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    Miami Dolphins in Week 3 of the NFL preseason Authentic Matt Skura Jersey , and they may be missing several key starters. With only two preseason games remaining, Baltimore’s roster is beginning to take shape. 1. How much, if at all, will QB Joe Flacco play?Given the injuries to James Hurst and Ronnie Stanley, many have speculated whether or not starting quarterback Joe Flacco will play in their ‘dress rehearsal’ against the Dolphins. The Ravens will likely be without Marshal Yanda as well, which means that three projected starters along the offensive line will not play. Should Baltimore put Flacco at risk against Miami’s underrated pass-rush with a makeshift offensive line?2. Can any bubble wide receiver emerge?The Ravens’ wide receiver room has a clear pecking order from one to four, but it is up for grabs after that. Janarion Grant, Tim White, Jordan Lasley, Jaleel Scott, Breshad Perriman, DeVier Posey, and Andre Levrone are all competing for likely two roster spots.Scott and Lasley have struggled in all three preseason games with consistency and drops. They have failed to create separation and make plays. Lasley has had horrendous drops throughout the preseason, including one drop that would have been an easy touchdown. Scott’s red zone abilities have not translated well to this point.Perriman has had the best preseason out of all of these players http://www.ravenscheapstores.com/james-hurst-jersey-cheap , but he has not received a bump in playing time. His first snap in Week 2 of the preseason came late in the third quarter. Has Baltimore given up on their former first-round pick?3. Returner competitionThe returner competition is between Tim White and Janarion Grant, but neither player has emerged, which could result in the Ravens looking elsewhere for a returner. White and Grant each had a fumble against the Colts while returning a punt, which makes this roster battle wide open.4. Inside linebacker competitionThere are two inside linebacker competitions to monitor: the starting job alongside C.J. Mosley and the fourth spot. Patrick Onwuasor and Kenny Young are fighting for the starting weakside inside linebacker job, and it is still a tightly contested battle. Young has flashed throughout the preseason, while also displaying excellent instincts in run-defense. His coverage skills are among the best in the linebacker room, which is why Baltimore drafted him, but he must continue to showcase an ability to stop the run.Peanut is the opposite of Young; he struggles in coverage, but he is adept in run-defense. Peanut must display better instincts in coverage to win the starting job. With the third preseason game serving as a ‘dress rehearsal,’ each player will be given ample opportunities to win the job.Kamalei Correa and Albert McClellan are fighting for what could be one of the last spots on the roster. Correa had a dominant Hall of Fame Game, but since then he has been subpar. McClellan has not had an impressive preseason so far, and he is seemingly losing this position battle. However, his prowess on special teams could make him a priority over Correa. 5. Cornerback competitionWith the suspension of Jimmy Smith now official, the Ravens could be looking to keep an extra cornerback on the 53-man roster. Stanley Jean-Baptiste and Darious Williams are seemingly the two front-runners. Jean-Baptiste is coming off of an impressive performance against the Colts Youth Za'Darius Smith Jersey , but he did allow one big reception in that game. Williams has had an inconsistent preseason and could be destined for the practice squad. Neither player is guaranteed a spot and the Ravens could opt to only keep five cornerbacks on the 53-man roster until Jimmy Smith returns. 6. Fourth tight end spot up for grabsWith the new injury to Hayden Hurst, the Ravens will likely keep a fourth tight end on the roster. Hurst is considered to be out for three to four weeks, per Mike Garafolo. This will open the door for Darren Waller, Maxx Williams, and Vince Mayle. Waller is practice squad eligible, while Mayle has not made a significant impact on the offensive side of the ball, which could make Baltimore’s decision rather easy. CHICAGO (AP) — Nick Foles hit Golden Tate with a 2-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 56 seconds remaining against the NFL's stingiest defense, lifting the Philadelphia Eagles past the Chicago Bears 16-15 on Sunday in the final wild-card game.Former Eagles kicker Cody Parkey hit the left upright and then the crossbar with a field-goal attempt from 43 yards with 10 seconds remaining, silencing the raucous crowd.The defending league champion Eagles (10-7) squeezed into the playoffs by beating Washington and having the Bears (12-5) help them by knocking off Minnesota in the season finale. Philadelphia thanked its benefactor with a 12-play, 60-yard drive on which Foles, the Super Bowl MVP last February, hit six passes. Philly plays at New Orleans (13-3) next Sunday.No team has repeated as Super Bowl champion since New England in 2004, and the Eagles are a sixth seed. The last sixth seed to win the NFL title was Green Bay in the 2010 season.But these Eagles, led by Foles and a defense down to backups at several positions Womens Lamar Jackson Jersey , seem to have that magical touch like last season.It was a sizzling ending to a game marked by superior defense and several critical mistakes by the Eagles. They had to survive after Tarik Cohen, an All-Pro punt returner, took back the kickoff following Philly's go-ahead score 35 yards. Mitchell Trubisky completed two passes to get the Bears close enough for Parkey. But his kick took a double deflection and fell harmlessly into the end zone.He was 11 of 12 in the fourth-quarter on field goals before missing the biggest kick of his career.CHARGERS 23, RAVENS 17BALTIMORE (AP) — Los Angeles kept Lamar Jackson grounded, and by the time the rookie got the passing game going it was too late for Baltimore.Michael Badgley kicked five field goals, and Los Angeles harassed and hounded Jackson during a victory in the opening round of the NFL playoffs.The Chargers (13-4) will next face the second-seeded New England Patriots (11-5) on the road Sunday. The Chargers last won two games during a single postseason in 2007, when the franchise was in San Diego.Badgley set a franchise record for field goals in a playoff game. He connected from 21, 53, 40, 34 and 47 yards.The Chargers built a 23-3 lead in the fourth quarter before Jackson threw two touchdown passes to make it close. Given one final chance to complete the comeback, the 21-year-old Jackson looked every bit like the youngest quarterback to start an NFL playoff game when he lost the ball on his third fumble of the game.Jackson finished 14 for 29 for 194 yards with an interception. He was sacked seven times.The Chargers got even for a 22-10 loss two weeks ago to Baltimore (10-7), the AFC North champions.