Denver – Lamar Jackson won it with his right hand. He used his fast legs to crown the Denver Broncos 23-7 thumping of Baltimore and tie an NFL rushing record.
The Ravens (3-1) were in danger of coming short of matching the Steelers’ long time mark for consecutive games, at least 100 yards before Baltimore cornerback Anthony Everett hit Broncos backup QB Drew Locke in the end zone. I stopped with 3 seconds. .
Instead of taking a knee, Jackson took the shotgun snap and swung to the left for 5 yards when time ran out. This gave the Ravens 102 yards to land, their 43rd consecutive 100-yard run, tying the mark set by Pittsburgh from 1974–77.
“Oh yeah, 100% my call,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said unapologetically. “It’s one of those things that’s worthwhile. As a head coach you have to care about your team and your players and what it means to them. It’s a very tough record and it’s a long-term record.” Is.
“I’m not going to say it’s more important than winning the game, of course, it certainly isn’t,” Harbaugh said. “But as a head coach you do this for your players and you do this for your coaches and it is something they will have for a lifetime.”
Harbaugh’s players applauded their coach for letting him go on record.
“It’s important whenever you’re in the record book, so it’s great to have it,” said receiver Marquis Brown, who caught Jackson’s 49-yard TD pass a week after dropping all three of the long passes. .
“I wasn’t thinking about the record,” Jackson said. “I was thinking of winning.”
Jackson missed two exercises last week with back pain, but it didn’t seem to affect the entire Sunday.
“I’m feeling fine,” he said. “Did I look good?”
Although he was placed in a run of 28 yards, Jackson threw for 316 yards.
Broncos coach Vic Fangio said, “We wanted to limit our chances of carrying it and making a scuffle.” “We did it. But they were able to complete the long dice, which negated it.”
Only twice in his four-year NFL career has Jackson hit more yards, once in the regular season (324) and once in the playoffs (365).
“I can’t believe people say he can’t throw. It’s wild, barbaric,” suggested Ravens receiver James Proche II. “It’s like saying the water is dry. He’s just doing his job, nothing crazy, just doing what he does.”
Justin Tucker, who beat the Lions last week with an NFL-record long 66-yard field goal, was perfect from 40, 46 and 20 yards in Denver’s thin air.
The Broncos (3-1) punts on 10 of their 12 possessions after punting a total of nine times in their three wins. He lost to QB Teddy Bridgewater with a shock on his last pass of the first half.
Ravens rookie linebacker Odef Oveh hit Bridgewater under the chin, but was not flagged.
Neither had cornerback Tavon Young whistled a play earlier to hit a defenseless receiver, when his brutal hit sent WR/KR Dionte Spencer from the game with an injury to his sternum.
The injuries occurred during a series of curious calls by Broncos offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, who had thrown to Bridgewater three times after Denver dropped the ball in the first half with 1:02 on their 17 and Denver 14-7. turned down.
All three throws went unfinished – Bridgewater completed just 7 of 16 passes after posting 75% of Denver’s three wins on the day – and the Broncos threw the ball back into Baltimore with Tucker warming up on the sidelines.
Devin DuVernay’s 42-yard return set up Tucker for an easy 40-yard run as the first half ended, giving the Ravens a 17-7 halftime lead.
A play after tossing a short pass to Sammy Watkins, Jackson was injured and struck Brown with a 49-yard touchdown pass that put Baltimore well ahead for 14-7 in the second quarter.
Noah Fant caught a 3-yard TD pass from Bridgewater to put Denver on board and the Ravens responded with a long drive capped by an 11-yard touchdown romp from Latvius Murray that tied it on 7.
Fant’s TD was set up by rookie Javonte Williams’ 31-yard run in which he smashed five tackles before cornerback Marlon Humphrey eventually knocked him down. Williams led the nation in a broken tackle in North Carolina last year.
The Ravens had five sacks and both Bridgewater and Lock were sacked by middle linebacker Tyes Bowser. Broncos rookie safety Caiden Stern had two of Denver’s three sacks. In September, the AFC’s Defensive Player of the Month, Von Miller, shared the second sack with McTelvin Agim.
Miller noted the difficulty of facing Jackson and his big-play passing abilities combined with the Ravens’ overseas run package.
Ravens RT Alejandro Villanueva started with a knee injury in the third quarter. His replacement, Andre Smith, was flagged off the play for a face mask that negated TE Mark Andrews’ 30-yard TD reception. Bridgewater is the eighth starter for the Broncos to be injured. In the closing minutes medical staff was also working on the upper ribcage of rookie CB Patrick Sureten II.
Ravens: Host Indianapolis on October 11.
Broncos: Visit Pittsburgh on October 10.
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