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It didn’t take long for the Ravens’ home opener plans to need an overhaul.

Amid an ongoing wave of injuries and recoveries, the team could welcome fans back to M&T Bank Stadium without four stars who finished last season on injured reserve. Left tackle Ronnie Stanley, running back JK Dobbins and cornerbacks Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters are all doubts or doubts for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins (1-0).

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson will be back for his first home game since Nov. 28, however, and his performance could be telling. Jackson battled mightily against the Dolphins’ pressure packs in their Week 10 meeting last season, a 22-10 loss on the road. A strong showing on Sunday could turn the page on the attack’s struggles against the blitz. Here’s what to watch in the teams Week 2 game.

Offense

1. After a disappointing start to the season, the Ravens’ running game needs a rebounding performance on Sunday. The offense ended with 21 carries for just 63 yards against the New York Jets, their second-fewest since 2019 and their fewest with Jackson as a full-time starter. (The Ravens, missing Jackson and other key contributors through injuries and the coronavirus last season, made 16 carries for 39 yards in their blowout Week 16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.)

While the Ravens’ run blocking was inconsistent, especially in the first half, the rushing production probably could have been better. According to NFL Next Gen Stats modeling, running back Kenyan Drake (11 carries for 31 yards) finished 16 yards shy of his Ravens debut. Another week of practice should help Drake feel comfortable with the running patterns. A healthy and explosive Dobbins, who practiced as a full participant on Thursday and Friday and could play on Sunday, would also be a boon.

“I would describe [the running game] as very restless,” offensive coordinator Greg Roman said Thursday. “We were rusty in some things; it was a guy here, a thing here, a thing there. So obviously it’s something we’re attacking and trying to improve. We really didn’t show much once this game opened up a bit, and we built a different lead. …

“But when it comes to the running game, we want to be more efficient. We will be. We have to work on it, work on it. But really, it wasn’t, like, a huge deal. It was a game-breaking thing. But we have a lot of work to do, and I feel really good that the guys are doing it.

2. If the Dolphins’ Cover 0 heavy blitz schemes aren’t as sure as their secondary’s weakest link, the Ravens could have a goal in mind for Sunday.

In last season’s meeting, Dolphins cornerbacks Xavien Howard and Byron Jones – the sixth- and ninth-highest paid corners in the NFL this year – played every defensive snap and helped hold Jackson to 238 yards. , a touchdown and an interception on 26 for -43 assists.

This time around, the Dolphins still have Howard and rising star safety Jevon Holland who can line up as a slot corner. Fellow starting safety Brandon Jones also performed well in Week 1, getting the backpack from New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones as outside linebacker Melvin Ingram returned for a touchdown.

But the Dolphins don’t have Jones, who started the season on the reserve/physically unable to perform list with an Achilles tendon injury. Nik Needham started in his place on Sunday, who allowed five completions on six targets for 93 yards, according to Pro Football Focus. He’s far from inexperienced, having started 11 games over the past two seasons. But he only played four snaps in last year’s game.

3. The game of cat and mouse between the Ravens offense and the Dolphins defense on Sunday could be entertaining. As the Patriots’ Jones saw in Week 1, Miami can show off a Cover 0 look before the slam and deliver on that promise with an all-out blitz. The Dolphins can also post a Cover 0 look, wait for the offense to be audible in a more secure pass blocking pattern, then step back off the line before the snap and drop into a passive zone.

The Ravens argued this week that they were better prepared for the kind of shots the Dolphins threw last season. But they will also need to be prepared for Miami’s counterattacks.

“They play Cover 0, but they also play a lot of other things,” Roman said. “They want to show you ‘0’, and they don’t [run it]. … So, yeah, there are definitely layers to that. But that will depend on preparation, communication and execution. So if we’re good at those things, I like our chances.

4. Roman didn’t wait long on Sunday to show a new dimension in the Ravens offense. On their first play from scrimmage, Jackson faked a handoff to Drake and rolled to his right, where he completed a short pass to wide receiver Rashod Bateman.

It wasn’t how the play unfolded that was new, but how it started. Jackson had lined up under center, a departure from Roman’s heavy shotgun and pistol formation tendencies. On first and second downs Sunday, the Ravens made three passes under center — Jackson went 3-for-3 for 30 yards — and had six passes under center for 24 yards. According to Sports Info Solutions, they had just 14 throwbacks and 26 runs (excluding knees) from the center on first downs all of last season.

