Sunday’s opponent, the Atlanta Falcons, aren’t any better defensively than the Bengals and Raiders but Ravens officials will get a better read on the progress of Lamar Jackson, who will likely be making his first NFL road start.
For all the nonsense surrounding new rules designed to make the game safer, an inability to determine what is and is not a catch, and controversy regarding kneeling during the national anthem, for my money, there is not a better spectator sport than professional football.
When Lamar Jackson was taken No. 32 overall in the draft this year, Ozzie Newsome acknowledged they were “building for the future” with the Heisman Trophy winner. But, he added, “In order for us to win this year, we need Joe Flacco.”
Ozzie Newsome has one season left as Ravens general manager. Recently, he spent some time with The Baltimore Sun, looking back over his tenure and what might be ahead for the team and the rest of the NFL.
It was hard to judge the Ravens’ performance against the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night because the Rams held nearly 20 of their starters out, including quarterback Jared Goff and running back Todd Gurley.
Coming off a 9-7 season and missing the playoffs for the third straight year, the Ravens found out how tough their road back to the playoffs will be when the 2018 NFL schedule was released Thursday night. The Baltimore Sun staff weighs in on the schedule's difficulty.
The Ravens open at home against the Buffalo Bills, will be done with AFC North road games after Oct. 7, have a three-game road trip, have a three-game homestand, face four straight 2017 playoff teams in the midseason, and have back-to-back road games against the Falcons and Chiefs in December.