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Previewing Ravens vs. Jets: 13 things to watch, including Joe Flacco, Rashod Bateman and defensive help

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The Ravens’ 2022 season doesn’t kick off until Sunday, and already one of the NFL’s biggest storylines belongs to them.

With quarterback Lamar Jackson and Ravens officials failing to agree to an extension before Friday’s deadline, the league’s most scrutinized contract talks will be suspended until next offseason. Jackson, the 2019 NFL Most Valuable Player, was already coming off the most disappointing and painful season of his career. Now, as he plays out the final year of his rookie contract, every game will become a referendum on his value to the franchise.

Jackson’s first start since Dec. 12 will come against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Here’s what to watch in their Week 1 matchup.

1. The Ravens team that awaits new starting quarterback Joe Flacco on Sunday doesn’t look much like the one he left after the 2018 season. Just 12 Ravens on that year’s roster are still on the team, two of whom — defensive linemen Michael Pierce and Brent Urban — returned within the past year. Two former teammates, defensive back-linebacker Anthony Levine Sr. and punter Sam Koch, are now on the Ravens’ coaching staff.

“There are some players that are still there,” Flacco said on “The Official Jets Podcast” this week. “But if you’re talking about the bulk of my career, and the guys that I actually played with, in terms of that, it’s a completely new football team. It’s just the same organization. So you know, sometimes we make too big of a deal out of these things and stuff like that. Guys switch teams all the time. You know, I think I’m a quarterback, so obviously, it’s a little bit different, for whatever reason. And Coach [John] Harbaugh is still there, but a lot of the coaching staff is probably pretty similar.”

2. A decade ago, after declining a contract extension, Flacco entered his fifth season in Baltimore without any long-term security. Then he led the Ravens to their second Super Bowl title with a historic run of playoff production. Less than a month later, he signed a six-year extension that briefly made him the highest-paid player in NFL history. With Jackson now set to play this season on the final year of his own rookie contract, Flacco was asked Wednesday whether he could relate to Jackson “betting on yourself.”

“I think it makes for a decent story, one way or the other,” he told local reporters. “At the end of the day, I didn’t really view it as betting on myself, and therefore, I didn’t really have to put any extra pressure on myself. I was confident in the player that I was and what was going on at that time and what it all is.

“I’m sure he feels the same way. He’s confident in the player that he is, and he’s going to be that player and all that. So I think at the end of the day, he probably feels like it’s all going to settle where it should as long as he continues to play football. So I know people like to talk about that and bet on yourself, but I don’t think that we really look at it that way. I just think that we kind of look at ourselves as the football players that we are and see what’s out there and know the nature of the business. It just kind of is what it is when it comes to contract talks.”

3. The Ravens’ thin outside linebacker room should get some help Saturday, when practice squad players Steven Means and Kyler Fackrell are eligible for promotion to the active roster. But Odafe Oweh and Justin Houston could also get some relief Sunday from defensive lineman Calais Campbell, who can function as a hand-in-the-dirt edge rusher. The 36-year-old was disruptive there early in his career and played 67 snaps in outside alignments last season, according to Pro Football Focus.

“You’re going against tight ends, and tight ends can’t block me in this league,” Campbell said Wednesday with a laugh. “But at the end of the day, though, I’ll play wherever they put me. I just want to get out on the field and try to help the team win football games. … We did a little bit of it in camp, and I think it looked really good. I felt just at home doing it, like I used to, so it’s no big deal.”

4. In the Ravens’ final road game of 2021, their struggling defense, depleted by injuries and the coronavirus, allowed a franchise-worst 498 passing yards in a Week 16 blowout loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. They should be better prepared Sunday against a talented receiving corps led by a recent big-money signing (wide receiver Corey Davis), two recent top-35 draft picks (wide receivers Elijah Moore and Garrett Wilson) and two tight ends coming off career years (Tyler Conklin and C.J. Uzomah).

