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Ravens RB J.K. Dobbins sets franchise record for touchdowns by a rookie, responds to Bengals LB’s boast

Baltimore Ravens rookie running back J.K. Dobbins shares his thoughts on making the playoffs.

Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins set the franchise record for touchdowns by a rookie in Sunday’s regular-season finale against the host Cincinnati Bengals.

Dobbins rushed for a 4-yard touchdown with 9:55 left in the third quarter, his eighth of the season. That breaks the record for the most total touchdowns scored by a Ravens rookie, held by wide receivers Marquise Brown (2019), Marlon Brown (2013) and Torrey Smith (2011) with seven.

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Sunday marked the sixth straight game with a rushing touchdown for Dobbins, which ties Hall of Fame running backs Eric Dickerson and Franco Harris for the longest streak by a rookie since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

A second-round pick in April’s draft, Dobbins has gradually increased his workload this season, taking snaps away from 2019 Pro Bowl selection Mark Ingram II. Ingram was active Sunday after being a healthy scratch the previous two games and had nine carries for 39 yards.

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Dobbins added a 72-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, his ninth of the season, and finished with 160 yards on 13 carries. According to Pro-Football-Reference, he became the first rookie to have at least 160 rushing yards and two touchdowns in a game since the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Leonard Fournette in 2017.

“Pat [Ricard] texted me earlier this week, he was like, ‘Man, we’ve got to make a big one, we’ve got to make a big long run,’” Dobbins said after the game. “I wanted that to happen and so, on that TD run, it was excellent blocking. Whenever I got to the sideline — a lot of people don’t think I can run. A lot of people don’t think that. And so, I finally got the opportunity to show my speed and that [if] you give me an opportunity to go, I’m going to go and I won’t get caught.”

Dobbins finishes the regular season with 134 carries for 805 rushing yards, the second most by a Ravens rookie. Jamal Lewis, the fifth overall pick in the 2000 draft, ran for 1,364 yards and six touchdowns in his first season.

The Ravens surpassed 400 rushing yards Sunday, becoming just the seventh team in NFL history to do so. According to Pro-Football-Reference, the league record is 423 yards by the New York Giants in a 55-10 win over the Baltimore Colts on Nov. 19, 1950. The Bengals own the top mark in the Super Bowl era with 407 yards against the Broncos in 2000.

Dobbins, the former Ohio State star, might have been running with some extra motivation after Bengals linebacker Germaine Pratt tweeted earlier this week that the Ravens’ playoff hopes would be “over for them” come Sunday.

“We let those guys do the talking on the internet, and we just go play ball,” Dobbins said.

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