2018 Baltimore Ravens season

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2018 Baltimore Ravens season
Baltimore Ravens wordmark.svg
OwnerSteve Bisciotti
Head coachJohn Harbaugh
General managerOzzie Newsome
Offensive coordinatorMarty Mornhinweg
Defensive coordinatorDon Martindale
Home fieldM&T Bank Stadium
Results
Record10–6
Division place1st AFC North
Playoff finishLost Wild Card Playoffs (vs. Chargers) 17–23
Pro BowlersOG Marshal Yanda
LB C.J. Mosley
FS Eric Weddle
DT Brandon Williams
Uniform
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The 2018 season was the Baltimore Ravens' 23rd season in the National Football League, 11th under head coach John Harbaugh, and their 17th and final season under general manager Ozzie Newsome.

In Week 6, the Ravens set a franchise record, sacking Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota 11 times in a 21–0 win.

After struggling to a 4–5 start, the Ravens went on a 6–1 run to finish 10–6 on the season, thanks to the emergence of rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson, who replaced longtime QB Joe Flacco due to injury. The Ravens clinched the AFC North after defeating the Cleveland Browns in Week 17, reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2014 and winning their division for the first time since 2012; they also finished the regular season ranked first in total defense. However they lost to the Los Angeles Chargers 23–17 in the Wild Card playoffs, which was the first time since 2006 that the Ravens went one-and-done and their first Wild Card playoff loss since 2003.

Draft[edit]

External video
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2018 Baltimore Ravens draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 25 Hayden Hurst  TE South Carolina from Tennessee
1 32 Lamar Jackson *  QB Louisville from Philadelphia
3 83 Orlando Brown Jr. *  OT Oklahoma
3 86 Mark Andrews *  TE Oklahoma from Kansas City
4 118 Anthony Averett  CB Alabama
4 122 Kenny Young  ILB UCLA from Kansas City
4 132 Jaleel Scott  WR New Mexico State from Philadelphia
5 162 Jordan Lasley  WR UCLA from Tennessee
6 190 DeShon Elliott  S Texas
6 212 Greg Senat  OT Wagner from Oakland
6 215 Bradley Bozeman  C Alabama from Tennessee
7 238 Zach Sieler  DE Ferris State from Arizona
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Draft trades

  • The Ravens traded their first- and fifth-round selections (16th and 154th) to Buffalo in exchange for Buffalo's first and third round selections (22nd and 65th).
  • The Ravens traded their first- and sixth-round selections (22nd and 215th) to Tennessee in exchange for Tennessee's first- and fourth-round selections (25th and 125th).
  • The Ravens traded their second- and fourth-round selection (52nd and 125th) and a second-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft to Philadelphia in exchange for Philadelphia's first- and fourth-round selections (32nd and 132nd).
  • The Ravens traded their third-round selection (75th) to Kansas City in exchange for Kansas City's third- and fourth-round selections (86th and 122nd).
  • The Ravens traded their fifth-round selection (152nd) to Tennessee in exchange for Tennessee's fifth- and sixth-round selections (162nd and 215th).
  • The Ravens traded this third-round selection (65th) to Oakland in exchange for Oakland's third-, fifth-, and sixth-round selections (75th, 152nd, and 212th).
  • The Ravens traded a seventh-round selection (238th) to Arizona in exchange for center Tony Bergstrom, the pick later traded back to the Ravens.[1]
  • The Ravens were awarded a sixth-round compensatory pick (215th overall); later traded to Tennessee, then traded back to the Ravens.[2]

Staff[edit]

2018 Baltimore Ravens staff
Front office
  • Owner – Steve Bisciotti
  • President – Dick Cass
  • Executive vice president/general manager – Ozzie Newsome
  • Assistant general manager – Eric DeCosta
  • Senior vice president of football administration – Pat Moriarty
  • Director of pro personnel – Vince Newsome
  • Director of college scouting – Joe Hortiz
  • Director of football administration – Jessica Markison
  • Senior personnel assistant – George Kokinis
  • Assistant director of pro personnel – Chad Alexander

Head coaches

  • Head coach – John Harbaugh
  • Assistant head coach/interim offensive coordinator – Greg Roman
  • Assistant to the head coach – Dan Parsons

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and conditioning – Juney Barnett
  • Performance coach – Steve Saunders
  • Staff assistant – performance – Brian Ellis
  • Staff assistant – performance – Ron Shrift
  • Staff assistant – performance – Travis Switzer
  • Analytics assistant – performance – Sam Rosengarten

Final roster[edit]

2018 Baltimore Ravens final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 active, 13 inactive, 11 practice squad

Preseason[edit]

Schedule[edit]

On February 13, the NFL announced that the Ravens will play the Chicago Bears in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game on Thursday, August 2, at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.[3]

The remainder of the Ravens' preseason opponents and schedule were announced on April 11, 2018.

