Ravens pile up team-record 11 sacks, shut out Titans 21-0

Ravens pile up team-record 11 sacks, shut out Titans 21-0
Ravens pile up team-record 11 sacks, shut out Titans
NASHVILLE — The Baltimore Ravens posed for photos on the sideline as the clock ticked down the final seconds, making sure to remember the moment.

A franchise-record 11 sacks — one shy of the NFL record for a game — must be preserved and celebrated.

Flacco drove Baltimore 94 yards over 17 plays, eating up more than nine minutes of the first quarter before hitting Michael Crabtree on a 4-yard TD. Collins capped their next drive with a 13-yard run and a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter. After halftime, Collins finished off a 78-yard drive that ate up 7:20 of the third quarter.

ZaDarius Smith finished with a career-high three sacks, and Patrick Onwuasor got his first two this season as the Ravens shut down the Tennessee Titans 21-0 in the rain Sunday. They just missed matching the NFL record shared by five teams.

Ravens left guard Alex Lewis was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with a neck injury after being hurt within the first minute of the fourth quarter. Lewis had been blocking on a run by Gus Edwards when he turned away from the pile slowly and went down. Trainers strapped him to a backboard and carted him off the field.

The Ravens started sacking Marcus Mariota on the opening drive, with eight different Ravens getting at least one sack. Four got their first of the season:

The Titans (3-3) lost their second straight and were shut out at home for the first time since leaving Houston for Tennessee in 1997. Tennessee also has not scored a touchdown in eight straight quarters. The Ravens couldnt have looked much better handing Tennessee its first shutout since Nov. 28, 2010.

— Linebacker Matthew Judon tied the franchise mark on the Titans first play in the fourth quarter.

Dean Pees and the Titans simply couldnt stop his old team as the Ravens outgained Tennessee 361-106 and punted only once against a defence led by their former defensive co-ordinator. Pees came out of a short retirement to join first-year head coach Mike Vrabel.

Smith said the Ravens didnt know how many sacks they had until tying the team record of nine and were told they could break the record set Nov. 24, 2011, against San Francisco.

ZaDarius Smith finished with a career-high three sacks, and Patrick Onwuasor got his first two this season as the Ravens shut down the Tennessee Titans 21-0 in the rain Sunday. They just missed matching the NFL record shared by five teams.

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The Ravens Defense Kicked Marcus Mariotas Ass

Dean Pees and the Titans simply couldnt stop his old team as the Ravens outgained Tennessee 361-106 and punted only once against a defence led by their former defensive co-ordinator. Pees came out of a short retirement to join first-year head coach Mike Vrabel.

Marcus Mariota tried playing both with and without the partial glove covering his ring and pinkie fingers on his throwing hand. It didnt help as Mariota was sacked the most in his four-year NFL career.

Joe Flacco threw for 238 yards and a touchdown for Baltimore. Alex Collins scored on TD runs of 13 and 2 yards.

Baltimore managed to sack Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota a franchise-record 11 times with eight different players in Sundays 21-0 win. The Ravens became the first team since 1992 to record 11 sacks in a game, according to the leagues records. The team pressured Mariota in a variety of ways, and they all worked. They did so from the veteran edge rushers:

The Titans (3-3) lost their second straight and were shut out at home for the first time since leaving Houston for Tennessee in 1997. Tennessee also has not scored a touchdown in eight straight quarters. The Ravens couldnt have looked much better handing Tennessee its first shutout since Nov. 28, 2010.

Mariota finished the game with 117 yards on 10-for-15 passing, meaning the Ravens had more sacks than he had completions. The final sack of the day was recorded with 4:41 left in the fourth quarter. Titans head coach Mike Vrabel summed up his teams performance rather succinctly:

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“The Tennessee Titans didnt do nearly enough in all levels to win the football game, or even make it competitive,” Vrabel said.

After a week of Dean Pees questions, the Ravens defense…

Marcus Mariota tried playing both with and without the partial glove covering his ring and pinkie fingers on his throwing hand. It didnt help as Mariota was sacked the most in his four-year NFL career.

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Mariota said he had never had a game like this. He ran twice for 25 yards and was 10 of 15 for 117 yards while being pummeled.

Players from both teams surrounded Lewis to offer support as trainers lifted him onto a cart and drove him toward an ambulance. Lewis lifted his left hand as he rode off the field. 

The Titans forced a turnover with All-Pro safety Kevin Byard getting his first interception this season. Tennessee did nothing with the ball late in the first half.

Baltimore executed nearly flawlessly from winning the coin toss. The Ravens converted 12 of 17 third downs, not counting another off a Titans penalty. They also held the ball for more than 37 minutes.

Lewis will undergo further tests in Baltimore, but doctors discharged him from the hospital after a CT scan, according to the Ravens.

