FILMSTUDY: Pass Rush Reminiscent of 2006

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Defensive Notes vs. Falcons 10/19/14 The Ravens received solid performances from a number of defenders who will be central to their 2nd half push en route to a 29-7 thrashing of the Falcons. The arrival of Will Hill and commitment to Dominique Franks helped clarify what had been a murky rotation in the secondary. The Ravens still found playing time for 4 safeties (Brooks, Elam, Hill, and Stewart), but there were no big nickel (3-safety) alignments and no cases where a safety was asked to play a WR in the...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 29, Falcons 7

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Ravens Take Over 1st Place in AFC North Overall: B+ Defense was great, Offense did enough and they were up 20 – 0 after 3 quarters. Atlanta is a bad team and good teams dominate bad ones and that is what the Ravens did today. A win at Cincy next week really puts this team in the driver’s seat. Cincinnati was shut out by Indy (Who is really good btw) and the Browns, well they were the Browns getting crushed in Jacksonville. Offense: B Seemed off and unsettled at times...

KNEE-JERK REACTIONS: Ravens Cruise in Battle of Birds

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The Ravens were clearly the better team but a sloppy second half by the home team kept the game mildly interesting for folks not rooting for the birds in black. Hopefully Eugene Monroe returns next week because Hurst was flat out awful! That said, a big win to take the lead in the AFC North! - Tony Lombardi For the first time all season, the Ravens are in first place in the AFC North. With the return of Will Hill, and Lardarius Webb back at full strength, the defense has been...

This Week on Russell Street

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GO BOLD! Some of our staff predictions admittedly have been pretty whack! Some of you have said we’re homers…well at least one of you always says so. Do you think these BOLD PREDICTIONS are any better this week? Can you handle the truth?   BACK TO THE FUTURE The last time the Falcons visited Baltimore for a non-fake game was back on November 19, 2006, a game the Steve McNair led Ravens won 24-10. Here’s a look back at Aaron Wilson’s recap of the day, one during which the slowest...

LOOK OVER HERE: Cryin’ Matt Ryan on Sunday?

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Things to look for on Sunday when you aren’t watching the ball… Me & Julio: Julio is the name of my friend’s African Grey parrot but a bird of greater interest on Sunday is Falcons’ WR Julio Jones who leads the NFL in receptions with 44 and an eye-popping 66 targets – in other words 11 per game. It’s safe to say that Jimmy Smith will be busy tomorrow. Smith is the 7th ranked corner in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus and quarterbacks have a passer rating of...

CRAB BAG: Flacco vs. Ryan, Round 2

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The careers of Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco will forever be linked, as they were the first two quarterbacks chosen in the 2008 Draft. As far as recent quarterbacks taken in the draft, having two guys from the first round as successful as these two have been is remarkable in itself. Still, the debate rages on over which QB is the better at his position. Ryan has the numbers, Flacco has the postseason wins…and the ring. The only time they’ve met head-to-head, Flacco engineered an incredible late drive to put...

Jimmy Smith Providing Leadership in Secondary

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Imagine what life would be like without cornerback Jimmy Smith in the Ravens secondary. What if the team decided to cut bait and give up on the young corner when he struggled through the early portion of his career? As each season passed, coaches, fans and media anxiously watched to see if the player the Ravens boldly took with the 27th overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft would ever justify his draft stock. Over the last few seasons, Smith has begun to slowly silence those critics who once doubted...

Ravens vs. Falcons Friday Injury Report & Game Status

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GAME STATUS Ravens Out: DT Christo Bilukidi (ankle); DE Chris Canty (wrist) Doubtful: T Eugene Monroe (knee); G Kelechi Osemele (knee) Probable: WR Kamar Aiken (concussion); WR Marlon Brown (pelvis); TE Owen Daniels (NiR); DT Timmy Jernigan (knee); LB Daryl Smith (NiR)   Atlanta Falcons Out: WR Harry Douglas (foot) Probable: DT Jonathan Babineaux (knee); G Justin Blalock (back); WR Devin Hester (hamstring); WR Julio Jones (ankle); LB Prince Shembo (knee); LB Nate Stupar (knee)   Injury Report Ravens Did Not Participate: DT Christo Bilukidi (ankle); DE Chris Canty (wrist); T Eugene Monroe (knee); G Kelechi...

BOLD PREDICTIONS: Flacco Will do WHAT?

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The Falcons move the ball early and often, accumulating 400 yards of total offense, but stall in the red zone. They eventually get two touchdowns (one from Julio Jones, one from Antone Smith–both receiving), but by that time, the Ravens have the game put away.  Joe Flacco and the offense cruises again. No. 5 throws for 300-plus yards and zero INT for the second-straight week, and the Ravens win, 34-20. ~ Mike Fast Flacco and Ryan go head to head in the first half, keeping it close 17-14. In the second half...

PERCEPTION IS REALITY: Anti-”Social” Ravens?

