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 

GIF: Tucker Gets in Baltimore Running Festival Spirit

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The Baltimore Running Festival was this weekend in Charm City, and runners from all over came to town to participate in the marathon, whether in a competitive fashion, for some exercise, to raise money for charity, just to have a good time, or all of the above. While Justin Tucker had other things to worry about, he apparently still had crossing a finish line on his mind. After kicking a touchback against the Atlanta Falcons during the Ravens’ 29-7 win, Tucker sprinted all the way down the field and then...

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...

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...

CRAB BAG: More Tampa Glory in Store for Ravens?

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The city of Tampa has been pretty kind to the Ravens in their brief history. Of course, their first Super Bowl championship, back in Super Bowl XXXV in January of 2001, was played at Raymond James Stadium. In addition to that, they also posted a monumental beatdown of the Buccaneers there in 2006. There was a loss sandwiched in there though, a 22-10 whooping at the hands of the Bucs in 2001. All time, the Ravens are 2-2 against Tampa and 2-1 in games played in Raymond James. Here’s hoping...

WEDNESDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens @ Bucs

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Injuries are starting to mount for the Ravens. In addition to already knowing that Chris Canty is out for several weeks after having an operation on his wrist, we saw today that an additional four starters missed practice – Matt Elam, Kelechi Osemele, Daryl Smith, & Jeremy Zuttah.   RAVENS DID NOT PARTICIPATE: WR Marlon Brown (pelvis); DE Chris Canty (wrist); S Matt Elam (shoulder); DT Timmy Jernigan (knee); T Eugene Monroe (knee); G Kelechi Osemele (knee); LB Daryl Smith (knee); C Jeremy Zuttah (ankle)   TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS DID NOT...

KNEE-JERK REACTIONS: Colts Clip Ravens’ Wings, 20-13

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On a day when the Ravens defense played with heart and perseverance, the offense had nothing. To say they sucked is an insult to “suck.” From the game plan to Flacco, the offensive line to receivers that are clueless, it was another forgettable day in Indy. And by the way Daryl Smith is a huge liability against the run yet Arthur Brown rots on the inactive list. - Tony Lombardi You can’t say enough of the character and resilience of this team. They battled all day. But unfortunately the offense couldn’t...

CRAB BAG: Can Ravens Finally Win in Indy?

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The Ravens head to Indianapolis to take on the 2-2 Colts this week. The home of the team we used to call our own in Charm City has been anything but kind to our new squad over the years, as the Ravens are 0-5 in games played in Indianapolis in their history (0-4 regular season). The Ravens have made just two trips to Indy under John Harbaugh, but the results were nothing we’d like to rehash here – let’s just say that scoring a touchdown would be a welcome change....

CRAB BAG: Ravens Look to Put Panthers On Ice

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This week, the Ravens return home, where they look to improve their record to 3-1 against a Carolina Panthers team that’s fresh off getting embarrassed at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers. We know that Steve Smith has had this game circled since coming over from the Panthers this offseason, but he’s going to need a big effort from his teammates to send this redemption-minded Carolina squad home “icing up.” The big question on everyone’s mind is, how will rookie James Hurst hold up at left tackle in Eugene Monroe’s...

WEDNESDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens vs. Panthers

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This morning, FILMSTUDY called the current iteration of the Ravens’ offensive line the best in the NFL, saying that “Ravens fans should appreciate it while the unit is together and healthy.” Well, unfortunately the time of the unit being together and healthy has already drawn to a close, as this afternoon the team dropped this tidbit on us from out of left field: LT Eugene Monroe will have a minor surgical procedure on his knee. Out an undetermined amount of time. — Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 24, 2014 That’s a...

KNEE-JERK REACTIONS: Ravens Clip Browns 23-21

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Ravens defense showed up when they had to and did what they failed to do in 2013…get off the field in the 4th quarter. Nice team win despite some shaky tackling in the secondary. – Tony Lombardi How many QBs do you want to lead a game-winning drive over Joe Flacco? Despite the dubious decision by Harbaugh to challenge a QB sneak earlier, the team prevailed in a tough environment. Great road victory. – Dev Panchwagh After what looked like the defense was imploding throughout the afternoon, they stood fast...

CRAB BAG: Ravens Look for Revenge in Dawg Pound

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Just when we thought we could put all of this season’s off-field ugliness behind us and finally start to focus on football, ESPN fanned the flames of controversy right as the coals seemed ready to die. We’ll once again have the game to watch as a welcome distraction as talking heads pile on and cast the team we love as some sort of seedy villains in a b-movie. If you’ve read Kevin Van Valkenburg’s Outside the Line’s piece, you should go check out RSR Editor-in-Chief Tony Lombardi’s response here. Meanwhile,...