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
HOF August 2 vs. Chicago Bears W 17–16 1–0 Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium Recap
1 August 9 Los Angeles Rams W 33–7 2–0 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
2 August 20 at Indianapolis Colts W 20–19 3–0 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
3 August 25 at Miami Dolphins W 27–10 4–0 Hard Rock Stadium Recap
4 August 30 Washington Redskins W 30–20 5–0 M&T Bank Stadium Recap

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

The Ravens' 2018 schedule was announced on April 19.

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 9 Buffalo Bills W 47–3 1–0 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
2 September 13 at Cincinnati Bengals L 23–34 1–1 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
3 September 23 Denver Broncos W 27–14 2–1 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
4 September 30 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 26–14 3–1 Heinz Field Recap
5 October 7 at Cleveland Browns L 9–12 (OT) 3–2 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
6 October 14 at Tennessee Titans W 21–0 4–2 Nissan Stadium Recap
7 October 21 New Orleans Saints L 23–24 4–3 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
8 October 28 at Carolina Panthers L 21–36 4–4 Bank of America Stadium Recap
9 November 4 Pittsburgh Steelers L 16–23 4–5 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
10 Bye
11 November 18 Cincinnati Bengals W 24–21 5–5 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
12 November 25 Oakland Raiders W 34–17 6–5 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
13 December 2 at Atlanta Falcons W 26–16 7–5 Mercedes-Benz Stadium Recap
14 December 9 at Kansas City Chiefs L 24–27 (OT) 7–6 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
15 December 16 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 20–12 8–6 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
16 December 22 at Los Angeles Chargers W 22–10 9–6 StubHub Center Recap
17 December 30 Cleveland Browns W 26–24 10–6 M&T Bank Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: Baltimore Ravens 47, Buffalo Bills 3[edit]

Week 1: Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bills 0 0 303
Ravens 14 12 14747

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Game information

In a blowout win over the Bills, Ravens QB Joe Flacco passed for three touchdowns before being relieved by rookie Lamar Jackson, while Bills QB Nathan Peterman was benched for rookie Josh Allen after posting a 0.0 passer rating.

Week 2: Cincinnati Bengals 34, Baltimore Ravens 23[edit]

Week 2: Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Ravens 0 14 3623
Bengals 14 14 0634

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Game information

Week 3: Baltimore Ravens 27, Denver Broncos 14[edit]

Week 3: Denver Broncos at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Broncos 14 0 0014
Ravens 10 10 7027

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Game information

Week 4: Baltimore Ravens 26, Pittsburgh Steelers 14[edit]

Week 4: Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Ravens 14 0 3926
Steelers 0 14 0014

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Game information

Week 5: Cleveland Browns 12, Baltimore Ravens 9 (OT)[edit]

Week 5: Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Ravens 3 0 3309
Browns 0 6 30312

at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Date: October 7
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 72 °F (22 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 67,431
  • Referee: Clay Martin
  • TV announcers (CBS): Andrew Catalon, James Lofton and John Schriffen
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 6: Baltimore Ravens 21, Tennessee Titans 0[edit]

Week 6: Baltimore Ravens at Tennessee Titans – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Ravens 7 7 7021
Titans 0 0 000

at Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Date: October 14
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EDT/3:25 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 66 °F (19 °C), rain
  • Game attendance: 64,441
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon and Steve Tasker
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 7: New Orleans Saints 24, Baltimore Ravens 23[edit]

Week 7: New Orleans Saints at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 0 7 01724
Ravens 0 10 7623

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Game information

Week 8: Carolina Panthers 36, Baltimore Ravens 21[edit]

Week 8: Baltimore Ravens at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Ravens 7 0 7721
Panthers 7 17 3936

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information

Week 9: Pittsburgh Steelers 23, Baltimore Ravens 16[edit]

Week 9: Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Steelers 7 7 6323
Ravens 3 3 7316

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Game information

After 10 years with the team, this would become Joe Flacco’s final start and last game as a Raven as he suffered a hip injury and was replaced by Lamar Jackson, who went on to start the final 7 games of the season. Flacco was ultimately traded to the Denver Broncos during the off-season.

