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#pounditWednesday, November 25, 2020

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Lamar Jackson offers concerning quote after Ravens’ loss

Lamar Jackson

Lamar Jackson offered up an odd comment and concerning quote after his Baltimore Ravens lost 30-24 at home in overtime against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

Jackson seemed bitter about the loss and said he feels like critics want to see the Ravens lose.

“I feel like people want us to lose,” Jackson said after the game.

Newsflash for you, Lamar: yes, fans of other teams want to see you lose. That’s no surprise. When you’re a good team, opposing fans want to see you lose because they may fear you.

But the concerning quote came when Jackson said he felt the Titans wanted it more.

“That team looked like it wanted it more,” Jackson said via Jamison Hensley.

How could the Ravens get into a position where another team wanted it more than them? These are two teams competing for playoff spots at the top of the AFC. This was a rematch of the playoff loss the Ravens faced last season.

How could they possibly not be motivated to win this game? There was even this pregame issue that should have fired up Baltimore. The Ravens had no excuse not to come out with passion and desire.

Baltimore is now 6-4 and 2-3 at home this season.

Report: Joe Burrow has torn ACL injury

Joe Burrow

Joe Burrow’s injury appears to be as severe as initially feared.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Burrow suffered a torn ACL in Sunday’s game against Washington. There may also be additional damage to the quarterback’s knee, but regardless, his rookie season is over.

Burrow suffered the injury in the third quarter when he was hit by two Washington defenders on a pass attempt. His left leg bent awkwardly underneath him, and he had to be carted off the field.

It’s an unfortunate blow for the No. 1 overall pick. He’ll finish his season with a respectable 13 touchdown passes and five interceptions. Expect to see second-year backup Ryan Finley under center for the Bengals for the remainder of the season.

Kevin Stefanski has great quote after Browns’ win

Kevin Stefanski

Kevin Stefanski delivered a perfect quote after his Cleveland Browns’ win on Sunday.

The Browns beat the Philadelphia Eagles 22-17 to improve to 7-3 this season and 5-1 at home. The Browns only went 4/14 on third downs, 0/2 on fourth downs, and turned the ball over once. They also gained just 324 yards on offense.

It wasn’t a perfect game for Cleveland, but they did enough to get the win. And that’s all that matters to Stefanski.

“There is no such thing as an ugly win. That was a beautiful win,” Stefanski said after the game.

Amen.

When you’re coaching a franchise that hasn’t had a winning season since 2007 and hasn’t made the playoffs since 2002, you learn quickly not to be greedy and to be grateful for wins any way you can get them.

Stefanski already has won more games in Cleveland than either of the two previous head coaches.

Mike Tomlin has funny quote about Steelers’ perfect record

Mike Tomlin

The Pittsburgh Steelers moved to 10-0 with a blowout win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, but don’t expect coach Mike Tomlin to be satisfied with that.

Tomlin acknowledged his team’s perfect record, but made clear that he thinks the team has a lot of work to do to maintain it.

“It wasn’t perfect, but nothing is perfect about us except our record,” Tomlin said, via Brooke Pryor of ESPN.

Tomlin’s refusal to rest on his team’s laurels is probably a big part of the reason they are still perfect. The Steelers played an outstanding game Sunday, but coming against the 1-9 Jaguars, it has to be taken in context.

Tomlin’s attitude has been unwavering even as his team keeps piling up wins. If anyone thought the Steelers would let up, this Tomlin quote from during the week was an indication otherwise. Don’t expect his attitude to change anytime soon.

John Harbaugh, Mike Vrabel do not shake hands after game

Mike Vrabel

Tensions were high before kickoff of Sunday’s game between the Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens, and the mood seemed very much the same following the overtime thriller.

After the Titans beat the Ravens, Mike Vrabel approached John Harbaugh on the field and looked like he was going to shake his hand. Harbaugh appeared to wave Vrabel off, at which point Vrabel quickly turned and walked away.

It would make sense for Harbaugh to snub Vrabel given what happened before the game. Titans players gathered on the Ravens’ midfield logo at M&T Bank Stadium, and Harbaugh appeared to confront them over it. That led to a shouting match between him and Tennessee cornerback Malcolm Butler. You can see a video of the exchange here.

