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OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens have plenty to improve upon before they can begin to entertain thoughts of being a contender in 2016.In the meantime, theyll happily accept being unbeaten after two games, especially after rallying from a 20-point deficit Sunday to beat Cleveland 25-20 on the road.A year ago, Baltimore started 0-2 and finished 5-11. This season, the Ravens are off to their best start since 2009.We have seen progress, coach John Harbaugh said Monday. Our guys have done nothing but work really hard. Most importantly, they found a way to win games. Part of that is not losing games, either. We havent made mistakes down the stretch that have cost us.Buffalo and Cleveland are struggling teams that have yet to win a game this season, so Harbaugh and the players know they must play better to make some noise in the AFC North. That will be the focus heading into Sundays matchup with host Jacksonville (0-2).The Ravens will work on improving a running game that averaged 3.1 yards per carry Sunday. Theyll try to fortify a defensive front that gave up an 85-yard run, and theyll seek to get off to a better start.Youve got to learn from the things that dont go right, Harbaugh said. Its all about getting ready for the next challenge.Baltimore beat Buffalo despite scoring only one touchdown. Against the Browns, the Ravens dug themselves a formidable hole with just under 11 minutes elapsed and spent the rest of the afternoon trying to make up the difference.After peeling off 25 straight points, Baltimore benefited from a call by the officials, who flagged Cleveland receiver Terrelle Pryor for taunting with 27 seconds left after he caught a pass at the 10.Pryor flipped the ball away, and it brushed the shoulder of Ravens defensive back Lardarius Webb. The subsequent penalty nullified the 20-yard pickup, and C.J. Mosley sealed the victory with an interception near the goal line.For Harbaugh, theres no harm in winning ugly.Everybody wants to be pretty, he said. But maybe were just not that pretty. We never really have been. Its really never been our calling card. But were tough.After the flawed victory, the Ravens adjourned to the locker room to celebrate the second-biggest comeback in franchise history.That was a great, amazing moment, Harbaugh said. Pretty, ugly, whatever, it was a win, man. It was a beautiful, beautiful win. You dont come back from 20-0 often. In the end we won.Playing in his second game since returning from a torn Achilles tendon, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs made three tackles after notching a sack in the opener.Like the Ravens, his focus is on making progress each week.Im getting closer and closer, but the most important thing is we are 2-0, Suggs said. We are going to keep chopping wood. We have 14 games to go. I feel great.Suggs and the defense shut down Cleveland for the final three quarters. A year ago, the Ravens yielded 103 points in the fourth quarter. Over two games this season, they havent given up a point in the second half.Not that Harbaugh is satisfied.We have to get better. Thats the bottom line, he said. Its about being good. Thats what were chasing.Harbaugh said there were no significant injuries to report from Sundays game, and he expressed hope that linebacker Elvis Dumervil will make his 2016 debut against the Jaguars after missing the first two games recovering from offseason foot surgery.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/AP-NFL DaShawn Hand Jersey .Y. -- Leading 3-0 with only 11:25 left, the Colorado Avalanche committed a seemingly meaningless penalty to give the New York Islanders a power play. Tyrell Crosby Jersey . 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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Hall of Famer Marcus Allen met up with the New Orleans Saints during their Bay Area visit and offered some insight about handling business.He also posed a question: Who was the oldest guy in the room?Drew Brees, who is pushing 38, raised his hand.Ive known Marcus for a long time, ever since I was a young player in this league, and Ive been around him enough to know hes one of the greatest players to ever play the game at the running back position. He played longer than I think any running backs ever played, he played 16 years, Brees said. I got to raise my hand and say 16 years. That kind of matches him.You wouldnt know it the way Brees is throwing the ball with authority, confidence and precision at this stage of his decorated career.He threw a pair of touchdown passes to Michael Thomas and another to Mark Ingram, who also ran for a career-best 75-yard score a week after being benched as the Saints beat the lowly San Francisco 49ers 41-23 on Sunday.Not that the Saints necessarily needed any extra motivation for their first game at Levis Stadium, yet Allens words were appreciated nonetheless.He had great words for us, Brees said. A lot of it was talking about being a pro, how to conduct yourself and what this games all about, the relationships and the opportunity to win and do it for each other.Brees got another example right within his own locker room: Tim Hightower made a point to offer some thoughtful words to Ingram, who bounced back from being benched last week after fumbling for a second straight game.Ingram, replaced by Hightower during last Sundays 25-20 win against Seattle, scored his second straight TD for the Saints on a career-long run to answer immediately after DuJuan Harris caught a 47-yard touchdown pass from Colin Kaepernick. Ingrams run also was the second-longest in Saints history and he wound up with 158 yards rushing as San Francisco allowed an opposing 100-yard runner for the seventh straight game.To see him respond the way he did, Im proud of him, Hightower said. Thats not easy to do.The Saints (4-4) put up 571 yards of total offense to win for the fourth time in five games following an 0-3 start .Brees went 28 of 39 for 323 yards in the Saints first trip to San Franciscos home field since a 36-32 loss in the divisional playoffs after the 2011 season.ddddddddddddHe appreciates how much everybody has been willing to do as New Orleans gets back on track, regardless of number of touches or role week to week.Take Ingram and Hightower, who scored the Saints first touchdown of the day on a 4-yard run and finished with 87 yards rushing.They motivate one another. Theres a drive, theyre as happy for the other guy as they are for anybody when something good happens, Brees said. Theyre there for each other. I think they understand the big picture, too, like man, we need both of you guys.MILESTONE QB:Brees now has 449 career touchdown passes, leaving him one shy of becoming the third player to throw for 450 TDs. Peyton Manning (539) and Hall of Famer Brett Favre (508) are the others.In addition, he has 55 career games passing for at least 300 yards while throwing three touchdown passes, most in NFL history. Also, he didnt have an interception Sunday, becoming the first player in league history with 30 career games recording 300 yards passing, three TDs and no interceptions.KAEPERNICKS DAYIn his third start back as San Franciscos No. 1 quarterback, Kaepernick had his best performance yet with 398 yards passing -- second most of his career -- and touchdown throws of 47 yards to DuJuan Harris and 65 yards to Vance McDonald. He also became the 15th player in franchise history to rush for 2,000 yards.Today was a step in the right direction, Kaepernick said.But the Niners (1-7) lost their seventh straight game since shutting out the Rams to start the year.UP NEXTIt doesnt get any easier for the Saints. They will host Super Bowl champion Denver next week then have a short week to prepare for divisional opponent and Carolina.Youve got to continue to find ways to win each and every week, Brees said.The 49ers travel to Arizona next week to face the Cardinals for a second time after losing 33-21 at home on Oct. 6, then its back to Levis Stadium for another tough opponent in the New England Patriots on Nov. 20.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys Wholesale NFL T-shirts Cheap NFL Jerseys Throwback Youth NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys From China ' ' '