ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — So many mock drafts continue to portray John Elway as having fallen for Missouri's Drew Lock even though the Denver Broncos boss hasn't spent nearly as much time scouting...
Griffin gets 2-year deal to return as Ravens backup QB
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Robert Griffin III has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens, who were looking for a quarterback with his skills to play behind Lamar...
Elway insists Flacco is still in his prime at age 34
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Elway insists Joe Flacco is at the top of his game at age 34 even though the former Baltimore Ravens quarterback hasn't thrown a pass in the playoffs since...
AP Source: Broncos to acquire Joe Flacco from Ravens
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Joe Flacco has gone from Denver Broncos tormentor to savior.
The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to trade the veteran quarterback to the Broncos in exchange for a fourth-round pick in this year's NFL draft, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press.
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.
Chargers’ defensive goal vs. Patriots: Get pressure on Brady
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley might be feeling the most pressure going into Sunday's AFC divisional-round game at New England.
Bradley's game plan of using seven defensive backs to neutralize Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson resulted in a 23-17 win. His challenge this week is coming up with the right strategy to contain Patriots QB and five-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady.
Offenses took a holiday on wild-card weekend
CHICAGO (AP) — Maybe it was the absence of all those high-powered offenses on byes.
Perhaps it was the jitters for some younger teams, particularly their quarterbacks: Deshaun Watson, Mitchell Trubisky and Lamar Jackson.
Or maybe defense actually still has a place in the NFL, especially in the playoffs.
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.
Chargers hold off Jackson, Ravens 23-17 in playoff opener
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers kept Lamar Jackson grounded, and by the time the rookie got the passing game going it was too late for the Baltimore Ravens.
Michael Badgley kicked five field goals, and Los Angeles harassed and hounded Jackson during a 23-17 victory Sunday in the opening round of the NFL playoffs.
Chargers-Ravens in wild card is rematch of late-season game
BALTIMORE (AP) — It's been six years since the Ravens hosted a playoff game, so forgive Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda for forgetting protocol regarding the distribution of tickets.
"Somebody was asking me if we got tickets during the playoff games, and I couldn't really remember," he said this week. "I was like, 'Uh, it's been a little while.'"
Youth is Served: Ravens QB Jackson poised for playoffs
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Lamar Jackson has started only seven pro games, is barely old enough to drink in Maryland and has never participated in the NFL postseason.
Fortunately for Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens, experience isn't a requirement for success in the playoffs.
Chargers beat Broncos 23-9 despite feeble offense
DENVER (AP) — Philip Rivers doesn't care that the Chargers must hit the road on wild-card weekend despite winning a dozen games, including a 23-9 nail-biter in Denver on Sunday in which he completed just 14 passes.
Nor does he mind facing the Baltimore Ravens, who thumped the Chargers 22-10 last weekend in Los Angeles.
Ravens squeeze past Browns 26-24 to earn AFC North tile
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens flipped the script and put one heck of an ending on a regular season that featured countless surprises and plot twists.
Getting two rushing touchdowns from rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson and a late defensive stand, Baltimore squeezed past the Cleveland Browns 26-24 Sunday to reach the playoffs as AFC North champions.
Ravens thrive behind contribution of Jackson, rookie class
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Lamar Jackson has gotten most of the headlines, yet the former Louisville quarterback is merely one of several rookies whose contributions have helped the Baltimore Ravens move within striking distance of the AFC North title.
Top to bottom, 1st-round QBs impacted NFL along with others
From Baker Mayfield at the top of the first round to Lamar Jackson at the bottom, rookie quarterbacks had an impact, one way or another, in their NFL debuts.
And don't forget some of the players, at some of the other positions, in between.
The betting favorite for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year is New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley, taken No. 2 behind Cleveland's Mayfield in the draft this past spring.
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.
Rivers, Chargers’ offense sputter against Ravens
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — The tables were turned on Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers' offense.
Instead of controlling the clock, avoiding mistakes and putting the pressure on the Baltimore Ravens' run-heavy offense and rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson, it was Rivers who was left flustered and frustrated by a lack of opportunities and a series of self-inflicted errors when the Chargers seemed ready to turn things around.
