RAVENS LINKS: Ravens Playoff Odds

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Ravens’ odds of reaching playoffs and Super Bowl Now, I know what you’re all going to say (probably in our Facebook comments). You’re going to say it’s too early to project playoff and Super Bowl odds. Well, we’re going to take a look at it anyway. Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com has the full story here. Another vote of confidence for Jacoby Jones Even after the muffed punt this week, John Harbaugh still has confidence in return man, Jacoby Jones. Bo Smolka of CSN Baltimore discusses the situation. LINK NFL Power...

FANTASY LINKS: Trade For Forsett…Do It

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15 Fantasy Football Transactions for Week 8 JJ Zachariason from numberFire loves Justin Forsett so much, he thinks you should trade for him. Find out why and 14 more transactions for week 8 here. Fantasy fix: Waiver wire not running on empty CSN Washington writer, Ben Standig discusses waiver wire running backs this year and how there are still emerging options this late in the season. LINK 6 Things I Learned From Week 7 of the NFL Season JJ of numberFire puts together his weekly column detailing what he learned...

PREDICTIONS RECAP: Drew Nails the Point Differential

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1. Remember that courtroom scene in A Few Good Men? “You see, sir, there was a blow out…” Ravens do what they always do to NFC teams at home…Flacco throws 3 TD’s, Steve Smith catches 2 of them, and Baltimore runs up a 38-16 win to move to 5-2 on the year. ~ Drew Forrester Drew correctly predicted a blowout and the point differential of the game. Although Flacco only threw 2 TDs as opposed to his prediction of 3 and neither of them were to Steve Smith, Drew gets the...

RAVENS LINKS: Ravens NFL’s Stingiest Defense?

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Ravens are stingiest defense in the NFL ESPN writer, Jamison Hensley discusses the re-emergence of the Ravens’ defense and how it may be the best in the NFL despite the yardage total being in the middle of the pack. LINK Flacco Post-Game Press Conference When Flacco was asked if he felt bad for Matt Ryan watching him deal with the pass rush, he answers “No, not at all.” See it at about the 3:05 mark here. Report: Ravens will work out long snapper Kevin McDermott Jason Butt of Baltimore Beatdown...

FANTASY LINKS: Start Justin Forsett and Joe Flacco

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Fantasy Football Start or Sit: Week 7 If you’re unsure about who to start and sit this week, take a look at this article put together by JJ Zachariason of numberFire to see if he has anyone you’re on the fence about. A few guys you should start wear purple. LINK Fantasy Football Week 7 Tiers Boris Chen is a data scientist for the New York Times. Every week, he puts together fantasy football tiers. Here are the tiers for week 7. DraftKings Week 7 Optimal Lineup Sam Hauss explains...

RAVENS LINKS: Metrics Say Ravens 2nd Best Team

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All-32: NFL Power Rankings Heading Into Week 7 It’s the time of the year where everyone is starting to get a clearer picture of who are going to be the best teams in the NFL this season. Using math that I don’t quite understand, numberFire thinks that the Ravens are the 2nd best team in the league. LINK Jimmy Smith PFF Analysis Jimmy Smith’s very good start to the 2014 season has been well-documented on this site. Pro Football Focus writer, Sam Monson takes a closer look at all the...

FANTASY LINKS: Week 6′s Best QB Was Joe Flacco

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Joe Flacco: The Best Quarterback in the NFL Nik Bonnadio of numberFire details the best and worst players of week 6 by their NEP metric. Topping the list is Joe Cool. LINK Week 7 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Ems, Picks, and Busts RSR Report Card writer, Ken Zalis, gives us his list of starts, sits, picks, and busts for the upcoming week. LINK Is Andre Holmes a Must-Have Wide Receiver Off the Waiver Wire? Keith Black discusses whether you should pick up the lone playmaker of the Oakland receiving core. LINK...

RAVENS LINKS: Jimmy Smith Appreciation

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Week 6 Wired for Sound – 1st Half Can’t get enough of Sunday’s win? We’ve got you covered. Here are the Ravens wired for sound in the first half of Sunday’s game in Tampa. One of the best parts is right in the beginning, where Dumervil talks about Center Jeremy Zuttah’s return to his former team’s stadium. LINK Adam Jones to Bengals K Mike Nugent: ‘Do your job’ Adam “Pacman” Jones (the Bengals cornerback, not the Orioles’ centerfielder) was pretty angry after the tie against Carolina at home. He blames...

RAVENS LINKS: Happy Orange and Purple Friday!

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Ravens Go All In to Support Orioles With the Orioles looking for their first World Series appearance since 1983, even the Ravens’ facilities have an orange glow to them. Garrett Downing talks about the connection between the two teams here. C.J. Mosley Is Filling Some Big Shoes for Baltimore C.J. Mosley has received a lot of praise from around the league for his play thus far this season. This time, he gets it from Grantland’s Jason Bailey, who goes on to discuss the success of the entire Ravens’ defense which...

