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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Ravens Sweep Steelers

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The Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Perhaps there’s mutual respect but there’s certainly mutual disdain. The Ravens head to Pittsburgh this week, week 9 of the NFL season just as they did in 2011. After destroying the Steelers in the season opener on September 11 in Baltimore by the score of 35-7 the Ravens traveled to western PA to take on Mike Tomlin & Co., a group hell-bent on revenge, determined to atone for the 2011 Opening Day embarrassment. Fast forward to 2014 during the inaugural CBS broadcast of...

BATTLE PLANS: Ravens at Steelers

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Offense 1. Flip the Script Last Sunday, the Steelers were able to beat the Colts at their own game by winning the time of possession battle. They controlled the clock for close to 40 minutes, nearly doubling the amount of time they held the ball compared to the Colts. A big reason the Steelers were so successful was because they converted 61% of their third downs. Meanwhile, on the same number of third-down attempts, the Ravens completed 38% of their attempts and were nearly even with the Bengals in the...

Special Teams Aren’t as Special Anymore

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With all due respect to Justin Tucker (who is essentially Matt Stover with a bigger club) and Sam Koch who has the 6th best net punting average (41.5) in the league, special teams are overrated. Sorry Coach Rosburg. During the Ravens 8 games so far Justin Tucker has kicked off 46 times. Only 13 of those kicks have been returned. Sam Koch has punted just 22 times and of those punts only 10 have been returned. The others have been whistled dead because of a touchback (2), fair catch (5),...

THURSDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens @ Steelers

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Ravens DID NOT PARTICIPATE: WR Michael Campanaro (thigh); TE Owen Daniels (knee); CB Jimmy Smith (foot); LB Terrell Suggs (neck) LIMITED PARTICIPATION: RB Justin Forsett (ankle); G Marshal Yanda (knee) FULL PARTICIPATION: DE Chris Canty (wrist); DT Haloti Ngata (shin); CB Lardarius Webb (NIR)   Pittsburgh Steelers DID NOT PARTICIPATE: DE Brett Kiesel (NIR); S Troy Polamalu (NIR); TE Heath Miller (NIR); S Ross Ventrone (hamstring) LIMITED PARTICIPATION: S Michael Mitchell (NIR); CB Ike Taylor (forearm) FULL PARTICIPATION: T Marcus Gilbert (concussion); DT Steve McLendon (shoulder); LB Ryan Shazier (knee); TE Matt Spaeth (hamstring); S Shmarko...

TALE OF THE TAPE: An Extra Dose of “Zo”

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After a 2013 season in which the Baltimore Ravens rush attack averaged a historically poor 3.1 yards per attempt, the run game in the Charm City has been nothing but positive. Ranking fifth in the NFL in rushing yards (1,027) and tied for third in touchdowns (nine), it’s starting to look like Baltimore has one of the best ground games in the NFL. This is due to a lot of things: new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, a wildly improved offensive line, Justin Forsett (who is 4th in the NFL in...

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...

FILMSTUDY: Defensive Highs And Lows in Cincinnati

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Defensive Notes vs. Bengals 10/26/14 Matt Elam’s problems mushroomed Sunday with 5 missed tackles versus the Bengals. How much did that cost the Ravens? Let’s take a look: • (Q1, 13:27): Sanu was in front of Webb and Elam and leapt to tip the ball to himself for a 48-yard reception (17 + 31 YAC) between the right hash and numbers. Webb anticipated an overthrow and positioned himself for an interception that never arrived. Elam took a bad angle to Sanu and missed the tackle to surrender 29 of the...

The Nickel Package: Week 9 at Pittsburgh

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Here are five things to keep an eye on this Sunday night when the Ravens face the Steelers for the 41st time in franchise history. Antonio Brown vs. Baltimore’s depleted secondary It’s no secret that as Antonio Brown goes, so goes the Steelers’ passing game. He leads the league in receptions (60), is 2nd in yardage (852), and is tied for 4th in touchdowns (7). His worst outing so far this season was in Week 5 at Jacksonville when he gained 84 yards. Not only has he not been stopped...

C.J. Mosley Hitting His Stride

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The Ravens front office had many fans scratching their heads when they selected linebacker C.J. Mosley in the first round of the 2014 draft. After all, just a year prior they picked Arthur Brown in the second round, proposing he was the future of the position. My how times have changed. While they have seemingly missed on Brown – who has yet to see the field this season – the Ravens look like they have found the real deal in Mosley, at least through the first eight games of the...

Ravens Secondary is Primary Concern Against Steelers

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On Sunday when the Ravens take on Pittsburgh underneath the lights at Heinz Field in prime time, it’ll be a case of “all hands on deck.” Historically, playing against the Steelers meant stopping the run was always priority number one. That was the case in the Week 2 match-up in Baltimore – when the Ravens defense limited Pittsburgh to just 99 total rushing yards – but it’s not true this go round. “They’ve always had a heck of a passing game, really,” John Harbaugh said following practice on Wednesday. “It...

WEDNESDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens @ Steelers

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Ravens DID NOT PARTICIPATE: WR Michael Campanaro (thigh); RB Justin Forsett (ankle); DT Haloti Ngata (shin); CB Jimmy Smith (foot); LB Terrell Suggs (neck); CB Lardarius Webb (NIR); G Marshal Yanda (knee) LIMITED PARTICIPATION: TE Owen Daniels (knee) FULL PARTICIPATION: DE Chris Canty (wrist)   Pittsburgh Steelers DID NOT PARTICIPATE: DE Brett Kiesel (NIR); S Michael Mitchell (NIR); S Troy Polamalu (NIR); TE Matt Spaeth (hamstring); S Ross Ventrone (hamstring) LIMITED PARTICIPATION: CB Ike Taylor (forearm) FULL PARTICIPATION: T Marcus Gilbert (concussion); DT Steve McLendon (shoulder); LB Ryan Shazier (knee); S Shmarko Thomas (hamstring)

Ravens Well Positioned For Post Season

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PERCEPTION IS REALITY Reality: This past Thursday’s NFL game was the final one on CBS. All Thursday night games now move to NFL Network exclusively. Perception: I think major sports are trying too hard in hoping to find extra TV income and in the process are hurting their product. Major League Baseball had people all over the country searching all over the dial looking for Fox Sports 1 and even TBS, as they tried to find the baseball playoffs. Hotels don’t carry FS1 and many people also don’t have that...

Two-Minute Drill: Ravens Currently AFC’s 7th Seed

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For many teams, this week marks the halfway point of the regular season. Teams like Denver and Dallas have put together a very nice start to the season. But as strong as those teams have been, teams that have had some hiccups (like Baltimore, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, etc.) are just one game behind their respective division leaders. There are other teams like New England, Arizona, and Philadelphia that did not make my Top 5 this week. Why? I don’t think they are set up well for the long run. These...

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...

Section 336 Episode 85 – Stop Telling Me

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On This Week’s Show Join us for 336 Live at Buffalo Wild Wings in White Marsh Thursday November 6, at 7:30. We’ll be giving away two tickets to Ravens/Chargers on November 30! Matt whines about the list that ranked Oriole Park at Camden Yards the best stadium experience in baseball, and laments how getting older has diminished his liver’s ability to keep him feeling well.   Ravens Lose in Cincy Even without A.J. Green, the Bengals torched the Ravens through the air. A controversial call at the end of the...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Ngata’s Career Revival

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The consistent positive outputs by the Baltimore Ravens defense this season has been the epitome of a collective effort. No single defender has carried the team to the second-best scoring defense in the NFL (16.4 points per game). Rather, the stellar play of a handful of defenders has led to innate success for Dean Pees’ unit. One of the defensive leaders putting in notable work on a weekly basis this season is veteran defensive end Haloti Ngata. Once considered to be on the downswing of his career, Ngata’s performance in...

Top 4 Midseason Disappointments

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Midway through the 2014 season, the Ravens have found themselves with a 5-3 record sitting currently in second place in the division behind the Bengals (4-2-1) by mere percentage points. The emotions after a gut wrenching loss such as the one the Ravens suffered on Sunday are real. Fingers are pointed, players are blamed when in reality the Ravens win as a team and lose as a team and are only as strong as their weakest link on the football field. Here are four players that haven’t lived up to...

Is Bernard Pierce Moving On?

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Back on October 14 I noticed a Tweet from Bernard Pierce featured in his Temple Owls uniform that seemed a bit unusual and clearly open to interpretation. I took a screen shot of the Tweet and it is the featured pic above. Now it’s entirely possible that Pierce is looking to buy a home or perhaps sell one that he now owns and move into a rental. There are a host of possibilities, so much so that I reached out to a friend who has helped other local professional athletes...

Top 5 Midseason Standouts

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As the Ravens entered the offseason many concerns were raised about key positions on both sides of the football and whether the organization did enough to meet their needs. Was the roster strong enough to improve upon the dismal 2013 season? While no one knows exactly how the rest of the season will play out here is a look at how some of the decisions panned out through the midway point of the season that have the Ravens sitting in second place in the AFC North with a 5-3 record....

TV GEEK: Calling a Heartbreaker

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It’s hard to say you enjoyed a game broadcast when your team loses a heartbreaker against a division rival.  I’m not going to say that.  I will say that the broadcast didn’t bother me, which, given the situation is probably the best thing I could say. Greg Gumbel and Trent Green were the broadcast team for CBS on Sunday.  We all had our first opportunity to hear Gumbel in action without Dan Dierdorf for the first time back when the Ravens flattened the Panthers.  The vision of that game couldn’t...