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FILMSTUDY: Defensive Highs And Lows in Cincinnati

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Defensive Notes vs. Bengals 10/26/14 Matt Elam’s problems mushroomed Sunday with 5 missed tackles versus the Bengals. How much did that cost the Ravens? Let’s take a look: • (Q1, 13:27): Sanu was in front of Webb and Elam and leapt to tip the ball to himself for a 48-yard reception (17 + 31 YAC) between the right hash and numbers. Webb anticipated an overthrow and positioned himself for an interception that never arrived. Elam took a bad angle to Sanu and missed the tackle to surrender 29 of the...

The Nickel Package: Week 9 at Pittsburgh

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Here are five things to keep an eye on this Sunday night when the Ravens face the Steelers for the 41st time in franchise history. Antonio Brown vs. Baltimore’s depleted secondary It’s no secret that as Antonio Brown goes, so goes the Steelers’ passing game. He leads the league in receptions (60), is 2nd in yardage (852), and is tied for 4th in touchdowns (7). His worst outing so far this season was in Week 5 at Jacksonville when he gained 84 yards. Not only has he not been stopped...

C.J. Mosley Hitting His Stride

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The Ravens front office had many fans scratching their heads when they selected linebacker C.J. Mosley in the first round of the 2014 draft. After all, just a year prior they picked Arthur Brown in the second round, proposing he was the future of the position. My how times have changed. While they have seemingly missed on Brown – who has yet to see the field this season – the Ravens look like they have found the real deal in Mosley, at least through the first eight games of the...

Ravens Secondary is Primary Concern Against Steelers

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On Sunday when the Ravens take on Pittsburgh underneath the lights at Heinz Field in prime time, it’ll be a case of “all hands on deck.” Historically, playing against the Steelers meant stopping the run was always priority number one. That was the case in the Week 2 match-up in Baltimore – when the Ravens defense limited Pittsburgh to just 99 total rushing yards – but it’s not true this go round. “They’ve always had a heck of a passing game, really,” John Harbaugh said following practice on Wednesday. “It...

WEDNESDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens @ Steelers

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Ravens DID NOT PARTICIPATE: WR Michael Campanaro (thigh); RB Justin Forsett (ankle); DT Haloti Ngata (shin); CB Jimmy Smith (foot); LB Terrell Suggs (neck); CB Lardarius Webb (NIR); G Marshal Yanda (knee) LIMITED PARTICIPATION: TE Owen Daniels (knee) FULL PARTICIPATION: DE Chris Canty (wrist)   Pittsburgh Steelers DID NOT PARTICIPATE: DE Brett Kiesel (NIR); S Michael Mitchell (NIR); S Troy Polamalu (NIR); TE Matt Spaeth (hamstring); S Ross Ventrone (hamstring) LIMITED PARTICIPATION: CB Ike Taylor (forearm) FULL PARTICIPATION: T Marcus Gilbert (concussion); DT Steve McLendon (shoulder); LB Ryan Shazier (knee); S Shmarko Thomas (hamstring)

Ravens Well Positioned For Post Season

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PERCEPTION IS REALITY Reality: This past Thursday’s NFL game was the final one on CBS. All Thursday night games now move to NFL Network exclusively. Perception: I think major sports are trying too hard in hoping to find extra TV income and in the process are hurting their product. Major League Baseball had people all over the country searching all over the dial looking for Fox Sports 1 and even TBS, as they tried to find the baseball playoffs. Hotels don’t carry FS1 and many people also don’t have that...

Two-Minute Drill: Ravens Currently AFC’s 7th Seed

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For many teams, this week marks the halfway point of the regular season. Teams like Denver and Dallas have put together a very nice start to the season. But as strong as those teams have been, teams that have had some hiccups (like Baltimore, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, etc.) are just one game behind their respective division leaders. There are other teams like New England, Arizona, and Philadelphia that did not make my Top 5 this week. Why? I don’t think they are set up well for the long run. These...

RAVENS LINKS: NFL – OPI on Smith Right Call

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NFL says right call was made against Steve Smith Clifton Brown discusses VP of Officiating, Dean Blandino’s stance on the offensive pass interference call that was made against Steve Smith that negated a probable game-winning touchdown. LINK Ravens sign WR Davis to practice squad Remember Jace Davis from the preseason? No? I don’t blame you. Anyway, he’s now on the Ravens’ practice squad after TE Ryan Taylor was claimed from waivers. LINK A Reminder of why we hate the Steelers especially their fans Craig Gottschalk of Nice Pick Cowher, a...

Section 336 Episode 85 – Stop Telling Me

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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! Matt whines about the list that ranked Oriole Park at Camden Yards the best stadium experience in baseball, and laments how getting older has diminished his liver’s ability to keep him feeling well.   Ravens Lose in Cincy Even without A.J. Green, the Bengals torched the Ravens through the air. A controversial call at the end of the...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Ngata’s Career Revival

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The consistent positive outputs by the Baltimore Ravens defense this season has been the epitome of a collective effort. No single defender has carried the team to the second-best scoring defense in the NFL (16.4 points per game). Rather, the stellar play of a handful of defenders has led to innate success for Dean Pees’ unit. One of the defensive leaders putting in notable work on a weekly basis this season is veteran defensive end Haloti Ngata. Once considered to be on the downswing of his career, Ngata’s performance in...

