Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) scrambles away from Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Willie Gay Jr. (50) during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) scrambles as he is pursued by Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Tyrann Mathieu, left, defensive end Michael Danna and inside linebacker Anthony Hitchens during the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins celebrates after a 2-yard rushing touchdown by running back Antonio Gibson during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)
Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) scrambles during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) Other than playing home games in Maryland, there are few similarities between the Washington Football Team and the Baltimore Ravens.
Washington is rebuilding after finishing last in the NFC last season. Baltimore was the top seed in the AFC before losing its playoff opener.
But when these regional rivals meet Sunday, each will be looking for a bounce-back performance after a loss that included a disappointing quarterback performance.
Lamar Jackson was outplayed by the Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes in a Monday night showdown, resulting in Baltimore's first regular-season defeat in a calendar year. Jackson managed 97 passing yards on 28 attempts, a career low of 3.5 yards per attempt.
Dwayne Haskins, meanwhile, threw three interceptions and lost a fumble as Washington lost at Cleveland, falling to 1-2.
The solution might be easier to come by for Baltimore and Jackson, last year's MVP. So far in the Jackson era, the team is 0-6 when trailing in any game by 10 points or more, a deficit that developed quickly against Kansas City.
''We just can't get in those situations - being behind,'' Jackson said. ''We've just got to try to score each and every drive like we should be. And if we're down, just try to execute the plays and try to move forward and put some points on the board and make the comeback.''
Running back Mark Ingram defended Jackson, saying that it's ''not on one person'' but the entire offense to forge a comeback.
''We have to execute our assignments better,'' Ingram said. ''We have to get open. We have to catch passes. We have to protect the quarterback. We have to protect the football. We have to possess the football.''
Haskins, Washington's up-and-down second-year starter, has done what his MVP counterpart has not. He helped rally Washington from a 17-0 deficit in Week 1 to beat the Philadelphia Eagles. Since then, the offense been inconsistent in losses to Arizona and Cleveland.
Offensive coordinator Scott Turner is looking for Haskins to avoid forcing the ball into coverage. Haskins said he must play better across the board.
''Definitely there wasn't anything that I said, `Man, I need to do this.' I just want to be better at everything,'' Haskins said. ''I'm still young. I can't just sit here and act like I arrived, or I made it. I mean, I made it, but there's a long way to go.''
RIVERA CONTINUES CANCER TREATMENT
Washington coach Ron Rivera was diagnosed with a form of skin cancer over the summer and has been receiving treatment for it. On Wednesday, Rivera missed practice to receive a scheduled treatment. On Thursday, he left practice early because he was not feeling well.
When Rivera is absent, defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio steps in. The former Jaguars and Raiders coach had a similar role as defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos in 2013, when then-coach John Fox had heart surgery and missed a month of the season.
Del Rio said he believes Rivera will coach Sunday's game.
''It's a battle. I mean, he's battling right now,'' Del Rio said. ''He's tough as can be and doing what he can. As coaches and players, we just have to do everything we can to carry on the message and the things we know he's about and make sure we're doing a good job with it.''
The Ravens have been careful about following protocols to protect themselves from exposure to the coronavirus so as to avoid an outbreak similar to the one that forced the Tennessee Titans to shut down camp.
Expect coach John Harbaugh to have his mask on Sunday, as usual.
''We're in our meetings with our masks on, trying to talk through our mask in meetings,'' Harbaugh said. ''We have been - for all three games - really good on the sideline. I don't think there's anybody better than us - me or our staff - from the beginning of the game to the end of the game.''
He had a momentary lapse Monday night while arguing a call but makes no apology.
''To think in a 3-hour, heated, competitive environment - especially when you're yelling - that your mask isn't going to fall down or whatever for 5 or 10 seconds, that would be a little hard for anybody to be held to that standard,'' Harbaugh said.
RESPECT FOR ANDREWS
Ravens tight end Mark Andrews led the Ravens in receptions, yards receiving and touchdown catches last season.
He picked up where he left off in the opener with five catches and two scores against Cleveland but was limited to a combined four receptions for 51 yards and no TDs over the past two weeks.
''They're just doubling him - trying to knock us off our pivot,'' Jackson said.