“We can do a lot of things under the middle,” Roman said. “We did some of that this week, and there will be more to come. We have to stay on top of what we’re doing under center, what we’re going to – maybe put the hook on a few things.

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5. In his first game against the Ravens, in 2018, then-Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill had eight catches for 139 yards, including a miraculous 48 yards in the fourth and long late in the fourth quarter to maintain Kansas City’s return hopes. In 2020, Hill had five catches for 77 yards and a touchdown at Baltimore, plus two runs for 25 yards.

Last year, the Ravens decided they had seen enough. They often doubled Hill and shaded their cover to the six-time Pro Bowl selection, holding him to three catches on four targets for 14 yards – but leaving plenty of room elsewhere for quarterback Patrick Mahomes to carve out the Ravens secondary.

In Miami, Hill doesn’t have Mahomes throwing at him, tight end Travis Kelce lines up next to him, or Andy Reid drags him in. He does, however, have wide receiver Jaylen Waddle as his running mate. The No. 6 overall pick in last year’s draft, Waddle had 1,015 receiving yards as a rookie and started his season Sunday with a catch-and-run tally of 42 yards. The Ravens can’t double up on both teams.

“I think when you’re up against a team like this you really have to make sure that you’re on your fundamentals, that you’re running out of stacks, that the chase angles are good, that the communication in the background, fore and after the snapshot,” defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald said. said Thursday. “So that’s been a big priority for us this week.”

6. The Ravens don’t just want to communicate on defense. They want “odious” communication: everyone points, everyone talks, everyone shouts, everyone reads.

There wasn’t enough this past season at Miami Gardens, Florida. The Dolphins’ two biggest wins have come on cover busts.

In the final minute of the first half, the Ravens knocked three zone defenders into coverage to the right of quarterback Jacoby Brissett, almost forming a 10-yard-wide line. But as wide receiver Isaiah Ford traveled a vertical route down that sideline, no one came with him. He was wide open for a 52-yard catch-and-run that set up a field goal.

Late in the fourth quarter, with the Ravens leading 15-10, they forgot to cover wide receiver Albert Wilson after he got in motion and zoomed down the left sideline. This time, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa found him unmarked for a 64-yard catch-and-run. A minute later, Tagovailoa canceled the game with a touchdown.

In Week 1, the Ravens’ defensive game plan looked far from vanilla. The form the defense showed before the snap often changed at the snap. But security Chuck Clark later said the unit was on the same page throughout the afternoon.

With Kyle Fuller lost for the season and fellow cornerbacks Brandon Stephens, Humphrey and Peters struggling with their own injuries, that cohesion might not come so naturally on Sunday.

“What I’m most pleased with is our guys’ sense of urgency about communication,” Macdonald said Thursday. “It’s not that it wasn’t there, but it really feels like the biggest buy-in we’ve felt in the sense of urgency to make calls since we got here in the last two weeks. “It’s something we definitely emphasize; it’s a point of attention. You always hear the saying, ‘A strong defense is a good defense’, and that’s what we try to be.

seven. Tagovailoa was one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the NFL against zonal coverage last season — 72.4 percent against Cover 2, Cover 3, Cover 4 and Cover 6 shells, according to SIS — but far from to be one of the most effective. Seven of his 10 interceptions in 2021, and just three of his 16 touchdowns, have come against zone looks.

In their first year with Macdonald as coordinator, the Ravens could play more zone than they ever did under predecessor Don “Wink” Martindale, who favored aggressive man-to-man looks. Jets quarterback Joe Flacco saw the majority of area coverage in Week 1, going 21 of 29 for 183 yards and one interception (74.4 passer rating).

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8. The Ravens have won six straight home openers, outscoring their opponents by a combined 181-78 in those games. The Ravens are also 13-1 in home openers under coach John Harbaugh and 20-4 at M&T Bank Stadium in September since 2008, the best home winning percentage in the league. NFL during this period. A win on Sunday would be the 150th of Harbaugh’s career, including playoff wins.

9. How important would a victory on Sunday be? Of the 262 teams that started 2-0 since 1990, 165 (63%) ended up making the playoffs, according to CBS Sports. Teams that started 2-0 have also won 20 of the last 32 Super Bowls, including the 2000 Ravens.

