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Jones brothers clash for bragging rights

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Jones brothers clash for bragging rights

At least Arthur Jones has some bragging rights going into his game with the Ravens on Sunday.

He announced he'd defeated his brother, Chandler Jones of the New England Patriots, late Thursday night in Madden 13, a popular football video game they played online.

Arthur wrote on Twitter: "Just beat @Chan95Jones in Madden 4437 RAVENS > patriots. Haha we will see who gets bragging rights after Sunday night. Lets goo!!"

He even included a picture that showed the scoreboard.

Arthur Jones, 26, a 6-foot-3, 313-pound second-team defensive end for the Ravens, doesn't have the high profile of his younger brothers. He was a 2010 fifth-round draft pick. He backs up Pernell McPhee for a Baltimore line that has had trouble generating pressure on the quarterback.

"We talked a little junk back and forth. Nothing too serious," Arthur said Friday. "We're both excited for the weekend. It's a huge weekend for our family."

Chandler, 22, is a 6-foot-5, 260-pound rookie defensive end who already has forced two fumbles and has a sack for New England. A starter, he was a first-round pick.

I call Arthur 'Mommy's little big baby.' And there's 'Mommy's little tiny baby,' Chandler, their mother, Camille Jones, told AP. I'm torn about what team I'm going to root for.

Both attended Syracuse. Their other brother, Jon "Bones" Jones, 25, will be defending his UFC light heavyweight title on Saturday night in Toronto.

Camille, who is blind, will attend the cage match and be at M&T Bank Stadium.

"We tore up a lot of furniture growing up. Now we're happy we're in a unique situation that we can give that back to our parents," Arthur said.

Chandler has been short and sweet with his answers. He won't be hitting his brother, however, since they both play defense.

"Main thing is just focusing on this game," Chandler, who has two forced fumbles and a sack, told CSNNE.com. "Trying to get this game plan down and coming up with a win."

Arthur isn't worried about the fighter in the family.

"I know Jon is going to take care of business," he said.

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Lamar Jackson, Ravens rookies report to training camp

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Lamar Jackson, Ravens rookies report to training camp

Football is back in session for the Ravens.

Their rookies are set to report to the Ravens' training facility in Owings Mills, Md Wednesday. Veterans report next Wednesday, the 18th.

The team is reporting to training camp a bit earlier than most NFL teams. Due to Ray Lewis being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Aug. 4 in Canton, Oh, the Ravens will face the Chicago Bears in the annual Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 2. Teams participating are eligible to begin training camp earlier.

This rookie class is already generating national attention. While the Ravens stand by Joe Flacco as their QB1, first-round pick Lamar Jackson could cause a shakeup at some point during the season. And when it comes to much-needed offensive help, tight ends Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews could begin to provide relief. 

Third-round pick Orlando Brown Jr. begins his journey with the Ravens in a more sentimental fashion. His father, Orlando "Zeus" Brown, also played tackle for the Ravens from 1996-98 and then again from 2003-05. Brown passed away in 2011. 

Stay with NBC Sports Washington throughout the next several weeks as we keep a close eye on the Ravens' preseason. 

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Early 2018 NFL playoff odds have Ravens in similar situation

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Early 2018 NFL playoff odds have Ravens in similar situation

There's only six months until the NFL playoffs and we've got no time to waste.

OK, maybe we're getting a little ahead of ourselves but online betting site, Oddshark, released their early 2018 NFL playoff odds and the Ravens are in a similar situation as previous years.

The Ravens are sitting at +135 — tied for 13th with the San Francisco 49ers — for the best odds to play January football. This would place them in the seventh seed among AFC teams and just outside contention.

The Patriots (-1500), Steelers (-550), Chargers (-145), Jaguars (-140), Texans (-135), and Chiefs (+120) are seeded above them respectively. 

During the 2017 season, the Ravens were constantly in the hunt for the fifth or sixth seed in the AFC playoff picture. Several weeks ahead of training camp, Vegas is predicting that to be the case in 2018.

Playoff odds in July mean nothing, but considering their offseason changes, the Ravens' 2018 season should bring positive change.

They added weapons for Joe Flacco in free agents Michael Crabtree, Willie Snead and John Brown, and drafted tight ends Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews.

Then there was the late first-round draft pick of QB Lamar Jackson. Flacco remains the starter for now, but it will be interesting to see if that changes midway through the season or if they get them both on the field at the same time.

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