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Hayden Wesneski dominates in his 1st major-league start, but the Chicago Cubs fall 3-1, snapping a 4-game winning streak

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The Colorado Rockies made a Dunkin’ Donuts run in the morning, then pulled out a rare road win. Clearly, as the slogan goes, it was worth the trip.

Charlie Blackmon hit a tiebreaking triple and scored in a two-run ninth, and the Rockies beat the Chicago Cubs 3-1 on Saturday at Wrigley Field.

Blackmon came in to the game in a 5-for-41 slump. But the four-time All-Star delivered in a big spot.

He drove in pinch runner Garrett Hampson with a triple to the right-field corner against Adbert Alzolay (0-1) after C.J. Cron walked with one out. He scored on an Elias Díaz single, making it 3-1, and the Rockies came away with the win despite a dominant outing by Cubs rookie Hayden Wesneski in his first major-league start.

“There’s been some ups and downs,” Blackmon said. “I feel like I’ve had some bad breaks.”

Jose Ureña threw six solid innings, and the Rockies won for just the fifth time time in their last 18 road games. They are a big-league-worst 23-48 away from home.

The Rockies had some fun before the game, sending mostly rookies in full uniform to the nearby Dunkin’ Donuts. Blackmon said he got a “pretty classic” glazed donut and black coffee.

“I jokingly said, ‘Maybe we’ll have to do it again tomorrow,’ ” Blackmon said. “There’s a lot of guys who did not really think that was a good idea. We probably won’t do it tomorrow.”

Ureña allowed one run and seven hits. The right-hander, who signed a minor-league deal in May after being released by the Milwaukee Brewers, has mostly struggled since being called up in July. But he has strung together back-to-back solid outings.

“He feels really comfortable here after a few months with this group,” manager Bud Black said. “He’s finally settling in.”

Dinelson Lamet and Carlos Estévez (4-4) each worked an inning.

Daniel Bard came on in the ninth for his 31st save in 34 chances. He gave up a one-out single to pinch hitter Yan Gomes before retiring Zach McKinstry on a line drive and Ian Happ on a groundout.

The Cubs had won four straight and were eyeing their second straight sweep after taking three at the NL East-leading New York Mets.

Rookie dominates

Wesneski, 24, tossed seven innings, allowing one run and three hits. The right-hander struck out seven and did not walk a batter in his third big-league appearance.

“Great outing for Hayden,” manager David Ross said. “Nice, efficient. Worked quick. Similar to Stro (Marcus Stroman) yesterday. The only hits he gave up other than that first one was there wasn’t a whole lot of hard contact.”

Alzolay struck out all three in the eighth before running into trouble in the ninth. The right-hander had been sidelined all season because of a strained right shoulder.

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The Cubs reinstated Alzolay from the 60-day injured list and placed outfielder Seiya Suzuki on the paternity list. They also designated infielder Frank Schwindel and left-handed pitcher Sean Newcomb for assignment and selected infielder Esteban Quíroz’s contract from Triple-A Iowa.

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Rockies: Black said Kris Bryant (plantar fasciitis in left foot) is “getting more confidence” each day. Bryant — out since July 31 — started running Friday and has been hitting in the cage and working out. “The progress has been pretty good the last week or so,” Black said.

Cubs: An MRI on SS Nico Hoerner (mild to moderate triceps strain) showed more damage than anticipated, though the Cubs have not ruled him out for the remainder of the season, Ross said. “He wants to get back,” Ross said. “He’s pretty disappointed with the news, but I don’t think he has anything left to prove to us this year.” Hoerner had the MRI on Thursday. He has not played since Sunday. … LHP Steven Brault (strained left shoulder strain) is likely headed for a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa after his most recent bullpen session went well. … 2B Nick Madrigal (strained right groin) is progressing with agility and strength work.

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Ravens coach John Harbaugh defends late fourth-down decision in loss to Bills: ‘The best chance to win the game’

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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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QBs Daniel Jones, Tyrod Taylor both hurt in injury-filled 20-12 Giants win over Bears

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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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Chicago Bears defense laments mistakes after allowing 262 rushing yards to New York Giants: ‘Player for player, we felt like we had ups on them’

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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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The mornings are hard. They are restless. They are busy. And before too long daylight saving time returns (or does it go?), and suddenly the mornings are dark, too. So why complicate the task? If you still swear by your pourer, filter, or French press, know that you can move on. All the cool kids are using the Keurig K-Supreme these days, and it’s even on sale at QVC.

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My favorite aspect of the machine is that it’s single serve, so I never feel like I’m making too much coffee that ends up wasted. Plus, it can accommodate travel mugs, making it a super convenient choice if you’re on the go in the morning.

So have fun! Make same-day jumping easy. Get the Keurig K-Supreme coffee maker from QVC before it runs out.

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