Four of the Ravens' next five games are on the road. If they can win three of those games and enter the midseason at 5-3, they would be in pretty good shape to make the playoffs for the first time in four years.
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.”
Sidelined since Sept. 17 because of a fractured left ankle and injured right shoulder, the six-time Pro Bowl right guard is planning to play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. “I’m definitely excited to get back out there,” Yanda said.
A five-time first-team All-Pro, Reed retired in 2013 and is favored for induction in his first year of eligibility. He’d be the third Raven honored, following tackle Jonathan Ogden and linebacker Ray Lewis.
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.
Out are Mike Wallace, Jeremy Maclin and Michael Campanaro. In are Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead IV, along with expectations that they will be able to spark the Ravens’ dormant passing game.
Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis was enshrined among the legends Saturday, but few of the inductees in the prestigious Pro Football Hall of Fame could match the pageantry or the charisma he displayed throughout his 17-year career.
Robert Griffin III started the preseason opener against the Chicago Bears on Thursday night and rookie Lamar Jackson, the team’s first-round draft pick out of Louisville, played the second half. And both flashed something positive.