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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.
Ravens-Chargers matchup features dramatic differences at QB
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — The quarterback matchup for Saturday's pivotal game between the Baltimore Ravens and Los Angeles Chargers might offer the biggest contrasts this season.
The Chargers, who have clinched their first postseason berth since 2013, feature cagy veteran Philip Rivers, who is having one of the best seasons of his 15-year career. The Ravens have surged back into postseason contention behind fleet-footed rookie Lamar Jackson, who has won four of his five starts.
Ravens use running game, defense and ball control to win
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Using staples from their past — a relentless ground game and a stifling defense — the Baltimore Ravens have put together a hot streak that has them in the middle of the AFC playoff race.
Column: Maybe the key word in NFL stretch drive is balance
Football purists are smiling. For one week, the video game nature of the NFL hit pause.
Only one quarterback on Saturday or Sunday threw for 300 yards, let alone 400. No pinball shootouts.
Ten players rushed for at least 100 yards, and Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson went for 95.
Bucs’ futile chase of Jackson & playoff berth end in unison
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers knew what was coming. They were fully prepared for Baltimore rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson's slippery running style and the Ravens' refurbished rushing attack.
Jackson dared the Bucs (5-9) to catch him if they could. They couldn't.
Jackson ran for 95 of Baltimore's 242 yards on the ground, and the Ravens formally eliminated the Bucs from playoff contention with a 20-12 victory Sunday.
Jackson helps Ravens run past Buccaneers 20-12
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Ravens are making a serious playoff run behind fleet-footed rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson, the key figure in Baltimore's rejuvenated ground game.
Jackson picked apart the Tampa Bay defense on a soggy field, running for 95 yards and throwing for 131 to carry the Ravens to a 20-12 victory Sunday.
Jackson-led Ravens seek to keep rolling vs Buccaneers
BALTIMORE (AP) — The last time Tampa Bay faced Baltimore, Joe Flacco threw five touchdown passes within the first 17 minutes to get the Ravens rolling in a 48-17 rout.
Flacco will be watching from the sideline Sunday in the rematch of that 2014 blowout. The 2012 Super Bowl MVP lost his starting job this week to rookie Lamar Jackson, who presents an entirely different set of problems for a porous Tampa Bay defense that is allowing nearly 400 yards per game.
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.
Jackson sustains ankle injury in OT loss to Chiefs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs finally tracked down Lamar Jackson when it mattered most.
After watching the elusive Ravens quarterback scoot all over the field Sunday, Justin Houston and Dee Ford combined on an overtime sack that left Jackson holding his ankle. He then had to watch from the sideline as Robert Griffin III threw two incompletions and Kansas City escaped with a 27-24 victory Sunday.
Ravens aim to use ball-control offense to slow down Chiefs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lamar Jackson knows that he will play a big part in stopping the high-flying Kansas City Chiefs offense when he leads the Baltimore Ravens into Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.
He won't make a tackle, though, or cause a fumble or intercept a pass.
That's because stopping Patrick Mahomes and Co. begins with keeping them on the sideline. And to do that, the Ravens quarterback needs to make sure he keeps his own offense on the field.
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 in driver’s seat to end 3-year playoff drought
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens are still fighting to end a three-year playoff drought even though they are riding their longest winning streak of the season.
The Ravens hold a one-game lead for the sixth and final postseason spot in the AFC. Baltimore (7-5) also is within a half-game of the first-place Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC North after the Ravens' 26-16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
Ravens stifle feeble Falcons 26-16 for 3rd straight win
ATLANTA (AP) — The Baltimore defense made life miserable for Matt Ryan and the Falcons' offense — and gave rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson plenty of room for error.
The Ravens turned in a dominating defensive performance, limiting Atlanta to its fewest yards in almost two decades while Jackson guided Baltimore to its third straight victory, 26-16 on Sunday.
Falcons preparing for new challenge from Ravens QB Jackson
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons must prepare for two quarterbacks as they await Sunday's visit from the Baltimore Ravens.
Of the two, rookie Lamar Jackson is the hot topic of the week in the Falcons' locker room.
