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Bills' Spiller, Williams, Byrd added to Pro Bowl

Bills' Spiller, Williams, Byrd added to Pro Bowl

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller, defensive tackle Kyle Williams and free safety Jairus Byrd have been added to the AFC's Pro Bowl roster, replacing Super Bowl-bound Baltimore Ravens Ray Rice, Haloti Ngata and Ed Reed.

Spiller ran for a career-best 1,244 yards on 207 carries and had six touchdowns. The third-year player's 6.0-yard per carry average tied for first in the NFL.

Williams had five sacks and 46 tackles. The seven-year pro will be making his second Pro Bowl appearance.

Byrd, who tied for the AFC lead with five interceptions and had 76 tackles, will be making his second Pro Bowl appearance.

The Pro Bowl is Sunday in Hawaii.

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In crunch time, Terrell Suggs rolls with Ravens teammates Joe Flacco and Justin Tucker

In crunch time, Terrell Suggs rolls with Ravens teammates Joe Flacco and Justin Tucker

JACKSONVILLE – In Terrell Suggs fashion, the Ravens’ linebacker described what it felt like to have Joe Flacco as a quarterback, and Justin Tucker as a placekicker.

“You want a quarterback with ice in his veins, and you damn sure want a kicker with ice in his veins,” said Suggs, after the Ravens escaped Jacksonville with a 19-17 victory that kept them unbeaten at 3-0.

Tucker delivered again for the Ravens, making four field goals, including the 54-yard game-winner with 67 seconds left to play. Having a kicker as clutch as Tucker, with range well beyond 50 yards, is another reason why opponents dread seeing Tucker trot onto the field. Leave the game up to Tucker, and it’s game over.

“There’s definitely butterflies,” said Tucker, when asked how he feels kicking game-winners. “We get into these situations and we’ve had a good handful of them in my time here. Do they get easier? I’m not really sure. But I can tell you the more opportunities and we have and I successfully convert, the more confidence I have.”

Flacco will never be the smoothest quarterback in the NFL, but he remains one of the most poised. His performance on Sunday (29 of 40, 214 yards, on rushing TD, two interceptions) was all over the map. There was the good Flacco – at one point he set a franchise record by completing 21 straight passes. There was the bad Flacco – two interceptions during the final seven minutes that almost cost the Ravens the game.

But on the Ravens’ final drive, Flacco completed four passes, including a fourth-down pass to Steve Smith Sr. that helped move Tucker into range.

There was a fine line between winning and losing Sunday, and once again the Ravens cut it close. But in that situation, who would you rather have as your quarterback, Flacco or Blake Bortles of the Jaguars (24 of 38, two touchdowns, three interceptions)? Even when Flacco doesn’t play nearly his best, he doesn’t get flustered.

“I would’ve liked to have made it easier for him (Tucker), myself, and all the people back in Baltimore,” Flacco said. “There’s no need to be giving people heart attacks every single week. But if you win you win.”

And once again, having Tucker and Flacco during the final minutes was a winning combination.

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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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