Marcus Williams, Chuck Clark and rookie Kyle Hamilton form one of the NFL’s most versatile safety trios. Cornerback Marlon Humphrey is back to full strength and had an impressive training camp. Even if fellow starter Marcus Peters (knee) is limited or unavailable, the Ravens can turn to Kyle Fuller and Brandon Stephens out wide. And defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald said Thursday that he’s comfortable playing rookies Damarion “Pepe” Williams and Jalyn Armour-Davis, fourth-round picks who missed time in the preseason with injuries but were full participants this week.

5. Rashod Bateman’s first big showdown of his second season might end up as more of a sideshow. The Ravens’ top wide receiver could spend much of Sunday’s game in a different neighborhood than rookie cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, the Jets’ No. 4 overall pick and a projected starter.

Bateman lined up on the left side of the Ravens’ offense on over 72% of his snaps last season, according to Rotowire. Gardner, meanwhile, played all 31 of his defensive snaps this preseason at left outside cornerback, according to PFF, meaning he faced right-sided receivers. In the Jets’ “Cover 3″-heavy scheme, which drops three deep defensive backs into deep zones, outside cornerbacks typically stick to one side before the snap.

6. In August, the Jets lost starting left tackle Mekhi Becton to a second straight season-ending knee injury. On Friday, his replacement, free-agent signing Duane Brown, was ruled out of Week 1 with a shoulder injury. Now starting right tackle George Fant, who impressed at left tackle after replacing the injured Becton last season, will return there Sunday. Rookie Max Mitchell, a fourth-round pick who graded out poorly in the preseason, according to PFF, will start at right tackle.

The Jets’ musical chairs up front could make Flacco a sitting duck for edge rushers like Odafe and Houston. “You’re not playing a rushing quarterback, let’s just put it that way,” ESPN analyst Matt Bowen said in a recent interview. “You start moving late rotations [in coverage], you’re going to see it fast and get the ball out, try to be efficient with the ball. But Joe Flacco is not a high-end mover, and I would heat him up. That’s what I would do as a defensive coordinator. I’d go after him.”

7. Week 1 could deliver the season’s best special teams matchup. The Ravens finished last year ranked No. 1 in overall efficiency, according to Football Outsiders, bolstered by All-Pro kicker Justin Tucker and All-Pro punt returner Devin Duvernay. The Jets, led by All-Pro kick returner Braxton Berrios, were No. 2.

“If we play well, it will show, and I do believe our guys will go out and they will play well,” Ravens special teams coordinator Chris Horton said Thursday. “It’s just one of those things. They are a good football team; they have good players. It’s going to be for our guys to create the matchups and the things we want to see. Sunday is Sunday, and we’ll find out once we actually get out there and see the guys out on the field.”

8. The Ravens and Jets share another distinction, this one unwanted: They were the NFL’s two most injured teams last season. While the Ravens finished 2021 with the most “adjusted games lost” in Football Outsiders’ two decades of charting — a metric that accounts for the relative value of starters — the Jets actually had more games lost on defense. Defensive ends Carl Lawson and Vinny Curry missed the entire season. Safeties Lamarcus Joyner and Marcus Maye played in just seven games total.

The Ravens are still getting back to full strength, with left tackle Ronnie Stanley, running back J.K. Dobbins and Peters all either questionable or doubtful for Sunday’s game. Running back Gus Edwards, tight end Charlie Kolar and outside linebackers Tyus Bowser and David Ojabo will miss at least the first four games.

9. Devin Duvernay could be one of the busiest players inside MetLife Stadium on Sunday, and in every week the Ravens play after that. Already the team’s top kickoff and punt returner, Duvernay is now expected to start at wide receiver alongside Bateman. He played at least 60 combined snaps in just two games last season. With a more regular workload on offense, that could be the norm.

“He can handle everything that we ask of him,” Harbaugh said Friday. “There’s no doubt about that. And then we’ll try to ask of him the right amount. So however that shakes out, we’ll see.”

10. Sunday will mark Jets inside linebacker C.J. Mosley’s first game against the Ravens since leaving Baltimore after the 2018 season to sign a five-year, $85 million deal. Mosley, a four-time Pro Bowl selection with the Ravens, took a while to get going in his new home. A groin injury limited Mosley to two games in 2019, and he opted out of the 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Last season, he finished fourth in the NFL in tackles with a career-high 168.