BOLD PREDICTIONS: Ravens @ Browns

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Ravens cruise by Cleveland and their fire lake with a double digit win and crushing PK Predictions. Along the way they get a 250+ yard effort from Joe Flacco and Lorenzo Taliaferro actually runs the ball a few times on his way to a 40+ yard afternoon. Ravens 27 Browns 17 – Tony Lombardi The Ravens will continue to make plays on defense, sacking Brian Hoyer twice and intercepting two of his passes. After having a +3 TO ratio in their first two games, Cleveland will be in the negative...

THURSDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens @ Browns

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Joe Flacco was back at practice today, so go ahead and exhale, fellow purple & black faithful. Joining Joe in returning to the practice field was his blind side insurance, Eugene Monroe. Full Ravens/Browns practice injury reports from Thursday:   RAVENS DID NOT PARTICIPATE: DT Timmy Jernigan (knee) LIMITED PARTICIPATION: RB Bernard Pierce (thigh) FULL PARTICIPATION: QB Joe Flacco (illness); T Eugene Monroe (knee); CB Asa Jackson (concussion); CB Lardarius Webb (back)   CLEVELAND BROWNS DID NOT PARTICIPATE: RB Ben Tate (knee) LIMITED PARTICIPATION: TE Jordan Cameron (shoulder): LB Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) FULL PARTICIPATION: WR Travis...

WEDNESDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens @ Browns

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Ravens fans got a bit of a scare today when it was revealed that Joe Flacco missed practice. Some worried that it may have something to do with the hard hit to the head he took at the goalline during the Pittsburgh game last week, although he never left the game. Fortunately, it was revealed on the injury report that Joe just has a bit of a cold. Here are the full injury reports as the Ravens prepare to take on the 1-1 Cleveland Browns on Sunday:   Ravens DID...

Ben Still Feeling the Pain (GIF)

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Back in 2006, Ben Roethlisberger absorbed the hardest hit of his then-young career on the M&T Bank Stadium turf courtesy of Bart Scott. Last week, he was reminded of what it’s like to feel the purple pain, thanks to Courtney Upshaw. Of course, the difference is that back in 2006 you were still allowed to hit quarterbacks, so Scott wasn’t flagged while Upshaw was. Regardless, all’s well that ends well and the Ravens went on to the easy victory. Nearly a week later though, that hit is still fresh in...

CRAB BAG: Ravens Hope to Bounce Back vs. Steelers

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Well, at least it’s the perfect week for the Ravens to have a game on Thursday, so we can actually get down to talking about football now, instead of having several more days of off-field things dominating the airwaves and internet. The Ravens are staring the prospect of not just an 0-2 start in the face, but the worst possible case for 0-2 starts – 0-2 overall, 0-2 at home, and 0-2 within the division. Here’s hoping the team can rally around each other in the wake of a huge...

TUESDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens vs. Steelers

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Let’s talk about football, shall we? As the Ravens get set to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night, they’re facing a potential disastrous 0-2 (overall, division, home) start to the season directly in the face. It’s as close to a must-win as you can have in Week 2. Here are the two teams’ injury reports from Tuesday’s practices:   Ravens Full Participation: G Marshal Yanda (foot); CB Lardarius Webb (back)   Pittsburgh Steelers Did Not Participate: RB Dri Archer (ankle/knee); DE Brett Kiesel (NiR); TE Heath Miller (NiR); WR Lance...

KNEE-JERK REACTIONS: Ravens Fall to Cincy In Opener

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Dropped passes + poor decision making + 62 passes usually = Loss … And it did! Bone-headed choice by Dean Pees to not assign Jimmy Smith exclusively on AJ Green. Chykie Brown couldn’t cover a corpse with a blanket. – Tony Lombardi Unreal. The Ravens’ offense starts clicking and the defensive gives it up. 2013 all over again. – Paul Lukoskie Start playing before the second half. – Brian McFarland Shades of the 2013 Ravens were on full display today. The defense had no teeth and gave up another 4th...

CRAB BAG: Can Harbaugh Stay Perfect in Openers?

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Are you ready for some football, Baltimore? The NFL Combine, the Draft, free agency, and minicamps filled our football fix through the spring, and reports out of training camp, fantasy drafts, and those awful preseason games kept us going during the dog days of summer, but all of that was just an extended appetizer. The main course is finally on its way, as the Ravens get set to open up with the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday at 1:00 PM at “The Big Crab Cake,” – or “The Bank,” if you...