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Ravens vs. Bengals Friday Injury Report & Game Status

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  RAVENS GAME STATUS QUESTIONABLE: CB Lardarius Webb (back) PROBABLE: RB Bernard Pierce (concussion)   RAVENS INJURY REPORT FULL PARTICIPATION: CB Lardarius Webb (back); RB Bernard Pierce (concussion) CINCINNATI BENGALS GAME STATUS OUT: RB Rex Burkhead (knee); WR Marvin Jones (foot) DOUBTFUL: LB Sean Porter (hamstring); WR James Wright (concussion) QUESTIONABLE: CB Darqueze Dennard (hip) PROBABLE: LB Vontaze Burfict (hamstring); TE Tyler Eifert (shoulder); RB Cedric Peerman (hip); G/C Mike Pollak (knee); T Andre Smith (concussion)   CINCINNATI BENGALS INJURY REPORT OUT: RB Rex Burkhead (knee); WR Marvin Jones (foot) DID NOT PARTICIPATE: LB Sean Porter (hamstring); WR...

Canty Not Concerned with Defensive Line Depth

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When the Ravens originally took to the field this offseason, there was little concern over the depth of the their defensive line. However, things have a way of changing quickly in the NFL. As we found out during training camp, they did exactly that, as the team lost both second-year defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore and rookie defensive lineman Brent Urban for the year due to injuries in July. Entering Sunday’s game against the Bengals, the Ravens have only five defensive lineman on the roster, or six if the team opts...

BEHIND ENEMY LINES: Bengals’ OL Concerns

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Cincinnati Bengals Newsy Note of the Week Andre Smith missed the entire pre-season, and it appears his status for Sunday’s game against the Ravens is still up in the air. The starting right tackle returned to practice this week after reportedly battling concussion-like symptoms. Here’s a quote from Marvin Lewis via Cincy Jungle: “I don’t know if Andre will be ready to come out of the gate,” Lewis said before practice. “Concerns really don’t matter, because nobody gives me anything for them, so we’ll know where Andre is when we...

RAVENS LINKS: Pierce Says He’s Not Injury-Prone

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Pierce responds to injury-prone label Bo Smolka of CSN Baltimore details Bernard Pierce’s response to questions about his durability. He doesn’t agree with it, considering he hasn’t missed any of the 32 regular season games he’s played. LINK Bold Predictions For The 2014 Ravens Purple Reign Show’s Phil Gentile, along with some help from local media personalities, give us some bold predictions for the upcoming football season. The first one is about the running game, and it’s definitely bold. LINK Depth on defensive line could be concern on Sunday CSN Baltimore’s Clifton...

Section 336 Episode 77: Feet Rubber

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    Are you ready for some football? Section 336 is ready! We are excited for our first Ravens-focused episode of the year.   Purple Friday? How about Purple Wednesday? After 77 weeks of releasing new shows on Friday mornings, we are moving to Wednesday mornings. You will still have brand new content each weekday but starting next week Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday will be 336 Daily days and Wednesdays will be when the full episode comes out. Also for the next month or two while the Orioles and...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Winning Ugly

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Today on Flashback Friday we look back upon a rather bizarre game at M&T Bank Stadium featuring the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals on November 10, 2013. Here’s a snapshot of the Good, Bad & Ugly from the game along with video highlights.   THE GOOD Nearly everything that was good in yesterday’s game took place on the defensive side of the football. The Ravens secondary had arguably their best outing of the season. Jimmy Smith (5 tackles, 2 PD’s, 1 TFL) was stout at corner and Lardarius Webb...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Taming The Bengals’ Green

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When the Baltimore Ravens take on the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, the marquee matchup to follow will be Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green versus Ravens cornerbacks Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith. In 2013, facing Green twice, both Smith and Webb fared well, with both having equal opportunities to take on the premier wideout, yielding varied results depending on how they attacked the Bengals star. Stopping the Bengals offense starts with – but hardly ends with – shutting down Green, which takes away an integral part of the passing game. There...

NICKEL PACKAGE: Week 1 vs. Cincinnati

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Sunday’s game between the Ravens and the Bengals could go a long way in determining the 2014 AFC North championship, if history is any indication. Since 2009, four of the five AFC North titles have gone to either Cincinnati (2009, 2013) or Baltimore (2011, 2012). All signs point to Sunday’s game being physical, chippy, close and exciting. Here are five things to look for in this game.   Joe Flacco’s performance In 11 career games against the Bengals (not including the 2012 road game in which he barely played), Flacco...

New O.C. Jackson Presents Challenge for Pees

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It’s no secret  that when the Ravens battle the Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday afternoon, the defense led by coordinator Dean Pees will have their work cut out for them. For a defense, the first game of the season is perhaps the hardest game of the year to prepare for, as opposing offenses show little insight into their playbooks throughout the preseason. “You can study the personnel, because the personnel doesn’t really change,” Pees said at the podium following practice on Thursday. “You can even watch a guy...

