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Another Blow to The Secondary

Chuck Clark
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You’ve heard the mantra, “Embrace The Grind”. It applies to anything in life really, Whether it’s used to work through final exams, laborious construction work, training for a race or preparing for a major presentation, “Embrace The Grind” suggests that staying the course and fighting through the challenges eventually has its rewards. But this season has really put that to the test for the Ravens and their fans.

On Thursday we learned that Chuck Clark was added to the teams COVID-19 list which places his availability on Sunday in doubt. The Ravens are the 31st ranked pass defense. The potential loss of Clark is daunting given that he’s the defensive captain and signal caller AND the Ravens are already down their starting corners and Clark’s starting sidekick, Deshon Elliott. A team plagued by secondary miscommunications may lose their biggest communicator while taking on the 9th-ranked passing attack in the form of Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

QUICK HITS

  • The Ravens have won 13 straight games against teams from the NFC, ranking as the NFL’s longest active streak by one team vs. an opposing conference. The 13 consecutive victories also tie for the second-longest winning streak in inter-conference play since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.
  • Since 2016, the Ravens are 12-1 at home in the month of December. Dating back to 2018, they are 8-0 in such games.
  • Justin Tucker, the most accurate kicker in NFL history, is a perfect 6-of-6 on FGAs of 50+ yards this season, including an NFL-record 66-yarder in Week 3 at Detroit. Tucker owns eight career games, with multiple 50-plus-yard FGM, marking the most in NFL history.
  • The Ravens signed QB Josh Johnson off the Jets practice squad. He is now on the Ravens 53-man roster. The move suggests that Lamar Jackson will not play on Sunday but it could be the Ravens being proactive with their quarterback situation should COVID hit the team like it has the Browns.

[Week 15 NFL Picks]

GAMEDAY INFO

• Ravens v. Packers, 4:25 PM, FOX: Joe Buck (play-by-play), Troy Aikman (analyst), Erin Andrews (sideline) and Tom Rinaldi (sideline)
• Line: Packers by 5 ½; over/under at 43 ½
• Officiating Crew: Brad Allen

o Allen’s crew calls the 4th fewest penalties and 2nd fewest accepted penalties among NFL officials.

• Weather Forecast at Kickoff: Mostly Sunny, 43 degrees, wind chill 33 degrees, winds NNW 15 MPH with gusts of 28 MPH.

Image courtesy of the Baltimore Ravens

CALLING ON FORMER RAVENS

I saw this Tweet below regarding former Ravens not yet in the Hall of Fame. If you could call upon the services of any to help out the current Ravens squad in their injured state, and you could only choose 3, who would you choose?


SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT

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TWEET DECK

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

1892 ~ The first issue of “Vogue” is published

1903 ~ Near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville and Wilbur Wright make the first successful flight in history of a self-propelled, heavier-than-air aircraft. Orville piloted the gasoline-powered, propeller-driven biplane, which stayed aloft for 12 seconds and covered 120 feet on its inaugural flight.

1968 ~ The Who played their Christmas party at the The Marquee Club London. Also on the bill was a new group called Yes. Members 15 shillings, ($1.80) or £1 ($2.40) on the night. Other acts appearing at the club this month included Joe Cocker, Free and Led Zeppelin.

1949 ~ Speaking of Free, Paul Rodgers was born on this day. Rodgers, one of the best voices in Rock & Roll history turns 72 today. Rodgers was just 20 years old when Free recorded “All Right Now”, a staple of classic rock stations worldwide. The Free and Bad Company front man shockingly has still not been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

MY SINGLE FRIEND

My Single Friend called out sick, but his boss wasn’t hearing it.

Boss: “Whenever I’m feeling something come on I have sex with my wife and magically, I feel better.”

Two hours later MSF showed up for work.

Boss: “Glad to see you’re better.”

MSF: “Thanks, I took your advice. Oh and you have a really nice house.”

MUSIC FANIMAL

In this episode of Music Fanimal, Brian Bourne and Brennan McShane from Under The Covers pay a visit. They will impress you not only with their talent but also their sense of purpose and vision for the future. Grab some popcorn, sit back and enjoy.

TWO OF US

I’m not a big TikTok follower but fortunately I have a few friends who are and they forward things to me that they think I’ll be interested in on some level. One friend, Bobby Martinez, regularly forwards me videos from @gillyandthegirl, aka Charity and Mike who post videos of cover songs that they do a great job with. Sometimes they take the performance seriously, other times they inject humor. Either way, they’re quite good.

Recently the couple was inspired by The Beatles “Get Back” on Disney+ and did their rendition of what I believe to be one of the band’s more underrated songs. Hope you enjoy and I hope your Holiday Season is happy and blessed.

@gillyandthegirlWe just finished the new Beatles doc on Disney+ and felt inspired ✨ ##beatles ##twoofus ##letitbe ##paulmccartney ##johnlennon ##aimeemann ##iamsam♬ original sound – Charity & Mike

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