After getting two very hot joint practices in, the Rams and Ravens will get to do the real thing Thursday night at M&T Bank Stadium. This will be the first preseason game for the Rams and the second for the Ravens after beating the Bears 17-16 in the Hall of Fame Game last Thursday.
Thursday's matchup marks the fifth time the two have squared off in the preseason and the first time playing in Baltimore during the preseason. The Rams have gone 4-0 against the Ravens in those matchups, averaging 26.5 points per game in the last four preseason contests. Their most recent preseason matchup was in 2013 where the Rams went on to win 24-21.
The Ravens will be treating their second preseason game much like their first. Joe Flacco could get a few reps in, but you can expect to see most of the action coming from quarterbacks Lamar Jackson and Robert Griffin III along with tight ends Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews. OLB Kamalei Correa proved his worth in the Hall of Fame Game after posting three sacks, two passes deflected, one interception and one forced fumble. The Ravens' coaching staff will likely be looking to see more of that as Correa currently sits third on the strong outside linebacker depth chart.
The Rams are coming off an 11-5 season under Associated Press' Coach of the Year Sean McVay and there's certainly pressure to live up to that success. Don't get your hopes up, however, on seeing Los Angeles' stars like running back Todd Gurley II, quarterback Jared Goff or their newest acquisitions Brandin Cooks and Ndamukong Suh . All will likely be sitting out this one to give the rookies a shot at game action. Undrafted rookie cornerback, Ramon Richards, had a strong second joint practice on both defense and specials teams and will be someone to keep an eye on throughout the preseason as well as wide receiver Steven Mitchell.
Ahead of their matchup, here's everything you need to know to watch.
Ravens vs. Rams Preseason Game:
Who: Baltimore Ravens vs. Los Angeles Rams
What: Preseason Week 1
When: Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD
TV Channel: NBC, KCBS (Los Angeles)
Live Stream: NBCSports.com, NBC Sports App
Radio: WBAL New Radio 1090 and 98Rock
ESPN 710 AM, JACK FM and 93.1 FM (Los Angeles)
Point Spread: Baltimore, -3
Weather: 86 degrees, sunny
Hall of Fame Game: Thurs., 8/2 vs. Chicago Bears. 8:00 p.m. (W: 17-16)
Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. Los Angeles Rams, 7:30 p.m.
Week 2: Mon., 8/20, at Indianapolis Colts (Monday Night Football, ESPN), 8:00 p.m.
Week 3: Sat., 8/25 at Miami Dolphins, 7:00 p.m.
Week 4: Thurs., 8/30 vs. Washington Redskins, 7:30 p.m.
Ravens 2018 Regular Season Schedule:
Week 1: Sun., 9/9 vs. Bills, 1:00 p.m.
Week 2: Thur., 9/13 @ Bengals, 8:20 p.m.
Week 3: Sun., 9/23 vs. Broncos. 1:00 p.m.
Week 4: Sun., 9/30 @ Steelers, 8:20 p.m.
Week 5: Sun., 10/7 @ Browns, 1:00 p.m.
Week 6: Sun., 10/14 @ Titans, 4:25 p.m.
Week 7: Sun., 10/21 vs. Saints, 4:05 p.m.
Week 8: Sun., 10/28 @ Panthers, 1:00 p.m.
Week 9: Sun., 11/4 vs. Steelers, 1:00 p.m.
Week 10: BYE week
Week 11: Sun., 11/18 vs. Bengals, 1:00 p.m.
Week 12: Sun., 11/25 vs. Raiders, 1:00 p.m.
Week 13: Sun., 12/2 @ Falcons, 1:00 p.m.
Week 14: Sun., 12/9 @ Chiefs, 1:00 p.m.
Week 15: Sun., 12/16 vs. Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m.
Week 16: Sat., 12/22 or Sunday 12/23 @ Chargers, TBD
Week 17: Sun., 12/30 vs. Browns, 1:00 p.m.
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