happening

Why a Terrell Suggs return to Baltimore makes sense and what could prevent it from happening

The Cardinals made a splash on Friday by waiving outside linebacker Terrell Suggs after just 13 games played in his Arizona career. 

The 37-year-old is now on waivers until Monday, where he’ll wait to see if he was claimed by one of the 31 other teams. Should he go unclaimed, he’ll be a free agent. 

Naturally, the immediate inclination was to assume a reunion was destined to happen between Suggs and the Ravens. Suggs is the all-time franchise leader in sacks (132.5) and games played (229), too.

But a reunion is more complicated than it might seem on the surface. 

This year, Suggs has 5.5 sacks, seven quarterback hits and 23 tackles. On the Ravens, those numbers would rank second, tied for third and 15th. But Suggs hasn’t registered a full sack since Oct. 20 and didn’t register a statistic in the team’s last game against the Steelers. 

Even still, with the need for proven pass-rushers across the league, Suggs is a desirable addition to any team looking to make a run.

Baltimore ranks 15th in sacks with 34, even with having played one more game than 30 other teams. The need is there for Suggs, who has already returned to the Ravens as a member of a different organization.

“It wasn’t circled, but when the schedule came out, I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m going to downplay it as just another game,’” Suggs said in September. “But we all know that’d be (expletive). It’s kind of a unique situation, isn’t it?”

Suggs has shown the ability this season to be, at the very least, a situational pass-rusher and one that can contribute through the end of the season. Which, as the season winds down, makes his services valuable to teams looking to make a playoff push. 

He’ll be cheap too, as he wouldn’t cost a ton of money against the cap — and would fit into the Ravens plans moving forward. 

The problem, however, is where the Ravens are in the waiver wire order — dead last.

Teams like the Seahawks and Texans, whose pass rush ranks worse than the Ravens at the moment, and the 49ers, who just lost Dee Ford for a month, all could use pass-rushers to bolster their front seven.

That doesn’t include the possibility of a team in the AFC adding Suggs for two reasons: To add to their pass rush, while keeping Suggs away from Baltimore. 

Preventing the AFC’s top team from acquiring a late-season pass-rusher, one that would provide a significant boost to the organization, might be tempting as well. 

But for storylines, need on the field and fit with the organization, Suggs is a match to return to Baltimore.

It seems clear that Suggs and the Ravens would’ve preferred to be married to one another for the duration of Suggs’ career, and now there’s a chance to bring him back on board for another run at a title. 

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