The Falcons, who face Carolina and Cam Newton in the NFC South twice each season, have prepared for other mobile quarterbacks. Defensive tackle Grady Jarrett says Jackson belongs in a different category.
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?
Raiders ground up by Ravens’ rushing attack in 34-17 loss
BALTIMORE (AP) — It wouldn't be an understatement to say the Oakland Raiders got run out of Baltimore.
The Ravens trampled the NFL's 31st-ranked rushing defense, piling up 242 yards on the ground Sunday in a 34-17 victory that only magnified the Raiders' defensive shortcomings.
Jackson, Edwards and Ravens run over Raiders 34-17
BALTIMORE (AP) — Lamar Jackson proved in the first half that he was capable of throwing the football as well as running with it.
After that, the Baltimore Ravens rookie quarterback got back to what he does best — much to the delight of his offensive line.
Jackson ran all over the Oakland Raiders, finishing with 71 yards rushing and a touchdown to carry the Ravens past the Oakland Raiders 34-17 on Sunday.
Ravens QB Jackson hopes to rely more on passing vs Raiders
BALTIMORE (AP) — Understanding that 27 carries a game is way too dangerous for an NFL quarterback, Lamar Jackson may do things differently in his second NFL start Sunday.
Playing in place of the injured Joe Flacco last week, the former Louisville star slithered, juked and bulled his way for 117 yards rushing to lead the Baltimore Ravens past the Cincinnati Bengals 24-21.
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.
Jackson carries 27 times, lifts Ravens past Bengals 24-21
BALTIMORE (AP) — In the days leading up to his first NFL start, Lamar Jackson experienced a stomach ache and insomnia.
When the rookie quarterback finally got on the field, Jackson inflicted a whole lot of pain on the Cincinnati Bengals.
Jackson juked and sprinted for 117 yards, Gus Edwards ran for 115 and the Baltimore Ravens ground out a 24-21 victory Sunday to end a three-game losing streak.
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.
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.
Developing young QBs in NFL a tricky balancing act
NEW YORK (AP) — Start them right away? Ease 'em in? Have them sit a whole season?
When it comes to developing young quarterbacks in the NFL, it all depends on who you talk to.
Some teams think it's best to throw rookie QBs into the fire to learn on the job. Others prefer to gradually work them into the offense. Some say it's more beneficial to have them grab a cap and clipboard and take it all in from the sideline.
Bengals LB Preston Brown inactive vs Ravens
CINCINNATI (AP) — Preston Brown is inactive for the Bengals' Thursday night game against the Ravens, leaving Cincinnati without two of its top linebackers.
Brown hurt his right ankle during an opening win at Indianapolis on Sunday and had been listed as questionable. The Bengals also are missing linebacker Vontaze Burfict, suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Chiefs-Chargers each without defensive stars Berry, Bosa
The Los Angeles Chargers will replace defensive end Joey Bosa with second-year player Isaac Rochell, while the Kansas City Chiefs will be without one of their defensive stars in safety Eric Berry.
With RG3 aboard, Ravens have ‘three quality quarterbacks’
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Keeping three quarterbacks was not an easy decision for Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who hasn't had that many QBs on his opening day roster since 2009.
Now he's got to determine the best way to use them.
Joe Flacco will start Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, but Harbaugh isn't revealing whether the backup will be Robert Griffin III or rookie Lamar Jackson.
RG3 hangs on in Baltimore, McCarron dealt to Oakland
RG3 is staying put while AJ is switching coasts.
Robert Griffin III, the 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year whose career has been disrupted by injuries since that season, remained with Baltimore as the Ravens cut their roster to the league maximum of 53 on Saturday. He'll likely be the third-string quarterback behind Joe Flacco and first-round draft pick Lamar Jackson, but he still has a job.
Robert Griffin III survives Ravens’ final cut
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The comeback of Robert Griffin III is complete: The quarterback will start the season with the Baltimore Ravens.
Griffin survived Baltimore's final cutdown Saturday and will join starter Joe Flacco and first-round pick Lamar Jackson on the depth chart. The Ravens have not carried three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster since 2009.