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1st and 10: Ten predictions for Ravens-Cowboys


1st and 10: Ten predictions for Ravens-Cowboys

1. The Ravens will score a first-quarter touchdown.

Quick starts have become a problem for the Ravens, who have scored a grand total of three points in the first quarter over the past three games. They will make an emphasis on getting out of the gate early.

2. Ray Rice will rush for 100 yards. ,..

Only once in his career has Ray Rice compiled back-to-back 100-yar games. He is coming off a 17-carry, 102-yard effort at Kansas City, so running for 100 against Dallas would definitely buck tradition. But Rice will get his carries, just because he's the heart of the offense and it might neutralize sensational Cowboys pass rusher DeMarcus Ware.

3. ... but The Cowboys' DeMarco Murray will not

Through four games, Murray is averaging about 15 carries a game, and the Cowboys say they want to use him more often. But when Dallas falls behind, the Cowboys have abandoned the running game for the most part. Through four games, Murray is averaging about 59 yards a game.

4. Ravens running backs will have at least five receptions.

With Ware and the rest of the Cowboys tenacious pass rush bearing down on quarterback Joe Flacco, one solution will be quick dump-offs or screens to the running backs. Flacco has always liked having Rice as a safety valve option, and that will come in handy on Sunday.

5. Joe Flacco will be sacked at least three times.

The Ravens offensive line has had troubles the past two games, yielding four sacks to Cleveland and again to Kansas City. Bobbie Williams will reportedly replace Ramon Harewood as the starting left guard, but the real problem against the Chiefs was on the edge. This week, tackles Michael Oher and Kelechi Osemele have another stiff test led by Ware, who led the NFL in sacks in 2008 (20) and 2010 (15.5) and finished second last season (19.5).

6. The Ravens will have at least two offensive plays of 20+ yards.

The Ravens this year already have 30 plays of 20+ yards, the highest total in the league, And the weapons are certainly there, with Rice, Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones, among others, to make huge plays. 

7. Cowboys tight end Jason Witten will have at least five catches.

The Ravens had their hands full with Eagles tight end Brent Celek, who caught eight passes for 157 yards. And the recipe seems the same for the Cowboys: Stretch the field with deep-threat receivers, and space for Witten is bound to open up. The linebackers in particular will have to be good in coverage.

8. Dallas will have more passing plays than running plays.

Through four games, the Cowboys have had 151 passes and 79 rushes. The Cowboys (2-2) have gotten away from the running game, especially late when playing from behind. Certainly the Cowboys watched with interest how Chiefs back Jamaal Charles tore right through the Ravens defense in the first half. The Cowboys have stressed that they want a run-pass balance, but if the Cowboys fall behind by a lot again, the run game will vanish once again.

9. The Ravens will win the turnover battle.

For the season, the Ravens are +6 in turnover differential, the Cowboys are at minus-7. Dallas quarterback Tony Romo has thrown eight interceptions, and playing at home, the Ravens will add to that total.

10. Ravens 30, Cowboys 20

The Ravens struggled and scratched and clawed but still left Kansas City with a 9-6 win last week. Now coming home to Baltimore, where they have won 14 straight, they will rediscover the offense and disrupt Tony Romo enough to move to 5-1 on the season.


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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens place Marquise Brown, Jaylon Ferguson on reserve/NFI list

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens place Marquise Brown, Jaylon Ferguson on reserve/NFI list

With training camp just six days away, here is the latest news surrounding the Baltimore Ravens.

1. Ian Rapoport reported that the Ravens have placed Marquise Brown, Jaylon Ferguson and two others on the reserve/NFI list. He later added that Brown is still recovering from Lisfranc surgery but is "progressing well" and Ferguson is dealing with a "minor hamstring" injury.

2. The entire Baltimore Ravens class is officially under contract after the signing of wide receiver Miles Boykin. Boykin was a third-round pick out of Notre Dame.

3. Michael Vick joined The Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan Friday morning and when asked which young quarterbacks in the NFL most emulate his style, he answered: "Lamar Jackson" along with Kyler Murray and Cam Newton.

Looking Ahead:

July 24: Ravens training camp begins. Rookies are set to report a week earlier on Wednesday, July 17. 

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Rotoworld and Baltimore Ravens for news points.


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A big Year 2 ahead, Lamar Jackson isn’t worried about Madden ratings

A big Year 2 ahead, Lamar Jackson isn’t worried about Madden ratings

The number eight is sports royalty in the city of Baltimore thanks to Cal Ripken Jr.

If Lamar Jackson has the career many are hoping for, he’ll be another reason for that one day down the road.

For now, he’s a young, athletic quarterback entering his second season in Charm City. But his successful rookie year hasn’t been reflected in Madden NFL 20’s newest ratings.

Jackson came in with an overall rating of 76, tied for 24th among all quarterbacks. Unsurprisingly, his athleticism is highly-regarded, as he leads all signal-callers in speed, acceleration, agility, and elusiveness.

Questions abound about his throwing abilities, leading to the low rating. But that’s not a concern for Jackson himself.

“I can’t feel no way,” the quarterback told media members prior to throwing out the first pitch at the Orioles-Nationals game Wednesday night. “You know, I don’t make Madden. That’s them. But I feel like our team, we’re going to show ‘em this season.”

Jackson continued to praise the Ravens roster. When asked about the high ratings for teammates like Marquise “Hollywood” Brown and Earl Thomas, Jackson put his thoughts quite succinctly: “We look stacked!”

Of course, with speed and acceleration ratings like Jackson has, it’s fun to imagine how he might fit in on a baseball diamond as well.

“Whew, somewhere in the middle, to make a play,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde decided when asked where the Ravens quarterback might play on his roster.

“I’m looking forward to meeting him. I’m a big football fan, so watched him play a lot. And if he wanted to play center field or up the middle, it’d be great,” Hyde continued.

The speedy quarterback agreed, though it came with a caveat.

“Probably,” Jackson quickly answered when asked about his best fit being center field. “But you know, I’m the Ravens QB right now, so I’m good.”

He doesn’t know what his walk-up song would be if he played baseball, but Jackson was definitive about one thing at least: his hot dog preferences.

“I don’t really eat mustard,” he emphasized. “So I just put ketchup, relish...I just go from there. Pretty standard.”

When he’s not eating hot dogs, Jackson is working hard to build chemistry with his new receiving corps, and he seemed optimistic about the results it will bring on the field.

“Looking pretty good,” he described. “You’ll have to see for yourself.”

Knowing how many dual Orioles and Ravens fans there are in Baltimore, Jackson was also happy to provide a little hope as the city’s attention starts to shift from baseball to football. He gave a message to O’s fans who have sat through months of losing baseball and are looking to the Ravens to bring winning back to the city.

“Look forward to us coming out and balling,” he said. “Can’t say too much right now, [the] season’s not here!”

The Ravens season will be here soon enough, and when it is, Jackson will be ready to go out and show both local and national fans what he can do, regardless of what his Madden rating says.