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The Good, Bad & Ugly of the 2013 Season

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In many ways it feels as though the Ravens 2013 season hasn’t exited the starting gate. It’s as if the season has been stuck in mud, spinning out of control whenever they tried to accelerate. The season, like the running game, just never gained any traction. And now they’ve run out of gas and it’s time to tow away a disappointing season as defending champions. Not all is lost. There are lessons to be learned from the front office to the coaching staff and of course down to the players....

A Holiday Embarrassment!

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In a word – embarrassing. The World Champion Baltimore Ravens had an opportunity to make a statement against perennial playoff contenders, the New England Patriots. Instead of seizing the opportunity as proud defenders of the crown, they looked like shameful pretenders. They were outplayed, outhustled, outcoached, out-planned, out-executed and probably ousted from the post season while being outscored in record fashion at M&T Bank Stadium. There was nothing good about the game except the fact that a fan could comfortably sit in the stands in shorts and a t-shirt on...

GOOD, BAD & UGLY: Where The Ravens Are Today

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The Baltimore Ravens in many ways have become 2013’s cardiac kids. Nine of their 14 games have been decided by 3 points or less, during which the Ravens are 5-4, winning 4 of their last 5 such contests. Their 8 wins are by an average margin of victory of 7.9 points and their 6 defeats by an average score of 5.5 points, even with the opening night waxing in Denver. None of this matters going forward. What does matter is that the Ravens can navigate a clear path to the...

GOOD, BAD & UGLY: 2013′s Answer to 4th & 29?

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So yesterday I opted to sell my tickets to a buddy’s daughter, preferring instead to be comfortable at home and not have to deal with the extreme weather and what I thought might be mind-blowing traffic problems following the game. At halftime I was thinking, “Thank God I made THAT call!” The first half was sloppy and the game boring through 45 minutes of football.  I couldn’t help to think that by 4:15PM the Ravens season, for all intents and purposes could be over. And with 6:32 left in the...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 22 Steelers 20

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It was a well played, closely fought contest, particularly given the short week, which often leads to sloppy football. Perhaps the stakes, being as high as they were, helped both teams maintain focus (unless of course your name is Michael Oher). It was a tale of two halves – the first half won by the Ravens and after the break the Steelers held the upper hand, aided in part by their answer to the Ravens boisterous 12th man, a 12th man of their own in the form of head coach...

GOOD, BAD & UGLY: He’s a Dancing Machine!

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After the Jets second drive of the game that pushed them deep into the red zone ultimately concluding with the game’s first points – a Nick Folk 27-yard field goal, it was pretty clear that the Jets offense would produce next to nothing. Geno Smith was clearly overmatched and out of his league. It was a familiar scene for Jets quarterbacks when they face the Ravens on Rex Ryan’s watch. In the three contests between these clubs since Ryan started patrolling the Jets’ sideline, Gang Green is still looking for their...

THE GOOD, BAD & UGLY: Playmakers are MIA

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It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Sure we knew that there would be adjustments. The Ravens brass let us know as much with their retooling project. We just didn’t think it would take so long and now the 2013 season is slipping away – quickly. We’ve all pointed towards Juan Castillo and the offensive line as the primary culprits. If it was only that simple… The Ravens offensive line play is made more difficult by poor play calling and the lack of a quality tight end and slot receiver....

THE GOOD, BAD & UGLY: Ravens Win Ugly!

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Whenever the Baltimore Ravens take the field in 2013 no one knows what to expect to see other than the worst rushing attack in the modern era of the NFL. Most of the blame can be pinpointed to the offensive line but the team’s ball carriers haven’t exactly set the world on fire. If Ray Rice is as genuinely healthy as he claims to be, then the Ravens will be saddled with an unproductive salary cap hog for a few seasons and at this point, it makes more sense to...

We’ve Seen This Movie Before

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We’ve been down this road before. In 2005 the Ravens had a meltdown, a season during which Ray Lewis went AWOL with a mysterious hamstring injury that required surgery from a doctor in Florida. The Ravens finished (6-10). In 2007 the Ravens got off to a (4-2) start and then went on a nine game losing streak, including a loss to the previously winless Cam Cameron-led Miami Dolphins before finishing (5-11). The up and down nature of the Brian Billick era wore thin on owner Steve Bisciotti and he vowed...

Silver Lining in Ravens Loss to Steelers?

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A loss to the Baltimore Ravens’ archrivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers, is always a bitter pill to swallow. The bitterness is made even more pungent when the team is forced to wallow in it throughout the bye week. Truth be told it’s probably worse for the fans. The players have bolted out of town, off on their mini-vacations before they return to prepare for the Cleveland Browns. They forget about losses far before the agony ends for the paying customers. Fans will argue that the players should put in some overtime,...

