Its time againfor our weekly trip under the replay hood to see how our 10 predictions for theBengals game fared:1. Ray Rice willget his 20 touches. INCORRECT. TheRavens running back finished with 10 rushes and three receptions for a total of13 touches for 93 yards. True, his touches were -- and might continue to be --somewhat reduced in the Ravens new-look offense, but he also sat out most ofthe fourth quarter once the Ravens built their big lead. 2. Joe Flaccowill complete at least 60 percent of his passes. CORRECT. Flaccofollowed up an impressive training camp with a superb game, going 21-for-29(72.4 percent) for 299 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He routinelyzipped balls into tight windows and had terrific touch.3. Torrey Smithwill have a catch of longer than 25 yards.CORRECT. Thisdidn't take long. On the Ravens' first play from scrimmage, Flacco faked ahandoff to Ray Rice and hit Smith on a bomb down the left side, good for 52yards. 4. KelechiOsemele will start.CORRECT. And hewasn't the only newcomer on an offensive line that has been a work in progressall preseason. Osemele started at right tackle, and Ramon Harewood, who spentthe past two seasons on injured reserve, made his NFL debut as well, startingat left guard. 5. The Ravenswill allow fewer than three sacks.INCORRECT. Flaccowas sacked three times, with Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins recordingtwo of those. Early in the game, Atkins simply overpowered Birk, driving himright back into Flacco for a 7-yard loss.6. The Bengalswill have a kickoff return of at least 35 yards.INCORRECT. Six ofrookie Justin Tucker's nine kickoffs resulted in touchbacks, and Brandon Tateaveraged 21.3 yards on the other three, with a long of 25. It was an improvedeffort from a unit that struggled last season. 7. A.J. Greenwill have more than 100 receiving yards.INCORRECT. TheRavens kept Green under wraps for the most part, holding the second-year starto five catches for 70 yards. 8. Justin Tuckerwill make his first official NFL field-goal attempt.CORRECT. Tuckeris likely to be among the most scrutinized Ravens this season after they keptthe rookie over incumbent Billy Cundiff. But Tucker was the better kicker intraining camp, and he was again unflappably in his official NFL debut, going3-of-3 on field goals of 46, 40 and 39 yards. 9. The Ravenswill win the turnover battle.CORRECT. Ed Reed and his'pick-six' put him in the NFL record book for interception return yardage, andthe Lardarius Webb also recovered a fumble. The Ravens, meanwhile, played aturnover-free game for a plus-2 margin. 10. Ravens 27,Bengals 20KIND OF CORRECT.Yes, we expected the Ravens to win, and had a few plays gone differently --such as one or two of Joe Flacco's tipped passes that the Bengals couldn'tquite hold on to -- the score could have been this close. But as expected, theRavens held serve at home and moved atop the AFC North.
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.
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
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.
As the pre-draft visits wrap up this week, #Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield flies to Denver later today for a #Broncos visit, then it’s on to the #AZCardinals after that. Meanwhile, #Louisville QB Lamar Jackson is at the #Ravens this week.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 16, 2018
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.