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Baltimore Ravens NFL Game Preview & Prediction

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Team Preview

The Ravens missed the playoffs for a third straight season following a shocking loss to Cincinnati in week 17 to finish 9-7. The offense has a completely new look as Michael Crabtree leads an entirely new crop of wide receivers for quarterback Joe Flacco to target. Inconsistency in the passing game has turned up the pressure on Flacco to produce ASAP. The Ravens were 29th in the league in passing offense averaging 189.4 yards per game. Flacco’s days as the Ravens’ man under center could be numbered since the Ravens drafted former Heisman trophy winning quarterback Lamar Jackson in the 1st round of this year’s draft.

Baltimore Ravens

The defense returns the bulk of a solid group which ranked6thin points per game allowing 18.9 points/game and 1st in takeaways averaging 2.1 per game. The defense could potentially be even better in 2018 with several key players starting the season on a healthy note. Having defensive linemen Brandon Williams and Brent Urban healthy will bolster the run defense. A healthy Jimmy Smith in the secondary will limit big plays for opposing receivers. If this defensive unit can avoid the injury bug, it could be one of the scariest in the league.

Watching the Ravens

The Ravens will play on primetime twice this season with one appearance on NBC’s Sunday Night Football and one on Thursday Night Football exclusively on NFL Network. Popular online streaming services such as DirecTV Now, fuboTV, Sling TV, and others are great alternatives outside of cable TV.

2018 Prediction

The schedule for the Ravens is not the most challenging, but NFC South opponents will be difficult. It is imperative the Ravens perform well against division rivals to avoid missing the playoffs for a fourth straight year. Road games against Tennessee and Kansas City could also have huge playoff implications. The Ravens must be road warriors down the stretch as three of the last five games are on the road. With an improved receiving unit and a healthy defense, the Ravens will be in the thick of the playoff hunt yet again.

2018 Prediction:  10-6 & 2nd in AFC North

Team News

The Ravens will look to continue to build their rushing attack around Alex Collins who ran for 973 yards last season. Other young running backs Kenneth Dixon and Buck Allen should both earn time in a rotation which could be better than what many anticipate.

 

 

 

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