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Questions, criticisms irk Ravens

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Questions, criticisms irk Ravens

Despite being 4-1, the Ravens are on edge going into Sunday's game with the Dallas Cowboys.

For a team that is on a three-game winning streak and in control of the AFC North, it seems surprising.

But it really shouldn't be given the tone of the past week since an abyssmal performance in a 9-6 win at the Kansas City Chiefs. The Ravens have the 24th-ranked defense and an inconsistent no-huddle offense that only produced three field goals last week. In the last six quarters on the road, the Ravens have failed to score a touchdown.

"Whoever is keeping track of style points, you can ask them," is all coach John Harbaugh would say about the way his team has been winning since the 44-13 opening victory against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Fortunately for the Ravens, they're at M&T Bank Stadium for the Cowboys (2-2). There, the Ravens have won 13 in a row in the regular season and 21 of their last 22.

There's plenty of evidence that points to a team that's not content with how they're playing, or how they're being questioned about their play.

Ray Rice, who has shown signs of being agitated about his reduced role in the offense, was conspicuously unavailable all week. He had 102 yards on 17 carries in the Chiefs game and hasn't had more than 20 carries in a game this season.

Cornerback Lardarius Webb was angry with a reporter for writing a story about comments he made earlier in the week about the Cowboys not being "America's Team" and that it should instead be the New England Patriots or Green Bay Packers.

Linebacker Ray Lewis, 37, came under fire for being slow and unable to shed blocks even though he leads the Ravens with 43 tackles. Defensive coordinator Dean Pees rose vigoriously to his defense.

And the usually low key Cary Williams, a cornerback who was targeted early in the season by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady with great success, was testy even though he has bounced back.

Williams had a 63-yard interception return for a touchdown that proved to be the difference in a 23-16 win vs. the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 27, then had another interception vs. the Chiefs and a pass defense that led to another one for Webb in the same game.

"I'm just working hard, man. I haven't changed," said Williams. "It's one game. I can't allow one game to affect how I play. To a degree, I feel like saying, 'How many touchdowns have I given up?' I haven't. So I don't think I've been doing anything outside of what I've been doing.

"It's the NFL, sometime you're going to go against top-tier talent every week. Sometimes you're going to lose some. It is what it is."

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram ranked No. 2 in NFL for 'best rushing tandems'

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram ranked No. 2 in NFL for 'best rushing tandems'

Kick off your Thursday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram were ranked No. 2 in Pro Football Focus' 'best rushing tandems ahead of the 2019 NFL season.' Ravens fans are excited to see Jackson and Ingram work together on the field this season.

2. The Ravens are looking for help at left guard and with 2017 fifth-round pick Jermaine Eluemunor not getting many reps in, Coach Harbaugh put Eluemunor in the left guard spot. Although Harbaugh said Eluemunor will need to get in better shape, he acknowledged Eluemunor's work at left guard.


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: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster spot questions begin

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster spot questions begin

Kick off your Wednesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. Chris Board is making a run for a starting spot at linebacker for the Ravens, according to The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec. Board and Kenny Young will reportedly make a run for the starting spot opposite Patrick Onwuasor, but Board is pulling ahead of the pack Zrebiec says. The spot is up for grabs since the Ravens lost C.J. Mosley in free agency.

2. Also looking to earn a roster spot is wide receiver, Jordan Lasley. After training during the offseason with Lamar Jackson, many expected Lasley to show up to minicamp ahead of the pack, but after making some drops, Zrebiec says Lasley "will need to pick up his game" if he wants to get a spot on the Ravens roster.


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: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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