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Ravens vs. Vikings final: MVP, 9 Winners and 3 Losers


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Though it took all but 20 seconds left in overtime, the Baltimore Ravens (6-2) defeated the Minnesota Vikings (3-5) at home with a final score 34-31.

MVP: Lamar Jackson

This team goes where Jackson goes, and when he throws for 266 yards and three touchdowns on 66% completion, while adding another 120 yards on the ground, you get the MVP. Jackson had some poor throws but it’s easily forgotten by his immeasurable value. No player means more to their team than Jackson for the Ravens.

Jackson also tied Michael Vick’s record for most 100-yard rushing games. Reminder: he hasn’t turned 25-years-old.


Devonta Freeman — The veteran back was relied upon heavily today and came up big. He notched 13 carries and steamrolled for 79 yards, good for 6.1 yards per carry. They weren’t easy yards, either.

Le’Veon Bell — Clutch runs and a touchdown to take a fourth-quarter lead was impressive. He kept the feet churning and gained his longest run of the day (12 yards) on a critical overtime snap.

Marquise “Hollywood” Brown — No touchdown for Brown today but he made due with 116 yards on nine receptions instead. Every game, he’s displayed his growth and development into a key receiver for the Ravens.

Rashod Bateman — It’s an expectation now that every Bateman reception is a first down and he did so five more times today. With 52 yards on five catches, Bateman moved the chains five times and looked good. He also nabbed a first down by drawing a defensive pass interference call.

Patrick Ricard — A fullback drive for the ages, as Ricard hauled in three receptions and capped it with the third catch being a touchdown. This was an excellent display of why the Ravens still utilize fullbacks in the NFL, and not just for their blocking ability.

Justin Tucker — Another game-winner from the GOAT. His second in overtime this season.

Sam Koch — Good set of holds on the field goals and strong in the punt game, with one of his three going inside the 20.

Josh Bynes — Good defensive play from the veteran. Ravens relied on veterans a lot in this game and it paid dividends.

Devin Duvernay — An incredible one-armed catch to tie up the game. Solid performance by the receiver and returner.


*= This title does not mean these players are losers. They played a poor game. It happens to the best players and should be taken lightly.

Brandon Stephens — Running into your punt returner and nearly costing a turnover was an ugly play by Stephens. Fortunately, he had a deflected pass in the endzone later on and the win helps to forgot the mistake.

Anthony Averett — Honestly, a good game from him. I more have him here because he was a victim of the referees thinking a shove by Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen wasn’t pass interference.

Marlon Humphrey — He’s been struggling throughout this season and though the big touchdown pass to wide receiver Justin Jefferson wasn’t exclusively on him, he still hasn’t shown the refinement we’ve watched from him a season ago.