Harbaugh figures that if Andrews is covered with two defenders, someone else should be open.
''If people are going to give Mark more attention now, we're going to have to find other ways to make them pay for that,'' he said.
Ravens rookie Devin Duvernay put on a dazzling display of speed Monday night with a 93-yard kickoff return, a play that Harbaugh predicted before it happened.
''He and I had a conversation before the game,'' Harbaugh revealed. ''I said, `You're going to have a huge play in this game.' I said: `You're going to score. It's going to be a big, massive play. I've already seen it. I know it's going to happen.'''
Duvernay, a third-round pick out of Texas, could soon be a force as a receiver.
''I do see myself and him hitting on a couple passes this season,'' Jackson said. ''I tried to keep him a hidden secret, but that kick return was amazing. You guys saw that motor that he had.''
Don't overlook the bragging rights factor when Washington and Baltimore meet. Like the Jets and Giants, they play every preseason but only appear on one another's regular-season schedules every four years.
Haskins, who attended high school in Maryland, said he understood the local importance of, ''Which team are you rooting for on the Beltway?'' Technically, there are two Beltways, but the question remains.
''I've got family and friends that live in Baltimore and a couple of teammates from Ohio State that are over on (the Ravens), too,'' Haskins said. ''So, I'm looking forward to competing against them and having some fun out there and making these guys better.''
Five Waiver Wire Adds: Week 8
Buffalo Bills CB Josh Norman (hamstring) hasn't been ruled out, but he's unlikely to play in Week 8.
Fantasy Spin: It's a tough break for Norman, who was going off in fantasy before the injury. He can be dropped for fresh legs in IDP leagues.
Cincinnati Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap was told to stay home while the team attempts to trade him.
Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy doesn't intend to bench quarterback Nick Foles in favor of Mitchell Trubisky after the team's 24-10 Monday night loss to the Rams in Week 7. The Bears are 5-2 but rank 27th in points per game (19.7), 30th in yards per play (4.8), 30th in yards per run (3.8), 29th in yards per pass (5.6), 30th on third-down conversions (35.1 percent) and 29th in red-zone efficiency (47.6 percent). Foles took over for Trubisky in Week 3 and was 28-for-40 for 261 yards and two interceptions against the Rams. Foles has thrown for 1,139 yards, six touchdowns and six interceptions in five appearances (four starts) this year. The Saints -- Chicago's Week 8 opponent -- allow the sixth-most fantasy points per game to signal-callers, but Foles remains a low-end QB2 in superflex leagues in Chicago's stagnant offense.
Atlanta Falcons wide receivers Julio Jones (hip) and Russell Gage (knee) were both limited in practice on Tuesday. Jones' injury is new, but the 31-year-old always seems to be fighting through some sort of injury and he should be fine for the Thursday night matchup with the Panthers. The All-Pro wideout missed the Week 5 matchup with Carolina due to an injury, but he should be fine for this one and he remains a locked-in, must-start WR1 whenever he's on the field as the team's No. 1 receiver. Jones has 16 receptions on 19 targets for 234 yards and two touchdowns in the last two weeks against the Vikings and Lions. The Panthers allow the fourth-fewest fantasy points per game to wideouts, but Jones should be in all starting lineups regardless. Gage should play on Thursday, but he's been a non-factor the last five weeks and can be left to the waiver wire in shallow leagues.
The San Francisco 49ers reached an injury settlement with wide receiver Tavon Austin (knee) on Tuesday, and he is no longer on their Injured Reserve list. Austin was put on IR before the 2020 regular season started. He spent the last two years in Dallas, recording 21 catches on 37 targets for 317 yards and three touchdowns in 21 games. The eighth overall pick in the 2013 draft by the Rams, Austin had his best season in 2016, catching 58 passes for 509 yards and three touchdowns. He has just 15 touchdowns in seven NFL seasons and has essentially become a little-used gadget player in recent seasons. Don't expect Austin to resurface anywhere in 2021 as a fantasy relevant option.
Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay said that rookie third-round safety Terrell Burgess (ankle) broke his ankle in the Monday night win over the Bears and will miss the rest of the season. The 21-year-old will finish his rookie season with eight tackles (seven solo) and one pass defensed in seven games of action. Burgess was taken with the 104th overall pick in April and has the versatility to also play nickel cornerback in the NFL. He's a smart player and anticipates routes in coverage. The former Utah Ute should have plenty of time to recover in time for training camp next summer.
Because of COVID-19 protocols, the Detroit Lions Defense will not have newly acquired defensive end Everson Griffen available to play in Week 8 against the Colts. Griffen's debut with Detroit will come on Nov. 8 against the Vikings, the team that he spent the first 10 years of his career with while earning four Pro Bowl nods. The Lions sent a sixth-round draft pick in 2021 to the Cowboys for Griffen's services on Tuesday, and he'll be a veteran present for Detroit's defensive line the rest of the season. While the 32-year-old isn't an IDP starting option at his position on a weekly basis, he should help improve their defensive line. However, the Lions defense overall is near the bottom of the league in fantasy points through seven weeks, so you should continue to avoid them everywhere.
Buffalo Bills WR Cole Beasley has either topped 50 receiving yards or caught a touchdown pass in all seven games this season.
Fantasy Spin: Beasley's 470 receiving yards rank in the top 20 in the NFL, and he sits inside the top 15 in receptions. He's a PPR flex option.
Atlanta Falcons RB Todd Gurley's 122 rush attempts rank second in the NFL, and he has logged at least 14 carries in all seven games.
Fantasy Spin: The heavy workload is a bit of a surprise given Gurley's history of knee problems, and while he has managed just one 100-yard game, he has scored seven times and topped 50 yards six times. He's a volume-based RB2 heading into a friendly matchup against Carolina in Week 8.
Free-agent WR Dwayne Harris (Texans) was signed to the Chicago Bears' practice squad Tuesday, Oct. 27.
Los Angeles Rams DL A'Shawn Robinson (undisclosed) will be activated from the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list this week, head coach Sean McVay said Tuesday, Oct. 27.
Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee (hand) could be ready to play against the Miami Dolphins in Week 8, according to head coach Sean McVay Tuesday, Oct. 27.
Fantasy Spin: Higbee was forced to sit out Week 7 for his first missed game of the season. He has 18 catches on 21 targets for 222 yards and three touchdowns through six games and is a low-end TE1 most weeks.
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick isn't being shopped for a trade, according to a source with direct knowledge Tuesday, Oct. 27.
Fantasy Spin: Fitzpatrick would definitely have at least some measure of fantasy value on any one of the NFL's current QB-needy teams, but it appears he'll be staying in Miami to mentor rookie Tua Tagovailoa. It will help Tagovailoa, but it's a shame for fantasy managers in two-QB leagues.
Tennessee Titans RB D'Onta Foreman, PK Tucker McCann, QB Trevor Siemian and LB Tuzar Skipper were designated as protected practice squad players for Week 8 Tuesday, Oct. 27.
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Deon Cain, RB Trey Edmunds, LB Jayrone Elliott and RB Wendell Smallwood were named to the team's Week 8 practice squad protection list Tuesday, Oct. 27.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers PK Greg Joseph and DT Jeremiah Ledbetter were chosen as protected practice squad players for Week 8 Tuesday, Oct. 27.
New York Giants RB Alfred Morris, P Ryan Santoso, G Chad Slade and QB Clayton Thorson were named as protected practice squad players for Week 8 Tuesday, Oct. 27.
San Francisco 49ers running back Tevin Coleman (knee) could be back in the mix as soon as Sunday versus Seattle, with head coach Kyle Shanahan saying that he was hopeful that they'd have Coleman for the game. The 49ers' backfield has been a constant shuffling endeavor with Raheem Mostert (ankle) and Jeff Wilson Jr. (ankle) both now out of the mix for the foreseeable future. Coleman's return coincides with Jerick McKinnon likely moving up the depth chart, although how any share of carries would be split remains unclear. Coleman started 11 games for San Francisco last season, so despite having compiled just 30 yards across 18 carries this year, he's likely to see an increased role whenever he's officially ready to return. Check back throughout the week for updates on his status as they become available.