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RAVENS LINKS: Suggs’ Gladiator Helmet

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Terrell Suggs explains why he wore gladiator helmet in Ravens’ pregame Gary Mihoces of USA Today’s FORTHEWIN gives us some insight into Suggs’ gladiator helmet that he wore during the pre-game introductions last night. LINK Ravens Broke Roethlisberger’s 30 Consecutive Games with TD Pass There was a lot to celebrate after the Ravens 26-6 win last night, and here’s one more thing. The Ravens broke Roethlisberger’s streak of 30 consecutive games without a TD pass. Thanks to Reddit and Wikipedia for helping us find this out! LINK Ravens get cathartic...

BOLD PREDICTIONS RECAP: Ravens 26 Steelers 6

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Well, last night wasn’t what I expected. After getting off to a 10-0 lead, the Steelers closed the gap to just 4 on their first drive of the second half. The Ravens would score a TD on the next drive, and they wouldn’t look back. Yesterday, we compiled a list of bold predictions from our staff. Let’s take a look at how they turned out, from best to worst. 1. “The Ravens awake with a vengeance from the loss to the Bengals and Rice controversy. At least 3 of the...

STEVE BISCIOTTI: A Beautiful Mind

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As many of you know I’ve had the good fortune during the past 6 seasons to participate in Ravens Rap TV/Radio show in Ocean City, MD with Steve Bisciotti. During that time I’ve gotten to know Bisciotti a bit and he’s a fun-loving, approachable guy who is often humbled by the journey that is his life. He hasn’t forgotten where he’s come from and he’s deeply loyal to those who have contributed to his fortune. He’s also very self-deprecating and as most good leaders do, he contributes to the success...

Ravens v. Steelers: What we Looked For, What we Saw

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Here’s a recap of what we looked for and here is what we saw… 1. LARDARIUS WEBB: One of the few disappointments from last night’s 26-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers was the absence of Webb and the frustrating manner in which the team is handling is back problems. How far away are they from using the one-time recallable IR tag on their most well-rounded corner? 2. BERNARD PIERCE: Nice answer to your critics Bernard (myself included). He ran with purpose and protected the football on his way to a...

KNEE JERK REACTIONS: Ravens v. Steelers

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A statement game for the Ravens! They stared adversity in the face and rallied as a team to take on the world. This is an absolute building block for the balance of the season and it sends notice to the rest of the league. ~ Tony Lombardi Complete team win. The o-line was good, run game was on, receivers made plays, defense played well, playcalls and game plan was right on. I didnt expect it after the week they have had, but glad I was wrong and happy about the...

Ravens v. Steelers: Looking Away From The Ball

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As kickoff draws near this game for obvious reasons just doesn’t have the same electric vibe to it as nearly all other Ravens v. Steelers slobber-knockers. But something tells me that when all of the distractions are removed and the ball sails end-over-end through the September night this will be a game to remember – like most that involve these two teams. I must admit that I do have some concerns about what might happen off the field, in the stands and tailgate lots. Some fans will proudly and defiantly...

Balance on Offense Biggest Key vs. the Steelers

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With kick-off imminent on the gridiron between these two bad-blooded rivals, let’s take a look at three keys to the game, as well as three key match-ups to keep an eye on during this mouth-watering early season showdown.   Three keys to the game Balance out the attack on Offense Last week, the Ravens opted to go through the air 62 times as opposed to just 20 attempts on the ground. Needless to say, that’s not a recipe for success, especially in these types of games when every drive is...

Ravens vs. Steelers: 5 Ravens to Watch

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After what has seemed like the longest four-day stretch in the history of mankind, it’s finally game day! The Ravens look to erase their forgettable season opener last Sunday by recording win #1 of the 2014 season against their strongly disliked division rivals tonight at M&T Bank Stadium. But to have any chance of rebounding tonight and avoiding a dreadful 0-2 start, the Ravens need their elite players to step up. Luckily for the home squad, they have a handful of them that are battle-tested veterans in this intense rivalry...

BOLD PREDICTIONS: Ravens v. Steelers

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For the first time since 1997, the Ravens and Steelers will combine for more than 70 points. ~ Tyler Lombardi I expect that Juszczyk and Taliaferro will combine for 10 touches. ~ Chris Stoner Joe Flacco and Bernard Pierce will combine for 500 total yards. I think it goes like this: Flacco 325 yards passing, 15 yards rushing…Pierce 95 yards rushing, 65 yards receiving. ~ Mike Fast The Ravens come out flat, as they did last week against the Bengals. Steelers win the first half and hold on to win...

CRAB BAG: Ravens Hope to Bounce Back vs. Steelers

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Well, at least it’s the perfect week for the Ravens to have a game on Thursday, so we can actually get down to talking about football now, instead of having several more days of off-field things dominating the airwaves and internet. The Ravens are staring the prospect of not just an 0-2 start in the face, but the worst possible case for 0-2 starts – 0-2 overall, 0-2 at home, and 0-2 within the division. Here’s hoping the team can rally around each other in the wake of a huge...

