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Ravens want TDs, not FGs

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Ravens want TDs, not FGs

During his post-game press conference after last weeks loss to the Lions, quarterback Joe Flacco brought up one point a few different times.
He spoke about wanting to get drives finished and come away with seven points instead of three. The field goals happened more often in the Detroit loss, but Flacco and the Ravens want to see touchdowns on the scoreboard.
Flacco talked about it again when speaking with media after a practice earlier this week.
I think the biggest thing I can look at in the last couple of games, especially last game, is just finishing off drives getting down in the red zone and putting touchdowns on the board, Flacco said. If you want to score a lot of points in this league and you want to run away with a couple of games here and there when youre given the chancewhich isnt often youve got to put the ball in the end zone.
The Ravens have dealt with this issue in years past as fans whove followed the team a long time may remember. In years past, especially when they won the Super Bowl in 2000, the defense carried the day because the offense didnt have enough punch in the red zone and often settled for field goals.
After last weeks game, coach John Harbaugh and Flacco both talked about how they dont what that to be the case this year. They made it clear that while field goals are fine, touchdowns are what the team really wants.
And thats something theyre going to push in Thursdays exhibition game with the Jaguars, who kept the Baltimore offense under control when upsetting the Ravens last year. Thats why touchdowns are going to be the focus in this game and this season.
I think thats one thing Id like to see, is when we get down there this week, is to stick it in there, Flacco said.

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Lamar Jackson, Ravens rookies report to training camp

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Lamar Jackson, Ravens rookies report to training camp

Football is back in session for the Ravens.

Their rookies are set to report to the Ravens' training facility in Owings Mills, Md Wednesday. Veterans report next Wednesday, the 18th.

The team is reporting to training camp a bit earlier than most NFL teams. Due to Ray Lewis being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Aug. 4 in Canton, Oh, the Ravens will face the Chicago Bears in the annual Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 2. Teams participating are eligible to begin training camp earlier.

This rookie class is already generating national attention. While the Ravens stand by Joe Flacco as their QB1, first-round pick Lamar Jackson could cause a shakeup at some point during the season. And when it comes to much-needed offensive help, tight ends Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews could begin to provide relief. 

Third-round pick Orlando Brown Jr. begins his journey with the Ravens in a more sentimental fashion. His father, Orlando "Zeus" Brown, also played tackle for the Ravens from 1996-98 and then again from 2003-05. Brown passed away in 2011. 

Stay with NBC Sports Washington throughout the next several weeks as we keep a close eye on the Ravens' preseason. 

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Early 2018 NFL playoff odds have Ravens in similar situation

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Early 2018 NFL playoff odds have Ravens in similar situation

There's only six months until the NFL playoffs and we've got no time to waste.

OK, maybe we're getting a little ahead of ourselves but online betting site, Oddshark, released their early 2018 NFL playoff odds and the Ravens are in a similar situation as previous years.

The Ravens are sitting at +135 — tied for 13th with the San Francisco 49ers — for the best odds to play January football. This would place them in the seventh seed among AFC teams and just outside contention.

The Patriots (-1500), Steelers (-550), Chargers (-145), Jaguars (-140), Texans (-135), and Chiefs (+120) are seeded above them respectively. 

During the 2017 season, the Ravens were constantly in the hunt for the fifth or sixth seed in the AFC playoff picture. Several weeks ahead of training camp, Vegas is predicting that to be the case in 2018.

Playoff odds in July mean nothing, but considering their offseason changes, the Ravens' 2018 season should bring positive change.

They added weapons for Joe Flacco in free agents Michael Crabtree, Willie Snead and John Brown, and drafted tight ends Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews.

Then there was the late first-round draft pick of QB Lamar Jackson. Flacco remains the starter for now, but it will be interesting to see if that changes midway through the season or if they get them both on the field at the same time.

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