About Brian Bower

Brian Bower

Brian Bower is avid football fan who was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Brian has covered the Baltimore Ravens and NFL player positives in the community for the past two years for FootballNewsNow.com. His work has been featured on NFL.com and ESPN blogs. He is also a regular guest on ESPN Radio in Honolulu, Hawaii.   Brian is very involved in the community and has spent the last twenty years as a volunteer firefighter.  Email him at bbower at russellstreetreport.com.

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...

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...

Behind Enemy Lines: Will Cincy Be AJ Green-less?

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Cincinnati Bengals Mission impossible without Green The Bengals are struggling without star wide receiver A.J. Green and it has cost them their AFC North division lead as they were embarrassed by the Indianapolis Colts 27-0 on Sunday. Falling to 3-2-1 on the season, the Bengals offense was shutout for the first time since December of 2009 as Indy limited Dalton to just 126 yards on 18 completions. It’s clear that the offense revolves around Green despite putting up over 500 yards of offense against Carolina the week before. His status...

Daniels Off to Fast Start With Ravens

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My how quickly things change once the NFL gets a few weeks under its belt. Heading into the 2014 season under new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, the Ravens and many fans knew just how important the tight end position would be in the new system. The Ravens seemed well-stocked with Dennis Pitta returning healthy from an hip injury, along with the addition of Owen Daniels via free agency and the selection of Crockett Gillmore in the third round of the draft only verified how heavily the tight ends would be...

Long Snappers Seem Boring…Until You Need One

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It may not be the sexiest position on an NFL roster, but the long snapper is certainly one of great importance in an all too often forgotten part of the game. A good long snapper is the kind of player that you have to Google, because they play a position where they’re only mentioned after glaring mistakes. It’s rare – at least for the Ravens – to see any blunders from the position on game days. Unfortunately, that may not be the case anymore, as Ravens head coach John Harbaugh...

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...

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...

Yanda Enjoying Resurgence of Ravens’ O-Line

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There was a lot of uncertainty entering 2014, as many fans (myself included) wondered if the Ravens did enough in the offseason to build up an offensive line that played downright horribly last season. Coaches were hired, schemes were changed and players were brought in alongside of key personnel that were already established on the o-line. But, would it be enough? So far through six games, the answer is a resounding YES! The Ravens organization has seemingly made all the right moves to reassure fans what they saw in 2013...

Dumervil Finds Comfort Zone in Ravens Defense

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It took a season but Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil appears to have hit his stride in Dean Pees’ defense and opposing quarterbacks are on notice. Adjustments have been made both on the field and off the field for the Ravens sack leader who has five through the first six games of the season. “Yes, most definitely. I think more than anything, it’s just kind of life off the field is more settled here,” Dumervil told reporters following practice on Wednesday. “So, going from Mountain West to here was a bit...

Mike Smith Impressed by Jimmy Smith

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The Ravens will enter week seven of the NFL season looking to continue their success against the NFC in the friendly confines of M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday. Enjoying a record of 12-1 under head coach John Harbaugh (28-6-1 all-time) against opponents outside of the conference at home, the Ravens will face a struggling 2-4 Atlanta Falcons team that has lost three straight. Last week against another NFL South opponent, the Ravens were in complete control of a stuttering Buccaneers team. The Ravens will need another close to perfect game...

Aiken, Campanaro Battle For Playing Time

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Practice makes perfect and the better you practice or play the more reps you get. It’s that simple for Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh. In yesterday’s throttling of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, two such players that fit into that category were wide receivers Kamar Aiken and seventh round draft pick Michael Campanaro. All throughout the summer, the competition between Campanaro and Kamar Aiken was one certainly worth watching. Both players battled each and every day to earn their spot on the Ravens roster. On Sunday, with Marlon Brown sidelined...

Ravens Make History While Sinking Bucs

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It seemed the Ravens offense had everything going against them as they entered their Week 6 matchup against the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They were starting two rookies on the left side of the offensive line, one of their starting wide receivers had been struggling mightily all season, and they were playing in high temperatures that the team hadn’t seen since the lazy days of summer during training camp. Throw in the fact that it was a road game and, in short, it was one of those games that seemed...

