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.

LOOK OVER HERE: Ravens at Bucs

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TALL DRINK: Bucs QB Mike Glennon looks more like a small forward than a quarterback but he can get the job done if he’s given time. It doesn’t take much for him to stand tall in the pocket and if he can set Glennon can deliver accurately and on time. He’s been sacked 9 times this season and he moves well despite his flamingo legs. Flushing him to his left can bring desirable results. TALL OAKS: Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans are both active today and if Glennon gets time,...

This Week on Russell Street

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HOLD THE SIZZLE? 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. LINK OUR LAST TRIP TO THE PIRATE SHIP The last time the Ravens visited Raymond James Stadium for anything other than fake games was back on September 10, 2006, the very first regular season game the Brian Billick led Ravens...

BOLD PREDICTIONS: Ravens at Bucs

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Webb returns an INT for a score and Jacoby returns a kick for TD as the Ravens cruise in Tampa. ~ Ken Zalis Flacco and Company deliver one of their patented road duds — but only for three quarters. Trailing 17-16 heading to the 4th quarter, Baltimore scores 17 points in the final period to win 33-17. An INT return for a TD by Lardarius Webb is the big blow midway through the 4th quarter with the Bucs driving for the go-ahead score. ~ Drew Forrester This appears to be...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Ravens at Bucs Circa 2006

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The last time the Ravens visited Raymond James Stadium for anything other than fake games was back on September 10, 2006, the very first regular season game the Brian Billick led Ravens played with Steve McNair under center. Forced to wear their purple in blistering tropical conditions the Ravens returned home with a convincing victory. Here’s how they graded out during the 27-0 win.   QUARTERBACK: B+ Steve McNair was an efficient 17 of 27 for 181 yards and a score. He protected the football well and finished with a...

Revisiting The Ravens 2013 Draft Class

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We are less than 18 months removed from the 2013 NFL Draft, one that produced 10 new Ravens. As of today 5 are on the 2014 53-man roster, 3 have been released, 1 is on the practice squad and the last is on injured reserve. Here’s a snap shot of those picks: * Inactive for all 5 games in 2014; healthy scratch ** Released in 2014 and later signed to practice squad; Texans signed Simon to their 53-man roster.

Simon Says See You Later!

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The John Simon era is over in Baltimore! According to multiple sources the OLB was signed off the Ravens practice squad and on to the Texans 53-man roster where he will be re-united with Texans’ assistant coach Mike Vrabel. Vrabel and Simon where paired together when both were at Ohio State University as coach and player. You may recall reports of how the Ravens war room was giddy with excitement when they drafted Simon in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Yet Simon rarely made his way on...

Ravens at Colts: What we Looked For, What we Saw

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BIG MAC LOOKED FOR: Pernell McPhee is quietly putting together a terrific season. Last week against the Panthers team insiders, after reviewing the game tape, believed that McPhee was the best defender on the field. WHAT WE SAW: In 2014 it doesn’t seem to matter where the Ravens line up McPhee, he seems to be a menacing presence. With the struggles of Terrell Suggs, maybe the Ravens should think about giving Pernell a few of his snaps. I didn’t think a tight end could neutralize Suggs until yesterday.   HURST...

Speed Bag: Quick Hits From Sunday

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I’ve been beating on this fairly regularly as of late and I doubt that I’ll stop. Arthur Brown is a perfect 5-for-5 when it comes to landing on the inactive list this season. Last year the Ravens regularly had Daryl Smith, Josh Bynes, Albert McClellan and Jameel McClain up for games. Last year Dean Pees regularly rotated these players at the inside linebacker position. Apparently Brown isn’t as good as those undrafted guys like Bynes, McClellan, McClain and now Zach Orr. Here’s some perspective… In 2013 four other inside linebackers...

The Good, Bad & Ugly: Colts 20, Ravens 13

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We knew the Ravens would find the going tough in Indianapolis but most of us expected this to be a shootout between Andrew Luck and Joe Flacco. It was anything but. What we saw was a sloppily played game from both teams albeit a physical and closely fought struggle. As a franchise the Ravens have yet to win in Indianapolis and unfortunately on Sunday it was yet another typical trip to the stadium by “The Brickyard”.   THE GOOD It wasn’t one of Joe Flacco’s best games (case in point...

Ravens at Colts: Looking Away From The Ball

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BIG MAC: Pernell McPhee is quietly putting together a terrific season. Last week against the Panthers team insiders, after reviewing the game tape, believed that McPhee was the best defender on the field. His effort doesn’t show up on the stats sheet but the menacing presence of the former 5th-round pick out of Mississippi State makes life easier for his defensive teammates. HURST TO FIRST: Undrafted rookie free agent James Hurst has been thrust into the limelight due to starting left tackle Eugene Monroe’s knee injury. Last week Gary Kubiak...