But Mosley’s pass defense was a glaring issue. According to Pro Football Reference, he was targeted 68 times in coverage in 2021 and allowed 58 completions (85.3% accuracy) for 525 yards and three touchdowns. Tight ends last season regularly hurt the Jets, who had the second-worst efficiency in the NFL when defending the group, according to Football Outsiders. That bodes well for the Ravens’ Mark Andrews and Isaiah Likely.

11. Two former Bengals standouts could loom large Sunday. Uzomah had 49 catches for 493 yards last season for Cincinnati, with over a quarter of his yardage coming against the Ravens. He had three catches for 91 yards in Week 7, shedding Humphrey for a 55-yard catch-and-run score, and five catches for 36 yards in Week 16. Uzomah signed a three-year, $24 million contract with the Jets in March.

Lawson, who agreed to a three-year, $45 million deal in 2021, had less success in his AFC North days. In seven games against the Ravens from 2017 to 2020, he had just one sack and six quarterback hits. He missed all of last season with a torn Achilles tendon but is expected to play Sunday, likely lining up across from Ravens left tackle Ja’Wuan James. Jets defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich said Lawson’s physical ability makes him a “unicorn.” “We missed him last year, we’re excited to have him back, we really are,” Ulbrich said Thursday, “and I know he’s excited, too.”

12. Jackson needs 33 passing yards Sunday to reach 10,000 for his career. He would become the fastest quarterback in NFL history to record 10,000 passing yards and 3,500 rushing yards (59 games), marks only seven others have reached. With another 100-yard rushing performance, he’d also set an NFL regular-season record for the most by a quarterback, breaking his tie with Michael Vick (10).

Bateman needs four catches Sunday to become the fastest player in Ravens history to reach 50 in his career (13 games). In 2011, wide receiver Torrey Smith (Maryland) had 50 receptions over his 16-game rookie season.

13. Under Harbaugh, the Ravens are 10-4 in season openers and have won five of their past six. Harbaugh’s .714 winning percentage in Week 1 is tied for the NFL’s third-best mark since he took over in 2008.

Winning on Sunday, Harbaugh said, is “important. It’s 1-0. There’s a big difference if you go 0-1. Then you have to win two in a row to get back to where you would have been if you had won in the first place. That’s kind of the math of it. So it’s a big deal.”

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A lot went right for the Wild last season, mostly on offense, which Minnesota rode to its best season in franchise history — 53 victories and 113 points.

The Wild expect to be in that rare air again this season, but seven of their top nine forwards recorded offensive career highs during the 2021-22 regular season, six of whom are returning in 2022-23: Kirill Kaprizov (100 points), Mats Zuccarello (79), Ryan Hartman (65), Joel Eriksson Ek (49 points), Freddie Gaudreau (44) and Marcus Foligno (42).

All that offense helped the Wild earn 25 come-from-behind victories, second to only to President’s Trophy winner Florida.

Is it realistic to expect more career years in 2022-23?

“That,” general manager Bill Guerin said as training camp began last Thursday, “should be their goal.”

“You don’t know if that’s going to happen as a player,” he added, “but that’s what you aim for. Ryan Hartman got 34 goals last year. He probably wants 35 this year, and see what he can do. Whether he gets it, we don’t know. The challenge has been issued.”

The Wild’s regular-season achievement was tempered somewhat by another in a long string of first-round playoff exits, six and counting after they were bounced, 4-2, by St. Louis last spring.

“We met a really good St. Louis team that was better than us,” said Zuccarello, who notched a career-high 55 assists last season playing on a line with Kaprizov and Hartman. “Now we go into this season and we try to improve.”

Coach Dean Evason has been insisting he and his staff have only one expectation from any of their players this season, that they “compete their butts off.”

The fact remains, the NHL’s best teams finish with well over 100-plus points, so unless the Wild, returning most of the same team, become a defensive juggernaut — their 3.06 goals-against average ranked dead center of the NHL’s 32 teams last season — they’ll need the same kind of firepower they brought to bear in 2021-22 to accomplish their goals.

“So many guys had career years. Well, do it again,” Guerin said. “We need you to do it again. Let that be the standard for your game because if you do it once, you can do it again.”