Titans players also gathered on Baltimore’s midfield logo before the two teams met in the playoffs back in January. Harbaugh was likely bothered by that, so what happened on Sunday may have pushed him over the edge.

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Sean Payton trolls ex-Falcons WR Roddy White after big win

Sean Payton

Sean Payton stuck it to his haters on Sunday and made sure to remind everyone about it.

Payton’s New Orleans Saints beat the Atlanta Falcons 24-9 on Sunday to improve to 8-2. They started Taysom Hill at quarterback over Jameis Winston, which reportedly bothered many players.

The decision worked out, as Hill went 18/23 for 233 yards and rushed for 51 yards and two touchdowns.

After the victory, Payton retweeted a comment from former Falcons star receiver Roddy White, who tweeted on Saturday that the Falcons were going to eat Hill’s lunch.

That obviously did not happen, and nobody was happier to remind everyone of the result than Payton.

Video: Dolphins players run over referee celebrating interception

Miami Dolphins referee

The Miami Dolphins got a bit too excited by a Xavien Howard interception on Sunday, and one of the referees paid the price for it.

Howard picked off Denver’s Drew Lock on the Broncos’ first drive of the day Sunday. Howard’s interception set the Dolphins up at the Denver 22, giving the Dolphins a very short field to work with. That was, understandably, cause for celebration.

The celebration was a bit too much, though. One of the referees inadvertently got in the way of a group of Dolphins players and got absolutely crushed as they celebrated.

The official appeared to get hit in the face by one of the Miami players, and actually had to be taken to the locker room.

Players are not allowed to make contact with referees, and we’ve seen that rule applied very strictly in the past. There was no flag for this, however, given how obviously inadvertent it was.

Hopefully the official is okay. That was actually a huge hit, and it looked like it hurt.

Joe Buck appears to crack funny Tony Romo money joke

Joe Buck

Joe Buck cracked a funny joke on Sunday that seemed to be about Tony Romo’s big salary.

Buck was doing the lineup introductions for the Green Bay Packers during the team’s game against the Indianapolis Colts. He mentioned that left tackle David Bakhtiari was now “highly compensated.”

Bakhtiari signed a four-year contract extension last week for $23 million per year.

“He’s making quarterback, he’s making NFL TV analyst kind of money,” Buck joked of Bakhtiari.

So what’s the joke? Buck seemed to be alluding to the amount of money Romo makes from CBS, which is more than most NFL players earn. The joke may also have come because of a story during the week saying CBS play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz was seeking Romo money.

Buck himself and his broadcast partner Troy Aikman are both highly compensated as well, but they’re not making Romo money, nor Bakhtiari money.

Joe Burrow sends tweet about serious knee injury

Joe Burrow injury

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow suffered a serious knee injury on Sunday, and we now know it is one that will end his season.

Not long after he was carted off the field against Washington, Burrow indicated on Twitter that the injury will keep him out for the remainder of the year.

“Thanks for all the love. Can’t get rid of me that easy. See ya next year,” Burrow wrote.

Burrow sent the tweet while the Bengals’ game against Washington was still ongoing, so he obviously received a very quick diagnosis from team doctors.

Burrow was hit by two Washington defenders on a pass attempt early in the third quarter. His left leg bent awkwardly underneath him. Burrow immediately clutched his knee in pain and was carted off.

The extent of the injury remains unclear, but it sounds like Burrow has a long recovery ahead of him.

NFL world reacts to Joe Burrow injury

Joe Burrow injury

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow left Sunday’s game against Washington with what looked like a serious knee injury, and the rookie received support from across the NFL world after he was carted off the field.

Burrow, who has been having a great first NFL season, was sandwiched between two defenders early in the second half. His left leg bent awkwardly underneath him, and he immediately clutched his knee in pain. Star quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson were among the first to tweet their support for Burrow.

Players from both teams, including Washington star pass-rusher Chase Young, surrounded Burrow and wished him well as he was carted off.

There were plenty more tributes from across the NFL and sports world.

Burrow also took a huge hit from Young earlier in the game (video here), though he was able to bounce back quickly from that one. Hopefully the knee injury isn’t as bad as it looks.