This Week on Russell Street

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PROPS TO THE O-LINE! 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. Here’s a look…   WINLESS IN INDY The Ravens have yet to win a game in Indianapolis since the team’s inception but today’s game is a winnable one for the Ravens. Here’s what they’ll need to do to come home with the road “W”....

BOLD PREDICTIONS: Ravens at Colts

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The Ravens defense gets 3+ turnovers, 5+ sacks, a TD, and sets up a Justin Tucker 44-yard FG for the win. ~ Joe Wedra The Ravens fail to answer the bell on Sunday against the Colts explosive offense. The secondary folds and allows Luck to pass for 4 touchdowns and 400 yards passing. Flacco throws two interceptions and Smith Sr. is held without a catch for the first time in 2014. Ravens lose 31-17. ~ Brian Bower The Ravens and Colts get into a track meet from the start but...

Ravens Lack Trust in Young Players?

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During the 2013 season Arthur Brown struggled with some nagging injuries yet still made his way on to the field during 14 of the Ravens’ 16 games, inactive just twice. This year, assuming he dresses for the remainder of the 2014 campaign, Brown will suit up a total of 12 regular season games. The team’s scouts and coaches say Brown will be a very good player. Some say he will remind you at times of the San Francisco 49ers NaVorro Bowman. When they drafted the former Kansas State Wildcat the...

THE GOOD, BAD & UGLY: Ravens 38, Panthers 10

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From about midway through the second quarter the Ravens completely controlled the game and it became pretty clear that the Panthers just didn’t have the horses to compete when they fell behind. The Ravens were extremely efficient on both sides of the ball with the only true mental lapse being the breakdown in Cover 2 that led to the Kelvin Benjamin touchdown. Many thought the team’s choice to don the all-black uniforms was ill advised on this hot and humid September day. The only thing hotter was the Ravens who...

Ravens v. Panthers: What we Looked For, What we Saw

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1. Steve Smith, Sr. LOOKED FOR: We know that Joe Flacco will target Senior often. But the fun stuff might take place when he’s not, particularly when the Ravens run the ball. His blocks just might have a little more juju behind them. And who knows what that might lead to. SAW: We all witnessed a red-letter day for the 5-time Pro Bowler who turned in a professional day without any extracurriculars. If anything Senior seemed to dial down the emotion in order not to be distracted by the task...

This Week on Russell Street

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Ravens v. Panthers Every win in the NFL requires a solid plan and if the Ravens coordinators Gary Kubiak and Dean Pees follow this one, the Ravens will advance to 3-1 on the season. Without further ado here are our Battle Plans…   BOLD Predictions It’s that time again! The RSR staff while NOT under the influence of any mind-altering substances (at least we think so) serves up these predictions for today’s game at The Bank…   Can we go back to having fun? As a fan of the Ravens I’m...

Ravens v. Panthers: Looking Away From The Ball

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Whether at home or down at The Bank, here are a few things to look for when you aren’t watching the ball during the Ravens v. Panthers “blood and guts” hoedown. 1. Steve Smith, Sr.: The day that Senior signed with the Ravens, he circled September 28, 2014 on his calendar again and again. It would not surprise me if an added incentive for signing with the Ravens was the fact that the Panthers were on Baltimore’s schedule. We know he’ll be targeted often by Joe Flacco. But the fun...

Sports Media Sells Dirty Laundry For Profit

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As a fan of the Ravens I’m so done with the Ray Rice drama. As the publisher of Russell Street Report I’m exhausted by the topic. And as a follower of this site you are probably nodding your head in agreement and hoping that this isn’t yet another Ray Rice story. It isn’t… I’m tired of the Ravens bashing. I’m tired of Keith Olberman’s pompousness and Roger Goodell’s cowardice and ESPN’s erroneousness and Mike Florio’s self-righteousness. In a Chris Rock kind of way I’m TIRED-TIRED-TIRED of the entire lot. How...

The Good, Bad & Ugly: Ravens 23, Browns 21

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The Ravens escaped Cleveland with a 23-21 win against a divisional rival — always a great road win but the journey to that “W” wasn’t always pretty.   THE GOOD Joe Flacco shook off an inconsistent performance and delivered in the clutch when he hit Steve Smith, Sr. in stride with what was essentially a game-winning laser beyond Joe Haden and before the closing Donte Whitner could arrive. Good players, make big plays when the game is on the line. Flacco and Smith, Sr. did exactly that. The Ravens had...

Ravens at Browns: What We Looked For, What We Saw

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Here are the things we looked for when not watching the ball and here’s what we saw…   1. Phone booth LOOKED FOR: Last week against the Steelers (which by the way seems like a month ago) the Ravens did a great job of keeping Ben Roethlisberger contained. His pocket was small which disrupted his rhythm and his arm angles, which affected his accuracy. Expect more of the same when the Ravens front seven takes on Brian Hoyer. SAW: The Ravens’ defensive front was stonewalled when trying to get to...