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Tucker sets new career high, not in a good way

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Tucker sets new career high, not in a good way

OWINGS MILLS -- After missing two field goal attempts Sunday, then making the game-winner as time expired, Ravens kicker Justin Tucker is determined to be more consistent during the final six games.

With their offense ravaged by injuries, the Ravens can’t afford to leave points on the table. Tucker has been one of the NFL’s best kickers, especially in clutch situations. However, with 1:18 left in Sunday’s game, Tucker missed a 51-yarder that would have broken a 13-13 tie. He had already missed from 51 yards in the first quarter.

Tucker redeemed himself quickly. After linebacker Courtney Upshaw’s strip sack got the ball back for Baltimore, Tucker booted a 47-yard game-winner to cap a 16-13 victory. But afterward in the locker room, Tucker had mixed emotions.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been this upset or mad after hitting a game-winner, but this is kind of unchartered territory for me,” Tucker said. “To be able to bounce back like that though, it’s definitely satisfying.”

Conditions were windy at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday, but Tucker may face challenging conditions again Monday night when the Ravens visit the Browns. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, who was a special teams coach for years with the Eagles, has noticed a difference in Tucker’s mechanics at times this season. Tucker has made 22 of 28 field goal attempts, but the six misses are a season-high for his four-year career.

“To my eye, and I shared this with Justin, it’s his swing,” Harbaugh said. “When he swings the way he’s supposed to, when he swings the way he’s capable of -- the fundamentally correct way to do it as he does in practice 99 times out of 100 -- he hits a straight ball. When he doesn’t swing the right way for whatever reason, you’d have to ask him what happens.

“There’s a lot to it. There’s the hold, the snap, the whole thing goes together. There’s the wind. There’s the footing. All those things are a factor, no question, but the swing mechanics are the main thing.”

The Ravens will need a smooth swing from Tucker the rest of the way. Close games seem to be the only kind of games the Ravens play this 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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