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The Ravens’ 23-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoon will be remembered for many things. But Baltimore’s decision to forgo a chip-shot field goal that would’ve broken a 20-20 tie and instead go for it on fourth-and-goal at the 2-yard line with 4:45 remaining left many at M&T Bank Stadium scratching their heads.

After having second-and-goal from the 1, and after Jackson’s scramble up the middle on third down came up 2 yards short, coach John Harbaugh elected to keep the offense on the field instead of sending kicker Justin Tucker out to attempt what would’ve been a 19-yard go-ahead field goal. The result? An interception, Jackson’s second of the day, in the corner of the end zone. Baltimore never had another possession, but Harbaugh said it was a decision he thought gave Baltimore “the best chance to win the game.”

“Because seven [points], the worst that happens is if they go down the field and score — and I think we’ll get them stopped — but if they go down the field and score a touchdown, the worst thing that can happen is you’re in overtime,” said Harbaugh, explaining his thought process on the Ravens trying to score a touchdown. “But [if] you kick a field goal there, it’s not a three-down game anymore, it’s a four-down game.”

Harbaugh said he didn’t want to put the defense at a disadvantage, adding: “[The Bills] got four downs to convert down the field and a chance to again score seven, and then you lose the game on a touchdown.”

Instead, Harbaugh’s plan backfired.

As a pair of Bills defenders closed in on Jackson, who had to escape the pocket while backpedaling to his right, he threw to wide receiver Devin Duvernay in the corner of the end zone, where the ball was intercepted by Buffalo safety Jordan Poyer.

Harbaugh was confident in the defense’s ability to stop the Bills near the goal line, but the interception gave Buffalo the ball at its 20-yard line, and it would go 77 yards on 12 plays to set up Tyler Bass’ game-winning 21-yard field goal as time expired.

“It didn’t turn out that way, unfortunately, and we lost the game,” Harbaugh said. “So, in hindsight, you could take the points, but if you look at it analytically, understand why we did it.”

Jackson said he was fine with going for it on fourth down, adding: “If we had executed on third down, there wouldn’t have even been that question. Nobody would be disappointed.”

The numbers agree, albeit only slightly. According to the fourth-down decision bot created by The Athletic’s Ben Baldwin, going for the touchdown instead of the field goal increased the Ravens’ chance to win by roughly 2 percentage points. A field goal in that situation gave the Ravens a 63% chance to win, but a touchdown gave them a 65% chance of victory. The Ravens had a 47% chance of scoring from the 2-yard line, according to the decision bot, while a field-goal by Tucker from that distance would be virtually automatic. However, if the Ravens had succeeded in scoring a touchdown, their chance to win would increase to 83% as opposed to 63% with a successful field goal.

Jackson said he had a hard time looking over Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson as the play was breaking down.

“I couldn’t see what was going on,” Jackson said. “I tried to get back some more but it was too late.”

The Ravens under Harbaugh have never had a problem taking risks. During last year’s matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs, Harbaugh asked Jackson whether he wanted to go for it on fourth down with 1:04 left. Jackson said, “Hell yeah,” before running up the middle for a first down to secure the Week 2 victory.

Still, those gutsy decisions from Baltimore didn’t always have happy endings. In a Week 13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last year, Jackson’s pass to tight end Mark Andrews on a 2-point conversion attempt with 16 seconds left fell incomplete in a 20-19 loss. Two weeks later, the Ravens again decided to pass up on the chance to tie the game and failed to convert a go-ahead 2-point conversion against the Green Bay Packers.

Andrews said the Ravens needed to be “a little bit sharper” on that fourth down play on Sunday, but he remains confident in their ability to execute in those situations moving forward.

“I love that Coach [Harbaugh] trusts us to do that,” Andrews said. “Hopefully, we get another opportunity like that, and we will be ready to go.”

CB Marcus Peters animated on sideline

As the Bills’ field goal unit came out to win the game in the final seconds, cornerback Marcus Peters was clearly upset and was seen screaming in frustration as he walked toward the sideline.

Peters began to take his anger out on Harbaugh. They exchanged words while getting in each other’s faces before the veteran cornerback was held back by passing game coordinator and secondary coach Chris Hewitt and went into the locker room.

