Inside Lamar Jackson and Ravens’ remarkable and controversial record – Baltimore Ravens Blog

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BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Ravens’ pursuit of an NFL rushing record held by the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers caused coach John Harbaugh to have a brief moment of nostalgia a week ago.

Harbaugh remembered how his childhood team, the Cleveland Browns, struggled to beat running back Franco Harris’ Steelers. He expressed his admiration for longtime Pittsburgh coach Chuck Noll and talked about how he has studied Noll’s philosophy.

“So, sure, that counts for something,” Harbaugh said of the record. “It’s kind of not really in the forefront of our thinking right now at all, but it’s something, for sure.”

When Baltimore hosts the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football (8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN), the Ravens can set an NFL mark if they can surpass 100 yards rushing for their 44th straight game, and it feels like everyone in the football world now has an opinion on a record that few outside of Baltimore knew about until eight days ago.

Harbaugh revealed how much it meant to tie the 1974-1977 Steelers by breaking what some considered football etiquette on the final play of a 23-7 win over the Denver Broncos on Oct. 3. Instead of taking a knee with three seconds remaining, Baltimore had quarterback Lamar Jackson run for 5 yards to keep its streak of consecutive games with over 100 yards rushing alive. ESPN Stats & Information couldn’t find a single instance in the last 25 years of a team gaining yards when leading by double digits in the final five seconds, and Broncos coach Vic Fangio ripped the Ravens, saying “it was kind of bulls—.”

The streak offers further validation of what Ravens officials have previously stated — this franchise built the best rushing attack in the history of the NFL. The combination of Jackson’s catch-me-if-you-can elusiveness…



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