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Lamar Jackson , the key figure in Baltimore's rejuvenated ground game.Jackson picked apart the Tampa Bay defense on a soggy field, running for 95 yards and throwing for 131 to carry the Ravens to a 20-12 victory Sunday.Anointed the starter over veteran Joe Flacco earlier in the week, Jackson justified the decision with a riveting performance. Slipping between and sliding around potential tacklers, the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner operated the run-pass option in much the same fashion as during his glory days at Louisville. Jackson directed two drives that lasted more than seven minutes before closing out the game with a drive that consumed the final 7:08. He carried 18 times and completed 14 of 23 passes, one of them for a touchdown.Tampa Bay (5-9) isn't the first team to struggle to stop Jackson, and probably won't be the last."You've got everybody covered, but the play gets extended," Ravens coach John Harbaugh noted. "Lamar can throw on the run, or he can run. I just think that's a very valuable (talent) to have."Baltimore (8-6) is 4-1 since Jackson took over for the injured Flacco, the only loss in overtime at Kansas City. Jackson has rushed for 427 yards in those five games. The Ravens held the ball for more than 37 minutes compared to 22:50 for Tampa Bay."You've got to stay on the field on offense," Harbaugh said. "If you do that Womens Lamar Jackson Jersey , you have a chance to generate some points."The Ravens amassed 242 yards rushing on 49 attempts. Gus Edwards finished with 104, Kenneth Dixon contributed 48 and Jackson averaged 5.3 yards per rush — even though he took a knee for the final three plays inside the Tampa Bay 10."He makes you play 11-on-11 football instead of 11 on 10," Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said of Jackson, the 32nd overall pick in the NFL draft. "We had him wrapped up a couple of times and he squirted out of there and was able to extend plays."The loss eliminated Tampa Bay from playoff contention.Baltimore's second-ranked defense did its part, holding the Buccaneers to one touchdown and 241 yards. In the fourth quarter, Marlon Humphrey picked off Jameis Winston's pass and forced an incompletion on fourth down from the Baltimore 33 with 7 minutes left."It's very frustrating because we didn't execute," Bucs guard Ali Marpet said. "When you get chances to score and you don't take advantage of them, it makes it more frustrating."The Ravens went up 17-9 by opening the second half with a 78-yard drive that lasted nearly five minutes. Jackson extended the march with a 17-yard completion to Mark Andrews and peeled off a 22-yard run before Edwards scored on a 10-yard burst up the middle."I seen 'em coming," Jackson said of his pivotal run. "I just had to make a play, make a bad play good. It was a success."Baltimore then forced a punt, but return man Cyrus Jones inexplicably touched the bouncing ball. Tampa Bay recovered and turned the miscue into a field goal.Jackson answered with a 15-play drive that covered 38 yards and produced a field goal for a 20-12 lead.Baltimore squandered its first promising drive late in the first quarter when Jackson botched a handoff and the Bucs recovered the loose ball at their 49. A 23-yard pass to Mike Evans set up a 3-yard touchdown run by Peyton Barber.On the conversion Womens Hayden Hurst Jersey , the wet football slithered through the hands of holder Bryan Anger.The Ravens responded with the kind of drive that showed why Harbaugh picked Jackson over Flacco, who's now healthy following a right hip injury. Jackson contributed 19 yards rushing to a 73-yard march that used 16 plays, lasted more than eight minutes and ended with a shovel pass from Jackson to Chris Moore, who scooted around right end for a 5-yard TD and a 7-6 lead.Winston then burned the Ravens with a third-and-20 scramble-and-launch 64-yard pass to Evans on a third-and-20 that produced a field goal.IT'S BEEN A WHILEBaltimore is the first team since the 1976 Steelers to rush for at least 190 yards in five straight games, according to the Ravens."Right now we've got a good thing going," Edwards said.INJURIESBucs: TE Alan Cross left with a shoulder injury in the second quarter and did not return.Ravens: OLB Matt Judon hurt his left knee in the third quarter but returned. … TE Nick Boyle left with a concussion.UP NEXTBucs: Final road game against Cowboys next Sunday. Dallas leads the series 14-4 (including playoffs).Ravens: Face Chargers on road Saturday night, first meeting between the teams on the West Coast since 2012. Keith Butler couldn't help but laugh.The Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator knows his group is having a hard enough