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The Ravens picked up another key win in Denver and they now get to play four consecutive games at home. 

It wasn’t pretty, but they got the job done.

The Ravens also entered the record books when they ran for 100 or more yards in 43 consecutive games, tying the Pittsburgh Steelers (1974 to 1977) for the longest streak in NFL history. 

Quarterback Lamar Jackson managed to tie the record on the final play of the game. Coach John Harbaugh caught some flak on social media for not taking a knee, but he defended the decision. 

“One hundred percent my call,” he said. “That’s one of those things that are meaningful. As a head coach, you have to be mindful of your players and your coaches and what it means to them.”

Jackson was spectacular against the Broncos, throwing for more than 300 yards for the second time in his career. However, Jackson has to avoid taking so many hits. He has been hit 52 times, the most of any QB in the NFL. 

“I prefer to pass. I guess people get caught up when I rush,” Jackson said. “When I run the ball, I’m running it to score or have success on my run. I’m not running it to just get a yard and fall so I think that’s why people get caught up in it. I’d rather pass for a touchdown than run it too.”

Marquise Brown had a bounce-back game after he dropped three potential touchdown passes against the Lions. Brown had a diving 49-yard grab that gave the Ravens a 14-7 lead and they never trailed again. He finished with four catches on five targets for 91 yards with the score.

“I don’t take the negativity seriously,” Brown said. “My friends and I grew up on social media, so I give dudes flack if they don’t do good–it just comes with it. If you don’t do good, of course people are going to say something but if you do good, the same people that were talking negatively will start talking good so why would you take it too seriously?”

The Ravens defense also played well, despite some issues with tackling again. Outside linebackers Odafe Oweh and Tyus Bowser each earned a sack against Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who left the game with a concussion. Backup Drew Lock also was sacked three times. Bowser finished with two sacks, while Justin Houston and Justin Madubuike each also had one.  

Chuck Clark did manage to deliver a bone-jarring hit on Broncos wide receiver Diontae Spencer late in the second half that put some added fear into their offense. 

“We focused on ourselves—stayed with our business, what we have going on,” Bowser said. “Whenever we’re out there, we just want to execute, play together and just have fun—we don’t really care what happens outside of the group we have. Besides that, we don’t focus on that. We just focus on ourselves.” 

Tight end Mark Andrews is living up to his big contract, finishing with five receptions for 67 yards. GM Eric DeCosta was smart to retain Andrews for the long term. 

Devin Duvernay made another mental mistake as a returner. This time, he had a fair catch at the 4-yard line that put the offense at a disadvantage. But each time he makes a mistake, Duvernay makes up for the gaffe. He had a 44-yard return with 30 seconds left in the half that set up a 40-yard field goal by Justin Tucker that gave the Ravens a 17-7 lead. 

Alejandro Villanueva hobbled off the field with a knee injury in the third quarter and was replaced by Andre Smith at left tackle. Smith cost the Ravens a touchdown because of a facemask penalty.

The injuries on the offensive line continue to be a challenge, but the Ravens appear to thrive with adversity. 

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Todd Karpovich has been a contributor for ESPN, the Associated Press, SportsXchange, the Baltimore Sun, among other media outlets nationwide. He is the co-author of “If These Walls Could Talk: Stories from the Baltimore Ravens Sideline, Locker Room, and Press Box,” “Skipper Supreme: Buck Showalter and the Baltimore Orioles,” and the author of “Manchester United (Europe's Best Soccer Clubs).” Karpovich lives in Towson with his wife, Jill, daughters, Wyeth and Marta, and a pair of dogs, Sarah and Rory. More from Todd Karpovich
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