Last Thursday night, the Baltimore Ravens squeaked out a 17-16 win over the Chicago Bears in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. It was the first of 65 preseason contests. The full slate for Week 1 begins on Thursday night with the following games (all times ET):
Carolina Panthers at Buffalo Bills, 7:00 pm
Chicago Bears at Cincinnati Bengals, 7:00 pm
New Orleans Saints at Jacksonville Jaguars, 7:00 pm
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Miami Dolphins, 7:00 pm
Cleveland Browns at New York Giants, 7:00 pm
Pittsburgh Steelers at Philadelphia Eagles, 7:00 pm
Los Angeles Rams at Baltimore Ravens, 7:30 pm
Washington Redskins at New England Patriots, 7:30 pm
Tennessee Titans at Green Bay Packers, 8:00 pm
Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs, 8:30 pm
Dallas Cowboys at San Francisco, 10:00 pm
Indianapolis Colts at Seattle Seahawks, 10:00 pm
Back to the Ravens. This is a team that hasn’t made the playoffs since 2014. They have struggled a lot the past five seasons and earlier this year, general manager Ozzie Newsome went out and used 12 draft choices in an attempt to help this club. The most notable was young quarterback Lamar Jackson, who got a chance to play on Thursday night against the Bears.
Against Chicago, Jackson completed only four of his 10 pass attempts for 33 yards. He did throw for one score but was also intercepted and sacked three times. The 2016 Heisman Trophy winner also ran eight times for 25 yards. His ability to leave the pocket is a big part of his game.
So what did we actually learn about head coach John Harbaugh’s Ravens? It’s far too early to tell. But it’s safe to say that Jackson bears watching. Could he really be a threat to 10-year starting quarterback Joe Flacco? Stay tuned.