Thursday Night Football: Flying Baltimore Ravens look to keep momentum at struggling Miami Dolphins

It’s a top versus bottom affair on Thursday Night Sokker hierdie week, as the AFC North-leading Baltimore Ravens (6-2) seek to keep their momentum with a win on the road against the struggling Miami Dolphins (2-7), rooted bottom of the AFC East.

Yet both teams will run out at the Hard Rock Stadium fresh off a winSunday seeing the Ravens bounce back from a 41-17 Week 7 pummeling at the hands of the Cincinnati Bengals with a dramatic 34-31 overtime victory against the Minnesota Vikings, while the Dolphins halted a six-game losing streak following a 17-9 win against the Houston Texans.
The caveat to that Dolphins triumph was that it came against a Texans side in total freefalltheir eighth consecutive defeat following a season-opening win against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
    Yet the Dolphins can take heart from the victory regardless, and there may be another boost ahead of the Ravens clash with the potential return of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
      Tagovailoa missed Sunday’s victory over the Texans due to a finger fracture sustained the previous weekwith Jacoby Brissett replacing the injured signal callerand Dolphins head coach Brian Flores told reporters on Tuesday that he has since madeprogress.
        “[Tagovailoa] is definitely making progress,” Flores said.
        There’s definitely discomfort. The swelling is down. It’s getting better. There’s progress from last week but there’s still limitations.
          “Uiteraard, availability is very important. There’s a lot of factors that play into that. It’s not the only factor. Die persoon, the player, the talentI think Tua is competitive. He’s smart. He wants to be out there. I think he’s getting better.
          Brissett and Tagovailoa meet before the game against the Buffalo Bills in October.

          Mauling memories

          On the subject of progress, Flores is looking to improve upon his team’s performance the last time they faced the Ravens — a 59-10 mauling in the 2019 season opener.
          You look back, you go and watch that film and see some of the things that they were doing then. Some are similar to what they’re doing now, some things aren’t,” Flores said.
          I just try to learn from that experience. We didn’t play well that daythe goal is always to be better and improvebut there’s always motivation in this league.
          Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was in incredible form that daythrowing for a career-high 324 yards and five touchdowns to emphatically kickstart a historic personal season that would see him voted the 2019 season’s unanimous Most Valuable Player (MVP).
          In receiving all 50 votes from media personnel, he became just the second player after Tom Brady in 2010 to be voted MVP by unanimous decision, and at 22 jare en 356 days old, the second youngest after Jim Brown’s consecutive titles in the late 1950s.
          Quizzed on that 2019 thrashing ahead of Thursday’s game, Jackson reminisced on wide receiver Marquise Brown’s first touchdown on his regular season debut.
          I remember ‘Hollywood,’ [Bruin] his first catch was a touchdown,” Jackson said.
          That was crazy. It was his NFL debuta touchdown? That’s what I remember the most about that game and the score.
          “O, at the end of the gamein the locker room, that too. But that was two years ago, I don’t really care about that.
          Jackson looks to pass against the Minnesota Vikings in November.

          Class of Kentucky

          Op Saterdag, the Louisville CardinalsJackson’s college teamare set to retire his former number 8 jersey in his honor, though Jackson is focused firmly on the task at hand.
          I’m locked in on the Dolphins right now. I’m not trying to worry about Saturday,” Jackson said.
          But it’s going to be touching, eerlikwaar. Hopelik, I don’t cry or anything like that.
          Jackson won the Heisman trophy in Louisville before being selected in the first-round by John Harbaugh’s Ravens in 2018, and the head coach joked that Jackson’s honoring had led him to reflect on his own college legacy from his days playing at Miami University in Ohio.
          I think it’s going to be really meaningful for him,” Harbaugh said on Monday. “We were joking about ityou have to be a really good player to get your jersey retired.
            “So, they’re still wearing No. 8 at Miami of Ohio, reg? But they’re not wearing No. 8 at Louisville. So daar gaan jy — that’s the difference. But we both wore No. 8.
            He’s just a great guy and such a humble guy. He was really surprised by it, wasn’t he? It was really cool to see. So congratulations to him and to Louisville for believing in him. That’s neat. I’m happy for him.

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