Ravens' agonizing season ends with another close defeat
The Ravens played shorthanded — and valiantly — before falling 16-13 in overtime to the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was Baltimore's sixth loss in a row, five of which were decided by a total of eight8 points. “Lot of fight in this team, a lot of heart,” defensive lineman Calais Campbell said.news.yahoo.com
Ravens' season ends with Jackson in locker room, 17-3 loss
The Ravens and Lamar Jackson were stymied for the much of Saturday night by a hustling, relentless Buffalo defense. Then, the biggest miscue on a night of missteps for the Ravens effectively put an end to an otherwise memorable season. In the end, however, the Ravens got blown away on a windy night by a team that chased Jackson all over the field. 1-ranked rushing game generated 150 yards, but Jackson was limited to 34 yards on nine carries with a long of 15 yards. Throwing under duress for much of the game, Jackson went 14 of 24 for 162 yards with an interception and three sacks.
Lamar winless no more, leads Ravens to 20-13 win over Titans
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson celebrates after the Ravens beat the Tennessee Titans in an NFL wild-card playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lamar Jackson finally has his first postseason victory — and on the road, no less. Combine that with Baltimore smothering 2,000-yard rusher Derrick Henry, and the Ravens look playoff tough. After the turnover, the Ravens came onto the field and started waving good-bye to the Titans — drawing a taunting penalty they didn't mind at all. “We won the division, hosted a home playoff game,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said. The Ravens held Tennessee to minus-7 yards in the second quarter, the third fewest in any quarter of a playoff game since the 2000 season.
Jaguars fire Marrone; owner Khan plans to be more involved
Now, after nine NFL seasons and little success on the field, the Jacksonville Jaguars owner is taking a more hands-on approach to fixing the franchise's most glaring problems. Khan is handling the search for his next coach and general manager mostly alone, with some help from Jaguars President Mark Lamping. “This time around, I think I have a much better sense myself,” Khan said Monday after firing coach Doug Marrone. “What's evaded the history of the Jags really has been a franchise quarterback,” Khan said. Khan kept Marrone in place after firing general manager Dave Caldwell in late November, but ultimately decided on a clean sweep.
Jackson leads surging Ravens to 40-14 rout of Jaguars
Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins runs with the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, in Baltimore. Instead, Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens enjoyed a feel-good, confidence-building blowout that boosted their chances of reaching the playoffs for the third consecutive year. Jackson threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score, and Baltimore built a 26-point halftime lead against helpless Jacksonville in a 40-14 victory Sunday. The Ravens (9-5) have won three straight following a three-game skid and remained in the hunt to secure one of three AFC wild-card spots. The highlight of the fourth quarter was a 22-yard first-down run by Baltimore offensive lineman Tyre Phillips with a Jackson fumble.
Cowboys' Elliott inactive; Stafford will start for Lions
(AP Photo/Aaron Doster)Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott is inactive against San Francisco with a calf injury the two-time rushing championship has been battling for several weeks. Safety Deon Bush (foot) is also out after being listed questionable with Johnson. Cowboys: RB Ezekiel Elliott, QB Ben DiNucci, WR Malik Turner, CB Rashard Robinson, DE Bradlee Anae, LB Luke Gifford, DE Ron’Dell Carter. ___JACKSONVILLE AT BALTIMOREJaguars: CB Sidney Jones, CB Luq Barcoo, LB Quincy Williams, DT Daniel Ross, QB Jake Luton. Ravens: DE Calais Campbell, CB Jimmy Smith, CB Marcus Peters, RB Mark Ingram, LB Kristian Welch, DE Jihad Ward, C Trystan Colon-Castillo.
