Ravens release first injury report for Week 13 matchup vs. Broncos

The Baltimore Ravens released the first injury report for Week 13.

The Baltimore Ravens return home to face the Denver Broncos in Week 13, looking to bounce back from a disappointing loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 12.  The Broncos might be disappointing this season, but they still have an elite pass defense and will look to find answers during the contest.

Baltimore released their first injury report for their Week 13 matchup with Denver on Wednesday. Quarterback Lamar Jackson was limited last week with a hip injury, but so far this week he was limited with a quad issue. Cornerback Marlon Humphrey missed a few snaps in Week 12 with an ankle injury, and was limited during Wednesday’s practice Tight end Nick Boyle as well as offensive linemen Daniel Faalele and Patrick Mekari missed the session with illnesses.

Tight end Isaiah Likely, offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley and safety Kyle Hamilton all returned to practice after missing Week 12, a good sign for all three after logging a limited session each. Defensive end Calais Campbell, outside linebacker Justin Houston and cornerback Marcus Peters all had rest days.

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The All-22: Has Trevor Lawrence finally arrived?

Has Trevor Lawrence finally become what we thought he could be? Laurie Fitzpatrick goes to the tape to investigate Lawrence’s development.

Jacksonville Jaguars “annual generational” quarterback Trevor Lawrence has finally made the clear jump from Year 1 to Year 2. Last Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, Lawrence went 29-of-37 (78.4%) for 321 yards and three touchdowns, ending with a 129.8 quarterback rating.

Lawrence and the Jaguars were down 19-10 in the start of the fourth quarter and with two minutes left in the game, down by seven, Lawrence drove down the field, ending the Ravens’ four-game win streak.

“Sometimes it’s the difference between what we see in Trevor and sometimes what the fan might see or what y’all might see,” head coach Doug Pederson said after the game. “This guy throws an incredibly good football and he’s smart and he sees the field, and he can make all the throws. You’re just seeing that. You’re just seeing that execution with him and that maturity with him.”

Lawrence was playing lights out. He delivered accurate throws in tight windows and exhibited split-second decision making while putting all his trust in his receivers downfield.

Let’s go to the All-22 and telestrate how he was able to have game of his career against the Ravens’ pass defense.

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Ravens HC John Harbaugh says team will look at ways to improve in red zone

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh says the team will look at everything to improve in the red zone

The Baltimore Ravens lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars 28-27 on Sunday in Week 12 of the 2022 season. The team missed out of plenty of opportunities to score touchdowns, settling for four Justin Tucker field goals instead throughout the majority of the contest.

After going 2-for-5 in the red zone in Week 12, Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh talked about the red zone during a press conference following the game. He discussed how the team will look at everything to find ways to improve their efficiency in the red zone, reiterating that they must be better in that area.

“We’re going to look at everything. It’s two things always; it’s going to be execution and scheme, and it’s scheme and execution. So, that has been a major focus for us as coaches to try to get the right plays up down there. At times, we’ve had the right plays and we haven’t executed them. Obviously, we have to do everything we can do to block, tackle, throw, catch, run, all those things the best we can and just make the plays. I do think once it starts happening, you kind of get a little momentum that way, but also, we’re going to look at the scheme part of it. We’re not going to say it’s not that; that has to be part of it, and what personnel groups are on the field, what plays we’re running, are we doing enough to cause problems for the defense? Those kinds of things. We got a nice open crossing route with a nice schemed-up play there at the end to Josh [Oliver]. We just have to be better down there. It’s critical for us in the next stretch of games to start scoring touchdowns in the red zone; we have to get that done.”

The Ravens need a quick turnaround, as they will be facing off against the Denver Broncos in Week 13. The team is now tied at the top of the AFC North with the Cincinnati Bengals, but still hold the tiebreaker over their division rival. They must be better in the red zone down the stretch if they want a shot at winning games consistently.

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Ravens DL Calais Campbell discusses emotions following loss to Jaguars in Week 12

Ravens defensive lineman Calais Campbell discussed his emotions following the team’s loss to the Jaguars in Week 12

The Baltimore Ravens lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars 28-27 in Week 12 to bring their record to 7-4 on the season. It was a devastating loss for Baltimore after being up by seven points with less than two minutes left in the game.  The team had a chance to win with a Justin Tucker 67-yard field goal, but it fell short as time expired.

Ravens defensive lineman Calais Campbell spoke to the media after the loss and was clearly frustrated with how the game ended. He said that the loss stung, especially because the defense had the game in their hands and let it slip away late.

“It stings, you know. To have the game in our hands as a defense, we expect to win that every time. We didn’t get it done. We knew they were talented. They have a lot of playmakers, and they fought hard to make the plays to win the game. We’ve got to go back and watch the tape and figure out how we can improve, but this one definitely stings.”

