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The Ravens began the fourth quarter of their home opener with a three-touchdown lead thanks to one of the great performances of Lamar Jackson’s career. They finished it as 42-38 losers, licking their wounds from a disastrous defensive collapse against the Miami Dolphins.

Here are five things we learned from their stunning defeat:

The Ravens don’t know where they’re headed after an epic collapse

What does one say to sum up 15 minutes of unfathomable football horror? For Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey, it was the recurring image of passes sailing over his head. For rookie teammate Jalyn-Armour Davis, it was the sense that no one on the Baltimore defense could find the same wavelength as they tried to stall the aqua-blue avalanche rolling their way. For coach John Harbaugh, it was the stinging realization that his team must fix its foundation in the weeks to come.

This was not the most soul-deadening home loss in franchise history. It lacked the finality of the playoff loss to the Tennessee Titans that ended the Ravens’ romp through the 2019 season. It was not marked by a single stunning play, like the 49-yard pass from Andy Dalton to Tyler Boyd that erased the Ravens’ playoff chances on the last day of the 2017 season. But for sheer whiplash, it was one for the annals.

See, this was not a tense contest for most of the afternoon. It was a party — Baltimore’s chance to shout hosannas for its sublime quarterback and its refreshed team.

For three quarters of their home opener Sunday, the Ravens told us they were a contender reborn. They scoffed at the same Dolphins defense that had smothered them last season and covered their own defensive lapses with the takeaways that were so scarce for them in 2021. Going into the game, we wondered if Miami had their number. When the score reached 35-14, it seemed the Ravens were saying no one would have their number in 2022.

Perhaps we should have read the early omens. The Ravens began with a 103-yard kickoff return. They cut off Miami’s first drive with an interception. On their first proper drive, they ran 18 plays and held the ball for nearly 11 minutes. All that, and with 10:54 to go in the second quarter, they were tied at 7.

But whatever opportunities they left on the table seemed irrelevant in the glow of Jackson’s unfolding masterpiece. His scalpel-sharp throws put them up 28-7 at halftime, and when he glided 79 yards through the heart of the Miami defense to make it 35-14 with 26 seconds left in the third quarter, chants of “MVP! MVP!” resounded across M&T Bank Stadium.

Not even the most cynical fan could have envisioned the nightmare to come.

For the last 15 minutes, however, all the troubling storylines from last year crawled back into the building. The Ravens watched helplessly as Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, an uneven performer through his first two NFL seasons, finished off a 469-yard, six-touchdown performance. Injuries, either fresh or lingering, hampered their most experienced cornerbacks, leaving much of the job of covering Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle to discombobulated rookies. The dominant front seven we saw in Week 1 against the New York Jets did nothing to discomfort Tagovailoa. On offense, the Ravens could not muster the kind of grinding drive they used to count on to put games away.

Weighing this collapse against the electric happening of the first three quarters, what do we know about the Ravens as we look ahead to 16 more weeks of this?

“There’s really no conclusions to be drawn at this point in time,” Harbaugh said.

Secondary health is already concern No. 1

We spent the last nine months assuming the Ravens could not reach the depths of 2021, when they finished last in pass defense. Humphrey and Marcus Peters would be back. Safety Marcus Williams would shore up the back line. First-round pick Kyle Hamilton would be an immediate playmaker, and veteran Kyle Fuller would provide battle-tested depth. New defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald would make the pieces dance in patterns not limited by traditional notions of position. No, it could not get as bad as it did last year, when they gave up 435 yards to Derek Carr and 402 to Carson Wentz and 525 to Joe Burrow.

Well, Tagovailoa’s fourth quarter — 13 of 17 for 199 yards and four touchdowns — said 2022 could be every bit as bad.

With Fuller lost to a season-ending torn ACL, Brandon Stephens (quadriceps) inactive, Humphrey limited by a sore groin and Peters easing his way in after 20 months away because of a torn ACL, they had to count on Armour-Davis and another rookie, Damarion Williams, against the terrifying duo of Hill and Waddle.

We saw a panoply of horrors on the 59-yard catch-and-run by Waddle that set up Miami’s first touchdown. Linebacker Patrick Queen stumbled and fell in coverage. Armour-Davis was bowled over by a block. Williams could not shove Waddle out of bounds.

With the Ravens protecting a two-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter, Hill ran right past Peters for a 48-yard touchdown. He dusted him badly enough that he had time to stop and wait for Tagovailoa’s underthrown pass to reach him.

