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Ngata Ready for First Road Game of 2014

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The Baltimore Ravens hit the road for the first time this season when they play the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday in hopes of their second-straight victory over a division rival. The Ravens have always been successful when playing in Cleveland (10-5) but these aren’t necessarily the Browns of old and the Ravens should certainly expect a tightly contested matchup. Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata talked about the contest after practice on Wednesday. “Getting that confidence, for us, has been seeing how we do in a hostile environment,” Ngata...

RAVENS GAME DAY PARTY: Join us at Parker’s!

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Russell Street Report and Parker’s will be co-hosting a Ravens viewing party on 9/21/14! Let’s say goodbye to summer, hello to fall and welcome the promise of a 2-1 record as the Ravens try and keep pace with the Bengals. Join us to watch the Ravens take on the Browns while you enjoy some food, drinks, and a chance to win some great prizes!! Specials include: * $2 domestic drafts * $3 cans of beer * $5 specialty drinks * $12 buckets of beer *FREE HALFTIME BUFFET* (while it lasts!)...

FANTASY BLITZ: Under The Radar, Week 3

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Quarterback Kirk Cousins, Redskins at Eagles Cousins replaced the injured Robert Griffin III and passed the Redskins to an easy 41-10 win against the hapless Jaguar pass defense, throwing for two scores and 250 yards. He should have another productive fantasy day Sunday against the Eagles. Statistically the Eagles have improved from their dead last pass defense ranking in 2013, to 11th in 2014, but still have allowed 5 td passes in two games. Defensive stats this early into a season do not paint a complete picture. In 2013 Griffin...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Red Zone Woes

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Two games into the season, it’s not too hard to pinpoint the problems regarding the Baltimore Ravens. A strong unit with a respectable 1-1 record given two tough division matchups, the issues that could hold the team back from reaching its potential are noticeable. There are things such as middling cornerback depth and lack of a consistent power running game, but the one struggle that has been painfully obvious thus far has been the lack of red zone success on offense. Ranking 28th in the NFL with a red zone...

The Nickel Package: Week 3 at Cleveland

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When the Ravens hit the road this week, they won’t be playing the same old Browns. These Browns took the Steelers to the brink in Week 1 and just beat a very talented Saints team. Brian Hoyer, according to John Harbaugh, is “the best quarterback they’ve had in a number of years.” After Sunday, Baltimore will have already played half of their divisional games. It’s not a must-win game for them, but it’s a game they won’t want to lose. Two divisional losses within the first three weeks of the...

WEDNESDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens @ Browns

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Ravens fans got a bit of a scare today when it was revealed that Joe Flacco missed practice. Some worried that it may have something to do with the hard hit to the head he took at the goalline during the Pittsburgh game last week, although he never left the game. Fortunately, it was revealed on the injury report that Joe just has a bit of a cold. Here are the full injury reports as the Ravens prepare to take on the 1-1 Cleveland Browns on Sunday:   Ravens DID...

BEHIND ENEMY LINES: The Manziel Package

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Cleveland Browns Manziel vs. the Ravens? We all love to talk about Johnny Manziel and what he can do – but how will we feel when we list the possibility of him coming in against the Ravens? Last week in the team’s win against the Saints, Kyle Shanahan went with the Manziel package for just a handful of plays, to no success – if that makes you feel any better. The offense usually lines Manziel up in the pistol formation and lets him either hand the ball up the middle...

RAVENS LINKS: Browns QB Brian Hoyer on 105.7

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Behind Enemy Lines: Brian Hoyer Joins the Scott Garceau Show Scott Garceau, Jeremy Conn, Jason La Canfora and Browns starting QB Brian Hoyer talked yesterday on 105.7 the Fan. Hear what Hoyer had to say here. Joint NFL-NFLPA Statement on Changes to Steroid Policy After this was posted, the NFL released a statement on the details of the changes to the steroid policy that includes HGH testing. LINK Will Hill’s Suspension be reduced? CSN Baltimore’s Ravens insider, Clifton Brown talks about the NFL’s new drug policy and whether or not...

Ben Still Feeling the Pain (GIF)

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Back in 2006, Ben Roethlisberger absorbed the hardest hit of his then-young career on the M&T Bank Stadium turf courtesy of Bart Scott. Last week, he was reminded of what it’s like to feel the purple pain, thanks to Courtney Upshaw. Of course, the difference is that back in 2006 you were still allowed to hit quarterbacks, so Scott wasn’t flagged while Upshaw was. Regardless, all’s well that ends well and the Ravens went on to the easy victory. Nearly a week later though, that hit is still fresh in...

Section 336 Episode 79: Make a Statue Out of Him

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Last season we were your “Official” Sports Talk Show for Purple Fridays, but today is Wednesday – a “Purple Wednesday,” if you will, and we’re still….: uncensored, no holds barred unchained, off the hook coming to you in HD and Stereoscopic sound… Section 336 Listener Line! 410-449-0751 Email: mail@section336.com Today on the show: Bert talks Rihanna, Josh cheats in our lock it up segment, and we go back in time for our top ten segment.   Ravens Trounce Steelers – Recap Flacco – 21/29, 166 yds, 2 TD, 0 INT...