Soaring Ravens can’t afford letdown against lowly Jaguars
The Ravens would love to savor the memory of Lamar Jackson coming off the bench to throw a pivotal fourth-down touchdown pass before setting up Justin Tucker for a 55-yard winning field goal. So if the Ravens experience a letdown Sunday against the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars (1-12), then Jackson's heroics in that epic 47-42 win over the Browns could turn out to be meaningless. “These are professional players, and they understand that to make the last win matter, you have to win the next one," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “I don’t know if it’s hitting their stride or just really executing on a real high level, both in the run game and in the pass game," coach Doug Marrone said of Baltimore. Rookie Jake Luton started three games while Minshew was out with a thumb injury and Mike Glennon started the following three games.
Henry runs wild, Titans hand Jags 12th straight loss, 31-10
So Vrabel stuck with Henry, who delivered a 20-yard run in the fourth quarter that helped him make NFL history. Henry ran for 215 yards and two touchdowns, his best performance in five trips to his hometown area, and the Titans dominated Jacksonville 31-10 on Sunday and handed the Jaguars a 12th consecutive loss. Enjoying a big performance about 25 miles from his hometown of Yulee was something new for Henry. Henry had 170 yards on 17 carries in the first 30 minutes, including a 36-yard touchdown run. He added a 47-yard scamper early in the third as the AFC South-leading Titans (9-4) started to pull away.
Russell Wilson, Travis Kelce among NFL Man of Year nominees
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) talks at the end of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Seattle's star quarterback Russell Wilson and Kansas City's standout tight end Travis Kelce are among the 32 finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)In a year impacted by a pandemic and social unrest, NFL players have spoken out and stepped up. “The 32 Walter Payton Man of the Year nominees remind us that even in the face of adversity, players continue to raise awareness and use their voice and platform to positively impact their communities. “Being nominated as the Chiefs' Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year is one of the greatest honors of my professional career,” tight end Travis Kelce said. As an organization captain, he directs a team of active NFL players who are committed to using their platform to help address the clean water crisis.
Revenge Tour: Jags face several former players down stretch
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars are seeing former teammates nearly every week, so many down the stretch that it could be considered a Revenge Tour. Next up: Pittsburgh defensive end Tyson Alualu, a first-round draft pick in 2010 who returns to Jacksonville on Sunday. Alualu spent seven years with the Jaguars (1-8) after then-general manager Gene Smith surprisingly chose him with the 10th overall pick. Jacksonville will face seven more former Jaguars over its next five games:RONNIE HARRISONHarrison returns to Jacksonville on Nov. 29. Chicago gave up a compensatory fourth to get Foles, who started the past seven games for the Bears.
Ravens set NFL record for 20-point games with win in Indy
(AP Photo/AJ Mast)INDIANAPOLIS – Lamar Jackson fast-tracked the Baltimore Ravens' latest record-breaking achievement. He opened the second half with an up-tempo game plan that got Indianapolis' defense out of sync. After punting on their first five possessions and watching the defense score the Ravens' only points of the first half, Jackson switched it up. “I’m glad we did," Harbaugh said when asked about going fast in the second half. Linebackers Darius Leonard and Anthony Walker also were injured in the second half.
NFL home teams now 65-65-1 in this pandemic season
That means that going into tonight’s Saints-Buccaneers showdown, home teams are 65-65-1 so far this season. The .500 mark is lower than last year’s .518 mark by home teams that was the lowest home field success rate since the NFL expanded to 32 teams in 2002. Las Vegas though has taken control on its first two drives of the second half. Neither had started an NFL game, but both have been in the league much longer than DiNucci. ___1:05 p.m.Eleven NFL teams entered Week 9 with two or fewer losses.
Vikings trade DE Yannick Ngakoue to Ravens for draft picks
MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Vikings traded defensive end Yannick Ngakoue to the Baltimore Ravens for draft picks on Thursday, less than two months after acquiring the fifth-year pass rusher in a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Vikings were initially hoping he'd be able to return with rest and rehabilitation, and Spielman said acquiring Ngakoue was not related to Hunter's injury. I still think we have a very talented team,” Spielman said. The Ravens (5-1) could use Ngakoue to enhance a pass rush that has been productive of late but could use the help. “We are excited to add Yannick Ngakoue to our football team,” Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said.