Through Five Games, Suggs Remains an Enigma

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Terrell Suggs has been an enigma through the first five games of the 2014 season. His relentless desire to get after opposing quarterbacks is there, but the veteran linebacker has struggled bringing down signal callers, recording just a half of sack, which he shared with counterpart Elvis Dumervil. In fact, going back to last season, the former Defensive Player of the Year has recorded just 2.5 sacks in the past 13 games – something no one expected out of the Ravens franchise sack leader. It’s not like the once feared...

Jacoby Jones Struggles to Regain Form

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When the Ravens re-signed wide receiver/kick returner Jacoby Jones during the offseason, the organization figured they would have the best of both worlds when it came to the electrifying playmaker. Jones, who dazzled in the kick return game in 2013 recording one touchdown and 26 kickoff returns of 20 yards or greater also turned in his best season ever as a pass catcher (37 catches, 455 yards two touchdowns) for the Ravens and quarterback Joe Flacco. It’s safe to assume that the team thought of Jones as a security blanket...

Mosley Turning Heads Around the NFL

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Ravens rookie linebacker C.J. Mosley is making a name for himself each and every game thus far through five weeks. The former Crimson Tide member has been flying under the radar to opposing offenses heading into their weekly match-ups but it seems as if teams are now seeing what the Ravens are seeing: Mosley is the real deal. “Obviously, [he is] a high draft pick. He’s done a great job for them right out of the gate, and I’m sure he’s going to continue to develop throughout the course of...

Opportunity is Knocking, Will Ravens Answer?

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The term “any given Sunday” means exactly that, any team can beat any team on gameday which is exactly why the Ravens need to handle their business on Sunday. Harbaugh and company will hit the road for the second straight week to take on the Bucs in Tampa who are coming off a stretch that included three-consecutive road contests including a 37-31 loss in overtime against the Saints last week. In a league of opportunity, the Ravens are sitting at 3-2 and cannot afford having opportunity fall to the way side...

Ravens Foundation Partners with Playworks Maryland

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Getting into the community is something the Ravens organization has always placed a high priority on – not because they have to, but because they want to. On Tuesday, as the players enjoyed their day off, the team announced that the Ravens Foundation, Inc. had forged a charitable partnership with Playworks Maryland to benefit community children. “We are thrilled to team up with the Ravens,” Randi Hogan, executive director of Playworks Maryland stated in a press release on Tuesday afternoon.”The Ravens have always demonstrated their commitment to making a difference...

Secondary in Crisis, Ravens Re-sign Franks

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The hits keep coming for the Ravens secondary as it appears Asa Jackson is headed to injured reserve with a designation to return around week ten of the season. On Tuesday, the Ravens announced the re-signing of veteran cornerback Dominique Franks who will join a unit that has left a lot to be desired except for the play of shutdown corner Jimmy Smith. With week fives game against the Colts in the books and the Ravens sitting with a 3-2 record, it appears the team is doing everything in their...

Ravens’ Terrence Brooks Earns More Playing Time

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Will Hill Return Looms If there’s one thing we’ve come to understand from Ravens head coach John Harbaugh when it comes to his players, the better they play, the more snaps they will see. Enter Ravens rookie safety Terrence Brooks. Brooks, who was selected by the Ravens in the third round of the 2014 draft appears to have finally gotten a grasp on the Ravens defensive playbook and is making the most of his opportunities, finally. Covering Brooks throughout rookie minicamp through the end of training camp, the former Florida...

Ravens Offensive Line Among League’s Best

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My how times have changed! Well at least through four weeks anyway. Don’t look now but the Ravens’ offensive line has been stellar in pass protection and that’s saying a lot for a unit that faced many uncertainties heading in to 2014. For the third-straight week, the Ravens offensive line hasn’t allowed a sack of quarterback Joe Flacco, something that hasn’t been done since way back in 2006. In fact the o-line unit has allowed three sacks all season, ranking as the NFL’s second fewest. Flacco certainly has taken notice along with...