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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’...

Behind Enemy Lines: Ravens Only Losers in Week 8

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Pittsburgh Steelers No luck needed to defeat Indy After many people including myself wrote the Steelers off in the AFC North, the crew from Pittsburgh have improved to 5-3 after winning their last two including demolishing the Indianapolis Colts 51-34 on Sunday afternoon. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for a franchise best 522 yards and six touchdowns in a game highlighted by offense that featured over 1000 yards of total offense. On defense, the Steelers managed to pressure Colts QB Andrew Luck when it mattered most, sacking the youngster two times...

RAVENS LINKS: Concern Over Jimmy Smith’s Injury

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Smith injury concern for challenged secondary Hopefully we’ll learn more later in the day about Jimmy Smith’s injury, but the impact was certainly felt in yesterday’s loss. Clifton Brown of CSN Baltimore has the full story. LINK For Ravens, 1 yard makes all the difference Bo Smolka of CSN Baltimore details the real reason for the Ravens’ loss yesterday: their inability to make a 4th and 1 and their inability to stop a 4th and 1. LINK 4th Down: When to Go for It and Why Some people are complaining...

On Second Thought: Ravens Weren’t Good Enough

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Sunday’s loss in Cincinnati was tough to swallow. It seems to have all come down to a Hail Mary 80-yard pass from Joe Flacco to Steve Smith Sr. that included an offensive pass interference call. But it really didn’t. In the first quarter, the Ravens were deep in Bengals territory when John Harbaugh decided to “go for it” on 4th down at the 1 yard line. The Ravens failed to get the one yard needed and turned the ball over on downs. That didn’t just cost the Ravens a touchdown,...

The Good, Bad & Ugly: Bengals 27, Ravens 24

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The NFL is such a volatile league. One week a team can look like world-beaters, the next they can’t seem to get out of their own way. As observers we put too much stock into the games unfolding before us and see them as indicators of what to expect moving forward. But really, in the NFL the only thing we should expect, and this sounds cliché-ish, is the unexpected. A few weeks ago many wrote off the Steelers as old and insignificant. What do we think today? The Saints appeared...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: The Teacher Isn’t Happy!

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Overall: C You can’t afford to miss opportunities when they present themselves, especially on the road vs. a division rival. The Ravens missed out on a chance to give themselves some distance in the division today. Joe Flacco continued his poor play at Cincinnati and the defense, which got the team back into the game, could not close the deal when it was needed the most. Injuries are starting to pile up on this team as Jimmy Smith left the game early in the 1st quarter. The secondary was never the...

KNEE-JERK REACTIONS: Disappointment in Cincy

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Injuries killed the Ravens today, but other than the two turnovers, Hue Jackson ate Dean Pees’ lunch in the second half. Ravens have to hope Cincy’s tie comes back to haunt them now that they own the tiebreaker. ~Derek Arnold Joe Flacco once again played the way he usually does against the Bengals and failed to deliver in the clutch when he had an opportunity to ice the game after the Elam strip when leading 21-20. The Ravens safeties are awful and the loss was reminiscent of many in 2013...

This Week on Russell Street

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We will soon be launching an all-new Russell Street Report including a slick looking mobile version. We will also be offering a text service to keep you up-to-date on all of the newest posts on RSR and you can pick what you want delivered to your mobile device. That said there are still some great pieces that you might miss during your busy week and with that in mind, we bring you This Week on Russell Street…   BOOOOOOLD PREDICTIONS Here’s a sampling… With Owen Daniels out this Sunday, Crockett...

Ravens’ Ability to Put Aside Distractions Defines Season

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What defines a team seeking great results in a season? The teams that have found themselves successful have often been the ones who have best been able to overcome adversity. The 2014 season of the Baltimore Ravens has been one of tumult and one of surprise, but most importantly one of defying expectations. Normally when a team faces extreme distraction and adversity, those detriments can either produce a team that is wrapped tighter together and use that as a pathway to success, or they wilt under the pressure. The 2013...

Ravens Look to Deliver a Knockout Blow in Cincinnati

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Ravens at Bengals: What to Look For SQUATTERS: The Bengals will more than likely be without the services of AJ Green on Sunday and that allows defensive coordinator Dean Pees to take some chances that he otherwise might be less inclined to risk. Bengals QB Andy Dalton likes to get the ball out quickly and avoid the big hits. He connected with tight end Jermaine Gresham 10 times last week against the Colts for just 48 yards. Dink and dunk is the theme. Look for Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb...

CRAB BAG: Rumble in the Jungle

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With A.J. Green listed as doubtful for Sunday, there is really no excuse in my mind for the Ravens to not win. In fact, it shouldn’t even be a game. The Bengals are dealing with a host of injuries – not just Green, but Vontaze Burfict isn’t 100%, Geno Atkins is nowhere near the player he was before his major knee surgery, Marvin Jones hasn’t played all season, Tyler Eifert is out, etc. etc. Last year’s AFC North winners are ripe for the taking. In fact, the Ravens look like...

