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, Mo. Lamar Jackson knows he will play a big part in stopping the high-flying Kansas into Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.He won't make a tackle, though, or cause a fumble or intercept a pass.That's because stopping Patrick Mahomes and Co. begins with keeping them on the sideline. And to do that, the Baltimore quarterback needs to make sure he keeps his own offense on the field."Whatever it takes, we're going to help them out," Jackson said of the Ravens' top-ranked defense, "keep the clock running, keep the ball in our possession."The Ravens have been good at that all season.Even before Jackson took over for Joe Flacco, who remained limited in practice this week with a hip injury, the Ravens employed a ball-control style offense. Their average time of possession is nearly 32 minutes a game, third-best in the NFL, and that in turn has helped Baltimore lead the NFL in scoring defense.It has been even more pronounced after Jackson went under center, though. He has 265 yards rushing to set a quarterback record for a player's first three starts in the Super Bowl era, and the Ravens have run for at least 200 yards as a team in each game during the corresponding three-game win streak 鈥?they are the first team since the 2010 Jaguars to accomplish that feat.In last week's victory over the Falcons, who have a score-a-minute offense in their own right, the Ravens held the ball for an astounding 39 minutes, 39 seconds. They did so by piling up 25 first downs Authentic Patrick Onwuasor Jersey
, half of those coming on the ground, and running 77 plays to just 45 for the Falcons."When you're on the field for 20 percent less than what you normally have been, you're obviously going to play better defense and play better as a team," Ravens safety Eric Weddle said."Play great defense, control the clock, play great on special teams, you have a shot at winning. That's been known here over the years of the way the Ravens play, and we're going to continue to do that."The Chiefs are quite nearly the opposite.Only four times in their first 12 games have they possessed the ball more than their opponents, and that was with reigning NFL rushing champ Kareem Hunt in the backfield for the first 11 of them.Hunt was released last week after a series of off-the-field issues became public.In fact, both of the Chiefs' losses this season 鈥?at the Patriots and Rams 鈥?have come when they've lost the time of possession battle. It was particularly lopsided in New England, when the Chiefs had the ball for less than 24 minutes in what became a 43-40 shootout loss to Tom Brady and Co.One of the big reasons for the disparity is that Kansas City simply scores fast, averaging an NFL-leading 37 points per game. The Chiefs' quick-strike offense centers around Mahomes distributing to one of the deepest stables of skill-position talent in the league, headlined by speedsters Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins and their versatile, big-play tight end Travis Kelce.Mahomes has a league-leading 43 throws of at least 25 yards this season. Quite a few of those have been part of his NFL-best and franchise-record 41 touchdown tosses.Coach Andy Reid acknowledged that teams have tried to play ball-control offense against Kansas City, and for the most part it hasn't worked that well. The Chiefs have been able to build big enough leads in most of their games that opponents have to abandon the run altogether."I don't think it changes what you do," Reid insisted. "You have to be efficient with what you do when you have the opportunity with the ball. That is always our challenge, though. You have to take care of business when you have the opportunities."Notes: RB Charcandrick West has switched numbers after signing earlier this week. He wore No. 35 last year and was No. 30 at practice Thursday. … P Dustin Colquitt has been nominated by Kansas City for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. … TE Demetrius Harris (ill) missed Thursday's practice.100View Gallery Gallery:View from the sidelines: NFL cheerleaders 2018Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports | Raj Mehta In a game where not many analysts were picking the road team Authentic Alex Collins Jersey
, the Baltimore Ravens shocked the masses with their stunning victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. After leading by as many as 14 points, the Ravens went into the half tied. All the momentum was leaning in favor of Pittsburgh, but like the previous three games, Baltimore’s defense tightened up in the second half. Below are six takeaways from the Ravens’ impressive 26-14 victory over the Steelers.1. Questionable coaching decisions did not haunt the RavensHead coach John Harbaugh has a reputation for being an overly aggressive coach, but that was not the case on Sunday night. After Pittsburgh had tied the game 14-14, Baltimore had a difficult decision to make. Fourth-and-inches on their 45-yard line, and uncharacteristically, Harbaugh punted the football. Given the way the momentum shifted, this may have been the incorrect decision. However, it was evident Baltimore wanted the second quarter to end as quick as possible, and this strategy worked well.The other questionable decision came late in the fourth quarter. The Ravens had a narrow six-point lead with the ball deep in Pittsburgh’s territory. There was a little under four minutes left, and Baltimore opted to throw the ball on second and third down, which led to only 11 seconds being taken off the clock. This gave the Steelers extra time to attempt a comeback as they were down by nine points with three minutes and 37 seconds left. Fortunately for Baltimore, Ben Roethlisberger threw an interception. 2. Pay that man his moneyMuch of the talk regarding impending free agents has been centered around inside linebacker C.J. Mosley, but John Brown is proving to be worth much more than his one-year deal. Brown has been a shining star through four games, and he could command a hefty price on the open market following this season. He was a huge factor in Sunday night’s victory as he stretched the field and made a couple of big-time receptions, including a 71-yard catch. 3. Let’s get trickyAfter Baltimore’s collapse in week two against the Bengals Womens Willie Snead IV Jersey
, Marty Mornhinweg has dialed up two ‘masterful’ game plans. Last week, he completely took away Von Miller. On Sunday night, Mornhinweg utilized a variety of unique play designs and aggressive concepts to allow his playmakers to get open. The play of the night was the trick play involving an unbalanced line, where Maxx Williams was lined up next to Matt Skura. Williams, because he was lined up off the line of scrimmage, was an eligible receiver, and he was wide open to pick up the first down. It was a great night for the offense as they totaled 26 points, but they also left points on the board. Alex Collins fumbled the ball in the red zone, while Flacco was unable to connect with Michael Crabtree on a play where he would have likely scored. 4. Bend, but don’t breakBaltimore’s defense was dominant for much of the game, specifically in the second half. Remarkably, they have not allowed a touchdown in the final two-quarters of any game in the 2018 regular season. Don Martindale’s ability to adjust and shut down opposing offenses has been remarkable. The pass rush was not as active as Wink would have hoped, but the secondary played well. The Steelers did not have a receiver break the 70-yard mark, while they totaled less than 20 total rushing yards. 5. Don’t forget about meBrandon Carr will likely lose his starting spot next week as Jimmy Smith will return from his four-game suspension. However, Carr was spectacular under the bright lights. He recorded two pass breakups, but his performance was much better than the stats may suggest. Carr is a savvy veteran, who displayed great patience on several plays Authentic Tavon Young Jersey
, including a clutch end zone pass breakup on JuJu Smith-Schuster. Baltimore’s general manager Ozzie Newsome made it his mission in the offseason to improve the wide receiver room. He signed three veteran free agents, and John Brown has been the biggest difference maker. Due to his big-play ability, Brown has received a majority of the attention, but Willie Snead has made several clutch plays through the first four games of the season. Snead’s ability to work from the slot and beat man-coverage has been a key part of Baltimore’s success, specifically on third down. 6. This might be a different Joe FlaccoThroughout training camp and the preseason, Flacco has looked like a man on a mission. Whether it was the team selecting Lamar Jackson in the first round or not, he is a different quarterback this season. Although he struggled against the Bengals, Flacco has put together one of his best four-game stretches in recent memory. If he continues this pace, he will hit the 5,000 yard mark for the first time in his career and the 4,000 yard mark for only the second time. Flacco’s decision-making has dramatically improved, and he is spreading the ball around as a total of 11 different players caught passes on Sunday night.