One player who can’t do it again, not for the Wild, is Kevin Fiala, who played with rookie Matt Boldy and Gaudreau on the only top-three line that doesn’t return this season intact. The winger crushed his previous highs with 35 goals and 52 assists last season, then was allowed to walk in a salary cap move and now plays for the Los Angeles Kings.

Replacing Fiala’s skill and production won’t be easy, and in all likelihood won’t fall to one player. That line combined for 62 goals last season. Boldy, called up on Jan. 6, finished with 15 goals and 29 assists in 49 games. He said Saturday he’s not concerned with filling Fiala’s skates but excited to play a bigger role this season, “Which is what I want.”

“You want to have as much responsibility as you can, I think, as a competitor and a player,” Boldy said. “So, I don’t look at this as pressure. … I think if I don’t score 80 points, I’m still going to be OK. But just taking on a bigger role and having a bigger role, for sure that’s where my head’s at.”

Sam Steel, a free-agent addition from Anaheim, has been playing wing opposite Boldy, with Gaudreau in the middle, during camp. The line has looked good, Evason said, but it’s entirely too early to call it a trio. The Wild likely want to see rookie Marco Rossi center Boldy and Gaudreau — and Tyson Jost, acquired near the trade deadline last season, too — before the regular-season opener against the New York Rangers on Oct. 13.

Evason has seven preseason games to tinker, starting this afternoon against a split squad from Colorado at Xcel Energy Center.

“We’re expecting our guys to compete to win, that’s it,” Evason said. “Some guys are going to have great years, some guys maybe aren’t, some guys are right in the middle. We just want guys to compete their butts off, and we’ll see where we sit at the end of the year as far as points and goals and all that kind of stuff.

“Obviously, you have to score goals to have a chance to win hockey games, but … we’re very happy with the group that we have starting here in training camp.”

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Timberwolves training camp starts Tuesday, preceded by media day Monday. That marks the start of a season with an anticipation level that rivals that of Jimmy Butler’s first season in Minnesota back in 2017.

The rise of Anthony Edwards and offseason acquisition of Rudy Gobert has the Timberwolves, and their fans, thinking big — in more ways than one. Expectations are high and reasons for optimism are plentiful.

Still, even with loads of talent and momentum stemming from last season’s playoff appearance, there are questions that face the team ahead of its regular-season opener Oct. 19.

WHO IGNITES THE FLAME?

It’s not surprising that Patrick Beverley views himself as a catalyst for the Timberwolves’ soar up the Western Conference standings last season. The veteran point guard has always felt underappreciated.

Beverley, who was traded to Utah this summer before later being re-routed to the Lakers, responded on Twitter to NBA legend Paul Pierce’s take that Minnesota will be a top-four seed in the West this year by saying “Yal take Tony Allen off (Pierce’s championship) Celtic squad yal a different team. That’s all I’m saying. Toughness and Dog mentality goes farther when skill doesn’t work hard.”

Former Timberwolves star Kevin Garnett shared his concerns about losing players such as Beverley and Jarred Vanderbilt in the Rudy Gobert trade on his show, KG Certified, noting Anthony Edwards was “mixed up in a group of dogs” with those two players — “some of those personalities and presences.”

No one is questioning that Minnesota’s ceiling and overall core improved with the addition of Gobert, regardless of what the Wolves had to give up. And there is no guarantee a second year with a grinding personality like Beverley would have worked, either.

But there is no denying the impact the likes of Beverley and Vanderbilt had on Edwards, Karl-Anthony Towns and, to some extent, D’Angelo Russell. Their consistent and relentless effort and energy was a spark that ignited more out of their higher-profile teammates.

Previously, all three of Minnesota’s “star” players had raps of being bad defenders who frankly weren’t invested enough on that end of the floor. The 2021-22 Timberwolves were scrappy and fiery. That was their identity. That was how they won games.

Now the road map is, first and foremost, to just be better than opponents. But they have to maintain at least some semblance of that edge Vanderbilt and Beverley instilled. Can Gobert be the source of that? Or did Towns and Edwards learn the value of such energy to understand they’ll need to bring it themselves?

