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Ten facts showing how woeful 2015 has been for Ravens


Ten facts showing how woeful 2015 has been for Ravens

If you are a Ravens’ fan, you need cheering up so maybe you shouldn’t read this. Here are 10 facts that show how far the Ravens (1-5) have fallen. Big props to CSN Mid-Atlantic researcher Rich Goldberg for compiling much of this information: 

1. In six opening drives this season, the Ravens have produced zero points.

The Ravens have five punts and a fumble in opening drives so far. So if you’re in church on a Ravens’ game day, and thinking about walking out on the sermon, don’t do it. If you miss the Ravens’ first drive, you’re not likely to miss much.

2. The Ravens have lost all five games by a total of 22 points.

That ties a record for 1-5 teams.The 1933 Chicago Cardinals were also 1-5, losing all five by a total of 22 points. If you can’t remember a 1-5 team losing this many close games so quickly, you shouldn’t. Unless you remember those 1933 Cardinals.

3. Joe Flacco has thrown more interceptions in road games (29) than any quarterback since 2013.

Next in line are Peyton Manning (23), Matt Ryan (21), Eli Manning (20), and Philip Rivers (20). Usually, Flacco would love to be in the same company with those guys. But not when it comes to throwing fourth-quarter picks.

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4. Four quarterbacks have already thrown for more than 340 yards against the Ravens.

Last season, only three quarterbacks topped 340 yards against the Ravens all season. Their names were Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, and Ben Roethlisberger. This year, the quarterbacks who have topped 300 against the Ravens are Derek Carr, Andy Dalton, Colin Kaepernick, and Josh McCown. 

5. On third down, the Ravens have surrendered a first down 47.8 percent of the time.

Only the Jaguars defense has a worse third-down percentage (50 percent) against.

6.  The Ravens have given up six touchdown passes of 20 yards or more.

Only the Redskins have given up as many 20-yard plus TD passes.

7. The Ravens are tied for the worst record in the NFL with the Chiefs, Lions, and Jaguars.

Maybe that’s good news if you are looking forward to the draft. The Ravens have never drafted higher than fourth. Next year, they might.

8. Since winning Super Bowl XLVII, the Ravens are just a.500 team (20-20), including regular season and playoffs.

More ammunition for those who believe the Ravens’ front office and coaches overrated their talent heading into the season.

9. The Ravens have lost three games this season after holding a fourth-quarter lead.

The worst part is that two of those games were at home, against the Bengals and Browns. Remember when opponents feared coming to M&T Bank Stadium?

10. Since 1990, when the NFL adopted its current playoff format, no team has made the playoffs after starting 1-5.

Translation: Start making your January vacation plans.

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Lamar Jackson, Ravens rookies report to training camp


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.