Ravens continue to frustrate fans

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It is frustrating being an NFL fan. In a league that truly is all about “Any Given Sunday”… and as a fan, that can make it frustrating, as you never know what you will get from your team. For Baltimore Ravens fans, it seems that the frustration level might be higher than the average fan. Over the years the talent on this team has been tremendous and the amount of Pro Bowlers usually leads the league. But each year, the Ravens continue to come up short with players not playing...

Was Ravens’ offensive talent overestimated?

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You know, before the season started, there were many pundits who said the excuses for Joe Flacco will stop, given what he has around him. Some mentioned Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson as well rounded threats from the tight end position. I don’t know if those pundits were trying to stir the pot and put possible blame on Joe Flacco as well as more pressure on him because of their own agenda, but I want to know what they were talking about in the offseason. Flacco has his own issues...

Inconsistent Ravens continue to struggle

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The Baltimore Ravens this season have looked much like the old Ravens we’re used to, with their only consistency being their inconsistency. The Ravens have adopted this Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde mentality and continue to leave many Ravens fans dumbfounded when it comes to predicting their performance in any given game. Whether they’re breaking scoring records or finishing with less than 200 yards of total offense, this year’s Ravens have been unable to provide their fans with any sort of stability, which makes many doubt their chances every Sunday....

Ravens v. Raiders: Positive Trends

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Here are a few trends that bode well for the Ravens as they get set to host the Oakland Raiders this Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. 4-0: The Ravens’ all-time record vs. the Raiders in Baltimore. The Ravens own a 5-1 overall regular season series edge (6-1 including playoffs). 8-1: The Ravens’ overall record (including playoffs) vs. the AFC West under John Harbaugh, including 2-0 vs. Oakland. 10: Consecutive home games the Ravens have won vs. teams from West divisions (AFC & NFC) dating back to 2004. Remember this…

WEEK 9 FOLLOW UP – RAVENS VS. BRANDON WEEDEN

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OVERVIEW The Ravens got the best of Cleveland on Sunday, and were largely effective in limiting Brandon Weeden’s big plays. Below is a quick revisit to last week’s strategy opinion piece I wrote, in comparison to what the Ravens did on Sunday. C.J.’s Recommendations Prior to Week 9 1. CB Alignment 
C.J. Wrote: That the Ravens should press #1 receivers at the LOS to prevent clean releases and limit Weeden’s “comfort” throws. 
The Ravens Did: Baltimore played mostly loose coverages with their CBs, especially to twin (two WRs to the...

Did Ravens mismanage Haloti Ngata’s injury?

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Limping to the mid-way point of the NFL season, Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes goes from a jingle players sing to their children, to a refrain sung to team doctors when they ask, “what hurts?” Haloti Ngata is amongst those leading the choir as he has been battered and bruised the past few weeks. In particular, Ngata has a shoulder injury and during the win over the Dallas Cowboys, Ngata sprained the MCL in his right knee. Ngata’s ability to play through pain is admirable – especially given the injuries...

Harbaugh hasn’t spoken with Goodell over injury report questions

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This past Friday, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh had plenty of comments in regards to flaws he’s identified with the wording of the NFL’s injury report rules. After being fined $20,000 by the NFL, Harbaugh has made it clear that he and the organization believe the league should write the rules a little more clearly. “If a guy goes out there and doesn’t miss a practice, doesn’t miss a game, and doesn’t want to be on the injury report, and we have to be on the injury report, I want...

FILMSTUDY: Defensive Notes vs. Browns 11/4/12

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I read an excellent piece on the early days of football which described a game in which Jim Thorpe had a huge punt that essentially won a football game in an era where the basic strategy in football was “Wait for your opponent to screw up.” The same can be said about the Ravens series history with the Cleveland Browns. On Sunday, the Ravens rolled up an early 14-0 lead, but then played bend-but-don’t-break defense the rest of the day to hold Cleveland to 15 points despite a horrific offensive...

Ravens win, but secondary play remains very concerning

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The Ravens came out of the Dawg Pound alive on Sunday, but not without a brutal fight against a now 2-7 Cleveland Browns team. Offensively, the story stayed the same. The play calling was inconsistent most of the 2nd and 3rd quarters, and the breakaway speed of Torrey Smith wasn’t even recognized. Dennis Pitta only had one grab, and Flacco only completed passes to two WR’s throughout the game. At the end of the day however, the O managed to squeak out 25 points and it was enough to notch...

The Jekyll and Hyde Ravens are perplexing – and vexing – to watch

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I give up.  I cannot figure out this year’s version of the Ravens.  How can they tear apart a semi-decent Browns’ team for 15 minutes, then go to sleep for two and a half quarters?  How can Joe Flacco be spot on (10 for 10) for two series, then play like he couldn’t hit the side of a garage door? Cam Cameron crafted an efficient and time-consuming game plan that disappeared from the middle of 2nd period to the middle of the 4th.  Where did it go? There were only two...

