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Latest loss brings second-half second-guessing

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Latest loss brings second-half second-guessing

OWINGS MILLS –The Ravens are being second-guessed for some key second-half moments during Sunday’s 25-20 loss to the 49ers. Here are three situations addressed by coach John Harbaugh during his Monday press conference.

1. The Ravens called timeout on just the second play of the second half.

The Ravens could have used that timeout on their final drive, when the clock ran out on them after reaching the 49ers’ 35-yard line.

On why the Ravens burned a timeout on first-and-10, so early in the half, Harbaugh said, “We got a bad play. When you have a play that is going to be a disaster, for a certain reason, you have to use a time out.”

Harbaugh did not agree that it would have better to take a delay-of-game penalty, setting up first-and-15.

“No, we wanted to get a good play off there,” Harbaugh said. “A timeout’s not always the most important thing, especially when you’re behind. Sometimes we want to keep drives alive. You start backing yourself up with penalties, you’d be asking me that question.  You’d be asking me, Why are we taking a delay-of-game penalty?’’

Unfortunately for the Ravens, they didn’t score on that drive, even after the timeout. Joe Flacco threw an interception seven plays later.

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2. Harbaugh lost another timeout with 12:35 left in the game, when his challenge of Anquan Boldin’s diving 51-yard catch was unsuccessful.

The 49ers were leading, 18-13, and Boldin’s catch came on second-and-21. The completion put the 49ers deep in Ravens’ territory, part of a touchdown drive that put the 49ers ahead, 25-13.

Had Boldin’s catch been ruled incomplete, it would have been a huge change of momentum. However, Harbaugh admitted he gambled throwing the challenge flag, because had not seen a clear replay.

“I took a shot there because it was a big play,” Harbaugh said. “We couldn’t get it on the screen, we really didn’t have it on TV… We thought we had a chance to win it.”

3. On their final drive, after an 18-yard completion from Flacco to Jeremy Ross, it took the Ravens 33 seconds to line up for another snap.

The clock wound down from 1:01 to 38 seconds, and CBS commentator Rich Gannon, a former NFL MVP quarterback for the Raiders, blasted the Ravens for a lack of urgency.

Asked to respond, Harbaugh said, “They’re getting up there as fast as they can. We’ll try to improve.

“Could it have been done faster? Sure, we want to do it as fast as we possibly can. It’s not like we’re not trying to do that. Do we have to get better? Absolutely.”

Being second-guessed comes with being 1-5. The clock ran out Sunday on the Ravens. And time is running out to save their season.

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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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