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Where's that high-powered offense Ravens expected?

Where's that high-powered offense Ravens expected?

Leading into the 2016 season, much of the talk about the Ravens offense revolved around the arsenal of big-play weapons available to quarterback Joe Flacco.

Speedy first-round draft pick Breshad Perriman was finally healthy to blow the top off the defense. Mike Wallace was signed and looked capable of big plays. Steve Smith was coming back after missing most of last season with an injury. Kamar Aiken, the leading receiver last year, was also back. The Ravens drafted another speed receiver in Chris Moore.

And with cannon-armed quarterback Joe Flacco returning from his knee injury, the Ravens expected to field an explosive, big-play offense.

But after yet another disappointing performance Sunday in a 16-10 loss to the Redskins, it’s impossible to avoid the question: Where, exactly, is that offense? Are those supposed big-time playmakers not all they were cracked up to be?

Through five games, the Ravens offense has been defined more by checkdown throws, bad throws, dropped passes and three-and-outs than by big plays.

Flacco is averaging 5.9 yards per attempt, the lowest of his career. He averaged fewer than 5 yards per attempt against the Redskins, going 30-for-46 for 210 yards (4.6 yards/attempt).

PHOTOS: Redskins 16, Ravens 10

 “I think we have to find our offense,” coach John Harbaugh said after the game. “That’s been the story of the season. We can’t find continuity on offense. We didn’t protect the quarterback particularly well. He got hit way too much again. That has to stop. The run game was pretty good for the most part, but you can’t just run the ball. You have to make some plays in the passing game.”

Against the Redskins, the Ravens mounted an effortless 75-yard touchdown drive on their first possession, but then misfired time and again after that. They failed to convert on all 10 of their third-down plays after the first quarter.  This was against a Redskins defense that ranked 29th overall, 25th against the pass and dead last in third-down defense. (Opponents had converted third downs at a 57.4 percent clip.)

“It’s embarrassing to run off the field in front of your home fans, in front of your teammates,” Flacco said. “Our defense is putting up awesome fights every week, and we’re just running on and off the field.”

Whether by design or because Flacco has been under pressure because of injuries on the offensive line, the Ravens have taken few of the deep shots downfield that were supposed to define this offense. Flacco has even taken to lobbying offensive coordinator Marc Trestman to air it out. But when he has, it has rarely worked.

Flacco threw a deep ball to Perriman on Sunday that drifted through his hands. Perriman later caught what appeared to be a leaping, 23-yard, go-ahead touchdown in the last minute but he came down with one foot out of bounds.

“I feel like I gotta execute,” Perriman said. “I can make plays out there to kind of change the momentum. I left two out there.”

Mike Wallace led the Ravens with seven catches for 63 yards against the Redskins, but his longest catch went for 13 yards. In fact, the Ravens did not have pass play Sunday longer than 15 yards.

“We have so much talent, but it’s crazy,” Wallace said. “We will figure it out. We still have 11 games left, and we will be OK.”

That might be true, but it’s been anything but OK so far.

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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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