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RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 23, Redskins 3

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AUGUST 21 2009 BALTIMORE RAVENS 23, WASHINGTON REDSKINS 3 It’s not that the Ravens starters on offense were all that bad. They weren’t.  But they did look disjointed, fumbling and sputtering their way through a largely un-eventful first half of play. With the new-look Ravens offense held in check by the Washington Redskins, and their own miscues, it was left to the back ups, the defense, and the special teams units to secure a 23-3 win at FedEx Field in Landover. There is a sense about this offense of waiting...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 17, Panthers 12

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BALTIMORE RAVENS 17, CAROLINA PANTHERS 12 August 12, 2010 Ravens battle weather, inconsistency; begin preseason with a win. Mixed weather and mixed results. That’s how things went for the Baltimore Ravens in their preseason opener, a 17-12 win over the visiting Carolina Panthers. Generations of Baltimoreans have come to expect humid August days followed by stormy evenings and Thursday was no exception as the clouds opened up in the second half, bringing rain and sloppy play. Conditions compounded the coaching staff’s challenge of evaluating the talent at the back end...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Colts 20, Ravens 3

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  INDIANAPOLIS 20, BALTIMORE RAVENS 3 January 16, 2010   It just wasn’t meant to be.  Whatever could go wrong did, and even some things that went right went wrong for the Ravens, as their season came to a grinding halt with a 20-3 loss in Indianapolis.   A week ago in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, the Ravens confounded the critics by traveling to Foxboro and destroying the Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots’ mystic.  The contest was not even close.   On a short week’s...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 21, Raiders 13

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BALTIMORE RAVENS 21, OAKLAND RAIDERS 13 January 3, 2010   Game Conditions: Sunny Skies, Temp 54 degrees, Wind wnw 6 mph   For the second time in two seasons head coach John Harbaugh is taking his Ravens to the playoffs after beating the Oakland Raiders 21-13, in a play-in game of sorts.    The win gave the Ravens a 4-0 record this season against the AFC-West and it ran their record to an impressive 12-0 all-time under Harbaugh against teams with losing records.   That’s not to say their win...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Steelers 23, Ravens 20

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PITTSBURGH STEELERS 23, BALTIMORE RAVENS 20 December 27, 2009   Ravens versus Steelers: the tradition continues.  Another hard fought, close game.  Another loss at Heinz Field, where the Ravens have won just once in ten consecutive tries.   Sunday’s game presented the Ravens with numerous chances to pull ahead and exit Pittsburgh with a win.  But they did all the little things wrong, repeatedly committing mistakes that breathed fresh life into the Steelers chances for victory.   After the loss, Ravens players and coaches seemed anxious to explain-away the miscues...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 31, Bears 7 (including video highlights)

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BALTIMORE RAVENS 31 CHICAGO BEARS 7 December 20, 2009   While Mother Nature was dumping nearly two feet of snow on the Baltimore area this weekend, questions swirled over the Chicago Bears’ travel plans. Would the Bears even make to town before a kickoff that had already been pushed to the later 4:15 p.m. time slot?   Their plane finally did land in Baltimore late Saturday night. But after watching the Ravens trounce the Bears 31-7 it may be accurate to say the Bears never really showed up.    Yes,...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 48, Lions 3

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Quarterback: B-plus   Joe Flacco was efficient and managed the game well on a rainy day where he wasn’t asked to carry the offense, spending the majority of the time handing off to Ray Rice. He committed no turnovers, completing 13 of 20 passes for 230 yards and one touchdown for a 120.8 passer rating against the NFL’s worst pass defense.   Running back: A-plus   Ray Rice had an electrifying performance, rushing for a career-high 166 yards on just 13 carries. That included a 59-yard touchdown run. He now...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Packers 27, Ravens 14

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GREEN BAY PACKERS 27, BALTIMORE RAVENS 14 DECEMBER 7, 2009   A week ago we asked the question, which Ravens team do you believe in?   Are they a quality team that can fight back and beat the Super Bowl champs? Or are they a bad team that can nearly let a third string quarterback beat them in a must-win home game?   After watching the Ravens travel to Lambeau Field Monday night and flounder on national television in a 27-14 loss, the answer is entirely unsatisfying.  The answer is: neither. ...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 20, Steelers 17

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BALTIMORE RAVENS 20, PITTSBURGH STEELERS 17, OT November 29, 2009   Which Ravens team are we watching?    The one that can come within a whisker of losing a must-win home game when they allowed a third-string quarterback to dash 24-yards untouched to the end zone to take a late 17-14 lead?   Or are they a team “with the heart of a lion” that can claw its way back and find a way to come out on top?   To the dismay of many we saw both against the...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Colts 17, Ravens 15

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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 17, BALTIMORE RAVENS 15 November 22, 2009   Ravens look better, but botch chances to knockout Colts.   Remember that Ravens playoff game against the 2006 Colts? Baltimore very nearly avenged that painful loss by turning the tables Sunday.   Like the Colts in that January 2007 game, Baltimore was unable to put the ball in the end zone on Sunday and had to settle for five field goals from newly acquired kicker Billy Cundiff to account for all their scoring.  When Adam Vinatieri kicked five field goals...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 16, Browns 0