Ravens Notes And Eye Opening Stats Through Week 2

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With the results of week two set in stone and all thirty-two teams looking ahead to week three, let’s take a look at a few key notes and stats of the still young 2014 season along with a couple of standout Ravens performers. More Forsett/Pierce news: - After racking up 126 yards on just 19 attempts in the first two games of the season, RB Justin Forsett will go into FirstEnergy Stadium with the highest YPC (6.6) in the NFL, while Forsett and Bernard Pierce ( 28/113) have combined for...

Two-Minute Drill: Week 3

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While it’s still a bit too early to start evaluating teams, trends are beginning to form. Philadelphia looks like a good team but they need to break their habit of getting behind early. San Francisco is also quite talented, but if they don’t fix their coverage issues, what happened against the Bears on Sunday night will continue to occur. Baltimore had a resounding win last Thursday night, but can they carry the momentum of a win over to the next game–something they’ve been unable to do in the past? By...

FANTASY LINKS: Will Baltimore Native Ever Break Out?

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Is a Breakout Ever Going to Come for Tavon Austin? So far this season, Tavon Austin has 5 total points and was injured in the first quarter of St. Louis’ game in Tampa Bay. numberFire writer, Joe Redemann tells us what he thinks about the Dunbar alum’s fantasy prospects. LINK Fantasy Fast Forward: Cousins proves his worth It appears as though Robert Griffin III will be out of the Redskins’ lineup for the foreseeable future. Kirk Cousins, drafted in the same year in the 4th round as RG3, will man...

PERCEPTION IS REALITY: O-Line Getting it Done!

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Reality:  The Ravens are 1-1. Perception: So far, so good. The Ravens were flat in the first half of game 1 against the Bengals, but came close to a come-from-behind win. The Bengals are better than I have given them credit for, and some say they could be the best team in the AFC. It’s not great to give away a divisional game, but for Week 1, the Ravens did alright. The win against the Steelers was one of the best all-around games I’ve seen the Ravens play against a...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Zuttah’s Noticeable Presence

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Through two games for the Baltimore Ravens, other than red zone efficiency there’s been little to complain about offensively. Quarterback Joe Flacco appears to be growing in Gary Kubiak’s offense, the usage of tight ends has increased as expected, Steve Smith Sr. has made an instant impact, Justin Forsett has fared well, but most importantly, the offensive line looks much improved. From a healthy Kelechi Osemele to a not-so bad first two games from Ricky Wagner, all five offensive line positions look to be reliable commodities as the team heads...

CONFESSIONS OF A SPORTS NUT: I Love Coaches

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Coaches are my favorite people in sports. And it’s not even close. Please understand this for simplicity sake: When I reference “coaches”, I’m using the generic term for “the man or woman who runs the team”, so a baseball manager, for example, would obviously be included even though the title is “manager”, not coach. In the spirit of transparency, I’ll let you know I’m a coach. I’ve been coaching high school golf in Baltimore for the last four years and I’m currently the head golf coach at Calvert Hall High...

Elam Doubles Down as Nickel Corner

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The Ravens probably had a great set of plans for their secondary heading into the 2014 season. Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith would be locking down the corner spots with an improved Chykie Brown and Asa Jackson coming in when needed. Matt Elam and Darian Stewart would be roaming the back line of defense, and all would be perfect for the Dean Pees led defense. Injuries happened. Wrenches were thrown at the Ravens coaching staff. Webb obviously hasn’t shown that he’s game ready (something Harbaugh would neither confirm nor deny...

THE FINAL WORD: A Blueprint to Defeat the Champs

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Here are the thoughts weighing on my mind from Week 2.  Led by Phillip Rivers, the San Diego offense was in full control over the defending champions. They controlled the ball for over 42 minutes, frustrated the Seattle secondary with 10 third-down conversions, and made a statement to the league in the sweltering 110-degree heat. The statement is this: Put together a well-devised game plan and stay patient on offense against the Seahawks and you’ve got a chance. Yes, not everyone has Rivers and Antonio Gates (7 catches, 96 yards,...

Who Let The Dawgs Out?

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The first two weeks of the NFL season have been full of surprises and upsets. My picks in week one were dreadful to put it bluntly. The Bills over the Bears? Miami’s defense making Tom Brady look old and slow? Parity seems to be at an all time high in 2014. Perhaps the biggest shocker of the first two weeks though was seeing Cleveland upset the Saints yesterday. By doing so they sent a message to the Ravens and the rest of the league that these aren’t the same dreadful...

RAVENS LINKS: Ngata Gives Iowa Teen His Dream

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Haloti Ngata grants Iowa teen trip of a lifetime We often hear about all of the bad things NFL players do off the field. This is not one of those cases. KCCI in Iowa has the story here. NFL schedule-makers did the Ravens no favors Chuck Mills of Baltimore Beatdown doesn’t like the Ravens’ schedule. Let him tell you why here. Drew’s Morning Dish – The days of taking the Cleveland Browns for granted are apparently over Drew Forrester discusses, among other things, the Cleveland Browns, the changing landscape in...