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First and 10: Ten predictions for Ravens-Browns

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First and 10: Ten predictions for Ravens-Browns

It's time again to look into our crystal ball, where we see ... regular officials! Here's what else we expect to see at M&T Bank Stadium tonight: 1. The Brownswill not score on their opening possession.The Browns havebeen outscored 21-6 in the first quarter this year, and although the Ravensdefense has shown its cracks, it will shut down the Browns on their openingdrive. Overall Cleveland averages 19 points a game, which ranks 28th in theleague.2. Ray Rice willrush for 100 yards.Rice averages96.9 yards against Cleveland, but that's mainly because of a whopping 204-yardrushing effort in Cleveland last season.In eight career games against the Browns, he's topped the 100-yard markonly twice. The Browns rank 22nd in rushing defense, allowing 122.7 yards agame. The Ravens have stayed with their young offensive line all season, withrookie Kelechi Osemele at right tackle and first-year player Ramon Harewood atleft guard, and their run blocking has been solid.3. The Ravenswill have a pass play of 40 yards.The Browns arestill without Joe Haden, their top cornerback who is serving a four-gamesuspension for a violation of the league's policy on performance-enhancingsubstances. Ravens receiver Jacoby Jones said he tries his best to "blowthe top off" the defense, and with Haden out, the opportunity will bethere for Joe Flacco to go deep to Jones and Torrey Smith. 4. Tyrod Taylorwill play.Coach JohnHarbaugh has said that he wants to get Taylor on the field more this season totake advantage of the backup quarterback's athleticism. So far, he's appeared only in mopup duty inthe rout of Cincinnati. Tonight, either in that role, or showing a newoffensive wrinkle in a Wildcat-type formation, Taylor will see the field.5. The Ravensdefense will have at least two interceptions.Browns rookiequarterback Brandon Weeden has had his growing pains, with a league-high sixinterceptions through three games. Granted, four of those game in his firstcareer start, and he's thrown only two since. But tonight, he'll be missing histop receiver, Mohamed Massaquoi, out with a hamstring injury. Will Ed Reed getanother pick? He has 10 in his career against the Browns, tied for the mostagainst any opponent.6. The Ravenswill have at least three sacks.Pressure has beena major issue for the Ravens in the early going. The Ravens have eight sacksthrough three games, with Dannell Ellerbe and Haloti Ngata leading the way with2 12 each. But now facing a rookie quarterback who is missing his topreceiver, the Ravens will turn up the heat.7. Browns RBTrent Richardson will average less than 4 yards per carry.The Browns wouldbe wise to try to make this a grind-it-out game with long drives led byRichardson, the tank of a running back who was the No. 3 overall pick in theApril draft. But the Ravens have been stronger against the run than the passthis season. Led by Ngata in the middle of the defense, the Ravens have allowed3.3 yards a carry, the fifth-lowest average in the league. Richardson, who ranfor 109 yards against the Bengals, has averaged 3.5 yards a carry.8. The regular officials will draw huge cheers... and then some boos. The replacementofficials are gone. When the regular zebras hit the field, they will draw hugecheers, maybe even a standing ovation. When has that ever happened? But theywill see a defensive holding, or a face mask, or some other call the fans don'tlike, and they will be booed. They are, after all, still refs.9. The Ravenswill lead by 10 or less at halftime....True, it'sanother nationally-televised game for the Ravens, and big AFC North matchup aswell. But it will a challenge for them to be as fired up for the 0-3Browns as they were for New England, oras emotionally charged as they were playing hours after Torrey Smith's brotherdied. Look for them to start slowly before finding their stride.10. .... but thenwill pull away. Ravens 34, Browns 16Coming four daysafter the emotional win over New England, this game could carry all the makingsof a trap if it were in Cleveland. But as they did against the Bengals, theywill pull away to their 13th straight win at M&T Bank Stadium and can enjoythe long weekend with a 3-1 record.

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Baltimore Ravens' 2018 regular season matchups, dates and times

Baltimore Ravens' 2018 regular season matchups, dates and times

We've known the Ravens' 2018 preseason and regular season opponents for some time now, but the NFL finally released their full schedule with exact dates and times.

