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Have The Ravens Found Their Franchise Right Tackle?

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The Baltimore Ravens entered the 2014 regular season with plenty of unanswered questions. Through seven games, most of the uncertainties, such as whether or not the run game would return to normal and if quarterback Joe Flacco would go back to his 2012 self, have been answered. One of the biggest uncertainties was the right tackle position. However, there are no questions anymore when it comes to who should be the right tackle and if that player is doing his job well. Second-year tackle Ricky Wagner entered the season with little...

Red Zone Defense Helps Pave Way for Ravens’ Strong Start

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If it’s true that history always finds a way to repeat itself then the Ravens, along with their fans, should be all smiles with the team sitting at 5-2 through the first seven weeks of the season. In fact, they should be down right giddy about their chances to get back into the postseason after missing the playoffs last season for the first time under head coach John Harbaugh. Sitting atop of the AFC North, the Ravens, under Harbaugh have held a 5-2 record three times since he took over...

THURSDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens @ Bengals

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Ravens DID NOT PARTICIPATE: DE Chris Canty (wrist); TE Owen Daniels (knee); LB Daryl Smith (NIR); WR Steve Smith (NIR) FULL PARTICIPATION: T Eugene Monroe (knee); G Kelechi Osemele (knee)   Cincinnati Bengals OUT: LB Rey Maualuga (knee) DID NOT PARTICIPATE: WR A.J. Green (toe); T Andre Whitworth (NIR) LIMITED PARTICIPATION: RB Giovani Bernard (ribs); G Clint Boling (NIR); CB Leon Hall (back) FULL PARTICIPATION: DE Robert Geathers (toe); TE Kevin Brock (neck); LB Vontaze Burfict (knee); DE Wallace Gilberry (eye); LB Emmanuel Lamur (shoulder); T Marshall Newhouse (back); T Andre Smith (shoulder); DT Brandon Thompson (knee);...

FANTASY LINKS: Bengals a Good RB Fantasy Match-up

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Fantasy Football Start or Sit: Week 8 Included in JJ Zachariason’s week 8 starts and sits is this gem on why you should start Justin Forsett (again)… “the Bengals are about as good at stopping the run as Rebecca Black is at singing songs.” For the complete list of starts and sits, click here. Justin Forsett, Bernard Pierce, Lorenzo Taliaferro Fantasy Post-Week 7 Outlook Rob Goldberg of Bleacher Report talks about the running back situation in Baltimore from a fantasy perspective. He doesn’t seem quite as fond of Forsett from...

The Ravens Need to Run Through The Jungle!

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The Cincinnati Bengals, a team that was once an automatic “W” and a divisional doormat. The Cincinnati Bengals, a team that once produced more annual arrests than wins. The Cincinnati Bengals, a team that turned the corner a few years ago, and are now a formidable opponent. Today those same Cincinnati Bengals stand between the Baltimore Ravens and a controlling position in the AFC North. In recent years the Ravens have struggled against the Bengals. Since John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco came onto the scene the Ravens are 7-6 against...

Will Ray Rice’s “Curious” Grievance Impact The Ravens?

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10/25/2014 Update:  Late last evening, Ray Rice’s grievance hit the Ravens’ Salary Cap.  When a player files a grievance against the team, the CBA dictates that 40% of the amount claimed in the grievance shall be applied to the team’s Salary Cap, pending the outcome of the grievance.  The Ravens’ Cap reduced from $5,545,087 to $4,133,322.  The $1,411,765 deduction represents exactly 40% of the $3, 529,412 that Rice has claimed in his grievance.  Once the grievance is decided, the total amount of the grievance will count against the Cap.  If...

Offense Has Produced Early in Games Lately

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It certainly isn’t “Breaking News” that the Ravens offense has struggled at times when it comes to producing first quarter points. But they’ve certainly improved over the past two weeks. When asked on Wednesday following practice if there is something behind the Ravens’ recent quick starts to games, Joe Flacco had this to say. “I don’t know. [When] we come out here, one of the first things we do once we get done [with] individual [warm-ups] is we’ll do some kind of situation that’s the usually the first drive of a...