FANTASY BLITZ: Under the Radar Week 2

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Quarterback Jake Locker Titans vs Cowboys Locker completed 22 passes for 266 yards and two scores against an aggressive Chief defense last week. With emerging wide receivers Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter, along with veteran TE Delanie Walker the Titans finally have some fantasy weapons. Locker played well in 2013 when healthy particularly when he stayed in the pocket. Last week, Locker had no pass attempts outside then pocket. This week he faces a Cowboy pass defense that could be the worst in the league. They allowed 33 TD passes...

What’s Next?

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Roger Goodell has always been a heavy-handed disciplinarian. And while things don’t look particularly good for his administration right now there are obvious inconsistencies in the current speculation stemming from the NFL’s alleged knowledge and viewing of the Ray Rice video. If he did not see the video as he claims, the two-game suspension, while unusually lenient for Goodell, is understandable if he trusted Rice while taking into account the former Raven’s impeccable reputation prior to that night at Revel Casino. However, if it is proven that Goodell did see...

Potential Free Agent Cornerbacks for Ravens to Target

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After Lardarius Webb’s surprise inactive status for Week 1, the Ravens were forced to put an inexperienced corner on one of the game’s top-tier receivers, and the outcome was what most would expect: 6 receptions, 131 yards and a GW TD for A.J. Green. Going into Week 2, the Ravens are expected to have their shutdown duo of Webb and Jimmy Smith ready to go for the ensuing smash-mouth battle of long-loathed rivals, and third-year CB Asa Jackson looked very solid in his debut last week and should be the...

BATTLE PLANS: Ravens v. Steelers (Round 1)

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Offense 1. Too Fast, Too Furious The Ravens offense came to life when they went into their two-minute offense to catch up with the Bengals. Joe Flacco & Co. all but abandoned their base offense and went to a no-huddle spread attack, lining up often in empty formations in which tight ends Owen Daniels and Dennis Pitta were on the field with three different receivers. They also mixed it up with one-back looks with Justin Forsett on the field. This was when the offense was balanced and at its best....

NICKEL PACKAGE: Week 2 vs. Pittsburgh

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It’s Steelers Week! Any true Ravens fan will tell you they consider this to be the biggest game of the year for them. Let’s not waste any time. Here are five things to look for on Thursday night. Who will Webb cover? According to the Ravens’ final Week 2 injury report, Lardarius Webb is questionable with a back injury. However, on Tuesday he told the press, “I’m ready to get it going.” If Webb does play, who will he cover? That’s a no-brainer — shadow Antonio Brown just as Jimmy...

Ravens vs. Steelers Thursday Injury Report & Game Status

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Game Status   Ravens Questionable: CB Lardarius Webb (back) Probable: G Marshal Yanda (foot)   Pittsburgh Steelers Out: RB Dri Archer (ankle/knee); WR Lance Moore (groin) Probable: RB Le’Veon Bell (NiR); WR Antonio Brown (NiR); WR Martavis Bryant (shoulder); DE Brett Kiesel (NiR); CB Brice McCain (groin); DT Steve McLendon (stinger); TE Heath Miller (NiR); QB Ben Roethlisberger (NiR); S Troy Polamalu (NiR); CB Ike Taylor (NiR); S Shamarko Thomas (achilles/ankle); C Cody Wallace (finger); LB Vance Williams (NiR); WR Markus Wheaton (NiR)   Injury Report   Ravens Full Participation: CB Lardarius Webb (back); G...

A Time For Perspective

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I had a great column all worked out in my mind full of some silver-tongued journalistic prose, but I opted not to write it. Instead I’d like to apologize. I am not experienced in the area of domestic violence and writing about it feels clumsy to me. I’m simply not qualified. I can only share with you how the Ray Rice incident has affected me and how I believe it affects the Ravens. I can’t speak for all fans. Some of you may have first-hand experience with domestic violence and...

As Flacco Goes, So Will Ravens

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Joe Flacco struggled last week, and so did the Ravens. He also didn’t get much help. As Steve Smith put it, the Ravens receivers couldn’t catch a cold. There were costly drops by pretty much everyone and they didn’t make things any easier on Flacco. But Joe no doubt struggled himself. He made some poor decisions, including one he referred to as “the stupidest play I’ve ever made in football.” He threw behind some receivers, and he numerous times held on to the ball too long, which has been an...

BEHIND ENEMY LINES: Bengals Face Tough Test

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CINCINNATI BENGALS Bengals show their respect Few times throughout the course of the NFL season can we applaud an organization for doing something totally right. With all of the bad press surrounding teams, it’s nice to have a story like the one that has unfolded with the Bengals and Devon Still. According to ESPN, the Bengals “are donating all proceeds from Still’s jersey sales to pediatric cancer research”. The media outlet confirmed that these sales have exceeded expectations: Less than 24 hours later, a team official told ESPN.com that more...