Flacco went 10 for 15 for 101 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin.
After losing four of five to fall under .500 for the first time this season, the Ravens put it all together with a showing that included a 63-yard interception return by C.J. Mosley and a 50-yard pick-six by Jimmy Smith.
Many Chiefs fans saw red when Charles signed with the Broncos. It’s said time heals all wounds, but finding a worthy successor to Charles certain helped as well.
The Chiefs found their heir apparent in this year’s draft with Kareem Hunt, and his historic start helped soothe the heartburn precipitated by the departure of Charles. Hunt has emerged as a leading Rookie of the Year candidate in helping the Chiefs rank second in the league at 29.6 points per game.
Hunt leads the NFL with 717 rushing yards and also has 25 catches for 285 yards with six total touchdowns, though hasn’t scored in the last four games. He topped 100 yards from scrimmage in each of his first seven games, a league record he hopes to extend Monday night.
Meanwhile, Jackson said he will announce Wednesday who will start at quarterback when the Browns play the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday in London. Kizer has started six games and has thrown three touchdown passes and 11 interceptions. Cody Kessler replaced him during the Browns’ most recent loss, to the Tennessee Titans.
After the Bucs’ 30-27 loss to the Buffalo Bills, a game that was lost in the final seconds, Ward said, I came here to be an impact player. I can’t do that if I’m not out on the field. …. I did not come here to rotate.
Coach Dirk Koetter and Ward had a discussion last Thursday about some of the things Koetter would like to see from Ward. Koetter also spoke to the team about coming to the coaching staff with concerns about roles and playing time.
It’s a new situation, new team and I’m just trying to take it as it comes and handle it as it goes so I hope everyone works with me, Ward said. My teammates know it’s nothing malicious. My coaches know it’s nothing malicious. I’m just a competitive guy.