Lamar Jackson returns after clearing concussion protocol

Lamar Jackson returns after clearing concussion protocol

Sunday, Jackson hauled the Ravens to an ugly but serviceable win over the Atlanta Falcons, 26-16.

Baltimore had the ball almost twice as long as Atlanta (39 minutes, 39 seconds to 20:21), which was a big factor in the Ravens limiting the Falcons to a season-worst 131 yards of total offense.

In Flacco's absence, Jackson has been the spark to end a three-game losing streak and perhaps a three-year postseason drought. The four straight losses, and especially the sudden decline in scoring, are signs the drain on the team's talent pool finally is too much to overcome.

Lamar is the only option you need in the back field. "This happens to be one of the years we have more". He rushed for 82 yards on 21 carries and helped the Ravens control nearly 40 minutes of the clock during the game.

The question for Jackson is how long he'll be able to keep running the ball the way he does.

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In addition to their ball-control offense, the Ravens hope to neutralize the Chiefs with a defense that is coming off perhaps its best game of the season, holding the Falcons to 131 yards of offense - their lowest total since 1999. Ryan was sacked three times by Baltimore's aggressive defense.

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"We never really got anything going", Ryan said. "Our guys want to win".

The Ravens came up with a defensive score after Ryan was hit and fumbled.

The only excitement was provided by defensive end Vic Beasley, who picked up a fumble after Grady Jackson knocked the ball loose from Jackson. He returned during the fourth quarter.

Jackson finished 12-of-21 for 125 yards passing and ran 17 times for 75 yards. Jones had a team-leading 15 tackles, one for loss, to lead the club.

"What I'd like to see is strong, relentless effort, both on and off the field", he said. "I feel good. I felt good out there". Robert Griffin III engineered a time-consuming drive that resulted in an important field goal while he filled in during the third quarter. Griffin was forced into the lineup when Jackson had to leave for a concussion evaluation.

The Ravens (7-5) have bolstered their AFC wild-card position since Jackson took over at quarterback for the injured Joe Flacco.

"Personally, it's emotional because a year ago no one thought I'd be playing in the National Football League ever again", Griffin said. I already know what we are going to do.

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