On Miami’s next possession, Hill accelerated past Armour-Davis, who seemed to think he would have safety help behind him. There were three Ravens who could have shaded to that side of the field, but none did as Hill caught a 60-yard touchdown with no one near him to tie the game at 35.

“There were miscommunications across the whole defense,” Armour-Davis said when asked what happened on the play. “It’s something we’ve got to fix. It’s something we emphasized all week, so it’s definitely disappointing.”

Asked if the same answer could apply to the entire fourth quarter, the rookie said yes.

Logic tells us this was probably the nadir. Peters and Humphrey will feel better and play more snaps. So will Stephens, who looked like he wanted to play as he went through a hard workout in front of trainers before the game. Armour-Davis will learn. But the Ravens cannot feel good, already staring at the same troubles they could not outrun a year ago.

“Never did you think we were going to have that many balls thrown over our head,” Harbaugh said. “That just can’t happen; that’s not OK. I don’t care who’s back there, [or] what they’re doing.”

The Ravens slew their offensive demons from 10 months ago

Disappointing as the day ended up being, Jackson buried the notion that he could not punish Miami’s attacking defense. His statistics — 11 of 13 for 210 yards, three touchdowns and a perfect 158.3 passer rating — told a compelling story of how well he threw the ball in the first half. If anything, he was better than the cold digits said.

Against a defense that had given him fits 10 months earlier, he did not make an off-target throw until the last minute before halftime. His one incompletion to that point was a beautifully feathered pass that tight end Mark Andrews dropped (not a phrase we utter often).

Jackson hit Rashod Bateman perfectly in stride for a 75-yard catch-and-run touchdown. He threaded passes to Andrews and Demarcus Robinson in traffic. He did not take a sack all day.

Give the Ravens’ pass protectors credit for that last number. They spent the whole week hearing about how the Dolphins upset Jackson’s composure by crowding the line of scrimmage and firing safeties, unblocked, into the Baltimore backfield. They did their homework on Miami’s Cover 0 while understanding the Dolphins might take a more patient approach this time around (which they did). Jackson operated from a clean pocket — “Our line did a heck of a job protecting me,” he said — and did more than enough damage to win the game.

The running game couldn’t put the game away

Even as so many things went right for the Ravens early, their ground game continued to be a concern. Running backs Kenyan Drake and Mike Davis combined for 13 yards on eight carries on their near-11-minute drive that straddled the first and second quarters. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman turned to fullback Patrick Ricard and Andrews (on a direct snap no less) for two short conversions to extend that march. The Ravens had four chances to punch the ball in from the 2-yard line and could not, with Jackson coming up an inch short on third down and fumbling on fourth.

That’s a problem for a team that counts on having the most productive ground-and-pound operation in the sport.

We saw this weakness again in the fourth quarter, when the Ravens needed a sustained drive to blunt Tagovailoa’s momentum. They failed to convert on fourth-and-short on one drive and went three-and-out on the next. Drake and Davis, aided little by the same blockers who did a good job protecting Jackson, finished with 12 yards combined on 11 carries.

“We’re not there yet; we’re not blocking like we need to,” Harbaugh said. “That’s a good front, just like last week [against the Jets] was a good front, but we’re not doing it right now. So, that’s one of the things we have to take a hard look at and try to get to where we need to be in that way, because that’s how you win games.”

We don’t know enough to second guess the Ravens for holding out their No. 1 runner, J.K. Dobbins, for another week. As Dobbins detailed Friday, he suffered an unusually devastating knee injury before last season, and we don’t know precisely what the Ravens are looking for to determine his readiness. What we do know is that they badly need a more dynamic threat in the backfield.

The defensive front also went missing

Nose tackle Michael Pierce and defensive tackle Justin Madubuike were among the best defenders in the league in Week 1, and the Ravens generally owned the line of scrimmage in an easy win over the Jets. With the Dolphins down a starting right tackle and counting on ailing left tackle Terron Armstead (toe), Baltimore’s front seven seemed set up for another big day.

Instead, they made little impact on Tagovailoa as he fired at will with the game slipping away. The Ravens managed just two quarterback hits and their one sack, by outside linebacker Justin Houston, came early.

Defensive tackle Calais Campbell credited Tagovailoa with perhaps the best performance of his three-year career: “He was getting his feet set, getting rid of the ball, making quick decisions and got the ball to his playmakers and let them make plays. That’s what the quarterback does, so you have to give him his props. We were pressuring him and getting there sometimes, but he’s making good throws, putting it right on the money [while] we’re pressuring his face.”

Fair enough. Sometimes, the other guy is just good. But with their secondary ailing, the Ravens could have used a transformative play from their pass rush, and it never arrived.