In all four of the Ravens’ losses, the team has blown a lead late in the contest. The loss in Week 12 wasn’t a double-digit lead, but the Baltimore defense allowed 18 points in the fourth quarter en route to their loss. They now have a 7-4 record and will look to get back on track in Week 13 against the Denver Broncos.

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NFL Week 12 betting recap: The Bengals sure look like a better team than the Ravens right now

The Bengals look better than Baltimore, but their remaining schedule will make it tough to win the division.

Even after a disappointing loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, the 7-4 Baltimore Ravens own first place in the AFC North thanks to a tie-breaker over the Cincinnati Bengals, who they beat in Week 5. BetMGM gives Baltimore the best odds to win the division at -250.

But the Bengals are on a three-game winning streak after beating the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, and that win might’ve been the most impressive of the season between the two division rivals considering Cincinnati was without star receiver Ja’Marr Chase and running back Joe Mixon.

Though Cincinnati’s remaining cast of offensive weapons might have still been better than what Lamar Jackson and the Ravens had to work with, you can only expect Cincinnati to get better with health. You can’t say the same for Baltimore.

Yet, despite similar records, the Bengals remain relative long-shots to win the AFC North at +210 odds. The reason is because of a tough remaining schedule that includes the Chiefs and Bills.

But if the Ravens continue to struggle against teams like the Jaguars — their best win during a recent four-game streak was over the 5-6 Bucs — Cincinnati’s remaining schedule won’t matter. The AFC North could very well come down to the final week of the season when the Ravens and Bengals play again, in Cincinnati. And right now, I would pick the home team to win that game.

A Jaguars safety took a beautiful shot at Urban Meyer while praising Trevor Lawrence and fans loved it

This was a beautiful shot at Urban Meyer.

What a difference a year makes.

This time last season the Jaguars were still being coached by Urban Meyer, who is one of the worst coaches in NFL history, and everything was bad for a team that had recently drafted a surefire franchise QB in Trevor Lawrence.

Meyer, of course, got fired after the 13th game of the season last year (which was a total LOL for not even making it through one season in the NFL) and things instantly got better for the Jaguars.

On Sunday, Lawrence took a huge step as he led the Jaguars to a come-from-behind win over the Ravens with a TD pass and 2-point conversion in the final seconds. The former No. 1 overall pick was tremendous down the stretch and looked just like the player everyone thought he would be coming out of Clemson.

You know what else was tremendous? Jaguars safety Andrew Wingard ripping Meyer after the win while praising Lawrence.

“I’m just so happy for Trevor because he had to deal with Urban Meyer last year as a rookie, and I don’t even know if he had a rookie year. To see the growth he’s made, not just on the field but with his preparation and his demeanor, all that.”

Wingard was right and NFL fans loved it. Also, that whole interview was awesome.

Week 12 rewarded coaches who played to win instead of settling for overtime

After trailing throughout Week 12, Jacksonville and LA opted not to play extra football and instead left the outcome up to their QBs.

Imagine you’re an NFL head coach. After a brilliant two-minute drill, your offense just scored to pull within one point with seconds left in regulation.

That leaves you with an important choice: do you kick a high percentage extra point and send the game to overtime, where your offense may not see the ball again? Or do you send that offense back onto the field, snap the ball from the two-and-a-half yard line, and attempt a riskier two-point conversion that will ensure the game is won or lost after 60 minutes of official time?

In Week 12, two coaches in dire need of big wins stared down that same decision. Each chose the high-risk, high-reward instant gratification of a two-point conversion. Each walked away with a come-from-behind win.

The first saw the Jacksonville Jaguars turn what had been a 94.9 percent win probability for the Baltimore Ravens on its ear. Trevor Lawrence, playing arguably his finest game as a pro, harnessed the momentum of a 10-play, 75-yard drive in under two minutes to shock the Ravens. His strike to Zay Jones at the edge of his drag route was perfectly on the money and, most importantly, put his team up 28-27 with 14 seconds to play.

Chargers head coach Brandon Staley, a man oft-derided for his willingness to go for it on fourth-and-short but an inability to actually convert these plays — he’s only eight of 19 on fourth down attempts this fall — pushed his luck again after rallying from an early 10-0 deficit against the Arizona Cardinals. A quick inside throw to Gerald Everett was enough to crush a Cardinal defense playing too far off the ball and dropped Kliff Kingsbury to 4-8 in what will likely be his final season as an NFL head coach.

In both cases, teams that had been outplayed assessed their chances of surviving overtime and decided that playing less football was the right choice. The Ravens had outgained the Jaguars 6.1 yards per play to 5.4 Sunday afternoon. Hours later, the Cardinals held a 5.7 to 4.9 advantage over the Chargers. Win probability models favored both Arizona and Baltimore in the event either team made it to the extra period.

