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Flacco on Cowboys after loss: "We should beat this team"

Flacco on Cowboys after loss: "We should beat this team"

ARLINGTON – Losing to one of the NFL’s elite teams Sunday did not make Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco any less frustrated. After Sunday’s 27-17 loss to the 9-1 Cowboys, Flacco made it clear he expected to leave Texas with a victory.

“We should beat this team,” Flacco said after the loss in a visibly frustrated Ravens locker room. “I’m not kidding. I felt like I’m very confident coming into this game, and I really feel like we should beat this team. We should beat pretty much every team we play.

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“We’re obviously not as good as we would like to be. I don’t want to take any moral victories. I came into this game, I think we all did, very confident that we were going to do something very nice, not shock ourselves, but shock everybody else, but it didn’t happen.”

It was a different week for Flacco leading into the game, being criticized by former teammate Ray Lewis for lacking passion, then being defended by former teammate Bart Scott, who blasted Lewis.  

None of that fazed Flacco, who did not throw an interception while completing 23 of 35 passes for 269 yards, including a 22-yard TD to Steve Smith Sr.  It was one of Flacco’s better games of the season, especially on the road, where he has struggled. But when the Ravens led 7-0 early and had two possessions with a chance to extend that lead, they came away with nothing. Penalties, 12 overall on the Ravens, continued to be a major issue, killing the momentum of some drives.

“I felt like we should be able to score a lot more points than we did today,” Flacco said.

That’s something the Ravens and Flacco have said often this season.

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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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