“Emotions run high. We’re on the same page, he and I. We have a great relationship; we have an honest relationship. I love him, I hope he still loves me; we’ll see,” Harbaugh joked. “I’m a Marcus Peters guy.”

Veteran defensive end Calais Campbell said he doesn’t think the team’s frustrations after blowing another double-digit lead at home will impact them moving forward.

“We all just want to win,” Campbell said. “The goal is to win the ball game, and I think with the brotherhood we have, we’re going to challenge each other, we’re going to communicate with passion because it’s a passionate game. At the end of the day though, everybody here is on the same page.”

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The Giants have three wins after four games. Now they have to make sure they have a healthy quarterback to face the Green Bay Packers in London next Sunday.

Daniel Jones scampered for two rushing touchdowns, and the Giants ran for 262 yards in Sunday’s 20-12 win over the Chicago Bears behind Saquon Barkley’s 146 on a career-high 31 carries.

But Jones (left ankle) and backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor (concussion) both sustained significant injuries that forced head coach Brian Daboll to put Barkley at quarterback in the fourth quarter and also reinsert Jones.

“When I saw Tyrod go down I kinda realized, like, I’m up next. I’m the quarterback,” said the dynamic Barkley, who ran all day like he was shot out of a cannon.

Jones underwent X-rays after the game and said he will “do everything I can to play” at Tottenham Stadium next Sunday. But he was limping badly after Bears safety Jaquan Brisker sacked him and landed awkwardly on his ankle with 3:30 left in the third quarter.

Asked to compare his injury to high ankle sprains he has had in the past, Jones said: “Each one’s different. I still don’t know exactly what it is. So we’ll look at it.”

The Giants surely weren’t planning on needing a third quarterback in London, so it will be interesting to see if they need to expedite a passport and international clearance for practice squad QB Davis Webb.

They managed to hold on Sunday when Taylor got hurt, though, because Daboll literally grabbed a white board on the sideline and drew up plays that he and offensive line coach Bobby Johnson had run before with the Buffalo Bills.

“Like when you were eight years old playing with your friends,” Barkley said with a smile.

Barkley played QB in a Wildcat formation the next three plays, twice out of the Pistol with running backs Matt Breida and Gary Brightwell flanking him. He handed to Breida twice for 14 yards and kept it once for four yards to set up a Graham Gano field goal.

Jones came back into the game after Taylor got hurt to relay the play calls to Barkley from his head set. He lined up as a dummy wide receiver on those three plays.

Then Jones played quarterback the Giants’ final two drives, handing a total of seven times to Barkley and never attempting another pass.

It was odd to see Jones return to the game after head athletic trainer Ronnie Barnes and Daboll had been seen on the sideline telling him he was out following the ankle injury.

Daboll said they took Jones out initially because the coach told Jones: “I’m not risking you getting injured to try to protect yourself with that limp.”

But Jones, with his ankle heavily taped, said he could return to the game if needed and remained available.

Jones said he believed “part of the decision” was that his ankle injury left him unable to execute the game plan. So he knew he would go in if Taylor got hurt.

The Giants had been killing the Bears’ defense with Jones’ back-to-the-defense play action rollouts. He had rushed for 21-yard and 8-yard TDs in the first half, the first Giants touchdowns scored in any first half this season.

It marked Jones’ first game with two rushing TDs since his first NFL start at Tampa in Sept. 2019. But his third-quarter injury left him immobile. And Taylor came in to run three times for 30 yards before his injury.

“That was the communication,” Jones said. “I wanted to go in and considering the game and how it was playing out, probably wasn’t the best thing for the team. So when Tyrod went down, I knew I was going back in.”

Jones admitted “it’s frustrating” to get shut down during a game. He was understandably not pleased on the sideline and even put his helmet on when Taylor entered the game.

“You want to play and be out there with your teammates at the end of a game where you’re fighting and trying to win,” Jones said. “But I thought guys stepped up, played great and finished off the game.”

It remains to be seen how the Giants will keep winning with this offense. Jones completed only one first-half pass to a wide receiver, David Sills, with under a minute left in the second quarter.

The Giants’ leading receiver was tight end Daniel Bellinger with three catches for 23 yards.

Primarily, Don Martindale’s defense was the difference, keeping Chicago’s NFC-best running game in check at 149 yards, 37 below their average. Jaylon Smith rotated in at inside linebacker in his season debut.

