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Ravens report card for the Chargers game: Offense

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Ravens report card for the Chargers game: Offense

For just the second time this season, it's time to hand out grades after a Ravens win, starting with the offense. The report card please ...

QUARTERBACK: A-

Joe Flacco was 25-for-37 for 319 yards and one touchdown, and he also ran for a score on a sneak. For just the second time this season, he did not throw an interception, and made few of the ill-advised or back-foot throws that have gotten him into trouble this year. His QB rating of 103.3 was his highest of the season. And most important, Flacco moved the Ravens into field goal range in the final two minutes, picking up 31 yards on the first two plays of the drive with two of his best throws of the day. And he did so without Steve Smith. All around, it was perhaps Flacco's best game of the year.

RUNNING BACKS: B-

For three quarters, the Ravens couldn't get much going against the 31st-ranked run defense. But for some reason, for much of that time they didn't even try. Not counting a Flacco kneeldown, the Ravens ran the ball on one of their 11 plays in the second quarter. Justin Forsett (17-69) did most of his damage in the second half. Buck Allen totaled just 1 yard on four carries, and was dropped for a 7-yard loss on third-and-1. The Ravens of course opened one half with a pass (incomplete) to fullback Kyle Juszczyk -- the fifth time that's happened in the past six halves. But Juszczyk got free for a 39-yard catch. 

OFFENSIVE LINE: C-

The Ravens had a couple of backups in the lineup at key times and it showed. James Hurst struggled again replacing Eugene Monroe at left tackle. Flacco was sacked three times, with Hurst getting beaten pretty consistently off the edge. John Urschel had to replace injured Jeremy Zuttah at center, and he had some shotgun snapping issues. The Ravens never established the run very well against the 31st-ranked run defense, and one third-and-1 pitch turned into a disastrous 7-yard loss. But the line held up and opened holes on the Ravens key final drive.

MORE RAVENS: 5 THOUGHTS ON STEVE SMITH'S INJURY

TIGHT ENDS: C

Crockett Gillmore had two catches for 8 yards and a touchdown, but still needs to be more decisive and aggressive on balls that are overthrown. Nick Boyle had a 15-yard catch-and-run and continues to impress as a late-round draft pick. Maxx Williams played only three snaps, and the only time his name was called was for a holding penalty.

WIDE RECEIVERS: B

The injury to Steve Smith is obviously a game-changer, but the Ravens were wise to get Chris Givens more involved. He finished with three catches for 57 yards, his best single-game totals since 2013. Kamar Aiken stepped up as well, with six catches for 62 yards, and he also drew a huge pass interference penalty on the Ravens final drive. Jeremy Ross had three catches for 21 yards, but both he and Marlon Brown dropped passes right in their hands. Brown dropped the only pass thrown his way, and it's fair to wonder whether any will keep coming his way. 

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Joe Flacco not at all concerned with Jalen Ramsey's 'he sucks' comment

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Joe Flacco not at all concerned with Jalen Ramsey's 'he sucks' comment

After spending 10 years in the National Football League, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has been called just about everything.

His "eliteness" has been in question ever since winning the Super Bowl during the 2012-13 season, and while Flacco is known for his "cool as a cucumber" demeanor, he still hears all the noise.

In an interview with GQ, Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey gave an uncensored review on some of the league's top players. When asked what he thinks of Flacco, Ramsey responded with "And just being honest about it, [Joe] Flacco sucks. I played him two years in a row. He sucks."

Just one of several QBs Ramsey took a shot at, Flacco will be adding his comment to the laundry list of opinions.

“I don’t really have much of a comment,” Flacco said, via the Baltimore Sun. “I don’t really care. There’s plenty of people out there saying things. Just add one more to the list. No big deal.”

After finishing the 2017 season with 3,141 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions, there were a lot of opinions surrounding Flacco's future with the team. Those opinions ramped up when the Ravens traded up in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft to select Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson.

But Flacco has begun quieting those doubters with what has been his strongest and healthiest training camp in years. And with Jackson still adjusting to NFL style of play, the 2018 season is Flacco's time to prove he's still got it.

While Ramsey isn't too high on Flacco, the All-Pro cornerback foresees a successful career for Jackson.

"I would've picked [Lamar Jackson] earlier than 32," Ramsey said. "I think he's gonna do a good job. Especially with the [Baltimore Ravens'] offensive coordinator—he likes running quarterbacks, likes that read option."

Among other QBs Ramsey sounded off on was Bills first-round draft pick Josh Allen, who he called "trash," said Ben Roethlisberger is "decent at best" and that Jared Goff is "average to above average."

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Ravens vs. Colts preseason: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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Ravens vs. Colts preseason: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

After 10 days and two testy joint practices with the Colts, Ravens football is back.

The guys are in Indianapolis to take on the Colts in their third preseason game of the season. You can expect to see Lamar Jackson and RGIII getting more reps in, but it's unclear how much of Andrew Luck we'll see after he missed the entire 2017 season with a shoulder injury.

While the joint practices brought a few brawls, head coach John Harbaugh has been nothing but impressed with how his team has been handling training camp and the preseason thus far.

"I think about as good as [I’ve] ever seen,” Harbaugh said via the Ravens' website. “I’d have to say our best camp in terms of guys focused on improving every day and becoming one percent better at what they do from one day to the next and keep building on that. That’s what I’m proud of.”

Ahead of their matchup, here's everything you need to know to watch.

Ravens vs. Colts Preseason Game:

Who: Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts 

What: Preseason Week 3

When: Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, 8:00 p.m. ET

Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana 

TV Channel: ESPN

Live Stream: WatchESPN

Radio: WBAL New Radio 1090 and 98Rock, ESPN Radio

Weather: 78 degrees, scattered thunderstorms

Preseason Schedule:

Hall of Fame Game: Thurs., 8/2 vs. Chicago Bears. 8:00 p.m. (W: 17-16) 

Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. Los Angeles Rams, 7:30 p.m. (W: 33-7)

Week 2: Mon., 8/20, at Indianapolis Colts (Monday Night Football, ESPN), 8:00 p.m. 

Week 3: Sat., 8/25 at Miami Dolphins, 7:00 p.m.

Week 4: Thurs., 8/30 vs. Washington Redskins, 7:30 p.m.

Ravens 2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Week 1: Sun., 9/9 vs. Bills, 1:00 p.m.

Week 2: Thur., 9/13 @ Bengals, 8:20 p.m.

Week 3: Sun., 9/23 vs. Broncos. 1:00 p.m.

Week 4: Sun., 9/30 @ Steelers, 8:20 p.m.

Week 5: Sun., 10/7 @ Browns, 1:00 p.m.

Week 6: Sun., 10/14 @ Titans, 4:25 p.m.

Week 7: Sun., 10/21 vs. Saints, 4:05 p.m.

Week 8: Sun., 10/28 @ Panthers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 9: Sun., 11/4 vs. Steelers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 10:  BYE week

Week 11: Sun., 11/18 vs. Bengals, 1:00 p.m.

Week 12: Sun., 11/25 vs. Raiders, 1:00 p.m.

Week 13: Sun., 12/2 @ Falcons, 1:00 p.m.

Week 14: Sun., 12/9 @ Chiefs, 1:00 p.m.

Week 15: Sun., 12/16 vs. Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 16: Sat., 12/22 or Sunday 12/23 @ Chargers, TBD

Week 17: Sun., 12/30 vs. Browns, 1:00 p.m.