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NFL Week 9 Game Recap: Baltimore Ravens 34, Minnesota Vikings 31

Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker (9) celebrates a field goal during the second half against Los Angeles Chargers at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens pulled off an enormous comeback to beat the Minnesota Vikings 34-31 in overtime, with Justin Tucker again nailing the game-winning kick.

Quarterback Lamar Jackson carried the Ravens, throwing for 266 yards and rushing for another 120. Both teams possessed the ball in overtime to open the fifth quarter before Jackson drove the Ravens down the field on the second OT drive, leading to the game-winning field goal.

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Baltimore Ravens


Jackson came alive in the second half, with his yards per attempt numbers skyrocketing as the game moved along. He completed 27-of-41 attempts for 266 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions, with one big-time throw and four turnover-worthy plays on the day.

Nine of Jackson’s 20 rushes were scrambles, and he forced a total of four missed tackles throughout the game. 

Lamar Jackson Passing By Quarter

Quarter Yards per attempt
1 5.1
2 2.7
3 7.0
4 7.7
OT 10.8
Running Back

Devonta Freeman and Le’Veon Bell split the remaining 22 carries in the game. Freeman rushed for 79 yards on 13 carries, with 40 coming after contact. Bell rushed for 35 yards on nine carries, but he converted five first downs on those limited carries.

Wide Receiver/Tight End

The only receiver to finish above 2.00 yards per route run was Marquise Brown, who was targeted 10 times and hauled in eight catches for 76 yards at an average of 2.10 yards per route run.

Offensive Line

The line was charged with three sacks. Ben Powers gave up two, and Alejandro Villanueva gave up one. Powers also led the team in pressures allowed, with four.

Defensive Line

It was a rough day for the defensive line in the pass rush, but they fared well against the run. As a unit, they stopped the Vikings six times on the ground.

Justin Madubuike notched two solo defensive stops, while Justin Ellis, Calais Campbell, Broderick Washington Jr. and Justin Houston had one.


The linebackers showed up against the run, too. Josh Bynes had three defensive stops, while Patrick Queen and Tyus Bowser each had two. Bynes also added a forced incompletion against the pass.


Marlon Humphrey continues to be the team's most targeted player, but aside from a long 50-yard completion against him for a touchdown, he was excellent. On five targets, he allowed just that one catch.

Minnesota Vikings


It was a poor day from Kirk Cousins, whose play on early downs put him behind the sticks more often than not. He averaged just 6.7 yards per pass attempt, completing 17 of his 28 attempts for 187 yards and two scores, with one big-time throw and one turnover-worthy play.

Kirk Cousins Passing by Down

Down Completions Attempts Yards TD:INT
1 6 9 29 0:0
2 5 7 37 1:0
3 5 11 109 1:0
4 1 1 12 0:0
Running Back

Cook had a big run early in the game and finished with 110 yards on 17 carries. He forced two missed tackles, and 34.5% of his yards came after contact.

Wide Receiver/Tight End

The Vikings' two top receivers, Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson, were shut down. Each was targeted five times, but Thielen could only come down with two catches for six yards and Jefferson just three for 69 yards.

Offensive Line

Oli Udoh allowed three pressures, and Ezra Cleveland allowed two. Those were the only two to give up multiple pressures, and no one on the offensive line allowed a sack on PFF's first review of the game film.

Defensive Line

The Vikings' defensive line totaled 23 pressures as a unit. Five players had multiple pressures. Everson Griffen had six, while Kenny Willekes had five and Armon Watts had four. Willekes and Richardson combined for a sack, with Watts having the team's other sack.


Anthony Barr thought he saved the game with an incredible interception in overtime. Overall, he allowed two catches for only six yards. Eric Kendricks allowed four on six targets for 47 yards and gave up a touchdown.


Camryn Bynum came away with his first career interception and only allowed three catches for 22 yards. Kris Boyd didn’t quite have the same kind of success, as he allowed 92 yards and two touchdowns on eight catches from 12 targets. Four of those throws were either dropped or deemed off-target, too.

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