Flacco drove Baltimore 94 yards over 17 plays, eating up more than nine minutes of the first quarter before hitting Michael Crabtree on a 4-yard TD. Collins capped their next drive with a 13-yard run and a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter. After halftime, Collins finished off a 78-yard drive that ate up 7:20 of the third quarter.

Flacco lined up as a wide receiver and even though the Titans were not going to get fooled into thinking that the quarterback will be a receiver on that play, especially with that kind of pre-snap stance, Tennessee still failed to stop Jackson from uncorking a 22-yard run. Jacksons rush also set up a two-yard touchdown score by teammate and running back Alex Collins.

Ravens left guard Alex Lewis was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with a neck injury after being hurt within the first minute of the fourth quarter. Lewis had been blocking on a run by Gus Edwards when he turned away from the pile slowly and went down. Trainers strapped him to a backboard and carted him off the field.

While hes only being sparingly used by the Ravens in his rookie season because they still have Joe Flacco, Jackson always has the potential to electrify Baltimore fans with his elite speed and athleticism for a quarterback.  Just take for example this thrilling run from Jackson in the third quarter of Sundays matchup with the Tennessee Titans.

“We said a prayer as a team for him when we came in, so thats where our thoughts are right now with Alex,” Harbaugh said.

In his three years in Louisville, Lamar Jackson managed to amass fantastic totals of 9,043 passing yards and 29 passing yards. In addition, he also finished his college career with 4,132 rushing yards and 50 rushing scores. In 2016, he won the Heisman Trophy after passing for 3,540 yards and rushing for 1,571 yards.

Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan hurt a shoulder and did not return. Left guard Quinton Spain hurt his right shoulder with 6:51 left in the third quarter and did not return.

Baltimore Ravens dual-threat quarterback Lamar Jackson was known to be a human cheat code back when he was still seeing action under center for the Louisville Cardinals during his college days.

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Not many NFL quarterbacks can do that, but for those whove been following Jacksons football career are used to such explosive bursts from the first-year pro.

Baltimore won the toss and elected to kick. The defense started strong for the Ravens, forcing a punt after consecutive sacks from Chris Wormley and ZaDarius Smith.

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The offense responded with a 21-yard pass from Joe Flacco to Michael Crabtree. Flacco was able to convert several third downs on the drive, twice on a checkdown to Javorius Buck Allen and once on a quarterback sneak. Flacco was able to find Crabtree again for a 27-yard gain to put Baltimore in the red zone. A few plays later, Flacco delivered a four-yard strike to Crabtree for the touchdown.

After a three-and-out from Tennessees offense, the first quarter came to a close with the Ravens leading 7-0. The offense was again able to find the end zone on their second drive to start the second quarter. After a 23-yard completion to John Brown, running back Alex Collins ran his way in for a 13-yard touchdown to give Baltimore a 14 point lead.

The Ravens were able to sack Marcus Mariota two more times on the next drive, once on first down from Patrick Onwuasor and then on third down by ZaDarius Smith again. After Baltimores first punt on offense, the Ravens defense got to Mariota yet again, this time in the form of Terrell Suggs. Including a credited sack to Anthony Levine Sr. when he forced Mariota out of bounds on the second drive, Baltimore tallied six sacks in the first half.

The Ravens first drive went as most of them have this season, ending with a score. A long drive by the Ravens offense finished with a two-yard rushing touchdown by Collins after a 22-yard rush by Lamar Jackson only a play ago.

After the Ravens scored a touchdown, the defense took the field and welcomed Mariota with another sack, this time by Tony Jefferson. The drive goes nowhere.

After a stalled drive by Flacco and the offense, Sam Koch booms one deep. Moore and Cyrus Jones both get a hand on the ball before pinning it down at the one-yard line.

The ball didnt stay in a dangerous zone for long as Mariota sprinted out of the his own endzone and broke of a 20-yard rush. He also completed a long pass to get them at the Titans 45-yard line. In the end, the drive was haulted by Kenny Young as he prouced the eighth sack of the game on Mariota.

A few back and forth drives later, Alex Lewis suffered what looked like a serious injury after making a block on a run attempt. His helmet was taped to the backboard, he was lifted off and taken away in an ambulance. We all hope hes okay.

Gus Edwards was the most exciting part of the offense in the fourth quarter. On a 3rd & 2, Edwards rushed off the left side for a powerful 11-yard gain. What followed were two penalties back-to-back and eventually a punt after an eight-yard gain to Snead IV on 3rd & 25.

Clearly, the defense wasnt done as they broke the franchise record for most sacks in a game with 11. The previous record, nine, was shattered with Peanuts second sack of the game and ZaDarius Smiths third for the final tally on defense (11 total).