As they do every year, the Ravens will be seeing the Bengals, Steelers and Browns twice. 

For the ninth consecutive year, Week 16 and 17 will be divisional games with playoff implications.

The Ravens will also be playing in the Pro Football Hall of Fame preseason game against the Chicago Bears in Canton, Ohio, bringing an extra preseason game to their schedule.

In the regular season, the birds will be flocking south to take on the Panthers, Falcons and Titans. They haven't seen the Panthers or Falcons since 2014 - both ending in wins - and came up just short against the Titans in their 23-20 loss last season.

The Ravens will only have to travel to the west coast once when they take on the Los Angeles Chargers, who they last saw in 2015 and earned a 29-26 win.

Not including AFC North rivals, the last time the Ravens saw their remaining five home opponents they came away with wins. Hopefully history will repeat itself.

Prime-time games, which the Ravens have two of, will kick off at earlier times than in the past. Monday Night Football will now start at 8:15 p.m. while Thursday and Sunday Night Football will start at 8:20 p.m.

Ravens 2018 Regular-Season Schedule:

Week 1: Sunday, 9/9 vs. Bills, 1:00 p.m.

Week 2: Thursday, 9/13 @ Bengals, 8:20 p.m.

Week 3: Sunday, 9/23 vs. Broncos. 1:00 p.m.

Week 4: Sunday, 9/30 @ Steelers, 8:20 p.m.

Week 5: Sunday, 10/7 @ Browns, 1:00 p.m.

Week 6: Sunday 10/14 @ Titans, 4:25 p.m.

Week 7: Sunday, 10/21 vs. Saints, 4:05 p.m.

Week 8: Sunday 10/28 @ Panthers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 9: Sunday 11/4 vs. Steelers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 10:  BYE week

Week 11: Sunday 11/18 vs. Bengals, 1:00 p.m.

Week 12: Sunday 11/25 vs. Raiders, 1:00 p.m.

Week 13: Sunday 12/2 @ Falcons, 1:00 p.m.

Week 14: Sunday 12/9 @ Chiefs, 1:00 p.m.

Week 15: Sunday 12/16 vs. Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 16: Saturday 12/22 or Sunday 12/23 @ Chargers, TBD

Week 17: Sunday 12/30 vs. Browns, 1:00 p.m.


PRESEASON 

Hall of Fame Game: Thurs., 8/2, vs. Chicago Bears (Canton, OH), 8:00pm (NBC).

Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. Los Angeles Rams

Week 2: Mon. 8/20,  at Indianapolis Colts (Monday Night Football, ESPN).

Week 3: at Miami Dolphins*

Week 4: Thurs., 8/30 at Washington Redskins

* - Game date and time not yet determined

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As 2018 NFL Draft approaches, Ravens to host QB Lamar Jackson per report

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As 2018 NFL Draft approaches, Ravens to host QB Lamar Jackson per report

With 10 days until the 2018 NFL Draft, quarterback Lamar Jackson is set to visit the Ravens this week, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. 

The former Heisman Trophy winner is a projected first-round pick as he has proven to have success in the air and on the ground. 

While at Louisville, Jackson had 9,043 passing yards and 69 touchdowns. He also rushed for 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns. His NFL draft profile compares him to Michael Vick. 

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The Ravens are in search of Joe Flacco's successor, but spending a first-round pick on a quarterback when there are other glaring needs is up in the air. However, assistant general manager Eric DeCosta isn't ruling out the possibility

"I feel like if there is a guy there that we think is really too good to pass up, we're going to take him," DeCosta told the team's website on the chance of drafting a quarterback in the first-round.

At their pre-draft press conference, GM Ozzie Newsome and DeCosta kept reiterating we could be surprised by who they pick at No. 16, if they do at all. 

While Jackson's numbers are impressive, he continues to be considered a late first-round pick as his build isn't up to typical NFL QB standards and scouts are concerned with his accuracy. What he does have in his favor is speed.

While fans are hoping for an offensive weapon, having Jackson learn under Flacco for a year (and maybe RGIII?) could rev up some excitement. 

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