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Strahan, Sapp, Ogden among Hall of Fame finalists

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Strahan, Sapp, Ogden among Hall of Fame finalists

CANTON, Ohio (AP) Single-season sacks leader Michael Strahan and two players who tried to block him are among 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Strahan, who had 22 1/2 sacks in 2001 and 141 1/2 for his 15-year his career with the New York Giants, is joined by offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden of the Ravens and guard-tackle Larry Allen of the Cowboys and 49ers.

The fourth first-year eligible to make the cut is defensive tackle Warren Sapp of the Buccaneers and Raiders.

Strahan, Ogden and Sapp all won Super Bowls.

The hall announced Friday that the other finalists are running back Jerome Bettis; receivers Cris Carter, Tim Brown and Andre Reed; LB-DEs Charles Haley and Kevin Greene; guard Will Shields; defensive back Aeneas Williams; coach Bill Parcells; and former owners Edward DeBartolo Jr. of the 49ers and the late Art Modell of the Browns, who moved to Baltimore in 1996 to become the Ravens.

The two senior nominees are defensive tackle Curley Culp - who played for the Chiefs, Oilers and Lions - and linebacker Dave Robinson of the Packers and Redskins.

Between four and seven new members will be selected Feb. 2, the day before the Super Bowl, in New Orleans.

Bettis played for the Rams and Steelers - he won the 2006 Super Bowl in his final game, something Strahan did in 2008. He's in his third season of eligibility and was beaten out by fellow running backs Marshall Faulk in 2011 and Curtis Martin in 2012 for the hall.

Carter, Brown and Reed all were in the top 10 in receptions when they retired. Haley won five Super Bowls, two with San Francisco and three with Dallas.

Greene was one of the first hybrid linebacker-end defenders, which best suited his pass-rushing skills.

Shields was an ironman blocker for 14 seasons in Kansas City. Williams was a versatile defensive back who played on the corner and at safety. He had 55 career interceptions and 23 fumble recoveries.

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Ruth's Chris Sizzling Stats: 5 numbers that define Ravens-Jaguars

Ruth's Chris Sizzling Stats: 5 numbers that define Ravens-Jaguars

Baltimore got its third win of the young season with a victory over Jacksonville on the road Sunday. Here are 5 Sizzling Stats from that game and looking forward, presented by Ruth's Chris. 

1) 64.0 -- Joe Flacco's Passer Rating on Sunday. It was his lowest Passer Rating in a Baltimore victory since Nov. 11, 2013 when the Ravens beat Cincinnati, 20-17, in overtime. Flacco's Passer Rating in that game was 60.0.

2) 4-of-4 -- Justin Tucker's made and attempted field goals on Sunday. He has gone 4-of-4 in six other career games. His career high for makes on a perfect day was set Dec. 16, 2013 when he went 6-of-6 in a win over Detroit. 

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3) 3 -- Through three weeks, the number of Ravens victories this season by one possession or fewer. For comparison, 14 of Baltimore's 16 games last season were decided by that margin. In those 14 games, Baltimore was 5-9. Close games now going their way?

4) 2009 -- The last time the Ravens started the season 3-0. They would go on to finish 9-7 in the regular season and beat New England in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.

5) 0 -- Amont of patience Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith appears to have for Jacksonville rookie cornerback Jalen Ramsey, as demonstrated by his postgame comments.

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Rookie LG Lewis in concussion protocol after injury during Jaguars game

Rookie LG Lewis in concussion protocol after injury during Jaguars game

OWINGS MILLS – Three takeaways from Ravens coach John Harbaugh’s press conference Monday:

1. Starting left guard Alex Lewis is in the NFL’s concussion protocol.

Lewis did not finish Sunday’s 19-17 win over the Jaguars, with Ryan Jensen taking over in the fourth quarter. Lewis’ condition will be evaluated during the week.

“I thought he (Jensen) played well,” Harbaugh said. “He always gives you a spark man. He’s physical.  That’s one of the things that we feel really good about. We’ve got some depth in our interior offensive line.”

2. Harbaugh is not worried about critics who aren’t sold on the Ravens’ 3-0 start.

Only five teams in the NFL are 3-0, and the Ravens are one of them. Yet the combined won-loss record of the Ravens’ three opponents so far is 1-8.

Are the Ravens a good team, or simply a product of playing poor competition?

“That’s a fair question, but I think it’s a better question for prognosticators, writers and media,” Harbaugh said. “And it’s cool. It’s good to have that question. It doesn’t matter to us. We don’t have to evaluate ourselves. We just have to get ready to play games.”

3. Harbaugh was fine with the trash-talking after the game between Ravens’ wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. and Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey.

“I was actually in the middle of that at one point,” Harbaugh said. “I got caught in the middle of that. It was kind of fun. I thought Steve Smith had a heck of a game. If that’s how he responds to whatever challenge is put before him out there, I’m for having that happen every week. I thought he responded quite well. I think he had eight catches.”   

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