Blog View

TV GEEK: The WORST Broadcast Team on TV!

tv-geek-retro
I’ve been writing TV Geek articles since the beginning of the 2013 season and I must say this is the worst broadcast team that I’ve experienced. By far and by a landslide.  This broadcast had me searching for Dan Dierdorf analysis. Unanimously voted by me, the WORST. BROADCAST. EVER. Ladies and gentleman, if you’ll send your attention to the broadcast booth I would like to introduce you to the W.B.E Champions of the WOOORRRRLLLLDDDDD!!!! Starting play-by-play man for Fox NFL Sunday, he attended Boston College where he received a degree...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Will Hill’s Ravens Debut

Hill 3
The Baltimore Ravens have the best scoring defense in the league (14.9 points per game), but a much-anticipated addition to the defense that showed up for the first time on Sunday could make the defense even better. After serving a six-game suspension, safety Will Hill rejoined the team last week and got up to speed in enough time to make his Ravens debut. Not only did he suit up for the team on short notice, but he saw a respectable amount of playing time and contributed in a diverse combination of...

Behind Enemy Lines: Will Cincy Be AJ Green-less?

Chykie+Brown+Cincinnati+Bengals+v+Baltimore+ZLbUESlbSuPl[1]
Cincinnati Bengals Mission impossible without Green The Bengals are struggling without star wide receiver A.J. Green and it has cost them their AFC North division lead as they were embarrassed by the Indianapolis Colts 27-0 on Sunday. Falling to 3-2-1 on the season, the Bengals offense was shutout for the first time since December of 2009 as Indy limited Dalton to just 126 yards on 18 completions. It’s clear that the offense revolves around Green despite putting up over 500 yards of offense against Carolina the week before. His status...

FANTASY LINKS: Trade For Forsett…Do It

justin-forsett-nfl-carolina-panthers-baltimore-ravens-850x560
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...

THE FINAL WORD: Ravens Need to Lock up a Rising Star

pernell-mcphee-matt-ryan-nfl-atlanta-falcons-baltimore-ravens-850x560
I’ll admit it, I thought Owen Daniels was finished. When I was out at Owings Mills covering training camp, Daniels looked sluggish pulling away from defenders on routes, and that was when he wasn’t in the cold tub. Remember when Daniels couldn’t play because “his legs were sore?” I thought that was translation for Daniels is going lose his job to Crockett Gilmore. Well, the former Texan has gotten better and better each week. And now, he looks every bit like his former Pro Bowl self. Daniels worked the Atlanta...

The NFL…Still Crazy After All These Years

drews-morning-dish
Confessions of a Sports Nut The NFL never ceases to amaze me. When it comes to evaluating games and looking at who does what well and reflecting on last Sunday’s performance, there’s only one conclusion to draw from all of that pondering: You have no idea what’s going to happen THIS weekend. In fact, any serious football gambler would offer as his very first rule of thumb: “Don’t ever take into consideration what happened last Sunday as a means of deciding how you’re going to bet this Sunday.” Sure, if...

Week 8: “America’s Team” Keeps Rolling

2-minute-drill (1)
If Sunday night’s game was any indication, Peyton Manning might possibly have thrown 700 touchdown passes by the time he’s finished playing. Going by his career average of 2.01 passing touchdowns per game, Manning would have to play in every game from now thru Week 5 of the 2020 season, when he would be 44 years old. That seems far-fetched, but what accomplishments of his haven’t seemed far-fetched? Other impressive performances last week included that of Aaron Rodgers (who, like Manning, left the game early due to gaining such a...

Daniels Off to Fast Start With Ravens

Owen Daniels
My how quickly things change once the NFL gets a few weeks under its belt. Heading into the 2014 season under new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, the Ravens and many fans knew just how important the tight end position would be in the new system. The Ravens seemed well-stocked with Dennis Pitta returning healthy from an hip injury, along with the addition of Owen Daniels via free agency and the selection of Crockett Gillmore in the third round of the draft only verified how heavily the tight ends would be...

Long Snappers Seem Boring…Until You Need One

Morgan Cox
It may not be the sexiest position on an NFL roster, but the long snapper is certainly one of great importance in an all too often forgotten part of the game. A good long snapper is the kind of player that you have to Google, because they play a position where they’re only mentioned after glaring mistakes. It’s rare – at least for the Ravens – to see any blunders from the position on game days. Unfortunately, that may not be the case anymore, as Ravens head coach John Harbaugh...

