RAVENS LINKS: Can Flacco Silence Pittsburgh Again?

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Can Joe Flacco silence Heinz Field again? Joe Cool has enjoyed some success in Pittsburgh with late game heroics. Jamison Hensley gives us Joe’s opinion on going in to Heinz Field and playing the hated Steelers. LINK Why The Steelers Passed On C.J. Mosley The Steelers took inside linebacker Ryan Shazier two picks ahead of the Ravens at #15. The Ravens would take C.J. Mosley two picks later at #17. Ryan Mink of BaltimoreRavens.com tells us why the Steelers made this pick (mistake). LINK Dumervil hopes to take down Big...

FANTASY LINKS: Starts and Sits Week 9

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Fantasy Football Start or Sit: Week 9 With teams like the Packers, Bears, and Packers on a bye this week, decisions to start and sit players become even more difficult. The guys over at numberFire have you covered with JJ Zachariason’s weekly starts and sits. LINK Week 9 Trade Value Chart Boris Chen, data scientist at NY Times, put together a chart assigning values to all players. If your guy has a lower value than the guy you want to trade for, it’s a good trade for you. LINK Fantasy...

RAVENS LINKS: NFL – OPI on Smith Right Call

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NFL says right call was made against Steve Smith Clifton Brown discusses VP of Officiating, Dean Blandino’s stance on the offensive pass interference call that was made against Steve Smith that negated a probable game-winning touchdown. LINK Ravens sign WR Davis to practice squad Remember Jace Davis from the preseason? No? I don’t blame you. Anyway, he’s now on the Ravens’ practice squad after TE Ryan Taylor was claimed from waivers. LINK A Reminder of why we hate the Steelers especially their fans Craig Gottschalk of Nice Pick Cowher, a...

FANTASY LINKS: Taliaferro an Unexpected Committee Leader

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Riddick, Taliaferro unexpected committee leaders NFL.com fantasy writer, Matt Fransiscovich goes over a few committee backfields including the Ravens where you can find some value outside of the starters. LINK 6 Things I Learned From Week 8 of the NFL Season In numberFire writer, JJ Zachariason’s weekly column, he talks about my personal favorite fantasy player this year (since I have him in all four of my leagues) Arian Foster and 5 other things he learned this week in fantasy. LINK Fantasy waiver wire: Week 9 NFL fantasy guru, Michael...

RAVENS LINKS: Concern Over Jimmy Smith’s Injury

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Smith injury concern for challenged secondary Hopefully we’ll learn more later in the day about Jimmy Smith’s injury, but the impact was certainly felt in yesterday’s loss. Clifton Brown of CSN Baltimore has the full story. LINK For Ravens, 1 yard makes all the difference Bo Smolka of CSN Baltimore details the real reason for the Ravens’ loss yesterday: their inability to make a 4th and 1 and their inability to stop a 4th and 1. LINK 4th Down: When to Go for It and Why Some people are complaining...

KNEE-JERK REACTIONS: Disappointment in Cincy

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Injuries killed the Ravens today, but other than the two turnovers, Hue Jackson ate Dean Pees’ lunch in the second half. Ravens have to hope Cincy’s tie comes back to haunt them now that they own the tiebreaker. ~Derek Arnold Joe Flacco once again played the way he usually does against the Bengals and failed to deliver in the clutch when he had an opportunity to ice the game after the Elam strip when leading 21-20. The Ravens safeties are awful and the loss was reminiscent of many in 2013...

BOLD PREDICTIONS: Call Us Homers

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Ravens hold Gio under 50 total yards and Jacoby Jones seals the game with a 4th quarter punt return. ~Ken Zalis Ravens get their first defensive TD of the year on an Andy Dalton interception and continue their streak of winning by at least 7 points. ~Tyler Lombardi With Owen Daniels out this Sunday, Crockett Gilmore gets the start and will have a productive gaming catching 5 balls for around 50 yards and a TD. The Bengals are near the bottom of the league against TE’s. Steve Smith Sr. and...

RAVENS LINKS: Best Team in the AFC North

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Why the Baltimore Ravens Are the Best Team in the AFC North With one of the most efficient offenses and one of the best defenses in the NFL, the metrics back up what many think: the Ravens are the best team in the division in pretty much any category. LINK 5 ways Ravens-Bengals rematch will be different Bo Smolka of CSN Baltimore tells us five ways that this divisional match-up won’t look like the same game as the first one. LINK Ravens Boast Four Top-Rated Outside Linebackers BaltimoreRavens.com writer, Ryan...

FANTASY LINKS: Bengals a Good RB Fantasy Match-up

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Fantasy Football Start or Sit: Week 8 Included in JJ Zachariason’s week 8 starts and sits is this gem on why you should start Justin Forsett (again)… “the Bengals are about as good at stopping the run as Rebecca Black is at singing songs.” For the complete list of starts and sits, click here. Justin Forsett, Bernard Pierce, Lorenzo Taliaferro Fantasy Post-Week 7 Outlook Rob Goldberg of Bleacher Report talks about the running back situation in Baltimore from a fantasy perspective. He doesn’t seem quite as fond of Forsett from...

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...