About Derek Arnold

Derek Arnold

RSR/ESR Senior Editor. Derek is originally from and a current resident of Pasadena, MD. He’s a graduate of UMBC and has been a lifelong Baltimore sports fan. In 2007 he founded B’More Birds’ Nest, where he wrote about the Ravens and Orioles before joining RSR in 2012. Derek’s work has been featured on Charm City Current, Bleacher Report, and other online sports sites. Follow Derek on Twitter: @BMoreBirdsNest 

CRAB BAG: Super Bowl XLVIII Edition

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Well Ravens fans, Super Bowl Sunday will feel a whole lot different this year than it did a year ago, that’s for sure. But, that’s OK. Don’t we deserve a stress-free Super Sunday for once? Years and years of being on the edge of our seats having to hate/root against one team culminated in finally seeing our own squad on football’s biggest stage – stress overload, right? The last time I remember truly not caring who won “The Big Game” was back in the 2002 season when the Bucs were...

Mike Flacco to Enter NFL Draft

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A few years ago, Baltimore had two Flacco brothers in their professional sports organizations – Joe was quarterbacking the Ravens, while little brother Mike was in the Orioles’ minor league system as a first baseman. After playing his college ball at CCBC Catonsville, Mike was drafted by the O’s in the 31st round of 2009. Following four seasons in the O’s minors though, he was traded to the Boston Red Sox organization in March of 2013. Mike decided to switch sports instead of going to the Red Sox (atta boy!)...

BUY OR SELL: Who Ravens Fans Should Root for in the Playoffs

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We’re switching things up a bit for BUY OR SELL this week… With the Ravens missing out on the postseason for the first time since 2007, we Ravens fans find ourselves in some unfamiliar territory. The holidays are over, the purple and black are out of it, and now there’s several inches of snow on the ground outside – the misery of “just winter” has set in earlier than usual in Charm City. However, there’s a silver lining – we get to watch the NFL Playoffs pretty much stress-free! The...

BUY OR SELL: Ravens @ Bengals

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It’s time for our weekly segment of Buy or Sell brought to you by Glen Burnie Motorsports. Each week, we pick three topics and let you know if we’re agreeing (buying) or disagreeing (selling) with the statement. Then, you vote and tell us what you think.   THE RAVENS WILL GET STEAMROLLED AGAIN Last Sunday against New England, the Ravens rolled out a turd onto the field at M&T Bank Stadium the likes of which we’ve seldom – if ever – seen during their time in Baltimore. Certainly, under the...

CRAB BAG: Ravens Hope for 6th Straight Postseason Appearance

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For the fourth consecutive season, the Ravens and Bengals meet in the season finale. In 2010, the Ravens squeaked by Carson Palmer and Cincy at M&T Bank Stadium on their way to the postseason. In 2011, the Ravens beat rookie Andy Dalton’s squad at Paul Brown Stadium in a game that decided the AFC North Champion – losers Cincy were relegated to the Wild Card spot. Last year, the Ravens had nothing to play for, and pulled most starters early in the first quarter as the Bengals defeated Baltimore’s backups...

Ravens @ Bengals Friday Injury Report and Game Status

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As the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens prepare to meet in Week 17 for the fourth consecutive season, both squads are a bit banged up. The Ravens list five starters as questionable, while the Bengals will be without CB Terence Newman and DT Devon Still, while also listing LB Vontaze Burfict and TE Jermaine Gresham as questionable, and rookie TE Tyler Eifert as doubtful. For Ravens running back Ray Rice, it only seems fitting that he would be dealing with injuries up to the very end (should this indeed prove...

THURSDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens @ Bengals

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With the Christmas holiday falling on Wednesday this week, the Ravens and Bengals made a slight adjustment to their respective practice schedules. The teams took the field to begin preparations for their Week 17 clash on Tuesday, while giving the players Wednesday off to spend with their families before getting back to it today. The team’s released “estimated” injury reports on Wednesday to comply with NFL rules. While this Sunday’s game doesn’t have nearly the ramifications that it would have if the Ravens had won (or if the Bengals had...

CRAB BAG: Another Chapter in Ravens/Pats

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Two of the last three times these two teams have met were in AFC Championship Games, so they’re used to playing with a lot on the line. While the implications of this Sunday’s game at M&T Bank Stadium aren’t quite what those of the last two in Foxborough were, both the Ravens and Patriots have plenty to play for on Sunday. New England can lock up the AFC East crown with a win or tie (or a Miami loss or tie in the early game), while with a win and...

Ravens vs. Patriots Friday Injury Report and Game Status

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There’s a heat wave rolling through Baltimore as the Ravens and Patriots prepare to meet on Sunday. After playing in bitter cold temperatures on Thanksgiving night against Pittsburgh, then in a whiteout snowstorm against the Minnesota Vikings, the Ravens must feel like the calendar is going backwards after playing in a dome on Monday night and now with temperatures Sunday expected to be near 70 degrees. However, it wouldn’t be a Ravens game without some potential weather issues. Though the mercury in the thermometer will be reaching levels it hasn’t...

