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Justin Tucker 52-yard field goal gives Ravens first win in OT over Steelers

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 01: Ryan Jensen #66 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates with Justin Tucker #9 after Tucker kicked a 42-yard field goal with 3 seconds left in the 4th quarter taking the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers into overtime at Heinz Field on October 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) Getty Images

Justin Tucker’s 52-yard field goal in overtime possibly saved the season for the Baltimore Ravens in a somewhat improbable 23-20 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night.

The Ravens seemed to have blown several opportunities to get their first victory of the season. A failed fake field goal try, Joe Flacco being stuffed on a 4th-and-1, a four-and-out with three minutes to play while trailing by a field goal all seemed to be leading toward a fourth straight loss for Baltimore.

However, Josh Scobee missed two field goals late that gave Baltimore a chance for a tying field goal at the end of regulation. Tucker’s 42-yard field goal with three seconds left tied it at 20-20 and sent it to overtime.

The Steelers could have given Scobee another chance in overtime from 50 yards out to win the game. Instead, Mike Tomlin elected to go for it on 4th-and-1 and an errant pass from Michael Vick to Antonio Brown fell incomplete and give Baltimore the chance for a game-winning drive.

Scobee has now missed four of his 10 field goal attempts this season after coming to Pittsburgh in a trade from Jacksonville prior to the start of the season.

If you’re a fan of well-coached games, this one was not for you.

The Steelers called a quarterback sweep with Michael Vick on 4th-and-2 prior to Scobee’s second miss that would have given Pittsburgh the first down needed to run out the clock. Then in overtime, the Steelers decided to put the game in Vick’s hands instead of Le’Veon Bell, who had 129 yards and a touchdown on the night.

The Steelers led 20-7 in the third quarter after a 9-yard touchdown pass from Vick to Darrius Heyward-Bey. Baltimore quickly responded with an 80-yard touchdown drive to close the gap. Flacco connected with Kamar Aiken for a 15-yard touchdown to close the gap to 20-14.

Justin Forsett had 150 yards on 27 carries for a Baltimore running game that had been stagnant through the first three weeks. Flacco finished with 189 yards with a touchdown and interception for the Ravens.

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Two missed Josh Scobee field goals allow Ravens to send game to overtime

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 01:  Jordan Berry #4 of the Pittsburgh Steelers holds for Josh Scobee #8 as he kicks a 45-yard field goal during the 1st quarter of the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field on October 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) Getty Images

Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Josh Scobee missed two field goals from 49 and 41 yards in the fourth quarter that left the door open for the Baltimore Ravens to rally for the tying field goal to send the game to overtime.

Scobee had two chances to extend the Steelers lead and force the Ravens to need a touchdown in the closing minutes of Thursday night’s game. Instead, Scobee yanked both attempts wide left.

Justin Tucker’s 42-yard field goal with three seconds remaining tied it at 20-20 and sent the game to overtime.

Scobee, acquired in a trade from Jacksonville, has now missed four of his 10 field goal attempts on the season. He’s also missed an extra point through four games.

Regardless of the outcome, the Steelers may be looking for a new kicker for next week.

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Steve Smith sidelined after taking shot to back

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Baltimore Ravens receiver Steve Smith came out of Thursday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers after taking a shot to the back at the end of the third quarter.

Smith caught a 1-yard pass from Joe Flacco along the right sideline and tried to get to the first down mark. Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons hit Smith’s lower back with his helmet as Timmons and cornerback Antwon Blake stopped Smith a yard shy of the first down.

Smith began to jog back to the huddle before calling for a replacement and going down to the ground. He was attended to trainers on the field before gingerly walking to the sidelines. The broadcast showed a trainer rubbing Smith’s lower back on the sidelines.

Smith began running on the sidelines trying to loosen back up for a possible return to the game as the Ravens try to overcome a 20-14 deficit in the fourth quarter.

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Steelers, Ravens quickly trade scores to open second half

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The Pittsburgh Steelers quickly turned a turnover into points to extend their lead against the Baltimore Ravens.

