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Ravens look to continue AFC North success

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Ravens look to continue AFC North success

The Ravens will hope to continue their AFC North Division winning streak on Sunday in Cleveland. 

Baltimore last lost a division game on Dec. 5, 2010, when the Steelers pulled out a 13-10 victory. The Ravens won the final two that season, all six last year and two more this season. They beat Cleveland already and topped the Bengals in the season opener. The Ravens still haven't played the Steelers yet, but that's coming.

Having a good division record is important when it comes to tie-breakers and that stuff, but it's also big because those are the only teams a club plays twice a season. Translation-- those are the teams you see the most, so you've got to play the best then. 

The Ravens, in fact, haven't lost to the Browns in their last nine meetings. They'll try to stretch that winning streak to 10 on Sunday, sweeping them for a fifth straight season. They've never lost to Cleveland in the John Harbaugh era. 

That would leave the Ravens with one game against the Bengals (on the road) and both Pittsburgh games. In fact, they got bad luck on this schedule and have to take on the Steelers twice in just three weeks (Nov. 18 and Dec. 2). The final Bengals' match-up comes in Cincinnati on the last week -- after they opened the season with them in Baltimore. 

The Ravens will hope that their success in the division and versus the Browns helps their inconsistent play on the road in the last two years. No matter who they've played, the Ravens just can't seem to put it all together on the road. 

But they've yet to play an AFC North team away from home this year. They've won four straight division games on the road since the 2010 loss to the Steelers -- which came at home. A road win against a division rival will help an injury-depleted Ravens' defense at this time. 

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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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