“That’s one of our key players to our offense,” Jackson said Wednesday about the since-deleted tweet. “I want to get him the ball, the easiest way and fastest way we can. I have to do a better job of getting it to him.”
“He’s a big part of our offense. We need him,” Jackson said. “So we got to be better at that, and we’ll be fine.”
Jackson soon could have another wide receiver to target. On Wednesday, he praised Dez Bryant’s route-running and hands. It was the fourth practice together for Jackson and Bryant, who joined Baltimore’s practice squad a week ago.
“He’s dialed in to the playbook. He wants to compete,” Jackson said. “I just can’t wait for him to get out there with us on Sundays.”
Jaylon Ferguson played his best game as a pro with a sack, another tackle for a loss, and another quarterback hit in 21 defensive snaps. That was the kind of performance the 2019 third-round pick needed in wake of the Yannick Ngakoue acquisition creating a more crowded outside linebacker room.
No one should bury the injured Mark Ingram by any means, but how can you watch what J.K. Dobbins did Sunday without wanting to give him more touches? Gus Edwards and Ingram remain important cogs, but Dobbins’ athleticism offers something different.
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The Colts’ offense carries the same features that allowed the Steelers to play that wide open, backyard style. Both teams have veteran quarterbacks who are adept at directing traffic before the snap, and they have a wide array of capable playmakers. Five Indianapolis players have amassed at least 200 receiving yards so far this season.
If Indianapolis wants to follow Pittsburgh’s second-half blueprint, it has the pieces in place to do so.
With Humphrey’s absence further depleting the Ravens’ defensive backfield, the Colts have reason to spread the field against Baltimore. It might be up to coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale and his defense to find a fix to the problems that emerged late in Sunday’s loss.
Headline of the game: Limiting turnover opportunities is key for both quarterbacks
A lot gets made of Philip Rivers and his propensity to put the ball in the path of defenders on occasion. It’s not without valid reason. Rivers’ 42 turnover-worthy plays since the beginning of last season are tied with Daniel Jones for the most in the NFL. It’s actually Lamar Jackson who has more turnover-worthy plays (12) than Rivers does (10) in 2020 alone, however. That was a major issue in the Ravens’ most recent loss to the Steelers and a departure from what we saw from Jackson in 2019 where his turnover-worthy play rate of 1.8% was higher than only Russell Wilson. Both of these defenses have forced 12 offensive turnovers this season — a top-10 mark in the league — so taking care of the football will be key as both teams look to move to 6-2.
One of the most interesting parts of the week to look at are what the Ravens do at running back. They were without Mark Ingram II last week and facing one of the best run defenses in the league. It resulted in J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards having their best games of the season and the two highest rushing yardage totals against Pittsburgh this season. The Colts have also been great at stopping the run. They allowed eight total yards to running backs last week, and no one has hit the 75 rushing yard mark against them.
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This is one of the better games of the week. The Colts have won two straight as Philip Rivers has righted his season. But this is a big challenge in the Ravens defense. The Baltimore offense has run it well, but it will be the passing that wins this game. Lamar Jackson gets it going.
Pick: Ravens 28, Colts 27