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NOVEMBER 16, 2009       After watching the Ravens beat the Browns 16-0 in front of a national television audience this much we know:  The Browns are really bad.  And the Ravens did little to take advantage of it.    Okay, maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration – the Browns played decently on defense.  Or at least their front four seemed to play well at times.  Which in turn raises questions about the Ravens offensive line, especially after seeing this unit get a knocked around for the second week...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Bengals 17, Ravens 7

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CINCINNATI BENGALS 17, BALTIMORE RAVENS 7 November 8, 2009   Ravens Must Concede: Bengals Simply Better.   There are going to be days when we can only shake our heads and admit we got our asses handed to us.   Sunday was one of those days for the fans, players, coaches, and broadcasters who witnessed the Ravens 17-7 loss to the Bengals.  Hell, even the beer vendors could see the Bengals are simply the better team right now.   For a few days you will hear blame-game theories about which...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 30, Broncos 7

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November 1, 2009 BALTIMORE RAVENS 30 VS DENVER BRONCOS 7   The Baltimore Ravens had two weeks to absorb the sting of their three-game losing streak.   A bye week left them ample time for all the questions to sink in.  Questions that had piled up in newspaper stories, on radio talk shows, and on Internet message boards.  The doubters were calling the once-vaunted defense a shell of its former self.  The defensive backfield was termed weak. Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison was called an unimaginative fraud.   The ability of the front...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Vikings 33, Ravens 31

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MINNESOTA VIKINGS 33 BALTIMORE RAVENS 31 October 18, 2009   Another Ravens game came down to a few critical seconds.  And the result was another close loss, the third in a row in fact, as the Ravens fell short to the Minnesota Vikings, 33-31.   Critical seconds… The game was lost with clock reading 0:02 and Steve Hauschka’s 44-yard field goal attempt sailing left of the uprights—right?  Not exactly!  The critical seconds in this game were on the front-end, as the Ravens appeared to sleepwalk their way into the Metrodome...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Bengals 17, Ravens 14

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CINCINNATI BENGALS 17, BALTIMORE RAVENS 14   October 11, 2009   For the second week in a row, the Baltimore Ravens were facing an opponent with just one loss to their name.  This week it was the Cincinnati Bengals, with their own highly decorated quarterback in Carson Palmer.  And again this Sunday the Ravens played a tight contest that was impacted by big plays and questionable officiating, ultimately decided in the final minute of the game.  Once more the Ravens came out on the losing end, by a score of...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Patriots 27, Ravens 21

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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 27  BALTIMORE RAVENS 21 October 4, 2009   Pull up the stat sheet from an NFL game and you can usually find the keys to victory.  When the Ravens trounced the Browns one week ago, the stats had victory written all over them.   But good luck finding a statistical explanation for this week’s outcome.  The sputtering Ravens essentially beat themselves in Foxboro Stadium, losing to a seasoned Patriots team, 27-21.   Penalties, turnovers, sloppy tackling, dropped passes or botched routes by the Ravens in key situations—and...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 34, Browns 3

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BALTIMORE RAVENS 34 CLEVELAND BROWNS 3 September 27, 2009   Your heart predicted it all week.   The Ravens should easily handle the hapless Browns at home.  Then your head intervened, whispering doubts to your heart.    This is a trap game, you told yourself.  Plus, divisional rivals tend to play each other close, right?  The Ravens might overlook a weaker opponent sandwiched between tough, conference road games in San Diego and New England.  Their shaky special teams units were facing a dangerous return man in Joshua Cribbs. The winless Browns...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 31, Chargers 26

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  REARVIEW MIRROR   BALTIMORE RAVENS 31 SAN DIEGO CHARGERS 26 September 20, 2009   The old expression, don’t corner a wounded animal nearly came back to bite the Ravens before they escaped Qualcomm Stadium with a tough road win, 31-26.     Sure, the Ravens defense was licking its chops with the news Chargers starters at running back, LaDainian Tomlinson, center Nick Hardwick and guard Louis Vasquez were all ruled out prior to game time.     The Ravens had to know that Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers would be asked to...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 38, Chiefs 24

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  REARVIEW MIRROR   BALTIMORE RAVENS 38  KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 24 September 13, 2009   Cam Cameron has a message for you. He’s not kidding about throwing the ball.     When the Ravens passed 58% of their preseason plays, most observers figured they were simply working on an offensive deficiency, and the regular season would bring a return to their familiar run-first mentality. After all, in Joe Flacco’s rookie season the team threw the ball just 43% of the time, while rushing 507 times for 2,027 yards —good enough for...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 20, Falcons 3

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Rearview Mirror BALTIMORE RAVENS 20, ATLANTA FALCONS 3 September 3, 2009   Starters sit as Ravens roll to a 4-0 preseason finish.   Twenty of the Ravens’ twenty-two starters were sidelined for this game.   Now there’s a scary thought – scary but true, a consequence of needing to get through a largely meaningless final preseason game Thursday night in Atlanta. As such, the coaching staff elected to rest the starters and use the occasion to get a closer look at the back-ups.   Other than the inexperienced Tavares Gooden, Terrell...