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Pamela Paul: When diversity isn’t the right kind of diversity

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The death of Queen Elizabeth II has dominated headlines this month, homages to her reign and dissections of the Harry and Meghan situation unsurprisingly pushing other news aside, especially other stories from Britain.

But even amid all the pomp, one news item out of Britain has attracted curiously little attention. Liz Truss, the new Conservative prime minister, announced her Cabinet, and for the first time ever, not a single member of the inner circle — what’s referred to as the Great Offices of State — is a white man.

Britain’s Home Secretary Suella Braverman leaves after British Prime Minister Liz Truss’ first cabinet meeting, at 10 Downing Street in London, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

The home secretary, Suella Braverman, is the daughter of Kenyan and Mauritian immigrants. The mother of the foreign minister, James Cleverly, emigrated from Sierra Leone. The new chancellor of the Exchequer, Kwasi Kwarteng, was born to Ghanaian parents.

Did the left break into applause? Were there hosannas throughout progressive Twitter heralding this racial, ethnic and gender diversity as a step forward for society?

Not exactly.

Instead, the change was dutifully relayed, often with caveats. “Liz Truss’s cabinet: diverse but dogmatic,” noted The Guardian. The new team was criticized as elite, the product of schools like Eton, Cambridge and the Sorbonne. These people aren’t working class, others pointed out. They don’t sufficiently support the rights of those seeking asylum in Britain or policies that address climate change.

“It’s a meritocratic advance for people who have done well in education, law and business,” Sunder Katwala, director of British Future, a think tank that focuses on issues of immigration, integration and national identity, told CNN. “It’s not an advance on social class terms.”

This is an interesting criticism. “Meritocratic,” used here in a pejorative sense, means based on ability and achievement, earned through a combination of talent and hard work. Traditionally, merit served as the primary consideration in hiring, but some people today see the very systems that confer merit as rigged, especially against minorities. In an effort to rectify that imbalance and to diversify the workforce, particularly for leadership positions, it has become common practice in hiring — in the business and nonprofit worlds, as in government — to make racial or ethnic diversity a more significant factor.

The trouble is that for many of the same people, ethnic and racial diversity count only when combined with a particular point of view. Even before Truss’ Cabinet was finalized, one member of the Labour opposition tweeted, “Her cabinet is expected to be diverse, but it will be the most right-wing in living memory, embracing a political agenda that will attack the rights of working people, especially minorities.”

Another Labour representative wrote: “It’s not enough to be a Black or ethnic minority politician in this country or a cabinet member. That’s not what representation is about. That’s actually tokenism.”

The implication is that there’s only one way to authentically represent one’s race, ethnicity or sex — otherwise you’re a phony or a pawn. Is that fair?

I’m not politically aligned with Truss on most issues. This is not the team I’d choose to lead a country reeling from COVID, an energy crisis and the twin disasters of Boris and Brexit. But it’s Truss’ prerogative to hire people with whom she is ideologically aligned and who support her policies.

And one has to assume those new hires joined her willingly and with conviction. Surely they, like all racial and ethnic minorities, are capable of the same independence of mind and diversity of thought as white people — some people Trumpy, other people Bernie.

Nor are they the first conservative minorities to hold top positions of power in Britain. It was the Conservative Party that, despite widespread antisemitism, first appointed a Jewish-born prime minister, Benjamin Disraeli, in 1868. The three women who have served as prime ministers — Margaret Thatcher, Theresa May and now Truss — have all been Conservatives. Former Prime Minister David Cameron was no lefty, yet he made a point of emphasizing ethnic and racial diversity among his leadership appointments.

Black and other ethnic minority voters in Britain aren’t uniformly lefty, either. They cast 20% of their votes for Conservatives in 2019.

A similar diversity of political opinion among minorities exists in the United States, and it bewilders the left. An increasing number of Latinos are running as and voting for Republican candidates. Donald Trump got more votes from ethnic minorities in 2020 than he did in 2016. Black men’s support for Trump increased by 6 percentage points the second time around. And that was after the murder of George Floyd.

In his prescient 1991 book, “Reflections of an Affirmative Action Baby,” law professor Stephen Carter decried many of the assumptions around diversity nascent at that time, including the notion that racial or ethnic minorities are expected to think as a group, not as individuals. He bemoaned “the idea that Black people who gain positions of authority or influence are vested with a special responsibility to articulate the presumed views of other people who are Black — in effect, to think and act and speak in a particular way, the Black way — and that there is something peculiar about Black people who insist on doing anything else.”

