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AP Pro32 ballot from Pompei

AP Pro32 ballot from Pompei

Ballot and comments from AP Pro 32 panel voter Dan Pompei of Chicago Tribune:

Week 14

DAN POMPEI (Chicago Tribune)

1. Houston Texans - We will find out all we need to know about this team when they visit New England on Monday.

2. Denver Broncos - As if having Peyton Manning doesn't give them enough of an offensive advantage, now they have Mitch Unrein, too.

3. New England Patriots - They have won six straight and already clinched the AFC East. Can they stay on this tear through February?

4. Atlanta Falcons - They may be the least respected 11-1 team in history. Can anybody figure out why that is?

5. Baltimore Ravens - After a tough loss, it doesn't get easier from here: at the Redskins, Broncos and Giants at home, and at the Bengals.

6. San Francisco 49ers - Alex Smith is advised to keep his arm loose.

7. Green Bay Packers - Greg Jennings back; Jordy Nelson out. Been that kind of year in Green Bay.

8. Indianapolis Colts - Andrew Luck is so good he can win even when he throws three interceptions.

9. Cincinnati Bengals - They have won three in a row by an average of 21 points per game.

10. Seattle Seahawks - Russell Wilson might be putting himself in the rookie of the year discussion.

11. Chicago Bears - They have lost three of four and are looking worn out, but still should win 10 or 11 games.

12. Washington Redskins - Perhaps they will start a new trend, and most every team will be running the triple option fumble.

13. New York Giants - Someone better tell them this is not 2011 and they can't wait until the last two weeks of the season to turn it on.

14. Pittsburgh Steelers - If they can beat the Ravens on the road with Charlie Batch, who can't they beat with Ben Roethlisberger?

15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - They probably would love to have someone dive at their knees during a couple of late game kneel downs.

16. Dallas Cowboys - Don't forget about the Cowboys. Tony Romo has thrown 10 touchdowns and two interceptions over the last five games.

17. Minnesota Vikings - They may be wasting one of the all-time great seasons by a running back.

18. St. Louis Rams - If they could play the 49ers every week, the Rams would be one of the best teams in the NFL.

19. New Orleans Saints - They came up awfully small in two of their biggest games of the season the last two weeks.

20. Miami Dolphins - They have lost four of five and Ryan Tannehill has cooled off.

21. New York Jets - Greg McElroy wouldn't have been the best quarterback in any NFL stadium except the one he was in Sunday.

22. Buffalo Bills - They rediscovered the running game after the horse ran out of the barn.

23. Detroit Lions - With Titus Young, Ryan Broyles and Nate Burleson out of action, any guesses on who Matt Stafford will throw to at Lambeau Field Sunday?

24. Cleveland Browns - The Browns have won two in a row and could make it three straight against K.C. Maybe the Mayans were right about the world ending this month.

25. San Diego Chargers - Anyone who weighs 300 pounds or more, please contact A.J. Smith for an offensive line tryout.

26. Arizona Cardinals - Did you ever think they would be longing for Kevin Kolb?

27. Tennessee Titans - OK, so maybe it wasn't all Chris Palmer's fault.

28. Oakland Raiders - Have they begun packing up the U-hauls yet?

29. Carolina Panthers - The Panthers are going to go really young the rest of the season. They should save on razors this way.

30. Philadelphia Eagles - Jim Washburn probably never dreamed getting fired would feel so good.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars - Their fans are more excited about seeing the Jets' backup quarterback Sunday than anyone on their own team.

32. Kansas City Chiefs - Emotion can carry this team only so far. They will have to earn their next victory.

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Ravens 2017 Preseason Schedule: Opponents, Dates, Times, TV Channel, How to Watch

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Ravens 2017 Preseason Schedule: Opponents, Dates, Times, TV Channel, How to Watch

The 2017 NFL preseason will be here in no time. Once the preseason gets here, it is just a matter of time (a month) before the regular season is set to begin. 

Back in April the NFL announced the preseason schedule for all 32 teams.

The Baltimore Ravens four preseason games will span across four weeks starting on August 10, running to August 31. 

Opening up the exhibition schedule, the Ravens will host their beltway rivals, the Washington Redskins on August 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game can be seen on WBAL-TV, as well as the other three preseason games. 

RAVENS 2017 PRESEASON SCHEDULE

Week 1 Ravens vs. Redskins:

Opponent: Washington Redskins
Location: M&T Bank Stadium
When: Thursday, August 10, 7:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: WBAL-TV

Week 2: Ravens at Dolphins

Opponent: Miami Dolphins
Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Florida
When: Thursday, August 17, 7:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: WBAL-TV

Week 3: Ravens vs. Bills

Opponent: Buffalo Bills
Location: M&T Bank Stadium
When: Sunday, August 26, 7:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: WBAL-TV

Week 4: Ravens at Saints

When: Thursday, August 31, 8:00 p.m. ET
Opponent: New Orleans Saints
Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome
TV Channel: WBAL-TV

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Amid Eric Decker rumors, Ravens front office now shifts attention to offensive line

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Amid Eric Decker rumors, Ravens front office now shifts attention to offensive line

Following the signing of veteran receiver Jeremy Maclin, the Ravens were rumored to be a potential suitor for Eric Decker after his release from the New York Jets. 

Although receiver is a position that must improve, Baltimore owner Steve Bisciotti recently made it clear that the team needs to address the offensive line now. 

The Ravens offensive line faces major changes after right tackle Ricky Wagner signed with the Detroit Lions this offseason, center Jeremy Zuttah was traded to the 49ers, and guard Marshal Yanda is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. 

In the 2016 draft, the Ravens took Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley with the 6th overall pick. Stanley had an impressive rookie campaign, earning AFC North Rookie of the Year in a season where he only allowed three sacks while blocking for Flacco. 

The team added some young talent in this year's draft as well, taking guard Nico Siragusa (No. 122) and Jermaine Eluemunor (No. 159) both in the fourth round. 

However, it is unsure if either rookie is ready to be thrown into the starting offensive line right away.

The Ravens front office may have just made a big splash when signing Jeremy Maclin, but they aren't quite done fixing an offense that has suffered many departures over the years. 

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