BUY OR SELL: Ravens vs. Patriots

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It’s time for our weekly segment of Buy or Sell brought to you by Glen Burnie Motorsports. Each week, we pick three topics and let you know if we’re agreeing (buying) or disagreeing (selling) with the statement. Then, you vote and tell us what you think.   THE RAVENS WILL EXPLOIT THE PATS ON THE GROUND The New England Patriots come to town “boasting” the NFL’s 31st-ranked run defense, allowing 132.5 yards on the ground per game and 4.4 yards per carry. Even ignoring Knowshon Moreno’s monster 224-yard day against...

THURSDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens vs. Patriots

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After reporting yesterday that Joe Flacco did not have an MRI on his injured left knee, ESPN later in the evening reported that the Ravens quarterback DID in fact undergo the testing. Per Adam Schefter, the MRI on Flacco’s left knee – which was injured on Monday night when Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy fell on it – revealed a mild MCL sprain. Jamison Hensley and others brought up that Flacco actually suffered this same injury to the same knee while in college at the University of Delaware. Flacco practiced in...

WEDNESDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens vs. Patriots

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Not even 48 hours removed from their thrilling last-minute win over the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football, the Ravens returned to the practice field today to begin preparations for the New England Patriots. The Ravens have gotten the better of the Pats the last two times these squads have met, besting them at M&T Bank Stadium in Week 3 of 2012 (on, hey, look at that, ANOTHER Justin Tucker game-winning field goal), and of course again in the 2012 AFC Championship game in Foxborough. One name that Ravens fans...

GIF: Lions Sideline Reacts to Tucker’s 61-yard Field Goal

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On Monday night in Detroit, Justin Tucker boomed an NFL-indoor-record 61-yard field goal at the end of the fourth quarter to propel the Ravens to a 18-16 win over the Lions. Ravens (and Lions fans) everywhere probably had reactions very similar to those seen by players and coaches on the Detroit sideline. However, we don’t have a GIF of those fans – fortunately, we DO have a GIF of the sideline. And man, is it good. I could watch this GIF for hours, and probably see something new every time....

CRAB BAG: Can Ravens Tame Lions on Monday Night Football?

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The Ravens didn’t get much help in the early games of Week 15. On Thursday night, the Chargers beat the Broncos in Denver to keep their hopes for the sixth playoff spot in the AFC alive. On Sunday afternoon, the Miami Dolphins beat the New England Patriots to (momentarily, we hope) jump ahead of the Ravens for said final spot. Sunday night though, the Ravens got some help from the unlikeliest of places – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Thanks to the Steelers’ drubbing of the Cincinnati Bengals, the AFC North crown is...

BUY OR SELL: Ravens @ Lions

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It’s time for our weekly segment of Buy or Sell brought to you by Glen Burnie Motorsports. Each week, we pick three topics and let you know if we’re agreeing (buying) or disagreeing (selling) with the statement. Then, you vote and tell us what you think.   THE RAVENS WILL CONTAIN CALVIN JOHNSON A week ago in this spot, we talked about containing Adrian Peterson. I said “Buy,” most of you agreed, and that’s just what the Ravens did. AD was averaging under two yards per carry when he left...

Ravens @ Lions Saturday Injury Report & Game Status

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The Ravens and Lions had their final practices for their Monday night clash on Saturday, and while the Ravens look to be quite healthy, Detroit has some injury concerns. Listed as doubtful for Mt. St. Joe grad Jim Schwartz’s squad are cornerbacks Chris Houston and Darius Slay, two of the top three on the depth chart at the position. So that’s the good news for Ravens fans. The bad news? Those two are also Detroit’s lowest-graded defenders over the entire season, per Pro Football Focus. Still, it’s not unfair to...

FRIDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens @ Lions

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The Ravens got some good news on Friday, as Elvis Dumervil returned to the practice field for the first time in over two weeks (Doom hadn’t practiced since prior to the Pittsburgh Steelers game on Thanksgiving night). Dumervil was listed as a limited participant in practice, but the fact that he was out there at all should give Ravens fans some hope that he’ll be able to lace them up on Monday night in Detroit. The Ravens defense, which had been at the top of the league in sacks (and...

THURSDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens @ Lions

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As the Ravens prepare to take on the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Monday Night Football, they returned to the practice field on Thursday for the first time since their epic back-and-forth win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. After the insanity of the final two minutes that day, you can bet that the players were thankful for the extra day of rest. The only player missing from action in Owings Mills today was linebacker Elvis Dumervil. Dumervil did not practice at all last week, and sat out Sunday...

Ravens Beat Vikings; Justin Tucker Punts Ball Into Stands (GIF)

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After being most of the offense in wins over the New York Jets (four field goals), and Pittsburgh Steelers (five field goals), Ravens kicker Justin Tucker had a pretty uneventful Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Much to the dismay of those of us who, like me, have Justin on our fantasy football teams, the second-year man out of Texas didn’t attempt a single field goal Sunday. Not only that, but he even had one of his extra-point attempts vultured when John Harbaugh decided to go for two following Dennis Pitta’s...

CRAB BAG: Purple-on-Purple Crime

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This week, the Ravens take on the 3-8-1 Minnesota Vikings for just the fifth time. The all-time series is tied at two games apiece, with the Ravens winning in 2002 and 2005, and the Vikes prevailing in 1998 and 2009. The Ravens needed to win all three of their late November/early December home games to put themselves in a position to make a late-season run, and so far they’ve done just that, besting the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium over the last two weeks. If...