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Ravens-Texans preview

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Ravens-Texans preview

Ravens vs. Texans
at Reliant Stadium, 1 p.m. ET, Sunday

The line: Texans -7.

Last week: Ravens (5-1) won at home vs. Dallas Cowboys 31-29; Texans (5-1) lost at home vs. Green Bay Packers 42-24.

Series: Ravens lead 5-0.

Last meeting: Ravens won 20-13 on Jan. 15 in AFC Divisional playoff game in Baltimore.

Burning questions: Can the Ravens defense make a stand and prevent RB Arian Foster from running roughshod? They've given up 200-plus yards in two consecutive games to opposing rushers. And will LB Terrell Suggs, who practiced for the first time this this week after an Achilles tear, have anything to do with it?

Keys to victory on offense: Getting off to a fast start and playing with an early cushion would help for an offense that has failed to score a touchdown in six connective quarters away from home. The Ravens also haven't scored a TD in the first quarter in four consecutive games. With the defense ailing, QB Joe Flacco might have to play his best game of the season and use Ray Rice in heavy doses. But that requires the offensive line keeping LB J.J. Watt out of the backfield.

Keys to victory on defense: CB Jimmy Smith expects to be targeted early and often as he fills in for the injured Lardarius Webb. He's a bigger, more physical in coverage which is good considering the Texans have a big WR in Andre Johnson. Also, the front seven for the Ravens can't continually allow themselves to get blown off the line of scrimmage. If this happens with Foster, all else is irrelevant because they'll have no chance of stopping Houston's attack.

Injury report: RAVENS -- Questionable: LT Bryant McKinnie (thigh), DT Haloti Ngata (knee), DT Ma'ake Kemoeatu (knee), CB Jimmy Smith (abs). Probable: OT Ramon Harewood (head). TEXANS -- Out: DE David Hunter (toe). Questionable: S Quintin Demps (thumb/forearm), CB Johnathan Joseph (groin). Probable: LB Bryan Braman (knee), G Antoine Caldwell (concussion), NT Shaun Cody (back), LB Bradie James (calf), WR Lestar Jean (knee), C Ben Jones (knee), S Shiloh Keo (neck/back/thumb), C Chris Myers (hip), LB Jesse Nading (foot/neck), T Derek Newton (forearm), G Wade Smith (knee), RB Ben Tate (toe).

Prediction: Ravens 17-14.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Marquise Brown to miss OTAs

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Marquise Brown to miss OTAs

Kick off your Saturday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including an injury update on the Ravens' first-round pick. 

Player/Team Notes: 

1. 2019 first-round pick and WR Marquise Brown will miss OTAs as he continues to recover from Lisfranc surgery. Per Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic, the team expects Brown to be ready by the start of training camp. 

2. The Ravens confirmed the signings of OLB Pernell McPhee, OLB Shane Ray, and WR Michael Floyd Friday. Baltimore also announced it had waived QB Jalan McClendon and DT Kalil Morris.

3. Free agent LB Jon Bostic worked out for the Ravens Friday, per Zrebiec. Bostic was cut by the Steelers in April. 

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: The return of Pernell McPhee

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: The return of Pernell McPhee

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including the return of Pernell McPhee.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Pernell McPhee is a Baltimore Raven again! The Ravens signed McPhee to a one-year deal according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. McPhee was drafted by the Ravens in 2011 during the fifth round and spent four seasons with the team before landing in Chicago and then last season in Washington. The Ravens hope to capitalize on McPhee's 31 career sacks as they hone-in on producing a "diversified pass rush."

2. The Ravens have also signed offensive lineman R.J. Prince, who was last with Pittsburgh. Prince was waived by the Steelers after not seeing a down during the 2018 season. The Steelers picked up Prince as an undrafted free agent out of North Carolina.

3. Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson has been suspended for the first six games of the 2019 regular season. Peterson reportedly violated the NFL's performance-enhancement drug policy. The Ravens face the Cardinals during Week 2, so this is good news for the guys in purple.

4. The Ravens have reportedly signed former Denver Broncos linebacker Shane Ray, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Ray had an unproductive season with the Broncos last year with one sack and one forced fumble in 11 games played.

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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