Ravens hold on for 30-28 win over depleted Eagles
Baltimore Ravens' Gus Edwards (35) scores a touchdown as Philadelphia Eagles' Shaun Bradley (54) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)PHILADELPHIA – The Baltimore Ravens got the stop they needed against a depleted Eagles offense that staged an impressive comeback. Fort and Matthew Judon tackled Carson Wentz on a 2-point conversion attempt with 1:55 remaining and the Ravens held on for a 30-28 victory over Philadelphia on Sunday. “It’s a win that we’re very, very happy to have,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. I'm proud of these guys.”Jackson, the reigning NFL MVP, was efficient, passing for 186 yards and ran for a 37-yard TD.
Malcolm Jenkins says therapy helps him cope with stress
Malcolm Jenkins is passionate about many subjects, including mental health awareness. Going to weekly therapy helps him cope with stress and he wants young men to know it’s not a weakness. Jenkins, a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Saints and Eagles, spent time Tuesday with students in New Orleans talking about the importance of mental health and psychological effects of racism. “We’re using the film `Black Boys' to really create some more dialogue among Black boys and be able to create spaces where they can feel comfortable in their own skin,” Jenkins said. In the third quarter of that game, Jenkins wasn’t on the field for a third-and-1 play that the Chargers converted.
Overlooked? Underrated? Marrone thinks Jaguars ‘can be special’
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars have a chance to surprise, possibly even shock, much of the NFL. 1 draft pick in April — and assembling one of the youngest rosters in the league, the Jaguars are mostly a league-wide afterthought. The Jaguars don’t care. “I really think that this team can be special,” coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday. “We don’t feel like we’re underdogs at all,” receiver DJ Chark said.
Doug Marrone sees challenge, opportunity with ever-changing Jaguars roster
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Doug Marrone looks at the number of players dropping off of the roster and knows what people are thinking. The Jaguars did add an area native, Columbia High School graduate and defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan on Monday, but the needs are greater than what hell provide. Defensive tackle Al Woods, cornerback Rashaan Melvin and end/linebacker Lerentee McCray all opted-out due to COVID-19 concerns. Defensive tackle Rodney Gunter was placed on the reserve/retired list Monday after he announced a condition with his aortic valve. Defensive tackle Dontavius Russell, a seventh-round pick in 2019 and defensive tackle Brian Price were both placed on injured reserve.
NFL facing unending series of questions, uncertain answers
Perhaps the biggest headlines Brady drew recently came when he defied players' union recommendations to cease informal practices with teammates as a coronavirus precaution. (Chris Urso/Tampa Bay Times via AP, File)In seven weeks, the NFL expects to kick off its 101st season with the Super Bowl champion Chiefs hosting Houston. Still set on conducting a somewhat normal training camp, though without any preseason games, and then opening the regular season on time, the NFL pushes onward. We could have a ton of social distance, more than we have with our football team, Chiefs coach Andy Reid says. Perhaps the biggest headlines Brady drew recently came when he defied players' union recommendations to cease informal practices with teammates as a coronavirus precaution.
Will Jaguars keep Yannick Ngakoue and Calais Campbell? GM weighs in
Will the Jaguars keep Yannick Ngakoue on the roster? I’ll leave it at that.”One way the Jaguars can keep Ngakoue is to sign him to a new contract. There are two potential obstacles to a new deal: Ngakoue’s perception of his market value and the Jaguars salary cap space. Is Ngakoue worth that much? Bouye, who has been talked about being a potential salary cap casualty.
