Tucker’s Big Day Paces Ravens to 19-14 Win Over Bengals

Justin Tucker

One touchdown and Justin Tucker’s flawless right leg were enough to thrust the Ravens into a first-place tie in the AFC North.

Tucker kicked four field goals and Baltimore shut down the Bengals’ depleted offense Sunday in a 19-14 victory that put the resurgent Ravens back over .500.

Baltimore (6-5) has won three of four following a four-game losing streak.

Joe Flacco threw for 234 yards and a score to help the Ravens end a five-game skid against the Bengals (3-7-1), whose playoff hopes took another serious blow.

The victory was not assured until Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton fumbled when sacked by Elvis Dumervil, and defensive end Lawrence Guy recovered at the Baltimore 21 with 1:05 left and the Ravens up 19-12.

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Bengals vs Ravens NFL Week 12 Inactives

Bengals: QB Jeff Driskel, WR A.J. Green, TE C.J. Uzomah, S Shawn Williams, CB Chris Lewis-Harris, S Derron Smith, LS Clark Harris, OG Christian Westerman

Ravens: CB Jimmy Smith, RB Lorenzo Taliaferro, LB Kamalei Correa, OL Ryan Jensen, OL Alex Lewis, TE Crockett Gillmore, LB Za’Darius Smith

Ravens Fall to 5-5; Fall to Cowboys 27-17

Baltimore Ravens v Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott threw three touchdown passes, two to Dez Bryant, in the first game with Tony Romo as his backup, and the Dallas Cowboys set a franchise season record with their ninth straight win, beating the Baltimore Ravens 27-17 on Sunday.

The Cowboys (9-1) punted on their first four possessions — a first this season — against the NFL’s No. 1 defense. They marched 92 and 88 yards on their first two drives of the second half to break a 10-10 tie. Both drives ended with TD passes to Bryant , who had six catches for 80 yards.

Romo, who broke a bone in his back in a preseason game, was active for the first time since Thanksgiving last year, and was the Dallas backup for the first time in 10 years.

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NFL Week 11 Inactives Ravens vs Cowboys

Ravens: CB Jimmy Smith, CB Asa Jackson, RB Lorenzo Taliaferro, LB Elvis Dumervil, OL Ryan Jensen, OL Alex Lewis, TE Crockett Gillmore

Cowboys: QB Mark Sanchez, RB Darius Jackson, OL Chaz Green, DE Benson Mayowa, LB Mark Nzeocha, CB Morris Claiborne, S Barry Church

Browns vs Ravens NFL Week 10 Capsule

CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-9) AT BALTIMORE RAVENS (4-4)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

BROWNS RAVENS
SERIES LEADER   26-9
STREAKS   4 of past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. Hue Jackson: 0-1 John Harbaugh: 15-2
LAST WEEK L 35-10 vs. Dallas W 21-14 vs. Pittsburgh
LAST GAME 9/18/16: Ravens 25 at Browns 20. Baltimore QB Joe Flacco passes for 302 yards & 2 TDs. Ravens WR Mike Wallace has 2 TD catches.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/11/15: Browns 33, Ravens 30 (OT). Cleveland QB Josh McCown passes for 457 yards & has 3 total TDs (2 pass, 1 rush). Browns K Travis Coons converts GW 32-yard FG in OT.
REFEREE Jerome Boger
BROADCAST NFLN (8:25 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Cle), 81 (Bal). XM: 88(WW1), 226 (Cle), 225 (Bal).

STATS

PASSING Cody Kessler (R): 108-160-1150-5-1-96.1 Joe Flacco: 207-338-2078-6-7-76.0
RUSHING Isaiah Crowell: 112-528-4.7-5 Terrance West: 111-445-4.0-3
RECEIVING Terrelle Pryor: 46-579-12.6-4 Dennis Pitta (TE): 40-349-8.7-0
OFFENSE 341.0 325.1
TAKE/GIVE -4 +2
DEFENSE 421.7 298.8 (2L)
SACKS Emmanuel Ogbah (R): 3 Terrell Suggs: 5
INTs 3 tied: 2 C.J. Mosley: 3 (T3L)
PUNTING Britton Colquitt: 45.8 Sam Koch: 46.9
KICKING Cody Parkey: 44 (11/11 PAT; 11/15 FG) Justin Tucker: 70 (10/10 PAT; 20/20 FG)

