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Early Game 1 predictions

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Early Game 1 predictions

Nowadays, there seems to be something dealing with mathematics when trying to look at stats or probabilities from things that happen in NFL games or with teams.
This wont be one of those times. But its just going to be some predictions about what we might see in Mondays season opener with the Bengals on national television.
Sometimes, things can be as easy as one, two, three. And thats the format well use here. This is a look at three things I think youll see Monday night.
First, the defense will have an up and down night. Theres no question the talents there. There is questions involving that talent in certain spots. We didnt see much of a pass rush in certain spots in pre-season, but the Ravens certainly were not going to show all of their cards in games that mean nothing. The pass rush will do better, but theres a lot of questions involving new players and guys in different spots. Theres too many new parts to expect the defense to look as strong as last year right away.
Second, the offense will surprise you theyll be very good. Heres betting that quarterback Joe Flacco will show why he deserves a new contract, and running back Ray Rice will show why we should be glad the team signed him to one. And Torrey Smith will make you start to worry about making sure the Ravens dont lose him either. Those are three dynamic players who can really carry this offense. The no-huddle is a good style for Flacco, and if the Ravens stick with it, hell take off.
Third, Justin Tucker will get off to a good start. Dont expect him to make every kick. No one can. What the Ravens need is for him to be a consistent kicker and nail the long-distance kicks more than Billy Cundiff did. Tucker can do it, and by the end of this season, the coaches are going to look pretty smart for that move they made.
PREDICTION: Ravens 31, Bengals 27. The Ravens still have enough depth to get by Cincinnatibut it wont be easy.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Free agent Gerald McCoy to visit Baltimore

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Free agent Gerald McCoy to visit Baltimore

Kick off your holiday weekend with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. One of the most obvious needs for the Ravens is help rushing the passer, and they're hoping to find some of that help on the interior in the form of free agent Gerald McCoy. The longtime Buccaneer DL visited Cleveland last week, but left town without agreeing to a contract.

Reportedly interested in playing for a contender, the former top-five pick is scheduled to visit the Ravens on Tuesday.

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson is still struggling to throw the ball, as he noted things aren't right yet when it comes to accuracy. Media members noticed the ball wobbling through the air on many throws, and Jackson told them he thinks his hand is too high on the ball. If he's going to successfully run Greg Roman's new offensive scheme, Jackson will eventually need to be able to hit his receivers in stride with greater regularity.

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

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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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including how quarterback Lamar Jackson has fared during OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Following a January surgery on his left ankle, safety Tony Jefferson remains sidelined after the first week of OTAs. Originally, Jefferson was expected to return 4-6 weeks after surgery. However, now that it's 5 months later, his return timetable is becoming more and more concerning. 

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson spoke with Ravens media Thursday about his progress not only learning the new offense implemented by Offensive Coordinator, Greg Roman, but learning the names of his new teammates as well. After another day of OTAs, Jackson was his biggest critic despite a solid day of running plays namely passing drills. “I’d say my first day, I sucked,” Jackson said to Ravens media. “Second day, I did better. Today was alright, but it could have been better. I always try to be perfect in practice. It was alright for the first week.”

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

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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