It’s been three decades since Carter’s book was published, and that lamentable assumption has only gained purchase. As he pointed out then: “In an earlier era, such sentiments might have been marked down as frankly racist. Now, however, they are almost a gospel for people who want to show their commitment to equality.”

It seems odd to have to point out in 2022 that “diverse” hires can be every bit as diverse on the inside as they are on the outside. For every Ketanji Brown Jackson, you’re liable to get a Clarence Thomas. Apparently, we need constant reminders that there’s more to people than meets the eye and that in multicultural societies, an acceptance of diversity must be more than skin deep.

 

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The Golden Age of Globalization is Over: Singapore’s Lawrence Wong

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“The golden age of globalization that we have known for the past 30 years since the end of the Cold War is clearly over and we are entering a new era, a new era that will be marked by greater geopolitical contestation. “said the Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore. and Finance Minister Lawrence Wong.

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The golden age of globalization is over and a fundamental change in the way the world works is underway, said the representative of Singapore. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Lawrence Wang.

Although countries have not fully retreated into protectionism, businesses are increasingly influenced by geopolitical tensions, Wong said during a dialogue at the Forbes Global CEO Conference in Singapore on Monday evening, referring specifically to the strained relations between the United States and China.

Wong, however, said that Singapore and the rest of ASEAN wanted a balanced relationship with the United States and China and preferred the two countries to engage in the region “on their own merits” rather than through the lens. of a US-China relationship.

“Where the logic used to be, countries don’t need to be friends to do business with each other. In fact, the hope was that the more we trade and invest in each other, we will mitigate geopolitical rivalry,” Wong said.

“Remember the McDonald’s theory that where we have McDonald’s everywhere, there won’t be a war? Well, that was the story and the end of the story.”

“So now a different logic is at play…the golden age of globalization that we have known for the past 30 years since the end of the cold war is clearly over and we are entering a new era, a new era that will be marked by greater geopolitical contestation.”

If these developments are normalized, the world will become more dangerous and fractured, he said.

Tensions and affairs between the United States and China

Singapore will continue to work with the United States and China without taking sides, Wong said, adding that a likely meeting between the leaders of the two nations is encouraging.

“With this ability to come together to meet in person, it will be possible to establish a new modus operandi between the two countries, recognizing that in reality the world is big enough for China and the United States and that the two countries don’t have to define their relationship in contradictory terms,” Wong said.

He warned of the effects such a relationship could have on the perceptions of younger generations in the United States and China.

“And if there’s no capacity for interpersonal connection and communication to happen, it’s very easy to paint the other side as the bad guy, we’re the good guys. And both sides do it.”

“And you have a whole generation of people growing up thinking that way, so what’s going to happen in 50 years, in 30 years? I think that’s something we should be concerned about.”

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Business leaders participating in conference discussions agree that the growing rift between the United States and China is not good for business.

“Look at it through the looking glass. China just had an American shock,” Cheah Cheng Hye, co-chairman of Value Partners Group, a Hong Kong-listed fund management firm, told a panel. during the conference.

“The generation of Chinese born perhaps in the last generations, many of them have idealized America and the American way of life. It is such a shock to the Chinese people of that time to be rejected by the America and being subjected to racial profiling, there’s a lot of disappointment, there’s a lot of ‘what do we do next’.”

While positive engagement doesn’t mean there won’t be “rigorous competition” between the two nations, working together will be beneficial, especially when it comes to issues such as climate change and the responses to the pandemic, Wong said.

The United States and China have benefited from their financial interdependence, Ng Kok Song, founding chairman of Avanda Investment Management, former chief investment officer of Singapore’s GIC, told a panel at the conference.

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Ng said studies have shown that many U.S. S&P 500 companies have benefited from China’s growth in revenue and size.

Likewise, the Chinese have welcomed international capital and financial institutions into their market, John Studzinski, vice president and managing director of U.S. investment management firm Pimco, told the same panel.

When asked about a timeline for his succession as Singapore’s new prime minister, Wong did not give a specific answer, warning that there were more pressing issues, such as the high cost of living, a possible economic downturn next year and the threat of further mutations from the Covid pandemic.

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Megan Thee Stallion Confirms Sleeping With DaBaby Before Getting Shot By Tory Lanez

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DaBaby just released a new song that practically details his s*xual encounter with Megan Thee Stallion. The two minutes song is all about how he slept with the American rapper Megan before she was shot by Tory Lanez. And also how he can easily get other b**ches into his bed. DaBaby didn’t mince words, he mentioned Megan The Stallion in the song.

