Happy Friday, Flock Nation, as we head into a tough matchup against the Green Bay Packers this weekend.
It’s also an especially happy Friday in Baltimore, as we have two big birthdays: J.K. Dobbins (23) and Pernell McPhee (33) on the team today.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 17, 2021
An Aaron Rodgers visit in December is like the opposite of Christmas for most NFL defenses, and the Ravens’ loss of Chuck Clark only makes things worse.
But the good news is that the Color Rush jerseys are back, boding well for their chances against Green Bay.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 16, 2021
The Ravens have historically dominated in their purple-on-purple uniform combo, so here’s hoping they get a little extra luck against the Packers on Sunday!
The Ravens have outscored opponents by a combined 147-30 in their color rush uniforms. 🤯 https://t.co/RtdQfxUBTk
— Jonas Shaffer (@jonas_shaffer) December 16, 2021
In case you missed it yesterday, ex-Ravens QB Robert Griffin III called for Wink Martindale to replace Urban Meyer in Jacksonville.
Jaguars should hire #Ravens DC Don “Wink” Martindale as their next Head Coach. Already have members of the Ravens coaching tree in house and Wink has been doing it at a high level for a long time. His coaching style and personality will make the players and city rally together.
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) December 16, 2021
But I’m sure many Ravens fans would rather send a different coach to the Jaguars…
Dear Mr. Khan, We have a great person in Baltimore who would do wonders for your team. His name is Greg Roman. The Ravens Flock endorses this move. I think it would be great for all teams involved.
— Ari Clark (@AriClark84) December 16, 2021
Wink also compared Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams to legendary filmmaking duo Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro this week, and it’s actually a pretty great comparison.
Ravens DC Don "Wink" Martindale said it's unbelievable how Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams work together.
"It's De Niro and Scorsese," Martindale said. "They just look at each other and know what they're doing."
— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) December 16, 2021
Scorsese and De Niro do amazing things when separated (The Departed, Awakenings), but they do their best work together (Casino, Cape Fear).
The same goes for Rodgers, who has found ways to win without Adams, but clearly does better with his top receiver in the lineup.
In fact, John Harbaugh even talked about how Rodgers “runs the offense” on Wednesday, which sounds like a director’s job to me.
Coach Harbaugh on Aaron Rodgers “He runs the offense. He has his fingerprint all over the offense”#RavensFlock
— Cordell Woodland (@CordellWoodland) December 15, 2021
Then if you factor in Adams’ acting skills on his route-running, the comparison becomes even more apt.
OH. MY. GOD.
Please PRAY for Anthony Averett, Chris Westry, Tavon Young and whoever else is out there at CB.
— 🦇. (@RunLamarRun) December 13, 2021
If they want to win, the Ravens will have to make like the Oscars and rob Rodgers as many times as possible on Sunday, and I think that’s about as far as I can stretch this particular metaphor, though you could argue that the Ravens’ injury-riddled season has been like the Goodfellas’ “Layla” montage at times. Everywhere you look, there’s another injury!
That’s the main story heading into Sunday’s game: the status of Lamar Jackson. It seems unlikely that he’s going to play, but even without no. 8, I believe in this Ravens team to GIVE US ALL THEY GOT!
Oh wait, that’s Al Pacino. And Michael Mann. Ah well, you get the point.