Jackson’s legs, Ravens defense roll past Seahawks 30-16
SEATTLE (AP) — Lamar Jackson was mad. He was mad about settling for field goals three times in the first half. Mad about a delay-of-game penalty and a 13-yard run on third down when he needed 15...
Tucker’s poise helps Ravens escape with OT win over Steelers
PITTSBURGH (AP) — John Harbaugh told his young team you're not really a Baltimore Raven until you've beaten the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Quoth the coach: To be a Raven, you must beat the Steelers
The fact that neither team has a winning record doesn't diminish one bit the intensity of the rivalry between the Ravens and Steelers.
If it is not the most historic series in NFL history,...
In Baltimore, ‘you’re not a Raven until you beat Steelers’
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore coach John Harbaugh shared a message that was passed along to young Ravens about the rival Pittsburgh Steelers.
Baltimore Ravens waive former third-round pick Tim Williams
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens have waived outside linebacker Tim Williams.
Williams, a third-round pick from Alabama in the 2017 NFL draft, managed just two sacks over 19...
Ravens’ skid stems from uncharacteristically bad defense
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — For well over two decades, defense has been a key component of the Baltimore Ravens' success.
Chiefs offense forcing opposing offenses to alter strategies
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — After watching his Ravens miss a trio of 2-point conversions and fail on fourth down near midfield, coach John Harbaugh was forced to defend his go-for-broke...
Harbaugh gets second-guessed after Ravens’ first loss
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Striving to score as many points as possible and intent upon keeping the ball away from Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, Ravens coach John Harbaugh succeeded at...
Ravens come up empty on 2-point attempts in loss to Chiefs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The analytics kept telling John Harbaugh to roll the dice on fourth down, or gamble for a 2-point conversion when the Baltimore Ravens finally hit pay dirt against the...
Ravens LB Patrick Onwuasor stands tall in middle of defense
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The new man in the middle of the Baltimore Ravens defense arrived as an undrafted free agent and carries the not-so-fearsome nickname "Peanut."
Ravens CB Smith to miss ‘multiple weeks’ with knee injury
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith will miss several weeks after spraining his knee in Sunday's game against Miami.
Coach John Harbaugh said Monday that Smith has a Grade...
Ravens’ Tavon Young weighing options with neck injury
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore Ravens cornerback Tavon Young is still weighing his options with his recent neck injury, coach John Harbaugh said Saturday.
Ravens don’t lose preseason games. So what?
The Baltimore Ravens will see a little bit of Aaron Rodgers on Thursday night in their preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. They'll probably just shrug: The Ravens have won 14 consecutive...
Jackson, Ravens’ defense combine for 29-0 win over Jaguars
BALTIMORE (AP) — There might come a time when Lamar Jackson will have earned the right to sit out the preseason opener and watch the backups try to earn a job in the NFL.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore Ravens backup quarterback Robert Griffin III will be sidelined for "at least a few weeks" after fracturing his right thumb during the team's third practice of...
Ravens hire former Bills QB coach Culley to hone pass attack
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens have hired former Bills quarterbacks coach David Culley as assistant head coach and passing coordinator.
Culley spent the past two years with Buffalo. Before that, he had a four-year stint with Kansas City as assistant head coach and wide receivers coach.
Hired Tuesday, Culley will work with offensive coordinator Greg Roman to help develop quarterback Lamar Jackson, who took over the starting job this season as a rookie.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh gets new 4-year deal
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Ravens coach John Harbaugh has received a new four-year contract following a season in which he guided Baltimore to the AFC North title.
The new deal is designed to keep the winningest coach in Ravens history under contract through the 2022 season. It replaces a pact that was slated to end after next year.
The 56-year-old Harbaugh took over as Ravens coach in 2008. Under his guidance, the team has reached the playoffs seven times and won a Super Bowl.
Bears hire Monachino as senior assistant, OLBs coach
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have hired former Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Ted Monachino as senior defensive assistant and outside linebackers coach.
