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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...

TV GEEK: Harlan Makes the Most of an Awful Game

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The game itself between the Ravens and the Colts was one of the worst I have seen in a long time – brutal to watch, and just flat out boring.  Can I get my Sunday afternoon back?  We only get 16 of these and I had to waste one watching that tire fire?  If not for the Orioles finishing off the sweep of the Tigers it would have been the worst Sunday in all my years watching sports. Let me start this TV Geek by saying that I’m biased; Kevin...

BEHIND ENEMY LINES: Bengals Stumble, Steelers Escape

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CINCINNATI BENGALS Hurting without Burfict? It’s been an up and down run for the Bengals defense early this season, and losing a guy like Vontaze Burfict in the middle of the unit won’t help things. After missing him last week, the Bengals are looking to have Burfict back in action when they host the Panthers on Sunday. They’ll need him in a big way after seeing what the Patriots were able to do without him. Here’s what his practice week looked like last week, per Cincy Jungle: Burfict “officially” did...

Revisiting The Ravens 2013 Draft Class

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We are less than 18 months removed from the 2013 NFL Draft, one that produced 10 new Ravens. As of today 5 are on the 2014 53-man roster, 3 have been released, 1 is on the practice squad and the last is on injured reserve. Here’s a snap shot of those picks: * Inactive for all 5 games in 2014; healthy scratch ** Released in 2014 and later signed to practice squad; Texans signed Simon to their 53-man roster.

Ravens Foundation Partners with Playworks Maryland

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Getting into the community is something the Ravens organization has always placed a high priority on – not because they have to, but because they want to. On Tuesday, as the players enjoyed their day off, the team announced that the Ravens Foundation, Inc. had forged a charitable partnership with Playworks Maryland to benefit community children. “We are thrilled to team up with the Ravens,” Randi Hogan, executive director of Playworks Maryland stated in a press release on Tuesday afternoon.”The Ravens have always demonstrated their commitment to making a difference...

TALE OF THE TAPE: What Went Wrong Up Front?

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The consensus most pleasant Baltimore Ravens story line during the first month of the regular season was the stellar play of the offensive line. After a putrid 2013 performance from the unit, by September’s end, Baltimore’s offensive line was beginning to look like one of the NFL’s best. While that still may end up being the case, Sunday’s performance against the Indianapolis Colts does bring some concern as to how consistent the line can be on a weekly basis, especially during road games. Quarterback Joe Flacco was sacked three times...

Secondary in Crisis, Ravens Re-sign Franks

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The hits keep coming for the Ravens secondary as it appears Asa Jackson is headed to injured reserve with a designation to return around week ten of the season. On Tuesday, the Ravens announced the re-signing of veteran cornerback Dominique Franks who will join a unit that has left a lot to be desired except for the play of shutdown corner Jimmy Smith. With week fives game against the Colts in the books and the Ravens sitting with a 3-2 record, it appears the team is doing everything in their...

Two-Minute Drill: Week 6

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It’s Been a Crazy Season How is it Week 6 already? The NFL season is wildly entertaining, partially because so much goes on in a comparably short time span than that of other sports. Here are a few bullet points that describe how the 2014 season has unfolded to this point: The Ravens, despite Sunday’s loss to the Colts, are a good team that looks like they’ll peak in December (as usual). Thursday Night Football games define the word lopsided. The winners have outscored the losers, 205-60. Is Dez Bryant...

Simon Says See You Later!

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The John Simon era is over in Baltimore! According to multiple sources the OLB was signed off the Ravens practice squad and on to the Texans 53-man roster where he will be re-united with Texans’ assistant coach Mike Vrabel. Vrabel and Simon where paired together when both were at Ohio State University as coach and player. You may recall reports of how the Ravens war room was giddy with excitement when they drafted Simon in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Yet Simon rarely made his way on...

THE FINAL WORD: Tactical Errors Kill Ravens on Sunday

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One week can make a world of difference in the NFL. Just ask James Hurst. The rookie LT went from one of the players of the game a week ago to goat after his head-turning performance against the Colts. And when I say head turning, I mean Hurst’s head was literally turned, as was his entire body in at least one pass-blocking breakdown. Hurst struggled with his footwork and balance all afternoon. Lack of consistency in his footwork and positioning out of his stance was also a big problem for...