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Reality: A few Ravens players have decided to get off Twitter. Perception: As I said in my last Perception is Reality, Steve Smith Sr. has signed off Twitter. Some disagreed, saying he moved to a new twitter name, but that is not the case. As Garrett Downing of BaltimoreRavens.com explains: He still has an open account, but he hasn’t tweeted since Oct. 6 when he announced that he was signing off for good. Now he only plans to use Twitter as a marketing tool, and as a medium to spread news about...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Ravens Contain Vick

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The last time the Ravens hosted the Atlanta Falcons in a regular season game was on November 19, 2006 when they beat their guests 24-10 and improved to 8-2 on the season. Here’s a look back at Aaron Wilson recap of the day, one during which the slowest player on the field sacked the fastest. ~ Tony Lombardi ********** BALTIMORE — The pivotal moment when stocky Baltimore Ravens nose guard Kelly Gregg bulldogged elusive Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick to the ground meant more than a loss of yards. At...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: One And Done For Kubiak?

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We posted this article back in June and we’ve brought it back up today given the recent buzz about Kubiak’s possible return to the head coaching ranks. You can check out the original post and the interesting comments HERE. Happy Purple Friday Baltimore!!! ********** The NFL coaching carousel is a ride that begins towards the end of each season and usually doesn’t stop until a few days after the Super Bowl.Head coaches come and go to the tune of about 5 to 7 per season and today they come in...

FILMSTUDY: ‘He’s Gonna be Sore!’

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Ravens at Bucs 10/12/14 Quarterback Hit (QH) is actually a difficult term to find defined. Here’s the definition I use in my analysis: • The QB is knocked to the ground during or following a pass. • QHs may be shared, but the shares must sum to 1. • Not included are sacks where the ball is stripped, but the QB remains upright or runs out of bounds without being knocked down (most, but not all sacks are QHs). • Effective, but excluded from QH totals, are hits on the...

The Disruptive Brandon Williams

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Depth concerns along the Ravens defensive front certainly seemed like an issue when Kapron Lewis-Moore and rookie Brent Urban sustained season ending injuries during training camp. It didn’t get much better as the season got underway when rookie Timmy Jernigan went down with a knee injury against Pittsburgh, while veteran Chris Canty has missed time after having hand surgery last week. The piece-mealed unit consisting of Haloti Ngata, DeAngelo Tyson, Lawrence Guy, Christo Bilukidi and Brandon Williams, through six games has done an admirable job on opposing offensive lines, pressuring quarterbacks...

Battle Plans: Falcons vs. Ravens

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Offense 1. Bring the Ground Game to the Air Running back Matt Forte had a field day against the Falcons last week – but he did most of his damage through the air. The leading pass-catching back in the NFL caught 10 passes against Atlanta, and was a constant bailout option underneath for Jay Cutler. Back in Week 2, Giovani Bernard victimized the Falcons, snagging five catches for 79 yards, with a long of 45 yards. Pierre Thomas also had his way against the Falcons with six catches for 58...

THURSDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens vs. Falcons

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Ravens DID NOT PARTICIPATE: DT Christo Bilukidi (ankle); DE Chris Canty (wrist); TE Owen Daniels (NiR); LB Daryl Smith (NiR) LIMITED PARTICIPATION: WR Kamar Aiken (concussion); G Kelechi Osemele (knee); T Eugene Monroe (knee) FULL PARTICIPATION: WR Marlon Brown (pelvis); DT Timmy Jernigan (knee)   Atlanta Falcons DID NOT PARTICIPATE: WR Harry Douglas (foot) LIMITED PARTICIPATION: WR Devin Hester (hamstring); WR Julio Jones (ankle); LB Prince Shembo (knee) FULL PARTICIPATION: DT Jonathan Babineaux (knee); G Justin Blalock (back); LB Nate Stupar (knee)

Section 336 Episode 83 – Unnecessary Nails

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This week on the show, the Baltimore Ravens easily beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while Ravens fans took over Tampa Bay. We get a first hand report from Bert’s brother who was down there for the game. Then we look foward to hosting the Atlanta Falcons this weekend and talk about some of the most lopsided victories Joe Flacco and John Harbaugh have had together.

FANTASY LINKS: Start Justin Forsett and Joe Flacco

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Fantasy Football Start or Sit: Week 7 If you’re unsure about who to start and sit this week, take a look at this article put together by JJ Zachariason of numberFire to see if he has anyone you’re on the fence about. A few guys you should start wear purple. LINK Fantasy Football Week 7 Tiers Boris Chen is a data scientist for the New York Times. Every week, he puts together fantasy football tiers. Here are the tiers for week 7. DraftKings Week 7 Optimal Lineup Sam Hauss explains...

TALE OF THE TAPE: The Value of “Juice”

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Much has been made about the resurgence of the Baltimore Ravens offense, particularly the offensive line. The 2013 season may go down as the worst collective performance by a Ravens offensive line in team history, but 2014 couldn’t be any more different. Baltimore’s rejuvenated offense (the team is tied for fifth in the NFL with 27.3 points per game), can largely be credited to consistent blocking up front, a strong run game (fourth in the league in rushing yards with 797) and quality play from quarterback Joe Flacco. But what...

RAVENS LINKS: Metrics Say Ravens 2nd Best Team

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All-32: NFL Power Rankings Heading Into Week 7 It’s the time of the year where everyone is starting to get a clearer picture of who are going to be the best teams in the NFL this season. Using math that I don’t quite understand, numberFire thinks that the Ravens are the 2nd best team in the league. LINK Jimmy Smith PFF Analysis Jimmy Smith’s very good start to the 2014 season has been well-documented on this site. Pro Football Focus writer, Sam Monson takes a closer look at all the...