WHAT’S THE PLAN ON ‘D’?

The Timberwolves finished 13th in NBA defense last season, an ascension that can be credited for the team’s playoff appearance. The success on that end was born out of the hectic style of run-around-and-recover defense that stemmed from Minnesota’s “high wall” pick-and-roll coverage that challenged ball handlers on the perimeter.

Towns, Edwards and others thrived in the chaotic system that relied more on athleticism than structure.

Gobert-based defenses in Utah have been the opposite. To this point in his career, the 30-year-old center has dominated structure-based systems that intentionally funnel opponents toward the big man. That can require more discipline and intentionality than some of Minnesota’s younger players have previously displayed on the defensive end.

So where will the Wolves land between the two styles? Will they cater toward Gobert? Will they revert to what worked last season? Will it be a combination between the two, depending on whether or not Gobert is on the floor?

Wolves coach Chris Finch and Co. will look to strike a balance that works for all involved.

HOW HIGH IS EDWARDS’ ASCENT?

It is universally agreed upon that Minnesota raised its ceiling via this summer’s Gobert trade. But the exact height of said roof, particularly this season, will be determined by Edwards’ progression.

Another jump is expected of the 21-year-old guard. If he is and plays like an all-star, the Wolves have a clear path to being a top-four seed in the West. If he’s an All-NBA player and a top-three shooting guard in the league, that would likely make Minnesota a legitimate NBA Finals contender.

That would entail Edwards being more consistent offensively on a night-to-night basis while continuing to grow into an on-ball defensive stalwart.

DO THE BIGS FIT?

Finch has stated time and again since Minnesota acquired Gobert that the Wolves will not allow other teams to force Minnesota’s best players off the floor. That means Towns and Gobert will likely share the floor for roughly 24 minutes a game.

The Wolves’ great size experiment has a high upside, but things have to fall into place. Can Towns consistently defend smaller players on the perimeter? Can the Wolves punish opponents offensively on the interior? Can Minnesota improve its transition defense, which Finch believes is paramount, with 40 percent of the lineup standing at 7 feet tall?

WHO PLAYS?

The Timberwolves enter training camp with one of the deeper rosters in the league in terms of sheer volume of NBA-caliber players. That’s a luxury but will create some challenging choices for Finch and rotation guru Micah Nori to consider.

Most teams play nine to 10 guys consistently. Locks for rotation spots figure to be Towns, Edwards, Russell, Gobert, Jaden McDaniels, Kyle Anderson and Jordan McLaughlin. Taurean Prince is likely a good bet to play, which would leave Jaylen Nowell, Austin Rivers and Bryn Forbes all in a battle for minutes at backup guard spots. It also remains to be seen if Naz Reid will play on a regular basis.

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Business People: Robert Doty, who led the state’s Dept. of Revenue, joins Science Museum of Minnesota

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Robert Doty Has Been Named Chief Financial Officer At The Science Museum Of Minnesota, St. Paul, Effective September, 2022. (Courtesy Science Museum Of Minnesota)
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The Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, announced the appointment of Robert Doty as its chief financial officer. Doty previously was commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Revenue, executive director of the Minnesota State Lottery and CFO/COO of Dunwoody College, Minneapolis Public Schools and Harvest Network of Schools.

ARCHITECTURE/ENGINEERING

Brunton Architects and Engineers, North Mankato, announced that retired Andover, Minn., fire chief and emergency manager Jerry Streich has joined the firm in the role of business development in its Public Safety Division, helping local government officials through the process of designing new facilities.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

St. Paul-based Bremer Bank announced the opening of branch at 2130 East Lake St., Minneapolis, part of a racial equity plan established in 2020 to establish a greater presence to serve the region’s Black, Indigenous, Latino, Asian and other businesses and communities of color. … Stearns Financial Services, the St. Cloud-based holding company for three Stearns Bank charters, announced it has added Margrette Newhouse to its board of directors. Newhouse is the John and Elizabeth Myers chair in management and director of the Donald McNeely center for entrepreneurship at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in central Minnesota.

