RAVENS LINKS: Flacco, Smith a Clutch Combo

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Flacco, Smith prove clutch combination in Ravens’ win The Ravens brought Steve Smith in to make clutch plays in key situations. Yesterday he did just that. Clifton Brown has the full story here. Webb’s much-awaited season debut is a dud for Ravens We all anxiously awaited Lardarius Webb’s return, and the results were disappointing. Bo Smolka elaborates on his performance here. Lorenzo Taliaferro, Ravens backs expose Browns defense For an outside perspective on the game, Dan Labbe of Cleveland.com gives a look at the Browns’ run defense and how bad...

BOLD PREDICTIONS RECAP: Ravens 23, Browns 21

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1. At least 3 of the following 4 occur: In a game featuring 2 of the better defenses in football, both offensive lines protect the QB well. There will be no more than 4 total sacks and 8 total QHs. Brandon Williams finally sees more playing time with a career high 23+ snaps (previous high 18), up from 9 versus the Steelers. The Ravens have the big 3 cornerbacks active (Smith, Jackson, and Webb) at the start. Chykie Brown does not see the field for more than 3 snaps defensively....

RAVENS LINKS: Super Bowl Odds

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Ravens’ Super Bowl odds improve Jamison Hensley reports that with the win over the Steelers, Vegas has changed the Ravens odds significantly of winning the Super Bowl from 66-1 to 40-1. The Bengals’ odds are 16-1, and the Ravens’ odds to win the division are 4-1, while the Bengals’ odds are (according to Bovado) 5-8. LINK Purple Reign Show 9/17/14 Browns.com contributor, Kevin Jones joins Phil, Lindsey, and Tim to talk about the upcoming match-up in Cleveland. They also reflect on what was a great win vs. Pittsburgh. LINK All-22:...

Former Raven Ma’ake Kemoeatu Gives Brother a Kidney

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Throughout this entire NFL season, all of the national media coverage has been focused on events occurring off the gridiron. It’s been a strange year thus far where some of the NFL’s biggest stars and most recognizable players have been involved in very controversial and disturbing legal and personal issues that have left a massive stain on the reputation of the NFL and its players. Although media coverage wouldn’t give you this impression, the overwhelming majority of NFL players are good guys. Many of them spend their free time participating in...

RAVENS LINKS: Browns QB Brian Hoyer on 105.7

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Behind Enemy Lines: Brian Hoyer Joins the Scott Garceau Show Scott Garceau, Jeremy Conn, Jason La Canfora and Browns starting QB Brian Hoyer talked yesterday on 105.7 the Fan. Hear what Hoyer had to say here. Joint NFL-NFLPA Statement on Changes to Steroid Policy After this was posted, the NFL released a statement on the details of the changes to the steroid policy that includes HGH testing. LINK Will Hill’s Suspension be reduced? CSN Baltimore’s Ravens insider, Clifton Brown talks about the NFL’s new drug policy and whether or not...

FANTASY LINKS: Will Baltimore Native Ever Break Out?

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Is a Breakout Ever Going to Come for Tavon Austin? So far this season, Tavon Austin has 5 total points and was injured in the first quarter of St. Louis’ game in Tampa Bay. numberFire writer, Joe Redemann tells us what he thinks about the Dunbar alum’s fantasy prospects. LINK Fantasy Fast Forward: Cousins proves his worth It appears as though Robert Griffin III will be out of the Redskins’ lineup for the foreseeable future. Kirk Cousins, drafted in the same year in the 4th round as RG3, will man...

RAVENS LINKS: Ngata Gives Iowa Teen His Dream

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Haloti Ngata grants Iowa teen trip of a lifetime We often hear about all of the bad things NFL players do off the field. This is not one of those cases. KCCI in Iowa has the story here. NFL schedule-makers did the Ravens no favors Chuck Mills of Baltimore Beatdown doesn’t like the Ravens’ schedule. Let him tell you why here. Drew’s Morning Dish – The days of taking the Cleveland Browns for granted are apparently over Drew Forrester discusses, among other things, the Cleveland Browns, the changing landscape in...

RAVENS LINKS: Suggs’ Gladiator Helmet

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Terrell Suggs explains why he wore gladiator helmet in Ravens’ pregame Gary Mihoces of USA Today’s FORTHEWIN gives us some insight into Suggs’ gladiator helmet that he wore during the pre-game introductions last night. LINK Ravens Broke Roethlisberger’s 30 Consecutive Games with TD Pass There was a lot to celebrate after the Ravens 26-6 win last night, and here’s one more thing. The Ravens broke Roethlisberger’s streak of 30 consecutive games without a TD pass. Thanks to Reddit and Wikipedia for helping us find this out! LINK Ravens get cathartic...

