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RAVENS REPORT CARD: Familiar Flavor of Disappointment

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Overall: D Too many mistakes on both sides of the ball was the Ravens’ downfall today.  NINE dropped passes, one fumble lost, one interception, and a ton of big plays given up by the defense is not a way to win any game.   Offense: C- Honestly, the 2nd half was a lot of fun to watch.  Joe Flacco threw the ball 62 times, which is far too much.  I thought Gary Kubiak was a running game guru?  They didn’t run the ball nearly enough, which is a shame because Justin Forsett looked...

KNEE-JERK REACTIONS: Ravens Fall to Cincy In Opener

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Dropped passes + poor decision making + 62 passes usually = Loss … And it did! Bone-headed choice by Dean Pees to not assign Jimmy Smith exclusively on AJ Green. Chykie Brown couldn’t cover a corpse with a blanket. – Tony Lombardi Unreal. The Ravens’ offense starts clicking and the defensive gives it up. 2013 all over again. – Paul Lukoskie Start playing before the second half. – Brian McFarland Shades of the 2013 Ravens were on full display today. The defense had no teeth and gave up another 4th...

Ravens v. Bengals: Looking Away From The Ball

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July 24, 2014, the first day that the full 90-man roster took the field at the Under Armour Performance Center seems so long ago. Forty-five days and 37 players later opening day has finally arrived. The outlook for the Ravens both locally and nationally is mixed. Many believe that offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak along with Joe Flacco’s new go-to-guy Steve Smith, Sr. will have a huge impact upon the Ravens offense and that eventually the defense, which consists of an ideal blend of youth and experience, will eventually gel. Of...

Have The Ravens Taken a Back Seat to The O’s?

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For years fans of the Ravens have looked to the team to provide a release, a timeout from the daily grind – a purple oasis nestled in the middle of a concrete jungle. The Orioles, mired in years of futility and hopelessness were nothing more than a temporary distraction at best and usually just the community’s orange-headed stepchild. The Ravens were kings and when training camp opened in late July the overwhelming majority of Baltimore area sports fans donned their purple-shaded Maui Jim’s and set their sights upon the gridiron....

CRAB BAG: Can Harbaugh Stay Perfect in Openers?

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Are you ready for some football, Baltimore? The NFL Combine, the Draft, free agency, and minicamps filled our football fix through the spring, and reports out of training camp, fantasy drafts, and those awful preseason games kept us going during the dog days of summer, but all of that was just an extended appetizer. The main course is finally on its way, as the Ravens get set to open up with the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday at 1:00 PM at “The Big Crab Cake,” – or “The Bank,” if you...

Local Product Campanaro Ready for NFL Debut

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NFL players have often told me that, between the nerves and the energy of the crowd and teammates, stepping on the field for the first time is an experience that cannot be put into words. While those same players have been playing football from a young age, nothing can ever really prepare them for their first NFL game. Ravens rookie wide receiver Michael Campanaro confirmed that notion when I caught up with him at the Baltimore Summer Football Festival presented by LGC Marketing on Friday evening. I asked Campanaro if he...

Ravens vs. Bengals Friday Injury Report & Game Status

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  RAVENS GAME STATUS QUESTIONABLE: CB Lardarius Webb (back) PROBABLE: RB Bernard Pierce (concussion)   RAVENS INJURY REPORT FULL PARTICIPATION: CB Lardarius Webb (back); RB Bernard Pierce (concussion) CINCINNATI BENGALS GAME STATUS OUT: RB Rex Burkhead (knee); WR Marvin Jones (foot) DOUBTFUL: LB Sean Porter (hamstring); WR James Wright (concussion) QUESTIONABLE: CB Darqueze Dennard (hip) PROBABLE: LB Vontaze Burfict (hamstring); TE Tyler Eifert (shoulder); RB Cedric Peerman (hip); G/C Mike Pollak (knee); T Andre Smith (concussion)   CINCINNATI BENGALS INJURY REPORT OUT: RB Rex Burkhead (knee); WR Marvin Jones (foot) DID NOT PARTICIPATE: LB Sean Porter (hamstring); WR...

Canty Not Concerned with Defensive Line Depth

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When the Ravens originally took to the field this offseason, there was little concern over the depth of the their defensive line. However, things have a way of changing quickly in the NFL. As we found out during training camp, they did exactly that, as the team lost both second-year defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore and rookie defensive lineman Brent Urban for the year due to injuries in July. Entering Sunday’s game against the Bengals, the Ravens have only five defensive lineman on the roster, or six if the team opts...

BEHIND ENEMY LINES: Bengals’ OL Concerns

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Cincinnati Bengals Newsy Note of the Week Andre Smith missed the entire pre-season, and it appears his status for Sunday’s game against the Ravens is still up in the air. The starting right tackle returned to practice this week after reportedly battling concussion-like symptoms. Here’s a quote from Marvin Lewis via Cincy Jungle: “I don’t know if Andre will be ready to come out of the gate,” Lewis said before practice. “Concerns really don’t matter, because nobody gives me anything for them, so we’ll know where Andre is when we...

