BALTIMORE (AP) — The sight of Lamar Jackson racing towards the top zone on a 37-yard, fourth-down trek confirmed simply how efficient the Baltimore Ravens’ offense will be when their quarterback is the centerpiece of a multi-faceted working assault.
Jackson faked a handoff, broke barely to his proper and
“That is what we’d like, “ stated rookie working again J.Okay. Dobbins, who rushed for 71 yards and a rating. “I really feel like we’re able to go now.”
Jackson and Dobbins had been amongst practically two dozen gamers who rode the reserve/COVID-19 listing throughout a harrowing stretch that contributed closely to Baltimore’s longest shedding streak for the reason that center of the 2018 season.
The Ravens (7-5) seem like on the street to restoration, though receiver Dez Bryant was pulled throughout warmups and missed the sport after a constructive take a look at for the possibly lethal virus.
Regardless, Baltimore took care of enterprise towards the overmatched Cowboys behind a productive working recreation that conjured reminiscences of final season, when Jackson earned MVP honors and the Ravens set an NFL document for yards dashing whereas ending 14-2.
It may take extra of the identical for Baltimore to soar previous the opposite wild-card hopefuls, starting Monday evening in Cleveland (9-3).
“We’ve obtained all of our objectives forward of us, and for us to maintain them there we’ve got to maintain successful,” stated Gus Edwards, who amassed 101 yards on simply seven carries towards the Cowboys.
“We’ve simply obtained to maintain rocking,” Jackson stated. “We’ve obtained 4 extra to go.”
The return of heart Patrick Mekari from the COVID-19 listing solidified an offensive line that is been in flux with out injured left sort out Ronnie Stanley. Jackson and Baltimore’s three working backs teamed to common 7.9 yards per carry, and the road didn’t permit a sack.
“It was very encouraging,” coach John Harbaugh stated. “Our guys did an awesome job. They blocked.”
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The protection celebrated the return of injured defensive linemen Brandon Williams and Calais Campbell, however the Ravens nonetheless gave up 388 yards towards a crew with an injury-riddled offensive line blocking for backup quarterback Andy Dalton.
Have been it not for 3 missed discipline objectives and a deflected move that Baltimore rookie Patrick Queen become an
“We nonetheless didn’t play how we needed to play, however we obtained the win,” Queen stated. “So, we’re going to have fun this win, however we all know on the finish of the day there’s some stuff that we’ve got to wash up on the sphere.”
With receiver Willie Snead and tight finish Mark Andrews nonetheless on the COVID-19 listing, the Ravens wanted a giant recreation from wideout Marquise Brown — and he delivered.
Jackson accomplished solely 12 passes, 5 of them to Brown for 39 yards. The second-year receiver made a wonderful
Bryant took to Twitter after studying his preliminary non-conclusive take a look at for COVID-19 was adopted by a constructive studying.
The previous Cowboys star wrote that he was going to sit down out the remainder of the yr, then, after consuming some wine, wrote about coming again in spite of everything.
Baltimore does not essentially want Bryant, who has solely 4 catches in three video games, however his speak within the days main as much as the sport about being a crew participant took a success when he made his absence all about him.
“Since I examined constructive for Covid earlier than the sport do the sport cease or go on?” he wrote.
No vital accidents had been reported within the aftermath of the sport, a pleasing and strange shock for a crew with 9 gamers on injured reserve.
70 — That is what number of consecutive discipline aim tries from inside 40 yards that Justin Tucker made earlier than going huge left on a 36-yarder within the second quarter. The misfire got here after a false begin worn out his profitable kick from 31 yards.
The Browns are coming off a formidable win over Tennessee and are the one crew left on Baltimore’s schedule with a successful document. The Ravens beat Cleveland 38-6 within the season opener and will drastically improve their place within the playoff hunt with a victory earlier than closing towards Jacksonville, the Giants and Bengals.
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