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PERCEPTION IS REALITY: The 3-Headed Monster Returns?

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Reality: Ravens are now 46-10 when scoring first, since John Harbaugh become Head Coach. Perception: The Ravens came out very flat in Week 1 against the Bengals, but came out quickly against Pittsburgh in Week 2. The coaching staff obviously wanted to get off to another quick start against the Browns… so much so that they did something that I cannot recall them ever doing. The Ravens won the coin toss and decided to take the ball. I honestly cannot remember the last time that happened. They always defer to...

Ravens at Browns: What We Looked For, What We Saw

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Here are the things we looked for when not watching the ball and here’s what we saw…   1. Phone booth LOOKED FOR: Last week against the Steelers (which by the way seems like a month ago) the Ravens did a great job of keeping Ben Roethlisberger contained. His pocket was small which disrupted his rhythm and his arm angles, which affected his accuracy. Expect more of the same when the Ravens front seven takes on Brian Hoyer. SAW: The Ravens’ defensive front was stonewalled when trying to get to...

FILMSTUDY: Ravens at Browns Defensive Analysis

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The Glass is Half Full Everything we hear about the Ravens now seems like the 6 PM news circa 1973 with Vietnam, Watergate, the oil embargo, and inflation dominating. Between Rice, injuries, and a secondary that got its collective pants dropped Sunday, the Ravens have had a mess of bad news in the last 2 weeks, but there are some good things to point out as well: • The Ravens out-snapped the Browns 64-55 and have a big edge in snaps for the year, primarily due to the play of...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 23 Browns 21

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Road Warriors: Ravens beat Browns on last second kick Overall: B+ After another week that saw the Ravens under media scrutiny for off the field issues instead of the focus being on the Ravens dominating win over the Steelers last Thursday the team hung together on the field for a hard fought divisional road win. Justin Tucker hit a game winning 32 yard FG with no time left on the clock to give the Ravens a 23 – 21 win. The Ravens are now 2 – 1 and remain 1...

KNEE-JERK REACTIONS: Ravens Clip Browns 23-21

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Ravens defense showed up when they had to and did what they failed to do in 2013…get off the field in the 4th quarter. Nice team win despite some shaky tackling in the secondary. – Tony Lombardi How many QBs do you want to lead a game-winning drive over Joe Flacco? Despite the dubious decision by Harbaugh to challenge a QB sneak earlier, the team prevailed in a tough environment. Great road victory. – Dev Panchwagh After what looked like the defense was imploding throughout the afternoon, they stood fast...

Ravens at Browns: Looking Away From The Ball

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The Ravens have won 11 of their 12 contests against the Browns during the John Harbaugh era by an average score of 24-13. Oftentimes, particularly in Cleveland, the games have been closely fought battles until late in the game when the Ravens have persevered. Expect more of the same today. Here are a few things to look for when you aren’t watching the ball… 1. Phone booth: Last week against the Steelers (which by the way seems like a month ago) the Ravens did a great job of keeping Ben...

Ravens Own The Browns

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Let’ face it, Cleveland. We own you. It’s a simple theory really. Do you all remember the T-Shirt Torrey Smith wore at the Super Bowl parade, the one that simply read ” Rings don’t lie” in Purple lettering? Well, statistics don’t lie either. With that being said, let’s take a look at the Ravens uber-successful history against their despised in-division rivals: -In franchise history, the Ravens own a 12-3 record at home and a 10-5 record on the road against the Browns, resulting in a commanding 22-8 Baltimore lead heading...

CRAB BAG: Ravens Look for Revenge in Dawg Pound

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Just when we thought we could put all of this season’s off-field ugliness behind us and finally start to focus on football, ESPN fanned the flames of controversy right as the coals seemed ready to die. We’ll once again have the game to watch as a welcome distraction as talking heads pile on and cast the team we love as some sort of seedy villains in a b-movie. If you’ve read Kevin Van Valkenburg’s Outside the Line’s piece, you should go check out RSR Editor-in-Chief Tony Lombardi’s response here. Meanwhile,...

ESPN on a Ravens Witch-hunt?

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Roger Goodell’s press conference on Friday to address Ray Rice’s Elevator-gate and domestic violence boiled down to this: Random media guy: Roger what do you have to say for yourself? Goodell: I’m sorry. I was wrong and I will do my very best to see that it doesn’t happen again. THE END. Nothing more, nothing less. Nothing of substance during 43 minutes of hyperbole. This presser wasn’t much different than disciplining a child by injecting a little public embarrassment to allow the lesson to resonate. Ok Roger. Now go to...

BATTLE PLANS: Ravens vs. Browns (Round 1)

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Offense 1. Control the Edges The rush end rotation of Paul Kruger, Barkevious Mingo, and Jabaal Sheard were dominant against the New Orleans offensive tackles last week. Kruger in particular had his way with right tackle Zach Strief, notching one sack and two QB hits. This group was even more dangerous because the Saints didn’t make much of an attempt to slow them down. They were able to pin their ears back on the rush, as New Orleans opened up their formations and gave little blocking help to the line....

Ravens @ Browns Friday Injury Report & Game Status

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GAME STATUS   RAVENS Doubtful: DT Timmy Jernigan (knee) Questionable: RB Bernard Pierce (thigh) Probable: QB Joe Flacco (illness); CB Asa Jackson (concussion); CB Lardarius Webb (back); T Eugene Monroe (knee)   Cleveland Browns Out: RB Ben Tate (knee) Questionable: TE Jordan Cameron (shoulder); LB Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) Probable: WR Travis Benjamin (knee); DL Desmond Bryant (wrist); DL John Hughes (hamstring); P Spencer Lanning (shoulder); OL Paul McQuistan (ankle); CB Buster Skrine (thumb)   INJURY REPORT   RAVENS Did Not Participate: DT Timmy Jernigan (knee) Full Participation: QB Joe Flacco (illness); CB Asa Jackson (concussion); CB Lardarius Webb...

BOLD PREDICTIONS: Ravens @ Browns

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Ravens cruise by Cleveland and their fire lake with a double digit win and crushing PK Predictions. Along the way they get a 250+ yard effort from Joe Flacco and Lorenzo Taliaferro actually runs the ball a few times on his way to a 40+ yard afternoon. Ravens 27 Browns 17 – Tony Lombardi The Ravens will continue to make plays on defense, sacking Brian Hoyer twice and intercepting two of his passes. After having a +3 TO ratio in their first two games, Cleveland will be in the negative...

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...