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Wilson following similar career path as Flacco

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Wilson following similar career path as Flacco

Russell Wilson, who will face the Ravens on Sunday, has many similarities with injured Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.

While Flacco is recovering from knee surgery, Wilson is leading the Seahawks (7-5) on a late-season surge that could have them playoff bound again. While their playing styles are dramatically different, Flacco and Wilson share similar traits, such as:

WINNING

Flacco has been on six playoff teams in his eight years with the Ravens. He capped the 2012 season with a brilliant postseason and a Super Bowl MVP.

Wilson has won a Super Bowl, came close to winning another, and has made the playoffs every season since entering the NFL in 2012.

“He has obviously done a great job from the first moment he set foot in the National Football League,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said of Wilson on Wednesday.

LUCRATIVE CONTRACTS

Flacco parlayed his Super Bowl success into a six-year $120.6 million contract, one that will have to be adjusted during the offseason to give the Ravens more salary cap flexibility.

Wilson signed a four-year, $87.6 million contract extension in August, which has forced the Seahawks to make some tough roster decisions. However, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll knows Wilson is worth it.

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“Every year you make difficult decisions at the end of the season,” Carroll said during a conference call Wednesday. “We were in a situation when Russell was young, where he was on our team, we were able to – on his rookie contract- maneuver in some regards. We knew this was coming the whole time, so it’s not something that surprised us or caught us off guard.”

DURABILTY

Before his season-ending knee injury last month, Flacco had started 122 straight games. Wilson will be making his 61st consecutive start Sunday without missing a game. Wilson’s elusiveness helps him stay healthy, but it’s not like Wilson doesn’t get hit. Wilson and Alex Smith of the 49ers have been sacked more times (38) than any quarterbacks in the National Football League. However, Wilson has answered the bell every week.

The Ravens wish they could put Flacco in the lineup Sunday. Instead, they will start either Matt Schaub or Jimmy Clausen.

However, Wilson will be lineup Sunday for Seattle. And for the Ravens, that could be a major problem.

 

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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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