Monachino worked for new Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano in Indianapolis and with him on John Harbaugh's staff in Baltimore. He was a senior defensive analyst for Missouri last season and was hired as Kansas State's defensive coordinator and linebackers coach in December.
Ravens lose Lamar Jackson’s playoff debut, 23-17 to Chargers
BALTIMORE (AP) — Lamar Jackson's passer rating was bottoming out at 0.0, he'd endured a first half with a combined total of fumbles and interceptions (three) that was higher than his number of completions (two), and his playoff debut was shaping up as, in a word, a disaster.
Ravens enter playoffs as 1 of the league’s hottest teams
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — John Harbaugh was still fired up one day after the Baltimore Ravens finally ended a three-year NFL playoff drought.
Over the course of this whirlwind season, Baltimore has gone from a team on the cusp of spiralling downward to one that poses a formidable challenge to any opponent.
Ravens get what they wanted: Beat Browns to earn playoffs
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens couldn't have asked for a better scenario heading into Sunday's AFC North matchup with the Cleveland Browns.
"At the beginning of the season, if we say we control our destiny going into the last game, we can win the division, we'd have all signed up for that," coach John Harbaugh said this week.
The situation would have been even more ideal if these were the same old awful Browns, who went 1-15 in 2016 and 0-16 last year.
Ravens have been here before: Win, and they’re in playoffs
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — After missing the postseason for three straight years, the Baltimore Ravens probably wouldn't complain at all about squeezing into this year's playoffs as a wild card.
Entering as AFC North champions is so much better — a scenario that stands as a distinct possibility entering the final weekend of the regular season.
Jackson leads surging Ravens to 22-10 victory over Chargers
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Just like that, the Baltimore Ravens have gone from a midseason swoon to the brink of their first playoff trip in four years.
The resurgent Ravens continued their late push with a 22-10 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Saturday behind Lamar Jackson's first 200-yard passing game and a stingy defense that held one of the NFL's top offenses under 200 yards for the first time since 2014.
John Harbaugh to return as Ravens coach in 2019
BALTIMORE (AP) — John Harbaugh will return to coach the Baltimore Ravens next season, and the team says it's working on an extension beyond 2019.
Harbaugh took over as Baltimore's coach in 2008 and has taken the team to the playoffs six times, winning the Super Bowl in 2012.
The Ravens didn't reach the postseason in each of the past three years, however, and are striving to end that streak with two games left in the regular season.
Flacco loses job as Ravens starting QB; Jackson takes over
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — As he worked diligently for more than a month to return from a potentially dangerous hip injury, Joe Flacco watched the Baltimore Ravens flourish without him.
Now that he's healthy, Flacco must adjust to a role he's never experienced during his 11-year NFL career: backup quarterback.
Ravens rookie Lamar Jackson faces biggest test vs Chiefs
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Since taking over as the starting quarterback, rookie Lamar Jackson has revitalized the Baltimore Ravens running attack and kept opposing offenses off the field by dominating time of possession.
He will need do that again this week to help slow down the high-flying Kansas City Chiefs, who lead the NFL with 37 points per game.
Ravens QB Flacco back at practice following hip injury
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has returned to the practice field for the first time since injuring his right hip on Nov. 4.
Having finally received medical clearance to play, Flacco threw passes and worked on handoffs with fellow quarterbacks Lamar Jackson and Robert Griffin III during an indoor practice Thursday.
Behind Jackson and Edwards, Ravens mounting run to playoffs
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — With rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson likely to make a third straight start Sunday, the Baltimore Ravens' offensive linemen are gearing up for another delightful afternoon of plowing straight ahead as part of the team's suddenly formidable running game.
Joe Flacco didn't practice Wednesday and is still waiting to get medical clearance following a hip injury that's kept him sidelined since Nov. 4.
Flacco or Jackson? Ravens’ Harbaugh faces tough QB decision
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The effective play of rookie Lamar Jackson as a starting quarterback has left Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh with a decision to make if veteran Joe Flacco returns this week from a right hip injury.
Does Flacco get back the starting job Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons? Or does Harbaugh stick with the hot hand in Jackson, who guided Baltimore (6-5) past Cincinnati and Oakland in his first two NFL starts?
