Ravens have AFC-best seven players named to Pro Bowl

OWINGS MILLS — The Ravens had seven players named to the Pro Bowl, the most of any team in the AFC.

Safety Kyle Hamilton, inside linebacker Roquan Smith, and kicker Justin Tucker were named AFC starters. Quarterback Lamar Jackson, center Tyler Linderbaum, defensive tackle Justin Madubuike and inside linebacker Patrick Queen were also selected to represent the conference’s All-Star team.

Here’s a breakdown of those players:

Hamilton — First Pro Bowl

Hamilton leads all NFL players at his position in passes defensed (13) and tackles for loss (10). His three sacks are tied for the most by an AFC safety, and his four interceptions (including one pick-six) are tied for the second most among the group.

Hamilton has posted a career-high 81 tackles (63 solo) and one forced fumble while permitting an NFL-safety-low 38.4 passer rating (min. 40 targets) in coverage for a Ravens defense that leads the NFL in scoring (16.4 points per game), sacks (57) and takeaways (29).
Hamilton is the first NFL defender to produce at least 10 tackles for loss and four interceptions in a season since safety Tyrann Mathieu in his 2015 Pro Bowl and All-Pro season. Hamilton is also the first Raven since Ray Lewis and Jamie Sharper (both in 2001) to record double-digit tackles for loss (10) and passes defensed (13) in a single season.

Jackson — Third Pro Bowl

Jackson has the AFC’s second-highest completion percentage (67.2%), passer rating (102.7) and touchdown-to-interception ratio (3.4), throwing for a career-high 3,678 yards and 24 touchdowns, with only seven interceptions. He’s also produced the NFL’s most rushing yards (821) by a quarterback – standing ninth among all AFC players in that category – and has five rushing touchdowns. Jackson’s 29 total scores (24 passing and five rushing) tie for the AFC’s second most, while his 4,499 total yards  (3,678 passing and 821 rushing) rank third in the conference.

Linderbaum — First Pro Bowl

Linderbaum anchors an offensive line that blocks for the AFC’s second-best overall (379.5 yards per game) and scoring (29.6 points per game) unit. The Ravens’ offense also averages the AFC’s second-most (6.0) yards per play, has posted the conference’s third-most explosive plays (122) and allowed the group’s fewest plays of zero or negative yards, including incompletions (289). Linderbaum is one of five AFC centers with at least 800 offensive snaps to have committed three or fewer penalties this season.

Madubuike —First Pro Bowl

Madubuike’s career-high 13 sacks stand atop the charts among NFL interior linemen and rank seventh among all AFC defenders. He has career highs in tackles (54), tackles for loss (12) and forced fumbles (two) for a Ravens defense that leads the NFL in scoring (16.4 points per game), sacks (57) and takeaways (29).

Queen — First Pro Bowl

Queen has produced a career-high 125 tackles (78 solo) and matched a career high with six passes defensed while adding 3 1/2 sacks, nine tackles for loss, one interception, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.

Smith — Second Pro Bowl

Smith has registered the NFL’s fifth-most tackles (158) and is one of three AFC players to tally at least five tackles in all 16 games this season. His 39 consecutive games with at least five tackles marks the NFL’s longest active streak. Along with his team-high 158 tackles, Smith has five tackles for loss, 1 1/2 sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and a career-high eight passes defensed.

Tucker — Seventh Pro Bowl

Tucker, the most accurate kicker in NFL history (90.2 percent), has connected on 31 of 36 field-goal attempts and 50 of 51 points after touchdown, scoring a career-high, team-record and AFC-best 143 points in 2023. All but one of Tucker’s misses this season have been on tries of at least 53 yards, including a blocked 55-yarder. Tucker last missed a field goal from within 40 yards on January 2, 2022 (against the Los Angeles Rams), drilling 46 consecutive tries within that distance since.

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