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REPORT CARD: Ravens Reduce Panthers to Kitty Cats

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Panthers 10 – Ravens 38 Overall: A 38 – 10 and dominant on both sides of the ball. I mean if you have faults from this game you’re really nitpicking, which I will do in a bit. Was lady luck a Raven today? SURE SHE WAS, but sometimes you get lucky and you have to take advantage of it, and the Ravens did. They’re 3 – 1 and looking better and better each week. Special mention to James Hurst! What a job the kid did. I said when they signed...

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...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Week 2, Pittsburgh Steelers

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Overall: A+ Words cannot express how badly this team and the fans needed a win. It was bad enough that the Ravens played like they did and lost to Cincinnati just a few days ago, but the Ray Rice saga just added salt, lemon, hydrochloric acid, napalm, and homeless puppies to the proverbial wound. Beating down the Pittsburgh Steelers to the point where they didn’t even score a touchdown was the best thing that could have happened.   Offense: B+ Against the Bengals, the offense looked pretty inept. They dropped...

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...

2013 Season Report Card

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The season was a roller coaster ride and some of the bends, turns and sheer drop-offs made many of the Ravens’ faithful consider that they may not have the stomach for this 2013. Can we blame them? The Ravens were coming off a season of greatness and a half-decade of success. The final nail in the coffin came against a hot Cincinnati Bengals team that went 8-0 at home in the Queen City this season. I suppose that an 8-8 record is not nearly as bad as it could have...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Everybody Fails

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A lot of folks will point out how the blabbering and flip-flopping from blatantly bad referee calls impacted the Ravens early on in the game.  I agree to a certain point, but when looking back at this game it is really evident how unprepared the Ravens were and how great New England’s coaching staff really is.  I would love to see Baltimore embrace an offensive scheme similar to that of the Patriots.  They make the most out of what they’ve got and even with three offensive linemen playing out of...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 18 Lions 16

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Words cannot describe the level of heart palpitations that I experienced into the waning hours of Monday night.  At first, I was so uncomfortable with the fact that the defense gave up yet another late, 4th quarter touchdown.  However, I had to constantly remind myself that this is how the Ravens do things.  Many have said it and it is so true: the Ravens don’t panic and thrive under pressure.   Offensive Grades Overall, I thought the offense was fairly average last night.  They didn’t make a lot of mistakes...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 29, Vikings 26

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Hey Ravens’ Faithful… What. A. Game! This game was full of the lowest of lows and incredible highs. The first half was a snoozer – largely as a result of the weather. BUT… The last 5 minutes of the game may have been the most exciting 5 minutes of any game this season. When it comes to Ravens football, you just never know when last minute heroics are going to come alive and take over a game. I think it’s safe to say that most fans would rather see the...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 22 Steelers 20

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It was a well played, closely fought contest, particularly given the short week, which often leads to sloppy football. Perhaps the stakes, being as high as they were, helped both teams maintain focus (unless of course your name is Michael Oher). It was a tale of two halves – the first half won by the Ravens and after the break the Steelers held the upper hand, aided in part by their answer to the Ravens boisterous 12th man, a 12th man of their own in the form of head coach...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 19 Jets 3

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Some may disagree, but I think today’s win was exactly what the Ravens needed.  It was a total domination from the defense against a poor offense.  It was also a rather solid outing from the offense against arguably the best defense in the NFL.  Folks may look at the score and only see one offensive touchdown, but they’d be completely missing out on the number of sustained drives that tired the Jets’ defense out and put Justin Tucker in field goal range.  There are still some things that the offense...

