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Behind receivers Anquan Boldin and Lee Evans are rookies Torrey Smith and Tandon Doss. Both possess potential but need time to grow. If one of them goes down to injury then defenses will turn their attention to loading eight men in the box and stopping the Ravens’ rushing attack.

FUN FACT

In between meetings and practices, the Ravens have another game on their mind: Cornhole. Defensive end Cory Redding introduced the game to his teammates and its caught on. Punter Sam Koch is the best on the team at it, while right tackle Michael Oher, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and safety Haruki Nakamura are frequent players. Cornhole tournaments are often scheduled in the team’s locker room.

SCHEDULE

9/11 vs. Steelers: Pittsburgh has won seven of the past 10 and holds the upper hand in this bitter rivalry.

9/18 at Titans: The Ravens’ biggest strength is their run defense, which will look to slow down running back Chris Johnson.

9/25 at Rams: Baltimore was lucky to get the NFC West on its schedule. But traveling to St. Louis this early won’t be easy.

10/2 vs. Jets: The Jets will be looking to avenge a tough 10-9 loss in opening week last year.

10/16 vs. Texans: The Ravens are fortunate to have a week off to prepare for one of the NFL’s most dynamic offenses when healthy.

10/24 at Jaguars: Baltimore faces another tough rushing attack on its lone Monday night appearance.

10/30 vs. Cardinals: Is Kevin Kolb the answer for Arizona? Baltimore will find out midseason.

11/6 at Steelers: Baltimore is hoping to at least split. Losing two would give Pittsburgh the inside track to the AFC North title.

11/13 at Seahawks: It’s never easy to travel to Qwest Field, arguably the loudest stadium in the NFL.

11/20 vs. Bengals: Of the rookie quarterbacks starting this season, Cincinnati has the biggest challenge with Andy Dalton.

11/24 vs. 49ers: Call it the Harbaugh Bowl. Brothers John and Jim coach against each other for the first time on Thanksgiving.

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