Ravens are winning ugly? Who cares?

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Much has been made of the Ravens recent struggles overall winning close games against anybody willing to step on a football field. Yesterday against the Browns in a 25-15 win, Head Coach John Harbaugh knew the Ravens escaped a close one against a division rival as he said, “There are no East Carolina’s in this league.” But is too much being made of the Ravens struggles? Yes it is. The Ravens have a 6-2 record in early November and as a consistent playoff contender, you can’t ask for much more...

They are who we…thought they were?

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Dennis Green famously said “They are who we thought they were.” For the 2012 Baltimore Ravens, that couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m not sure anyone, including Coach John Harbaugh, nor the players themselves, knows who they are. Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron and quarterback Joe Flacco seem to want them to be a prolific passing offense. Running back Ray Rice would like them to go big and run behind Vonta Leach 25 times per game. Ravens fans would like to see a run-first offense with a Top 5 Defense. But...

Video breakdown: Bernard Pierce’s first NFL score

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I give Cam Cameron a lot of crap. He’s been on my bad side for the better part of his tenure in Baltimore. However, I have to give him credit when he earns it, and Sunday in Cleveland he did. Ravens fans were clamoring for the team to get back to basics on offense, and to pound the running game, and that’s exactly what they did. Fifteen of the team’s first 22 plays from scrimmage were runs, and those 22 plays resulted in 141 yards of offense and two touchdowns....

The Good, Bad, Ugly, & The Megan Fox: Grinding it out

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The Baltimore Ravens escaped Cleveland with a 25-15 win to push their division leading record to 6-2 and 3-0 in the AFC North. It was a game of highs and lows – really a microcosm of the season. The only predictable thing about the Ravens when they hit the road is that they are schizophrenically unpredictable. But when all was said and done, the win was reminiscent of a pitcher who can’t consistently pound the strike zone but managed to battle through. They did what they needed to do to...

NBC dropped Ray Lewis from SNF intro

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While recovering from a torn triceps injury that landed him on Injured Reserve (designated to return), Ray Lewis hasn’t been present on the Ravens sidelines. It looks like he won’t be found on your TV screens either. While it may be hard to stare at anything aside from Faith Hill’s age defying, 45-year old legs, you’ll also notice that Lewis has been removed from the featured intro montage for NBC’s Sunday Night Football. In the horribly executed video of Verizon Wireless product placement and NBC show advertisement that also happens...

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...

What’s to blame for Ravens’ road woes?

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The Baltimore Ravens are widely thought to have the best home field advantage in all of football. And their current 14-game home win streak supports that notion. On the other hand, the Ravens may be one of the worst road teams in the NFL currently with just a .333 (1-2) win percentage against teams with a combined record of 10-12. It’s also worth noting that the one game the Ravens won on the road saw no touchdowns as the Ravens squeaked out a 9-6 win against the lowly Kansas City...

CRAB BAG: Ravens take on “The Rookie”

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BRANDON WEEDEN STARRING IN “THE ROOKIE” Brandon Weeden was drafted in the second round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Yankees, their first selection in the draft. He was later traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers with Jeff Weaver and Yhency Brazoban for Kevin Brown. Following the 2005 season, he was selected in the Rule 5 Draft by the Kansas City Royals. Weeden played his last season of professional baseball in 2006 with the Class-A High Desert Mavericks of the California League. Injuries and a...

Will the Ravens be able to slow down Trent Richardson today?

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The Baltimore Ravens have been struggling against the run this season. In fact, they’re ranked 30th in the league, allowing over 140 yards per game. While Ravens fans aren’t too happy about this, Trent Richardson surely is. The matchup between Richardson and the Ravens’ defense should dictate this game. Through their last three games, the Ravens have allowed an unheard of 180 rushing yards per game. For the Browns, Richardson is coming off a 122-yard rushing performance against San Diego’s No. 1-ranked run defense. This appears to be troublesome for...

“Giving Back” Lardarius Webb Hosts 2nd Annual Charity Bowling Event

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The Lardarius Webb Foundation held its Second Annual Charity Bowling Event on Friday evening at the Timonium Fairlanes in Timonium, Maryland. A star-studded Baltimore Ravens cast including Ray Rice, Vonta Leach, Ed Reed and Torrey Smith joined Lardarius to help raise and distribute funds to provide aid to underprivileged children and their families. Fans were treated to an evening of bowling and autographs with their favorite Ravens players. Several Ravens bowled alongside families throughout the evening all while raising money for a wonderful cause. “This is just awesome. I mean how many fans of other teams can say they are bowling with their favorite players.”  stated Mark Beauford whose family bowled alongside Jacoby...
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