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: Ravens/Steelers Turns 18!

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The 18th year of the Ravens/Steelers rivalry is upon us. While it lacks the history of Redskins-Cowboys or Packers-Bears, this rivalry has quickly (relatively speaking) blossomed into one of the best in the NFL. Since the Ravens entered the league in 1996, six teams have won multiple Super Bowls, and these two are both on that prestigious list (the others being Green Bay, Denver, New England, and the New York Giants). With both teams are struggling here in 2013, the level of national attention on this game isn’t what we’ve...

Buy or Sell: Ravens @ Steelers

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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 finally get the running game going The Ravens’ inability to run the ball has been the talk of the town for the entire season. They currently sit 27th in the NFL in rushing yards per game (72.7), but they are...

Ravens @ Steelers Friday Injury Report and Game Status

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As the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers prepare to meet for the first time in the 2013 season at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, it still doesn’t really “feel” like Ravens/Steelers week. According to our own resident football historian Kurt Backert, this week marks the first time since Week 7 of the 2002 season that these two squads have met with neither possessing a winning record (not including 0-0 records). 11 years to the week. Think about that for a second…Joe Flacco was just 17 years old the last time this...

Thursday Injury Report: Ravens @ Steelers

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Does it feel like Ravens/Steelers week yet? I’ve seen (and participated in) a lot of posting of the usual trash talk on Facebook and Twitter today, but it still doesn’t feel like everyone’s hearts are really in it. Especially Steelers fans – it’s like Ravens fans are trying our best to drag them out of their 1-4 holes to join us in the smack (so we can remind them that they’re 1-4, of course), but they’re just not biting. Oh well. Keep trying, Ravens fans. They’re sure to start yelling...

Wednesday Injury Report: Ravens @ Steelers

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It doesn’t feel like a normal Ravens-Steelers week. With the Ravens scuffling to find an identity on offense, and at just 3-3, fans are far from confident in their team’s ability to go into Pittsburgh and win again. On the other side, the Steelers are even worse at 1-4, and many of those towel-wavers would seemingly rather talk about hockey than football. In the locker room Wednesday, Terrell Suggs was asked about it. “Definitely the look of this movie is a little bit different than what we’ve seen before,” said...

CRAB BAG: Ravens Hope to Continue Dominance Over NFC

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After a nail-biting win in Miami, the Ravens return home for their only game at M&T Bank Stadium in the month of October. It won’t be an easy one, as the Green Bay Packers come to town, looking to become the first NFC team to ever beat John Harbaugh’s Ravens in Baltimore. With a tilt in Pittsburgh against the Steelers looming, the Ravens can’t afford to overlook the ever-dangerous Pack. Aaron Rodgers is one of the league’s premier quarterbacks, and boasts an impressive stable of weapons including James Jones, Jordy...

John Harbaugh Whiffs on Chest Bump (GIF)

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I know, I know…we’re a bit late on this. But while everybody else was posting the quick video of John Harbaugh’s hilarious chest bump whiff, we wanted to get the moment to you in GIF form. It’s just that much better when you can watch it again, and again, and again, uninterrupted. Harbaugh told Ryan Mink of BaltimoreRavens.com that, “I thought I had pretty good ups on it.” Yeah, John, you jumped right out of Dig’s vision! Torrey Smith said, also via Mink, that it was “one of the funniest...

CRAB BAG: Ravens need to rebound in South Florida

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Well, exactly the scenario that we all most feared came to pass – the Ravens, once again, laid an egg in a road game against a seemingly inferior team. Despite the fact that the Bills were unable to put the Ravens away even with five Joe Flacco interceptions, they did hold on for a slim 23-20 victory. Now the Ravens are 2-2 and find themselves looking up at the Cleveland Browns (say whaaaaaa?) in the AFC North. With Green Bay coming to town next week, this week’s clash in Miami...

THURSDAY PRACTICE INJURY STATUS: Ravens @ Dolphins

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The Ravens are still a bit banged up, especially at the wide receiver position. Deonte Thompson suffered a concussion against Buffalo and hasn’t returned to the practice field. Jacoby Jones is back on the field in a limited capacity after his knee injury suffered in Week 1. Brandon Stokley sat out the Bills game and has still been a bit limited. Marlon Brown hasn’t practiced this week. Hopefully those guys heal up sufficiently by Sunday. It’s not like the Ravens are swimming in pass-catching options. On the Dolphins’ side, their...

Survey Says Ravens Fans are NFL’s Most Superstitious

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According to a survey by Bud Light, Baltimore Ravens fans are the most superstitious in the NFL. The results of the survey put Ravens fans just ahead of Arizona Cardinals fans, so either superstitions are absolutely nonsense, or Ravens fans just have much better superstitions than those folks in the desert. Rounding out the top 5 were fans of New Orleans, Oakland, and Philadelphia. Again – it seems that Ravens fans’ superstitions are pretty much the only ones that are working lately. Read more about the survey on Yahoo! Finance:...

CRAB BAG: Can Ravens Avoid a Road Letdown?

