Mike Prestons report card after the Ravens 34-17 win over the Raiders

Mike Preston\s report card after the Ravens\ 34-17 win over the Raiders

Ravens vs. Raiders final: MVP, stock up & stock down

Share Share Ravens vs. Raiders final: MVP, stock up & stock down tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports It was close until it wasnt. The battle in Baltimore ended with the Ravens winning 34-17.

Who else but Hacksaw Smithers? The man from Ball So Hard University recovered the strip sack from Matt Judon and returned it 43-yards for the touchdown! The legend of T-Sizzle continues to grow as he put the nail in the coffin on the Raiders.

Jackson was the 32nd pick in the first round, and the last of the 2018 rookie quarterbacks to start. As a Heisman winner at Louisville, he got the Cardinals into the end zone any way necessary, not unlike what weve seen in his two starts with Baltimore. While some NFL evaluators insisted Jackson should give up quarterback and be a receiver at this level (looking at you, Bill Polian), in recent years there are plenty of examples of successful quarterbacks who can both pass and run. There were two of them on the field in the same stadium on Sunday: the Carolina Panthers Cam Newton and Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson.

For his second-straight start, hes locked down a second-straight victory. Lamar continues to impress as he can burn teams deep with not only his running ability, but his passing. He did throw two interceptions today, but the rookie is learning and going through normal growing pains. In the end, the Ravens won and its certainly due to his playmaking.

Matt Judon — After a slow season, Judon ramped it up to 11 today. He sacked Raiders QB Derek Carr three times on three-straight plays, including the strip-sack which was returned by Suggs.

There have been stories for weeks that this could be Harbaughs final season as Ravens head coach; he is signed only through this season. And this is Ozzie Newsons last season as general manager, so its entirely possible that GM-in-waiting Eric DeCosta would want to start his tenure in charge with a new coach and a young quarterback.

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Cyrus Jones — Nothing like a big-time special teams touchdown to put your team ahead on the scoreboard. Hes done a great job after the punt return gig was a mess all training camp and preseason.

Gus Edwards Jr. — Far as anybody else is concerned, the Gus Bus is the starting tailback from here on out. Within a two-week span, the Ravens have replaced their starting quarterback and starting running back with two rookies.

Marlon Humphrey — A dominant effort by the second-year cornerback out of Alabama. Absolutely critical third down stops by the young defender kept the Ravens ahead or within reach during the earlier periods of the game. It is all forgotten after the flashy plays by Suggs and Judon, but Humphreys play was outstanding and important to this win today.

4. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, limited with a knee injury and missing practice on Friday because of an illness, is officially active for Sundays game against the New York Jets. Tight end Rob Gronkowski (ankle, back) and guard Shaq Mason (calf) also are playing. On the Jets, wide receiver Robby Anderson, out since Nov. 11 with an ankle injury, will be on the field, too.

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Hayden Hurst — The first Ravens selection in the 2018 NFL Draft is finally getting more involved with this offense. He hauled in three catches for 25 yards and is building chemistry with Jackson.

5. Carolina Panthers wide receiver Torrey Smith, questionable with a knee injury, will play while teammate Devin Funchess (back) will not play against the Seattle Seahawks. For Seattle, despite promoting wideout Keenan Reynolds as insurance, the Seahawks believe receiver Doug Baldwin will play despite dealing with a groin injury. 

Michael Crabtree — A good revenge game needed a touchdown and Crabtree hauled in one of his easier scores in his career today against his former squad. Good to see the frustration of last week amount to a touchdown this week.

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Ty Montgomery — Hes dynamic, fast and agile enough to get around the edge and slip loose from tacklers. Hes also a great pass-catching tailback with pass-blocking capability. I hope he re-signs with the Ravens because he is a great tool for this offense.

Joe Flacco — Cant help but put the franchise quarterback in this category, but its clear now. Lamar has changed the dynamic of this offense. Before, it was lethargic and the run game was abysmal. Now, the team has produced over 240 rushing yards in back-to-back games.

“To have those long drives and have the running game going the way it went was probably the key to the game,” coach John Harbaugh said. “It was exactly what we talked about at halftime. We felt like we needed to do that. We felt like we could do it. The offensive line was very much in favor of doing that.”

Alex Collins — Dont know if hell be getting his job back now after Edwards Jr. has crashed racked up back-to-back 100-yard games on the ground. When he returns, hell be competing against both Gus and Ty for snaps.

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Javorius Allen — Hes looking like the odd man out, as per usual. Fortunately, hes still getting carries in the game, though they arent amounting to much. The Edwards/Jackson mix is bullying squads right now, but Buck has always helped as the spell back.

Ravens: SS Tony Jefferson twisted his left ankle in the second quarter, returned briefly and left for good. … RB Alex Collins (foot) was inactive after starting every game this season. … OL Alex Lewis and G Marshal Yanda both underwent concussion protocol in the second half and were cleared.

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Ravens medical trainer — Anybody who gets yelled at by Marshal Yanda is getting a stock down. That was terrifying.

After carrying 27 times for 117 yards last week in his NFL starting debut, Jackson ran 11 times against Oakland (nine times in the second half) and threw only seven passes after halftime, finishing 14 for 25 for 178 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.

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The Ravens have yet to score an offensive touchdown, but they have found a way to reach the end zone.

Through nine games played in 2018, Flacco has gone 4-5, going 234-for-379 (61.2% completion rate), passing for 2,465 yards with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions with a passer rating of 84.2 — which is his highest since 2014 (91.0). He began the season with a hot start with a passer rating of 90 or more five times through the first seven games. In his most recent two games played, Flacco has passer ratings of 56.8 and 77.1 respectively.

Cyrus Jones‘ 70-yard punt return was the difference in the first half as the Ravens lead the Raiders 13-10 at halftime.

Share Share Ravens QB Joe Flaccos injury situation gets cloudier after missing two weeks of practice tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has missed practice for the second straight week with a right hip injury that he suffered against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 9. He was ruled out on Friday and will miss his second consecutive game, though it was initially unknown.

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Justin Tucker hit field goals of 47 and 28 yards sandwiched between Jones’ first career punt return touchdown with 12:45 remaining in the second quarter.

Baltimore currently has the sixth seed in the AFC Wild Card. Remaining on their schedule after the Raiders are the Atlanta Falcons (4-7), Kansas City Chiefs (9-2), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-7), the Los Angeles Chargers (7-3) and Cleveland Browns (3-6-1) to finish off the season. The favorable schedule could allow for Jackson to reel off a few wins and keep Flacco healthy for the playoffs, if they are still in the hunt.

RB Alex Collins inactive against the Raiders; rookie Gus Edwards may get his first start

The Raiders scored first on a 1-yard Doug Martin run. They got a 42-yard Daniel Carlson field goal late in the first half to cut the Raiders’ deficit to a field goal.

Yes, I think it does, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said. It would be … I dont know if were going to rule him out for this game right now. Im counting on Lamar [Jackson] being the starter in this game. I think thats pretty straightforward. And Joe, at this point now, he wouldve had to practice to be ready to go, and he was not able to practice this week.

Gus Edwards has rushed for 53 yards on eight carries. Lamar Jackson has run for only 11 yards on two carries, and he has thrown two interceptions.

The Ravens have 200 yards of offense, but they punted once and threw two interceptions on five first-half possessions.

Derek Carr has struggled, completing 9 of 24 passes for 97 yards. He missed two kneel downs at the end of the first half to be examined on the sideline.

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