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The view from New England


The view from New England

The game wasinterminable, with flags thrown on seemingly every play. Players on both sidesgrew increasingly frustrated, as did the fans -- very loudly, and very clearly -- over the work of the NFL'sreplacement officials. In the wake of the Ravens' emotional, last-second, 31-30win over the Patriots at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday night, much of the talkpredictably centered around the officiating.
But thosecovering the game from New England saved some venom for the Patriots defense,which was carved up by Joe Flacco and the Ravens.Here's the takeon the game from some Patriots media:
Tom E. Curran,CSN New England:"Theres alot of justifiable moaning over the horrific job (the officials) did during theRavens' 31-30 win over the Patriots. But not one of them are to blame for thePatriots being 1-2 on this Monday morning.None of them weretrying in vain to cover Jacoby Jones on a 24-yard completion up the sidelinefrom Joe Flacco with 1:55 left in the game. None of them were beaten badly offthe line by Jones on a third-and-9 play from the Patriots 34 with 52 secondsleft beaten so badly they had to tackle Jones and draw a pass interferencethat set up the game-winning field goal.None of themdropped an interception in the first half. None of them dropped an interceptionin the second half.
None of themmissed while reaching for Dennis Pitta en route to Pitta's 20-yard touchdownlate in the first half.Who did all that?Devin McCourty. Usually you have to order a six-pack of goat horns after a lossbecause in an NFL game theres a lot of blame to be spread around andtheres rarely one culprit.Not this time.McCourty implodedSunday night on national television. He was the weak link that Flacco and theRavens attacked in the Patriots secondary time after time after time."Jim Donaldson,Providence Journal"When thegame was over, Bill Belichick did to an official what his defensive players didthroughout the game to Ravens receivers.He grabbed him.Bulletin to Bill,the Defensive Genius: The officiating was nowhere near as inconsistent, nor asbad, as your defense. ...
Of course, itwasn't just in the final minutes Sunday night that the Ravens racked upyardage. It was pretty much the whole game. Or at least the final threequarters, in which the Ravens had touchdown drives of 82, 92, 80, and 92 yards ..."WhateverPatriots fans thought of the officiating Sunday night, the zebras did a betterjob than the New England defense."
Michael Whitmer,Boston Globe"When thesun came up on Sunday, (Torrey) Smith was sequestered with his family, in shockat the familys tragedy, his availability for the game understandably unknown.When the sun went down, under the bright lights, encouraged and supported byhis extended family, Smith was arguably the games difference-maker."
Chad Finn,Boston.com"We shouldsympathize with the refs to some degree. They've been put into a position to doa job for which they are unqualified and incapable. ... "The disjointed and inept officiating is altering the game in ways that cannotbe predicted. You simply hope they get it wrong in the favor of the team forwhich you're rooting. To put it another way: there were 24 penalties called for218 yards, with 11 accounting for a first down ... and yet for all of theyellow flags, they had absolutely no control over the behavior of the players.Logan Mankins and Haloti Ngata are probably still standing at midfield takingturns headbutting each other as we speak. The rest of us,we're left banging our heads, waiting for the officials and the integrity ofthe game to return."
Greg Bedard,Boston Globe(Patriotsoffensive coordintor Josh) McDaniels devised a very smart game plan. Go fast.Go small. Let Brady be Brady. And run the older, slower Ravens all over theturf.Give McDanielscredit. His game plan was a big reason why the Patriots held a 30-21 lead thatlooked like it would hold up. But for thesecond straight week, McDaniels got in his own way and helped contribute to asecond straight loss. ...
McDanielsoverthought things for the second straight week. In the loss to the Cardinals,he called for a halfback throwback to the quarterback that lost 9 yards onthird and 6. On Sunday night,McDaniels decided a second-and-6 play at the Baltimore 49-yard line with 7:48left in the second quarter was the perfect time to call a direct snap to DannyWoodhead, who tossed a reverse to receiverMcDaniels obsession Julian Edelman.The play didnt fool anyone, and the 13-yard loss led to a Patriots punt.The Ravens scoredon the ensuing possession to take a 14-13 lead." Dan Shaughnessy,Boston Globe"After a night ofincompetent officiating capped by perhaps one final bad call by replacementreferees Belichick reached out and grabbed at one of the officials aseveryone was coming off the field in the postgame chaos at M & T Stadium.This is not likely to be viewed favorably by a commissioner who asked everybodyto make nice with the substitute zebras....There wasobvious irony at the finish. The Ravens sent the Patriots to the Super Bowleight months ago when Billy Cundiff missed a 32-yard field goal attempt.Cundiff is now with the Redskins and rookie Tucker is kicking for the Ravens.Tucker did not miss. At least, the refs said he didnt miss.... The situationwith the NFLs replacement officials has moved past the tipping point. As LarryLucchino would say, its time to bring back the varsity.

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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.


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.