PREDICTIONS RECAP: Drew Nails the Point Differential

bold-predictions (1)
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...

SPEED BAG: Trade Winds Blowing?

speed-bag
Arthur Brown is a perfect 7 for 7 this season in healthy scratches. The highly touted linebacker is the only member of the team’s 53-man squad not to dress on game day in 2014. Meanwhile undrafted linebacker Zachary Orr has dressed in all 7 games when he’s contributed a total of one special teams tackle and 2 special teams penalties. Yesterday Albert McClellan had 10 snaps on defense subbing for Daryl Smith when the game had already been decided. Is former UDFA McClellan going to be the heir apparent to...

RAVENS LINKS: Ravens NFL’s Stingiest Defense?

Suggs-Smith
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...

THE GOOD, BAD & UGLY: Ravens 29, Falcons 7

good-bad-ugly-stand-alone-LANDSCAPE
Last week I opined about the Ravens and their developing identity along with the progressions made on both sides of the football. They aren’t quite where they are capable of being yet as a team but collectively they are getting closer. Yesterday at The Bank the Ravens dominated the Falcons 29-7 and it should have been worse. But the key point is that they beat up on a team that they should beat up on even when they aren’t playing their best football. That was the story for the day....

GIF: Tucker Gets in Baltimore Running Festival Spirit

Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 9.43.30 AM
The Baltimore Running Festival was this weekend in Charm City, and runners from all over came to town to participate in the marathon, whether in a competitive fashion, for some exercise, to raise money for charity, just to have a good time, or all of the above. While Justin Tucker had other things to worry about, he apparently still had crossing a finish line on his mind. After kicking a touchback against the Atlanta Falcons during the Ravens’ 29-7 win, Tucker sprinted all the way down the field and then...

FILMSTUDY: Pass Rush Reminiscent of 2006

635493397026930006-635493343731780006-GTY-457499060
Defensive Notes vs. Falcons 10/19/14 The Ravens received solid performances from a number of defenders who will be central to their 2nd half push en route to a 29-7 thrashing of the Falcons. The arrival of Will Hill and commitment to Dominique Franks helped clarify what had been a murky rotation in the secondary. The Ravens still found playing time for 4 safeties (Brooks, Elam, Hill, and Stewart), but there were no big nickel (3-safety) alignments and no cases where a safety was asked to play a WR in the...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 29, Falcons 7

report-card-thermo
Ravens Take Over 1st Place in AFC North Overall: B+ Defense was great, Offense did enough and they were up 20 – 0 after 3 quarters. Atlanta is a bad team and good teams dominate bad ones and that is what the Ravens did today. A win at Cincy next week really puts this team in the driver’s seat. Cincinnati was shut out by Indy (Who is really good btw) and the Browns, well they were the Browns getting crushed in Jacksonville. Offense: B Seemed off and unsettled at times...

KNEE-JERK REACTIONS: Ravens Cruise in Battle of Birds

picking-a-winner-2
The Ravens were clearly the better team but a sloppy second half by the home team kept the game mildly interesting for folks not rooting for the birds in black. Hopefully Eugene Monroe returns next week because Hurst was flat out awful! That said, a big win to take the lead in the AFC North! - Tony Lombardi For the first time all season, the Ravens are in first place in the AFC North. With the return of Will Hill, and Lardarius Webb back at full strength, the defense has been...

This Week on Russell Street

This Week on Russell Street
GO BOLD! Some of our staff predictions admittedly have been pretty whack! Some of you have said we’re homers…well at least one of you always says so. Do you think these BOLD PREDICTIONS are any better this week? Can you handle the truth?   BACK TO THE FUTURE The last time the Falcons visited Baltimore for a non-fake game was back on November 19, 2006, a game the Steve McNair led Ravens won 24-10. Here’s a look back at Aaron Wilson’s recap of the day, one during which the slowest...

LOOK OVER HERE: Cryin’ Matt Ryan on Sunday?

makeup
Things to look for on Sunday when you aren’t watching the ball… Me & Julio: Julio is the name of my friend’s African Grey parrot but a bird of greater interest on Sunday is Falcons’ WR Julio Jones who leads the NFL in receptions with 44 and an eye-popping 66 targets – in other words 11 per game. It’s safe to say that Jimmy Smith will be busy tomorrow. Smith is the 7th ranked corner in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus and quarterbacks have a passer rating of...