NOTES

BROWNS: Rookie QB CODY KESSLER has 4 pass TDs vs. 0 INTs for 106.6 rating in past 4. Leads rookies & ranks 5th in NFL with 67.5 comp. pct. Has 100+ rating in 3 of past 4…RB ISAIAH CROWELL rushed for 133 yards, incl. 85-yard TD in last meeting. RB DUKE JOHNSON has 36 catches, tied for 1st among NFL RBs…Since 2015, TE GARY BARNIDGE ranks 4th among NFL TEs with 1,469 rec. yards. WR TERRELLE PRYOR had rec. TD last week. Ties for 4th in AFC with 4 rec. TD. Rookie WR COREY COLEMAN had 104 rec. yards & 2 TDs in last meeting…T JOE THOMAS is only OL in NFL history to be selected to Pro Bowl in each of 1st 9 seasons…CB JOE HADEN had 2 INTs & 4 PD in last meeting. Since 2010, leads NFL with 97 PD. LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY is 5th in NFL with 79 tackles… RAVENS: QB JOE FLACCO is 14-2 in career as starter vs. Cle. Threw for 302 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Is 1 of 8 QBs in NFL history to pass for 30,000+ yards (30,400) in 1st 9 seasons…RB TERRANCE WEST has 95+ rush yards in 2 of past 3 at home. RB JAVORIUS ALLEN has 142 scrimmage yards (113 rush, 29 rec.) & rec. TD in past 2 vs. Cle…WR MIKE WALLACE had 124 rec. yards, incl. 95-yard TD catch last week. Is 1 of 3 in NFL history with 2 career 95+ yard rec. TDs. Had 2 rec. TDs in last meeting. WR STEVE SMITH, SR. ranks 9th in NFL history with 14,289 rec. yards. Needs 8 catches to reach 1,000 in career. Rookie WR CHRIS MOORE returned blocked punt for TD last week. TE DENNIS PITTA had 9 catches for 102 yards in last meeting. Has 40 catches, tied for 3rd among NFL TEs…LB TERRELL SUGGS has most career sacks (16) by any player vs. Cle. Is franchise leader with 111.5 sacks. DT TIMMY JERNIGAN had 1st career INT last week.

Steelers vs Ravens NFL Week Nine Inactives

Markus Wheaton

Here are today’s inactives for the Steelers and Ravens for their 1pm kick in Baltimore.

Steelers: WR Markus Wheaton, QB Zach Mettenberger, CB Justin Gilbert, FB Roosevelt Nicks, LB L.J. Fort, OT Brian Mihalik, DE L.T. Walton

Ravens: CB Shareece Wright, LB Kamalei Correa, OLB Elvis Dumervil, OG Vladimir Ducasse, G/C Ryan Jensen, DT Willie Henry, TE Crockett Gillmore

Ravens QB Flacco Takes the Blame for Ravens Bad First Half of the Season

Joe Flacco

Quarterback Joe Flacco accepted blame for a struggling offense that has held back the Ravens for the first half of the season, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

“I’m obviously not playing good enough,” Flacco said Wednesday after the team’s final practice of the bye week. “We’re not a good offense, and it starts with the quarterback. I got to be better.”

The Ravens (3-4) rank 25th in the NFL in scoring with 19 points per game, and Flacco is the 29th-rated passer in the NFL (75.4). In Baltimore’s current four-game losing streak, Flacco has had the ball in his hands in the final two minutes and has failed to deliver the winning drive each time.

Coach John Harbaugh vehemently defended Flacco’s play.

“Joe Flacco is the key to our success. So, we need to all do everything in our power that all the things are falling in place for him,” Harbaugh said. “He can play. He can throw it. He can make decisions. He can score touchdowns for us. He can do all the things we need to do. We need to make sure that we give him a chance to do that.”

“When you’re an offense in this league and things aren’t going great, a lot of times you can be so close, and I think we are on that verge of being really close,” Flacco said. “But it’s a bunch of little things, and it’s not just one thing. It’s things that add up. That’s why this game is an awesome thing: 11 guys have to be fully locked in for 60 minutes in order for it to work. Nobody notices that. We don’t even notice it when we’re out there playing, but it is the reality of it.”

Harbaugh reasserted that he’s “a Joe Flacco fan” and believes in him.

“Joe will take care of what he needs to do,” Harbaugh said. “I’m not worried about Joe taking care of what he needs to do. Joe works on it harder than anybody. He cares about it more than anybody. We need to protect him. We need to run routes. We need to create confidence in our passing game. We need to run the ball well. We need to do the things we need to do to make the offense work. And Joe will make the offense work.”

Ravens Mistakes Too Much to Overcome; Fall to Jets 24-16

Baltimore Ravens v New York Jets

Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced an injured Geno Smith and led the Jets on three scoring drives, and a rejuvenated defense came up with two rare interceptions in a 24-16 comeback victory over the Ravens on Sunday.

Fitzpatrick came in for Smith in the second quarter and led the Jets on a go-ahead drive capped by a 13-yard touchdown catch by Matt Forte. Fitzpatrick finished 9 of 14 for 120 yards and a touchdown as the Jets (2-5) snapped a four-game losing streak.

Smith injured his right knee while taking a sack from Baltimore’s Matthew Judon. Fitzpatrick was efficient after losing his job earlier in the week.

Coach Todd Bowles decided to start Smith over Fitzpatrick , who had thrown an NFL-leading 11 interceptions and just five touchdown passes. Smith was 4 of 8 for 95 yards and a TD to Quincy Enunwa.

Justin Tucker put the Ravens (3-4) back up 16-14 as time expired in the first half with his third field goal, a 44-yarder.

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