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The view from Philadelphia

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The view from Philadelphia

Philadelphia-areamedia covering the Ravens' 24-23 loss at Philadelphia had plenty of reaction tothe officiating and to the chippy play overall. And, just to show it's all amatter of perspective, at least one writer lays the blame for the extracurricular activity squarely on theRavens.Here's the takeon the game from some Eagles' media: Les Bowen,Philadelphia Daily News"When pushcomes to shove, (Michael) Vick believes in himself, as he showed us again on a10-play, 80-yard drive for the winning points ...The Ravens hadtime after that to get within range for kicker Justin Tucker, who'd already hitfrom 56 and 51, but back-to-back incompletions on third- and fourth-and-1 fromthe Baltimore 46 ended the visitors' day. The Eagles hurriedly left the fieldbefore any of the befuddled replacement refs could write a new chapter of theiradventures by calling a penalty kick or a goaltending violation....The Eagles wonthe second half, 17-6. After watching Ray Rice rumble for 78 yards on 7first-half carries, they allowed him just 21 yards on nine carries afterhalftime, perhaps contributing to Baltimore coach John Harbaugh's reluctance torun in short yardage late. ...It was a chippy,choppy game, marred by several scrums and the puzzled, overmatched officiating,which treated the crowd to a pair of 2-minute warnings in the second half, incase anyone was stuck in a stadium bathroom line."Bob Brookover,Philadelphia Inquirer"No man witha brain could witness what took place at Lincoln Financial Field Sundayafternoon and come to the conclusion that "the replacements" didanything close to a credible job. They were, in fact, embarrassingly bad in avariety of ways and if (NFL Commissioner Roger) Goodell allows the folly tocontinue deep into the season he will be eroding his own shaky credibility. ...We suspect AndyReid and other NFL head coaches have been warned by the league to recite theparty line on the issue of replacement officials. That's what the Eagles coachdid after his team's 24-23 victory over the Baltimore Ravens that was turnedaround by a questionable offensive pass interference penalty in which a flagwas never thrown.Had the call notgone the Eagles way, Jacoby Jones would have celebrated a 25-yard touchdownthat probably would have sealed a Baltimore victory."
Kevin Callahan,Wilmington (Del.) News-Journal"Once again, theEagles showed they could turn over the ball with the best of them. Surprisingly,Andy Reids fumbling and bumbling bunch showed once again they could still win,too, while giving the ball away like Santa Claus at a sporting goods store. ...The Eagles were morethan generous to a Baltimore team that needs no gifts.The Eagles alsobrought their bark, bite and fight to their home-opening and crowd-pleasing24-23 comeback win over the Ravens.Now, this wasnta bare-knuckle backyard brawl between these I-95 brothers, but only becauseboth teams wore helmets and didnt want to break their hands. Still, there wereenough skirmishes to make the Hatfields and McCoys envious."Paul Domowitch,Philadelphia Daily News"The Eaglesheld a Ravens offense that looked unstoppable last week in a 44-13 win over theCincinnati Bengals to 325 offensive yards and 17 first downs.Held Joe Flaccoto a puny 5.5 yards per pass attempt. Held him to eight second-half completionsin 25 attempts. Held Rice, who led the league in yards from scrimmage lastseason, to 21 yards on nine carries in the second half.And they closedthe deal in the fourth quarter after Mike Vick shook off two more interceptionsand the loss of two of his starting offensive linemen and engineered his secondstraight game-winning drive."Reuben Frank,CSNPhiladelphia.com "Late hits. Cheapshots. Stuff after the whistle. Stuff long after the whistle.Playing theBaltimore Ravens is 50 percent NFL and 50 percent WWE.
They doeverything short of secretly bringing a folding chair in the huddle to startwhacking the other team with.For the EaglesSunday, keeping their composure -- when the Ravens were hitting guys late andstarting fights after virtually every play -- was a big part of their 24-23 winin the season opener at the Linc. ...
The Ravenscertainly can be intimidating, with legendary future Hall of Famers Ray Lewisand Ed Reed leading that world-class defense. But the Eaglesstood toe-to-toe with them for 60 minutes and emerged with a win that not onlyshowed who was the better team but also who was the tougher team."

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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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