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Ravens vs. Bills Week 1: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

Ravens vs. Bills Week 1: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

It's about time.

The Ravens kick off their 2018 season Sunday vs. the Buffalo Bills with a breath of fresh air around the team.

Joe Flacco has had his healthiest training camp in years with a core of new receivers to throw to and two rookie tight ends. They have two reliable backup options at quarterback in Lamar Jackson and Robert Griffin III, and six-time Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda back after missing most of the 2017 season with an ankle injury.

The Bills' offense has gone through quite a change as well. They shipped quarterback Tyrod Taylor to the Cleveland Browns, traded AJ McCarron to the Oakland Raiders and are giving their Week 1 start to Nathan Peterman, who played in just two games in 2017.

Running back LeSean McCoy will be active on Sunday. He is currently involved in an open investigation stemming from a home invasion that left his ex-girlfriend injured. During the 2017 season, the six-time Pro Bowler had 287 rush attempts for 1,138 yards and six touchdowns. Beside McCoy, the Bills offense doesn't have a ton to write home about, something the Ravens defense will be looking to take advantage of. 

The Ravens defense is expected to continue its trend of being one of the most dominate forces in the league under new defensive coordinator Don 'Wink' Martindale. The Big Three  – comprised of Terrell Sugg, Eric Weddle and C.J. Mosley  – will be allowed to rely on their defensive instincts a lot more in real time, while cornerback Marlon Humphrey will build off his successful rookie season taking over the first-team role for suspended Jimmy Smith

The Bills defense will be taking on a heavier load as it knows it will need to carry the team until the offense takes shape. 

“Our goal is always to win and to do that you have to take the ball away," linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said via the team's website. "We want to be a top five defense. We want to be the leaders of this team as far as giving our offense advantageous field position, short fields. The main reason why is because we understand we’re going to have a young quarterback in terms of experience. So, we need to help the offense out as much as we can."

Cornerback Maurice Canady and linebacker Kenny Young are listed as questionable for Sunday's game. Tight end Hayden Hurst and defensive tackle Willie Henry are ruled out.

Bills wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud is ruled out for Sunday's matchup and linebacker Julian Stanford is questionable. 

The Ravens and Bills have met seven times since 1999 with the Ravens leading the series 4-3. 

Ahead of Sunday's matchup, here's everything you need to know to watch.

RAVENS VS. BILLS WEEK 1:

Who: Baltimore Ravens vs. Buffalo Bills

What: Week 1 regular season

When: Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, 1:00 p.m. ET

Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD

TV Channel: CBS

Live Stream: CBS Sports

Radio: WBAL New Radio 1090 and 98Rock

Weather: Rain, high of 65 degrees

RAVENS 2018 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE:

Week 1: Sun., 9/9 vs. Bills, 1:00 p.m.

Week 2: Thur., 9/13 @ Bengals, 8:20 p.m.

Week 3: Sun., 9/23 vs. Broncos. 1:00 p.m.

Week 4: Sun., 9/30 @ Steelers, 8:20 p.m.

Week 5: Sun., 10/7 @ Browns, 1:00 p.m.

Week 6: Sun., 10/14 @ Titans, 4:25 p.m.

Week 7: Sun., 10/21 vs. Saints, 4:05 p.m.

Week 8: Sun., 10/28 @ Panthers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 9: Sun., 11/4 vs. Steelers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 10:  BYE week

Week 11: Sun., 11/18 vs. Bengals, 1:00 p.m.

Week 12: Sun., 11/25 vs. Raiders, 1:00 p.m.

Week 13: Sun., 12/2 @ Falcons, 1:00 p.m.

Week 14: Sun., 12/9 @ Chiefs, 1:00 p.m.

Week 15: Sun., 12/16 vs. Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 16: Sat., 12/22 or Sunday 12/23 @ Chargers, TBD

Week 17: Sun., 12/30 vs. Browns, 1:00 p.m.

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Former Raven Ed Reed takes step closer to Hall of Fame enshrinement

Former Raven Ed Reed takes step closer to Hall of Fame enshrinement

To the surprise of no one, former Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed is one step closer to Hall of Fame enshrinement.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Tuesday that Reed was named one of the 25 semifinalist for the 2019 class. Reed, cornerback Champ Bailey and tight end Tony Gonzalez are the only first-year eligible players that made the cut.

An obvious first-year ballot Hall of Famer, the next step in the selection process for Reed will take place on Thursday, January 3 when the semifinalist are cut down to 15 Modern-Era Finalist.

Finalist then must receive 80% positive vote from the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee on "Selection Saturday," one day prior to Super Bowl LIII. No more than five Modern-Era Finalist can be elected in a given year. The finalist will be formally enshrined Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 in Canton, Ohio.

The Ravens selected Reed in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft, and he would go on to play 11 seasons with the organization. During those 11 seasons, he was voted to the Pro Bowl nine times, was a five-time First-Team All-Pro and started 159 of 160 games. 

On the field, Reed had 61 interceptions for 1,541 yards and seven touchdowns. In addition, the safety raked up 11 forced fumbles and 13 fumbles recovered for 152 yards and two touchdowns. Not to forget a Super Bowl XLVII championship.

Reed's enshrinement would make him the third Raven in the history of the organization to be enshrined in his first-year of eligibility alongside linebacker Ray Lewis and offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden. 

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Orlando Brown Jr.'s late father predicted his future with the Ravens

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Orlando Brown Jr.'s late father predicted his future with the Ravens

Rookie offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr.'s future with the Baltimore Ravens was predicted long before he was drafted in the third-round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

His father Orlando "Zeus" Brown, who played the same position for the Ravens from 1996-98 and again in 2003-05, saw in Brown Jr. what he saw in himself.

In an NFL Films feature 'Son of Zeus,' Brown Jr. recalls being at the Ravens' training facility with his father at a young age.

"We were leaving and he was just like, you know, 'you're going to end up back here' and 'it's gonna happen dog' and 'i just foresee it,' Brown Jr. said.

Initially, "Zeus" was not for his son playing the game, wanting him to focus his attention on his education. Brown Jr. convinced his father otherwise but was taught at a young age that nothing less than dominating every single play would be accepted. 

And nearly 15 years after predicting his son's future and seven years after his sudden death, "Zeus's" epiphany came true when Brown Jr. received a phone call from Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome in April.

"The first thing he said, 'you're not kidding me are you? Is this for real?,' Newsome said on how Brown Jr. reacted. "And I go, 'yes, it's for real.'"

It was almost like a higher power was involved in the connection.

“Hey, your dad’s smiling down right now,” Newsome added.

"It was like almost like emotionally overwhelming you know just for the situation," Brown Jr. said.

During his six years with the Ravens, "Zeus" helped Jamal Lewis hit 2,000 rushing yards and even turned down larger offers to stay in Baltimore to be closer to his children.

Now 10 games into the season, Brown Jr. is playing in a way his late father would be proud of. He started four games and is proving to be a valuable addition to the offensive line.

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