Los Angeles Times

Jackson lifts Ravens to third straight win


NEW ORLEANS — Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens didn’t need their full complement of key contributo­rs to stifle the Saints and silence the Superdome.

Kenyan Drake rushed for 93 yards and two touchdowns, Justin Houston had an intercepti­on to go with his third straight multiplesa­ck game, and the Ravens beat New Orleans 27-13 on Monday night.

Jackson passed for a touchdown and frustrated New Orleans (3-6) with his mobility, rushing for 82 yards and exhibiting an array of jump cuts and spin moves while helping Baltimore (6-3) win its third straight and remain atop the AFC North, one game ahead of Cincinnati.

“The human will can only take so much,” Drake said. “That’s just what this team is all about — just continuing to wear teams down and grind them out with four quarters of football.”

The Saints entered the game with a chance to pull into a three-way tie atop the anemic NFC South with Atlanta and Tampa Bay. Instead, they were outclassed by a Baltimore team missing several offensive starters, including tight end Mark Andrews and running back Gus Edwards.

The Ravens converted nine of 15 third downs and had 319 total yards. The Saints were three for 11 on third down and finished with season lows of 243 yards and 13 first downs. Baltimore possessed the ball for 37:47. “They beat us in a lot of different areas,” Saints coach Dennis Allen said.

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