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Ravens vs. Patriots
at M&T Bank Stadium, 8:20 p.m. NBC

The line: Ravens -3.

Last week: Ravens (1-1) lost 24-23 to the Philadelphia Eagles; Patriots (1-1) lost 20-18 to the Arizona Cardinals.

Series: Patriots lead, 7-1. Ravens have never won a regular season meeting.

Last meeting: Ravens lost 23-20 in AFC championship game on Jan. 22 in New England.

Burning question: Will the real offense stand up for the Ravens? Is it the one that posted 37 points in the opener vs. Cincinnati or the one that couldn't score a TD in the second half last week at Philadelphia?

Keys to victory on offense: RB Ray Rice only had 16 carries for 99 yards. He had 78 yards on seven carries in the first half alone, but the Ravens opted to pass in critical situations late in the game, including third-and-1 and fourth-and-1 on their final drive in Philadelphia territory. Both were unsuccessful. Using FB Vonta Leach and No. 2 RB Bernard Pierce more in the attack can help. The receiving corp had difficulty getting free against the physical, aggressive play of the Eagles' corners. They should have an easier time with the Patriots' secondary by stretching the field and opening the underneath routes for the running backs and TE Dennis Pitta.

Keys to victory on defense: The Ravens were significantly better against the run, holding the Eagles' LeSean McCoy to 81 yards on 25 carries, by limiting his ability to cutback with rookie LB Courtney Upshaw performing surprisingly well in the starting lineup. The Pats have Stevan Ridley, who had 125 yards in the opener and is averaging 5.0 yards per carry this season. One area where the Ravens have yet to prove adequate is in their ability to pressure the quarterback. Pats QB Tom Brady flourishes when he has time and can pick apart a secondary. T Haloti Ngata is the only Ravens lineman who has shown any consistency in this area. Plus, the zone coverage by the linebackers was terrible against Philadelphia as TE Brent Celek had a career high 157 yards receiving. Brady's favorite target is TE Rob Gronkowski, who set an NFL record for receiving yards at his position last year. If the coverage doesn't improve underneath, then getting to Brady off of his spot is even more imperative.

Wild card: Ravens rookie K Justin Tucker is 6-for-6. He hit from 48, 51 and tied a club record from 56 last week alone. The Ravens lost a chance to go to the Super Bowl when then-K Billy Cundiff misfired on a 32-yard FG. That's extremely unlikely to happen with Tucker.

Injury report: RAVENS -- Doubtful: T Jah Reid (calf); Probable: LB Paul Kruger (back), LB Jameel McClain (knee), DE Pernell McPhee (knee), T Michael Oher (ankle), S Bernard Pollard (ribs), CB Lardarius Webb (knee). PATRIOTS -- Out: DT Justin Francis (ankle), TE Aaron Hernandez (ankle); Questionable: C Dan Connolly (concussion), DE Brandon Deaderick (ankle) CB Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring), TE Daniel Fells (shin), WR Brandon Lloyd (thigh), G Logan Mankins (hip), C Nick McDonald (shoulder), CB Sterling Moore (knee), RB Shane Vereen (foot), T Sebastian Vollmer (back); Probable: S Patrick Chung (shoulder).

Prediction: Ravens 28-24.

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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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