Martindale’s crew blitzed young Bears QB Justin Fields into indecision and sacked him six times, twice by Dexter Lawrence, who talked a lot of trash and backed it up.

“I’m just playing my game,” Lawrence said with a smile. “If they got beef, we got beef, you know what I mean? You wanna talk junk, I’m good at that. So it’s like, whatchu wanna do? Let’s line up.”

Rookie Kayvon Thibodeaux recovered a second quarter Fields fumble forced by Azeez Ojulari that led to a Giants touchdown drive. And Brightwell recovered a fourth quarter muffed punt by the Bears’ Velus Jones Jr. to offset a second quarter muffed punt and lost fumble by the Giants’ Richie James.

But the Giants also lost a ton of players to injury: Jones, Taylor, safety Julian Love (concussion), right tackle Evan Neal (neck), corner Aaron Robinson (knee), receiver Kenny Golladay (knee), defensive lineman Henry Mondeaux (ankle), Ojulari (calf) and Thibodeaux (back spasms). Right guard Mark Glowinski (ankle) and Jihad Ward (unknown) missed time and returned.

The focus, though, is on the quarterback position and who will start against Aaron Rodgers next week.

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The Giants’ inactives were LB Austin Calitro, OL Tyre Phillips, DL Leonard Williams (knee), WR Wan’Dale Robinson (knee), WR Kadarius Toney (hamstring), CB Cor’Dale Flott (calf) and CB Nick McCloud (hammy).

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When New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones faked a handoff to Saquon Barkley in the first quarter Sunday at MetLife Stadium and then spun to his left, a clear 21-yard lane to the end zone lay before Jones.

With Chicago Bears defenders Trevis Gipson, Jaquan Brisker and Dominique Robinson in chase mode, Jones picked up speed. Cornerback Kyler Gordon was unable to shake tight end Tanner Hudson’s block near the goal line, and Jones squeaked into the corner of the end zone behind Hudson for his first of two touchdown runs in the first half.

The Giants never trailed again in their 20-12 victory, and Jones contributed 68 rushing yards to his team’s 262 for the day, a season high by a Bears opponent.

“He’s a good athlete,” linebacker Nicholas Morrow said of Jones. “He’s got some long legs, so he’s got a good stride and can get out there a little bit. But there are some rules we’ve got to follow to make sure we can contain some of those runs.”

Jones’ second touchdown came in similar fashion — a fake to Barkley, a sprint to the left corner of the end zone, an 8-yard touchdown.

Coach Matt Eberflus said the Bears made adjustments to stop similar bootleg plays in the second half, but they needed to come quicker. The damage of two touchdowns was done, and coupled with a Bears offense that failed to get in the end zone, it was too much to overcome.

“It’s just eyes — you’ve got to keep your eyes in the right spot,” safety Eddie Jackson said of defending Jones on play action. “They were doing a good job setting it up, running with Saquon. Running, running, then slip the boot here and there. We just have to do a better job with our eyes and on the edges.”

The threat Barkley posed helped the Giants pull off the plays. After injuries limited him the last couple of seasons, Barkley continued his bounce-back season with 31 carries for 146 yards and two catches for 16 yards.

His performance also continued a concerning trend, as the Bears have allowed more than 175 rushing yards in three of their four games this season.

“He came out and played a great game, but there were a lot of mistakes on our behalf,” linebacker Roquan Smith said. “He’s a heck of a player, but that’s no excuse. We’ve just got to all get better and look ourselves in the mirror, including myself.”

Jones was hobbled by a left ankle injury midway through the second half, and backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor left to be evaluated for a concussion. The Bears held the Giants to two second-half field goals from kicker Graham Gano.

Jackson came up with a big interception early in the fourth quarter — his third in four games — but the Bears offense failed to capitalize on the takeaway that gave them the ball at their 4-yard line.

Through four games, the Bears defense hasn’t allowed a touchdown after halftime, giving up just 18 second-half points.

But the running thread in the Bears locker room from defenders was that mistakes here and there kept the unit from putting together the game-altering performance the team needed — especially as the offense struggled and special teams made costly mistakes, such as the muffed punt by returner Velus Jones Jr. in the fourth quarter.

Morrow lamented a missed tackle on a short pass from Jones to Barkley on the Giants’ second touchdown drive. On third-and-9, Morrow was right on Barkley when he caught the ball, but Barkley spun out of his grasp for a 15-yard gain.