Top 4 Midseason Disappointments

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Midway through the 2014 season, the Ravens have found themselves with a 5-3 record sitting currently in second place in the division behind the Bengals (4-2-1) by mere percentage points. The emotions after a gut wrenching loss such as the one the Ravens suffered on Sunday are real. Fingers are pointed, players are blamed when in reality the Ravens win as a team and lose as a team and are only as strong as their weakest link on the football field. Here are four players that haven’t lived up to...

Is Bernard Pierce Moving On?

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Back on October 14 I noticed a Tweet from Bernard Pierce featured in his Temple Owls uniform that seemed a bit unusual and clearly open to interpretation. I took a screen shot of the Tweet and it is the featured pic above. Now it’s entirely possible that Pierce is looking to buy a home or perhaps sell one that he now owns and move into a rental. There are a host of possibilities, so much so that I reached out to a friend who has helped other local professional athletes...

Top 5 Midseason Standouts

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As the Ravens entered the offseason many concerns were raised about key positions on both sides of the football and whether the organization did enough to meet their needs. Was the roster strong enough to improve upon the dismal 2013 season? While no one knows exactly how the rest of the season will play out here is a look at how some of the decisions panned out through the midway point of the season that have the Ravens sitting in second place in the AFC North with a 5-3 record....

TV GEEK: Calling a Heartbreaker

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It’s hard to say you enjoyed a game broadcast when your team loses a heartbreaker against a division rival.  I’m not going to say that.  I will say that the broadcast didn’t bother me, which, given the situation is probably the best thing I could say. Greg Gumbel and Trent Green were the broadcast team for CBS on Sunday.  We all had our first opportunity to hear Gumbel in action without Dan Dierdorf for the first time back when the Ravens flattened the Panthers.  The vision of that game couldn’t...

FANTASY LINKS: Taliaferro an Unexpected Committee Leader

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Riddick, Taliaferro unexpected committee leaders NFL.com fantasy writer, Matt Fransiscovich goes over a few committee backfields including the Ravens where you can find some value outside of the starters. LINK 6 Things I Learned From Week 8 of the NFL Season In numberFire writer, JJ Zachariason’s weekly column, he talks about my personal favorite fantasy player this year (since I have him in all four of my leagues) Arian Foster and 5 other things he learned this week in fantasy. LINK Fantasy waiver wire: Week 9 NFL fantasy guru, Michael...

The Final Word: Dean Pees Tips His “Pitches”

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We’ve seen this same story unfold before between the Bengals and the Ravens. When the Ravens blitz, they declare too soon, and quarterback Andy Dalton is able to make an adjustment at the line well before the snap. On the long 53-yard completion to Mohamed Sanu that led to a game-winning drive for the Bengals, Dalton identified Darian Stewart as the blitzer and slid his protection to account for him before the snap. The frustrating part about these plays are that once the Baltimore defenders declare the blitz, and Dalton...

One Game (One Loss) Can Change a Season

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Confessions of a Sports Nut It’s definitely a rare occasion when one game at the mid-season point turns out to be pivotal moment unless it involves a major injury to your quarterback or another prominent player. So, let’s hope I’m wrong when I say, “I have a bad feeling that Sunday’s loss in Cincinnati might have been a game-changer for the Ravens.” John Harbaugh is a resilient man and his team, like their coach, is tough as nails. You saw that on Sunday in Cincinnati when six starters had to...

FILMSTUDY: Ravens OL Best in Football Through 8 Games

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At the midway point of this season, it’s time to take stock of the Ravens’ linemen, and despite a pair of significant injuries, they remain the best line in football. Sunday was no exception as the regulars all returned to play against the Bengals and provided ATS on 20 of 35 drop backs.  The only sack came on a protracted play where the pocket held up well.  With the exception of a pair of goal-line plays, the run blocking was also successful. Included here are the grading charts for the...

Gillmore Inspires Confidence In First NFL start

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If there was a positive out of veteran tight end Owen Daniels missing Sunday’s game while recovering from a minor procedure on his knee, it was that rookie Crockett Gillmore got valuable experience in a a tough divisional match-up. Gillmore, the raw tight end out of Colorado State participated in 52 (19 pass, 25 run block, 8 pass block) of the offense’s 67 snaps (per the metrics website Pro Football Focus). The 6-6, 260-pound Gillmore responded with two catches for 23 yards including a 13-yard catch on second down to...

SPEED BAG: Concerns Mount For The Ravens

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The NFL is nuts! One week a team can look like a developing Super Bowl contender and the next like a playoff pretender. Take for instance the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Ravens’ opponent this week. They fall to the Browns 31-10 who one week later took one on the chin from the then winless Jaguars. Speaking of winless, Tampa’s single “W” on the season was in Pittsburgh where the Steelers a few weeks later put up a 51-spot on the Colts, which by the way was one week removed from Indianapolis’...