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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...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 28 Patriots 13

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They didn’t play a perfect game. But when challenged the Baltimore Ravens responded and the New England Patriots did not.  The Ravens outlasted and outclassed the Patriots to come away with a 28-13 win, earning themselves a trip to the Super Bowl for the second time in team history. The Ravens came out of the gate slowly and fell behind 13-7 by halftime.  They could have panicked knowing quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick were 67-0 at home when leading at halftime and they had never lost to...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 38 Broncos 35 (2 OT)

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The nightmare of recent playoffs past crept into the Super Bowl dreams of Ravens fans once again. When Jacoby Jones dropped a pass thrown by Joe Flacco on third-and-five with 3:22 left in this AFC Divisional Championship game, with the Ravens trailing the Denver Broncos by a touchdown, it certainly looked like a third consecutive year that the Ravens would get knocked out of the playoffs just as Flacco was driving his offense for a late score to tie or win the game. In each of the last two playoff...

WILDCARD REPORT CARD: Ravens 24, Colts 9

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BALTIMORE RAVENS VS INDIANAPOLIS COLTS January 6, 2013 It felt like a surreal, nostalgic game of musical chairs.  In the end, when the music stopped, the Baltimore Ravens were still seated, having beaten the Indianapolis Colts 24-9 to advance to the Divisional round of the AFC Playoffs next Saturday at 4:30 Eastern against the Denver Broncos. The game was full of strange story lines.  Most everything that had been, changed, but then in the end it all really seemed to stay the same. The changes kept coming right up until...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Broncos 34, Ravens 17

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REARVIEW MIRROR DENVER BRONCOS 34, BALTIMORE RAVENS 17 December 16, 2012 Coming into this game against the Denver Broncos not many pundits in Baltimore expected a win, even against a team that had never beaten the Ravens in Baltimore.  Despite knowing their Ravens had not lost two consecutive home games under John Harbaugh, Ravens fans had still never seen their team beat Peyton Manning. So the chances of accomplishing it with nearly half the defense sidelined seemed dim. But how they lost this game – a 34-17 blowout – was...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens fall 31-28 in OT

REARVIEW MIRROR WASHINGTON REDSKINS 31, BALTIMORE RAVENS 28, OT December 9, 2012 What is it with the Ravens and backup quarterbacks? After losing a week ago to Charlie Batch and the Steelers, the Ravens this week faced the Washington Redskins and their vaunted rookie Robert Griffin III. Except when the Ravens knocked Griffin out of the game with a leg injury in the game’s final minute, it was backup Kirk Cousins who engineered a touchdown pass and two-point conversion with 0:29 left to send the game into overtime, then beating...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Steelers 23 Ravens 20

The Ravens had them right where they wanted them. Joe Flacco had just connected on a 28-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin down the left sideline to take a 13-3 lead over the Steelers, with just three minutes remaining in the first half. For a team riding a 15-game home winning streak, and a three-game streak over their rivals from Pittsburgh, it was looking like the win was in the bag. After all, the Steelers would be relying on Charlie Batch, their ancient, third-string quarterback, to bring them back The...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 16, Chargers 13

REARVIEW MIRROR RAVENS 16 CHARGERS 13, OT November 25, 2012 The ends justify the means. That may be the only way to explain an ugly performance that resulted in an unlikely 16-13 overtime win for the Ravens in San Diego. In the end a beautiful, hard-fought victory justified a lethargic first-half performance against a Chargers team that had not been playing well. Coming out of the locker room down 10-0,the Ravens could have accepted excuses about traveling across three time zones to play football. They could have accepted the notion...

Ravens Report Card: Ravens 25, Browns 15

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REARVIEW MIRROR BALTIMORE RAVENS 25, CLEVELAND BROWNS 15 NOVEMBER 4, 2012 The Baltimore Ravens arrived in Cleveland riding an impressive set of statistical streaks that predicted victory.  Under John Harbaugh they had already gone 9-0 against the Browns and had reeled off 14-straight wins following a loss. So it seemed fitting that Baltimore would look very “streaky” in beating the Browns 25-15. The offense at first appeared to be in total rhythm, emphasizing the run and throwing when necessary to move the chains.  Joe Flacco went 8-for-8 to start the...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Texans 43, Ravens 13

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HOUSTON TEXANS 43, BALTIMORE RAVENS 13             October 21, 2012 Before we get to the criticism of the Ravens play in this 43-13 shellacking at the hands of the Houston Texans – and there is plenty of criticism to come — let’s assess whatever good news is possible to take from this game, a rare blow-out loss by the Ravens. The Ravens are still 5-2, atop their division, and they are now headed into their bye week, with a winnable division game against the Browns...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 31, Cowboys 29

