Three takeaways from Ravens’ win over 49ers: Lamar Jackson’s run continues; San Francisco still in good shape

first_imgMORE: Highlights from Ravens’ last-second winWith their win, the Ravens reached 10-2 and strengthened their grip on the AFC North. The 49ers, whose chance to clinch a playoff spot this week was ruined by the loss in Baltimore, fell to 10-2 and into a tie with the Saints for the best record in the NFC.Even in a losing effort, though, San Francisco was impressive enough Sunday on the road for one to think this defeat means nothing for the big picture. The 49ers outplayed the Ravens based on a handful of stats, including total yards (331-283) and yards per play (6.4-4.6). Baltimore, which had the advantage in time of possession (32:26-27:34) simply held the ball long enough on its final possession to give Tucker his chance at the game-winning kick.Below are three takeaways from Sunday’s game in Baltimore.The 49ers and Ravens are equally tough to stop on offense for different reasons.Don’t take much from Sunday’s relatively low score. Considering the conditions in which the game in Baltimore was played, a total of 37 points scored was surprising, especially considering both the 49ers and the Ravens entered with top-five scoring defenses.Yes, the pure talent of Jackson allowed Baltimore to produce a handful of highlights against the league’s top defense in terms of yards allowed per game, but the play designs in coordinator Greg Roman’s scheme continue to give Baltimore easy chances at first downs and extended drives. In the end, those conversions were the reasons the Ravens could run down the clock and kick the game-winner.The Ravens are so tough to defend because every play is essentially an option, with Jackson typically handing off or faking a hand-off to the likes of Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards. Lots of motion distracts defenders from the run-action in the backfield, and of course, Jackson has to be accounted for on every snap, via a QB spy or at least a semblance of zone coverage. And that zone coverage allows receivers like tight end Mark Andrews to find spots for easy, intermediate completions.This TD by @Mandrews_81 sets a new franchise record for touchdowns in a season (48). 😈 pic.twitter.com/aQtRj6xUDM— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 1, 2019Likewise, the 49ers often use motion to get defenders running in certain directions at the snap. When that motion is working and the offense is clicking, San Francisco can be just as dangerous offensively as its Week 13 opponent.Ravens entered the game with the third-best rush defense in the league allowing 87.7 yards per game, and the 49ers racked up 174 rushing yards Sunday thanks to a heavy dose of Raheem Mostert. San Francisco’s dominant run-blocking up front is supplemented by the physicality of tight end George Kittle, who owns defenders in run-blocking as much as he does in pass-catching.GOT HEEEEM! @RMos_8Ball answers with the 40-yard TD.#ProBowlVote 🌊 pic.twitter.com/5Sq5OEJv56— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) December 1, 2019These offenses look different due to the skill sets of their respective QBs, but a key element they have in common is versatility. The 49ers on Sunday had five different players carry the ball and seven different players catch passes. The Ravens had four different players run the ball and nine different players catch passes.Thanks in part to these dangerous offenses, 49ers vs. Ravens in Week 13 was billed as a potential Super Bowl preview. Nothing about Sunday’s result changes the championship outlook for either team.The winning team, though, does have at least one weakness that was exposed.MORE: Updated NFL playoff pictureMarcus Peters is a liability in the Ravens’ secondary.Peters contributed an interception (and some choice post-game words) to the Ravens’ beatdown of the Rams last week. Against the 49ers, he was the kind of liability that could hurt the Ravens in the future.The 26-year-old cornerback had a rough day against San Francisco. He was picked on in coverage and bullied in the run game; for example, his missed tackle attempt on Mostert in the second quarter let the visitors tie the game.Peters’ performance aside, the way the 49ers chose to attack him told us all we need to know about how to view the CB. On the first third-down situation of the game, San Francisco quarterback Garoppolo went right at Peters on a throw to Kendrick Bourne for a conversion.A few plays later, on a fourth-and-2 from Baltimore’s 33-yard line, Garoppolo lofted a deep ball into Peters’ coverage. Deebo Samual simply stepped in front of the corner, snagged the ball and walked into the end zone for a TD on the game’s first possession.”THAT’S MINE!” [email protected]#SFvsBAL pic.twitter.com/EpBEzJcZhr— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) December 1, 2019Pass defense in general is an area of concern for the Ravens, who entered Week 13 allowing 235 passing yards per game. The three interceptions Peters has recorded since he was traded from Los Angeles to Baltimore in October clearly don’t scare opposing coaches. San Francisco picked on him all day in Week 13.It Peters continues to be a weakness for Baltimore’s defense, it probably won’t hurt the team through the final four weeks of the season in matchups against the Bills, Jets, Browns and Steelers. If the Ravens draw the Patriots, Chiefs or even the Texans in the playoffs, though, those offenses will want to pick on Peters.Pass interference continues to be a guessing game in the NFL.Late in the third quarter Sunday, Baltimore coach John Harbaugh challenged the lack of a pass interference penalty on 49ers safety Jimmie Ward, who the coach thought interfered with tight end Mark Andrews as a deep ball from Jackson arrived. Watch the play below.Seems like pass interference to me. 🤷‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/fYEXJHE7cV— Michael Hurley (@michaelFhurley) December 1, 2019Upon replay review by the NFL in New York, the play stood as (non) called. Harbaugh lost his challenge and a timeout. Cold, windy and wet conditions impacted Sunday’s 49ers-Ravens game, which Baltimore won 20-17 on a last-second, 49-yard field goal by all-everything kicker Justin Tucker. Yet the Week 13 matchup still delivered as an entertaining battle between two of the NFL’s best teams.Due in part to the weather, league MVP candidate Lamar Jackson struggled with a handful of missed throws, ending the game having completed 14 of his 23 pass attempts for 105 yards and a touchdown. Yet Jackson also managed 101 rushing yards on 16 carries to give the NFL’s best offense just enough against its best defense in terms of yards per game. Many observers noted that Ward as the defender has an equal right to the ball, and the fact that he turned his head back to and played the ball means it was a good non-call. Others, however, noted the NFL officiates pass interference based on whether the defender “significantly hinders” the receiver’s opportunity to catch the ball. In that regard, Andrews didn’t have much of a chance.This is the latest example of nobody — coaches included — knowing what to expect this season when the NFL reviews pass interference calls or non-calls. After the first half of the season featured a shockingly low number of overturned PI calls upon review, some have suggested a poor non-call in the Ravens-Texans game a few weeks ago triggered a change in the league’s tendencies, as more calls have been overturned in the weeks since.Not on Sunday in Baltimore, though. The guessing game continues with the league’s one-year expirement on pass interference review.last_img read more

