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The Ravens hit the quarter-pole of the regular 2012 season after a brutal stretch of 4 games in 17 days, and are sitting at 3-1...
"I am really proud of our coaches and our players for what they accomplished in the last 18 days," Head Coach John Harbaugh said Friday.
The Ravens pulled off victories over division rivals Cincinnati and Cleveland, and the defending AFC champion New England Patriots. Their one loss came to the Philadelphia Eagles by one point in a hostile road environment.
WR Anquan Boldin has emerged as the go-to possesion receiver for the Ravens when things get tough...
Garrett Downing of the Ravens PR staff gets to go inside the locker room, and he wrote a nice piece about how veteran guard Marshal Yanda had coined the phrase "Embrace the Grind" way back in training camp when the players first realized how condensed a schedule they faced for September.
Yanda reportedly challenged his teammates with that attitude after a practice in the mid-summer heat. The team had "Embrace the Grind" t-shirts printed, and Harbaugh referenced Yanda's words when he reflected on the accomplishment of his team through the first four games.
"What we've done through the first four weeks of the season, it was a grind," Harbaugh said. "Football is a grind a little bit anyway. This was a real grind."
Part of the challenge through the first month was having three night games. The Ravens are scheduled to play only one more night game the rest of the season, coming in Week 11 in Pittsburgh.
"Playing in primetime has its benefits, and fortunately for the Ravens all of their primetime matchups were at M&T Bank Stadium where a raucous crowd could make a difference", wrote Downing. "The difficulty, however, was that playing night games gave the Ravens less time each week to prepare for their upcoming opponents."
"You have to play in primetime, which are high-intensity games," Harbaugh said. "You don't get much rest, and you have to bounce back. We had short weeks twice coming off those games, and then to maintain that intensity in the building in terms of rehab, in terms of just getting your rest, in terms of getting in the weight room and taking care of business, in terms of the preparation that it takes, both on the field and in the classroom, our guys deserve a lot of credit for it."
The Ravens now get to enjoy the benefits of surviving a Thursday night game, as the players have the weekend off before returning to work Monday to begin preparations for the Kansas City Chiefs.
"We weren't perfect by any stretch. There are plenty of blemishes that we need to work on in all three phases," Harbaugh said. "They are up for a well-deserved rest right now, and we'll start building again on Monday."
"It wasn't exactly the way we wanted it, but it's still a good way to come out," linebacker Jameel McClain said. "We wanted to be 4-0, and we thought we should have beaten the Eagles. But now it's time to prepare for the next quarter of the season."
I can think of a lot of teams that would want 3-1 right now. The New Orleans Saints come to mind...
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The Baltimore Ravens defeated the Cleveland Browns 23-16 on Thursday Night Football to improve their record to 3-1 on the season and move into first place in the AFC North. The marquee players for the Ravens, for the most part, showed up and performed well to help lead Baltimore to the victory. (Joe Flacco, Torrey Smith, Anquan Boldin, Ed Reed) On the other hand, the Ravens...
Following a stretch of four games in 18 days, three consecutive days off for the Baltimore Ravens felt like summer vacation.
The Ravens (3-1) last played Thursday night, beating Cleveland 23-16, before returning to work on Monday to prepare for a road game in Kansas City on Sunday.
Cornerback Lardarius Webb says, ''The guys were moving around excellent, like we were off...
On this day in 2002, Chris McAlister returned a missed field goal 107 yards making it the longest NFL play at the time (later broken by Antonio Cromartie). The Ravens and Broncos faced off, and we got one of the most memorable plays in Monday Night Football history.
The best part of the video might very well be the block by Ray Lewis at the 1:12 mark of the video. Someone cue...
Deion Branch was cool with the call. The referees were not. Soon after Ravens safety Ed Reed steamed across the field and blasted Branch hard with his shoulder in Sunday night's Baltimore win, Branch and Reed could be seen talking with each other and smiling on the field. Branch appeared to be saying he was fine with the hit, even as the referees threw a penalty flag at Reed...
BALTIMORE -- It was a rough night for the Ravens' offensive line. After an encouraging game against the New England Patriots in which quarterback Joe Flacco wasn't sacked and was rarely hit, he sustained several big hits as the offensive line regularly broke down against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night. Flacco was sacked a season-high four times and hit six times...
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Ed Reed Fined $21,000 For Hit On WR Deion Branch -
A big collision with Patriots WE Deion Branch has left Ravens S Ed Reed $21,000 lighter in the wallet. Reed was fined because he hit Branch in the head and neck area at a time when Branch was considered a defenseless receiver. Branch did not make the catch on the play, but the Patriots picked up 15 yards because of Reed’s penalty...
Head coach John Harbaugh told the Baltimore Ravens’ website that linebacker Terrell Suggs has set a target date for his return this season.
“He has his target date,” Harbaugh said, without sharing the specific date. “He is doing well. The main thing we want to do now is make sure there is no setback, and he continues to get in shape and continues to get stronger.”
Reigning Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs has said since he got injured that he would be back to play for the Ravens this season.
On Friday afternoon, coach John Harbaugh reportedly backed up Suggs’ claim.
Although there was no timetable given, Harbaugh said Suggs would be back.
In my opinion, Suggs will be back following the Week 8 bye, making his season debut in Week 9.