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Stock up, stock down; Ravens win streak extended to eight with 20-17 win over 49ers

Stock up, stock down; Ravens win streak extended to eight with 20-17 win over 49ers

BALTIMORE — The Ravens' winning streak reached eight on Sunday, as the Ravens beat the NFC-leading 49ers 20-17 in a wild finish at M&T Bank Stadium. 

Justin Tucker's 48-yard field goal clinched things.

Here are a few players whose stocks are up and down after the game in Baltimore.

(Click here to see what our friends in NBC Sports Bay Area wrote about the takeaways for the 49ers.)

Stock up: Justin Tucker

The NFL's best kicker did it again. 

When the Ravens needed Tucker, he delivered with a 48 yard field goal to give the Ravens a 20-17 win. 

In tough conditions, the kick wasn't a breeze for Tucker. But the Ravens made him the league's highest-paid kicker for a reason.

Stock up: Lamar Jackson’s legs

Lamar Jackson didn’t have the best day passing the ball, but the 49ers couldn’t figure out the run game as he kept them honest all afternoon.

He finished with 101 yards on 16 carries and a host of 49ers defenders left in his wake. 

San Francisco had trouble defending the read option all game, as Jackson pulled option after option for big gains. 

When the aeriel attack wasn’t working, he relied on the ground attack. 

Stock down: Run Defense

For the first time in many weeks, the Ravens run defense wasn’t up to par.

The 49ers ran at will, led by Raheem Mostert, to the tune of 146 yards on the ground and routinely controlled the clock. As a team, they rushed for 174 yards.

The Ravens defense entered Sunday allowing just 87.7 rushing yards per game.

It’ll be back to the drawing board for the Ravens defense, which didn’t play well for the first time in weeks.

Stock down: Jaylon Ferguson

Ferguson, who has been improving rapidly since the start of the season, had a setback on Sunday. 

He was sealed in on Mostert’s 40-yard touchdown run and had an offsides penalty on the last drive of the half for the 49ers, too. 

There's still room to grow for the rookie from Louisiana Tech.

Stock up: Chuck Clark

Chuck Clark again had a quiet game, but a good one, as he forced a fumble on Jimmy Garoppolo in the first quarter, which led to a Ravens touchdown to open their scoring. 

Clark had seven tackles, tied for a game-high, and played a solid role on the back-end for the entire afternoon. The Ravens used him as a linebacker in some situations, and were able to slide Brandon Carr back to safety.

Stock up: Mark Andrews

In addition to his touchdown celebration, Andrews had more reasons to celebrate. 

He tied the Ravens’ record for touchdowns by a tight end with seven, previously held by Dennis Pitta and Todd Heap.  His score also set the franchise mark for touchdowns in a single season (48).

Andrews finished with three catches for 50 yards and a score. While the passing attack wasn’t there for the Ravens, it wasn’t due to Andrews.

Stock down: Marcus Peters

Marcus Peters didn’t have his best day as a Raven. 

On the first drive of the game, he was beaten for a jump ball by Deebo Samuel, who scored the first touchdown of the game on the 49ers' first drive. 

Peters didn’t look good on Mostert’s 40-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, either, as his day was one to forget in Baltimore. 


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If Steelers fans are allowed into Heinz Field this season, they'll have to wear a mask

If Steelers fans are allowed into Heinz Field this season, they'll have to wear a mask

If fans are permitted to attend Pittsburgh Steelers home games this fall, there's one item they can't forget: a mask.

Steelers' director of communication, Burt Lauten, explained the decision to require fans to wear a mask in a statement on Tuesday.

"Our goal is to still have fans at Heinz Field this year with the understanding that social distancing, as well as all fans being required to wear masks, will play a role in the capacity to ensure a safe atmosphere," Lauten said, via ESPN. "We will continue to work with the NFL and public health officials to finalize plans for fans to attend our home games."

Pittsburgh was one of the first franchises to alter its ticketing plans this season, as they decided in May to trim half of their individual game ticket sales due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The news comes just hours after their AFC North rival, the Baltimore Ravens, announced that M&T Bank Stadium will be capped at less than 14,000 fans this fall, should fans be allowed to attend games.


In June, The Athletic reported that the NFL will not place a limit on capacity at games, allowing each individual team to make the decision themselves.

"Attendance will be a state-by-state, county-by-county thing," an anonymous NFL source told The Athletic. "It will not be a one size fits all."

Additionally, the NFL has said that the first 6-8 rows of lower bowl sections, including field-level suites, will be blocked off this fall to help slow the spread of the virus. Those sections will be covered with tarps, which teams can use to sell advertising, similarly to what the Premier League in England has done.

With training camp still a few weeks away, there are a lot of virus-related questions the NFL must answer beforehand.


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Stephen A. Smith and ESPN poll leave Lamar Jackson out of top four quarterbacks

Stephen A. Smith and ESPN poll leave Lamar Jackson out of top four quarterbacks

Despite his 2019 MVP season, many NFL experts still aren’t convinced that Lamar Jackson is the league’s best.

In a debate with Domonique Foxworth on ESPN’s First Take on Monday, Stephen A. Smith shared his top-five quarterbacks in the NFL, slotting the reigning MVP fifth overall. 

Two days later, ESPN released a poll conducted with 50 NFL personnel to rank the top 10 quarterbacks in the league this season. Jackson was ranked sixth behind Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Deshaun Watson and Drew Brees.

But after the record-breaking season the Ravens quarterback had –– a performance that earned him the league’s top individual honor –– how can so many still doubt his ability to succeed?

Smith cited two faults of Jackson’s game to justify his claim –– passing inability and playoff performance.

“There was a guy that ran the football very, very effectively, matter of fact as a quarterback led the team to have one if not the top-rated run attacks in football,” Smith said. “That would happen to be Tim Tebow when he was with the Denver Broncos. But what did I repeatedly say about my friend? He couldn’t throw the football at the NFL level. I never believed it, and that was a problem.”

Smith referenced Tebow’s rise and fall in the NFL and credited his inability to find longevity as a starting quarterback to his inconsistent and inaccurate arm –– something Jackson similarly struggles with.


The Ravens led the league in rushing offense and ranked second in total offense but earned just the 27th spot in passing offense. Jackson ranked eighth in completion percentage among all quarterbacks but first in rushing yards and sixth in rushing yards among all players. For Smith, this discrepancy does not warrant Jackson a top-two quarterback spot.

“No one can run the football like Lamar Jackson. Nobody,” Smith said. “Not at the quarterback position in the NFL. We know that. That’s just on another level. But in terms of throwing the football, even though he’s had his moments, and he definitely improved in accuracy in terms of completing 66 percent of his passes last season, I don’t think he can throw the football like Deshaun Watson.”

Smith referenced Watson and a number of other quarterbacks higher on his list like Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson and Drew Brees and praised their accuracy, leadership and veteran play, which earned them the spots ahead of Jackson.

In addition to the issues with Jackson’s arm, Smith also believed his playoff performance holds him back. Jackson posted an 0-2 record in his first two playoff performances, falling to the Chargers in 2018 and the Titans in 2019. 

Overall in his career, he completes 63.7% of his passes and posts a 4.66 TD/INT ratio. On the other hand, during the playoffs, he completed 51.1% of his passes and posted a 1.0 TD/INT ratio.

As Smith noted while he did improve from a 48% completion rate to 52% in the playoffs this year, he will not reach an elite level of play until he can perform in the postseason.

While Smith was certainly skeptical of Jackson’s ability to succeed in the league long-term, he still understood the hype.

“I’ll tell you this though, he is top-two box office. He might even be number one.”