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What you need to know from the Ravens' 27-14 win over the Broncos

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What you need to know from the Ravens' 27-14 win over the Broncos

The Ravens got a 27-14 win over the Denver Broncos in Week 3.

It was an interesting game for many reasons including Broncos star rookie running back, Phillip Lindsay, getting ejected in the first half for throwing a punch.

Here's what you need to know from Sunday's win:

— Rookie linebacker Kenny Young stepped in for injured C.J. Mosley and showed he will be a starter. Young had a critical sack on Broncos quarterback Case Keenum on a third down in the second and finished the day with 10 tackles. The Ravens defense as a whole was impressive. While they gave up a lot of short third downs, they stopped their fair share as well. Most importantly was the late fourth quarter interception from Patrick Onwuasor, while the Broncos were threatening in Ravens territory. 

— The Ravens are continuing to work on the run game, as something offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg emphasized after the team was averaging just 3.3-yards-per-carry heading into Week 3. Against the Broncos, the team averaged just 2.8 yard-per-carry, but put up two rushing touchdowns from Buck Allen and Alex Collins.

— It was a strange day for the Ravens' special teams when the Broncos blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown on the first drive of the game. The day became even stranger when safety Justin Simmons, (illegally) leaped over long snapper Morgan Cox to block a field goal and the penalty went uncalled. Kicker Justin Tucker made up for it by hitting not one, but two 52-yard field goals, his eighth straight from beyond 50. 

Joe Flacco finished the day 25 of 40 for 277 yards and one touchdown, while helping improve the team to 12-12 in the red zone. The QBs most impressive play came late in the fourth on a third down hitting the gas pedal, to not only get the first down but stayed in-bounds to keep the clock running and sealing the team's victory. His connection with John Brown continues to be strong after finding the receiver for a 44-yard gain, too.

The Ravens are now 2-1 and head to Pittsburgh for a Sunday night matchup in Week 4. 

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Michael Vick: 'I couldn’t even foresee Lamar [Jackson] doing this so quickly.'

Michael Vick: 'I couldn’t even foresee Lamar [Jackson] doing this so quickly.'

Lamar Jackson became the second quarterback ever to reach 1,000 rushing yards in a season in Week 14 against the Bills, joining legendary scrambler Michael Vick. 

He's now just 23 yards away from breaking Vick's single-season rushing record for quarterbacks (1,039). With Jackson bound to pass Vick over the next game or two, the four-time Pro-Bowler talked with Clifton Brown of Ravens.com about the record and his relationship with Baltimore's bright new star. 

“It’s a cool moment in sports, especially for Lamar and also for the Baltimore Ravens,” Vick said. “It’s something that everybody can be excited about. Breaking that record, it’s something I can honestly say I didn’t think I’d see for a long time. When Lamar was coming out of college, we had conversations. I used to tell him, ‘Play your game, be you.’ But I couldn’t even foresee Lamar doing this so quickly.”

Vick and Jackson met through a mutual quarterback coach based in South Florida named Oliver Boseman. Vick liked Jackson's game, so he reached out. 

“Oliver [Boseman] put me in contact with Lamar, and we just stayed in contact, built a relationship,” he said. “It’s cool to see Lamar having so much fun, so much success with his teammates. That’s what the game is all about.”

Not every quarterback with elite running ability makes it in the NFL. For every Vick and Jackson, there's a Marcus Mariota and Terrelle Pryor. 

Building an offense around a running quarterback's strengths rather than making them fit into a pass-heavy system puts those players in a position to succeed. That's exactly what John Harbaugh and his staff have done with Jackson, and Vick loves what he sees. 

“If he had gone to a different place, they may have tried to throw Lamar into a different system,” Vick said. “He could’ve done it, shown his scrambling ability when a play broke down. But it’s different when you have a coach whose expertise is the run game. And John Harbaugh is a coach who’s going to insist that the defense is tight, that the whole ship stays air tight.”

But what gave Vick confidence Jackson was bound for success? The fact he got to work with Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman. 

“Greg Roman spent time with Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco, and their offense was different and dynamic when Kaepernick burst on the scene,” he said. “Then Roman had success with Tyrod (Taylor) in the same system. But now he gets a guy like Lamar, who’s a phenomenal talent. You hook him up with Roman, a master of the run game. You put the fastest quarterback in the game, with that? Okay.”

Vick changed the game, and so is Jackson with his play this season. Time will tell whether he can lift the Ravens to a level Vick never could with his teams. 

A Super Bowl championship. 

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Sunday's Steelers-Bills clash will be a special reunion for the Edmunds family

Sunday's Steelers-Bills clash will be a special reunion for the Edmunds family

When the Steelers host the Bills on Sunday Night Football in Week 15, something will happen in the NFL that has not happened since 1927. Yes, actually.

Sunday's game will feature three brothers playing in the same game, Buffalo's Tremaine and Pittsburgh's Terrell and Trey Edmunds.

The 2018 NFL Draft saw two of the brothers go in the first round, Tremaine to the Bills and Terrell to the Steelers. It was the first time in the league's history that two brothers were drafted in the first round of the same draft.

Trey, who went undrafted in 2017, joined the Steelers practice squad in 2018 and was activated to the active roster in October. All three are expected to be active on Sunday.

Both 2018 first-round picks have had solid seasons in 2019. Terrell has started every game for Pittsburgh this season and is second in the team in tackles, trailing only rookie Devin Bush. Tremaine, who's also started every game for the Bills, leads Buffalo in tackles with 97.

Trey, who plays running back, has played sparingly on offense. He has 92 rushing yards this season on 22 carries.

During the 2018 pre-draft process, NBC Sports Washington was able to get an inside look on the Edmunds family in the short documentary E-Boys. The clip shows the growth of the family through their adolescence and chronicles how the brothers put aside their brotherly competition in order to push each other to be the best player and person they could. 

Now, they all are able to celebrate their successes on football's biggest stage. You can watch the whole documentary (Part I, Part II, Part III and Part IV) here.

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