On the first play from scrimmage of the second half, Cameron Heyward sacked Joe Flacco and knocked the ball loose. Ross Cockrell managed to scoop the ball up and drag his feet in bounds to secure possession for Pittsburgh.

Michael Vick – starting in place of an injured Ben Roethlisberger –  scrambled for a first down on 3rd-and-long to move the chains. Vick then connected with Darrius Heyward-Bey for a 9-yard touchdown to give the Steelers a 20-7 lead.

The Ravens quickly responded to avoid the game getting away. Justin Forsett broke free for a 33-yard gain to move into Pittsburgh territory. Flacco then capped the drive with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Kamar Aiken as the Ravens went 80 yards in six place and just over three minutes of game time to close the gap to 20-14.

It was a critical response for a Ravens team looking to avoid an 0-4 start to the season.

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Le’Veon Bell gives the Steelers a lead

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The Steelers will have to win by running the ball while Ben Roethlisberger is out. Fortunately, they have Le’Veon Bell.

Bell ran to his left, reversed field and ran to his right before turning upfield and scoring on an 11-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter. Bell, who got a nice block from Mike Vick, gave the Steelers a 10-7 lead.

The Steelers’ defense also firmed up after the Ravens’ early touchdown drive. Pittsburgh sacked Joe Flacco three times in the first half.

This won’t be a high-scoring game with Vick running the show, but the Steelers will like their chances if Bell keeps running and their pass rush keeps getting to Flacco.

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Rodney Harrison calls out Golden Tate for complaining publicly about offense

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Lions receiver Golden Tate recently complained that opponents have been calling out Detroit’s offensive plays. Tate thereafter tried to undo the damage by saying he wasn’t calling out offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi.

On Thursday’s Pro Football Talk on NBCSN, Rodney Harrison called out Golden Tate for taking his complaints public.

It’s a great point. The best organizations insist on keeping that stuff within the walls of the locker room, with players who have concerns raising them privately.

To hear what Rodney had to say (and it’s definitely worth your time), click the button below.

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Vick looks rusty, Steelers miss tackles as Ravens take early lead

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In his first start as a Steeler, Michael Vick is looking like a guy who’s still learning the Pittsburgh offense.

That’s no surprise, as Vick joined the Steelers late in the preseason and hasn’t had a lot of time to work with the starters. But it’s a concern in Pittsburgh. Vick is throwing short and safe passes, and not doing anything to make the Ravens worry about him beating them downfield.

A bigger concern for the Steelers, however, may be that their defense is missing tackles. Arthur Moats and Will Allen both tried and failed to tackle Baltimore’s Michael Campanaro, who took a handoff on an end-around and turned it into a nine-yard run for the game’s first touchdown.

The Steelers need Vick to play better, and they need their defense to tackle better.

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Pete Carroll is coy about Marshawn Lynch’s availability

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The Seahawks get an extra day to get running back Marshawn Lynch on the field due to a cocktail of injuries that limited his availability on Sunday — and that resulted in an MRI on his hamstring.

Like most prudent coaches, Pete Carroll won’t be offering anything until he has to.

“Not at this point,” Carroll said Thursday when asked whether he knows if Lynch will be able to play on Monday night against the Lions. “It’s going to take us all week to figure out and see how he is.”

In other words, check the injury reports. There’s a chance folks will be checking the injury reports regarding Lynch, who didn’t practice on Thursday, for a while.

“We’ll just wait and see,” Carroll said regarding whether it could be a long-term problem for Lynch. “We don’t need to make any big declarations right now. We’ll just wait and gather information right now. I know he wants to play and he’s determined to try to do that, so we’ll just see. . . . It may go all the way to game day.”

If Lynch can’t go, the Seahawks feel pretty good about undrafted rookie Thomas Rawls, who ran for 104 yards against the Bears on 16 carries. As Carroll tells it, he felt pretty good about Rawls in April, as the draft approached.

