About Tony Lombardi

Tony Lombardi

Tony is 24x7 Networks, LLC's founder (the parent of EutawStreetReport.com and RussellStreetReport.com) His work has been featured on various sports websites and he is a regular guest on 105.7 The Fan. A diehard Fab Four fan, Tony is a frustrated musician who thinks beating on the steering wheel is akin to being John Bonham. Follow Tony on Twitter @RussellStReport.

BOLD PREDICTIONS: Ravens at Steelers

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This game will follow the script of the Ravens 3 previous losses, in that the Ravens offense will start slow and get themselves in an early hole. They will again play much better in the 2nd half, and while I’d like to say they will pull out the win this time, I’m not seeing it. The Ravens most certainly can win in Pittsburgh, and even with as well as the Steelers played last week, the Ravens are probably still the better team, but it’s hard to win on the road...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Ravens Sweep Steelers

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The Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Perhaps there’s mutual respect but there’s certainly mutual disdain. The Ravens head to Pittsburgh this week, week 9 of the NFL season just as they did in 2011. After destroying the Steelers in the season opener on September 11 in Baltimore by the score of 35-7 the Ravens traveled to western PA to take on Mike Tomlin & Co., a group hell-bent on revenge, determined to atone for the 2011 Opening Day embarrassment. Fast forward to 2014 during the inaugural CBS broadcast of...

Special Teams Aren’t as Special Anymore

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With all due respect to Justin Tucker (who is essentially Matt Stover with a bigger club) and Sam Koch who has the 6th best net punting average (41.5) in the league, special teams are overrated. Sorry Coach Rosburg. During the Ravens 8 games so far Justin Tucker has kicked off 46 times. Only 13 of those kicks have been returned. Sam Koch has punted just 22 times and of those punts only 10 have been returned. The others have been whistled dead because of a touchback (2), fair catch (5),...

Is Bernard Pierce Moving On?

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Back on October 14 I noticed a Tweet from Bernard Pierce featured in his Temple Owls uniform that seemed a bit unusual and clearly open to interpretation. I took a screen shot of the Tweet and it is the featured pic above. Now it’s entirely possible that Pierce is looking to buy a home or perhaps sell one that he now owns and move into a rental. There are a host of possibilities, so much so that I reached out to a friend who has helped other local professional athletes...

SPEED BAG: Concerns Mount For The Ravens

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The NFL is nuts! One week a team can look like a developing Super Bowl contender and the next like a playoff pretender. Take for instance the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Ravens’ opponent this week. They fall to the Browns 31-10 who one week later took one on the chin from the then winless Jaguars. Speaking of winless, Tampa’s single “W” on the season was in Pittsburgh where the Steelers a few weeks later put up a 51-spot on the Colts, which by the way was one week removed from Indianapolis’...

The Good, Bad & Ugly: Bengals 27, Ravens 24

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The NFL is such a volatile league. One week a team can look like world-beaters, the next they can’t seem to get out of their own way. As observers we put too much stock into the games unfolding before us and see them as indicators of what to expect moving forward. But really, in the NFL the only thing we should expect, and this sounds cliché-ish, is the unexpected. A few weeks ago many wrote off the Steelers as old and insignificant. What do we think today? The Saints appeared...

This Week on Russell Street

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We will soon be launching an all-new Russell Street Report including a slick looking mobile version. We will also be offering a text service to keep you up-to-date on all of the newest posts on RSR and you can pick what you want delivered to your mobile device. That said there are still some great pieces that you might miss during your busy week and with that in mind, we bring you This Week on Russell Street…   BOOOOOOLD PREDICTIONS Here’s a sampling… With Owen Daniels out this Sunday, Crockett...

Ravens Look to Deliver a Knockout Blow in Cincinnati

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Ravens at Bengals: What to Look For SQUATTERS: The Bengals will more than likely be without the services of AJ Green on Sunday and that allows defensive coordinator Dean Pees to take some chances that he otherwise might be less inclined to risk. Bengals QB Andy Dalton likes to get the ball out quickly and avoid the big hits. He connected with tight end Jermaine Gresham 10 times last week against the Colts for just 48 yards. Dink and dunk is the theme. Look for Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb...

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...

SPEED BAG: Trade Winds Blowing?

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Arthur Brown is a perfect 7 for 7 this season in healthy scratches. The highly touted linebacker is the only member of the team’s 53-man squad not to dress on game day in 2014. Meanwhile undrafted linebacker Zachary Orr has dressed in all 7 games when he’s contributed a total of one special teams tackle and 2 special teams penalties. Yesterday Albert McClellan had 10 snaps on defense subbing for Daryl Smith when the game had already been decided. Is former UDFA McClellan going to be the heir apparent to...

