Quick Links

Ravens cautious of Chiefs despite record


Ravens cautious of Chiefs despite record

The Kansas City Chiefs are a team in disarray, and depending on the point of view they're either ripe for picking or desperately dangerous.

The Ravens travel to play a 1-3 team at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.

The Chiefs are coming off a 37-20 loss to the San Diego Chargers and have committed 15 turnovers for the season. Quarterback Matt Cassel is responsible for 10.

The Ravens have forced eight turnovers.

But a wounded team can't be taken lightly, especially because of star talents such as running back Jamaal Charles and receiver Dwayne Bowe.

Charles leads the NFL with 415 yards and two touchdowns and is averaging 5.8 yards per carry. Bowe had 25 catches for 342 yards and three touchdowns.

"Bowe is maturing as a wide receiver," Ravens safety Lardarius Webb said. "He is running his routes. He is being physical in the run blocking. ... We have to contain him. No. 25 (Charles) is back now. He is coming off a little injury, but he is back. If he gets a step in front of anyone, he's gone..

"I'm not going to say he reminds me of (Eagles RB LeSean) McCoy, but their running styles are similar, the way they cut back. We have to know where these guys are at."

Ravens coach John Harbaugh is in awe of the Chiefs' firepower. In their only victory, they came back to win at the New Orleans Saints in overtime.

"You're talking about weapons," he said. "They have them all."

Quick Links

Lamar Jackson, Ravens rookies report to training camp


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. 


Quick Links

Early 2018 NFL playoff odds have Ravens in similar situation

AP Images

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.