DaBaby in one of his lines in the song said; “Had her pretty boyfriend tweeting me, ready to die bout the b**ch likes a coward”. We are confident this has everything to do with another man supposedly rapper Pardison, Meghan Thee’s boyfriend. Yes, Dababy is pulling a “Kanye West” on Meghan. And so we have a full song talking about a s** encounter between two grown adults. The surprises from celebrities these days never cease.

However, the 27-year-old “Sweetie pie” rapper has not denied or confirmed DabBaby’s wild claims but during her performance at the IHeart Radio Festival, she made a statement that she owns her body and chooses what to do with it. And that’s a confirmation that DaBaby banged her!

“So look, I don’t know about y’all but I love my body. I do what I want to with my body when I want to with my body, with who I want to with my body. she further added ‘Cause it’s who? My body.”

Well, not that we care soo much about what anyone does with their body, but once when you let it out, we sure will talk about it!

Here are the lyrics of “Boogeyman” Dababy’s new song detailing his affair with the Maghan Thee Stallion.

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[Intro]
You play with me, oh, God damn
Shut the lights off, Boogeyman
(Oh lord, Jetson made another one)

[Verse 1]
You play with me that shit was childish
The day before she said that Tory Lanez shot her, I was fuckin’ on Megan Thee Stallion
Waited to say that shit on my next album
Hit it the day before too
But I kept it player, I ain’t say nothing ’bout it
Had her pretty boy, boyfriend tweeting me, ready to die ’bout the bitch like a coward
I told you niggas don’t play, now, you gon’ have to handle me
I poked the motherfucking bear, I’m a animal
Rock out on you, make you dance like Diana
I’m having hoes that’s gone do what I say, thеy are not gonna argue with me, thеy got manners
They not coming in with that phone, don’t do cameras
I ain’t in the mood to be taking no pictures
I’m way too smooth, having my way with the bitches
You don’t wanna be on my shitlist
I’m havin’ bitches on bitches
I’m havin’ bitches who blood, uh-huh
Yeah, I’m having bitches who crippin’
I ain’t tripping nigga, baby, don’t bang, uh-huh
Uh-huh, big .40 and a crazy ass chain
Nigga don’t walk up on me with that mask on your face, get your shit blown off nigga, baby don’t play (Baow, baow)
Walk on my shit, this that baby on baby, I think I’m the shit you can blame it on bae
I’m ready to blow every time I pull out, you can come and find out, bitch, I stay where I stay (Yeah, yeah)
Whip cold and it came with the skates
Project baby, bitch, I step out the lake
Bitch made nigga, know a hater gon’ hate
They ain’t fucking with Jonathan mama

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[Chorus]
You play with me (Play with me), oh, God damn (Oh, god damn)
Shut the lights off (Lights off), Boogeyman (Boogeyman)
You play with me (Play with me), oh, God damn (Oh, god damn)
Cut the lights off (Lights off), Boogeyman

[Verse 2]
I know these rappin’ ass niggas be hatin’ (Uh-huh)
But they can’t do shit with me mama
I pulled up two chains and six bracelets (Yeah, yeah)
Play, I’m gone bring the bitch right up out ’em
Yeah, I’m in the whip getting top
I like my bitch from the bottom
You think you could like me, lil’ nigga you’re not
This lil’ bitch that I’m with is a model
The first one, you fuck niggas play
I’m gonna give four or six to your next show
And come blow one of you fuck niggas down on the stage
The day you call my bluff, that’s the day you gon’ lay
I was at Rolling Loud, shuttin’ down a whole damn show, tried to make me have a problem with gays
Mixed up my words, made a nigga lose a whole thirty million, now, I’m back and I’ma say what I say
Bitch nigga, you done

[Chorus]
You play with me (Play with me), oh, God damn (Oh, god damn)
Shut the lights off (Lights off), Boogeyman (Boogeyman)
You play with me (Play with me), oh, God damn (Oh, god damn)
Cut the lights off (Lights off), Boogeyman (Boogeyman)

[Outro]
You play with me (Yeah, yeah), oh, God damn (Oh, god damn)
Shut the lights off (Lights off), Boogeyman (Boogeyman)
You play with me (Play with me), oh, God damn (Oh, god damn)
Cut the lights off, Boogeyman (Baby)

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NFL power rankings, Week 4: Ravens return to unsettled group of Super Bowl contenders

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Each week of the NFL season, The Baltimore Sun will rank all 32 NFL teams. The rankings will take into account not just weekly performance, injuries and roster depth, but how well each team measures up as Super Bowl contenders.

