Found September 12, 2013 on Football Extra Points:
In the week leading up to the Broncos Ravens rematch, the focus was on the Broncos changed defense.  The Broncos lost Elvis Dumervil in an off-season signing to the Ravens, Champ Bailey was out due to injury, and Von Miller was suspended.  All true, but I kept wondering why no one was mentioning the changed Ravens defense. Didn’t anyone notice that the Ravens lost Ray Lewis to retirement and Ed Reed to the Houston Texans?  On a purely statistical level, Lewis in 2012 was not the player he once was.  But how can we measure the emotional impact he had on the defense, especially during the playoffs?  The same can be said of Reed.  He’s not as flashy or attention-grabbing as Lewis, but in the locker room he is just as respected as Lewis, maybe more so. And although he’s slowed on the field, quarterbacks still generally avoided throwing in his direction.  Daryl Smith, a nine-year veteran with the Jaguars, replaced Lewis.  He finished the game with four tackles and two pass d...

Baltimore Ravens: The struggling secondary

Baltimore Ravens defensive unit (Photo credit: Evan Habeeb/USA TODAY Sports) The Baltimore Ravens did not start the 2013 NFL season as planned, with a majority of the problems being on the defensive end. Since the team’s debut in 1996, the Ravens have been known for a dynamic defense with great pass coverage and an unbeatable front seven. But the season opener in Denver proved...

Heels in the Pro’s: Shaun Draughn to the Ravens

Heels in the Pro’s: Shaun DraughnAs the college season comes closer to week three, a bye for the UNC Football squad, and the National Football League comes upon its second week of the season, there is a bit of news about a former Tar Heel now at the next level… second year running back and punt returner Shaun Draughn. Draughn came into the league in 2011 as an un-drafted free...

Bernard Pierce Should Be Ready For Week 2

Ravens' backup running back Bernard Pierce had a thigh wrapped after the game, but should be ready for Week 2.Fantasy Spin:Ray Rice owners were probably hoping they would have their guy go in alone, but it apparently won't happen. The Ravens' running game should get more work this week than against Denver in Week 1 where they fell way behind on the scoreboard.

The Browns and Ravens may be the worst match-up of the week. Week 2 picks.

The Browns and their weak QB will face off against the Ravens inaccurate QB, who wins? After going 13-3 week 1, I've started out 1-0 with the Patriot sneaking past the Jets. We'll continue to learn more about the league after this weeks game. Here we go: Carolina @ Buffalo - The Panthers played the Seahawks tough at home and their defense looks much improved...

Canty on Suh penalty: “Offensive linemen do it to defensive linemen all the time”

It sounds like Giants DL is feeling some of Ndamukong Suh’s frustration. He isn’t defending Suh but there is definitely some contempt being held against the legality of low blocks for offensive players. “I think it was dirty,” Canty said. “I have to say this though: I understand his frustration because offensive linemen do it to defensive linemen all the time. But you just...

Learn the 5 Points of Contact for Fumble-Proof Football From Ray Rice

Ray Rice isn’t a fumbler. In his five NFL regular seasons, he’s put the ball on the ground only seven times—or once in every 218 touches. But during the Ravens’ Super

Ravens Sign RB/KR Shaun Draughn To Help Replace Jacoby Jones

The Baltimore Ravens have signed former Kansas City Chiefs RB Shaun Draughn. With the injury to Jacoby Jones, the Ravens are hoping that Draughn can help them out in the return game. Draughn wasn’t all that effective out of the backfield but held his own returning 23 kicks in 2012 for the Chiefs. He averaged 23.3 yards per return. Undrafted out of North Carolina, Shaun did prove...

Browns at Ravens: Week 2 Betting Lines

After a brutal Week 1 loss for the Baltimore Ravens, they are headed back home to let out their anger when they face the Cleveland Browns. In this upcoming season opener, the reigning Super Bowl champions look to dominate in Week 2. Although the Browns seem like a much improved team than last season, they [...]

Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens: Three Bold Predictions

Since when have your heard the sentence or phrase, “A must win game against the Browns” when it comes to the Baltimore Ravens.Unfortunately, that may really be the case this weekend.Already two weeks into the NFL season and the Ravens cannot afford to be 0-2 for the year, especially with the Broncos looking like the cream of the AFC crops and teams like Houston, Indianapolis...

Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens: 2013 Week 2 NFL Pick

Cleveland Browns (0-1) at Baltimore Ravens (0-1) The Ravens lost last week 49-27 in Denver, a final score that could have had an even bigger margin, but it’s important to remember it’s just one game. Peyton Manning had the game of his (and a lot of other people’s) life. I still think this is the best team in the AFC North and that they’ll make the playoffs in the weak AFC...

Browns at Ravens preview--- it could get ugly...

These two teams have traditionally played hard-fought games. I don't think it has anything to do with the genesis of the Ravens, who are essentially Cleveland's old franchise, since the players on the field have little or no memory of how that old deal went down. It does, however, have a lot to do with the divisional rivalry...and Cleveland has to prove it can beat Baltimore...
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