Gordon was called for a 40-yard pass interference penalty on the Giants’ first field-goal drive of the second half. And Smith wasn’t pleased that Taylor twirled out of his grasp on third-and-4 on the Giants’ final field-goal drive.

“Self-inflicted wounds. That’s the biggest thing. That’s what hurts the most,” Jackson said. “Player for player, we felt like we had ups on them. We just have to do the little things right. We can’t keep shooting ourselves in the foot, myself included, and both sides of the ball I’m sure, even on special teams.”

Eberflus said a focus this week for the whole team as the Bears prepare for the 3-1 Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium will be putting together a full game after Sunday’s first-half miscues.

“We just have to be consistent all the way through,” Eberflus said. “That’s going to be something we’re going to preach this week and do a better job of. Apparently we’re doing some good things in this second half, but we have to play 60 minutes in this league.”

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Three Twin Cities area residents were killed late Saturday night when the small airplane they were flying in crashed into a home and yard just south of Duluth International Airport.

Hermantown officials said Sunday afternoon that Alyssa Schmidt, 32, of St. Paul, and her brother, Matthew Schmidt, 31, of Burnsville, Minn., were passengers in the plane, while Tyler Fretland, 32, of Burnsville, was the pilot. All three died in the crash.

Two occupants in the house, Jason and Crystal Hoffman, were not injured in the crash that happened Saturday just minutes before midnight.

Three people died when a small plane crashed into a home on the 5100 block of Arrowhead Road in Hermantown on Saturday night. (Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune)

“I’m still not sure what to think. It doesn’t seem real, at all. We’re just lucky. The loss of life is heartbreaking. At the same time we’re grateful for making it through this,” Jason Hoffman said, recalling the crash on Sunday morning.

According to Hermantown Communications Director Joe Wicklund, the Hermantown Police Department was notified by the airport’s control tower that a small airplane had left radar and was believed to have crashed. The control tower advised the last location on radar was 1 to 1.5 miles south of the airport.

Police and fire departments from surrounding agencies responded to the area and located the wreckage of a Cessna 172 airplane in the 5100 block of Arrowhead Road. The airplane hit the second floor before coming to rest in the backyard of the property.

The plane took out much of the second floor of the home at 5154 Arrowhead Road. Pieces of the plane, and damaged vehicles that were parked in the yard, were strewn across the backyard. The largest intact piece of the Cessna appeared to be the tail section. Wicklund said the occupants of the small brick house were upstairs when the crash occurred and were unscathed.

“I remember waking up to a very loud explosion and my wife screaming,” Hoffman said. “The first thing I thought was that the furnace exploded.”

It wasn’t until he fumbled through the darkness and dust to get a flashlight that Hoffman noticed an airplane wheel next to his bed and realized it was a crash.

Jason Hoffman Stands On The Other Side Of Caution Tape From His Home. Both Hoffman And His Wife Crystal Were Home At The Time Of The Crash. (Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune)
Jason Hoffman stands on the other side of caution tape from his home. Both Hoffman and his wife Crystal were home at the time of the crash. (Dan Williamson / Duluth News Tribune)

Neighbors quickly responded to the scene and warned the Hoffmans not to move yet as there were live power lines around the home. The couple found their cat unharmed in the basement and eventually left the home when the dust and rubble became overpowering.

The crash apparently caused extensive power outages in the area but Minnesota Power reported no customers without power at 8 a.m. Sunday.

Hoffman believes the house may be a total loss. He and his wife have lived there for seven years since moving from Worthington, Minn.

“This was actually the first house we saw when we came into town. My wife and I said to each other, we need to live there, and ended up buying it, amazingly,” Hoffman said. “It was kind of like a storybook tale that we found it and fell in love with it so quickly.”

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are performing an investigation, authorities said. Additional information will be released in concert with the NTSB.

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The Ravens have the most prolific kicker in the history of the National Football League and still sometimes refuse to use him in possible game-winning situations.

We’ve seen this before. Twice, in fact, just last season in losses to the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers, setbacks that helped the Ravens lose six straight seasons to fall from the top seed in the AFC to out of playoff contention altogether.

Then came Sunday.

