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HOLD THE SIZZLE? Terrell Suggs has been an enigma through the first five games of the 2014 season. His relentless desire to get after opposing quarterbacks is there, but the veteran linebacker has struggled bringing down signal callers, recording just a half of sack, which he shared with counterpart Elvis Dumervil. LINK OUR LAST TRIP TO THE PIRATE SHIP The last time the Ravens visited Raymond James Stadium for anything other than fake games was back on September 10, 2006, the very first regular season game the Brian Billick led Ravens...

CRAB BAG: More Tampa Glory in Store for Ravens?

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The city of Tampa has been pretty kind to the Ravens in their brief history. Of course, their first Super Bowl championship, back in Super Bowl XXXV in January of 2001, was played at Raymond James Stadium. In addition to that, they also posted a monumental beatdown of the Buccaneers there in 2006. There was a loss sandwiched in there though, a 22-10 whooping at the hands of the Bucs in 2001. All time, the Ravens are 2-2 against Tampa and 2-1 in games played in Raymond James. Here’s hoping...

PERCEPTION IS REALITY: Owners Lobby For New Unis?

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Reality: 10 NFL Teams average 30 carries or more per game. None have a losing record. Perception: The Ravens are average 26.8 carries through 5 games, with a 4.7 yards per carry average. That is a significant improvement from a year ago, not only in execution, but also in play calling. They average 26.4 carries per game last year, but there were a number of games during which they went away from the run, much to the dismay of most fans. The Ravens are a team that needs to stick...

BOLD PREDICTIONS: Ravens at Bucs

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Webb returns an INT for a score and Jacoby returns a kick for TD as the Ravens cruise in Tampa. ~ Ken Zalis Flacco and Company deliver one of their patented road duds — but only for three quarters. Trailing 17-16 heading to the 4th quarter, Baltimore scores 17 points in the final period to win 33-17. An INT return for a TD by Lardarius Webb is the big blow midway through the 4th quarter with the Bucs driving for the go-ahead score. ~ Drew Forrester This appears to be...

INJURY REPORT: Ravens at Bucs (Game Status)

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GAME STATUS RAVENS OUT: DE Chris Canty (wrist); DT Timmy Jernigan (knee); T Eugene Monroe (knee) DOUBTFUL: WR Marlon Brown (pelvis) QUESTIONABLE: G Kelechi Osemele (knee) PROBABLE: S Matt Elam; LB Daryl Smith (knee); C Jeremy Zuttah (ankle) BUCCANEERS OUT: LB Jonathan Casillas (hamstring); S Dashon Goldson (ankle) DOUBTFUL: QB Josh McCown (right thumb) QUESTIONABLE: CB Jonathan Banks (neck); C Evan Dietrich-Smith (illness); DE Larry English (hamstring); WR Mike Evans (groin); WR Vincent Jackson (rib)   INJURY REPORT RAVENS DID NOT PARTICIPATE: DE Chris Canty (wrist); DT Timmy Jernigan (knee);...

Through Five Games, Suggs Remains an Enigma

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Terrell Suggs has been an enigma through the first five games of the 2014 season. His relentless desire to get after opposing quarterbacks is there, but the veteran linebacker has struggled bringing down signal callers, recording just a half of sack, which he shared with counterpart Elvis Dumervil. In fact, going back to last season, the former Defensive Player of the Year has recorded just 2.5 sacks in the past 13 games – something no one expected out of the Ravens franchise sack leader. It’s not like the once feared...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Ravens at Bucs Circa 2006

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The last time the Ravens visited Raymond James Stadium for anything other than fake games was back on September 10, 2006, the very first regular season game the Brian Billick led Ravens played with Steve McNair under center. Forced to wear their purple in blistering tropical conditions the Ravens returned home with a convincing victory. Here’s how they graded out during the 27-0 win.   QUARTERBACK: B+ Steve McNair was an efficient 17 of 27 for 181 yards and a score. He protected the football well and finished with a...

RAVENS LINKS: Happy Orange and Purple Friday!

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Ravens Go All In to Support Orioles With the Orioles looking for their first World Series appearance since 1983, even the Ravens’ facilities have an orange glow to them. Garrett Downing talks about the connection between the two teams here. C.J. Mosley Is Filling Some Big Shoes for Baltimore C.J. Mosley has received a lot of praise from around the league for his play thus far this season. This time, he gets it from Grantland’s Jason Bailey, who goes on to discuss the success of the entire Ravens’ defense which...

Battle Plans: Ravens vs. Buccaneers

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Offense 1. Run to Set up the Pass Last Sunday against the Colts, the Ravens were aggressive with their play-action passing game, especially in first down situations. The Ravens attempted 14 first down throws, and a lot of the pass attempts came in the first half. The plan backfired, as the Colts were all over the Ravens’ boot action, causing Joe Flacco to run for his life off the play-fake. Tampa Bay isn’t going to be as aggressive as Indianapolis in attacking the line of scrimmage. They’ll stay static in...

Jacoby Jones Struggles to Regain Form

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When the Ravens re-signed wide receiver/kick returner Jacoby Jones during the offseason, the organization figured they would have the best of both worlds when it came to the electrifying playmaker. Jones, who dazzled in the kick return game in 2013 recording one touchdown and 26 kickoff returns of 20 yards or greater also turned in his best season ever as a pass catcher (37 catches, 455 yards two touchdowns) for the Ravens and quarterback Joe Flacco. It’s safe to assume that the team thought of Jones as a security blanket...

THURSDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens @ Bucs

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  RAVENS DID NOT PARTICIPATE: WR Marlon Brown (pelvis); DE Chris Canty (wrist); DT Timmy Jernigan (knee); T Eugene Monroe (knee); G Kelechi Osemele (knee); LIMITED PARTICIPATION: S Matt Elam (shoulder); LB Daryl Smith (knee); C Jeremy Zuttah (ankle)   TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS DID NOT PARTICIPATE: CB Jonathan Banks (neck); LB Jonathan Casillas (hamstring); S Dashon Goldson (ankle); WR Vincent Jackson (rib); QB Josh McCown (right thumb) LIMITED PARTICIPATION: DE Larry English (hamstring); WR Mike Evans (groin) FULL PARTICIPATION: LB Mason Foster (shoulder)

The Nickel Package: Week 6 at Tampa Bay

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When the Ravens clash against the Buccaneers this Sunday, the game should be closer than most think. Baltimore (3-2) seems to have a better team than Tampa Bay (1-4), but this series has been about as even as any the Ravens have played in. Each of these teams has won twice. Each of these teams has shut the other one out. The combined score in this series: Tampa Bay 57, Baltimore 54. The Ravens have won the last two meetings, but this game is on the road against somewhat of...

RAVENS LINKS: Stats Say Ravens Were Right

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Explaining Fourth Down Strategy Baltimore Beatdown’s Greg Garcia takes a statistical look at why the Ravens were correct going for it on 4th down which turned out to be a disaster. LINK Ravens Wired for Sound in Indianapolis You may not want to relive Sunday’s game, but as always there are quite a few interesting soundbites in this edition of Ravens Wired for Sound. LINK Ray Lewis ‘excited’ about C.J. Mosley’s play through five games Whether or not you think it’s too early in Mosley’s career to be drawing comparisons...

FILMSTUDY: The Emergence of CJ Mosley

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Ravens at Colts 10/5/14 I’ve heard it said the Ravens have failed to turn over their franchise to their young talent, but the changing of the guard on defense is not only here, it’s virtually complete. I’ll have more on that a little later. For now, let’s talk about one of the Ravens’ young stars, CJ Mosley. Mosley has exceeded all reasonable expectations in his first 5 NFL games and has played so well on instincts and raw talent that it’s difficult to project a ceiling. Sunday’s game was a...

TALE OF THE TAPE: The Emergence of a Shutdown Corner

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During the 2011 season, the Baltimore Ravens had an emerging star at the cornerback position on their hands. Lardarius Webb – in his third NFL season – burst onto the scene during Baltimore’s near-Super Bowl year, proving that his immense athleticism could evolve into the talent needed to be a shutdown cornerback in the NFL. At the same time, though, the Ravens had another project going through the rounds. 2011 first round pick Jimmy Smith came along at a troubling rate. When he joined the team, it was believed that...

Mosley Turning Heads Around the NFL

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Ravens rookie linebacker C.J. Mosley is making a name for himself each and every game thus far through five weeks. The former Crimson Tide member has been flying under the radar to opposing offenses heading into their weekly match-ups but it seems as if teams are now seeing what the Ravens are seeing: Mosley is the real deal. “Obviously, [he is] a high draft pick. He’s done a great job for them right out of the gate, and I’m sure he’s going to continue to develop throughout the course of...

Opportunity is Knocking, Will Ravens Answer?

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The term “any given Sunday” means exactly that, any team can beat any team on gameday which is exactly why the Ravens need to handle their business on Sunday. Harbaugh and company will hit the road for the second straight week to take on the Bucs in Tampa who are coming off a stretch that included three-consecutive road contests including a 37-31 loss in overtime against the Saints last week. In a league of opportunity, the Ravens are sitting at 3-2 and cannot afford having opportunity fall to the way side...

FANTASY BLITZ: Under the Radar Week 6

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Byes: Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints   Quarterback Eli Manning, Giants @ Eagles The Eagles have allowed 13 scoring passes in 2014, the most in the NFL. They are ranked 30th against the pass, and have given up multiple passing touchdowns in every game this season. Manning has had a solid fantasy game in his last four contests, throwing for multiple scores in every game since week one. His receiving corps of Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle, Odell Beckham, Preston Parker, and TE Larry Donnell are creating space for him...

WEDNESDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens @ Bucs

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Injuries are starting to mount for the Ravens. In addition to already knowing that Chris Canty is out for several weeks after having an operation on his wrist, we saw today that an additional four starters missed practice – Matt Elam, Kelechi Osemele, Daryl Smith, & Jeremy Zuttah.   RAVENS DID NOT PARTICIPATE: WR Marlon Brown (pelvis); DE Chris Canty (wrist); S Matt Elam (shoulder); DT Timmy Jernigan (knee); T Eugene Monroe (knee); G Kelechi Osemele (knee); LB Daryl Smith (knee); C Jeremy Zuttah (ankle)   TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS DID NOT...

Ravens Need to Learn to Turn the Page

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NFL football is arguably the most physical sport in the world. The fastest and strongest players have a tangible edge over the rest of the competition. There is however an equally important mental aspect to the game. Playbooks are complicated, and every coach has a different system. Intelligent guys who spend hours in the film room put themselves in a much better position to be successful. Another mental aspect of the game is being able to turn the page week to week. As exciting and rewarding as victories are, the...