Here are the rankings heading into Week 4:

Super Bowl contenders

1. Buffalo Bills (2-1, No. 1 last week)

2. Kansas City Chiefs (2-1, No. 2)

3. Miami Dolphins (3-0, No. 4)

4. Philadelphia Eagles (3-0, No. 5)

5. Baltimore Ravens (2-1, No. 9)

6. Green Bay Packers (2-1, No. 7)

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1, No. 3)

8. Los Angeles Rams (2-1, No. 8)

If there’s one lesson to be learned from a weekend of surprising results, it’s that there isn’t a clear Super Bowl favorite.

Let’s start with the Dolphins’ 21-19 win over the Bills, which ended Buffalo’s seven-game winning streak against its AFC East rival. It wasn’t an impressive performance by Miami, which was outgained 497-212, only ran 39 plays on offense and allowed Bills quarterback Josh Allen to complete a career-high 42 passes for 400 yards. According to the Miami Herald, the Dolphins became just the ninth team since 1940 to win a regular-season game running 39 or fewer plays.

While Miami deserves credit for making the most of its limited opportunities, Buffalo squandered several chances to score, with three trips inside the red zone in the second half resulting in just three points. That overshadowed an otherwise outstanding day for the offense, which went a combined 13-for-21 on third and fourth down, had a team-record 11 players catch passes and averaged 5 yards per carry.

While teams that start 3-0 can expect to make the playoffs 76% of the time and win the division 51% of the time, according to the NFL, Miami looked far from unbeatable Sunday. Now the Dolphins have to worry about the health of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who is dealing with what coach Mike McDaniel said are back and ankle injuries heading into a short week of practice before Thursday night’s game against the Bengals.

Elsewhere in the AFC, the Ravens bounced back from a shocking fourth-quarter collapse against Miami to beat the Patriots, 37-26, and reestablish themselves as serious contenders. While there are still concerns about Baltimore’s defense after it allowed 7.1 yards per play and 321 passing yards Sunday, timely turnovers helped right the ship in the second half when the game appeared to be slipping away. Even more notable is the continued excellence of quarterback Lamar Jackson, who became the first player in NFL history to record back-to-back games with at least three touchdown passes and 100 rushing yards, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Ravens might not be the complete team they were during their dominant 2019 season, but Jackson looks more in command of the offense than ever before and might have his most talented group of playmakers now that running back J.K. Dobbins is back and wide receivers Rashod Bateman and Devin Duvernay have emerged. That’s a scary thought for the rest of the AFC, which looks more wide-open than originally thought.

That brings us to Kansas City, which suffered a head-scratching 20-17 loss to the Colts as quarterback Patrick Mahomes looked out of sorts against a Gus Bradley-led defense he usually dominates. Mahomes was seen arguing with offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy on the sideline during the game, a sign of his frustration with a unit that punted on three of its first four drives and went 3-for-10 on third down. The Chiefs were also extremely unlucky, as rookie Skyy Moore muffed a punt that led directly to a Colts touchdown, backup kicker Matt Ammendola missed a 34-yard field-goal and extra-point attempt, and defensive tackle Chris Jones received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that gave Indianapolis a first down on its game-winning touchdown drive instead of what would have been a fourth-and-14. The loss is certainly disappointing, but not a sign of a downward spiral.

In the NFC, the hierarchy remains just as unclear. The Eagles look like the best of the bunch, having outscored the Lions and Commanders, 48-15, over the past two weeks behind the dazzling play of quarterback Jalen Hurts, who is completing 67.3% of his passes and ranks sixth in Total QBR, ESPN’s all-encompassing quarterback metric. The defense has been just as scary, sacking Carson Wentz nine times in Sunday’s 24-8 win and forcing five turnovers in three games.

Defense is also what’s carrying the Packers and Buccaneers, not their future Hall of Fame quarterbacks. In Sunday’s 14-12 win, Green Bay sacked Tom Brady three times, forced two fumbles and held Tampa Bay to just 2-for-11 on third down. Aaron Rodgers did enough to keep the Packers’ offense afloat with touchdown passes to Allen Lazard and rookie Romeo Doubs, but Green Bay needs more consistency from its running back duo of Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon, who combined for less than 3 yards per carry Sunday after averaging nearly 6 the week before against the Bears.

