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Shaky O-line stabilizes in time to help Flacco

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Shaky O-line stabilizes in time to help Flacco

The last time Joe Flacco played at the San Diego Chargers, he tasted dirt seven times.

That happened in a 34-14 loss at Qualcomm Stadium last season.

It appeared to be another one of those games Sunday as the Ravens quarterback was sacked a season-high five times.

The pocket protection stabilized when Flacco needed it most, however, and he threw for 296 yards in the second half to bring the Ravens from behind for a 16-13 overtime victory.

When the Ravens trailed 10-0 at halftime, they’d amassed just 90 yards on 32 plays.

Ray Rice had 45 yards on nine carries, a 5.0 average. He finished with 97 on 22 carries.

But the 25th-ranked defense forced the Chargers into consecutive three-and-out series to start the second half. The Ravens’ offense had a few more chances to turn around a game that was in danger of getting away from them.

"We ran the ball effectively. If you run the ball, that’s your best friend in pass protection," center Matt Birk said. "Maybe we didn’t have a lot to show for it until the very end but in the second half we certainly played a lot better and did a better job of controlling the line of scrimmage."

Flacco was dropped for a 9-yard loss that stopped a drive at San Diego’s 34 in the first quarter. He was sacked twice in the second. With the Ravens at their own 41 in the third quarter, a sack ruined that drive.

From 9:36 of the third for the rest of the game, Flacco’s only trouble came when he fumbled on Antwan Barnes' hit in the fourth quarter. That sack on third-and-long led to the 4th-and-29 play that was converted by Ray Rice to tie the score at 13 and force the overtime period.

There weren’t any significant adjustments made to the blocking scheme to secure Flacco. They simply played better along the offensive line. Flacco wasn’t sacked in overtime.

Jah Reid, a second-year player, started his second game in a row at left guard for Bobbie Williams (ankle), who was inactive. Reid didn’t start a game as a rookie and had to overcome a calf strain that had dogged him in the preseason and kept him inactive until recently.

"We just settled down, stuck to our fundamentals," said Reid, playing his fourth game this season. "We didn’t change much. We just knew we had to do better."

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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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