PERCEPTION IS REALITY: Serving up Snapper And Rice

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Reality: Jimmy Smith is playing like a “Shut Down” Cornerback. Perception: Jimmy Smith might finally be living up to his draft status. Garret Downing of BaltimoreRavens.com tweeted this: I think it’s safe to say the Jimmy Smith Pro Bowl talk is legitimate. pic.twitter.com/Q4Y5hf1nhJ — Garrett Downing (@gdowning14) October 20, 2014   As you can see, Smith has been targeted more than some of the most respected corners in the game, and yet he has allowed less yards and less touchdowns than any of them. A big part of the Ravens...

Nickel Package: Bengals a Historically Tough Match-up

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The last time these two teams met was in Week 1 in Baltimore. The Bengals made five field goals to start the game, and although the Ravens responded with a Steve Smith, Sr. touchdown, they only held a 1-point lead for 48 seconds. Historically, playing the Bengals (particularly on the road) has been as tough of a game as any for the Ravens. All-time, Baltimore is 7-11 when playing in Cincinnati. Here’s what to look for on Sunday.   Hurst and Urschel James Hurst and John Urschel have done an...

WEDNESDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens @ Bengals

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Ravens DID NOT PARTICIPATE: DE Chris Canty (wrist); TE Owen Daniels (knee) FULL PARTICIPATION: T Eugene Monroe (knee); G Kelechi Osemele (knee)   Cincinnati Bengals OUT: LB Rey Maualuga (knee) DID NOT PARTICIPATE: DE Robert Geathers (toe); WR A.J. Green (toe); CB Leon Hall (back); G/C Mike Pollak (knee) LIMITED PARTICIPATION: RB Giovani Bernard (ribs); TE Kevin Brock (neck); LB Vontaze Burfict (knee); DE Wallace Gilberry (eye); LB Emmanuel Lamur (shoulder); T Marshall Newhouse (back); T Andre Smith (shoulder); DT Brandon Thompson (knee)

Section 336 Episode 84 – Broken Mic (with FILMSTUDY)

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This week Matt, Bert and Josh look at last week’s win for the Baltimore Ravens against the Atlanta Falcons as well as look foward to this week’s game against the Bengals. We have a special guest who is smarter then all of us, Russell Street Report’s Ken McKusick, AKA FILMSTUDY (joins us at  19:00).   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!   The Ravens’...

RAVENS LINKS: Ravens Playoff Odds

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Ravens’ odds of reaching playoffs and Super Bowl Now, I know what you’re all going to say (probably in our Facebook comments). You’re going to say it’s too early to project playoff and Super Bowl odds. Well, we’re going to take a look at it anyway. Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com has the full story here. Another vote of confidence for Jacoby Jones Even after the muffed punt this week, John Harbaugh still has confidence in return man, Jacoby Jones. Bo Smolka of CSN Baltimore discusses the situation. LINK NFL Power...

FILMSTUDY: O-Line Grades well vs. Falcons

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Offensive Line Model and Notes vs. Falcons 10/19/14 In years past, the Ravens would carry an offensive player solely (or nearly so) for his special teams value.  Those days are gone. Let’s do this by year of the Harbaugh era: 2008: Terrence Copper, Jalen Parmele, Marcus “I started an AFC Championship Game without a career reception” Smith 2009: Matt Lawrence, Parmele, LJ Smith, David Tyree 2010: Parmele, David Reed, and Marcus Smith 2011: Allen, Tandon Doss, Reed, Kris Wilson, and LaQuan Williams 2012: Allen, Reed, Deonte Thompson, and LaQuan Williams 2013:...

Jimmy Smith Will be a Raven in 2015

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There has been some recent concern around Baltimore that the Ravens are going to lose CB Jimmy Smith after this season because his stellar play is going to price him out of the Ravens’ price range. These fears, for 2015 at least, are unfounded because the Ravens have already exercised their CBA-mandated “5th Year Option” on Smith’s rookie contract. All players drafted in the 1st round of the draft have a 4-year contract that contains the “5th Year Option”. Pursuant to Article 7, Section 7(f) of the CBA, that option,...

TV GEEK: The WORST Broadcast Team on TV!

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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

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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, he saw a respectable amount of playing time and contributed in a diverse combination of ways...

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

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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

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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

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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...