FANTASY PLAYS: Players to add with Chiefs, Rams on break
This is the final time you will have to deal with byes this season — but the most challenging. The Rams and Chiefs have a break after their historic Monday night shootout, two prolific teams with numerous fantasy stars.
Tough timing, with many owners vying for key victories to strengthen playoff positioning. Some other key injuries also make this a crucial waiver run with only two weeks left in many fantasy regular-season schedules.
For a game, calling Lamar Jackson’s number kept working
Lamar Jackson ran 27 times and threw only 19 passes to win his first NFL start.
That's not a typo.
Filling in for injured quarterback Joe Flacco, Jackson ran for 117 yards in Baltimore's 24-21 victory over Cincinnati on Sunday. The 2016 Heisman Trophy winner had more rushing attempts than any quarterback since 1970 and became the first to gain over 100 yards since Colin Kaepernick had 113 on Nov. 27, 2016.
Ravens look for QB Lamar Jackson to run less, throw more
BALTIMORE (AP) — In a league that relies heavily on the forward pass, the Baltimore Ravens have gone old-school in their bid to reach the NFL playoffs.
With quarterback Lamar Jackson leading the way , the Ravens rushed for 265 yards Sunday in a 24-21 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. Jackson ran 27 times for 117 yards, Gus Edwards garnered 115 yards on the ground and both rookies rushed for seven first downs.
When things go sour in the NFL, QBs often are changed
When things go sour, an NFL team's fan base often points to two people: the guy calling plays on the sideline, and the man behind center trying to execute them.
As we get deeper into the 2018 schedule, the futures of some coaches could be tied to how their quarterbacks have struggled — or outright flopped.
Doug Marrone and Blake Bortles in Jacksonville? Perhaps.
Bengals, Ravens have issues heading into pivotal clash
BALTIMORE (AP) — Joe Flacco's sore right hip means Ravens coach John Harbaugh may have to wait until Sunday before deciding who to start at quarterback in a pivotal game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Harbaugh's options are Flacco, an ailing 11-year veteran; Lamar Jackson, a rookie who's never made an NFL start; or Robert Griffin III, who's been inactive every game this season.
If Flacco can’t go, Jackson and RG3 ready to roll for Ravens
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Lamar Jackson isn't staying awake at night thinking about the prospect of making his first NFL start.
Baltimore Ravens starting quarterback Joe Flacco missed practice Wednesday because of a hip injury, and his status for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals is uncertain.
If Flacco can't go, coach John Harbaugh likely will turn to Jackson, whose first pro season thus far has been spent taking a few snaps per game in run situations.
Ravens QB Flacco status for Sunday’s game ‘up in the air’
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Carrying a three-game losing streak and a losing record, the Baltimore Ravens now face the burden of uncertainty at the quarterback position.
Joe Flacco is nursing a hip injury that could keep him out of Sunday's game against Cincinnati, an AFC North matchup that carries huge ramifications for the sagging Ravens.
Harbaugh, Flacco seek strong finish in 11th year with Ravens
BALTIMORE (AP) — Having worked in unison for 11 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco are under pressure to extend their extraordinary bond to an even dozen years.
The emergence of first-round draft pick Lamar Jackson and a three-game losing streak have raised questions about the future of a coach and quarterback who reached the postseason in each of their first five seasons together and capped the run with a Super Bowl victory.
Ravens need a break: enter bye week mired in 3-game skid
BALTIMORE (AP) — By the time the Baltimore Ravens play another game, they'll have gone five weeks without a victory.
After enduring nine straight weeks of football to get this far, the weary, aching Ravens will gladly take a week off before attempting to end a three-game losing streak.
Baltimore (4-5) will use the time off to rest, regroup and assess what went wrong during an inexplicable skid following a 4-2 start.
Skidding Ravens hope to begin second-half surge vs Steelers
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — If the Baltimore Ravens are to end their run of three straight years without a playoff berth, they're going to have to play a whole lot better in the second half of the season.
