FANTASY LINKS: Will Baltimore Native Ever Break Out?

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Is a Breakout Ever Going to Come for Tavon Austin? So far this season, Tavon Austin has 5 total points and was injured in the first quarter of St. Louis’ game in Tampa Bay. numberFire writer, Joe Redemann tells us what he thinks about the Dunbar alum’s fantasy prospects. LINK Fantasy Fast Forward: Cousins proves his worth It appears as though Robert Griffin III will be out of the Redskins’ lineup for the foreseeable future. Kirk Cousins, drafted in the same year in the 4th round as RG3, will man...

PERCEPTION IS REALITY: O-Line Getting it Done!

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Reality:  The Ravens are 1-1. Perception: So far, so good. The Ravens were flat in the first half of game 1 against the Bengals, but came close to a come-from-behind win. The Bengals are better than I have given them credit for, and some say they could be the best team in the AFC. It’s not great to give away a divisional game, but for Week 1, the Ravens did alright. The win against the Steelers was one of the best all-around games I’ve seen the Ravens play against a...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Zuttah’s Noticeable Presence

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Through two games for the Baltimore Ravens, other than red zone efficiency there’s been little to complain about offensively. Quarterback Joe Flacco appears to be growing in Gary Kubiak’s offense, the usage of tight ends has increased as expected, Steve Smith Sr. has made an instant impact, Justin Forsett has fared well, but most importantly, the offensive line looks much improved. From a healthy Kelechi Osemele to a not-so bad first two games from Ricky Wagner, all five offensive line positions look to be reliable commodities as the team heads...

CONFESSIONS OF A SPORTS NUT: I Love Coaches

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Coaches are my favorite people in sports. And it’s not even close. Please understand this for simplicity sake: When I reference “coaches”, I’m using the generic term for “the man or woman who runs the team”, so a baseball manager, for example, would obviously be included even though the title is “manager”, not coach. In the spirit of transparency, I’ll let you know I’m a coach. I’ve been coaching high school golf in Baltimore for the last four years and I’m currently the head golf coach at Calvert Hall High...

Elam Doubles Down as Nickel Corner

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The Ravens probably had a great set of plans for their secondary heading into the 2014 season. Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith would be locking down the corner spots with an improved Chykie Brown and Asa Jackson coming in when needed. Matt Elam and Darian Stewart would be roaming the back line of defense, and all would be perfect for the Dean Pees led defense. Injuries happened. Wrenches were thrown at the Ravens coaching staff. Webb obviously hasn’t shown that he’s game ready (something Harbaugh would neither confirm nor deny...

THE FINAL WORD: A Blueprint to Defeat the Champs

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Here are the thoughts weighing on my mind from Week 2.  Led by Phillip Rivers, the San Diego offense was in full control over the defending champions. They controlled the ball for over 42 minutes, frustrated the Seattle secondary with 10 third-down conversions, and made a statement to the league in the sweltering 110-degree heat. The statement is this: Put together a well-devised game plan and stay patient on offense against the Seahawks and you’ve got a chance. Yes, not everyone has Rivers and Antonio Gates (7 catches, 96 yards,...

Who Let The Dawgs Out?

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The first two weeks of the NFL season have been full of surprises and upsets. My picks in week one were dreadful to put it bluntly. The Bills over the Bears? Miami’s defense making Tom Brady look old and slow? Parity seems to be at an all time high in 2014. Perhaps the biggest shocker of the first two weeks though was seeing Cleveland upset the Saints yesterday. By doing so they sent a message to the Ravens and the rest of the league that these aren’t the same dreadful...

RAVENS LINKS: Ngata Gives Iowa Teen His Dream

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Haloti Ngata grants Iowa teen trip of a lifetime We often hear about all of the bad things NFL players do off the field. This is not one of those cases. KCCI in Iowa has the story here. NFL schedule-makers did the Ravens no favors Chuck Mills of Baltimore Beatdown doesn’t like the Ravens’ schedule. Let him tell you why here. Drew’s Morning Dish – The days of taking the Cleveland Browns for granted are apparently over Drew Forrester discusses, among other things, the Cleveland Browns, the changing landscape in...

PURPLE PONDERINGS: Where’s Arthur?

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Many Ravens fans are concerned about the play of Arthur Brown, or the lack thereof. The promising 2013 second-round pick from Kansas State has yet to dress for the Ravens in 2014 and many have speculated as to why. The team holds Brown in high regard and at times he has shown sick athleticism from the inside linebacker position. Team insiders will tell you that at times he can make plays that will make you pause and think – Navarro Bowman. Unfortunately Brown has not developed the consistency that the...

Ravens Racking up Numbers Through 2

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Through the first two games of the season, the Ravens have flaunted their improved and dangerous ground game led by Justin Forsett, Bernard Pierce and an impressive and physically imposing O-Line. After rushing for 96 yards on 22 carries against the Steelers, his highest yardage total in a single game since posting 123 yards on 14 carries against the New York Giants on 12/23/2012, Pierce is projected to register a career-high 904 yards. The ”lightning” half of the duo, Justin Forsett, has had a tremendous start to his tenure in...

