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BOLD PREDICTIONS: Flacco Will do WHAT?

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The Falcons move the ball early and often, accumulating 400 yards of total offense, but stall in the red zone. They eventually get two touchdowns (one from Julio Jones, one from Antone Smith–both receiving), but by that time, the Ravens have the game put away.  Joe Flacco and the offense cruises again. No. 5 throws for 300-plus yards and zero INT for the second-straight week, and the Ravens win, 34-20. ~ Mike Fast Flacco and Ryan go head to head in the first half, keeping it close 17-14. In the second half...

PERCEPTION IS REALITY: Anti-”Social” Ravens?

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Reality: A few Ravens players have decided to get off Twitter. Perception: As I said in my last Perception is Reality, Steve Smith Sr. has signed off Twitter. Some disagreed, saying he moved to a new twitter name, but that is not the case. As Garrett Downing of BaltimoreRavens.com explains: He still has an open account, but he hasn’t tweeted since Oct. 6 when he announced that he was signing off for good. Now he only plans to use Twitter as a marketing tool, and as a medium to spread news about...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Ravens Contain Vick

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The last time the Ravens hosted the Atlanta Falcons in a regular season game was on November 19, 2006 when they beat their guests 24-10 and improved to 8-2 on the season. Here’s a look back at Aaron Wilson recap of the day, one during which the slowest player on the field sacked the fastest. ~ Tony Lombardi ********** BALTIMORE — The pivotal moment when stocky Baltimore Ravens nose guard Kelly Gregg bulldogged elusive Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick to the ground meant more than a loss of yards. At...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: One And Done For Kubiak?

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We posted this article back in June and we’ve brought it back up today given the recent buzz about Kubiak’s possible return to the head coaching ranks. You can check out the original post and the interesting comments HERE. Happy Purple Friday Baltimore!!! ********** The NFL coaching carousel is a ride that begins towards the end of each season and usually doesn’t stop until a few days after the Super Bowl.Head coaches come and go to the tune of about 5 to 7 per season and today they come in...

FILMSTUDY: ‘He’s Gonna be Sore!’

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Ravens at Bucs 10/12/14 Quarterback Hit (QH) is actually a difficult term to find defined. Here’s the definition I use in my analysis: • The QB is knocked to the ground during or following a pass. • QHs may be shared, but the shares must sum to 1. • Not included are sacks where the ball is stripped, but the QB remains upright or runs out of bounds without being knocked down (most, but not all sacks are QHs). • Effective, but excluded from QH totals, are hits on the...

The Disruptive Brandon Williams

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Depth concerns along the Ravens defensive front certainly seemed like an issue when Kapron Lewis-Moore and rookie Brent Urban sustained season ending injuries during training camp. It didn’t get much better as the season got underway when rookie Timmy Jernigan went down with a knee injury against Pittsburgh, while veteran Chris Canty has missed time after having hand surgery last week. The piece-mealed unit consisting of Haloti Ngata, DeAngelo Tyson, Lawrence Guy, Christo Bilukidi and Brandon Williams, through six games has done an admirable job on opposing offensive lines, pressuring quarterbacks...

Battle Plans: Falcons vs. Ravens

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Offense 1. Bring the Ground Game to the Air Running back Matt Forte had a field day against the Falcons last week – but he did most of his damage through the air. The leading pass-catching back in the NFL caught 10 passes against Atlanta, and was a constant bailout option underneath for Jay Cutler. Back in Week 2, Giovani Bernard victimized the Falcons, snagging five catches for 79 yards, with a long of 45 yards. Pierre Thomas also had his way against the Falcons with six catches for 58...

THURSDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens vs. Falcons

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Ravens DID NOT PARTICIPATE: DT Christo Bilukidi (ankle); DE Chris Canty (wrist); TE Owen Daniels (NiR); LB Daryl Smith (NiR) LIMITED PARTICIPATION: WR Kamar Aiken (concussion); G Kelechi Osemele (knee); T Eugene Monroe (knee) FULL PARTICIPATION: WR Marlon Brown (pelvis); DT Timmy Jernigan (knee)   Atlanta Falcons DID NOT PARTICIPATE: WR Harry Douglas (foot) LIMITED PARTICIPATION: WR Devin Hester (hamstring); WR Julio Jones (ankle); LB Prince Shembo (knee) FULL PARTICIPATION: DT Jonathan Babineaux (knee); G Justin Blalock (back); LB Nate Stupar (knee)

Section 336 Episode 83 – Unnecessary Nails

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This week on the show, the Baltimore Ravens easily beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while Ravens fans took over Tampa Bay. We get a first hand report from Bert’s brother who was down there for the game. Then we look foward to hosting the Atlanta Falcons this weekend and talk about some of the most lopsided victories Joe Flacco and John Harbaugh have had together.

FANTASY LINKS: Start Justin Forsett and Joe Flacco

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Fantasy Football Start or Sit: Week 7 If you’re unsure about who to start and sit this week, take a look at this article put together by JJ Zachariason of numberFire to see if he has anyone you’re on the fence about. A few guys you should start wear purple. LINK Fantasy Football Week 7 Tiers Boris Chen is a data scientist for the New York Times. Every week, he puts together fantasy football tiers. Here are the tiers for week 7. DraftKings Week 7 Optimal Lineup Sam Hauss explains...

