vmax Posted July 19, 2014 Share Posted July 19, 2014 The Ravens need to have an excellent training camp a hit the first game with "guns-a-blazing" because.... There would be less nervousness if the Ravens were opening with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders or Detroit Lions, but three of the first four games are against division rivals. The fourth is against the Carolina Panthers. That's a tough stretch that could leave the Ravens in a deep hole.The Cincinnati Bengals won the AFC North last season, and the Pittsburgh Steelers, after an 0-4 start, won six of their last eight games. The Cleveland Browns usually play the Ravens tough, and Carolina won the NFC South with a 12-4 record.So, for the Ravens to make it through the season's first quarter in good shape, their defense has to be outstanding and the offense has to provide enough big plays.Training camp key datesFirst full-team practice: ThursdayFirst public practice: July 28 at M&T Bank Stadium, 7 p.m.Second public practice: Aug. 4 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m.First preseason game: Aug. 7 vs. San Francisco 49ers, 7:30 p.m.Third public practice: Aug. 8 with 49ers at M&T Bank Stadium, 1 p.m.Second preseason game: Aug. 16 at Dallas Cowboys, 7 p.m.Third preseason game: Aug. 23 vs. Washington Redskins, 7:30 p.m.Fourth preseason game: Aug. 28 at New Orleans Saints, 8 p.m.Roster cut to 53: Aug. 30Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/bs-sp-preston-ravens-column-0719-20140718,0,4710432.column#ixzz37v1FgGzDRead more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/bs-sp-preston-ravens-column-0719-20140718,0,4710432.column#ixzz37v0Fd818 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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