Former Drive Time Sports Talker Joins RSR

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A few weeks ago we all heard about “The Turk’s” visit to WNST, the day when station majority owner Nestor Aparicio decided that the then current configuration of administrative and on-air staff was no longer consistent with his vision for AM 1570. The station that once claimed to have balls was seemingly left with no one to play with them, save of course the enigmatic Aparicio. Upon hearing the news my first thought centered on Drew Forrester. After all that he’s brought to that station in terms of content, new...

A Balanced Perspective on Ray and Janay Rice

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One of my partners, Bill Pisano, spoke to Ravens play-by-play broadcaster and WBAL sports anchor Gerry Sandusky recently about his daughter Katy’s blog that focused in on Ray Rice. It was posted on Facebook. With Gerry’s permission we are posting it here on RSR. It provides a very unique perspective laced with wisdom beyond Katy’s 23 years. Thank you Gerry and thank you Katy. ~ Tony Lombardi ***** Given my work in professional sports and in relationship violence prevention, a lot of people have asked me lately my opinion on...

FILMSTUDY: Offensive Line Model and Notes vs. Steelers

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Each lineman played all 63 snaps (excludes 2 kneels): Monroe: Eugene had his 2nd consecutive solid game. For reasons that are probably obvious, interior linemen have higher block percentages in level 2, but he connected on 4 of 6, which is good for a tackle. His only negative pass-blocking score came when he was bulled by the stunting Keisel for a pressure (Q2, 8:11). I also charged him with half of the penetration (shared with Zuttah, Q2, 2:15) when he failed to throw Jarvis Jones enough past the play in...

This Week on Russell Street

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IN THE WIN COLUMN The Ravens were able to overcome a sloppy performance against the Bengals and fight off the off-the-field drama to dominate the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday Night before a national audience, 26-6. Here are a few articles the recap what went right on a much needed victorious night! FILMSTUDY: Defense FILMSTUDY: Offense Good, Bad & Ugly Ravens Report Card   A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE The Ravens have been heavily criticized by many for the way in which they’ve handled the Ray Rice situation including some vicious commentary directed...

THE GOOD, BAD & UGLY: Ravens 26, Steelers 6

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Just four days prior to Thursday night the Ravens played poorly against a tough Cincinnati Bengals team yet hung around long enough to nearly force overtime. Before they could even let the loss soak in the Ray Rice elevator video surfaced a little over 12 hours after the defeat. It took the world and the Ravens by storm. No one was quite sure how the team would respond. An 0-2 start was certainly a possibility and thoughts of an implosive season weren’t far behind. A convincing team win certainly put...

FILMSTUDY: Ravens v. Steelers

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Cornered In a game they finished with just 2 healthy cornerbacks, the Ravens cobbled together a secondary that not only held their own, but contributed significantly to a one-sided win over the Steelers. To summarize: • The Ravens started with a 4-man secondary with Jackson and Smith at corner, but played that alignment only 3 snaps. • The base nickel included 3 safeties. Jackson and Smith were the outside corners with Matt Elam on the slot, Stewart at strong safety, and Jeromy Miles at free safety. • Prior to Jackson’s injury,...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Week 2, Pittsburgh Steelers

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Overall: A+ Words cannot express how badly this team and the fans needed a win. It was bad enough that the Ravens played like they did and lost to Cincinnati just a few days ago, but the Ray Rice saga just added salt, lemon, hydrochloric acid, napalm, and homeless puppies to the proverbial wound. Beating down the Pittsburgh Steelers to the point where they didn’t even score a touchdown was the best thing that could have happened.   Offense: B+ Against the Bengals, the offense looked pretty inept. They dropped...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Ravens Dismantle Steelers

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Note: This article originally appeared on September 11, 2011. The Baltimore Ravens handed the Pittsburgh Steelers their asses. There, I said it. And boy did it feel good, and strange, for Ravens fans who witnessed this 35-7 Ravens beat down of their division rivals, eight months removed from their gut-wrenching playoff loss to the Steelers to complete the 2010 campaign. A win this decisive definitively answered so many offseason questions about how the Ravens would respond. Could Joe Flacco finally overcome his 0-6 all-time record against a Ben Roethlisberger led...

RAVENS LINKS: Suggs’ Gladiator Helmet

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Terrell Suggs explains why he wore gladiator helmet in Ravens’ pregame Gary Mihoces of USA Today’s FORTHEWIN gives us some insight into Suggs’ gladiator helmet that he wore during the pre-game introductions last night. LINK Ravens Broke Roethlisberger’s 30 Consecutive Games with TD Pass There was a lot to celebrate after the Ravens 26-6 win last night, and here’s one more thing. The Ravens broke Roethlisberger’s streak of 30 consecutive games without a TD pass. Thanks to Reddit and Wikipedia for helping us find this out! LINK Ravens get cathartic...