“I loved the way he finished plays,” Carroll said regarding Rawls. “He had good quickness, he got in the open field, but the way he finished he was very aggressive. He almost was a heat-seeking missile to find guys that were after him. That demonstrated to me a nature about him that I thought was unique, and I liked it more than anybody I saw in the draft. He was my favorite guy for being the aggressive tough guy, and running at people because you can’t make everyone miss in this league. You’re going to get in to those situations, you’re going to have to face guys up and he’s got a way about him. Just look at the first run he broke out, right in front of our bench, he took a couple of guys on and went after it. That’s built into him. I really like that. I think we always appreciate the tough running style Marshawn has given us for years, so Thomas fits that mold a little bit.”

So why didn’t they use a draft pick on Rawls, since they burned a fourth-rounder in 2012 on Robert Turbin and a second-rounder in 2013 on Christine Michael?

“Well, just, [G.M.] John [Schneider] knew how it was going to go,” Carroll said. “He calculated that we’d have a shot, we thought about it. That’s his sense for the guy, [he] would be available then. So we went after him immediately after the draft so we could get him.”

It may have been the best move the Seahawks have made since snagging Russell Wilson in round three. And it could finally give the Seahawks a successor to Lynch.

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Bart Scott tees off on “cornball” Tom Brady

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Former NFL linebacker Bart Scott is having a hard time setting aside his biases in his current job as an NFL analyst. It makes for #hottaeks, but it may not make his current employer happy.

Scott, who last week said he’s rooting for Eagles coach Chip Kelly to lose every game, sounded off this week on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, initially by comparing him to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

“Ben is a guy who can come sit at a table with any group on that team,” Scott said, via “He can go sit with the D-linemen, ‘What up Ben?’ He’s like one of us. He had a defensive mentality. He has a tough guy mentality. There’s nothing tough about Tom Brady. The toughest thing about Tom Brady is his chin because it has the dimple in it, which is characteristic of most superheroes.”

Scott also called Brady a “cornball,” making fun of him for looking “like a dork” when trying to give high fives.

“You’ve seen him dance, he’s a cornball,” Scott said. “It’s fine, he’s a cornball that was a sixth-round draft pick that became maybe the best quarterback in the history of football and he has a hot wife. He has a great life and he has a bunch of hardware. That’s great. But does that not make you a cornball? No, he’s still a cornball. I’m sure his teammates tell him he’s a cornball. It’s fine, there’s nothing wrong with being a cornball.”

Like Brady or dislike him, we should all aspire to be that type of a cornball in football or any other line of work. In fact, many of the people who don’t like Brady feel that way because of the success he’s had.

So if being the guy Brady has become comes with being a “cornball,” a “dork,” and/or not “tough,” plenty of non-cornball, non-dorky, tough guys would sign up for that, immediately.

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Jason Babin active for the Ravens

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For the first time, Jason Babin is suiting up for the Ravens tonight.

Babin, the veteran pass rusher who has been inactive for the first three weeks of the season, is active for the Ravens. He’ll be tasked with rushing Steelers quarterback Michael Vick, as Ben Roethlisberger is, of course, inactive for the Steelers.

The Steelers’ other inactives are Cortez Allen, Ryan Shazier, Daniel McCullers, Anthony Chickillo, Jesse James and Matt Spaeth.

The Ravens’ inactives are Breshad Perriman, Tray Walker, Rashaan Melvin, Eugene Monroe, Christo Bilukidi, Crockett Gillmore and Chris Canty.

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Wade Phillips praises Adrian Peterson, plans to be physical with him

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On Sunday, Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will match wits with Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner. With a guy like Adrian Peterson on the roster for Minnesota, there could be less matching of wits and more smashing of faces.

“He is physical,” Phillips told reporters on Thursday. “We’ve got to play physical, too. We think we’re physical, too. That’s why you play the games.”

Phillips sees Peterson as one of the best tailbacks to ever play the game.