REPORT CARD: Bears 23, Ravens 20 OT

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If you were watching the Ravens play the Bears this afternoon, you probably started to see some distinct, negative patterns emerge. These patterns aren’t necessarily because of a lack of talent or bad players. These patterns go much, much deeper. They are systemic. They strike at the core of this team and this coaching staff. The negative patterns that I am noticing are the following: • When the game is on the line, the defense cannot get off the field. • When the game is on the line, the defense...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 20 Bengals 17 (OT)

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Many considered last week’s game against Cleveland to be a “must win.”  In a lot of circumstances it was, because a win against Cleveland and a win yesterday against the Bengals would have set Baltimore up for a much better shot to earn one of the final Wild Card playoff slots. Right now, the playoff picture in the AFC looks like this: Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and the Indianapolis Colts leading their respective divisions.  The 5th and 6th playoff slots will (right now) be the Denver...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Steelers 19, Ravens 16

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Well folks, what can I say? The Ravens just don’t seem to have “it” right now. Defensively, they’re looking more and more like last year’s defense, which couldn’t get off the field and stop the run. I was happy to see Jameel McClain able to suit up, but he just looked so slow out there on the field. I think having him out there at all unless it’s absolutely necessary is a mistake. However, I’m a bit stumped to the personnel decisions being made by the coaching staff. This leads...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Packers 19 Ravens 17

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The defense can only be incredible for so long.  Considering how much the defense was on the field, I am impressed that they kept Aaron Rodgers at bay for as long as they did.  Right now the Ravens are 3-3 with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals and Chicago Bears coming up.  While Pittsburgh is 1-4 and both Cleveland and Cincinnati are up and down, the Ravens’ offensive woes could spell some major in-division disappointments on the horizon. The Ravens have got to figure out their offense and they...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Bills 23, Ravens 20

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It wouldn’t be a true Ravens’ season without losing to a team they should have beaten. Last season it was losing to a Charlie Batch-led Pittsburgh Steelers team in Baltimore. In 2011 it was losing to the Jacksonville Jaguars. In fact, other than the final score, the 2011 Jacksonville loss closely resembles today’s loss to Buffalo. Both Buffalo and the Jaguars were underdogs. Both of their defenses came to play and completely shut down the running game and held the Ravens’ receivers to minimal gains. Also, in both losses, the...

REPORT CARD: Ravens 30, Texans 9

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The Texans Are Who We Thought They Were   Well, they are who I thought they were – overrated! A lot of fans that looked at the schedule probably chalked this game up as a loss before the season even started. The Texans have a lot of talent at a lot of places. Andre Johnson is in his thirties, but he can still move the chains. Both of their tight ends (Owen Daniels and Garrett Graham) are big targets and very effective in the red zone. Everyone knows the Texans...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 14 Browns 6

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In typical Ravens fashion, they sure know how to keep us fans on the edges of our seats.  The first half was just maddening.  It seemed like it was a continuation of the performance 10 days ago in Denver.  Receivers couldn’t get open, the offensive line was porous, the running game was ineffective, Joe Flacco didn’t look to be in sync with anyone outside of Torrey Smith and the defense was absolutely bland and uninspired.  The second half saw a completely different ball club take the field, especially on defense. ...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Receivers step up in 24-21 loss

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Preseason games are the frontiers of opportunity for NFL hopefuls yet so painful to absorb for viewers. Thankfully the cheap hors d’oeuvres are now out of the way and it’s time to feast on the main course. But before we do, let’s close the lid on the nasty leftovers with this week’s Report Card. QUARTERBACK: C- Caleb Hanie’s QB Rating (61.1) suggests something worse but he should be given credit for standing tall in the pocket while under pressure most of the evening. Last night was his last game as...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Panthers 34 Ravens 27

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It is true that preseason games do not truly matter and are more or less tryouts for some of the bubble players who may not have a roster position locked up, but the third preseason game is undoubtedly the most important because the starters play almost the entire game.  There were a lot of things that I was really hoping to see – and some of them I certainly did – but I still think that this team has a long way to go.  Inconsistencies along the offensive line made...

REPORT CARD: Ravens, Storms Drown Bucs 44-16

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Quarterbacks: B The interception by Flacco was meaningless in the grand scheme of things as he has nothing to prove in the preseason. But other than that he did complete 7-of-9 passes in his brief appearance. Tyrod Taylor doesn’t always look extremely comfortable in the pocket, but is an asset when things break down in front of him and is good at extending plays. He showed this on a nice scramble and completion to Visanthe Shiancoe in the red zone. Running Backs: C+ Bernard Pierce got the Ravens first offensive...