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The mood was anything but celebratory. The Ravens had just won their fifth game of the season to take a commanding lead in the AFC North. They are one of 2 AFC teams with a winning record. Yet the players seemed agitated while the fans exiting M&T Bank Stadium expressed relief more than they did jubilation. The emotion was on par with barely earning a passing grade after a tough pass/fail exam. Also dampening the mood were injuries to defensive stars Lardarius Webb and Ray Lewis. The losses of these...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 9, Chiefs 6

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REARVIEW MIRROR BALTIMORE RAVENS 9, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 6 October 7, 2012 The Baltimore Ravens barely survived their trip to Kansas City, coming away with a 9-6 win over the lightly regarded Chiefs. In many ways, it was old-fashioned Ravens football, with goal-line stands and field goals flying. Except it was the Chiefs who resembled those Ravens teams from a decade ago, with a solid-looking defense, and a pounding running attack that was hampered by inept quarterback play. Chiefs running backs carried the ball 46 times for 200 yards against...

REPORT CARD: Ravens 23, Browns 16

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REARVIEW MIRROR BALTIMORE RAVENS 23 CLEVELAND BROWNS 16 September 27, 2012 Gene Steratore and his experienced crew of NFL officials were back on the field Thursday night shortly after the NFL had reached their new, eight-year labor agreement with their union earlier in the day. Also back on the field to face the Cleveland Browns were the Ravens players, the same field where just four nights earlier they slugged their way through to the final whistle and came away with a last-second win over the New England Patriots. The mental...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 31, Patriots 30

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REARVIEW MIRROR BALTIMORE RAVENS 31 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 30 September 23, 2012 This time there was no distracting, last-second chaos after quarterback Joe Flacco had moved the offense down the field in the final two minutes and the Ravens ran their kicker onto the field. This time Patriots head coach Bill Belichick did call time out in an attempt to ice the kicker. This time the kick sailed through the uprights, barely. And this time the Ravens beat the Patriots, barely, 31-30, thanks to a last-second field goal by rookie...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Eagles 24, Ravens 23

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REARVIEW MIRROR PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 24, BALTIMORE RAVENS 23 SEPTEMBER 16, 2012 Seeking explanations for a 24-23 loss to the Eagles, the Ravens faithful will surely question the fairness of the officiating in Philadelphia. All afternoon Robert Frazier’s frantic crew of replacement officials failed miserably to keep players from taking shots at one another after the whistle, and they were downright laughable simply trying to correctly spot the ball amidst the ongoing chaos. So when Ravens receiver Jacoby Jones was flagged for a questionable and rare offensive pass interference call in...

Ravens Report Card: Ravens 44 Bengals 13

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They did the old man proud.  On a night dedicated to the memory of former owner Art Modell, playing on Monday Night Football, the venue Modell helped pioneer over forty years ago, the Ravens dismantled the Cincinnati Bengals, 44-13. All summer long teammates pronounced Joe Flacco a new, take-charge guy.  Now a home crowd and national audience saw it with their own eyes.  Flacco played brilliantly, well enough to support the growing sense that the Ravens finally have an offense that can outshine their vaunted defense. In fact, it was...

Ravens Report Card: Rams 31 Ravens 17

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Old Ravens nemesis and new Rams head coach Jeff Fisher elected to keep his starters on the field for more than a half of play while Ravens head coach John Harbaugh dressed only a handful of starters. It was a good chance to expose Ravens’ bubble players to top competition before the team is required to cut 22 and get down to their final, 53-man roster on Monday. However, there were very few standout performances in this runaway 31-17 Rams win. The team has been very good at unearthing undrafted...

Ravens Report Card: Ravens 48 Jaguars 17

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On a Monday night last October a national TV audience watched the Ravens embarrass themselves in Jacksonville, losing a 12-7 shocker to a poorly regarded Jaguars team. Revenge certainly was not a factor in this preseason rematch.  The goal for the Ravens was simply to work the starters for more than a half together, and perhaps improve on scoring from inside the red zone, something the starting offense has struggled with in the preseason. They accomplished both, and maybe a bit of revenge nonetheless in piling up the most points...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Lions 27 Ravens 12

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Detroit Lions wideout Calvin Johnson is good – good enough to be an NFL video game cover boy. As we saw Friday night, he’s also good enough to torch Ravens cornerbacks, who for the second straight weeks struggled in coverage. A week ago the Falcons relied on three-step drops and quick slants for easy connections in front of sagging Ravens defenders. This week Johnson simply ran past, through and over Ravens corners Cary Williams and Jimmy Smith while averaging 22 yards on five catches and a touchdown in less than...