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Smith Sr. to Receive Stewart B. McKinney Award

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With the negative spotlight being on the Ravens over recent weeks (rightly so, unfortunately), it’s nice to finally see some positive news regarding one of Baltimore’s players. On Thursday, The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (“the Law Center”) will honor wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. with the Stewart B. McKinney Award for his commitment to advancing solutions that prevent and end homelessness. The Ravens’ newly-signed wideout, along with his wife, Angie, established the Steve Smith Family Foundation which champions the cause of the voiceless and fearful, envisioning an end to domestic...

RAVENS LINKS: Super Bowl Odds

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Ravens’ Super Bowl odds improve Jamison Hensley reports that with the win over the Steelers, Vegas has changed the Ravens odds significantly of winning the Super Bowl from 66-1 to 40-1. The Bengals’ odds are 16-1, and the Ravens’ odds to win the division are 4-1, while the Bengals’ odds are (according to Bovado) 5-8. LINK Purple Reign Show 9/17/14 Browns.com contributor, Kevin Jones joins Phil, Lindsey, and Tim to talk about the upcoming match-up in Cleveland. They also reflect on what was a great win vs. Pittsburgh. LINK All-22:...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Same Old Browns?

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Last year the Ravens split the season series with the Cleveland Browns, each team winning in their own back yard. On September 17, 2013 the Ravens won an ugly game at M&T Bank Stadium by the score of 14-6. The Browns responded at home on November 3 winning 24-18, the first setback suffered by John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco when facing Cleveland. Marlon Brown has been very quiet in 2014 and the Browns hope it stays that way. During his rookie campaign Brown hauled in 9 passes for 99 yards...

Ravens Among Least Penalized Teams

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Far too often last season the Ravens drives were stalled or stymied on both sides of the football. Per NFL Penalty Stats Tracker, The Ravens were tied with the Houston Texans for the league’s sixth-most accepted infractions with 112 penalties in 2013. Heading into week three’s match-up with the Browns, the team will look to continue their upward trend of not “shooting themselves in the foot” when it comes to penalties. Through the first two games of 2014, the Ravens have committed just seven penalties enforced for 64 yards on the...

THURSDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens @ Browns

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Joe Flacco was back at practice today, so go ahead and exhale, fellow purple & black faithful. Joining Joe in returning to the practice field was his blind side insurance, Eugene Monroe. Full Ravens/Browns practice injury reports from Thursday:   RAVENS DID NOT PARTICIPATE: DT Timmy Jernigan (knee) LIMITED PARTICIPATION: RB Bernard Pierce (thigh) FULL PARTICIPATION: QB Joe Flacco (illness); T Eugene Monroe (knee); CB Asa Jackson (concussion); CB Lardarius Webb (back)   CLEVELAND BROWNS DID NOT PARTICIPATE: RB Ben Tate (knee) LIMITED PARTICIPATION: TE Jordan Cameron (shoulder): LB Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) FULL PARTICIPATION: WR Travis...

THE GRAPEVINE: 2013′s Scapegoat

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Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just talk about football when we talk about football? But before we do… Ray Rice got it going on the topic of domestic violence and now the accused/convicted/indicted in the NFL on DV include the 49ers Ray McDonald, the Panthers Greg Hardy and the Vikings’ Adrian Peterson. You know the NFL always talks like they are a business and the players like to think of themselves as businessmen so how about this – let’s just send them all home with pay until due...

Former Raven Ma’ake Kemoeatu Gives Brother a Kidney

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Throughout this entire NFL season, all of the national media coverage has been focused on events occurring off the gridiron. It’s been a strange year thus far where some of the NFL’s biggest stars and most recognizable players have been involved in very controversial and disturbing legal and personal issues that have left a massive stain on the reputation of the NFL and its players. Although media coverage wouldn’t give you this impression, the overwhelming majority of NFL players are good guys. Many of them spend their free time participating in...

Ngata Ready for First Road Game of 2014

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The Baltimore Ravens hit the road for the first time this season when they play the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday in hopes of their second-straight victory over a division rival. The Ravens have always been successful when playing in Cleveland (10-5) but these aren’t necessarily the Browns of old and the Ravens should certainly expect a tightly contested matchup. Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata talked about the contest after practice on Wednesday. “Getting that confidence, for us, has been seeing how we do in a hostile environment,” Ngata...

FANTASY BLITZ: Under The Radar, Week 3

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Quarterback Kirk Cousins, Redskins at Eagles Cousins replaced the injured Robert Griffin III and passed the Redskins to an easy 41-10 win against the hapless Jaguar pass defense, throwing for two scores and 250 yards. He should have another productive fantasy day Sunday against the Eagles. Statistically the Eagles have improved from their dead last pass defense ranking in 2013, to 11th in 2014, but still have allowed 5 td passes in two games. Defensive stats this early into a season do not paint a complete picture. In 2013 Griffin...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Red Zone Woes

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Two games into the season, it’s not too hard to pinpoint the problems regarding the Baltimore Ravens. A strong unit with a respectable 1-1 record given two tough division matchups, the issues that could hold the team back from reaching its potential are noticeable. There are things such as middling cornerback depth and lack of a consistent power running game, but the one struggle that has been painfully obvious thus far has been the lack of red zone success on offense. Ranking 28th in the NFL with a red zone...