BOLD PREDICTIONS: Call Us Homers

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Ravens hold Gio under 50 total yards and Jacoby Jones seals the game with a 4th quarter punt return. ~Ken Zalis Ravens get their first defensive TD of the year on an Andy Dalton interception and continue their streak of winning by at least 7 points. ~Tyler Lombardi With Owen Daniels out this Sunday, Crockett Gilmore gets the start and will have a productive gaming catching 5 balls for around 50 yards and a TD. The Bengals are near the bottom of the league against TE’s. Steve Smith Sr. and...

Ravens @ Bengals Injury Report & Game Status

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Game Status Ravens Out: TE Owen Daniels (knee); DE Chris Canty (wrist) Probable: T Eugene Monroe (knee); G Kelechi Osemele (knee); LB Daryl Smith (NIR); WR Steve Smith (NIR)   Cincinnati Bengals Out: LB Rey Maualuga (hamstring) Doubtful: WR A.J. Green (toe) Questionable: DT Brandon Thompson (knee) Probable: RB Giovani Bernard (ribs); TE Kevin Brock (neck); LB Vontaze Burfict (neck); DE Robert Geathers (toe); DE Wallace Gilberry (eye); CB Leon Hall (back); LB Emmanuel Lamur (shoulder); T Marshall Newhouse (back); G/C Mike Pollak (knee); T Andre Smith (shoulder)   Injury Report Ravens Did Not Participate: TE Owen...

Is This the Most Balanced Team in Franchise History?

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Seven weeks into the 2014 season Ravens fans have a lot to be excited about. The team is off to one of their best starts in the John Harbaugh era and looks impressive on both sides of the ball. They currently have a staggering point differential of +89, and rank highly in most categories on both offense and defense. They are allowing the fewest points per game at 14.9, and they rank sixth in total scoring averaging 27.6 points per game. Its early in the season, and the Ravens have...

RAVENS LINKS: Best Team in the AFC North

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Why the Baltimore Ravens Are the Best Team in the AFC North With one of the most efficient offenses and one of the best defenses in the NFL, the metrics back up what many think: the Ravens are the best team in the division in pretty much any category. LINK 5 ways Ravens-Bengals rematch will be different Bo Smolka of CSN Baltimore tells us five ways that this divisional match-up won’t look like the same game as the first one. LINK Ravens Boast Four Top-Rated Outside Linebackers BaltimoreRavens.com writer, Ryan...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Ravens Dominate Bengals

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BALTIMORE RAVENS 34 CINCINNATI BENGALS 3 11/30/08 Joe Flacco made his professional debut in Baltimore on September 7, 2008 against the Cincinnati Bengals, winning at M&T Bank Stadium by the score of 17-10. On November 30, 2008 he traveled to Cincinnati for the first time as a Raven and the results were spectacular although this time, he certainly got a little help from his friends, particularly Mark Clayton. ~ Tony Lombardi ********** Welcome to the Mark Clayton Show! In a 34-3 win over the home-standing Cincinnati Bengals, the Baltimore Ravens...

BATTLE PLANS: Ravens at Bengals

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Offense 1. Inside-out Attack In basketball, teams that have a strong presence in the paint at center or power forward will pound the ball inside. Think Shaq or Charles Barkley. Once the defense starts to converge to stop the inside game, the ball gets kicked around to the perimeter for open shooters to take advantage. Well, in football, the concept of this game plan is very similar. If the pass offense is deadly on intermediate routes, safeties start to creep inside to help out, and single coverage opens up outside....

Have The Ravens Found Their Franchise Right Tackle?

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The Baltimore Ravens entered the 2014 regular season with plenty of unanswered questions. Through seven games, most of the uncertainties, such as whether or not the run game would return to normal and if quarterback Joe Flacco would go back to his 2012 self, have been answered. One of the biggest uncertainties was the right tackle position. However, there are no questions anymore when it comes to who should be the right tackle and if that player is doing his job well. Second-year tackle Ricky Wagner entered the season with little...

Red Zone Defense Helps Pave Way for Ravens’ Strong Start

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If it’s true that history always finds a way to repeat itself then the Ravens, along with their fans, should be all smiles with the team sitting at 5-2 through the first seven weeks of the season. In fact, they should be down right giddy about their chances to get back into the postseason after missing the playoffs last season for the first time under head coach John Harbaugh. Sitting atop of the AFC North, the Ravens, under Harbaugh have held a 5-2 record three times since he took over...

THURSDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens @ Bengals

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Ravens DID NOT PARTICIPATE: DE Chris Canty (wrist); TE Owen Daniels (knee); LB Daryl Smith (NIR); WR Steve Smith (NIR) FULL PARTICIPATION: T Eugene Monroe (knee); G Kelechi Osemele (knee)   Cincinnati Bengals OUT: LB Rey Maualuga (knee) DID NOT PARTICIPATE: WR A.J. Green (toe); T Andre Whitworth (NIR) LIMITED PARTICIPATION: RB Giovani Bernard (ribs); G Clint Boling (NIR); CB Leon Hall (back) FULL PARTICIPATION: DE Robert Geathers (toe); TE Kevin Brock (neck); LB Vontaze Burfict (knee); DE Wallace Gilberry (eye); LB Emmanuel Lamur (shoulder); T Marshall Newhouse (back); T Andre Smith (shoulder); DT Brandon Thompson (knee);...