Chris Horton is in his third season leading the Ravens' exceptional special teams group. Since joining the team in 2014, Horton has helped Baltimore's units perform exceptionally over the last several seasons. In 2020, K Justin Tucker, the most accurate kicker in NFL history, connected on 26-of-29 FGAs, including a 55-yard game-winner in Week 14 at Cleveland, en route to earning his fourth Pro Bowl nod. Tucker has scored more than 130 points in five-straight seasons (2016-20), tying an NFL record for consecutive seasons with 130-plus points (Stephen Gostkowski, 2011-15, & David Akers, 2008-12). In 2019, Tucker earned first-team All-Pro honors after converting 28-of-29 FGAs (96.6%) and scoring a franchise-record 141 points for the fourth-straight season. He was the NFL's only kicker to surpass the 140 mark in each of the four years from 2016-19. For many seasons, the Ravens have been near the top of special teams rankings. In the annual special teams report from senior NFL writer Rick Gosselin, Baltimore has ranked in the NFL's Top 6 for eight of the past nine seasons (2012-20), including first in 2015. The Ravens' unit finished ranked sixth in Gosselin's 2020 report. (Gosselin's report is considered by many as a strong special teams measuring stick.) In 2018, Tucker made 35-of-39 FGAs. (His misses were from 53 and 65 yards, and he had 2 kicks blocked.) In the annual special teams DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average) ratings from Football Outsiders, a popular metric for analyzing and comparing each play to the league average based on a number of variables, Baltimore has finished in the Top 10 every year since 2012, including a Top 6 finish in seven-consecutive seasons (2012-18) and a Top 3 finish in four-consecutive seasons (2012-15).In 2018, the Ravens also ranked fifth in the NFL in punt return average (11.5), with CB/RS Cyrus Jones posting the league's fourth-best mark (13.2).
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