The Patriots (3-5) may be in the midst of a down season, but there’s a lot to like about their Week 10 “Sunday Night Football” matchup with the Ravens (6-2).
Most notable is the battle between two of the NFL’s best running quarterbacks: Cam Newton and Lamar Jackson.
Jackson, the 2019 MVP and relative new kid on the block, had high praise for Newton, the 2015 MVP who has shown signs of age in his 10th NFL season.
“He’s the O.G.,” Jackson said last week. “He’s Superman.”
Newton was flattered by the praise but said he thinks even higher of Jackson, who with 25 yards rushing on Sunday can join Newton as just the second QB in NFL history to rush for 500 yards in each of his first three seasons.
“For him to be as successful and to make the impact — the big splash in this game — not many people have done it,” Newton said. “I say Michael Vick, I say Lamar. I don’t even think I’m in that stratosphere.”
Sunday night’s game figures to be a low-scoring affair, which means both teams will likely turn to their quarterbacks to make big, unscripted plays to win. The Patriots need to win to stay within shouting distance of the Bills and Dolphins in the AFC East, while the Ravens are still trying to keep pace with the undefeated Steelers in the AFC North.
Patriots vs. Ravens score
Patriots vs. Ravens live updates, highlights from ‘Sunday Night Football’
9:53 p.m. — We’re back for the second half, New England gets the ball to start the third quarter.
9:38 p.m. — HALF: Patriots 13, Ravens 10. HUGE play by J.C. Jackson to come up with an interception for New England with Baltimore in field goal range at the end of the half. That play preserves the Pats’ lead going into the locker room.
9:29 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, PATRIOTS. Newton throws a backward pass to Jakobi Meyers, who goes over the top to Rex Burkhead in the end zone for a 24-yard score. Nick Folk misses the PAT, New England takes a 13-10 lead with 1:02 remaining in the half.
9:20 p.m. — 2-Minute Warning. Patriots have it, third and 4 at the Ravens’ 45-yard line.
9:14 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, RAVENS. Jackson can’t connect with Mark Andrews on third down (there’s offensive holding on the play anyway, penalty declined). Justin Tucker hits from 24 yards out to put Baltimore up 10-7 with 5:32 left in the first half.
9:00 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, PATRIOTS. Newton hits Rex Burkhead in he flat for a 7-yard TD. Nice answer for New England to tie it up at 7-7 with 11:46 left in the second quarter.
8:51 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, RAVENS. Jackson dumps it off to Willie Snead IV, who reaches for the pylon for a 6-yard score. Baltimore leads 7-0 with 14:54 left in the second quarter.
8:48 p.m. — END OF 1Q: Patriots 0, Ravens 0. Baltimore has it, first and goal at the New England 6-yard line to start the second quarter.
8:37 p.m. — Patriots punt. Cam Newton takes a sack on third down that moves New England out of field goal range. Ravens get the ball back at their 7-yard line, 7:58 left in the first quarter.
8:27 p.m. — Ravens go three-and-out. New England takes over at its 30-yard line for its first drive, 13:13 left in the first quarter.
8:20 p.m. — Patriots win the toss. They’ll defer and Lamar Jackson will lead the Ravens out for the opening drive.
(All times Eastern)
Patriots vs. Ravens start time
All “Sunday Night Football” games in 2020 have the same start time of 8:20 p.m. ET. There are Sunday night games scheduled for every week of the season except Week 17, though the NFL has the ability to flex a game into a Week 17 “SNF” window.
‘Sunday Night Football’ schedule 2020
|Week 1||Sept. 10 (Thu.)||Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans|
|Sept. 13||Los Angeles Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|Week 2||Sept. 20||Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots|
|Week 3||Sept. 27||New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers|
|Week 4||Oct. 4||San Francisco 49ers vs. Philadelphia Eagles|
|Week 5||Oct. 11||Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings|
|Week 6||Oct. 18||San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 7||Oct. 25||Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals|
|Week 8||Nov. 1||Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|Week 9||Nov. 8||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints|
|Week 10||Nov. 15||New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens|
|Week 11||Nov. 22||Las Vegas Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs|
|Week 12||Nov. 29||Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears|
|Week 13||Dec. 6||Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos|
|Week 14||Dec. 13||Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Week 15||Dec. 20||Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers|
|Week 16||Dec. 27||Green Bay Packers vs. Tennessee Titans|
|Week 17||Jan. 3||TBD|