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Some thoughts before Week 1

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Some thoughts before Week 1

We now are one week away from the start of the 2012 season, and this year seems to be filled with a lot of unsettled situations for the Ravens coming in. There's questions on both offense and defense-- more the latter than the former -- and if's going to be interesting to see how everything plays out.
Here's a few questions that I'm wondering about.
1. How well with the defense be able to play without Terrell Suggs for much of the season? The Ravens try to play this down from time to time, but this loss might be bigger than most people realize. Suggs did so much in so many ways for the Ravens. Let's see who can step up and fill the pass-rushing hole.
2. How much will the loss of players like Ben Grubbs, Jarret Johnson, Cory Redding and others hurt? These are veterans who didn't get a lot of publicity. They did their jobs quietly and did them well, but the team needed that. Right now, others are going to have to step in and do that-- and this won't be an easy task, especially in the early weeks. Paul Kruger and others are going to have to help on defense.
3. Will this be kind of a break-through year for Joe Flacco? It's possible. He seems to really fit nicely with the no-huddle style. Some players do better in different situations than others. Flacco seems to be settled in and playing with more confidence with the no-huddle. If so, he could post some big numbers, along with Ray Rice and others.
4. And can the offense take the pressure off the defense? It certainly looks as if they could. The no-huddle, Flacco and the deeper group of receivers should gain more yards and score more points. The offense might need to carry the defense a bit early on while everything gets settled. Doesn't mean we'll be seeing a lot of 35-31 victories, but here's betting the offense is much sharper than a year ago.
5. What's the biggest question? To me, it's how well everything settles in place with the defense. That might take some time, and here's betting the defense will find its way as the season goes on, especially in the second half of the year.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram ranked No. 2 in NFL for 'best rushing tandems'

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram ranked No. 2 in NFL for 'best rushing tandems'

Kick off your Thursday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram were ranked No. 2 in Pro Football Focus' 'best rushing tandems ahead of the 2019 NFL season.' Ravens fans are excited to see Jackson and Ingram work together on the field this season.

2. The Ravens are looking for help at left guard and with 2017 fifth-round pick Jermaine Eluemunor not getting many reps in, Coach Harbaugh put Eluemunor in the left guard spot. Although Harbaugh said Eluemunor will need to get in better shape, he acknowledged Eluemunor's work at left guard.


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: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster spot questions begin

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster spot questions begin

Kick off your Wednesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. Chris Board is making a run for a starting spot at linebacker for the Ravens, according to The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec. Board and Kenny Young will reportedly make a run for the starting spot opposite Patrick Onwuasor, but Board is pulling ahead of the pack Zrebiec says. The spot is up for grabs since the Ravens lost C.J. Mosley in free agency.

2. Also looking to earn a roster spot is wide receiver, Jordan Lasley. After training during the offseason with Lamar Jackson, many expected Lasley to show up to minicamp ahead of the pack, but after making some drops, Zrebiec says Lasley "will need to pick up his game" if he wants to get a spot on the Ravens roster.


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: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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