RAVENS LINKS: Stats Say Ravens Were Right

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Explaining Fourth Down Strategy Baltimore Beatdown’s Greg Garcia takes a statistical look at why the Ravens were correct going for it on 4th down which turned out to be a disaster. LINK Ravens Wired for Sound in Indianapolis You may not want to relive Sunday’s game, but as always there are quite a few interesting soundbites in this edition of Ravens Wired for Sound. LINK Ray Lewis ‘excited’ about C.J. Mosley’s play through five games Whether or not you think it’s too early in Mosley’s career to be drawing comparisons...

FANTASY LINKS: Montee and LeSean Problems

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LeSean McCoy: The Worst RB in the NFL Maybe a sensationalist headline, but LeSean McCoy was worst in the league this week by numberFire’s metrics, with a -6.56 Net Expected Points. Nik Bonaddio breaks down the best and worst performers at every position. LINK The Montee Ball Problem Scott Pianowski of Yahoo’s Roto Arcade gives a pessimistic outlook on the Montee Ball situation in Denver as well as how his situation is similar to a couple others in the league. LINK 10 Smart Waiver Adds for Week 6 This has...

RAVENS LINKS: Defense the Silver Lining in Loss

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Ravens defense performed better than expected Chuck Mills of Baltimore Beatdown gives a very positive outlook for next week after a pretty great performance by the defense against a very, very good offense. LINK Lardarius Webb: “C.J. Mosley Reminded Me Of Ray Lewis” The 2014 1st round draft pick had quite the day in Indianapolis against a very good offense. Lardarius Webb even went far enough to say Mosley reminded Webb of the Legend that wore #52. LINK Hurst struggles in second start at tackle The entire offensive line struggled...

RAVENS LINKS: Harbaugh House Divided on Orioles-Tigers

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Harbaugh House Divided on Orioles vs. Tigers Sarah Ellison of BaltimoreRavens.com talks about the Harbaugh household’s conflicting baseball rooting interest. LINK Defending Wayne, Hilton next challenge for Jimmy Smith Clifton Brown of CSN Baltimore discusses Jimmy Smith’s upcoming challenge on Sunday: defending one of two receivers that are in the top 20 in receiving yards. LINK Luck weighs in on Ravens defense Luck gave the Baltimore media some kind words about the Ravens. Clifton Brown has the full story here. Five Questions for an Indianapolis Colts writer Matthew Stevens of...

RAVENS LINKS: Torrey Smith & Wife Crash Wedding

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Torey Smith Crashes Baltimore Wedding; NFL Star and Wife Play Paparazzi Stephanie Kowalsky of MStars News tells the tale of Torrey Smith and his wife stumbling upon a wedding and taking time out of their weekend to make a couple happy on their big day. LINK Terrence Brooks May Be Deep Safety Ravens Need Shawn Brubaker of the Baltimore Wire discusses Terrence Brooks good performance on Sunday that flew under the radar and how he should be the safety to cover the deep parts of the field. LINK Marlon Brown...

FANTASY LINKS: Steve Smith 3rd Best Fantasy WR

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What We Learned From Week 4 – Ice Up, Son A lot of Ravens fans probably reached for Steve Smith in their fantasy leagues (especially if you’re like me and did all your drafts with a bunch of other Ravens fans). Well, those that reached for him are being rewarded now. Here’s what numberFire writer, JJ Zachariason learned about Steve Smith. LINK Tom Brady’s continuing decline Those words are music to a Ravens fan’s ears. Tom Brady has continued to struggle. Yahoo writer, Dalton Del Don thinks it’s a safe...

RAVENS LINKS: Joe Flacco Sets Franchise Record

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Joe Flacco Quietly Has Historic Game Usually, quarterbacks will get all the credit for an offense playing well and all the blame for an offense playing poorly. Well, that wasn’t the case on Sunday. Lost in Steve Smith Sr.’s outstanding performance was Flacco’s nearly perfect game which set a franchise record for passer rating with a 137.4 mark. Garrett Downing discusses his record-setting performance here. Fed Ex Air Player of the Week Joe Flacco is up for Player of the Week on NFL.com. Go vote for him here! Report: John...

BOLD PREDICTIONS RECAP: Panthers 10 Ravens 38

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1. I’m sticking with the same formula for predictions and expecting 3 of these 4 will occur: With injuries to both key Baltimore run defenders and the Carolina backfield, the Ravens prove deeper and contain the Panthers run game to 80 or fewer yards Newton is forced to throw often and the Ravens give Panther QBs an uncomfortable day with knockdowns (QHs) + interceptions totaling at least 5 James Hurst starts at LT and is not responsible for a sack per PFF With Carolina pinning their ears back to rush...