Faced with a fourth-and-goal at the 2-yard line with 4:15 remaining and the score tied at 20, Ravens coach John Harbaugh decided to go for it. Under pressure, star quarterback Lamar Jackson underthrew receiver Devin Duvernay in the right corner of the end zone, and the pass was intercepted by safety Jordan Poyer.

The Bills then went on a 12-play, 77-yard drive that ended with a 21-yard field goal by Tyler Bass as time expired for a 23-20 Buffalo victory before a disappointed home crowd of 70,494. Afterward, Harbaugh gave several reasons for his decision to not send out Tucker for the 19-yard field goal attempt, but they are no longer acceptable.

I’m tired of hearing about analytics. I’m tired of hearing about an aggressive philosophy. The best chance for this team to win Sunday was for Tucker to kick the field goal and use the crowd as the 12th man to put even more pressure on the Bills and quarterback Josh Allen. Instead, we got more logic, and the Ravens lost their fifth straight home game by a total of 12 points.

Harbaugh defended his decision after the game.

“Well, I felt like it gave us the best chance to win the game because seven [points], the worst that happens is if they go down the field and score — and I think we’ll get them stopped — but if they go down the field and score a touchdown, the worst thing that can happen is you’re in overtime,” he said. “But you kick a field goal there, now it’s not a three-down game anymore, it’s a four-down game. You’re putting them out there, you’re putting your defense at a disadvantage because they’ve got four downs to convert all the way down the field and a chance to again score seven, and then you lose the game on a touchdown.

“So, then the worst thing … The other thing you think you’re going to get the ball at the two-yard line, so I’m very confident in the defense’s ability to stop them down there with the ball on the two-yard line, so we have them backed up if we didn’t get it. It didn’t turn out that way, unfortunately, and we lost the game. So, hindsight, you could take the points, but if you look at it analytically, understand why we did it.”

Sorry, you send out Mr. Automatic and you get the home crowd razzed. Because of the rain, wind and soggy field, almost anything can happen, and the Bills were down to two wide receivers, so you at least have some chance to win. After Jackson’s interception, the crowd started filing out of M&T Bank Stadium because all Buffalo needed was a field goal to win.

The underlying statement of this decision is that Harbaugh has no confidence in his defense. You can’t blame him. The Ravens are ranked No. 32 overall — dead last — in the NFL allowing 353.3 passing yards per game. They gave up four fourth-quarter touchdowns to Miami two weeks ago in a similar meltdown.

But Jackson wasn’t having a good day Sunday, and he seems to struggle in wet and cold conditions. He rushed 11 times for 73 yards but completed only 20 of 29 passes for 144 yards and finished with a rating of 63.

The biggest difference between Jackson and Allen is that Allen has cut down on the number of boneheaded plays while Jackson still forces enough passes to leave you scratching your head.

He had three yesterday, once rolling to his right and then throwing back across his body to the left side of the field to receiver Rashod Bateman in the third quarter for no gain. He also threw one to tight end Mark Andrews down the left sideline, which should have been intercepted, too, but Duvernay caught the carom for a 21-yard reception midway through the second quarter.

Sometimes it’s better to take a sack or throw it away than toss up a jump ball. That’s what Jackson did with the pass to Duvernay.

On the fourth-down try, Jackson had running back Mike Davis open on a slant on the left side and missed him. And then he was late throwing to Duvernay, who was initially wide open.

That’s where Harbaugh has to have a better feel for the game. His defense is terrible, but Jackson was rattled by the pressure Buffalo was bringing in the second half.

Didn’t we see this last year, too?

“It definitely affected him. You could see he wasn’t as calm and cool sitting back there looking around. It definitely got to him, and it definitely worked,” Bills linebacker Matt Milano said of the pressure against Jackson.

So, Harbaugh and the Ravens should have trotted out Mr. Dependable, Tucker, and put the points on the board.

After the game, the Ravens came to Harbaugh’s defense, but what else did you expect? Who is going to disagree with his decision, except for someone like cornerback Marcus Peters? He was irate on the sideline, slammed his helmet down and had to be restrained from going after Harbaugh. Could it have been because of something else?

Either way, we can attribute that to emotion and competitiveness, but privately these poor decisions start to negatively affect players. During the turn of the century, opposing teams used to fear playing in Baltimore because of the deafening crowd noise and its top-ranked defense. But that’s gone now.

Back then, the Ravens got kicker Matt Stover on the field to win games. Now, Justin Tucker is an afterthought.

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