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Pete S., the UPS driver who has serviced my day job account for almost ten years now, is an extremely knowledgeable football fan. And Pete loves his Ravens.
So when Pete tells you winning the game coming up Sunday, Dec. 16 between the Ravens (9-4) and the Denver Broncos (10-3) is more important than winning next week's game over the New York Giants, he is referring to the seeding for the AFC playoffs.
The arrival of the red-hot Broncos and Peyton Manning to Baltimore is a tough challenge, but even moreso due to the Ravens' injury list on the defensive side of the ball. It's not a question of who's injured, it's more like "who's not hurt ?" for the Ravens D...
CBSSports.com's Jason Butts summed up the Ravens injury dilemma nicely:
'Even the Ravens realize they will need to outscore the Broncos given that the defense is dealing with a plethora of injuries. Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell said it's on the offense this week to keep pace with Broncos QB Peyton Manning. "We are more concerned about our end of it, trying to make certain of the things we're supposed to do and put some points on the board," Caldwell said. The Ravens offense performed well in the first half against Washington, though a second half collapse ultimately sealed its fate. Baltimore's best chance to win Sunday will come from the offensive side of the ball." '
There will be a lot of eyes Joe Flacco now that he's no longer under the guidance of former OC Cam Cameron, who was fired this past Monday. There's a lot of optimism in the locker room from the offensive players that Flacco can now show what he is truly capable of as an NFL quarterback. Of course, that remains to be seen. Only time will tell if Flacco's better off with the coaching change, but that begins this week against Denver.
Key matchups: Broncos OLBs Von Miller and Wesley Woodyard vs. Ravens OTs Michael Oher and Kelechi Osemele. The Ravens' line has struggled against some of the better pass rushers in the NFL this season, and this week might be the toughest test yet. Miller has 16 sacks, which ranks third best in the league. Woodyard has four sacks of his own and has totaled 100 tackles. Oher and Osemele will need big games to help Baltimore's offense succeed on Sunday. ... Ravens CBs Cary Williams and Corey Graham vs. Broncos WRs Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker. Manning is deadly and these two receivers are a huge reason why. Thomas has 1,197 yards and eight touchdowns and Decker has accounted for 790 yards and eight touchdowns. Williams has been playing at a high level in recent weeks but will face his toughest challenge since Week 3 against New England.
Inside stuff: In the past three games, the Ravens reverted back to a traditional style of offense, huddling in between plays with the no-huddle popping up here and there. Look for that to change this week with Caldwell taking over as offensive coordinator. Caldwell will want to play fast and keep Denver in its base defense. If the Ravens can pick up some early first downs and establish a rhythm, they'll have a chance to compete in a shootout against the Broncos.
Stats you should know: Despite their recent offensive woes, the Ravens have had a dominant offense at home throughout the season. Even with the home game against Pittsburgh in Week 12 (288 total yards), the Ravens are averaging 34 points and 295.8 passing yards per game at M&T Bank Stadium. In addition, the Ravens have 10 rushing touchdowns and have committed only five turnovers at home.
Injury report: LB Jameel McClain (neck) will not play against Denver. LB Ray Lewis (triceps) needs to be activated to the 53-man roster from the injured reserve-designated to return list before he's eligible to play. OLB Terrell Suggs (biceps) was able to practice more this week, which gives him a better shot to play against Denver. S Bernard Pollard (chest) and RG Marshal Yanda (ankle) did not practice this week and are unlikely to play on Sunday. TE Ed Dickson (knee), LB Dannell Ellerbe (ankle), FB Vonta Leach (ankle) and DE Pernell McPhee (groin) were able to practice some this week, with all having a 50/50 chance to play Sunday. The Ravens also have a good shot at getting CB Jimmy Smith (sports hernia) on the field as he's been a full participant in practice.
I think if the Ravens can manage to play smart and penalty-free on offense, and they go to no-huddle early in the game, we may see Joe "Big Game" Flacco at his best. That's the guy we saw in the AFC Championship game last January. And that's the cushion the Ravens will need with Peyton Manning in the house.