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Three held for assaulting traffic sergeant at Behala

first_imgKolkata: A traffic sergeant was assaulted by a taxi driver and two of its passengers on Monday night in front of Behala Industrial Estate on Biren Roy Road. Later, all three accused persons were arrested.According to police, on Tuesday night at around 10:30 pm, Anindya Sundar Naskar, a sergeant of Diamond Harbour traffic guard, noticed a taxi parked almost on the middle of Biren Roy Road, due to which movement of other vehicles was getting obstructed. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHe approached the taxi and asked the driver to move the vehicle from there. In reply to Naskar’s instruction, the taxi driver Jyotish Singh reportedly told that the taxi had encountered some problem and the engine was not starting. Hearing this, Naskar reportedly told Jyotish to push the taxi to a side of the road and said that otherwise he would call a wrecker van to tow the taxi as it was hampering traffic movement. It has been alleged that when Naskar told that he would call the wrecker van, the passengers of the taxi identified as Tapas Sangram and Supriya Singh allegedly used derogatory language and got involved in an altercation with the sergeant. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe trio subsequently started pushing and shoving Naskar. When the sergeant warned them, they allegedly manhandled him. Seeing a police personnel getting beaten up, local residents detained the trio and informed Parnasree police station regarding the incident. Some traffic police personnel nearby also came to know about the incident from pedestrians and rushed to the spot. Later, the trio was taken to a police station and Naskar was rushed to Vidyasagar State General Hospital, from where he was treated and discharged. Late on Monday night, he lodged a complaint against the three accused persons, following which they were arrested on charges of voluntarily causing hurt and assault or criminal force to deter a public servant from his duty. The taxi was also seized.last_img read more