The Nickel Package: Week 3 at Cleveland

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When the Ravens hit the road this week, they won’t be playing the same old Browns. These Browns took the Steelers to the brink in Week 1 and just beat a very talented Saints team. Brian Hoyer, according to John Harbaugh, is “the best quarterback they’ve had in a number of years.” After Sunday, Baltimore will have already played half of their divisional games. It’s not a must-win game for them, but it’s a game they won’t want to lose. Two divisional losses within the first three weeks of the...

WEDNESDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens @ Browns

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Ravens fans got a bit of a scare today when it was revealed that Joe Flacco missed practice. Some worried that it may have something to do with the hard hit to the head he took at the goalline during the Pittsburgh game last week, although he never left the game. Fortunately, it was revealed on the injury report that Joe just has a bit of a cold. Here are the full injury reports as the Ravens prepare to take on the 1-1 Cleveland Browns on Sunday:   Ravens DID...

BEHIND ENEMY LINES: The Manziel Package

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Cleveland Browns Manziel vs. the Ravens? We all love to talk about Johnny Manziel and what he can do – but how will we feel when we list the possibility of him coming in against the Ravens? Last week in the team’s win against the Saints, Kyle Shanahan went with the Manziel package for just a handful of plays, to no success – if that makes you feel any better. The offense usually lines Manziel up in the pistol formation and lets him either hand the ball up the middle...

RAVENS LINKS: Browns QB Brian Hoyer on 105.7

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Behind Enemy Lines: Brian Hoyer Joins the Scott Garceau Show Scott Garceau, Jeremy Conn, Jason La Canfora and Browns starting QB Brian Hoyer talked yesterday on 105.7 the Fan. Hear what Hoyer had to say here. Joint NFL-NFLPA Statement on Changes to Steroid Policy After this was posted, the NFL released a statement on the details of the changes to the steroid policy that includes HGH testing. LINK Will Hill’s Suspension be reduced? CSN Baltimore’s Ravens insider, Clifton Brown talks about the NFL’s new drug policy and whether or not...

Ben Still Feeling the Pain (GIF)

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Back in 2006, Ben Roethlisberger absorbed the hardest hit of his then-young career on the M&T Bank Stadium turf courtesy of Bart Scott. Last week, he was reminded of what it’s like to feel the purple pain, thanks to Courtney Upshaw. Of course, the difference is that back in 2006 you were still allowed to hit quarterbacks, so Scott wasn’t flagged while Upshaw was. Regardless, all’s well that ends well and the Ravens went on to the easy victory. Nearly a week later though, that hit is still fresh in...

Section 336 Episode 79: Make a Statue Out of Him

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Last season we were your “Official” Sports Talk Show for Purple Fridays, but today is Wednesday – a “Purple Wednesday,” if you will, and we’re still….: uncensored, no holds barred unchained, off the hook coming to you in HD and Stereoscopic sound… Section 336 Listener Line! 410-449-0751 Email: mail@section336.com Today on the show: Bert talks Rihanna, Josh cheats in our lock it up segment, and we go back in time for our top ten segment.   Ravens Trounce Steelers – Recap Flacco – 21/29, 166 yds, 2 TD, 0 INT...

Ravens Notes And Eye Opening Stats Through Week 2

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With the results of week two set in stone and all thirty-two teams looking ahead to week three, let’s take a look at a few key notes and stats of the still young 2014 season along with a couple of standout Ravens performers. More Forsett/Pierce news: - After racking up 126 yards on just 19 attempts in the first two games of the season, RB Justin Forsett will go into FirstEnergy Stadium with the highest YPC (6.6) in the NFL, while Forsett and Bernard Pierce ( 28/113) have combined for...

Two-Minute Drill: Week 3

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While it’s still a bit too early to start evaluating teams, trends are beginning to form. Philadelphia looks like a good team but they need to break their habit of getting behind early. San Francisco is also quite talented, but if they don’t fix their coverage issues, what happened against the Bears on Sunday night will continue to occur. Baltimore had a resounding win last Thursday night, but can they carry the momentum of a win over to the next game–something they’ve been unable to do in the past? By...

FANTASY LINKS: Will Baltimore Native Ever Break Out?

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Is a Breakout Ever Going to Come for Tavon Austin? So far this season, Tavon Austin has 5 total points and was injured in the first quarter of St. Louis’ game in Tampa Bay. numberFire writer, Joe Redemann tells us what he thinks about the Dunbar alum’s fantasy prospects. LINK Fantasy Fast Forward: Cousins proves his worth It appears as though Robert Griffin III will be out of the Redskins’ lineup for the foreseeable future. Kirk Cousins, drafted in the same year in the 4th round as RG3, will man...

PERCEPTION IS REALITY: O-Line Getting it Done!

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Reality:  The Ravens are 1-1. Perception: So far, so good. The Ravens were flat in the first half of game 1 against the Bengals, but came close to a come-from-behind win. The Bengals are better than I have given them credit for, and some say they could be the best team in the AFC. It’s not great to give away a divisional game, but for Week 1, the Ravens did alright. The win against the Steelers was one of the best all-around games I’ve seen the Ravens play against a...