Is This the Most Balanced Team in Franchise History?

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Seven weeks into the 2014 season Ravens fans have a lot to be excited about. The team is off to one of their best starts in the John Harbaugh era and looks impressive on both sides of the ball. They currently have a staggering point differential of +89, and rank highly in most categories on both offense and defense. They are allowing the fewest points per game at 14.9, and they rank sixth in total scoring averaging 27.6 points per game. Its early in the season, and the Ravens have...

RAVENS LINKS: Best Team in the AFC North

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Why the Baltimore Ravens Are the Best Team in the AFC North With one of the most efficient offenses and one of the best defenses in the NFL, the metrics back up what many think: the Ravens are the best team in the division in pretty much any category. LINK 5 ways Ravens-Bengals rematch will be different Bo Smolka of CSN Baltimore tells us five ways that this divisional match-up won’t look like the same game as the first one. LINK Ravens Boast Four Top-Rated Outside Linebackers BaltimoreRavens.com writer, Ryan...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Ravens Dominate Bengals

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BALTIMORE RAVENS 34 CINCINNATI BENGALS 3 11/30/08 Joe Flacco made his professional debut in Baltimore on September 7, 2008 against the Cincinnati Bengals, winning at M&T Bank Stadium by the score of 17-10. On November 30, 2008 he traveled to Cincinnati for the first time as a Raven and the results were spectacular although this time, he certainly got a little help from his friends, particularly Mark Clayton. ~ Tony Lombardi ********** Welcome to the Mark Clayton Show! In a 34-3 win over the home-standing Cincinnati Bengals, the Baltimore Ravens...

BATTLE PLANS: Ravens at Bengals

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Offense 1. Inside-out Attack In basketball, teams that have a strong presence in the paint at center or power forward will pound the ball inside. Think Shaq or Charles Barkley. Once the defense starts to converge to stop the inside game, the ball gets kicked around to the perimeter for open shooters to take advantage. Well, in football, the concept of this game plan is very similar. If the pass offense is deadly on intermediate routes, safeties start to creep inside to help out, and single coverage opens up outside....

Have The Ravens Found Their Franchise Right Tackle?

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The Baltimore Ravens entered the 2014 regular season with plenty of unanswered questions. Through seven games, most of the uncertainties, such as whether or not the run game would return to normal and if quarterback Joe Flacco would go back to his 2012 self, have been answered. One of the biggest uncertainties was the right tackle position. However, there are no questions anymore when it comes to who should be the right tackle and if that player is doing his job well. Second-year tackle Ricky Wagner entered the season with little...

Red Zone Defense Helps Pave Way for Ravens’ Strong Start

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If it’s true that history always finds a way to repeat itself then the Ravens, along with their fans, should be all smiles with the team sitting at 5-2 through the first seven weeks of the season. In fact, they should be down right giddy about their chances to get back into the postseason after missing the playoffs last season for the first time under head coach John Harbaugh. Sitting atop of the AFC North, the Ravens, under Harbaugh have held a 5-2 record three times since he took over...

THURSDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens @ Bengals

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Ravens DID NOT PARTICIPATE: DE Chris Canty (wrist); TE Owen Daniels (knee); LB Daryl Smith (NIR); WR Steve Smith (NIR) FULL PARTICIPATION: T Eugene Monroe (knee); G Kelechi Osemele (knee)   Cincinnati Bengals OUT: LB Rey Maualuga (knee) DID NOT PARTICIPATE: WR A.J. Green (toe); T Andre Whitworth (NIR) LIMITED PARTICIPATION: RB Giovani Bernard (ribs); G Clint Boling (NIR); CB Leon Hall (back) FULL PARTICIPATION: DE Robert Geathers (toe); TE Kevin Brock (neck); LB Vontaze Burfict (knee); DE Wallace Gilberry (eye); LB Emmanuel Lamur (shoulder); T Marshall Newhouse (back); T Andre Smith (shoulder); DT Brandon Thompson (knee);...

FANTASY LINKS: Bengals a Good RB Fantasy Match-up

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Fantasy Football Start or Sit: Week 8 Included in JJ Zachariason’s week 8 starts and sits is this gem on why you should start Justin Forsett (again)… “the Bengals are about as good at stopping the run as Rebecca Black is at singing songs.” For the complete list of starts and sits, click here. Justin Forsett, Bernard Pierce, Lorenzo Taliaferro Fantasy Post-Week 7 Outlook Rob Goldberg of Bleacher Report talks about the running back situation in Baltimore from a fantasy perspective. He doesn’t seem quite as fond of Forsett from...

The Ravens Need to Run Through The Jungle!

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The Cincinnati Bengals, a team that was once an automatic “W” and a divisional doormat. The Cincinnati Bengals, a team that once produced more annual arrests than wins. The Cincinnati Bengals, a team that turned the corner a few years ago, and are now a formidable opponent. Today those same Cincinnati Bengals stand between the Baltimore Ravens and a controlling position in the AFC North. In recent years the Ravens have struggled against the Bengals. Since John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco came onto the scene the Ravens are 7-6 against...

Will Ray Rice’s “Curious” Grievance Impact The Ravens?

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Late Tuesday evening, news broke that former Ravens RB Ray Rice filed a grievance against the team claiming he had been wrongfully terminated. This grievance against the Ravens was filed in addition to Rice’s grievance against the NFL for imposing two punishments on him for a single offense. In that grievance, Rice’s will argue that the indefinite suspension imposed on him after the second elevator video became public, violates the CBA’s express prohibition against two punishments for a single offense. This “double jeopardy” argument would appear to have a strong...

