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Ravens vs. Raiders Week 4: Preview, predictions, storylines, betting odds

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Ravens vs. Raiders Week 4: Preview, predictions, storylines, betting odds

The Ravens are one of five teams headed into Week 4 with a perfect record. That doesn't mean they can take it easy this week against the Raiders.

Here are some of the biggest storylines and predictions on the Week 4 matchup. 

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Ravens vs. Raiders Week 4 Preview:

When: Sunday, October 2 at 1:00 p.m.

Where: M&T Bank Stadium. Baltimore, Maryland.

How to Watch: Ravens Kickoff airs at Noon on CSN Mid-Atlantic. The game is set to begin at 1:00 p.m. on CBS.

Live Stream: NFL GamePass

Ravens vs. Raiders Week 4 Storylines:

- Dumervil's return: Linebacker Elvis Dumervil has been out for the first three weeks of the season recovering from an off-season foot surgery. He said he wanted to play last week against the Jaguars, but seemed almost positive that he will be in the lineup this Sunday.

- Perfect Justin Tucker: Tucker has not missed a field goal this season, and has been a big part of the Ravens' close victories. After kicking the winning field goal last week against the Jaguars, he'll definitely be a player to watch this week.

- No passing, no problem: Ravens linebackers have been all about pass coverage so far this season. They've already combined for three interceptions, compared to one pick last season.

- Runningbacks think consistency is key: The Ravens rushing game hasn't been as strong as it should be, and Terrance West thinks the problem might be competition between the runningbacks. According to Harbaugh, the team will probably continue to split the workload between West, Forsett, and Dixon when he returns.

Ravens vs. Raiders Week 4 Betting Lines, via Oddsshark:

- Line: Ravens -3.5

- Over/Under: 45

Ravens vs. Raiders Week 4 Predictions:

- Clifton Brown: Being at home, and getting a consistent pass rush on Carr, should allow the Ravens to remain unbeaten. Ravens 30, Raiders 20.

- Bo SmolkaDerek Carr lit up the Ravens last year in a 37-33 Raiders win, but as John Harbaugh said last week, this Ravens defense is better. And the Ravens offense will find some life against the league's lowest-rated defense. The Raiders are 1-18 in their last 19 games on the East Coast. Although it won't be easy -- is anything ever with this team? -- the Ravens squeak out another win. Ravens 27, Raiders 23.

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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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