“He’s in that Hall of Fame class,” Phillips said. “I was lucky to be around Earl Campbell when he started and he’s the same kind of runner. He’s so powerful and so fast. He’s the leading rusher in the league right now. He didn’t play last year and he only made 30 yards in the first game. That just shows you what he can do.”

For Turner, the question becomes when he’ll give the ball to Peterson, and when Turner will instead dial up play-action passes. In Week One, Turner did too much of the latter — and lost. In Week Two and Week Three, Turner opted for the former, and they won both games.

At some point, Turner and the Vikings will need more than rushing attempts to prevail. That could start this weekend in Denver.

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Matt Hasselbeck says he’s ready if Andrew Luck can’t go

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At age 40, Colts backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is the oldest non-kicker in the NFL, and he hasn’t started a game in three years. But if Andrew Luck’s right shoulder injury keeps him out this week, Hasselbeck says he feels confident that he can fill in.

“If necessary, I will be ready to go,” Hasselbeck said today, via ESPN.

That’s not a scenario the Colts want to envision. For all that Luck has struggled this season, the Colts want to see him start playing better, not see him stand on the sideline while Hasselbeck plays.

Fortunately, Colts coach Chuck Pagano says he’s confident that Luck can play, even though his shoulder has limited him in practice. Hasselbeck may think he’s ready, but the Colts would rather not have to find out.

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Martellus Bennett: NFL is risking my feet over my shoe color

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The NFL has strict rules about the colors a player’s shoes can be, and players who violate those rules are subject to fines. Bears tight end Martellus Bennett says the NFL’s uniform police are a danger to his health.

According to Bennett, the NFL is fining him for refusing to wear white shoes. But he says his Jordan brand shoes are a necessity because they’re the only shoes that have helped with his history of foot injuries, and the shoes he wears only come in black.

“They get mad because my cleats are too black but they’re perfect for my feet,” he said. “I feel like they’re supposed to protect the players. I have a certain shoe that feels the best for my foot. I’ve had foot problems over the last two years. They fine me because they’re too black and they don’t make them in white.”

Bennett says he’s “pissed off at the NFL,” and that he needs to save his money for more important things than paying fines.

“I’ve got a kid at home,” he said. “She’s smart, too, so I’m gonna have to pay for Harvard or something.”

Maybe some day she can design football shoes that both protect players with foot problems and conform with the NFL’s desired color scheme. But until that time, the league should chill out about shoe color and let Bennett wear the pair that’s best for his own feet.

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PFT on NBCSN gets you ready for Thursday night’s game

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It’s Thursday. It soon will be night. Which means it’s time for Thursday night football. Which also means it’s time for Pro Football Talk on NBCSN to get you ready for Ravens-Steelers.

You can help us get you ready for Ravens-Steelers by answering the poll question. It’s a simple question. Who wins?

We’ll provide a longer answer during the show, at which time we’ll give long answers and short answers and in-between answers about all sorts of things happening in the NFL, including what’s wrong with the Denver running game, the Miami defense, and the Detroit offense.

Tune in at 6:00 p.m. ET for the 30-minute edition of the show. Please.

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DeMarco Murray feeling better, not sure about Sunday

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The Eagles won their first game of the season last weekend without the help of running back DeMarco Murray, who was left on the inactive list because of a hamstring injury.

Murray appears to be trending in the right direction to return to the lineup this week. Murray was a full participant in Thursday’s practice and said his hamstring felt better than it has in the last few days after going through the workout. Murray wasn’t ready to declare himself a go for this weekend, saying that there are still a few days to make that decision and that he felt close to playing last weekend before deciding he wasn’t ready.

“I felt that it definitely wasn’t quite right,” Murray said, via “I didn’t want to do anything to set myself back or hurt the team and kind of be selfish and go out there and not be myself. Ryan [Mathews] and [Darren] Sproles definitely took care of the load. I felt that they were better to do that job last week than I was.”

If Murray does play (wherever the game takes place), he’ll be trying to find more running room than he did in the first two weeks while running for 11 yards on 21 carries. Mathews had more success against the Jets, but coach Chip Kelly said that he’s not planning any changes to the way the team deploys its backs once Murray returns to the lineup.

