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Ravens report card: Grading the offense vs. the 49ers


Ravens report card: Grading the offense vs. the 49ers

It’s time to hand out another gloomy report card after the Ravens’ latest setback, a 25-20 loss to the 49ers that sends the Ravens to a 1-5 mark, the worst in franchise history after six games. There just isn’t enough red ink for all of this …


Joe Flacco has put up some fat numbers at times this season, and that includes Sunday’s game, when he completed 33 of 53 passes for 353 yards and two touchdowns. But he also threw two terrible interceptions, forcing a ball into double-coverage intended for Kamar Aiken and sending a high, deep floater that was 10 yards beyond any Ravens receiver and an absolute gift for 49ers cornerback Kenneth Acker. After the game, Flacco said he never expected a defensive back to be there and accurately called it “a really, really dumb throw.” His vision on several his picks this year has been highly suspect. A few key drops are not on him.


Justin Forsett battled through his ankle injury to total 62 yards on 17 carries (3.6 avg.), and tied for the team lead with seven receptions (39 yards). But the Ravens continue to struggle in short yardage; Forsett lost a yard on second-and-goal from the 3, and later in the game lost a yard on third-and-goal from the 1. Buck Allen had four rushes for 13 yards and couldn’t hold on to a tough but catchable pass in the end zone.


Flacco wasn’t sacked at all and was hit just once according to the official statistics. But the Ravens again struggled to get any kind of push in short-yardage situations; they are now 5-for-10 on third-and-1 rushes this season.  And the offensive line gets a red mark for a glaring lack of urgency in the Ravens final two-minute drill. They had no timeouts left and should have been in frantic hurry-up mode, and yet several linemen casually strolled to the line of scrimmage after a completion in the middle of the field.



Crockett Gillmore returned to action with a leaping grab that included a crunching hit in the red zone. He finished with three catches for 30 yards, but the Ravens still need more from him. With the Ravens in catch-up/passing mode, Maxx Williams saw more action that Nick Boyle, and Williams finished with four catches for 24 yards.


Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Steve Smith Sr. was sensational, the other receivers not so much. Actually, Smith had his issues as well, dropping one sure touchdown and failing to corral another touch but catchable pass that would have been another touchdown. Still, hard to fault a guy who returned one week after sustaining microfractures in his back and produced seven catches for 137 yards and a touchdown. As for the other receivers, Jeremy Ross (3-34) and Kamar Aiken (3-22) led the way, but no receivers other than Smith caught a pass in the first half. The Ravens still can’t figure out what to do with Marlon Brown, but sending him in a fly route into double coverage is not the answer.

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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.