The Baltimore Ravens (6-2) escaped the proverbial "trap game" in Arizona on Sunday by beating the Cardinals 31–24 on the road, earning their sixth win of season two days ahead of the NFL trade deadline.
There might be changes and flipped pieces all across the nation with just hours between now and the 4 p.m. ET when the market is set to close, but one player who is certainly staying put in Baltimore is tight end Mark Andrews.
In his first visit to his home state of 'Zona, Andrews helped the Ravens score themselves a victory by hauling in four passes for 40 yards on the day, one of them going for a touchdown. The Cardinals struck first, in the opening drive of the game, but Andrews was the man bringing Baltimore back to a draw following that score.
After scoring on Sunday, Andrews leads the NFL with six receiving touchdowns through Week 8 pending MNF. He's racked up 397 receiving yards on 32 receptions with his longest catch going for a sublime 38 yards.
Andrews' score in Week 8 was also his 40th as a pro since he entered the league back in 2018 out of Oklahoma. While he moved east to play college football with the Sooners, the tight end is a Scottsdale, AZ, native.
The Ravens playmaker attended high school at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale before joining the Sooners and spending four years in Oklahoma before getting drafted in the 2018 draft as a third-round pick of Baltimore.
Andrews put up 1,058 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns in his high school sophomore year, 1,498 yards and 21 touchdowns in his junior year, and 1,122 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior. All in all, Andrews left Scottdale with 3,678 yards and 48 touchdowns (!) under his belt. No joke!
Now, Andrews ranks second in the Baltimore Ravens all-time TD scores for tight ends with 40 touchdowns to his name to Todd Heap's 41 touchdowns through his 10 years with the organization.
Heap, coincidentally, played for the Cardinals in Arizona during his last two seasons as a pro, which only adds more to this ongoing storyline between the state, Andrews, the Ravens, and all other connections present here.
Andrews will have a chance to become the all-time leading scorer among Ravens tight ends next Sunday as Baltimore hosts the Seattle Seahawks in Week 9. If he scores a touchdown, he would have done so 41 times in just 85 games compared to Heap's 41 scores in 133 matches played with Baltimore.