HEALTH CARE

UCare, a Minneapolis-based health insurer, announced the hire of Dr. Tenbit Emiru as executive vice president and chief medical officer. Emiru previously was a critical care neurologist at Hennepin Healthcare (formerly HCMC) in Minneapolis.

MANUFACTURING

Malco Products, an Annandale, Minn.-based maker of professional hand tools for workers in the HVAC, construction and automotive trades, announced the hires of Jim Finneman as executive vice president of supply chain management and Jeff Widdel as director of engineering and plant operations. … Liberty Diversified International, a New Hope-based maker of packaging, office furniture and building products for industry, announced that Greg Theis has been named president and CEO. Theis has served as vice president of the company’s Packaging North Division since 2018.

MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY

MediMatrix, a Minneapolis-based provider of connectivity software and services to the mobile medical imaging industry, announced that Marvel Myrtile has been named CEO in conjunction with the company’s acquisition by ASG, a portfolio company of Alpine Investors. Founder and previous CEO Ken Kern remains with the company as chief technology officer.

ORGANIZATIONS

The St. Paul Chamber of Commerce announced that Kevion Ellis has joined as vice president of business & talent development. Ellis  previously has held positions with Education Minnesota, Goff Public and U.S. Bank. … Minneapolis-based BIPOC business development group Meda (Metropolitan Economic Development Association) announced Dorothy Bridges is its interim president and CEO. Bridges is on the board of directors at U.S. Bancorp and formerly was an executive at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

RETAIL

Miller Hill Mall, Duluth, announced the return of The Lost Cove Co., a pop-up tattoo studio and shopping experience operated by MTV realty show artist Travis Ross, from Oct. 1 – 15.

SERVICES

Regis Corp., a Minneapolis-based franchisor and operator of branded retail hair salon chains, announced that Michelle DeVore has joined the company as senior vice president, head of marketing. Most recently DeVore was vice president, customer experience at European Wax Center.

UTILITIES

Allete Inc., a Duluth-based multi-state energy utility, announced the following executive appointments: Vice President Nicole Johnson takes on the additional role of president of Allete Clean Energy; Al Rudeck, promoted from president of Allete Clean Energy to the newly created role of safety and external affairs officer, and Josh Skelton, Minnesota Power chief operating officer, adds the title of vice president.

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Ravens RB J.K. Dobbins, rookie DT Travis Jones to make season debut vs. Patriots; 5 players inactive

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Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins, tight end Nick Boyle and rookie defensive tackle Travis Jones will make their season debut in Sunday’s Week 3 matchup against the New England Patriots.

Cornerbacks Marlon Humphrey (groin), Damarion “Pepe” Williams (ankle) and Marcus Peters (knee) as well as defensive back Brandon Stephens (quad) are active after being listed as questionable to play. Wide receiver Devin Duvernay cleared concussion protocol and will play against the Patriots.

Jones, who suffered a knee injury in Baltimore’s preseason matchup against the Arizona Cardinals last month, will play after being a full participant in practice this week. Boyle will make his debut in Gillette Stadium, where he suffered a brutal knee injury two years ago.

Dobbins hasn’t played since tearing his ACL, LCL and meniscus in his left knee, along with his hamstring, in last year’s preseason finale against the Washington Commanders. Dobbins practiced fully for the second straight week, but when coach John Harbaugh was asked about the running back’s availability, he said “You’ll know it when you see it.”

Dobbins told reporters before Week 2′s matchup against the Miami Dolphins that he felt “amazing” more than a year after his knee injury, which he called “one of the toughest injuries I’ve had.”

Dobbins, who led all NFL running backs in yards per carry as a rookie, was cleared to practice in training camp in early August and has been slowly ramping up. The Ravens have been cautious with Dobbins, as he didn’t fully participate in practice until two weeks ago.

Dobbins’ return is a major boost for a struggling run game. The Ravens are 13th in the NFL in yards per carry (4.7) and 18th in rushing offense (109.0 yards per game) while running backs Kenyan Drake, Mike Davis and Justice Hill have amassed 74 yards on 29 carries (2.6 per attempt).

The Ravens have five players inactive. Wide receiver James Proche II (groin), left tackle Ronnie Stanley (ankle), defensive end Brent Urban, running back Kenyan Drake and cornerback Daryl Worley will not play against the Patriots.

