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Ravens 48, Jaguars 17
M&T Bank Stadium

The defense didn't give up the big plays and the offense made them Thursday night as Baltimore had five touchdown drives of 80 yards or more as they scored their most points in a preseason game in more than a decade.

Coach John Harbaugh played his first string for the first half and they took a 13-3 lead at the break behind quarterback Joe Flacco and the no-huddle offense. Then the reserves, led by quarterback Tyrod Taylor, poured it on.

"We're starting to grow at it," Flacco said of the no-huddle. "But I still think we have a ways to go to get it to where we really want it to be and really successful with it."

The 48 points was the most scored in the preseason by the Ravens since 2001 vs. the New York Giants when they posted 38.

The first-team defense didn't allow an offensive touchdown though it primarily used basic coverages.

"The first two preseason games, we don't game plan for anything," said safety Bernard Pollard. "For the little game-planning we did tonight, we stepped in and played well. We're still trying to keep everything simple with our defense."

Player of the game: Flacco went 27-for-36 passing for 266 yards, two TDs and one interception for a 102.3 passer rating. He completed passes to nine different receivers, including 11 to wideout Torrey Smith. Flacco exited after the first series in the third quarter.

Telltale stat: Flacco insisted he wanted to be less predictable in the red zone, which means passing more on first down, and he got his wish. Flacco went 7-for-10 passing inside Jacksonville's 20-yard line. Baltimore got there three times with Flacco, scoring touchdowns twice en route to a 20-3 lead before this departure.

Turning point: The hurry-up offense finally paid dividends with a touchdown as the Ravens took a 10-0 lead in the second quarter. While the running game was non-existent on the drive, Flacco went 8-for-9 for 87 yards passing. He hit rookie Bobby Rainey on a wheel route out of the backfield for 17 yards on third down to keep the drive alive and finished it by finding Anquan Boldin in the back of the end zone on play action on third and short.

Highlights: After the secondary was shredded in the first two preseason games, it was far better this time. Of course, Jags quarterback Blaine Gabbert isn't Atlanta's Matt Ryan or Detroit's Matthew Stafford. Gabbert finished 11 of 21 for 117 yards, no touchdown passes and a 68.9 rating. ... Rookie kicker Justin Tucker made his case to win the job from veteran Billy Cundiff. Tucker nailed a 53-yarder with room to spare in the second quarter. He went 2-for-2 for the game. ... A block by Anthony Allen opened a hole for Jacoby Jones to return a kickoff 51 yards in the second quarter ... Pernell McPhee, who had been excused from camp last week because of a death in the family, got a hand on a field goal attempt by Josh Scobee that hit the crossbar in the third quarter. ... Receiver LaQuan Williams caught a pass from backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor, spun out of a tackle and went 35 yards. That led to a eight-yard touchdown catch by a well-covered Williams. ... Taylor engineered three touchdown drives. ... Rainey caught a check down pass from Taylor near the line of scrimmage and ran it 48 yards for a score. ... Rookie Deonte Thomspon returned a kickoff in the fourth quarter 63 yards.

Lowlights: Rookies Bernard Pierce and Rainey, in a heated battle for the No. 2 spot at running back next to Ray Rice, combined for just 42 yards on 12 carries. .... Safety Emanuel Cook went down in the third quarter on kick return coverage. He had his right leg wiped out by Allen in a collision and had to be carted off the field. ... Cornerback Corey Graham went down in the third quarter and was taken to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion. ... Taylor made a poor throw into coverage and was intercepted by Antonio Dennard who returned it 55 yards for the Jags' first touchdown.

Notables: Bobbie Williams started at right guard in place of Marshal Yanda, who sat out with a knee injury. ... Albert McClellan started at rush linebacker in front of rookie Courtney Upshaw.

Up next: It's nail-biting time as roster will be trimmed to 75 players on Monday. ... The Ravens close the preseason at the St. Louis Rams on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.

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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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