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It seems like every year, the Ravens have a complete clunker or two on the road. Oftentimes, it comes after a big win at home. In 2011, they stumbled in Tennessee after stomping Pittsburgh in the opener. Last year, they beat down Cincy at M&T Bank Stadium to start the season, then went on the road and lost in Philadelphia. So, after taking care of the Houston Texans in convincing fashion at home last week, will the Ravens be able to avoid a similar letdown this week in Buffalo? The...

Ray Lewis Thanks Ravens Fans During Ring of Honor Induction

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For those in attendance at yesterday’s 30-9 win over the Houston Texans, it was a day to remember. Not only did the team handily win a game that many expected them to lose, but Ed Reed returned to M&T Bank Stadium as a member of the enemy for the first time, and Ray Lewis was inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor. It was that third item that undoubtedly caused many a misty eye in Charm City at halftime. First, Lewis was introduced with the team – not last, as...

CRAB BAG: Ravens Aim for Texas-Sized Revenge

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The Ravens picked themselves up and dusted off after the forgettable Week 1 performance in Denver, and rebounded to defeat the Cleveland Browns last week by a score of 14-6. It was, obviously, far from the bounce-back beat-down that Ravens fans were hoping for, but in the end the Purple Birds are 1-1 and tied with Cincinnati for the lead in the AFC North. This week the Houston Texans bring their 2-0 record to town, but don’t be fooled into thinking that it’s been easy for them, either. Gary Kubiak’s...

GAME STATUS INJURY REPORT: Ravens v. Texans

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The news was once again not-so-good for the Ravens on Friday as the official game status injury reports were unveiled. While the Texans’ have a much lengthier list than does Baltimore (16 players listed vs. 8), the important detail isn’t the number of guys on the report, but rather, where they are listed. While all but three of the 16 players on the Texans’ report are listed as Probable (with the other three being questionable), the Ravens, on the other hand, give only one player on their injury report even...

BUY OR SELL: Ravens vs. Texans

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It’s time for our inaugural edition of Buy or Sell. We’ll lay out three topics for the upcoming game, and leave it to you, the RSR readers, to vote and decide whether or to BUY or SELL! Ray Lewis should give the team’s pre-game speech Ray Lewis returns to Baltimore this week to be inducted into the Ravens’ Ring of Honor. This may be the fastest turnaround between retirement and Ring of Honor induction for any player anywhere – Ray’s been retired for two games! But hey, it’s not like...

Thursday Injury Status Report: Ravens v. Texans

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There wasn’t much change between the Wednesday and Thursday injury reports for the Ravens as they prepare to host the Houston Texans on Sunday at 1 PM at M&T Bank Stadium. Chykie Brown (knee) returned to practice in a limited capacity, and WR Deonte Thompson (foot), after being listed as “limited” on Wednesday, did not participate on Thursday. With Ray Rice (hip) again not participating, it’s looking more and more like Bernard Pierce will be counted on to shoulder the load against J.J. Watt and the Texans’ 18th-ranked rush defense....

Wednesday Injury Status Report: Ravens v. Texans

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The Ravens got some good news on the injury front today, as MRIs on DE Chris Canty (thigh), CB Chykie Brown (knee), and LB Arthur Brown (chest) revealed that all three are dealing with strains, and nothing more serious. On the Texans’ side, head coach Gary Kubiak seems optimistic that WR Andre Johnson – who suffered a concussion at the hands of former Raven Bernard Pollard on Sunday against Tennessee – will be ready to go on Sunday. “He’s expected to practice with the team tomorrow,” Kubiak said, per Clifton...

GIF: Did Ray Rice Spit at Browns DT Phil Taylor?

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On the Ravens’ opening drive Sunday against Cleveland, they started off going backwards – an incomplete pass to (gasp!) Ed Dickson, followed by a three-yard loss by Ray Rice. It looked as if they would immediately be facing a 3rd-and-very-long to start the game, but instead a 15-yard personal foul penalty on Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor gave them a fresh set of downs. However, it wasn’t just your typical run-of-the-mill altercation or late hit that drew the flag. We saw Taylor punch Rice in the face, but even after...

CRAB BAG: Can Harbaugh Stay Perfect Against Cleveland?

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The Ravens and Ravens fans alike have had over a week to let the beating in Denver marinate in our guts. It was ugly, painful, embarrassing, disappointing, and more. But most importantly, it’s over. Fortunately for our purple birds, the rest of the AFC North also laid a collective egg in Week 1, as all four teams find themselves at 0-1. With the Ravens taking on the Browns this Sunday, and the Steelers and Bengals clashing on Monday Night Football, at least two teams in the division are guaranteed to...

The Texans Got Ed Reed a Walker for his Birthday

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I’m still pretty upset that Ed Reed didn’t just retire following Super Bowl XLVII. Though I’m on board with the Ravens’ decision to let him walk, it’s going to be quite painful to see #20 walk out on the M&T Bank Stadium field as a member of the Houston Texans next week. Speaking of pain though, Ed’s seemingly been in plenty of it this offseason, as he’s yet to suit up for the Texans – he was inactive for their opener, and will reportedly be a game-time decision again this...