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Thoughts on The Ravens’ Win

I expect Monday sales of blood pressure and heard medication will go up in both Baltimore and Pittsburgh.  For Ravens’ fans, though, things are looking pretty good after a win at the Steelers, 17-14.

As expected, the game was low scoring and close, coming down to a touchdown pass in the final minute to put the Ravens up by three, then an interception on the first play after the touchdown by the seeming ageless Ray Lewis.

Steelers’ fans will look back on two missed field goals and that last interception and wonder “what if?” but they played well and are going in to their bye week 3-1 when few expected they would have a winning record without Big Ben.

The Ravens are now also 3-1, keeping pace with the Steelers for a share of the AFC North lead.  We saw a lot to be happy about, but there are still some things the team needs to address as the season moves along. Continue reading

Three Things The Ravens Must Do to Win Sunday

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Ravens beat Browns

The Ravens beat the Browns 24-17 in a game that seemed much harder than it should have, primarily due to the outstanding performance of Peyton Hillis and the Browns offensive line.


Joe Flacco and Anquan Boldin seemed to hit their groove, with 3 TD connections.  Flacco appeared to regain his poise.  While it was against the mediocre defense of the Browns, he did face some aggressive blitzing and still came away with 262 yards in the air and 3 TDs with no interceptions.

The running game looked fantastic, with Ray Rice going 80 yards on 15 carries until he left the game with a knee sprain.  Willis McGahee stepped in with another 29 yards.

The offense was much improved over the last two weeks (again, even in light of the opponent, this is still a divisional game).  They still need to improve third down conversions, and stop leaving themselves in third and long situations.

I would also like to see them continue to integrate the running attack to increase time of possession and wear down the opposing offense.  The weapons are there. Continue reading


Some quick thoughts on the Ravens:

They need to get the offense in gear.  The Jets were a stout defense.  The Bengals are good, but not that good.  Get back to the formula that wins:  Establish the run, set up the pass.  There are too many weapons on this team to lose games by throwing 4 interceptions.

Speaking of which, so far this year the turnover ratio is  -6.  That isn’t going to win.

The defense could be as good (or dare I say better) than the 2000 Ravens.  2 games, no touchdowns, 24 points.

They need to regroup and stomp the Browns.

Ravens Beat Jets

The 2010 hype bowl is over, and the Baltimore Ravens are victorious, winning 10-9 over the Jets.

The Jets – Ravens match up looked to be one for the ages, but a sloppy offensive showing by both teams along with outstanding defense by both teams made this one a low scoring nail biter. The Ravens pulled it out, scoring the only touchdown of the game.

But the score doesn’t say as much about the game as you would think.

The Ravens dominated the stats even if they didn’t dominate the scoreboard. They had 20 first downs while holding the Jets to just 6, although to be fair, 6 of the 20 were from penalties. The Ravens ran 77 plays to the jets 45. The Ravens only moved the ball 282 yards (primarily through the air), but when you hold the opposition to just 176 that’s a dominant performance.

Ravens time of possession was 38:30 to the Jets 21:30.

So how was the score so close? Continue reading

Ravens Game by Game Predictions

We’re counting down the hours to the beginning of the 2010 NFL season!  Most experts are picking the Ravens as Superbowl contenders this year.

But they do play the games for a reason, don’t they?

Every year around this time, I present my completely unreliable, generally biased, and wholly inaccurate predictions for the Ravens regular season games.

The Ravens have a tough start to the season, but as you’ll see, I think the tough part of the season is actually a bit later on.

With that disclaimer, let’s get started! Continue reading

Training, 9/6/10

It was a struggle to get to the gym today, but got in and got it done.

Bench Press
2×10 @ 45
2×3 @ 135
8×3 @ 185
3 grips, each set starts on the minute, speed good.
Had to bench on one of the slippery benches (as one of the trainers had someone doing what I guess would be called a kettlebell box squat on the competition bench), so had trouble setting up, but with a couple handfuls of chalk, could at least get set.

BB Ext

3×12 @ 140

Face pull
5×12 @ 150

Band pressdown
1 arm, mini band

That was it for the day, conditioning work was out of the question.

Gym Observation: The douchebag in the Che Guevara t-shirt will inevitably have stunningly horrific squat form. That’s what you get when you idolize a mass murderer.

Some Surprises on the Ravens Roster

As all 32 NFL teams cut down to their 53 man roster this weekend, there were some surprises, and the Ravens were no exception.

The first surprise to me was they were serious about carrying just 2 quarterbacks, and cut Troy Smith. This is a surprise, as I thought he might have some trade value at a minimum if they decided not to go with 3 QBs. I guess he doesn’t, which will certainly be a blow to his ego.

I imagine he’ll end up a third QB somewhere in the league.

That move also makes it very clear the Ravens will not resort to much trickery this year with the ‘Wildcat’ or ‘Suggs Package’ on offense.

I’m also surprised by the Antwan Barnes trade to the Eagles, which opened up a roster spot for either Jason Phillips, Edgar Jones, or Prescott Burgess.

Phillips performed well in camp, but not well in the last preseason game. I think they are looking at him as a project; he’s got enough talent to keep for the future. Jones is a very flexible player, but not a standout OLB/DE. He’s outstanding on special teams, but so was Barnes.

Burgess hasn’t impressed me much this year, but the Ravens see something in him worth keeping.

The depth at Linebacker made this trade possible, and hopefully the Ravens will see some value out of the draft pick next year.

I’m not at all surprised Demetrius Williams was cut. His performance has been inconsistent over the last several years, he’s injury prone, and hasn’t lived up to expectations. He may move on to another team and do very well, perhaps a change of scenery is what he needs to reach his potential.

Smith and Reed both have just as much upside as Williams, and I think less risk and less baggage.

I also wasn’t surprised by the choice of kicker. While there was speculation that Shayne Graham was ‘the guy’, he and Cundiff were very close on field goal performance, but Cundiff has the stronger leg for kickoffs. In the AFC North, field position often wins games, and I think that is what drove the Ravens’ choice.

I fully expected Ed Reed to end up on the Reserve PUP list. There was just no way he would be ready for the Jets, and I still think the Ravens are looking at their talent at Safety and considering the possibility of putting Reed on IR. That lets him heal and come back healthy next year, or possibly sets up a trade. I don’t think his attitude made him any friends in the Ravens front office or coaching staff this offseason.

While he’s one of the best to play the game, the Ravens can win without him.

As expected, the Ravens cut some players who will end up on rosters elsewhere in the league. Ozzie Newsome and team continue to build a deep talent pool, and are set not only to make a playoff run this year, but set for the future with a pretty young, very talented team.

This was also posted at Bleacher Report.

Ravens Dominate Giants

Boy do the Ravens look good.

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My take on some of the latest NFL news

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