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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...

RAVENS LINKS: Ravens-Steelers Still a Top Rivalry

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Ravens-Steelers still one of the best NFL rivalries Over the past few years, it has seemed like the 49ers-Seahawks rivalry has taken over the Ravens-Steelers as the best rivalry in the NFL. Baltimore Beatdown’s Rocky Friedman explains why it’s still a very strong one. LINK Ravens Release Joe Flacco After Seeing Video of Him Playing Football To lighten up your week, how about some humor? DJ Gallo of Sports Pickle gives some fake insight as to why the Ravens are fake-releasing QB Joe Flacco. “‘I can’t cheer for a guy...

Flacco and Offense Need a Spark

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Quarterback Joe Flacco certainly had Ravens fans cussing (and likely throwing things) at their televisions prior to halftime on Sunday. His clock management skills looked as if this was his first year in the NFL, ultimately costing his team valuable points and momentum. As Flacco and company set their sights on their first win of the young season, improvement is key. Losing two games at home certainly isn’t what they had in mind to start the 2014 season. So what is Flacco looking for on Thursday? “Improvement,” he explained after...

Section 336 Episode 78: The North Remembers

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It might have been tough to be a Baltimore Ravens fan this week, but we deal with it.  It is time for your Purple Wednesday Edition of Section 336. We have to start the show discussing Ray Rice. (Note: Skip to the 29:00 mark if you’ve heard enough Rice talk). We look at the timeline of events and try to come at this from a different angle then the big networks are.  How did the video change things?  How did the NFL handle the situation?  How did the Ravens handle the situation?...

Ravens Announce Jersey Exchange Opportunity

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The Baltimore Ravens will offer an exchange for Ray Rice jerseys on Friday, Sept. 19 and Saturday, Sept. 20 at M&T Bank Stadium. The exchange is to provide an opportunity for fans – particularly families, women and children – to exchange a Rice jersey for an available jersey of another Ravens player. It is important to note that there will be no jersey exchanges at this Thursday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Fans should not bring items for exchange to the game. Here are the details of the jersey exchange:  Jerseys eligible for exchange must:...

TALE OF THE TAPE: No Learning Curve for Mosley?

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For the defense of the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday’s season-opening loss to the Cincinnati Bengals could have been worse. The unit let up 23 points, which given the struggles of the offense, isn’t that bad, and if it weren’t for a botched play by cornerback Chykie Brown, the perception of the defense’s debut would be much more positive. Now into the regular season, the starting defense still looks to be a strong unit, and one player who must have a consistent year in order to keep the unit together is rookie...

Two-Minute Drill: Week 2

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A lot has happened within the first week of this NFL season. The Seahawks “are who we thought they were,” the Giants look hopeless, Mike Zimmer was a superb hire by the Vikings, and Buffalo had every reason to fold at Chicago (underdog, head coach controversy, road game against a very good team) but didn’t. On the home front, we saw the Ravens get dictated to by the Bengals. Cincinnati came into Baltimore’s house and pushed them around. Eventually the Ravens got their act together and took a late fourth-quarter...

Suggs Revels in Steelers Rivalry

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Yes it’s Steelers week as the Baltimore Ravens enter week two of the young NFL season and trying to avoid starting out 0-2 in the AFC North division. Both the Ravens and Pittsburgh will take to the field on a short week and with all the happenings around the Castle in Owings Mills this week, they’re focus needs to be on Thursday night. The offense certainly can’t afford another slow start and the defense can’t succumb to the big plays late in the game as both sides on the football...

Perhaps Time Can Make Things Right For Ray Rice

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The last couple of days have been a whirlwind for us here at Russell Street Report and you all know why. I’ve heard from many of you, good, bad and somewhat indifferent. I’ve been criticized for defending Ray Rice previously and now for being critical of him. I don’t see it as wavering or as piling on. For me it’s all about following the evidence. Reasonable doubt! Innocent until proven guilty! It has been less than 48 hours since I was first made aware of Ray Rice Video II. There’s...

Steve Bisciotti Apologizes to Fans in a Letter

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Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti is sending the following explanation and apology to Ravens PSL holders, suite owners and corporate sponsors to explain the team’s handling the Ray Rice incident. (As seen on BaltimoreSun.com) Sept. 9, 2014 Dear Ravens Stakeholder: You deserve an explanation. What happened with the Ray Rice incident? How could it come to this? Why didn’t we act earlier? As a PSL holder, suite owner, sponsor and supporter, you have a stake in us. You have invested in us – emotionally as well as financially, trusted us,...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Forsett’s Strong Ravens Debut

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Boy how times have changed. Who could have thought in January that by September, Ray Rice would no longer be a member of the Baltimore Ravens and Justin Forsett would be the hottest running back on the team? Unfortunately, that’s where we find ourselves; however, Sunday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals gave some evidence to suggest that Forsett being the lead back at this point may not be all that bad. Starting the game off as the backup ball carrier, Forsett feasted on his opportunity after starter Bernard Pierce struggled early...

TUESDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens vs. Steelers

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Let’s talk about football, shall we? As the Ravens get set to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night, they’re facing a potential disastrous 0-2 (overall, division, home) start to the season directly in the face. It’s as close to a must-win as you can have in Week 2. Here are the two teams’ injury reports from Tuesday’s practices:   Ravens Full Participation: G Marshal Yanda (foot); CB Lardarius Webb (back)   Pittsburgh Steelers Did Not Participate: RB Dri Archer (ankle/knee); DE Brett Kiesel (NiR); TE Heath Miller (NiR); WR Lance...

Drops May Open Doors for Campanaro, Aiken

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After the events that transpired on Monday involving Ray Rice, one thing is for sure: the Ravens need to focus and move forward and focus on the upcoming battle against the Steelers on Thursday. Before we take a look ahead at the always-exciting rivalry game, let’s take a look back at this past Sunday’s matchup.   Forsett the Favorite After posting 70 yards and a TD on 11 carries against the Bengals on Sunday, Justin Forsett should be the clear favorite to take over the feature back role in place...

FANTASY LINKS: Taliaferro or Forsett?

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Ray Rice Is Cut: What Happens Now for the Baltimore Ravens? JJ Zachariason of numberFire talks about the fantasy football impact of cutting Ray Rice. “After he had what was a solid career, Rice took a massive step backwards a season ago behind an offensive line that couldn’t create any space. Rice finished the season as the worst running back in the entire NFL according to our Rushing Net Expected Points (NEP) metric, playing over 38 points below expectation. It was the 13th worst running back season we’ve seen since...

Goodell’s Believability is Tanking

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Something feels dirty about the handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case and it starts with the NFL and Roger Goodell. Back in February we all saw Part II of the Ray Rice video as he attempted to drag his fiancée Janay Palmer out of an elevator at Revel Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. For months we were left to speculate about Part I. How did Ms. Palmer fall into a state of unconsciousness? Was she drunk out of her mind? Did she fall and hit her head? Did...

With Pierce Benched, Forsett Steps Up

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As of now, people are focused on the wrong Ravens running back (with respect to ON the field, that is). The fans really hoped to see a lot from Bernard Piece in Ray Rice’s absence, but it was somebody else who stole the show, and possibly the starting spot, from Pierce. Let’s turn our attention to the running back who deserves it, Justin Forsett. As Pierce’s fumbling habits continue, John Harbaugh finally had enough and replaced him with the seven-year veteran during Sunday’s game. And I must say, Forsett really...

FILMSTUDY: O-Line Pushes Bengals Around

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Amidst the difficult loss and scandal, Ravens fans need hope. It was there Sunday, in the form of a much improved offensive line. The Bengals ran primarily vanilla 4-man pressure on 14 of the Ravens’ first 17 pass plays.  When that produced ample time and space (ATS) on 12 occasions, they switched to frequent double-A-gap blitz looks with some combination of Rey/Maualuga/Lamur standing to either side of Zuttah. I can’t help but think how helpless Gradkowski was in such situations a year ago, but as we’ll see, the 2014 Ravens...

What Happens to the Running Game Without Rice?

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Time to turn the page and start a new chapter in the Ravens offensive backfield. Prior to the release of veteran running back Ray Rice yesterday, the team had prepared themselves to be without Rice for his two game suspension but certainly not beyond. With Rice now gone, the Ravens running back corp certainly has questions as they head into their second game of the season against Pittsburgh on Thursday. On Monday following practice, Harbaugh acknowledged that Pierce, Justin Forsett, and rookie draft pick Lorenzo Taliaferro would all see extended...

Ravens Right to Cut Ties With Rice

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Ray Rice is no longer a Baltimore Raven and no longer in the National Football League. By now, you’ve probably heard. In February, Ray Rice and his (at the time) fiancée were at a casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Rice was arrested for what police and Rice’s attorney called a “minor” incident. Rice and his fiancée left together and drove home. A few days later, TMZ released surveillance video from the casino showing Rice dragging his lifeless fiancée out of an elevator and dropping the unconscious woman on the...