TALE OF THE TAPE: The Value of “Juice”

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Much has been made about the resurgence of the Baltimore Ravens offense, particularly the offensive line. The 2013 season may go down as the worst collective performance by a Ravens offensive line in team history, but 2014 couldn’t be any more different. Baltimore’s rejuvenated offense (the team is tied for fifth in the NFL with 27.3 points per game), can largely be credited to consistent blocking up front, a strong run game (fourth in the league in rushing yards with 797) and quality play from quarterback Joe Flacco. But what...

RAVENS LINKS: Metrics Say Ravens 2nd Best Team

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All-32: NFL Power Rankings Heading Into Week 7 It’s the time of the year where everyone is starting to get a clearer picture of who are going to be the best teams in the NFL this season. Using math that I don’t quite understand, numberFire thinks that the Ravens are the 2nd best team in the league. LINK Jimmy Smith PFF Analysis Jimmy Smith’s very good start to the 2014 season has been well-documented on this site. Pro Football Focus writer, Sam Monson takes a closer look at all the...

Yanda Enjoying Resurgence of Ravens’ O-Line

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There was a lot of uncertainty entering 2014, as many fans (myself included) wondered if the Ravens did enough in the offseason to build up an offensive line that played downright horribly last season. Coaches were hired, schemes were changed and players were brought in alongside of key personnel that were already established on the o-line. But, would it be enough? So far through six games, the answer is a resounding YES! The Ravens organization has seemingly made all the right moves to reassure fans what they saw in 2013...

Dumervil Finds Comfort Zone in Ravens Defense

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It took a season but Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil appears to have hit his stride in Dean Pees’ defense and opposing quarterbacks are on notice. Adjustments have been made both on the field and off the field for the Ravens sack leader who has five through the first six games of the season. “Yes, most definitely. I think more than anything, it’s just kind of life off the field is more settled here,” Dumervil told reporters following practice on Wednesday. “So, going from Mountain West to here was a bit...

The Nickel Package: Week 7 vs. Atlanta

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Isn’t it funny how many thought the Falcons got the best quarterback in the 2008 draft when they selected Matt Ryan over Joe Flacco? But whether it’s their head-to-head match-ups, playoff resumes or performances last week, I consider Flacco to be the better player. For those who discount the “postseason wins” argument, that’s foolish. How can you dismiss the difference between a 9-4 postseason record (Flacco) and a 1-4 postseason record (Ryan)? These two have more in common besides their draft class. They were born 42 miles apart, they played...

WEDNESDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens vs. Falcons

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Ravens DID NOT PARTICIPATE: DT Christo Bilukidi (ankle); DE Chris Canty (wrist); T Eugene Monroe (knee) LIMITED PARTICIPATION: WR Kamar Aiken (concussion); G Kelechi Osemele (knee) FULL PARTICIPATION: WR Marlon Brown (pelvis); DT Timmy Jernigan (knee)   Atlanta Falcons DID NOT PARTICIPATE: WR Harry Douglas (foot) LIMITED PARTICIPATION: DT Jonathan Babineaux (knee); G Justin Blalock (back); WR Devin Hester (hamstring); WR Julio Jones (ankle); LB Prince Shembo (knee); LB Nate Stupar (knee)  

Mike Smith Impressed by Jimmy Smith

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The Ravens will enter week seven of the NFL season looking to continue their success against the NFC in the friendly confines of M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday. Enjoying a record of 12-1 under head coach John Harbaugh (28-6-1 all-time) against opponents outside of the conference at home, the Ravens will face a struggling 2-4 Atlanta Falcons team that has lost three straight. Last week against another NFL South opponent, the Ravens were in complete control of a stuttering Buccaneers team. The Ravens will need another close to perfect game...

Is Good Sportsmanship Eroding in America?

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So this morning I had a brief conversation with my son Tyler. Me: Have you seen all the hoopla over Jeremy Guthrie’s t-shirt? Ty: Yes, I’m not bothered by it as much as you. Obviously he had seen my Tweets on the topic. Now Tyler I’m proud to say is a pretty balanced guy. He’s respectful and fortunately for a young man of his age he takes the time to respond, unlike his father who at the age of 22 all too often reacted. There’s a difference. But his words...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Flacco’s Record Day

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Sunday’s win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was a banner day in almost every aspect for the Baltimore Ravens. The team successfully went on the road and routed its opponent, 48-17, and many of the Ravens players had their best performances of the season. But no Raven stood above the rest quite like quarterback Joe Flacco, whose 306-yard, five-touchdown performance was the single best regular season game of his career. Capitalizing off consistently soft and lax coverage from the Bucs, Flacco reset the NFL record books by becoming the fastest...

FANTASY LINKS: Week 6′s Best QB Was Joe Flacco

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Joe Flacco: The Best Quarterback in the NFL Nik Bonnadio of numberFire details the best and worst players of week 6 by their NEP metric. Topping the list is Joe Cool. LINK Week 7 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Ems, Picks, and Busts RSR Report Card writer, Ken Zalis, gives us his list of starts, sits, picks, and busts for the upcoming week. LINK Is Andre Holmes a Must-Have Wide Receiver Off the Waiver Wire? Keith Black discusses whether you should pick up the lone playmaker of the Oakland receiving core. LINK...