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Mock drafts begin to center on one position for the Baltimore Ravens

Mock drafts begin to center on one position for the Baltimore Ravens

While all mock drafts around the internet constantly are changing with every passing day, there appears to be a consensus when it comes to the Baltimore Ravens. 

According to CSN's Ben Standig, his past two mock drafts have had the Ravens going after Terrell Suggs replacement in the first round. Not only will they be going after the linebacker's replacement but they appear to have multiple options at the position.

With two weeks to go until Roger Goodell calls the first pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, Standig has Baltimore aiming to get outside linebacker, Takkarist McKinley from UCLA.

Standig's analysis: "At some point the Ravens must find an edge pass rushing replacement for Terrell Suggs. The 255-pound McKinley had 10 sacks and forced three fumbles for the Bruins."

His previous mock had the team sizing up to get Taco Charlton from Michigan, another utility man in the middle of the field. Either way the team cannot go wrong with McKinley or Charlton, but you cannot have too high of expectations with one of them replacing a six-time Pro-Bowler in Suggs. 

Standig's analysis: "At some point the Ravens must find an edge pass rushing replacement for Terrell Suggs. Charlton might be better stopping the run than rushing the passer right now and yet he had nine sacks in 10 regular season games."

In his newest mock draft, Charlton actually falls down to the 28th overall pick which is in the hands of the Dallas Cowboys. McKinley was sitting at 30th waiting for the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

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Ravens vs. Raiders: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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Ravens vs. Raiders: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

This week, the Ravens' offense is looking to prove that they aren't completely sinking.

After looking to bounce back from their biggest defeat in team history against the Jaguars, the offense couldn't get anything going on Sunday against the Steelers.

They generated 154 yards in three quarters and only one touchdown. Quarterback Joe Flacco was 31 of 49 for 235 yards. He was picked off twice with the Steelers defense sacking him four times.

Now the Ravens are making the trip to the West Coast to take on the 2-2 Oakland Raiders, and a road win would help Ravens fans from reaching for the panic button.

The Raiders lost Sunday to the Broncos but the biggest headline from the game was quarterback Derek Carr exiting the game with a back spasm.

Carr said after the game "my back didn't feel too good", but Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio doesn't think it will be a long-term issue. 

Ahead of Baltimore's game against the Raiders, here's everything you need to know.

Week 5 Ravens vs. Raiders game info:

Who: Baltimore Ravens vs. Oakland Raiders

What: Week 5 NFL regular season 

When: 4:05 p.m.. ET, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017

Where: Oakland Alameda Coliseum

TV Channel: CBS

Live Stream: NFL Game Pass, CBS All Access

Radio: WBAL New Radio 1090 

Point Spread: Oakland, -2.5

Over/Under: 40

Weather: 78 degrees, Sunny

BALTIMORE RAVENS 2017 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE:

Week 1 (Sun, Sept. 10): 20-0  at Cincinnati Bengals (W)

Week 2 (Sun, Sept. 17): 24-10 vs. Cleveland Browns (W)

Week 3 (Sun, Sept. 24): 44-7 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (in London) (L)

Week 4 (Sun, Oct. 1): vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:00 p.m. (L)

Week 5 (Sun, Oct. 8): at Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m.

Week 6 (Sun, Oct. 15): vs Chicago Bears, 1:00 p.m.

Week 7 (Sun, Oct. 22): at Minnesota Vikings, 1:00 p.m.

Week 8 (Thur, Oct. 26): vs. Miami Dolphins, 8:25 p.m.

Week 9 (Sun, Nov. 5): at Tennessee Titans, 1:00 p.m.

Week 10 (Sun, Nov. 12): BYE week

Week 11 (Sun, Nov. 19): at Green Bay Packers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 12 (Mon, Nov. 27): vs. Houston Texans, 8:30 p.m.

Week 13 (Sun, Dec. 3): vs. Detroit Lions, 1:00 p.m.

Week 14: (Sun, Dec. 10): at Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:30 p.m.

Week 15: (Sun, Dec. 17): at Cleveland Browns, 1:00 p.m.

Week 16: (Sat, Dec. 23): vs Indianapolis Colts, 4:30 p.m.

Week 17: (Sun, Dec. 31): vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m.

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Ravens offense continues to struggle in division loss to Steelers

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Ravens offense continues to struggle in division loss to Steelers

BALTIMORE -- The Pittsburgh Steelers finally got their offense running. The wait continues for the Baltimore Ravens.

Le'Veon Bell rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns, and the Steelers beat the Ravens 26-9 on Sunday in a duel for first place in the AFC North.

Though held to a touchdown over the final 30 minutes, Pittsburgh (3-1) mounted enough of an attack before halftime to earn its first win in Baltimore since 2012.

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"Not a perfect game, but a great team effort by us," coach Mike Tomlin said. "We're moving in the right directions in a lot of areas: run game development, taking care of the football."

Coming into the game, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was asked to identify the problem with a Pittsburgh offense that had produced only six touchdowns in 12 quarters.

"The quarterback needs to play better," he said.

Roethlisberger went 18 for 30 for 216 yards and a touchdown. He threw one interception, but it was on a deflection that required a replay reversal.

"I still feel I personally didn't make all the plays," Roethlisberger said. "My goal this week was to take what they give us, don't turn the ball over, and punting isn't a bad thing. And I thought we did a pretty good job of that."

Bell carried 35 times to help the Steelers amass 381 yards in offense.

After being held to 61 yards in an overtime loss to Chicago last week, Bell ripped through the Ravens for huge chunks of yardage.

"He's the best and his numbers weren't showing it," Pittsburgh center Maurkice Pouncey said. "There's been a lot of pressure on him to go out there and produce at a high level, and we're real happy he did it."

The Ravens (2-2), meanwhile, looked every bit like the 32nd-ranked offense in the NFL. Baltimore trailed 19-0 at halftime, generated only 154 yards through three quarters and stumbled through a second straight game with only one touchdown.

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Joe Flacco completed 31 of 49 passes for 235 yards, was sacked four times and intercepted twice.

"It starts with me," Flacco said. "I wasn't good enough to get us back in the game."

Baltimore closed to 19-3 in the third quarter after an interception by Ravens safety Eric Weddle. The turnover occurred only after a challenge by Baltimore coach John Harbaugh overturned the original ruling of a catch and a tackle.

After Pittsburgh's Chris Boswell missed a 44-yard field goal, Alex Collins promptly ran for 50 yards to set up a 16-yard touchdown pass from Flacco to Mike Wallace. The Ravens went for 2, made it, then lost the points after a replay showed Terrance West's elbow hit the ground before the ball made it to the end zone.

In the fourth quarter, on a fourth-and-12 from the Pittsburgh 47, Flacco was picked off by Mike Hilton with 5 minutes left, launching a rapid exit by many of the fans.

That led to Bell's second 1-yard touchdown run with 2:26 to go.

The Steelers' first drive of the game covered 84 yards, lasted nearly 10 minutes and ended with a 30-yard field goal.

"That first drive where we went down and put points on the board, that was a good start for us," receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster said.

It got a whole lot better for Pittsburgh.

Boswell made it 6-0 with a 49-yarder midway through the second quarter after Roethlisberger connected with Smith-Schuster for 19 yards on a third-down play.

A fumble by Collins set up a touchdown run by Bell, and Roethlisberger threw an 11-yard TD pass to Smith-Schuster for a 19-point cushion.