Offense Has Produced Early in Games Lately

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It certainly isn’t “Breaking News” that the Ravens offense has struggled at times when it comes to producing first quarter points. But they’ve certainly improved over the past two weeks. When asked on Wednesday following practice if there is something behind the Ravens’ recent quick starts to games, Joe Flacco had this to say. “I don’t know. [When] we come out here, one of the first things we do once we get done [with] individual [warm-ups] is we’ll do some kind of situation that’s the usually the first drive of a...

PERCEPTION IS REALITY: Serving up Snapper And Rice

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Reality: Jimmy Smith is playing like a “Shut Down” Cornerback. Perception: Jimmy Smith might finally be living up to his draft status. Garret Downing of BaltimoreRavens.com tweeted this: I think it’s safe to say the Jimmy Smith Pro Bowl talk is legitimate. pic.twitter.com/Q4Y5hf1nhJ — Garrett Downing (@gdowning14) October 20, 2014   As you can see, Smith has been targeted more than some of the most respected corners in the game, and yet he has allowed less yards and less touchdowns than any of them. A big part of the Ravens...

Nickel Package: Bengals a Historically Tough Match-up

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The last time these two teams met was in Week 1 in Baltimore. The Bengals made five field goals to start the game, and although the Ravens responded with a Steve Smith, Sr. touchdown, they only held a 1-point lead for 48 seconds. Historically, playing the Bengals (particularly on the road) has been as tough of a game as any for the Ravens. All-time, Baltimore is 7-11 when playing in Cincinnati. Here’s what to look for on Sunday.   Hurst and Urschel James Hurst and John Urschel have done an...

WEDNESDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens @ Bengals

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Ravens DID NOT PARTICIPATE: DE Chris Canty (wrist); TE Owen Daniels (knee) FULL PARTICIPATION: T Eugene Monroe (knee); G Kelechi Osemele (knee)   Cincinnati Bengals OUT: LB Rey Maualuga (knee) DID NOT PARTICIPATE: DE Robert Geathers (toe); WR A.J. Green (toe); CB Leon Hall (back); G/C Mike Pollak (knee) LIMITED PARTICIPATION: RB Giovani Bernard (ribs); TE Kevin Brock (neck); LB Vontaze Burfict (knee); DE Wallace Gilberry (eye); LB Emmanuel Lamur (shoulder); T Marshall Newhouse (back); T Andre Smith (shoulder); DT Brandon Thompson (knee)

Section 336 Episode 84 – Broken Mic (with FILMSTUDY)

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This week Matt, Bert and Josh look at last week’s win for the Baltimore Ravens against the Atlanta Falcons as well as look foward to this week’s game against the Bengals. We have a special guest who is smarter then all of us, Russell Street Report’s Ken McKusick, AKA FILMSTUDY (joins us at  19:00).   On This Week’s Show Join us for 336 Live at Buffalo Wild Wings in White Marsh Thursday November 6, at 7:30. We’ll be giving away two tickets to Ravens/Chargers on November 30!   The Ravens’...

RAVENS LINKS: Ravens Playoff Odds

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Ravens’ odds of reaching playoffs and Super Bowl Now, I know what you’re all going to say (probably in our Facebook comments). You’re going to say it’s too early to project playoff and Super Bowl odds. Well, we’re going to take a look at it anyway. Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com has the full story here. Another vote of confidence for Jacoby Jones Even after the muffed punt this week, John Harbaugh still has confidence in return man, Jacoby Jones. Bo Smolka of CSN Baltimore discusses the situation. LINK NFL Power...

FILMSTUDY: O-Line Grades well vs. Falcons

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Offensive Line Model and Notes vs. Falcons 10/19/14 In years past, the Ravens would carry an offensive player solely (or nearly so) for his special teams value.  Those days are gone. Let’s do this by year of the Harbaugh era: 2008: Terrence Copper, Jalen Parmele, Marcus “I started an AFC Championship Game without a career reception” Smith 2009: Matt Lawrence, Parmele, LJ Smith, David Tyree 2010: Parmele, David Reed, and Marcus Smith 2011: Allen, Tandon Doss, Reed, Kris Wilson, and LaQuan Williams 2012: Allen, Reed, Deonte Thompson, and LaQuan Williams 2013:...

Jimmy Smith Will be a Raven in 2015

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There has been some recent concern around Baltimore that the Ravens are going to lose CB Jimmy Smith after this season because his stellar play is going to price him out of the Ravens’ price range. These fears, for 2015 at least, are unfounded because the Ravens have already exercised their CBA-mandated “5th Year Option” on Smith’s rookie contract. All players drafted in the 1st round of the draft have a 4-year contract that contains the “5th Year Option”. Pursuant to Article 7, Section 7(f) of the CBA, that option,...

TV GEEK: The WORST Broadcast Team on TV!

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I’ve been writing TV Geek articles since the beginning of the 2013 season and I must say this is the worst broadcast team that I’ve experienced. By far and by a landslide.  This broadcast had me searching for Dan Dierdorf analysis. Unanimously voted by me, the WORST. BROADCAST. EVER. Ladies and gentleman, if you’ll send your attention to the broadcast booth I would like to introduce you to the W.B.E Champions of the WOOORRRRLLLLDDDDD!!!! Starting play-by-play man for Fox NFL Sunday, he attended Boston College where he received a degree...