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April 3, 2019 - 2:12 am

Joe Flacco to play in first preseason game since 2016 Joe Flacco has dealt with two major injuries over the past two and half seasons. In Week 11 of 2015 White Marshal Yanda Jersey , Flacco tore his ACL in the waning minutes of a victory over the then St. Louis Rams, ending his season. While he missed the majority of the 2016 NFL preseason, he returned for the entirety of the regular season. Flacco injured his back during the 2017 offseason and missed the all of last year’s preseason. The 33-year-old quarterback will now play in a preseason game for the first time since he appeared against the Detroit Lions in August of 2016. Ironically enough, Flacco will face the team that he injured his knee against, the Los Angeles Rams. Baltimore just concluded two consecutive days of joint practice with the Rams in Owings Mills, Maryland. For Flacco, this is a big test to get back into the swing of things against a Los Angeles defense now featuring Ndamukong Suh, Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters. “It’s tough, really, what to make of it, but I think it is a good test,” Flacco said after the first joint practice on Monday. “It’s always good to go against some different guys. You get used to going against your defense and seeing what they do every day. It’s good to see something else.”Flacco found John Brown on multiple play-action passes, but the offensive line collapsed on him a couple of times. The physical play continued on the outside with Willie Snead IV and Nickell Robey-Coleman battling for the football. Each player, whether it was an offensive lineman, defensive lineman or a skill position player, contributed to the physicality in the practice.“You’re always just feeling each other out at the beginning part,” said Flacco of the Rams and Ravens battles on Monday. “You expect, when there’s a different team Marshal Yanda Jersey 2019 , you expect them to come out here and be physical. You expect it to be a little more physical than your normal practice.”His biggest goal for Thursday’s game is to carry over the momentum from his practices against Los Angeles. There were some good plays and some that just did not measure up. Specifically, Flacco made an overthrow to Nick Boyle, which resulted in a Rams interception. Though that play was not the result they wanted, it gave the Ravens the opportunity to emulate game situations.“It’s a unique experience to practice against someone and take that for a few days and go play against them,” Flacco said. “Do you come out here and treat it like a normal practice? What do you do? I think we just came out here and did our thing today. Hey — it’s a preaseason game — No. 1 really. It’ll be a good test, and this might just really add to that test we have on Thursday.”With that being said, Flacco and his receivers have had a strong camp so far. There have not been as many mental errors from the group. The offense looks to have diversified the way that they attack the field. Flacco is at the head of that offense for his 11th season as he tries to bounce back from his 2017 regular season performance marred by his back injury. “Listen, I think we’ve had a really good camp so far,” said Flacco of he and his offensive teammates. “I’m really confident in our group of guys and how we’re going to go out there and perform. I think we have a bunch of gamers and we’re ready to go.”The Ravens will play in their first home preseason game on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET against Los Angeles.Baltimore Beatdown Picks: Week 4 With several teams facing off in divisional games, Week 4 is positioned to be a pivotal point of the early season for many teams. All year, the Baltimore Beatdown staff will compete to see who can correctly forecast the most matchups. Join in and submit picks for each game in the polls at the bottom of the article. Current standings:Kyle A., Kyle B. and VasFrank, Jake and Baltimore Beatdown readersLoganSageDustin and ZachAn analysis of the Baltimore Beatdown staff picksConsensus winnersThe Jaguars defeat the Jets (JAX -7.5)The Packers take down the Bills (GB -9.5)The Chargers beat the 49ers (LAC -10.0)Entering Week 4, teams are still wildly inconsistent, with few organizations pulling away from the rest of the league. This parity is reflected in the staff’s predictions, with just three consensus picks. While the Jaguars struggled offensively in a loss to Tennessee (a stark contrast to their Week 2 success against New England), the Jets are still a team in rebuilding mode with the youngest starting quarterback in the NFL. While Josh Allen and Buffalo shocked the world last week by defeating the Minnesota Vikings, expect the Packers to be prepared and ready to get back on track coming off a loss to Washington. With Jimmy Garoppolo out for the year with an ACL injury White Terrell Suggs Jersey , the 49ers should be an easy target for the Chargers. ‘Lone wolf’ picksKyle A. is alone in thinking the Cardinals will secure their first victory of the season (SEA -3.0).Kyle B. is the only staff member who thinks the Dolphins are going to defeat the Patriots in Foxborough (NE -6.5).Logan is solo in his prediction that the Titans will defeat the Eagles (PHI -4.0) and the Broncos will beat the Chiefs (KC -4.5).Sam Bradford’s latest chapter in the NFL is already closing, with rookie quarterback Josh Rosen named the starter for Arizona. Kyle Andrews, and Josh Rosen himself, are some of the few that have confidence in the Cardinals. Josh Weinfuss of ESPN writes:The Dolphins are off to an unexpected hot start, coming into Week 4 with a perfect record. Still, Kyle Barber is the only member of Baltimore Beatdown that foresees them shaking their losing streak at Gillette Stadium. Miami last beat the Patriots in New England in Week 3 of the 2008 season, when Matt Cassel was starting in place of an injured Tom Brady and Chad Pennington was quarterbacking the Dolphins. Patrick Mahomes and Carson Wentz are two of the most promising young signal callers in the league, with Mahomes off to a blazing pace of 13 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Logan is betting against them both this week, predicting the Broncos to rebound from their loss to the Ravens and the Titans to extend their win streak to three. How will the AFC North perform?Over 66 percent of the staff believes the Browns will keep the Raiders winless (OAK -2.5) and that the Steelers will hand the Ravens their second loss on the season (PIT -3.0).Over 55 percent of contributors predict the Bengals will win on the road in Atlanta (ATL -5.5). There is renewed hope in Cleveland, with number one pick Baker Mayfield replacing Tyrod Taylor in Week 3 for the team’s first win since 2016. With rookie corner Denzel Ward already making a huge splash and Myles Garrett shining in his sophomore season, the majority of the staff believes Jon Gruden and the Raiders will be left searching for their elusive first victory in 2018. While the Ravens looked drastically more polished in Week 3, Beatdown writers anticipate that Baltimore’s offense will fall short in a shoot out with a Pittsburgh offense that has found its rhythm, even without running back Le’Veon Bell. If true, the Ravens will be staring down an 0-2 divisional start.There is less consensus on Cincinnati’s prospects for victory. The Falcons have been up and down thus far, though the offense has scored 61 points since only putting up 12 against the Eagles in the kickoff of the 2018 season. However, Atlanta’s passing defense is ranked 26th in the league, leaving room for Andy Dalton and A.J. Green to exploit their weakness. All writers’ picks can be found in the table below. NFL Week 4 PicksGamesDustinFrankJakeKyle A.Kyle B. LoganSageVasilisZachBB ReadersGamesDustinFrankJakeKyle A.Kyle B. LoganSageVasilisZachBB ReadersPick the winner of every Week 4 game in the polls below!

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