The Good, Bad, Ugly & The Megan Fox

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...

Ravens @ Bucs: The Good, Bad & The Ugly

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Graduating from training camp to the preseason has its adjustments. The effort elevates and the intensity level picks up along with the tempo. And unfortunately so does the number of mistakes. Players understand that careers and playing time are at stake. It’s incumbent upon each of them trying to make his mark, to make plays – to show up on film. Veterans with their roles already defined get their work in but they are not as vested in the results of a preseason contest. They just want to get in...

The Baltimore Ravens are riding a wave into New Orleans

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THE GOOD, BAD, UGLY & THE MEGAN FOX The past two months have been a whirlwind for the Ravens and their fans. It has been nothing short of an emotional rollercoaster. It started back on November 25 in San Diego when after a successful fourth-and-29 conversion attempt the Ravens snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. The game was clearly one the Ravens shouldn’t have won – yet they did! Staying with the rollercoaster, over the course of the following 3 weeks the Ravens lost to the Charlie Batch led...

The Good, Bad, Ugly & The Megan Fox: Ravens 2013′s Giants?

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This week has a familiar feel. As fans of the Ravens we’ve been here before. This is our fourth AFC Championship Game in the last 13 seasons and the third in the last 5. Let that marinate for a bit. But while the feeling is familiar, this time it is laced with more confidence. Maybe it’s this prevailing feeling of destiny that embraces Ravens Nation – a feeling inspired by the pending retirement of Ray Lewis, the end of an era and the emotions that go along with it. We...

The Good, Bad, Ugly & The Megan Fox: A Look Ahead to Denver

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The atmosphere was electric. Emotions ran high. There was a splash of surrealism that lingered at M&T Bank Stadium. In some ways it felt like we were saying goodbye to our best high school friend who told us he was moving away for good. And when that happens there’s part of you that already begins to miss him before he even leaves. Such was the case with Ray Lewis on Sunday who evoked tears and then shed them himself. I’m dating myself here, but I couldn’t help to think of...

The Good, Bad, Ugly & The Megan Fox: A look ahead to postseason 2013

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There’s little to take away from what amounted to the Ravens fifth preseason game yesterday and it along with several other meaningless games around the NFL should be proof positive to King Goodell that an 18 game schedule is a joke in more ways than one. Therefore this edition of The Good, Bad, Ugly & The Megan Fox won’t try to give meaning to the meaningless but instead it will focus in on the current status of your 2012 Baltimore Ravens. THE GOOD: The Ravens are actually getting healthier and...

The Good, Bad, Ugly & The Megan Fox: Ravens Dunk Giants, Claim AFCN

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When teams take the field on the first day of training camp their goal is to win their respective division. That’s the first rung on the ladder in the climb towards the top and The Lombardi Trophy. So for the Baltimore Ravens, that’s a check. The next rung is to win the Wild Card Playoff Game at M&T Bank Stadium where their likely opponent will be the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts have locked up the fifth seed in the playoffs. They hold tiebreakers over the sixth-seeded Cincinnati Bengals. The seedings...

Ravens v. Broncos: The Good, Bad, Ugly & The Megan Fox

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The Ravens are like a levy that is breaking down and the leaks are becoming bigger and more plentiful. Sooner or later the whole thing begins to crumble particularly if the rain doesn’t stop. And for the Ravens the rain is pounding down in the form of injuries and ineptness on offense. If the offensive players had the fire in their bellies like their defensive counterparts yesterday, it’s quite possible the Ravens could have given the Broncos a fight to the wire. But huge mistakes by Joe Flacco and an...

Ravens at Redskins: The Good, Bad, Ugly & The Megan Fox

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Last week the Ravens blew a chance to put a serious dent in the playoff hopes of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Instead they allowed the great Charlie Batch to shred their defense. This week the Ravens had an opportunity to win the AFC North if the Bengals and the Steelers both lost. Those divisional rivals cooperated, but the Ravens couldn’t finish the job. In each of the last two games the Ravens played with a lead in the fourth quarter. Both times they let it slip away, almost helplessly watching their...

The Good, Bad, Ugly & The Megan Fox: Ravens v. Steelers

If things unfolded the way the Ravens had hoped on Sunday, they would have clinched the AFC North. They only needed a win by the Chargers over the Bengals of and course they needed to take care of business against a Steelers team that played once again without Ben Roethlisberger; without the menacing LaMarr Woodley and for most of the game without their best corner, Ike Taylor. And let’s not forget they also played against a patchwork offensive line that stonewalled the Ravens’ defensive front seven for most of the...

The Good, Bad, Ugly &The Megan Fox: Ravens Steal One!

The Ravens improved to 9-2 on the season and they stand alone atop the AFC North with a commanding 3 game lead over both the Steelers and the hard-charging Bengals. This week with a win and a little (more) help from the Chargers who host Cincinnati, the Ravens could clinch the division. That statement coupled with the way the Ravens have played at times will leave you shaking your head wondering how they are getting it done. We could spend hours breaking down this very flawed offense and some questionable...

The Good, Bad, Ugly & The Megan Fox: Ravens @ Steelers

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While it was anything but pretty, particularly the Steelers’ throwback uniforms, it was effective as the Baltimore Ravens left Heinz Field last night with a commanding 2 game lead in the AFC North. The game had a familiar look and feel despite missing several marquee players including Ray Lewis, Lardarius Webb, Ben Roethlisberger and Troy Polamalu. Style points in this rivalry don’t count – only the W’s. “We won by taking a safe sack,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said in the locker room after the game. That alone suggests the...

The Good, Bad, Ugly, & The Megan Fox: Black & Silver beat down

(TL is on vacation, so he asked me to put together his weekly Good, Bad, Ugly, & Megan Fox column. – Derek) Well, there’s nothing like scoring the most points in franchise history (and most by any team in a single game in the NFL so far this season) to ease the collective mind of a Ravens fan base that hadn’t been exactly impressed by the team’s 6-2 start. Right? Well, yes and no. While the mammoth 55-20 beat down that the Ravens put on the Oakland Raiders yesterday at...

The Good, Bad, Ugly, & The Megan Fox: Grinding it out

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The Baltimore Ravens escaped Cleveland with a 25-15 win to push their division leading record to 6-2 and 3-0 in the AFC North. It was a game of highs and lows – really a microcosm of the season. The only predictable thing about the Ravens when they hit the road is that they are schizophrenically unpredictable. But when all was said and done, the win was reminiscent of a pitcher who can’t consistently pound the strike zone but managed to battle through. They did what they needed to do to...

The Good, Bad, Ugly & The Megan Fox: Sunday Bloody Sunday

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Texans 43, Ravens 13   Well it’s a good thing that the standings in the NFL aren’t determined by the BCS. Yesterday’s bloody mess on Battle Red Sunday at Reliant Stadium in Houston was so bad that it’s almost inconceivable that the Ravens could be considered in the mix to represent the AFC in February in New Orleans. But at the end of the day, it was just another digit in the loss column, not unlike the one the Ravens earned in Philadelphia during week 2. The silver lining in...

The Good, Bad, Ugly & The Megan Fox: Ravens v. Cowboys

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The Ravens have started the season with a 5-1 mark only twice during their 17-year history. Before 2012, the last time they reached this desirable milestone was in 2000 when of course they went on to win Super Bowl XXXV. Back then the Ravens got it done with defense. Today the Ravens defense is simply undone. * Overall Defense ~ 26th (397 yards/game) * Passing Defense ~ 22nd * Rushing Defense ~ 26th * Sacks ~ 23rd (10) At the end of the day, many will tell you that the...