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BALTIMORE PARADE TUESDAY

BALTIMORE PARADE TUESDAY

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake tells local TV station WBAL-TV that the city will hold a parade Tuesday to honor the NFL champion Ravens.

Rawlings-Blake said Sunday night in a live interview from New Orleans that the parade will start at City Hall and end at the Ravens' stadium.

Right now, she's celebrating - dancing and singing alongside fans.

``The Baltimore Ravens once again demonstrated strength, poise, and perseverance as they prevailed in Super Bowl XLVII,'' she said in a statement.

- Jessica Gresko -http://twitter.com/jessicagresko

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Ravens defense picks off Jaguars in 19-17 win

Ravens defense picks off Jaguars in 19-17 win

The Ravens’ offseason emphasis on creating more turnovers is already paying big dividends, and it played a huge role in the Ravens’ 19-17 win at Jacksonville on Sunday.

The Ravens picked off Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles three times, giving them five interceptions in the first three games. Last season, the Ravens totaled just six interceptions, which ranked last in the league and was a franchise record-low.

Against the Jaguars, C.J. Mosley turned in a highlight-reel, one-handed pick of Bortles to thwart one Jaguars drive late in the first quarter, and rookie Tavon Young recorded his first career interception on a pass that was tipped by Timmy Jernigan. That, too, occurred in Ravens territory and denied the Jaguars a chance to add to their 17-16 lead in the fourth quarter.

The Ravens then clinched the win when Bortles’ desperation pass in the final minute was tipped by Lardarius Webb and picked off by Zach Orr.

The Ravens had not recorded three interceptions in a game since the 2013 finale at Cincinnati.

Throughout training camp, the Ravens worked diligently on turnovers. In one drill, defensive backs had to try to catch tennis balls lofted downfield as a way to get them to track the ball better. The Ravens also worked on tipped passes, on pouncing on incompletions in case one might sometime be ruled a catch-and-fumble, anything to generate more of what John Harbaugh calls “sudden change” plays.

On Sunday, that work paid off, and though it wasn’t always pretty, the Ravens are sitting at 3-0 for just the third time in franchise history.

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Five observations from Ravens' tight victory over the Jaguars

Five observations from Ravens' tight victory over the Jaguars

JACKSONVILLE – Five instant observations from watching the unbeaten Ravens (3-0) defeat the Jaguars, 19-17, to keep the Jaguars (0-3) winless:

1. The Ravens aren’t pretty, but they are resilient.

— The Ravens made enough mistakes to lose this game, but found a way to win it. Joe Flacco threw two interceptions, Devin Hester muffed a punt, and there were untimely penalties on the offensive line.

Yet, Ravens defensive end Brent Urban made a huge play late in the game, blocking a 52-yard field goal attempt with just over two minutes to play. Then Justin Tucker delivered with a 54-yard field goal, and Ravens linebacker Zachary Orr sealed the win with a last-minute interception.

2. Having Tucker is a huge advantage for the Ravens.

— Tucker’s game-winning field goal, one of his four field goals on the day, was another example of why the Ravens franchised tagged him before giving him a contract extension.  For a team that plays plenty of close games, Tucker is a crucial weapon. There was never a doubt on his game-winning kick as soon as it left his foot.

3. Ravens inside linebacker C. J. Mosley is playing at a high level.

—Mosley had his second interception in two weeks, making an acrobatic grab when he leaped high in the air, and tipped the ball to himself. He also had a batted pass in the fourth quarter that stopped another Jaguars drive. Mosley looks locked in and could be headed for another Pro Bowl season.

4. There is nothing wrong with Flacco’s mobility. 

— The Ravens’ first touchdown came on a seven-yard Flacco scramble, when he escaped the pocket and ran into the end zone untouched, after no Jaguars accounted for him.

Nobody will confuse Flacco with Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt. However, Flacco shows no evidence of being gun shy after last season’s season ending knee injury. He also had a six-yard gain on a quarterback bootleg. The knee injury is clearly in Flacco’s rearview mirror.

5. There is something wrong with the Ravens’ rushing attack

— For the third streak week, the Ravens couldn’t move the ball consistently on the ground.

The long run for the day was a 15-yarder by Terrance West (10 carries, 45 yards), but neither he nor Justin Forsett (seven carries, 20 yards) did much business. Melvin Gordon of the Chargers had 102 yards rushing against the Jaguars in Week 2, and the Ravens expected to have more success. It will be hard for them to keep winning against better teams unless their offense finds more balance.