The Bucs should be concerned about Brady, who looks out of sync with his receivers, but coach Todd Bowles has to be happy with how his defense is playing. Tampa Bay entered Week 3 at No. 1 in Football Outsiders’ DVOA efficiency rankings and should keep the top spot after holding Green Bay scoreless in the second half. The secondary is among the league’s best with cornerback Jamel Dean playing at an All-Pro level, and linebacker Lavonte David is still a force at age 32. If wide receivers Chris Godwin and Julio Jones can return soon to join Mike Evans after his one-game suspension, the Bucs’ offense should get back to being one of the league’s best.

The wild cards

9. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-1, No. 24)

10. Cincinnati Bengals (1-2, No. 20)

11. Denver Broncos (2-1, No. 13)

12. Minnesota Vikings (2-1, No. 11)

13. Cleveland Browns (2-1, No. 16)

14. Los Angeles Chargers (1-2, No. 6)

15. Dallas Cowboys (2-1, No. 17)

16. San Francisco 49ers (1-2, No. 10)

17. Arizona Cardinals (1-2, No. 14)

18. Tennessee Titans (1-2, No. 27)

19. Indianapolis Colts (1-1-1, No. 30)

20. Detroit Lions (1-2, No. 15)

With the Jaguars off to a winning start, Doug Pederson has built an early case to be Coach of the Year. Jacksonville’s free-agent spending spree was criticized for its big commitment to players of seemingly little consequence, but wide receivers Christian Kirk and Zay Jones, linebacker Foyesade Oluokun and cornerback Darious Williams have been an important part of the Jaguars’ 2-1 start. Leading the way is second-year quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who is living up to his billing as one of the top prospects of the last decade. He ranks fifth in expected points added per play — a measure of relative efficiency that accounts for situational factors — behind Mahomes, Tagovailoa, Allen and Jackson, according to RBSDM.com, making Jacksonville a serious threat to not only go from worst to first in the AFC South, but win a playoff game.

Speaking of outstanding quarterbacks, don’t forget about Joe Burrow. The Bengals star got back on track in a 27-12 win over the Jets, throwing for 275 yards and three touchdowns. Losses to the Steelers and Cowboys raised alarm bells, but the defending AFC champions have an opportunity to prove they’re still the class of the conference in games against the Dolphins and Ravens. The Bengals need more from running back Joe Mixon and the offensive line, but the defense has been excellent against the pass, allowing a 56.2% completion rate and 72.1 passer rating, both top-five marks in the league.

There isn’t much to learn from the Broncos’ 11-10 win over the 49ers on Sunday night other than the fact that Denver and San Francisco might have two of the best defenses in the league. The Broncos sealed the victory by forcing quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to step out of the end zone for a safety and recording three turnovers, including an interception and a fumble in the final two minutes. The Niners, meanwhile, held Russell Wilson in check for most of the night until he led a 12-play, 80-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. Both teams might have to win ugly to stay in the playoff race.

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21. New York Giants (2-1, No. 22)

22. New Orleans Saints (1-2, No. 12)

23. Las Vegas Raiders (0-3, No. 21)

24. Washington Commanders (1-2, No. 23)

25. Atlanta Falcons (1-2, No. 29)

26. Chicago Bears (2-1, No. 28)

27. New England Patriots (1-2, No. 18)

28. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-2, No. 19)

29. New York Jets (1-2, No. 25)

30. Carolina Panthers (1-2, No. 31)

31. Seattle Seahawks (1-2, No. 26)

32. Houston Texans (0-2-1, No. 32)

There isn’t much separating these teams, who are liable to beat each other any given week.

The most confusing 0-3 team thus far has to be the Raiders, who made a big splash this offseason by acquiring star wide receiver Davante Adams from the Packers and hiring longtime Patriots offensive assistant Josh McDaniels as coach. Those additions were expected to elevate quarterback Derek Carr and the offense, but through three games, the results have been disappointing. In Sunday’s 24-22 loss to the Titans, Adams had just five catches on 10 targets for 36 yards and a touchdown. While it seems too early to write the Raiders off, history suggests it might not be. Since 2000, the 2018 Texans are the only team to start 0-3 and make the playoffs.

McDaniels’ old team might be just as disappointing. Getting beat by the Ravens and Dolphins is understandable given how well those teams have played, but the Patriots lost by a combined 24 points. The defense has ranked no worse than seventh in points allowed in the previous six seasons under coach Bill Belichick, but it sits 22nd this year (23.7 per game). The offense has also struggled behind second-year quarterback Mac Jones, who has thrown five interceptions and could be out for several weeks with a high ankle sprain. After being a perennial Super Bowl contender for nearly two decades, New England is in danger of missing the postseason for the second time in three years.

