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Week 2 woes ahead for the Ravens?


Week 2 woes ahead for the Ravens?

The Ravens lastseason opened the season with a 35-7 dismantling of the Steelers at M&TBank Stadium. Spirits were soaring. One week later, the Ravens trudged out ofTennessee with a 26-13 loss.In 2010, theRavens began the season with a big 10-9 road win at the New York Jets on MondayNight Football. Six days later, quarterback Joe Flacco threw four interceptionsin a disappointing 15-10 loss to Cincinnati.Now the Ravensare coming off another strong season-opening effort, a 44-13 rout of Cincinnation Monday night at M&T Bank Stadium. Their goal now is to avoid anotherWeek 2 slipup when they visit the Eagles on Sunday.Ravens coach JohnHarbaugh pointed to severalfactors in their Week 2 loss last season."Time ofpossession was a big factor, red zone, turnovers and sacks," Harbaugh saida couple of days after the loss to Tennessee. "Those are all the thingsthat are going to get you beat and the places we didnt execute very well.The Ravens, whohad a plus-7 turnover margin in their season-opening win over Pittsburgh a yearago, committed three turnovers in the loss at Tennessee the next week. TheRavens failed to score a touchdown on two red-zone possessions at Tennesseeafter scoring three touchdowns in the red zone in their Week 1 win.It's safe to saythose same areas could be critical in Sunday's game in Philadelphia. " John (Harbaugh) talked to us a little about thatjust because the last few years we have come out on the opening week and playedreally well and then had a little bit of a letdown the next week," Flaccosaid in his media session on Wednesday. "Were doing the best we can tomake sure to get our bodies rejuvenated on a short week so that we can go outthere on Sunday and just get after it as best as we can.Linebacker RayLewis explained that the Ravens have a 24-hour rule; they allow themselves 24hours to think about one game, and then they turn their focus to the next one.That should keep them from feeling too overconfident about the win Mondaynight, knowing Michael Vick and a hostile Eagles crowd awaits them. "We knowthat this is their home opener," Lewis said. "We know its going beloud, its going to be rowdy, and they are going to be ready to play."

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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.