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It's time for ourweekly trip under the replay hood to see how our predictions turned out for theRavens-Eagles game. We can only hope that each week they turn out better thanthe work of the replacement officials.
1. The Eagleswill not score on their opening possession.CORRECT. Bernard Pollard bailed us outhere. The Eagles marched all the way to the Ravens' 12-yard line with alarmingease to begin the game, but Pollard's diving interception in the end zone on apass Michael Vick shouldn't have thrown killed the Eagles' opening drive.2. Ray Rice willhave 20 touches.CORRECT. Ofcourse, all anyone is talking about are the two times Rice did not touch theball, namely on the Ravens' final two plays, facing third-and-1 and thenfourth-and-1 at their 46-yard line. And he had no carries in the Ravens' firsttwo drives of the third quarter. But Rice finished with 22 touches -- 16carries for 99 yards and six receptions for 53 yards. 3. Joe Flaccowill be sacked at least three times.INCORRECT. Flaccowas dropped -- and fumbled -- on the Ravens' second offensive snap, and itlooked as if the Ravens' revamped line would be in for a long day. Overall,they held their own against a very physical front, and although Flacco tooksome shots, and was nursing some sore ribs after the game, he was sacked onlytwice.4. The Ravenswill have three pass plays of 20 yards.CORRECT. Flaccocompleted four 20 plays -- a 40-yarder to Torrey Smith, a 37-yardcatch-and-run to Ray Rice, a 23-yarder to Ed Dickson and a gorgeous 21-yardtouchdown throw to Jacoby Jones. Flacco took some other shots downfield but wasbadly off the mark on a couple during a second half in which he was just8-for-25 with an interception.5. The Ravenstight ends will have at least seven catches.CORRECT. Tightend Dennis Pitta, one of Flacco's closest friends on the team, has clearlybecome one of Flacco's favorite receivers as well. He was targeted 15 times,leading the team for the second straight week. He finished with eight catchesfor 65 yards, and Ed Dickson had one grab for 23 yards. 6. CourtneyUpshaw will have at least four tackles.CORRECT. Asexpected, the rookie started in place of injured Paul Kruger (back) andrecorded a total of six tackles. He did a decent job of setting the edgeagainst the run and spent some time in the Eagles' backfield. Upshaw's biggestimpact on the game, though, was accidental: He crashed into Bernard Pollard asPollard sacked Vick, and Pollard left the game with a rib injury.7. The Eagleswill rush for more than 100 yards.CORRECT. Led byLeSean McCoy (25-81) and Vick (10-34), the Eagles rushed for 129 yards on 41carries. The 3.1-yard average was an improvement over Week 1, when Cincinnatiaveraged 4.6 yards a pop.
8. The Ravenswill get an interception.CORRECT. TheRavens picked off Vick twice, with Pollard ending the Eagles' opening drive andEd Reed later corraling a tipped pass for his 59th career interception. Therewere other chances, too, as linebackers Ray Lewis and Albert McClellan each hadtheir hands on a Vick pass but couldn't hold on.
9. The Ravenswill have a 30-yard kickoff return.CORRECT.Undrafted rookie Deonte Thompson again got the call as the Ravens' primary kickreturner and showed his big-play ability with a 49-yard return in the firstquarter. He finished with a 33.3-yard average on three returns.10. Eagles 23,Ravens 20KIND OF CORRECT.We predicted that the Eagles would have "just enough to win their raucoushome opener," and indeed they did. We would have liked to see the Ravensget about 10 more yards on that final drive and trot out rookie kicker JustinTucker for about a 61-yard field-goal try at the buzzer. The guess here is he wouldhave made it.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson is his own biggest critic

Kick off your Friday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including how quarterback Lamar Jackson has fared during OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Following a January surgery on his left ankle, safety Tony Jefferson remains sidelined after the first week of OTAs. Originally, Jefferson was expected to return 4-6 weeks after surgery. However, now that it's 5 months later, his return timetable is becoming more and more concerning. 

2. Quarterback Lamar Jackson spoke with Ravens media Thursday about his progress not only learning the new offense implemented by Offensive Coordinator, Greg Roman, but learning the names of his new teammates as well. After another day of OTAs, Jackson was his biggest critic despite a solid day of running plays namely passing drills. “I’d say my first day, I sucked,” Jackson said to Ravens media. “Second day, I did better. Today was alright, but it could have been better. I always try to be perfect in practice. It was alright for the first week.”

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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'I started to realize that I’m not broken': Steve Smith opens up about mental health and depression

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'I started to realize that I’m not broken': Steve Smith opens up about mental health and depression

Former Carolina Panthers' star receiver Steve Smith spoke in front of a crowd of over 400 people at the fifth annual Wake up for Wellness breakfast that was sponsored by Mental Health America of Central Carolinas.

The 16-year veteran and current NFL Network analyst touched on the importance of seeking help for bouts with depression and spoke of battles that he has faced with the disease.

“On the outside you’ll see a tough exterior. But on the inside, I’m just broken or I believe even more broken than the average man. ... Because when the stadium goes dark and the cheers stop, you’re still looking for that pat on the back,” Smith said. “Throughout my whole career, I struggled with that.”

Smith discussed that in the beginning, he was so concerned about the stigma regarding mental health, that he opted for the professional to meet him for housecalls, and as time passed he realized the importance of speaking up.

“I started to realize that I’m not broken,” he said. “I’m not being sent back to the manufacturer ... I get up every morning and figure it out.”

Smith's comments on the issue came to light just a day after the NFL and NFLPA announced new legislation that focuses on mental well being.

The newly formed Comprehensive Mental Health and Wellness Committee will develop programs for members of the NFL in addition to collaborating with local and national mental health and suicide prevention organizations. Each team will be mandated to retain a Behavioral Health Team Clinician for assistance that will be required to be available to players at the individual team facilities for at least 8-12 hours per week and must conduct mandatory mental health education sessions for players and coaching staff.

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