BOLD PREDICTIONS RECAP: Ravens 26 Steelers 6

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Well, last night wasn’t what I expected. After getting off to a 10-0 lead, the Steelers closed the gap to just 4 on their first drive of the second half. The Ravens would score a TD on the next drive, and they wouldn’t look back. Yesterday, we compiled a list of bold predictions from our staff. Let’s take a look at how they turned out, from best to worst. 1. “The Ravens awake with a vengeance from the loss to the Bengals and Rice controversy. At least 3 of the...

RAVENS LINKS: Ravens-Steelers Still a Top Rivalry

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Ravens-Steelers still one of the best NFL rivalries Over the past few years, it has seemed like the 49ers-Seahawks rivalry has taken over the Ravens-Steelers as the best rivalry in the NFL. Baltimore Beatdown’s Rocky Friedman explains why it’s still a very strong one. LINK Ravens Release Joe Flacco After Seeing Video of Him Playing Football To lighten up your week, how about some humor? DJ Gallo of Sports Pickle gives some fake insight as to why the Ravens are fake-releasing QB Joe Flacco. “‘I can’t cheer for a guy...

FANTASY LINKS: Taliaferro or Forsett?

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Ray Rice Is Cut: What Happens Now for the Baltimore Ravens? JJ Zachariason of numberFire talks about the fantasy football impact of cutting Ray Rice. “After he had what was a solid career, Rice took a massive step backwards a season ago behind an offensive line that couldn’t create any space. Rice finished the season as the worst running back in the entire NFL according to our Rushing Net Expected Points (NEP) metric, playing over 38 points below expectation. It was the 13th worst running back season we’ve seen since...

RAVENS LINKS: Pierce Says He’s Not Injury-Prone

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Pierce responds to injury-prone label Bo Smolka of CSN Baltimore details Bernard Pierce’s response to questions about his durability. He doesn’t agree with it, considering he hasn’t missed any of the 32 regular season games he’s played. LINK Bold Predictions For The 2014 Ravens Purple Reign Show’s Phil Gentile, along with some help from local media personalities, give us some bold predictions for the upcoming football season. The first one is about the running game, and it’s definitely bold. LINK Depth on defensive line could be concern on Sunday CSN Baltimore’s Clifton...

RAVENS LINKS: Will Ngata Return to Form?

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Ngata Primed For Bounce Back Season Nick Meriweather of PurpleReignShow.com discusses Haloti Ngata and how, although he hasn’t been the same player in recent years, he expects Ngata to have a bounce back season in 2014. LINK Ravens re-sign Derek Cox, waive Josh Bynes Jamison Hensley explains why the Ravens waited until now to waive Bynes and what it means for the cornerback depth. LINK Ravens Release Regular Season Depth Chart Garrett Downing announces that the Baltimore Ravens have released their official depth chart. Here it is. 2014 sleeper teams...

FANTASY LINKS: Pick Up Taliaferro

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15 Fantasy Football Transactions for Week 1 “We’re back. Fantasy football is back. And that means weekly start-sit decisions, waiver wire adds and emotional ups and downs that you’d only find in a Breaking Bad finale. Let me help you throughout this journey. Each Tuesday, I’ll be providing 15 transactions – hopefully you saw that coming when you read the article title – for the upcoming week of games. These transactions range from free agency adds and drops to players you may want to part ways with due to tough...

RAVENS LINKS: Ravens’ Top 6 Rivalries

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Top Ravens’ Rivalries: Past & Present CBS Baltimore discusses six Ravens rivalries of the past and present. Read the full list here. Harbaugh speaks about NFL’s latest ruling on domestic violence Harbaugh responds to questions about Roger Goodell’s harsher punishment for those involved in domestic violence situations. Here is the quote from Harbaugh on CSN Baltimore. Ravens running back Fitzgerald Toussaint runs for 103 yards in preseason win Fitzgerald Touissant looked comfortable on Thursday running in the zone blocking scheme, and Baltimore Beatdown’s Jason Butt expects them to retain him on...

KNEE-JERK REACTIONS: Ravens Run Over Saints 22-13

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Ravens had success running the football in their preseason finale. Taliaferro along with Toussaint were used as workhorses and showed they were up to the task. The wide receiver competition came down to the wire with Aiken, Camp and Thompson all fighting until the end. Second-year linebacker John Simon was all over the field making plays, appears as if he may have done enough to make the 53. The next time we see the Ravens suit up the bullets will be live and the playbook will be open. Harbs will...

Browns Fans React to Gordon Suspension

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Browns fans have had a rough time over the course of pretty much their entire lives. The team that hasn’t won an NFL Championship since 1964 (which was before the Super Bowl era) heard some more bad news when the ruling on probably their best player, Josh Gordon, was upheld. As you’d expect they weren’t very happy about it. This fan knows the struggle all too well: This one has lower expectations for 2014 than a Browns fan normally would: I can’t imagine this is the first time this guy...