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Validated by referendum by more than 66% of Cubans, a new Family Code came into force, making Cuba the most progressive in Latin America in terms of the rights of homosexuals, children, the elderly and the disabled.

Cubans have approved by more than 66% in a referendum a new progressive Family Code that legalizes same-sex marriage, surrogacy and extended parentage.

The text approved on September 25 was widely supported by the communist government and the vote in favor of the “yes” vote has been the subject of an intense official campaign in recent weeks, in the streets, on television and on the networks. social.

The “yes” thus won 66.87% of the vote against 33.13% of the votes for the “no”, the highest percentage of negative votes ever reached during a referendum, according to almost final results announced on September 26 by the National Electoral Council (CEN). “The family code has been approved by the people,” said its president, Alina Balseiro.

“The ‘yes’ won. Justice has been done […] It is a question of settling a debt towards several generations of Cubans, whose family projects have been waiting for this law for years”, welcomed President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Twitter.

Turnout stood at 74.01%, according to the electoral authority, which still had to validate the results in around thirty constituencies.

This rate is down from the previous 2019 referendum on the new Constitution, approved by 86.85% of voters with a turnout of 90.15%.

The new code, which replaces on September 26 the previous one dating from 1975, legalizes homosexual marriage and authorizes homoparental adoption.

It strengthens the rights of children, the elderly and the disabled, and introduces the possibility of legally recognizing several fathers and mothers, in addition to the biological parents. It authorizes non-profit surrogacy.

Cuba now has the most progressive text in Latin America on the subject.

The American embassy in Havana hailed on Twitter “the decision of the Cuban people”, nevertheless wishing to clarify: “But this does not change the anti-democratic nature of the Cuban regime. The Cuban people deserve to have all their human rights respected.”

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THE VILLAGES, Florida – As hundreds of thousands of Floridians evacuate parts of Florida’s western shores as Hurricane Ian approaches, residents in the interior are not sitting idly by. Rainfall totals could reach up to a foot with hurricane-force winds, according to the National Weather Service.

“People are just scared, because you just don’t know,” Vivian Hudson told FOX Weather’s Robert Ray.

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The Villages Are Currently Under A Tropical Storm Watch.

The villages are currently under a tropical storm watch.

Hudson is one of nearly 150,000 residents of the 55-year-old community known as The Villages, located about an hour north of Orlando. They are potentially in Ian’s path despite being in the middle of the Florida peninsula. Hudson spent eight years living on the Gulf Coast of Texas and said he’s seen his fair share of hurricanes, but not all of his neighbors.

The Sunshine State has welcomed more than half a million new residents since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The villages alone saw their population increase by 3 to 4 percent during this period, according to The Weekly Source, a publication on aging.

Cars Lined Up On Sunday To Fill Up At This Villages Gas Station.  The Gas Ran Out On Monday Afternoon.Cars Lined Up On Sunday To Fill Up At This Villages Gas Station.  The Gas Ran Out On Monday Afternoon.

Cars lined up on Sunday to fill up at this Villages gas station. The gas ran out on Monday afternoon.

“We’re just safe,” says resident Pat Krebs. “I don’t think we’ve done anything major yet, but we’ll still have batteries, flashlights and candles.”

Florida Power and Light hopes Krebs won’t need those candles for too long. They’ve already amassed an army of repair trucks less than 2 hours north of The Villages.

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Ray followed a parade of golf carts around more than 40 golf courses in what The Weekly Source called the world’s largest planned retirement community. He said people there were trying to make the last holes before the rain started in earnest on Tuesday.

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The golfers rush to play another round before Ian arrives.

“Rain, water is going to be everywhere,” Ed Talbot said next to his golf clubs. “But like I say, ‘Pay the insurance, close it and wait.” “

Some residents have already brought outdoor furniture to keep it from becoming a missile in what National Weather Service forecasters wrote as “possible hurricane conditions” for Wednesday night. Many in the community still remember the devastation of Hurricane Irma, a 2017 storm that made landfall hundreds of miles away in southwest Florida.

“If it’s that bad, (20)17, you know,” Robert Krebs said. “(2017) was the worst.”

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Ray took a video of Irma whipping The Villages in 2017.

The FOX Forecast Center is tracking Ian and predicting the storm will make landfall somewhere between the Tampa Bay area and the Big Bend area of ​​the state. Ian will weaken on land, but the path sets eyes near villages as it heads north through the state on Thursday and Friday.

“The villages are crossing their fingers that they don’t see a repeat of what Hurricane Irma brought in 2017, which was a deluge of rain and wind,” Ray told FOX Weather.

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