Ravens Win Hall of Fame Game Opener

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The NFL is back and the Baltimore Ravens continued their normal pre-season winning ways with a 17-16 win over the Chicago Bears in the Hall of Fame game.

Although there were four total touchdowns scored, the day was all about defense – as it often is in the pre-season – with six turnovers and 12 sacks.

Perhaps that was fitting with two of the best defensive players in NFL history, soon-to-be Hall of Fame inductees Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, in the house.

Leading into the game, there was plenty of talk about Ravens’ rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson, but it was Robert Griffin III who got the start. The former first round draft pick missed all of 2017 but he looked decent, completing 11 of 17 passes for a touchdown, with one interception.

Jackson did get his chance and the former Heisman Trophy winner showed off his wheels, rushing for 25 total yards.

Jackson was 4/10 for 33 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. He found fellow rookie Hayden Hurst for a third quarter TD that gave the Ravens a 17-7 lead.

But Chicago, under new head coach Matt Nagy, fought back with a field goal and touchdown in the fourth quarter. Journeyman Tyler Bray led the Bears to the end zone, but his conversion pass fell incomplete.

Thoughts

-Hard to get much of a read on this one, other than the fact that the Ravens appear to be in decent shape at quarterback, with Joe Flacco sitting this one out and both Griffin and Jackson showing some promise. Then again it’s very, very early.

-Prepare for a season of ‘what’s wrong with that tackle’ as a number of contentious hits were flagged today.

Odds

The Ravens are $41 to win the Super Bowl and $26 to win the AFC championship.

The Bears are Super Bowl outsiders at $81 and longshots at $34 to win the NFC title.

All NFL futures/outrights markets here, odds subject to change.

What do you think?