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Ravens' Asa Jackson going across the border for the bye

After blocking kicks in consecutive games, Asa Jackson will be in Canada this weekend enjoying his bye week. Norm Hall/Getty Images

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- While many of the Baltimore Ravens are using the bye week to return home or go someplace warm, special teams standout Asa Jackson is heading to Canada.

Jackson isn't crossing the border to get away from football. He is heading to Ottawa, where the high temperature will be a not-so-balmy 35 degrees, to watch a Canadian Football League game that pits his best friend Brandon Sermons (Ottawa Redblacks) against his former Ravens teammate Bryan Hall (Hamilton Tiger-Cats).

So, who is Jackson rooting for?

"I'm pulling for good football," he said. "Their teams have made the playoffs. They're both having good seasons. I want both of them to do well."

Jackson has certainly earned this break. He became the first NFL player with blocked kicks in consecutive games since Buffalo's Alex Carrington did so in December 2012, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Two weeks ago, Jackson blocked a punt in the fourth quarter in Arizona to close the Ravens within one score. Last Sunday, he got his hands on a Chargers' extra point in the second quarter that kept the deficit at three points.

Surprisingly, these were Jackson's first blocked kicks since Pop Warner football. He had none in high school or college.

"Literally when I was 9 years old, I blocked a field goal and that was it," Jackson said.

Jackson would like to get opportunities to return punts and kickoffs for the Ravens, but Jeremy Ross is handling that right now. In the preseason, Jackson was the primary returner before muffed returns led to his release.

He went to the New York Giants and was a member of the team for two days before being waived again. The Ravens signed him to their practice squad and promoted him to the active roster Oct. 13.

"He’s anxious to be the returner again," special teams coach Jerry Rosburg said, "but in the meantime, he’s doing everything else at a very high level."

It's more than Jackson's athleticism that allowed him to become the first Ravens player in eight years to block a field goal and the first since last season to block a punt. On Sunday, the Ravens saw something with the Chargers long snapper on film that allowed Jackson to get a jump and deflect the extra point. He was so fast that it initially looked like he was offside.

"It's a very detailed process," Jackson said. "It's something I take pride in and we as a team take pride in. It shows that it pays off. We make plays that change games."