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1st and 10: Ten predictions for tonight's game

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1st and 10: Ten predictions for tonight's game

FIRST AND 10: TenPredictions About Tonights Game
1. Ray Rice willget his 20 touches.Much has beenmade of the Ravens' new-look, hurry-up offense. But this offense still revolvesaround Ray Rice, and he will get his hands on the ball, either as a rusher oras a receiver. Over the past two years (including playoffs), the Ravens are21-2 when Rice has at least 20 touches, 5-8 when he does not.2. Joe Flaccowill complete at least 60 percent of his passes. Flacco is comingoff his worst season in terms of accuracy, with a completion percentage of.576. But he was on target against the Bengals last year, completing 32 of 46passes (.696) with three touchdowns and one interception. And he has looked incommand all summer long in his best training camp to date.3. Torrey Smithwill have a catch of longer than 25 yards.The Ravens expectto get back tight ends Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta after both missed most oftraining camp with injuries. Their effectiveness remains to be seen, butthere's no doubt about Smith. The Bengals' cover-2 defense is designed tothwart the big play, but with Anquan Boldin and Jacoby Jones on the field inthree-wide sets, Smith will find an opening. 4. KelechiOsemele will start.It appears likelya rookie will start, but it won't be linebacker Courtney Upshaw, the rookiemany thought would start right away. Osemele has seen action at both righttackle and left guard this preseason, but hinted last week that he wouldpossibly be starting at tackle. That would mean Michael Oher would start atleft tackle and Bryant McKinnie, whose past few months have been a soap opera,would come off the bench for the first time since his rookie season 10 yearsago.5. The Ravenswill allow fewer than three sacks.The Bengals piledup 45 sacks last season, three off the franchise record. But the Ravensdesigned rollouts, naked bootlegs and other schemes to avoid an interior passrush led by defensive tackle Geno Atkins (7.5 sacks last year). The result was just one sack by the Bengalsin each game against the Ravens last year. The Ravens offensive line is a workin progress, but the Bengals are likely to be without one of their top passrushing linemen, Carlos Dunlap (doubtful, knee).
6. The Bengalswill have a kickoff return of at least 35 yards.Kick coverage wasa problem last season for the Ravens -- they ranked second-to-last in theleague, allowing 29.2 yards per return-- and it's been a problem this preseason as well. Wide receiversBrandon Tate and Andrew Hawkins are two likely returners for the Bengals, andboth have big-play capability.7. A.J. Greenwill have more than 100 receiving yards.The Ravenssecondary yielded 100 receiving yards to both Atlanta's Julio Jones andDetroit's Calvin Johnson in the preseason, and each played less than a half.The Ravens figure to match up Lardarius Webb on Green , an "elitereceiver," says Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees. But if the Ravenscan't generate much pass rush, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton will have thetime to find Green, who at 6-foot-4 has 6 inches on Webb.
8. Justin Tuckerwill make his first official NFL field-goal attempt.Many eyes will beon the rookie from Texas, who made headlines when he beat out Billy Cundiff forthe Ravens' kicking job. Tucker has been unflappable, but the games haven'tmattered yet. Now they do, but he will be on target in his first official game.9. The Ravenswill win the turnover battle.Bengals runningback BenJarvus Green-Ellis has not fumbled in ... well, ever. He's had nearly600 touches in his career without a fumble. But the Ravens defense willgenerate turnovers, and that will be one of the keys in a close game.
10. Ravens 27,Bengals 20The Bengals are agood football team, and the Ravens have some questions, especially on defensefor a change. But the Ravens aren't losing on the Monday after Art Modell died.Joe Flacco and the offense do enough to open the season with a win.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Steve Bisciotti donates $100,000 to rebuilding historically black churches

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Steve Bisciotti donates $100,000 to rebuilding historically black churches

One more week of the NFL offseason in the books. Here's the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

Player/Team Notes:

1. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti donated $100,000 to help rebuilding efforts for three historically black churches in the Louisiana area that recently burned down by an alleged arsonists. An effort led by former tight end Benjamin Watson, Bisciotti reached out to him Sunday committing his donation. 

2. The GOAT gene has transferred from Justin Tucker to his son, Easton. The kicker posted a video on his Instagram Thursday of the little guy kicking a (mini) field goal right down the middle, just like his dad. 

Looking Ahead:

April 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

April 25-27: 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tn.

May 3-6 or May 10-13: Potential three-day rookie mini camp

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.

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Ravens Mock Draft Roundup: A wide receiver, defensive end favorites at 22

Ravens Mock Draft Roundup: A wide receiver, defensive end favorites at 22

This is not a drill. We are one week away from the 2019 NFL Draft.

Will the Ravens get Lamar Jackson help at wide receiver or will they focus on filling their holes on defense?

We will have answers to those questions in no time, but in the time being let's take a look at who experts are predicting they take with the 22nd overall pick.

NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig and NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah: DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson

Ferrell had 38 tackles for loss and 21 sacks over the last two seasons. A young threat would fit in quite nicely for the new-looking Ravens defense. 

Bleacher ReportNFL.com's Charles Davis and Sporting News: WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma

Brown, who posted 1,318 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns during the 2018 season, reportedly made a visit to the Ravens this week

It's no secret that the Ravens need help at WR with only two guys on their current roster who have caught a pass in the NFL. 

SB NationSports Illustrated and CBS Sports: WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss

After an impressive combine performance and a picture surfacing of him looking insanely jacked at the gym, Metcalf is definitely the most talked about receiver in this year's draft.

Despite missing part of the 2018 season with a neck injury, Metcalf's draft profile describes him having "projectable upside to become a home-run threat as a WR1." Just what the Ravens need.

ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay: C/G Erik McCoy, Texas A&M

The center position is not seen as a sexy pick in the draft, but Bradbury's skillset is enough to get you excited.

He has three years of experience while at Texas A&M and was only called for five penalties in 2,811 snaps over his college career.

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.

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