time stopping the most basic plays during its bumpy start, let alone the gimmick Baltimore threw out last week when Ravens tight end Maxx Williams lined up between the guard and center then caught a 22-yard pass from Joe Flacco."When have they ever been fair to the defense?" Butler said with a shrug on Thursday when asked if a play such as that should be legal."When are they ever going to be fair to the defense? That ain't happening. We've got to adjust."The quicker the better if Pittsburgh (1-2-1) wants to avoid falling further off the pace in the resurgent AFC North.All the Steelers have to do this week is slow down the Atlanta Falcons (1-3), who will come to Heinz Field with quarterback Matt Ryan, star wide receiver Julio Jones and budding rookie star Calvin Ridley."Seems like we're playing against the best quarterbacks in the league and the best daggum receivers in the league," Butler said."It's gonna help us in the long run. Right now Cheap Marshal Yanda Jersey , I wish we didn't have to play against them. But we're learning from it. I think we're getting better."Even if evidence at the moment is hard to come by. Pittsburgh is 30th in the league in yards allowed and 26th in points allowed.The previous time they finished in the bottom third of the league in either category came during Chuck Noll's final season in 1991.The problem is there isn't just one problem. Communication issues. Poor tackling. An influx of new faces that have yet to gel. The list of Pittsburgh's defensive shortcomings is growing by the week.The Ravens threw in a new wrinkle last Sunday night, effectively playing "keep away" by holding onto the ball for more than 23 minutes in the second half."We've got to get off the field," Butler said.Defensive tackle Cam Heyward caused a stir in the aftermath when he stressed the need for his teammates to "buy in" to what Butler is teaching.The Pro Bowler stressed he wasn't calling out anyone specifically, but believes a little accountability would go a long way."This team, this defense isn't about one guy making a play," Heyward said. "If I never get a sack again but all my guys get one-on-ones and they dominate, I don't give a damn (if I get a sack). I'm still doing my job. I'm buying into this team. Everybody has to sacrifice a little bit for us to be successful."Heyward has already made one sacrifice: trading his bushy hairdo for a buzz cut before facing Tampa Bay last month."I'm luck driven ... when I'm not winning I feel like I've got to come and switch things up," Heyward said. "I told my wife 'I've got to cut it. It's not bringing us luck.'"The Steelers responded by producing four first-half turnovers against the Buccaneers while picking up their first 鈥?and still only 鈥?win of the season. The momentum lasted all of six days. Who knows? Maybe Heyward will make a run at his beard before taking the field against the Falcons, though he's well aware a razor can't solve everything."You keep moving on," Heyward said. "Obviously we don't have the greatest record in the world, but it doesn't have to stay that way. We've got 12 games to prove we deserve more than that."And prove last year's franchise-record and NFL-high 57 sacks were not a fluke. While the Steelers have a respectable 13 sacks through four games Cheap Matt Skura Jersey , seven of them came against Cleveland in the opener. They only took down Flacco twice in 44 drop backs last week and Ryan isn't exactly one to flinch in the face of pressure."We played him four years ago, we blitzed the stew out of him back then," Butler said. "He's seen all the blitzes. He's not going to be fooled."Meaning the secondary will need to find a way to iron out the busted coverages and blown opportunities that have become a staple of film review.The return of nickelback Mike Hilton from an elbow injury that kept him out against Baltimore could help, though Morgan Burnett could miss his third straight game with a groin problem. Inside linebacker Vince Williams did not practice Thursday because of a hamstring issue, meaning someone else will likely be wearing the green dot that relays the call to the defense on Sunday against Atlanta.All that shuffling in and out hasn't exactly helped the Steelers develop a sense of continuity. Not that they're in the mood to make excuses."We've got to fix our mistakes on the go," said rookie safety Terrell Edmunds. "Sometimes it's a 50/50 ball we got to make. Sometimes we make them. Sometimes we don't. We've just got to get everything down."And do it in a hurry.NOTES: RT Marcus Gilbert (knee) and WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (ankle) were held out of practice. ... K Chris Boswell (left foot) was a full participant.
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