Week 11: Baltimore Ravens 24, Cincinnati Bengals 21[edit]

Week 11: Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bengals 0 7 14021
Ravens 7 6 8324

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Date: November 18
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 48 °F (9 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 70,077
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon and Steve Tasker
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

On his first drive as the starting quarterback for the Ravens, Lamar Jackson orchestrated an 11 play, 75 yard gem ending with Alex Collins running the ball in for a touchdown. During the drive Jackson did not throw a single pass but rushed 5 times for 46 yards.[4]

Week 12: Baltimore Ravens 34, Oakland Raiders 17[edit]

Week 12: Oakland Raiders at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Raiders 7 3 7017
Ravens 3 10 71434

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Date: November 25
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 60 °F (16 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 70,035
  • Referee: Clay Martin
  • TV announcers (CBS): Andrew Catalon, James Lofton and Amanda Balionis
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 13: Baltimore Ravens 26, Atlanta Falcons 16[edit]

Week 13: Baltimore Ravens at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Ravens 7 3 61026
Falcons 3 7 0616

at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information

Week 14: Kansas City Chiefs 27, Baltimore Ravens 24 (OT)[edit]

Week 14: Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Ravens 0 10 77024
Chiefs 7 10 07327

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: December 9
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 27 °F (−3 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 74,336
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 15: Baltimore Ravens 20, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12[edit]

Week 15: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Buccaneers 0 9 3012
Ravens 0 10 7320

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Game information

Week 16: Baltimore Ravens 22, Los Angeles Chargers 10[edit]

Week 16: Baltimore Ravens at Los Angeles Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Ravens 3 3 10622
Chargers 0 3 7010

at StubHub Center, Carson, California

Game information

Week 17: Baltimore Ravens 26, Cleveland Browns 24[edit]

Week 17: Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Browns 7 0 71024
Ravens 10 10 3326

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Date: December 30
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 48 °F (9 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 70,925
  • Referee: Shawn Smith
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Similar to last season, the Ravens' playoff hopes was decided on a 4th down in the waning seconds of the game. Browns QB Baker Mayfield made a quick throw that was picked by Ravens LB C.J. Mosley to seal the game for Baltimore, clinching them their first division title in 6 years and making the playoffs.

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

AFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4) Baltimore Ravens 10 6 0 .625 3–3 8–4 389 287 W3
Pittsburgh Steelers 9 6 1 .594 4–1–1 6–5–1 428 360 W1
Cleveland Browns 7 8 1 .469 3–2–1 5–6–1 359 392 L1
Cincinnati Bengals 6 10 0 .375 1–5 4–8 368 455 L2

Conference[edit]

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1[a] Kansas City Chiefs West 12 4 0 .750 5–1 10–2 .480 .401 W1
2[b] New England Patriots East 11 5 0 .688 5–1 8–4 .482 .494 W2
3[b] Houston Texans South 11 5 0 .688 4–2 9–3 .471 .435 W1
4 Baltimore Ravens North 10 6 0 .625 3–3 8–4 .496 .450 W3
Wild Cards
5[a] Los Angeles Chargers West 12 4 0 .750 4–2 9–3 .477 .422 W1
6 Indianapolis Colts South 10 6 0 .625 4–2 7–5 .465 .456 W4
Did not qualify for the postseason
7 Pittsburgh Steelers North 9 6 1 .594 4–1–1 6–5–1 .504 .448 W1
8 Tennessee Titans South 9 7 0 .563 3–3 5–7 .520 .465 L1
9 Cleveland Browns North 7 8 1 .469 3–2–1 5–6–1 .516 .411 L1
10 Miami Dolphins East 7 9 0 .438 4–2 6–6 .469 .446 L3
11[c] Denver Broncos West 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 .523 .464 L4
12[c] Cincinnati Bengals North 6 10 0 .375 1–5 4–8 .535 .448 L2
13[c] Buffalo Bills East 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 .523 .411 W1
14 Jacksonville Jaguars South 5 11 0 .313 1–5 4–8 .549 .463 L1
15[d] New York Jets East 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 .506 .438 L3
16[d] Oakland Raiders West 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 .547 .406 L1
Tiebreakers[e]
  1. ^ a b Kansas City finished ahead of LA Chargers based on division games.
  2. ^ a b New England finished ahead of Houston based on head-to-head victory.
  3. ^ a b c Denver finished ahead of Cincinnati and Buffalo based on strength of victory. Cincinnati finished ahead of Buffalo based on record vs. common opponents. Cincinnati's cumulative record against Baltimore, Indianapolis, the Los Angeles Chargers and Miami was 3–2, compared to Buffalo's 1–4 cumulative record against the same four teams.
  4. ^ a b NY Jets finished ahead of Oakland based on strength of victory.
  5. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

Postseason[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Playoff round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
Wild Card January 6, 2019 Los Angeles Chargers (5) L 17–23 0–1 M&T Bank Stadium Recap

Game summaries[edit]

Wild Card Round: Los Angeles Chargers 23, Baltimore Ravens 17[edit]

Wild Card Round: (5) Los Angeles Chargers at (4) Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 6 6 01123
Ravens 0 0 31417

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Date: January 6, 2019
  • Game time: 1:05 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 52 °F (11 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 70,432
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson and Jay Feely
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

The Chargers recorded six sacks, jumped out to a 23–3 lead and halted a late Ravens rally, forcing Lamar Jackson to fumble on the final drive to earn a trip to New England.

