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Will Ravens figure out how to beat Bengals in 2015?

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Will Ravens figure out how to beat Bengals in 2015?

Here are two items on the Ravens’ to-do list for next season.

Win the AFC North.  Figure out how to beat the Bengals.

The Ravens have lost three straight to the Bengals, dating back to the 2013 season finale. That loss cost the Ravens a playoff berth in 2013. And their two losses to Cincinnati in 2014 kept the Ravens from winning the AFC North.

Despite their struggles to win a playoff game, the Bengals have had their way lately with the Ravens. Here are three reasons why:

1. Joe Flacco has struggled against the Bengals.

Flacco had two of his poorest games last season against Cincinnati. In the season-opener at M & T Bank Stadium, Flacco threw a season-high 62 passes, but completed just 35 with one touchdown, one interception, and a quarterback rating of 71.0. In Week 8 at Cincinnati, Flacco was even worse - 17 for 34, 195 yards, two interceptions, and a quarterback rating of 43.1.

2. Bengals receivers have made big plays against Baltimore’s secondary.

Usually, it has been A. J. Green, who made a 77-yard game-winning touchdown catch against Baltimore in Week 1. But in Week 8, Mohamed Sanu (five catches, 125 yards) also torched the Ravens.

3. The Ravens’ pass rush has been inept against the Bengals

In their last three games against the Bengals, the Ravens have only sacked Dalton once. Dalton can be pressured into mistakes. But given time, Dalton can give you headaches.

Next season, the Ravens play their home opener against the Bengals in Week 3, and close the regular season at Cincinnati in Week 17. How the Ravens fare in those two games will be critical in the AFC North race. The Steelers remain the Ravens’ biggest rival. But lately, the Bengals have been a bigger problem.

 

 

 

 

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Congratulations pour in for Robert Griffin III after re-signing with Ravens

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Congratulations pour in for Robert Griffin III after re-signing with Ravens

You've made it to Friday and the Baltimore Ravens secured their backup quarterback. What more could we ask for?

Here's the latest news surrounding the Ravens.

Player Notes: 

The Ravens and QB Robert Griffin III agreed in principle to a two-year deal Thursday. A solid option behind Lamar Jackson, players around the league are happy to see the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year remain in the NFL.

The Ravens' newest member of their special teams unit, Justin Bethel, doesn't just have skills on the field but off the field as well. Bethel and his brothers have their own jazz band called House of Bethel, where the Raven plays the drums. In the music video for their single called, "The New Boss," Bethel has nearly a minute long drum solo

ESPN's Mel Kiper re-graded the Ravens' 2018 draft class, bringing them from a B-plus to an A-minus. One of the more stronger classes in recent history, the additions of Jackson, Mark Andrews, Hayden Hurst and Orlando Brown Jr. served the Ravens well in 2018. 

Is Action Jackson a hockey guy? The Ravens QB was spotted Thursday night at an Arizona Coyotes game. 

Looking Ahead: 

March 24-27: Annual League Meeting in Phoenix, Az.

April 15: Voluntary OTA's may begin

April 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

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Baltimore Ravens re-sign Robert Griffin III to 2-year deal

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Baltimore Ravens re-sign Robert Griffin III to 2-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have found their backup to Lamar Jackson. The team announced Thursday they are planning on re-signing Robert Griffin III to a two-year contract pending a physical. 

Griffin III made his return to the NFL in 2018 when Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens surprisingly signed the QB to a one-year, $1 million deal.

Behind Joe Flacco and Jackson, the Ravens chose to keep three QBs on their 53-man roster in case something were to happen to Flacco and Jackson hadn't fully developed to their liking. One of those fears did come true and Griffin III provided the Ravens with a valuable insurance policy.

The 29-year-old appeared in three games for the Ravens, completing 2-of-6 passes for 21 yards. 

With Flacco now the starting QB for the Broncos and the Ravens viewing Jackson as their long-term signal caller, re-signing Griffin III as their No. 2 makes a ton of sense for both the QB and the Ravens. 

"I feel like I have a good grasp of what this team is trying to do," Griffin III said back in January. "I would love to help Lamar [Jackson] continue to develop and also be available and ready to play."

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