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Digital technology company Rovi has appointed Thom

first_imgDigital technology company Rovi has appointed Thomas Carson as its new president and chief executive following the departure of Alfred Amoroso. Amoroso has been chief executive of the company since July 2005.Carson, who has worked at Rovi since May 2008 and has most recently been executive vice-president, worldwide sales and marketing, will start his new role immediately and will work with Amoroso during a transition period. Carson has also been added to the company’s board of directors. 
“The board of directors is confident that Tom Carson is the right person to lead the company,” said Andy Ludwick, chairman of the board of directors.last_img

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Electric textile lights a lamp when stretched

Anja Lund with a piece of the electric textile in the shoulder strap of a bag (the lighter-coloured part). To the right: a LED that flashes because electricity is generated when the textile is stretched. Credit: Johan Bodell/Chalmers University of Technology Explore further Chalmers researchers Anja Lund and Christian Müller have developed a woven fabric that generates electricity when it is stretched or exposed to pressure. The fabric can currently generate enough power to light an LED, send wireless signals or drive small electric units such as a pocket calculator or a digital watch. The technology is based on the piezoelectric effect, which results in the generation of electricity from deformation of a piezoelectric material, such as when it is stretched. In the study, the researchers created a textile by weaving a piezoelectric yarn together with an electrically conducting yarn, which is required to transport the generated electric current.”The textile is flexible and soft and becomes even more efficient when moist or wet,” Lund says. “To demonstrate the results from our research we use a piece of the textile in the shoulder strap of a bag. The heavier the weight packed in the bag, and the more of the bag that consists of our fabric, the more electric power we obtain. When our bag is loaded with three kilos of books, we produce a continuous output of four microwatts. That’s enough to intermittently light an LED. By making an entire bag from our textile, we could get enough energy to transmit wireless signals.” PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Citation: Electric textile lights a lamp when stretched (2018, March 22) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-electric-textile-lamp.html Play Anja Lund demonstrates the technology with a piece of the electric textile in the shoulder strap of a bag (the lighter-colored part). When the textile is stretched it builds up voltage in a capacitor until the voltage is high enough to intermittently power a connected LED. If the entire bag were made from the electric textile it could generate sufficient voltage to e.g. power an LED continuously. Credit: Johan Bodell/Chalmers University of Technology The piezoelectric yarn is made up of 24 fibres, each as thin as a strand of hair. When the fibres are sufficiently moist, they become enclosed in liquid and the yarn becomes more efficient, since this improves the electrical contact between the fibres. The technology is based on previous studies by the researchers in which they developed the piezoelectric fibres, to which they have now added a further dimension.”The piezoelectric fibres consist of a piezoelectric shell around an electrically conducting core,” Lund says. “The piezoelectric yarn in combination with a commercial conducting yarn constitute an electric circuit connected in series.” Previous work by the researchers on piezoelectric textiles has so far mainly focused on sensors and their ability to generate electric signals through pressure sensitivity. Using the energy to continuously drive electronic components is unique. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed a fabric that converts kinetic energy into electric power. The greater the load applied to the textile and the wetter it becomes, the more electricity it generates. The results are now published in Flexible Electronics. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Provided by Chalmers University of Technology The researchers consider that the technology is, in principle, ready for larger scale production. It is now mainly up to industrial product developers to find out how to make use of the technology. Despite the advanced technology underlying the material, the cost is relatively low and is comparable with the price of Gore-Tex. Through their collaboration with the Swedish School of Textiles in Borås the researchers have been able to demonstrate that the yarn can be woven in industrial looms and is sufficiently wear-resistant to cope with the harsh conditions of mass production. More information: Anja Lund et al, Energy harvesting textiles for a rainy day: woven piezoelectrics based on melt-spun PVDF microfibres with a conducting core, npj Flexible Electronics (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41528-018-0022-4 Wearable polymer piezoelectric sensors for fashionable clothing PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play When the textile is stretched or exposed to pressure, the deformation of the piezoelectric fibers (pink) causes a reorganization of the charge distribution, thus generating an electrical voltage. The electrically conducting yarn (blue) is required to form a closed circuit. A piezoelectric yarn is made up of 24 fibers as thin as a hair, and each fiber has an electrically conducting core (black). Credit: Yen Strandqvist and Johan Bodell/Chalmers University of Technology “Woven textiles from piezoelectric yarns makes the technology easily accessible and it could be useful in everyday life. It’s also possible to add more materials to the weave or to use it as a layer in a multi-layer product. It requires some modification, but it’s possible,” Lund says. read more

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