GOOD, BAD & UGLY: Packers 19 Ravens 17

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The Baltimore Ravens offense is a mess. The problems begin up front. They can’t run block and they can’t pass block and the problems were exacerbated by play calling that made former offensive coordinator Cam Cameron look like Bill Walsh. The silver lining in the loss is that despite being outplayed and clearly outcoached, the Ravens were one defensive stand short of a chance to win the game in the end against a pretty solid opponent. But moral victories do nothing to advance a team’s chances to compete for a...

GOOD, BAD & UGLY: A Sizzling Day in Many Ways

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Buffalo Bills last Thursday Night to take sole possession of first place in the AFC North. (No this isn’t a misprint). Suddenly the defending Super Bowl Champions were forced to play catch up. To keep pace the Baltimore Ravens needed to defeat a tough Miami Dolphins team on the road in tropical conditions that clearly favored the home team dressed in white (Suddenly I’m thinking of Jack Nicholson mocking Tom Cruise’s all white Navy uniform in A Few Good Men, but I digress). Those conditions...

THE GOOD, BAD & UGLY: Ravens Lay Another Road Egg

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When your team rushes for 24 yards, gives up 203 yards on the ground, goes 3 for 16 on third down conversions (19%) and throws 5 interceptions you might think the game was a blow out. Instead the Ravens had an opportunity to tie the game or take the lead when they had the ball on the 50-yard line with 1:33 to play and 2 timeouts. But hopes of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat fell into the hands of Bills rookie linebacker Kiko Alonso at the Buffalo 36...

THE GOOD, BAD & UGLY: Smith, Doss Spark Win Over Texans

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Win your home games and split on the road while getting better and stronger as the season progresses. For the 2013 Baltimore Ravens so far so good. Now they just need to take at least one of the next two games in Buffalo and Miami. Sunday wasn’t pretty. The game was very reminiscent of the Kyle Boller years with the offense struggling and the team in desperate need of a defensive or special teams spark. The Ravens got both and as they did, the momentum shifted tremendously while Texans’ QB...

THE GOOD, BAD & UGLY: Ravens 14, Browns 6

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As suspected the game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns was anything but a sight for sore eyes. It was a game that was pure agony for fantasy football aficionados and challenged the unfortunate viewers without a rooting interest in either team. For the Ravens, the game was a stepping-stone – a building block of sorts. They are a team in search of an identity on offense and continuity on defense. Neither is clearly in focus and until coordinators Jim Caldwell and Dean Pees can lock in, ugly...

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Ravens v. Browns

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Here’s a look back at the last time the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns hooked up at M&T Bank Stadium – a rainy Thursday night during which the league put an end to the “replacement refs” and brought back the real zebra crews, this night led by Gene Steratore. The game was won by the Ravens, 23-16. Here’s a look at the BOX SCORE     In baseball you will often hear that the difference between a good pitcher and a great pitcher is his ability to win when...

THE GOOD, BAD & UGLY: Manning Leaves Ravens Dazed & Confused

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The odds were stacked against them. On the road, first game of the season, in Denver, hot temperatures in the Mile High city against a team whose collective gut churned for 8 months because they fell to the Ravens in the Divisional round last season. Early on it looked like the Ravens were up to the task. And then along came the third quarter. Trailing 17-14 going into the break, the Broncos produced 21 unanswered points to take a 35-17 lead. Peyton Manning peppered the Ravens defense, wore them down...

The Good, Bad & Ugly: A Look Back on the Ravens Preseason

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Heading into training camp and right on through the preseason the Ravens looked to answer questions about their roster so that they could field the best 53 to defend their Super Bowl title. The most glaring questions were:  1. Given all of the roster turnover how will the Ravens develop chemistry? 2. Considering the injuries and retirement, who would play the inside linebacker positions? 3. How would the Ravens account for the departure of Anquan Boldin? Time will tell if they’ve adequately addressed these questions. The coaches and front office...

GOOD, BAD & UGLY: No need to press the panic button

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The Carolina Panthers failed to score a single offensive touchdown yet managed to post 34 points thanks to an opportunistic defense and a punt return unit that combined to reach the end zone four times. Some might say that the 34-27 final score is not indicative of how bad the Panthers manhandled the Ravens. This may be a contrarian opinion but put me on the flip side of that coin. This game, like most preseason games, was a mirage. What you saw, you didn’t get and judging from the outcry...

GOOD, BAD & UGLY: Ravens 27, Falcons 23

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Preseason games are an odd beast. Take for example last night’s game between the Ravens and the Falcons at M&T Bank Stadium. Clearly the Ravens first unit had you know what handed to them. And while we can and do evaluate individual performances, team assessments are rather difficult given the games within the game. Players may be refining specific techniques in order to have a more productive regular season. Game plans are non-existent in that they haven’t been implemented in a way to attack an opponent’s weaknesses, as they are...
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