On the Ravens' second possession of the game, Chargers defensive end Melvin Ingram forced a fumble from Kenneth Dixon that was recovered by safety Adrian Phillips, giving Los Angeles the ball on the Baltimore 14-yard line. Three plays later, Michael Badgley kicked a 21-yard field goal to give Los Angeles a 3–0 lead. Then the Chargers' defense forced a punt, which Desmond King returned 42 yards to the Ravens' 42-yard line, setting up a 53-yard Badgley field goal that increased their lead to 6–0. Early in the second quarter, Phillips intercepted a pass from Jackson to give the Chargers a first down on the Ravens' 44-yard line. From there, they drove 27 yards to go up 9–0 on Badgley's third field goal. Following another Ravens punt, Los Angeles drove 53 yards in 12 plays to score on Badgley's fourth field goal on the last play of the half, giving them a 12–0 lead.

King returned the second half kickoff 72 yards to the Ravens' 35-yard line, but this time the Chargers failed to score when Badgley's field goal attempt was blocked by Za'Darius Smith. After a Ravens punt, linebacker Patrick Onwuasor forced a fumble from Chargers tight end Virgil Green that was recovered by linebacker C. J. Mosley on the Los Angeles 21-yard line. This set up Justin Tucker's 33-yard field goal, cutting the score to 12–3 with 8:34 left in the third quarter. At the end of Los Angeles' next possession, the Ravens got another scoring opportunity when Javorius Allen blocked Donnie Jones's punt, resulting in Baltimore taking over on the Chargers' 40-yard line; they only managed to gain 4 yards with their next three plays and Tucker's 50-yard field goal attempt was wide right. Los Angeles then drove 60 yards in 10 plays, featuring a 28-yard completion from Philip Rivers to Mike Williams on the Ravens' 15-yard line. On the next play, Melvin Gordon ran the ball 14 yards to the 1-yard line. The Ravens managed to keep Los Angeles out of the end zone for the next three plays, but Gordon scored with a 4th down 1-yard touchdown run on the first play of the 4th quarter; Rivers completed a pass to Williams for a two-point conversion, giving the Chargers a 20–3 lead.

A sack by Ingram on the Ravens' ensuing drive forced them to punt from their 14-yard line and Sam Koch's 31-yard kick gave the Chargers good field position on the Ravens' 45-yard line. Los Angeles then drove 16 yards, including a 9-yard scramble by Rivers on 3rd-and-8, to score on Badgley's 5th field goal, from 47 yards, that gave them a 23–3 lead. Taking the ball back with 9:02 left, Baltimore drove 75 yards in eight plays, including Jackson's 29-yard completion to Willie Snead on 4th-and-11. On the next play, Jackson threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to receiver Michael Crabtree, making the score 23–10. The Chargers recovered Baltimore's ensuing onside kick attempt, but still had to punt after three plays. Baltimore went on to drive 85 yards in 12 plays, the longest a 39-yard completion from Jackson to Dixon. On the last play, Jackson threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Crabtree, narrowing their gap to 23–17 with 2:06 left. Baltimore then forced a punt with 45 seconds to go, giving them one last chance to drive for a winning touchdown, but Chargers linebacker Uchenna Nwosu forced a fumble while sacking Jackson and Ingram recovered it to give Los Angeles the victory.

Rivers completed 22-of-32 passes for 160 yards and rushed for 15 yards. Ingram finished the game with seven tackles (two for a loss of yards), two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Phillips had five tackles (three solo), an interception and a fumble recovery. King returned a kickoff for 72 yards and had four punt returns for 46 yards. Jackson completed 14-of-29 passes for 194 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception; he was also Baltimore's leading rusher with 9 carries for 54 yards. Onwausor had seven tackles (six solo), a sack and a forced fumble.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Source: Ravens release former OL starter Jeremy Zuttah". espn.com. September 1, 2017. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  2. ^ Wesseling, Chris. "Cowboys big winners in compensatory draft haul". nfl.com. NFL. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  3. ^ Sessler, Marc (February 13, 2018). "Ravens to play Bears in 2018 Hall of Fame Game". NFL.com. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  4. ^ Mink, Ryan; Hubbard, Shawn(photos). "BEHIND THE SCENES: LAMAR JACKSON'S FIRST NFL START". baltimoreravens.com. Baltimore Ravens. Retrieved 6 December 2019.

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