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Harbaugh puts brakes on up-tempo offense

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Harbaugh puts brakes on up-tempo offense

The no-huddle, at least on the road, could be slowing down.

After the Ravens were blown out 43-13, coach John Harbaugh admitted they got away from the run too early -- abandoning Ray Rice -- and that adjustments must be made going into the bye week.

"We're probably in the process of determining exactly what we're going to be able to do, on the road, in a tough environment against a really, really good team," said Harbaugh, who has to take his team for its first AFC North road game at the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 4. "How we're going to have to balance out run and pass? How we're going to have to balance out up-tempo and no-huddle? The communication, the check-with-me's at the line, what's realistic for us to be able to accomplish. And what's the best way to go win a football game.

"So when you push the envelope like we're pushing it a little bit, sometimes it pushes back. To me that's part of the growth process."

The Ravens ran Rice three times on the first drive for 27 yards in Houston, including their longest play from scrimmage for 17.

Then from the Texans' 38, Flacco threw three consecutive incomplete passes to Ed Dickson, Torrey Smith and Dennis Pitta and had to settle for a 51-yard field goal from Justin Tucker.

On their second and third possessions, Rice never touched the ball. Houston, which opened with consecutive three-plays-and-out possessions, got nine points from its defense on a safety with Connor Barwin's sack of Flacco and a 52-yard interception return by Johnathan Joseph, and never looked back.

"I think we could've stayed with the run a little more patiently," Harbaugh said. "Once they got the tip-ball interception we felt like we needed to get back in the thing a little bit more quickly because of the type of team they are. ... Whether it's Ray Rice or Bernard Pierce, want to get the ball to all of our playmakers' hands."

For the next three quarters, Rice only had six carries and finished with a season-low 42 yards rushing. His nine carries were a season low.  His 12 yards receiving represented a season low, too.  Pierce, a rookie and No. 2 back, didn't have a single carry or reception.

Both average around 5 yards per carry. But by the time Flacco had three drives of three passes and out, the Ravens were trailing 29-3 at halftime.

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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.

They 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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