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Bowles calls London a business trip, players can sightsee in the offseason

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With his team in London this week, Jets coach Todd Bowles wants to make clear that the British Museum and Buckingham Palace can wait.

Asked today if he wants his team to enjoy London, Bowles scoffed.

“They’ve got enough money, they can make it in the offseason,” Bowles said with a laugh. “They will be OK, they will be alright. They get a little bit of free time, they can do their tour. We’re on a business trip. [If] they want to go back in the offseason, hey, have at it.”

The one thing Bowles is interested in checking out is Wembley Stadium’s playing surface, which has sometimes had players slipping and sliding. Bowles said he’s eager for the players to get a feel for the grass during their walkthrough practice.

“When we check it out, I’ll get a better feel for it. I’ve heard that it comes up a little bit and it’s a little soggy,” Bowles said.

The playing surface is always a concern in London. The players enjoying themselves is of no concern to Bowles.

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Doug Martin out of practice after hurting knee Wednesday

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The Buccaneers had an unexpected addition to their inactive list at Thursday’s practice when running back Doug Martin sat out after practicing on Wednesday.

The reason for Martin’s absence wasn’t immediately known, but coach Lovie Smith gave an update when he spoke to reporters later in the day. Smith said that Martin injured his knee during Wednesday’s practice and suggested the team held him out for precautionary reasons.

Should be OK,” Smith said, via Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times.

Martin has run 46 times for 176 yards in the first three weeks of the season. The 3.8 yards per carry are in line with what Martin managed while playing in 17 games over the last two injury-plagued seasons. If Smith’s prediction about Martin’s status proves incorrect, Charles Sims, who has 61 rushing yards and 78 receiving yards so far this year, would step into a larger role against the Panthers.

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NFL considering Ford Field as alternate site for NFC East clash

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With the NFL evaluating contingencies for the hurricane and/or bad weather that’s headed for the East Coast, one of them is an old stand-by.

According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, one thing the league is considering for Sunday’s Washington-Philadelphia game is moving it to Detroit.

The Lions are in Seattle this weekend, and Ford Field has served as an emergency host before.

In 2010, a blizzard in Minnesota sent a Giants-Vikings game there, and last year’s Jets-Bills game was played there because of a massive snowstorm in Buffalo.

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Jay Cutler says he’s “day-to-day” with hamstring injury

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Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was a limited participant in practice for the second straight day on Thursday, but he isn’t ready to make any predictions about whether his hamstring will feel well enough for him to return to the lineup against the Raiders this Sunday.

Cutler called himself “day-to-day” on Thursday and said that the team has a “couple of days” left to make a decision about whether Cutler or Jimmy Clausen will get the nod against Oakland. Cutler also discussed the mental aspect of worrying about a setback when coming back from a hamstring injury.

“If you do come back on a hamstring earlier than you want to, it’s definitely going to be in the back of your mind because there’s that slight pull,” Cutler said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “It’s an instinctual game out there. You’re doing things on the run without thinking. To have to worry about a hamstring and moving around is something that can weigh on you.”

There’s not much there to create confidence that Cutler is going to be in the lineup in Week Four. The Bears will be in Kansas City in Week Five.

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Eagles apparently reverse course on Washington name


On Wednesday, it appeared that the Philadelphia Eagles had quietly stopped using the nickname of the NFL team in Washington. It now appears that the Eagles have quietly resumed using it again.

The front page of the official Eagles website now contains on the right rail an ad that uses the name of the Washington team. Likewise, a Facebook post that previously trumpeted “Eagles at Washington” has been revised to use both teams’ nicknames. And a Twitter post that contained an invitation to watch or listen to “Eagles vs. Washington” has been deleted.

So either Jimmy Graham is running the Eagles’ Twitter page, or the Eagles have reversed course.

PFT has sent three requests for comment to the Eagles about the situation. The team has not yet responded.

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