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Pick-six a bad habit Schaub can't seem to break


Pick-six a bad habit Schaub can't seem to break

Playing with Matt Schaub as your starting quarterback has become like playing with fire. Sooner or later, getting burned by a Schaub interception seems almost inevitable.

The same pick-six problems that haunted Schaub in Houston have traveled north to Baltimore. Two Schaub interceptions Sunday, including a pick-six by Miami defensive end Derrick Shelby, led to both Dolphins’ touchdowns as the Ravens dropped a 15-13 decision. For Schaub, it was his second pick-six in two starts with the Ravens, and the sixth pick-six he has thrown in his last nine starts.

Twitter can be cruel, and it exploded Sunday with one-liners about Schaub’s latest pick-six. But to Schaub and the Ravens, his turnovers are no laughing matter.

Already severely shorthanded due to injuries to key starters, the Ravens (4-8) simply aren’t good enough to overcome game-changing turnovers on a consistent basis. Schaub made some throws Sunday, and it should be remembered that he has played with an injury-depleted offense.

But his mistakes simply cannot be ignored. In Schaub’s Ravens debut, an interception he threw with 50 seconds to play against the Browns almost cost Baltimore a victory. Fortunately for him, Ravens defensive end Brent Urban blocked a potential game-winning field goal, and Ravens safety Will Hill retuned the block 64 yards for the game-winning touchdown.

On Sunday, nobody bailed out Schaub. Shelby made a superb play, tipping the ball to himself in athletic fashion. But it was not a good decision by Schaub, trying to pass the ball around an unblocked lineman. Schaub had just thrown an interception, a tipped pass Ravens’ previous possession, that led to the Dolphins’ first touchdown.

“He’d probably tell you that he’s better off not throwing that in that situation,” said Ravens coach John Harbaugh.

The Ravens will likely decide they are better off going with another backup quarterback next season. Right now, Schaub's only backup is recently signed Jimmy Clausen, so Schaub may finish the last four games as the starter. However, Schaub only has a one-year contract, and with the Ravens uncertain exactly when Joe Flacco will return from his season-ending knee surgery, they need a quarterback behind Flacco who can avoid big mistakes.

The Ravens’ defense played well enough to win Sunday. But not well enough to overcome Schaub’s turnovers.


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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.


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


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. 


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.