THE GOOD, BAD & UGLY: Ravens 29, Falcons 7

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Last week I opined about the Ravens and their developing identity along with the progressions made on both sides of the football. They aren’t quite where they are capable of being yet as a team but collectively they are getting closer. Yesterday at The Bank the Ravens dominated the Falcons 29-7 and it should have been worse. But the key point is that they beat up on a team that they should beat up on even when they aren’t playing their best football. That was the story for the day....

This Week on Russell Street

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GO BOLD! Some of our staff predictions admittedly have been pretty whack! Some of you have said we’re homers…well at least one of you always says so. Do you think these BOLD PREDICTIONS are any better this week? Can you handle the truth?   BACK TO THE FUTURE The last time the Falcons visited Baltimore for a non-fake game was back on November 19, 2006, a game the Steve McNair led Ravens won 24-10. Here’s a look back at Aaron Wilson’s recap of the day, one during which the slowest...

LOOK OVER HERE: Cryin’ Matt Ryan on Sunday?

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Things to look for on Sunday when you aren’t watching the ball… Me & Julio: Julio is the name of my friend’s African Grey parrot but a bird of greater interest on Sunday is Falcons’ WR Julio Jones who leads the NFL in receptions with 44 and an eye-popping 66 targets – in other words 11 per game. It’s safe to say that Jimmy Smith will be busy tomorrow. Smith is the 7th ranked corner in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus and quarterbacks have a passer rating of...

BOLD PREDICTIONS: Flacco Will do WHAT?

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The Falcons move the ball early and often, accumulating 400 yards of total offense, but stall in the red zone. They eventually get two touchdowns (one from Julio Jones, one from Antone Smith–both receiving), but by that time, the Ravens have the game put away.  Joe Flacco and the offense cruises again. No. 5 throws for 300-plus yards and zero INT for the second-straight week, and the Ravens win, 34-20. ~ Mike Fast Flacco and Ryan go head to head in the first half, keeping it close 17-14. In the second half...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: One And Done For Kubiak?

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We posted this article back in June and we’ve brought it back up today given the recent buzz about Kubiak’s possible return to the head coaching ranks. You can check out the original post and the interesting comments HERE. Happy Purple Friday Baltimore!!! ********** The NFL coaching carousel is a ride that begins towards the end of each season and usually doesn’t stop until a few days after the Super Bowl.Head coaches come and go to the tune of about 5 to 7 per season and today they come in...

Is Good Sportsmanship Eroding in America?

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So this morning I had a brief conversation with my son Tyler. Me: Have you seen all the hoopla over Jeremy Guthrie’s t-shirt? Ty: Yes, I’m not bothered by it as much as you. Obviously he had seen my Tweets on the topic. Now Tyler I’m proud to say is a pretty balanced guy. He’s respectful and fortunately for a young man of his age he takes the time to respond, unlike his father who at the age of 22 all too often reacted. There’s a difference. But his words...

Ravens Developing a Dangerous Identity

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It’s hard to believe that on Thursday Week 7 of the NFL season will be underway. In many ways it feels like the 2014 campaign just kicked off. It could be that the success of the Orioles has been a pleasant distraction. Maybe we’ve taken our eye off the football for a bit. Perhaps the pleasant weather has kept us in summer mode just a bit longer. Or it’s possible that the Ravens haven’t yet defined who they are and we’re waiting for an identity to emerge – one we...

Boldin or Smith, Sr.?

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The Ravens have been blessed with a few tough dependable receivers since 2005 when they signed Derrick Mason. But despite his limited time thus far in Baltimore Steve Smith, Sr. is one of the two wide receivers to wear a Ravens uniform that are nearest and dearest to the hearts of Baltimore sports fans. It’s their gritty nature and all out approach to the game that Charm City gravitates to. When Anquan Boldin was traded, the team’s front office received a tsunami of criticism, particularly coming off a World Championship. And...

Ravens Quick Hits From Week 6

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It’s been said often that the true measure of character isn’t determined by how someone deals with success, but rather how he or she handles adversity. Kudos to Torrey Smith for answering his critics, myself included. Smith has struggled with consistency as a ball catcher and he’s been pretty much a one-trick pony. Yesterday he began to resemble the player who seemed to be growing as a receiver until he hit the wall in 2014. If he, Joe Flacco and Gary Kubiak can build upon his 4 catches for 51...

The Good, Bad & Ugly: Ravens Dominant!

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It’s hard to imagine a more perfect outcome for the Baltimore Ravens in Tampa on Sunday as they leave the southwest Florida tropical conditions with a dominant 48-17 win. At the midway point in the first quarter the outcome of this game was never in doubt. Lovie Smith and his highly dissectible Tampa 2 defense was no match for the razor sharp arm of Joe Flacco who sliced up the Bucs swiftly and often. Flacco was like the guy on Pier 60 in Clearwater carving up fresh grouper. The Ravens...