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Ravens-Bengals predictions

NFL experts areweighing in with their Week 1 picks, and they are nearly unanimous in theirbelief that the Ravens will take care of the Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium onMonday night. The Ravens figure to be charged up playing a season-opener onMonday night at home, and now have the added emotion of playing in the wake ofArt Modell's death on Thursday. Seven of eightCBSSports.com experts pick the Ravens to win, with Will Brinson being therenegade on the Bengals. Also, all 12ESPN experts have picked the Ravens to win. Then again, that might spelltrouble; all 12 ESPN experts also picked the Giants to beat Dallas onWednesday, and that didn't happen.
Here is how someof the national media see the game Monday night:Albert Breer, NFLNetwork: Ravens 23, Bengals 17"Joe Flaccohas been seen as a quarterback whose numbers are depressed by the system heplays in and what he's being asked to do. This year, with Terrell Suggs downand the Ravens going more fast-break on offense, that will change."
Mike Florio, ProFootball Talk: Ravens 31, Bengals 24"Cincinnati getsits first chance in 2012 to win a game that it shouldnt. Though in timethose wins will come, the Ravens have too much talent on both sides of theball."Peter King,Sports Illustrated: Baltimore 30,Cincinnati 23"Black crepe paperover the stadium in Baltimore Monday evening. The man who brought the Ravens toBaltimore, Art Modell, who died Thursday morning, gave that community a teamfor generations to treasure."Pete Prisco: Baltimore28, Cincinnati 24"The Bengals havea chance here to show right off the bat that 2011 wasn't a fluke. This is notan easy place to play, especially on a Monday night. The Ravens unveiled theirno-huddle offense this summer and Joe Flacco looked good running it. I thinkthat carries over here. The Bengals will have some matchup problems. AndyDalton can't keep up" Mark Schlereth,ESPN: Ravens (no score given)"I haveserious concerns about that (Ravens) defense without Terrell Suggs, but still,at home, season opener, Ray Rice, a little too much for Cincinnati."Michael DavidSmith, Pro Football Talk: Ravens 16, Bengals 13"The Bengals tooka big step forward last year with the emergence of a young offense led by AndyDalton and A.J. Green. This is an opportunity for them to make a very bigstatement aboutreordering the AFC North, but I see the Ravens defensemaking a big statement that theyre not going to let their young rivals get thebest of them just yet."

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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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