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Hunches, predictions for Browns-Ravens

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Hunches, predictions for Browns-Ravens

The Ravens now get to play their second game in five days, so theyll be a little tired. And the Browns will be in the same spot when both meet tonight.
A win here would give the Ravens a 3-1 record and give them some time to relax while they dont have another game until a week from Sunday. This win also could be helpful as the Ravens next have tough road battles with Kansas City and Houston.
Heres some hunches and predictions for tonights match-up with the winless Browns.
--The offense, which played much better last week, should have another very good effort. Joe Flacco carried the Ravens at time last week with his good passing, and well probably see more of the same. But heres guessing that Ray Rice could have a bigger role. Hes done more each game than the one before as the Ravens, like many other teams, have fallen in love with the passing attack.

--The defense will probably feel more comfortable and less worried about blitzing Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden. Like a typical rookie, Weedens had an up-and-down season so far. The more pressure they can get on him, the more trouble hell find. Heres betting that the Ravens should come up with a lot of blitzes.
--Watch for turnovers. The Ravens, when their defense can kind of over-match other offenses, those are the times they can cause turnovers in bunches. Thats when points also can come in bunches.
--Dont watch for the officials. If the regular refs are officially back, then that wont be a matter for discussion any more.
PREDICTION: Ravens 31, Browns 20This wont be a cakewalk, but the Ravens should be able to stay in command throughout. The Browns have played well at times in the first three weeks, but theyre not going to be able to stay with the Ravens the entire game.

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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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'I started to realize that I’m not broken': Steve Smith opens up about mental health and depression

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'I started to realize that I’m not broken': Steve Smith opens up about mental health and depression

Former Carolina Panthers' star receiver Steve Smith spoke in front of a crowd of over 400 people at the fifth annual Wake up for Wellness breakfast that was sponsored by Mental Health America of Central Carolinas.

The 16-year veteran and current NFL Network analyst touched on the importance of seeking help for bouts with depression and spoke of battles that he has faced with the disease.

“On the outside you’ll see a tough exterior. But on the inside, I’m just broken or I believe even more broken than the average man. ... Because when the stadium goes dark and the cheers stop, you’re still looking for that pat on the back,” Smith said. “Throughout my whole career, I struggled with that.”

Smith discussed that in the beginning, he was so concerned about the stigma regarding mental health, that he opted for the professional to meet him for housecalls, and as time passed he realized the importance of speaking up.

“I started to realize that I’m not broken,” he said. “I’m not being sent back to the manufacturer ... I get up every morning and figure it out.”

Smith's comments on the issue came to light just a day after the NFL and NFLPA announced new legislation that focuses on mental well being.

The newly formed Comprehensive Mental Health and Wellness Committee will develop programs for members of the NFL in addition to collaborating with local and national mental health and suicide prevention organizations. Each team will be mandated to retain a Behavioral Health Team Clinician for assistance that will be required to be available to players at the individual team facilities for at least 8-12 hours per week and must conduct mandatory mental health education sessions for players and coaching staff.

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