(The Raiders stared down a similar conundrum after scoring with 1:54 remaining. Josh McDaniels kicked the extra point, then won in overtime after two different game-winning Seattle drives failed. But Las Vegas held a distinct yardage advantage over the host Seahawks Sunday, which helped his cause).

Through 11 weeks, teams had attempted 77 two-point conversions in 2022 (per Stathead). They’d converted 36 of those, for a 46.8 percent mark — a rate roughly one percent lower than last year’s 47.7. That average is actually worse in the fourth quarter; defenses have gotten a stop in 30 of 51 attempts in the final frame for a 41.2 percent success rate. That’s also lower than last year, where teams converted 52 of 108 attempts in the fourth (48.2 percent)

Within the small sample size of 2022 fourth quarters, this suggests baseline analysis would actually advise against going for it, though different games have different scenarios — like, say, when your team is getting outgained by nearly a yard per play and the odds of surviving overtime are low. If you sort those numbers down even further an advantage unfurls; teams going for two in the final two minutes of the game in a one-possession game converted exactly half the time (four of eight), a number that’s now 60 percent after Sunday’s wins.

This is all to say there’s no slam dunk data backing a coach’s choice to go for two and finish a game in regulation rather than plan for overtime. It’s more a remedy for flawed teams who’d benefit from playing less football — the Chargers or Jaguars in Week 12, or the New York Giants back in Week 1 when they upset the Tennessee Titans — than it is a proven indicator of wins and losses.

Had either team failed Sunday, their coaches likely would have gotten roasted, even if an all-or-nothing shot was their best chance. That’s life in the NFL. What we know right now is that the two-point conversion hits a little less often than a coin flip, so it makes sense that coaches aren’t going for it every chance they get.

But with momentum on their side and facing an uphill battle in overtime, that spot at the two-yard line is a blessing for needy NFL teams. You don’t need the numbers to tell you to go for it if you’ve got Trevor Lawrence or Justin Herbert dealing and a comeback on the brink of completion. That’s a worthy dice roll to make — and one we should begrudgingly get behind, even when it fails.

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Ravens QB Lamar Jackson admits Baltimore offense missed opportunities in Week 12 vs. Jaguars

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson talks about how the offense missed opportunities in Week 12 against the Jaguars

The Baltimore Ravens lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars 28-27 after allowing a touchdown and a two-point conversation with less than 20 seconds left in the game. The offense had multiple chances to put the game away early but had to settle for four field goals, including three in the red zone.

Off of missed opportunities alone, the Ravens could have molded the outcome of the game into a much different one. Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson talked about how the team can stop the trend of losing games late during his postgame press conference, saying that they missed opportunities and needing to score more points.

“[We] just have to score more points, try to score more points early, if anything. Try not to miss the opportunities. We missed a few opportunities out there. That’s it.”

Baltimore’s offensive needs to bounce back next Sunday in Week 13 at home against the struggling Denver Broncos. If the offense continues to be unable to capitalize early, the season could go downhill fast in a very important year.

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NFL Week 12 Awards: Jaguars’ thong-wearing mascot had Sunday’s most spectacular TD celebration

Things got weird Sunday in Jacksonville. In a hilarious way.

A long holiday weekend full of football action came to a close Sunday with a ton of NFL games and while they might not have been the best matchups we’ll ever see, there was some fun to be had Sunday in the NFL.

Take the Jaguars, for instance. They scored a TD in the final seconds and then went for the two-point conversion for the lead instead of trying to just tie up the game. It worked (more on that in a bit) and they got a huge win over the Ravens. The Chargers later did the same thing to the Cardinals, which was also great.

Jacoby Brissett and the Browns beat Tom Brady and the Bucs in OT and after the game Brissett hilariously used Brady’s F-bomb line.

Oh, and the Jets looked really good with Mike White at QB.

Let’s have some more fun and hand out some awards for the good, the bad, and the hilarious from Sunday’s action.

Trevor Lawrence’s heroics lead to Jaguars win

With his starting running back out for the game, Trevor Lawrence took it upon himself to lead the Jacksonville Jaguars to a 28-27 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday in Jacksonville. Down seven points with two minutes to go in the game, Lawrence …

With his starting running back out for the game, Trevor Lawrence took it upon himself to lead the Jacksonville Jaguars to a 28-27 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday in Jacksonville.

Down seven points with two minutes to go in the game, Lawrence led the team down the field on a massive touchdown drive, ending with a 10-yard touchdown throw to Marvin Jones Jr.

Jacksonville then elected to go for two and the win. Lawrence hit Zay Jones on a short out route to pick up the conversion.

It was arguably Lawrence’s most impressive drive as a pro.

The 2021 No. 1 overall draft pick finished the game 29-of-37 passing for 321 yards and three touchdowns.

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