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Ravens seek to correct flaws during well-timed bye


Ravens seek to correct flaws during well-timed bye

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) As the Baltimore Ravens began their bye week, the focus was on the future instead of the immediate past.

For good reason.

If the Ravens (5-2) had to think about and dissect Sunday's 43-13 loss to Houston up until their next game, at Cleveland on Nov. 4, it would just be too darn depressing.

``We've got nine games left. We're leading our division, and it's going to be our opportunity to see what we can do with those next nine games,'' Harbaugh said Monday.

The season was going quite well until the Ravens got ambushed in Houston. It was 29-3 at halftime, and by the time the final whistle mercifully sounded, Baltimore had absorbed its most lopsided defeat since a 38-7 loss in Pittsburgh on Nov. 5, 2007 - the year before Harbaugh took over as head coach for Brian Billick.

The Ravens have made the playoffs in four straight seasons under Harbaugh, and history shows they have the ability to bounce back from a sound defeat.

In 2008, the Indianapolis Colts pinned a 31-3 loss on Baltimore. The Ravens won nine of their next 11 heading into the postseason.

After San Diego beat Baltimore 34-14 last Dec. 18, the Ravens didn't lose again until the AFC championship game.

``You can't achieve anything without going through some adversity,'' Harbaugh said. ``So, the opportunity that is presented to us now is an opportunity to get better - to become whatever it is we're going to become.''

Harbaugh can only hope the Ravens play far better the rest of the way than they did against the Texans. The offense sputtered and the defense didn't cash in on the inspirational presence of linebacker Terrell Suggs, who participated in 44 plays during his earlier-than-expected return from a torn right Achilles tendon.

Harbaugh shouldered the blame for his team's uncharacteristic dud of a performance

``It's on me,'' he said. ``We didn't put our players in great position to win the game. We obviously weren't ready to handle their scheme, their intensity, the crowd. All the things we were up against in that game we did not do a good job with. I take full responsibility for that.''

And now?

``The key is reacting, but not overreacting,'' Harbaugh said. ``Understanding that it's a 16-game season and it's a tough league. This is just part of the process of building a football team. ... These are the kind of things you have to work through. This is the worst score we've had, but we've played worse games.''

The Ravens will have a light practice Tuesday and take the rest of the week off.

``We need to rest, we need the recovery. We're going to heal up a little bit,'' Harbaugh said. ``The bye week comes at a great time for us.''

Except for the fact that the Ravens won't get a chance to rebound from Sunday's loss until next month.

``When you have a game like that, you want to get back in there as fast as you can. You want to play,'' Harbaugh said. ``You want to kind of correct it and make it right.''

After taking a beating by the Houston defense, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is more interested in resting his body than getting back on the field.

``It's always good to get off your feet for a little bit and get guys a little bit more healthy than they are,'' he said. ``I don't think it matters that we're coming off a big loss like this or anything like that. It's just coincidence.''

Harbaugh will take a break, too, but not before he and his staff decide upon the best way to move forward. He's not lamenting injuries to linebacker Ray Lewis and cornerback Lardarius Webb; rather, he's trying to figure the best way to make the most of what he's got.

``We have everything we need,'' Harbaugh insisted. ``We have all the players we need and we have all the scheme we need. Now what we have to do is organize it in a way that gives our players a chance to play their fastest and their best under pressure, on the road against good teams, and at home..''

Baltimore has the longest current home winning streak in the NFL, 14 straight, but is 1-2 on the road.

``We've all got to be better on the road,'' Harbaugh said. ``That's something that we're not happy with right now.''


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Ravens vs. Bengals Week 11: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch


Ravens vs. Bengals Week 11: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

It's been a whirlwind of a week for both the Baltimore Ravens (4-5) and Cincinnati Bengals (5-4) as the two get set for their Week 11 AFC North division matchup.

Ahead of Sunday's game, here's everything you need to know to watch.

We've got ourselves a quarterback situation

Who is going to start at quarterback for the Ravens in Week 11? Will it be Joe Flacco, Lamar Jackson or Robert Griffin III?

News broke during the Ravens' Week 10 bye that Flacco sustained a right hip injury in the team's Week 9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers spurring a full-blown quarterback situation. 

With Flacco missing practice all week, the idea of Jackson getting his first NFL start looked like it was going to become a reality. Then Jackson missed Thursday's practice with an illness. Jackson returned to practice o n Friday, but not before the RGIII hype train could leave the station.

The 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year earned a spot on the 53-man roster for this very reason. Add in reports that the Ravens weren't happy with Jackson's progression throughout the week and we could very well be seeing the NFL comeback of RGIII.

Considering how hush the Ravens have been all week on Flacco's status, don't expect to hear who the starter is until Sunday morning. 

Nonetheless, Sunday's matchup vs. the Bengals is the Ravens' most crucial game of the season as they fight to stay in playoff contention and avoid dropping to 4-6. Whether it's Flacco, Jackson or Griffin III under center, the pressure for a win is on. 

Special assistant to the regional manager head coach

After getting blown out by the New Orleans Saints 51-14 and being the first team in the Super Bowl era to surrender 500 yards in three straight games, the Bengals fired defensive coordinator Teryl Austin Monday. 