Campbell wins Walter Payton Man of the Year, Jackson is Most Valuable Player
MIAMI (Reuters) - Jacksonville Jaguars Calais Campbell took home the Walter Payton Man of the Year prize on Saturday, while the National Football Leagues Most Valuable Player (MVP) honors went to Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. Feb 1, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars Calais Campbell speaks to the media after receiving the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award presented by Nationwide NFL Honors awards presentation at Adrienne Arsht Center. The evenings top prize for on-field performance went to quarterback Jackson, who capped his stellar season with the NFLs MVP honor. Throwing for 3,127 yards and 36 touchdowns in the regular season, Jackson was an early favorite for MVP, with the 23-year-old having led the Ravens to a 14-2 regular season record. Other honorees included New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who claimed the AP Defensive Player of the Year Award, and New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas, who won AP Offensive Player of the Year.feeds.reuters.com
Jaguars adjust clocks with Coughlin gone, stump for Marrone
JACKSONVILLE, FL – About 12 hours after Jaguars owner Shad Khan fired top executive Tom Coughlin, all the clocks inside the building were reset. “We'd love to see coach Marrone stick around and see this through,” Pro Bowl defensive end Calais Campbell. —Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue skipped most of the offseason and part of training camp in a contract dispute that remains unsettled. He tried to fine defensive end Dante Fowler $700,000 for missing "mandatory" appointments with team trainers during the 2018 offseason. Neither did the clocks, players insisted.
Darnold, Jets face Jaguars following 'embarrassing' MNF loss
Calais Campbell -- In just two seasons with the Jaguars, Campbell has 24.5 sacks and is the leader of the defense. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sam Darnold might not get much of a reprieve against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. "If you were involved in that game on our side, it was embarrassing," Jets coach Adam Gase said. "Usually when a team gets blown out, they come with a lot more focus and locked in that next week," Campbell said. Here are some other things to know about the Jets and Jaguars, who are playing for the second straight season:INJURY WOESThe Jaguars likely will be without three defensive starters against the Jets.
Jaguars' 4 keys to victory against the Saints
Calais Campbell and the Jaguars defense have a major challenge in front of them Sunday in slowing down the Saints. JACKSONVILLE, FLA - The Jaguars host the New Orleans Saints Sunday as they look to get back to the .500 mark following the loss to the Carolina Panthers. Dont let Alvin Kamara look like Christian McCaffrey. Last week against the Panthers, the Jaguars surrendered the second most yards rushing in franchise history. Like McCaffrey, Kamara is dangerous out of the backfield.
Jaguars' Calais Campbell named AFC Defensive Player of the Week
Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell sports a Minshew mustache during an interview with Erin Andrews after the Jags' win Thursday night. One-third of those nine sacks came courtesy of one player: Defensive end Calais Campbell. The Jaguars' win earned $1,000, each sack earned $5,000 and the tackle for a loss earned $2,000. Campbell is the first Jaguars player to earn AFC Player of the Week honors since WR-PR Jaydon Mickens earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors in Week 14 of the 2017 season, and he's the first Jaguars defender to earn a weekly award since CB A.J. Bouye was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week in Week 10 of the 2017 season.
When Jags win, so do charities, courtesy of Calais Campbell
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jaguars first-team All-Pro and four-time Pro Bowl defensive end Calais Campbell and his foundation announced his new charitable initiative for the 2019-20 NFL season. Campbell's Season of Giving, a fundraising campaign based off of his performance on the field, adds an opportunity for fans to play along. A different charity will be highlighted each month, with each charity receiving funds from the donations made by Campbell and fans for four games. I wanted to use my platform to bring attention and funds to some very deserving causes both in Jacksonville and nationally, said Campbell in a release. When were on our playoff run in January, Ill be picking a social justice cause so Season of Giving can continue into the post-season.
The 20 most important Jaguars for 2019 season: No. 11 Calais Campbell
Getty ImagesJACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Over the next 20 days, News4Jax will count down the 20 most important figures to the Jaguars' success in the 2019 season. Position: Defensive EndIn two seasons Calais Campbell has proven to be one of the best free agent signings in Jaguars history. 2018 Stats: 72 tackles and 10.5 sacks2019 Projection: Campbell will be entering his 12th NFL season in 2019. Last season Campbell played through a hand-full of injuries. If those are behind him theres no reason to think he wont have another Pro Bowl type season in 2019.