Kubiak Impressed With Progress From ‘Juice’

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In just three days the Ravens will finally get to show how their upgrades on the offensive side of the football will translate to the field when they host the Bengals on Sunday afternoon. There have been plenty of occasions throughout minicamp, training camp and the preseason where we have seen hints and clues as to what to expect from new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, but certainly nothing compares to a regular season atmosphere. During his tenure in Houston, Kubiak’s Texans earned their Top 6 all-time offensive outputs in scoring, total offense...

THURSDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens vs. Bengals

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For the second consecutive day, all Ravens were practicing. The Bengals, meanwhile, added a couple veterans to their injury report due to Non-injury Rest (NiR). Many fans were upset that the team released Josh Bynes earlier this week, so they’ll all be glad to know that Bynes is back in the building at 1 Winning Drive. He was re-signed to the practice squad, while rookie defensive tackle A. J. Pataiali’i was cut from the squad to make room. Welcome back, Josh! Here are your Ravens/Bengals injury reports for Thursday’s practices.  ...

KEY TO VICTORY: Contain A.J. Green

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Week 1 against the Bengals will be a good measuring stick for the Ravens defense. The unit enters the regular season after an up and down preseason where they’ve shown flashes of dominance at times, and concerns and vulnerabilities at others. The front seven will be tested by one of the most dynamic young playmakers in the game, Giovani Bernard. His quickness and ability to change direction could be a challenge for a front seven made up largely of a combination of first-year starters, and experienced, but older veterans. The...

“This is Forever My City,” Lewis Says As Statue Unveiled

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Ray Lewis made his mark on Baltimore both on and off the field over the course of his 17-year NFL career. Each and every Sunday, Lewis provided a spark on the football not just with his Pro Bowl caliber of play but also with his ability to lead. Teammates and fans alike would gladly follow him to battle and they fed off of every word the two-time Super Bowl Champion uttered. While Lewis may no longer be suiting up for the Ravens on Sundays at M&T Bank Stadium, his legacy...

Vine: Ray Lewis Statue Unveiled

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In a stroke of poor luck (or just a lot of people logging on at once), just as the Ray Lewis statue was set to be unveiled on Thursday morning, the live feed of the event that was streaming on BaltimoreRavens.com froze. Fortunately, for those of us unable to be in attendance, the Ravens filmed it, and posted this Vine of the unveiling immediately after. What do you think of the statue?

Who Will Step Up in Week 1?

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As the Ravens prepare to kick off the 2014 season by hosting the Cincinnati Bengals this Sunday, let’s take a look at a few key players that the Ravens need to come up big in this sure to be high-energy and hot-tempered clash of division rivals. As Ray Rice serves his two-game suspension, the Ravens ground game will feature a potentially lethal power/power combination consisting of third-year RB Bernard Pierce and promising rookie RB Lorenzo Taliaferro, both of whom were very impressive this summer. Working behind Gary Kubiak’s zone-blocking scheme,...

FANTASY BLITZ: Under The Radar, Week 1

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Thursday night, the 95th NFL season kicks off in Seattle, along with that Fantasy Football kicks off it’s 52nd season. “Under the Radar” highlights weekly match-ups for a handful of players that are commonly called “Sleepers”, players who might not have been drafted or may be buried on fantasy benches. The goal is to identify which offer promising fantasy match-ups based upon statistics, trends, and historical match-ups.   Quarterback Joe Flacco, Ravens vs. Bengals Flacco was pummeled in 2013, but he starts 2014 with a favorable match up. The Bengals...

BATTLE PLANS: Ravens v. Bengals, Football Is Back!

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As the fans and players both get ready for the first game of the season and the return of their favorite sport, let’s take a look at what the Ravens can do on both sides of the ball in order to secure a victory against Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals on Opening Day.   Offense 1. Scoring A’s in Pass Pro Last season, the Baltimore offensive line was plagued by the cross blitz attack. Linebackers were able to create havoc through the A gaps and take advantage of then...

Ray Lewis Statue to be Unveiled

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The Baltimore Ravens will unveil the Ray Lewis statue, which is being placed near the Johnny Unitas statue on the north side of M&T Bank Stadium near the middle of Gate A. The unveiling will take place on Thursday, September 4 at 11 a.m. In attendance will be Lewis, owner Steve Bisciotti, team president Dick Cass and general manager/executive vice president Ozzie Newsome. A number of Lewis’ teammates, family and friends will also join the celebration, which is expected to last 15 minutes. Lewis will speak from the podium and...

Flacco Ready to Roll, Pierce Happy & Healthy

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When the Ravens open their season on Sunday against the team that essentially knocked them out of the postseason last year for the first time under head coach John Harbaugh, all eyes will be on quarterback Joe Flacco and the new offense. Flacco, who is entering his seventh season under center for the Ravens understand the importance of getting the season started with a bang, considering that the team starts with three straight games against division foes. The former Super Bowl MVP is looking for his 28th win at home in...