The Baltimore Ravens go into Week 17 with it all on the line in the AFC playoff picture. A win against the Cincinnati Bengals would see them clinch a playoff spot for the third year in a row, which is obviously the main priority for the players and coaches.
However, football is by its very nature a game of numbers and within these numbers are statistics and milestones. Baltimore has a host of players who, whether they are aware or not, are very close to achieving significant statistical feats in the final game of the 2020 season.
Here are 14 milestones the Ravens have within reach of setting this week, per the team.
John Harbaugh: Seasons in the playoffs
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A Ravens’ victory on Sunday would see them clinch a postseason berth for the ninth time in 13 seasons under coach John Harbaugh. Harbaugh would become the 10th head coach in NFL history with at least nine playoff appearances in his first 13 seasons in charge. There are some pretty notable names on this list, including Pete Carroll, Tony Dungy, and Harbaugh’s former boss Andy Reid.
Marlon Humphrey: Single-season forced fumble record
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Coming into the 2020 season, Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey had three forced fumbles to his name over three seasons in the NFL. After 15 games this year, Humphrey leads the league with eight forced fumbles. If Humphrey can force two punchouts against the Bengals, he’ll tie the NFL single-season record of 10 forced fumbles by a defensive back, set in 2012 by Charles “Peanut Punch” Tilman.
Justin Tucker: 130-plus points in a season streak
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Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker goes into Sunday’s game with 122 points scored this season. If he can pick up eight points against the Bengals, he will hit the 130-point threshold for the fifth season in a row, tying the longest such streak in NFL history with Stephen Gostkowski (2011-2015) and David Akers (2008-2012).
J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards: Three 700-yard rushers
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The Ravens backfield trio of Mark Ingram, Gus Edwards, and rookie J.K. Dobbins has become more of a duo in recent weeks. Ingram has been a healthy scratch, allowing Edwards and Dobbins to become the engines of the offense. Both players are within touching distance of significant milestones ahead of Week 17. Edwards needs 37 rushing yards to reach 700 for the year, while Dobbins needs 55 to hit the same mark. If they can both hit these landmarks, the Ravens would become only the third team in NFL history to have three players rush for at least 700 yards in a season. Lamar Jackson has 908, making up the trio. The only two other teams with three 700+ rushers were the 2011 Carolina Panthers, who had DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart, and Cam Newton, and the 2019 Ravens. A year ago, Jackson, Ingram, and Edwards all eclipsed the 700-yard mark.
J.K. Dobbins: Rookie touchdown record
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Dobbins has scored seven touchdowns so far in his first season and needs one more to set a new Ravens’ rookie record. He currently shares the mark with Torrey Smith in 2011, Marlon Brown in 2013, and Marquise Brown who scored seven times last season.
Gus Edwards: Ravens all-time rushing yards
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Edwards currently has 2,092 rushing yards in his career, and with 11 more against the Bengals this week, he would move into fifth on the Ravens all-time list. Edwards is currently just 10 rushing yards behind Priest Holmes, at the moment.
Calais Campbell: Sack streak
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It’s been a relatively quiet first year with the Ravens for Campbell. He’s played in 11 games, the fewest of his career. He has just five tackles for a loss, his fewest since 2009. And he’s only had fewer quarterback hits (10) in a season just twice before. But still, Campbell is close to a special landmark. He currently has four sacks on the year, and with one more on Sunday, he will have recorded five-plus sacks in 12-consecutive seasons. Campbell’s current streak of 11 seasons is the longest in the NFL and tied for the fourth-longest in NFL history. He will join Sean Jones (1985-1996) and Bruce Smith (1992-2003) with 12 seasons of five or more sacks. The NFL record is 15 seasons, held by the late Reggie White between 1985-2000.
Mark Andrews: 700 receiving yards and 7 touchdown receptions
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Ravens tight end Mark Andrews has seen his receiving numbers fall slightly after his great 2019 campaign. With one game to go in 2020, Andrews has 54 receptions (64 last year) for 674 yards (852 in 2019) and has seven touchdowns, after catching 10 a year ago. With just 26 yards against the Bengals, Andrews will become the first Ravens tight end in franchise history to record multiple seasons with 700-plus receiving yards and seven-plus touchdown catches. Todd Heap is the only other player with even one such season, with 855 yards and seven receiving scores in 2005.
Lamar Jackson: Back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons
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It wouldn’t be a look at milestones without mentioning Jackson, would it? Baltimore’s third-year quarterback has done nothing except break records since the start of the 2019 season, or so it seems. And he has another bunch in his sights in Week 17. Jackson has 908 rushing yards so far this season, and with 92 against the Bengals on Sunday he would become the first quarterback in NFL history with two seasons with 1,000 rushing yards. By definition, he would also become the first player at his position to achieve this feat in back to back seasons.
Lamar Jackson: Rushing and passing touchdown milestone
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Jackson has 19 rushing scores along with 65 touchdown passes throughout his short career. If he can rush for a touchdown against the Bengals, Jackson would become the first player in NFL history to log 20-rushing and 65-passing touchdowns in their first three seasons in the NFL.
Lamar Jackson: Wins in the first three seasons
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Jackson is 29-7 as a starting quarterback so far in his career. If the Ravens pick up a victory over the Bengals on Sunday, Jackson would become the first quarterback in NFL history to record 30 wins in his first 37 starts.
Lamar Jackson: Ravens’ all-time passing yards
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With one game to go in his third season with the Ravens, Jackson has amassed 6,972 passing yards, with 2,644 of those yards coming this season. If Jackson can throw for another 177 yards on Sunday, he would move into third on the Ravens’ all-time list for passing yards. He would move past Vinny Testaverde, who had 7,148. That would leave just Kyle Boller (7,846) and Joe Flacco (38,245) with more.
Justin Tucker: 30 field goals in a season record
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Tucker has 25 successful field goals made in 2020. If he can knock through another five on Sunday, it would give him a seventh career season with 30-plus field goals. Tucker is currently the only player in NFL history with six such seasons, with a seventh simply extending his record further.
Ravens: Forced fumbles
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Marlon Humphrey is just two forced fumbles away from tying a league record. But the Ravens are just two forced fumbles short of setting a single-season franchise record. The 2000 squad currently holds the record with 26 forced fumbles in a season, which would make surpassing them quite the achievement for this group.