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Baltimore Ravens 27-13 New Orleans Saints: Kenyan Drakes rushes for two touchdowns as Ravens win third straight

The Ravens (6-3) defense, bolstered by linebacker Roquan Smith’s debut, limited the Saints (3-6) to 243 yards of total offense, including just 48 rushes; watch Thursday night football – Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints – live on Sky Sports NFL, Friday at 1.15pm

Last updated: 08/11/22 6:43am

Baltimore Ravens running back Kenyan Drake celebrates with quarterback Lamar Jackson after one of his two touchdowns

Kenyan Drake rushed for two touchdowns and Lamar Jackson passed for one as the Baltimore Ravens won their third straight game with a 27-13 win over the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football.

Story of the game

Jackson completed 12 of 22 passes for 133 yards and rushed 11 times for 82 yards, finishing 11 yards shy of Drake’s team-leading total as the Ravens (6-3) held the ball for more than 37 minutes into the game.

Baltimore’s defense was bolstered by the debut of linebacker Roquan Smith, who was acquired in a trade with Chicago last week, and the activation of linebacker Tyus Bowser, who had not played his season due to an Achilles tendon injury. They kept the Saints (3-6) out of the end zone for more than 55 minutes and limited them to 243 yards in total, only 48 of them rushing.

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The Ravens kept Saints star Alvin Kamara, who last week had 158 yards from total offense and three touchdowns in a shutout win over the Las Vegas Raiders, back to just 30 yards on nine carries and 32 yards on three receptions. Saints quarterback Andy Dalton completed 19 of 29 passes for 210 yards, with one touchdown and also an interception.

Jackson threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to rookie tight end Isaiah Likely, who came in for injured starter Mark Andrews, to open the score and give Baltimore a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Drake’s first touchdown, a dive into the goal line, lifted the lead to 14-0 before Will Lutz kicked a 33-yard field goal in the last game of the first half to finally open the Saints’ account and reduce the lead to 14-3 .

In first possession of the third quarter, the Ravens provided Justin Tucker with a 32-yard field goal, before Lutz answered with another 33-yarder from himself.

After another Tucker kick was successful from 41 yards, Justin Houston intercepted Dalton on the first play of subsequent possession, setting up Drake’s second score from the three-yard line.

Dalton threw a late 41-yard touchdown pass to Juwan Johnson with just over four minutes left, but the damage was already done and the Ravens ran out the rest of the clock to confirm a comfortable win.


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