For the Patriots, leading wide receiver Jakobi Meyers will not play due to a knee injury. Starting safety Kyle Dugger (knee), linebacker Raekwon McMillan (thumb), defensive tackle Sam Roberts, quarterback Bailey Zappe and cornerback Shaun Wade are inactive.

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Here’s what you need to know about the Week 3 game between the Ravens (1-1) and New England Patriots (1-1).

Time: 1 p.m. Sunday

Venue: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

TV: Fox, Ch. 45 (Joe Davis, Daryl Johnson, Pam Oliver)

Coverage map:

Stream: Fox Sports

Radio: ESPN Radio (Chris Carlin, Chris Canty, Sal Paolantonio); WBAL (1090 AM, 101.5 FM) and 98 Rock (97.9 FM) (Gerry Sandusky, Rod Woodson)

Forecast: High 60s, cloudy

Line: Ravens by 2 1/2 (as of Saturday night)

Pregame reading:

  • Ravens vs. Patriots staff picks: Who will win Sunday’s Week 3 game in New England?
  • Previewing Ravens vs. Patriots: 10 things to watch, including Lamar Jackson, Matthew Judon and an elusive win
  • Where Ravens LT Ronnie Stanley and RB J.K. Dobbins stand as recoveries continue
  • Rashod Bateman, Devin Duvernay expected to play vs. Patriots; 7 Ravens are questionable
  • Ravens secondary faces moment of truth after disastrous performance vs. Dolphins raises ghosts of 2021
  • Ravens vs. Patriots scouting report for Week 3: Who has the edge?
  • ‘The process leads to the production’: Ravens looking for more from Odafe Oweh and struggling pass rush

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Dolphins’ Terron Armstead, Xavien Howard active; Jordan Poyer out for ailing Bills secondary

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The Miami Dolphins will have left tackle Terron Armstead and cornerback Xavien Howard available for Sunday’s matchup of AFC East unbeatens with the Buffalo Bills at Hard Rock Stadium.

Neither of the three-time Pro Bowlers, who both entered Sunday questionable, were listed among inactive players for the Dolphins (2-0) announced 90 minutes ahead of the 1 p.m. kickoff.

Meanwhile, the already-ailing Bills (2-0) added safety Jordan Poyer to their inactives. Buffalo’s entire starting secondary of Poyer and fellow Pro Bowl safety Micah Hyde and cornerbacks Tre’Davious White (reserve/PUP) and Dane Jackson are out against a Dolphins pass game that is red hot after a 42-38 come-from-behind win last week in Baltimore.

The Bills will try to keep up with Miami’s speedy wide receiver tandem of Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle – who combined for 22 receptions, 361 yards and four touchdowns in the Week 2 win at the Ravens – with rookie cornerbacks Christian Benford and Kaiir Elam, plus nickel cornerback Taron Johnson, and backup safeties Jaquan Johnson and Damar Hamlin.

Armstead is set to play and start at his left tackle post despite missing the week of practice nursing a toe injury. He will likely be matched up often with All-Pro Bills edge rusher Von Miller on a Dolphins offensive line that already has Greg Little in for right tackle Austin Jackson, who is on injured reserve with an ankle injury.

Howard, who was limited with a groin injury at Thursday and Friday practices after missing Wednesday’s session, will draw the assignment of limiting Buffalo star receiver Stefon Diggs.

wide receiver Cedrick Wilson Jr. (ribs) is also available for Miami after going in questionable. The other Dolphin that entered questionable, defensive tackle Raekwon Davis (knee), is out for Sunday.

Miami already had tight ends Hunter Long (ankle) and Cethan Carter (concussion protocol) listed as out entering Sunday.

Other Dolphins inactives are running back Myles Gaskin, quarterback Skylar Thompson and wide receiver Erik Ezukanma. The rookie signal-caller and wideout are healthy scratches for the third time in three weeks.

The Bils also have defensive tackles Ed Oliver and Jordan Phillips and center Mitch Morse among inactives. Wide receiver Gabe Davis and tight end Dawson Knox, who entered questionable, are active.

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