Head coach Marvin Lewis will now call the defensive plays in the stadium where he built the NFL's record-setting defense in 2000 as defensive coordinator of the Ravens. To help him with the workload, Lewis brought newly fired Browns head coach Hue Jackson to be their special assistant to the head coach.

Lewis will have his hands full leading a defense that's currently ranked 31st in total points (32) and rushing yards (141.2), and 32nd in total yards (454.6) and passing yards (313.3). It doesn't help his game plan either that the Ravens' starting QB will likely be announced Sunday.

"I’m trying to prepare the Cincinnati Bengals – that’s my focus, OK?," Lewis said on a conference call with media Wednesday. "I can’t control who they put at quarterback based on his injury, whatever – Joe’s [injury]. Our focus has got to be us, and that’s what I’m focusing on – getting us better and getting us righted.”

Season once again comes down to Bengals

Week 17 of the 2017 season with the postseason 53 seconds away, Andy Dalton found Tyler Boyd for a 49-yard, game-winning touchdown that left the Ravens without January football for yet another year. 

Week 11 of the 2018 season and the Ravens find themselves in that exact same spot sitting third in the AFC North. 

What the Ravens do have on their side is owning the NFL's best record following the bye (13-3) since the division realignment in 2002, and the fact that Dalton has thrown the second-most interceptions this season (10) behind rookie Sam Darnold's 14. This is great news for a Ravens defense that hasn't forced a turnover in 11 quarters. With star wide receiver A.J. Green out with a toe injury and running back Joe Mixon limited during Thursday's practice with a knee injury, the defense has a huge opportunity to not allow history to repeat itself. 

Click here to see the updated Ravens-Bengals injury report

Ravens vs. Bengals Week 11 How to Watch:

Who: Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals

What: Week 11 regular season

When: Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, 1:00 p.m. ET

Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Md.

TV Channel: CBS

Live Stream: Watch Now with fuboTV - Try free trial

Radio: WBAL New Radio 1090 and 98Rock

Weather: 47 degrees, most cloudy

Record: Bengals lead all-time series 23-22. Ravens own a 6-4 record at home. 

Ravens 2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Week 1: Sun., 9/9. Ravens vs. Bills. Win, 47-3 (1-0)

Week 2: Thur., 9/13 Ravens at Bengals. Loss, 34-23 (1-1)

Week 3: Sun., 9/23 Ravens vs. Broncos. Win, 27-14 (2-1)

Week 4: Sun., 9/30 Ravens at Steelers. Win, 26-14 (3-1)

Week 5: Sun., 10/7 Ravens at Browns. Loss, 12-9 (3-2)

Week 6: Sun., 10/14 Ravens at Titans. Win, 21-0 (4-2)

Week 7: Sun., 10/21 vs. Saints, 4:05 p.m. Loss, 24-23 (4-3)

Week 8: Sun., 10/28 @ Panthers, 1:00 p.m. Loss 36-21 (4-4)

Week 9: Sun., 11/4 vs. Steelers, 1:00 p.m. Loss 23-16 (4-5)

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 @ Chargers, 8:20 p.m. ET

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

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It's Friday and the Ravens still haven't announced who their starting quarterback is for Sunday

It's Friday and the Ravens still haven't announced who their starting quarterback is for Sunday

The suspense is killing us.

Will it be Lamar Jackson, Robert Griffin III or actually Joe Flacco starting for the Baltimore Ravens Sunday in the most important game of the season, in Week 11 against the Cincinnati Bengals?

Well, it's almost time for happy hour on a Friday and we still don't have a definite answer.

Flacco, who is nursing a right hip injury, did not practice this week and was listed as doubtful on the team's Friday injury report.

But the good news is that Jackson, who missed Thursday's practice with an illness, was a full participant Friday. When asked whether Jackson missing the most crucial day of practice is concerning, head coach John Harbaugh had us scratching our heads.

“It’s not ideal,” Harbaugh said. “Was it part of the plan? Apparently, it was.”

Jackson admitted that the possibility of his first NFL start Sunday would bring on a few butterflies but that once the ball was snapped,"it's on."

"You have to have trust with your guys," Jackson said Wednesday. "You have to have them believing in you to put points on the board. So, that’ll be my job if I’m out there.”

And in the latest version of 'The NFL is wild,' Robert Griffin III was the only Ravens quarterback who participated in a full week of practice.

The 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year hasn't started an NFL game since January 1, 2017, but has stayed up to speed in case a moment like this occurred. 

"That's my job. That's why they brought me here," Griffin III said Wednesday. "They brought me here to be a pro. They brought me here to help this team if need be. I try to help the defense every week on scout team and then do those [reps], and if my number's called I'll be able to go out there and lead this team."

Prior to this week, Flacco had only been on the team's injury report eight times and had missed only three regular-season practices. In 11 years, Flacco has missed just six games, starting the last 41. 

Guard/tackle James Hurst (back) has been ruled out for the fourth week as well as Tim Williams (ankle).

Cornerback Tavon Young (ankle), tackle Ronnie Stanley (ankle) and safety Tony Jefferson (thigh) are listed as questionable.