RAVENS LINKS: Pierce Says He’s Not Injury-Prone

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Pierce responds to injury-prone label Bo Smolka of CSN Baltimore details Bernard Pierce’s response to questions about his durability. He doesn’t agree with it, considering he hasn’t missed any of the 32 regular season games he’s played. LINK Bold Predictions For The 2014 Ravens Purple Reign Show’s Phil Gentile, along with some help from local media personalities, give us some bold predictions for the upcoming football season. The first one is about the running game, and it’s definitely bold. LINK Depth on defensive line could be concern on Sunday CSN Baltimore’s Clifton...

Section 336 Episode 77: Feet Rubber

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    Are you ready for some football? Section 336 is ready! We are excited for our first Ravens-focused episode of the year.   Purple Friday? How about Purple Wednesday? After 77 weeks of releasing new shows on Friday mornings, we are moving to Wednesday mornings. You will still have brand new content each weekday but starting next week Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday will be 336 Daily days and Wednesdays will be when the full episode comes out. Also for the next month or two while the Orioles and...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Winning Ugly

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Today on Flashback Friday we look back upon a rather bizarre game at M&T Bank Stadium featuring the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals on November 10, 2013. Here’s a snapshot of the Good, Bad & Ugly from the game along with video highlights.   THE GOOD Nearly everything that was good in yesterday’s game took place on the defensive side of the football. The Ravens secondary had arguably their best outing of the season. Jimmy Smith (5 tackles, 2 PD’s, 1 TFL) was stout at corner and Lardarius Webb...

TALE OF THE TAPE: Taming The Bengals’ Green

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When the Baltimore Ravens take on the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, the marquee matchup to follow will be Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green versus Ravens cornerbacks Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith. In 2013, facing Green twice, both Smith and Webb fared well, with both having equal opportunities to take on the premier wideout, yielding varied results depending on how they attacked the Bengals star. Stopping the Bengals offense starts with – but hardly ends with – shutting down Green, which takes away an integral part of the passing game. There...

NICKEL PACKAGE: Week 1 vs. Cincinnati

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Sunday’s game between the Ravens and the Bengals could go a long way in determining the 2014 AFC North championship, if history is any indication. Since 2009, four of the five AFC North titles have gone to either Cincinnati (2009, 2013) or Baltimore (2011, 2012). All signs point to Sunday’s game being physical, chippy, close and exciting. Here are five things to look for in this game.   Joe Flacco’s performance In 11 career games against the Bengals (not including the 2012 road game in which he barely played), Flacco...

New O.C. Jackson Presents Challenge for Pees

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It’s no secret  that when the Ravens battle the Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday afternoon, the defense led by coordinator Dean Pees will have their work cut out for them. For a defense, the first game of the season is perhaps the hardest game of the year to prepare for, as opposing offenses show little insight into their playbooks throughout the preseason. “You can study the personnel, because the personnel doesn’t really change,” Pees said at the podium following practice on Thursday. “You can even watch a guy...

Kubiak Impressed With Progress From ‘Juice’

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In just three days the Ravens will finally get to show how their upgrades on the offensive side of the football will translate to the field when they host the Bengals on Sunday afternoon. There have been plenty of occasions throughout minicamp, training camp and the preseason where we have seen hints and clues as to what to expect from new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, but certainly nothing compares to a regular season atmosphere. During his tenure in Houston, Kubiak’s Texans earned their Top 6 all-time offensive outputs in scoring, total offense...

THURSDAY INJURY REPORT: Ravens vs. Bengals

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For the second consecutive day, all Ravens were practicing. The Bengals, meanwhile, added a couple veterans to their injury report due to Non-injury Rest (NiR). Many fans were upset that the team released Josh Bynes earlier this week, so they’ll all be glad to know that Bynes is back in the building at 1 Winning Drive. He was re-signed to the practice squad, while rookie defensive tackle A. J. Pataiali’i was cut from the squad to make room. Welcome back, Josh! Here are your Ravens/Bengals injury reports for Thursday’s practices.  ...

KEY TO VICTORY: Contain A.J. Green

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Week 1 against the Bengals will be a good measuring stick for the Ravens defense. The unit enters the regular season after an up and down preseason where they’ve shown flashes of dominance at times, and concerns and vulnerabilities at others. The front seven will be tested by one of the most dynamic young playmakers in the game, Giovani Bernard. His quickness and ability to change direction could be a challenge for a front seven made up largely of a combination of first-year starters, and experienced, but older veterans. The...

“This is Forever My City,” Lewis Says As Statue Unveiled

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Ray Lewis made his mark on Baltimore both on and off the field over the course of his 17-year NFL career. Each and every Sunday, Lewis provided a spark on the football not just with his Pro Bowl caliber of play but also with his ability to lead. Teammates and fans alike would gladly follow him to battle and they fed off of every word the two-time Super Bowl Champion uttered. While Lewis may no longer be suiting up for the Ravens on Sundays at M&T Bank Stadium, his legacy...