Baltimore staggered to the midpoint with a .500 record and two straight losses, including a 36-21 dud at Carolina on Sunday that showcased many of the team's shortcomings: untimely penalties, a turnover-prone offense and a porous defense.
2 is the new 1 in the NFL; 2-point conversion tries are up
Two is the new one.
NFL teams are going for 2-point conversions more than ever this season. Teams have tried it 59 times through the first seven weeks, converting 35. They're on pace to break the record of 115 attempted in 1994, the year the NFL adopted the 2-point conversion.
There have been eight entire seasons since 1994 in which there weren't 59 2-pont conversion tries and only four times has the total reached 100.
Ravens remain confident in kicker Justin Tucker after miss
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the lessons his team learned losing improbable fashion will help his team the rest of the season.
Harbaugh praised his team's performance against New Orleans — with the possible exception of one missed kick.
Ravens WR Willie Snead makes impression as man in the middle
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Willie Snead has a knack for weaving through a row of linebackers in the middle of the field before making a clutch catch for the Baltimore Ravens.
Such was the case last Sunday against Tennessee, when Snead squeezed between two defenders for a 24-yard gain on a third-and-17 from the Baltimore 15.
Several players contributing to Ravens’ stellar defense
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens are playing team defense so well, it's almost impossible to pick the best of the bunch.
Ravens pile up team-record 11 sacks against former coach
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens swarmed around their new defensive coordinator, Don "Wink" Martindale, celebrating after a game that will go down in the record books.
Getting 11 sacks along with a shutout against the man Martindale replaced makes this mark even sweeter.
Ravens pile up team-record 11 sacks, shut out Titans 21-0
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens posed for photos on the sideline as the clock ticked down the final seconds, making sure to remember the moment.
A franchise-record 11 sacks — one shy of the NFL record for a game — must be preserved and celebrated.
Za'Darius Smith finished with a career-high three sacks, and Patrick Onwuasor got his first two this season as the Ravens shut down the Tennessee Titans 21-0 in the rain Sunday. They just missed matching the NFL record shared by five teams.
Titans coordinator facing off against his old team in Ravens
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dean Pees' retirement from his old job as defensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens sure didn't last very long. Not with Mike Vrabel pouncing on the chance to lure his former coach to work with him in Tennessee.
Now the NFL schedule is giving the defensive coordinator a chance to try and slow down his old team on Sunday.
Harbaugh views Ravens victory over Steelers as “a big deal”
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Some early season NFL victories are more meaningful than others, especially one within your own division, on the road against your biggest rival.
So, after Ravens coach John Harbaugh insisted Monday that Baltimore had already turned its focus toward its next game, he acknowledged that beating Pittsburgh on Sunday night was pretty darn special.
Flacco throws 2 TD passes, Ravens trip up Steelers 26-14
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Eric Weddle walked into the interview room in full uniform. Then the Baltimore Ravens well-bearded safety did a little dance and made a proclamation.
"I told you," Weddle said. "These ain't the same Ravens."
After two years and two painful near misses, he might be right. Baltimore can win in Pittsburgh again, fueling confidence the Ravens can win anywhere.
Ravens perfection in red zone ends Broncos’ perfect record
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens have been perfect inside the opponent's 20-yard line this season, scoring 12 touchdowns on a dozen trips in the red zone.
Denver still hasn't quite got the hang of it yet.
Baltimore (2-1) went 3 for 3 in the red zone Sunday and came away with a 27-14 victory. Joe Flacco threw a 12-yard touchdown pass, Alex Collins scored on a 6-yard run and Javorius Allen pounded in from the 1.
Flacco shines as Ravens deal Broncos first loss, 27-14
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's offensive line handled Von Miller, Joe Flacco took care of the football, and the Ravens sliced through Denver's depleted defense.
Flacco found the time to throw for 277 yards and a touchdown, and the Ravens pushed aside the previously undefeated Broncos 27-14 Sunday.
Baltimore (2-1) got 68 yards rushing from Alex Collins, but the line's most ample contribution was giving Flacco time to pass against a defense led by Miller, who came in with an NFL-leading four sacks.