RAVENS CRAB BAG: Week 2 v. Eagles

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QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“It would be foolish to say Lewis is the same as he was a decade ago, but it would be equally silly not to be impressed with what he’s doing. The ability to play his position at such a high level all these years later after having long reached his status as the best middle linebacker of all time remains a remarkable feat. … Maybe this defense will continue to be dominant because its still-quick leader continues to beat down running backs. And time.” ~ CBS SPORTS’ MIKE FREEMAN ON RAY LEWIS

“From what I’ve seen of Dennis Pitta, he has a chance to be a star. And with the way the NFL is headed, the combination of Pitta and Dickson could be lethal.” ~ CBS analyst Ian Eagle on TEs Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson

DID YOU KNOW?

·         The Ravens and Eagles each produced 19 plays of 10-or-more yards in their respective Week 1 matchups, ranking as the NFL’s most on Kickoff Weekend.

·         The number 50: Total wins (including playoffs) by QB Joe Flacco, the most among all NFL starting QBs since he entered the league in 2008.

·         The Ravens aim to go 2-0 under John Harbaugh (since 2008) for the third time during his tenure (2008 and 2009).

·         The Ravens aim to go 2-0 under John Harbaugh (since 2008) for the third time during his tenure (2008 and 2009).

·         The Ravens are 36-25-1 against teams from the NFC. The Ravens are 10-4-1 against NFC East foes, including 3-1 under Harbaugh.

·         Baltimore has won six of its last seven games against the NFC and they are 17-15 on the road during the Harbaugh Era (since 2008), posting a 4-4 mark in 2011.

·         The Eagles have a 5 game winning streak in regular season contests after starting 2011 with a 4-8 record.

·         Since 2000 the Ravens are 89-21 when scoring 20 or more points and 42-3 when scoring 30 points or more.

COVERING 1/3 OF THE PLANET

Ed Reed returned an NFL-record 107-yard INT for a TD during the Ravens’ 36-7 victory at home in 2008 (11/23). Reed also had another pick returned for 43 yards that day, producing 150 total return yards, the sixth-most single-game INT return yards in NFL history. Of Reed’s 58 career INTs, 15 have come against NFC foes. He’s

produced 305 INT return yards on those thefts (20.5 avg.).

BMORE/PHILLY CONNECTIVITY

·         Ravens S Sean Considine was selected by the Eagles in the fourth round (102nd overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft and played for Philadelphia from 2005-08, recording a career-high 107 tackles (66 solo) in 2006.

·         Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti was born in Philadelphia before moving to Baltimore as a child.

·         Ravens rookie K Justin Tucker and Eagles rookie QB Nick Foles played alongside each other at Westlake (Austin, TX) HS.

·         Ravens QB Tyrod Taylor (2007-10) and Eagles QB Michael Vick (1999-2000) are two of Virginia Tech’s all-time standout players. After just two years with the Hokies, Vick was tabbed the No.1-overall selection in the 2001 NFL Draft, while Taylor recently became the school’s all-time passer his senior season (2010), throwing for 7,017 career yards.

TRIVIA QUIZ

The Ravens have 8 First-Round Picks on their roster: QB Joe Flacco (Bal.), LB Ray Lewis (Bal.), DT Haloti Ngata (Bal.), T Michael Oher (Bal.), S Ed Reed (Bal.), CB Jimmy Smith (Bal.) & LB Terrell Suggs (Bal.) are seven of them. Who is the eight?

Be the first to correctly submit your answer to TL@profootball24x7.com and you will win a free oil change at Tim’s Automotive.

BROADCAST CREW

TV: CBS / WJZ (Ch. 13) ~ Uh-oh, like nails on a chalkboard here comes the master of the obvious and card carrying member of the Ben Roethlisberger Fan Club, Dan Dierdorf as “analyst” and his capable sidekick Greg Gumbel.

LAUGH OF THE WEEK AT THE EXPENSE OF RAVENS’ OPPONENT

 

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  1. Tony Lombardi on said:

    The correct answer to the trivia question is Bryant McKinnie served up first by Grail Archie. Congrats to Grail and thanks to all who participated!!! GO RAVENS!!!

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