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According to BaltimoreRavens.com, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs married his long-time girlfriend Candace Williams on Friday night.
Suggs announced the news with a post on Facebook
“Last night I married my best friend and the love of my life. Our son gave her away and our daughter looked like a miniature version of my beautiful bride as she stood next to her.
“I’m a lucky...
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs is a married man.
Suggs posted the announcement with a photograph of himself and longtime girlfriend Candace Williams on his Facebook page, The Baltimore Sun reported.
"Last night I married my best friend and the love of my life," Suggs wrote. "Our son gave her away and our daughter looked like a miniature version of my beautiful...
The Baltimore Ravens do not plan to activate Ray Lewis from the injured reserve list. Lewis has been out since Oct. 14 with an injury to his triceps.
While Lewis has practiced this week signs point to the Ravens waiting until Week 16 to activate their defensive leader. The Ravens will be without Jameel McClain (neck) while Dannell Ellerbe (ankle) is questionable.
Baltimore has lost...
Last week the Denver Broncos released 2013 Pro Bowl numbers for players on the team whom were placing in the top five of their individual positions. Denver currently employs an astounding fifteen players that are receiving top five votes:
Numbers as of December 13th, 2012 (Courtesy DenverBroncos.com).
Broncos’ quarterback (and NFL MVP candidate) Peyton Manning currently leads the...
For those who live outside of Colorado and do not have DirecTV, we present this handy-dandy broadcast map, courtesy of the506.com:
Those of you who live in the red areas will receive the Broncos/Ravens game on your local CBS station this weekend. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. (MT) and we’ll have complete coverage of the game here on the blog, on Facebook, and on Twitter...
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis' triceps injury is on the mend, but he's going to need at least another week before he sees any action, according to both ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Sal Paolantonio.
The deadline to activate him is 4pm Saturday, and the team isn't waiting up until the very last minute to make their decision.
Lewis has been out since week 6 and...
The Ravens decided not to activate linebacker Ray Lewis by Saturday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline, which means he’s not going to play against the Broncos on Week 15, per Adam Schefter.
Ravens do not plan to activate LB Ray Lewis by 4 pm and plan is to hold him out another week, via SalPal.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter)
December 15, 2012
According to multiple reports, Lewis tried...
According to Michelle Beisner of the NFL Network, the Baltimore Ravens do not plan on activating linebacker Ray Lewis for tomorrow’s game against the Broncos.
According to @ravens, there are no plans to activate Ray Lewis to 53 man roster for Sundays game vs @denver_broncos. He has a triceps injury
— Michelle Beisner (@MichelleBeisner) December 15, 2012
The hope was that Lewis...
Injured Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis won't play Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
Lewis has been sidelined since tearing his right triceps on Oct. 14 against the Dallas Cowboys. The 17-year NFL veteran was eligible to come off the injured reserve-designated to return list on Sunday, but the Ravens did not move him to the active roster before Saturday's deadline...
Jim Caldwell will remain the Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator next season.
Caldwell moved from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator on Dec. 9 after coach John Harbaugh fired Cam Cameron.
With Caldwell directing the offense, the Ravens have won three straight playoff games to advance to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 2000 season. This is the first...
(Eds: APNewsNow. With AP Photos.) By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer Almost any time Ray Lewis has lined up over the last 17 years, he has been the best linebacker - if not the best player - on the field.
If Lewis is in uniform Sunday when the Ravens play the Broncos that might not be the case.
With his rare combination of around-the-corner speed and nimble footwork, Denver'...
Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis (triceps) will not be activated from injured reserve this week against the Broncos. SOURCE: Michelle Beisner, NFL Network.Fantasy Spin:Lewis has been on IR for eight weeks and is first eligible to return in Week 15. However, the Ravens are not planning on making the veteran available. There should be absolutely nothing deterring you from playing Peyton...
Okay, I saw this week how the Baltimore Ravens made the fairly dramatic in-season move of replacing their offensive coordinator.
Cam Cameron went down for a number of alleged reasons, including his offense’s inconsistency and, interestingly enough, his apparent unwillingness to get the ball in the hands of star running back Ray Rice.
Here’s my question: Just how many touches...