Found December 26, 2012 on
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Listening to John Harbaugh field a question today from Brent Hollander on WBAL-AM about whether the head coach should rest his regulars against Cincinnati on Sunday...I was struck by how much has changed for the Ravens psyche in just a week, and how differently the question would be framed today if the favored Giants had beaten the Ravens last Sunday.
The Ravens (10-5) have clinched the AFC North Division title. That much hay is in the barn. They really can't improve their playoff seeding by beating the Bengals. So what would you do about resting your regulars if you were HC?
I'd definitely rest OLB Terrell Suggs (torn biceps)...I think that's a no-brainer... but you'll have to convince Suggs yourself!
Harbaugh actually added a great point in the radio interview. He said even if you do decide to rest some of the regulars, you've still got to play the game at full-speed and try to win the game. Nobody tanks a game by merely playing at half-speed. Someone could get killed or maimed doing that.
The Ravens are currently the No. 4 seed in the AFC, but they would move up to the No. 3 spot with a win over Cincinnati and a Patriots loss at home to the Dolphins. The Ravens play at 1 p.m. and the Patriots play at 4:25 p.m., so the Ravens won’t have the luxury of knowing the result of the New England game when they take the field.
I don't think anyone has to really worry about the Patriiots losing to the Dolphins, though. Yes, having the No. 3 spot would mean the Ravens would play the Bengals in Baltimore again in the first round of the playoffs. Finishing with the No. 4 seed would mean that the Colts come to M&T Bank Stadium in the wild-card game.
The benefit to getting the No. 3 seed is that the Ravens would have a better chance to host a second home playoff game in the event that the top two seeds both lose. But I don't think it will happen.
the Ravens are also dealing with a handful of injuries and some players could benefit from an extra week of rest.
Right guard Marshal Yanda and inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe both played through ankle injuries Sunday, and outside linebacker Terrell Suggs is fighting through a biceps injury.
Safety Bernard Pollard (chest), linebacker Albert McClellan (thigh/shoulder) and wide receiver Tandon Doss (ankle) all sat out Sunday, and they could possibly benefit from some additional rest. The Ravens have also ruled veteran linebacker Ray Lewis out for Sunday to give his torn triceps additional time to heal.
Other players like Vonta Leach (ankle), tight end Ed Dickson (knee), safety Ed Reed (shoulder) and cornerback Jimmy Smith (sports hernia procedure) have been dealing with injuries, but were able to suit up last week.
It’s unknown whether Harbaugh will rest those injured players, or if they will suit up and try to build some momentum with a win heading into the playoffs.
I say rest 'em...let's get a good look at guys like Tyrod Taylor and Anthony Allen in the second half, too. The confidence level of the Ravens is at a season high right now--- they can handle the personnel changes and possibly still beat the Bengals, and they know it.
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It looks as though the Ravens are going to proceed with playing their starters this week against the Bengals. With the exception of Haloti Ngata and Marshal Yanda added to the injury list, the Ravens seem to be recovering nicely. Analysts had expressed concern about losing momentum heading into the playoffs and that is the last thing anyone wants. Ray Lewis has already been ruled...
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh confirmed that wide receiver Anquan Boldin suffered a bruised shoulder during this past Sunday’s win over the Giants.
“Anquan has a shoulder bruise,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll see how that develops during the course of the week.”
Now that the Ravens have clinched the AFC North division, the Ravens may want to rest Boldin during this...
While the Ravens decided to move linebacker Ray Lewis from
the short-term injured reserve list to the 53-man roster, the future Hall of
Famer still isn’t going to suit up Sunday when Baltimore takes on the
Cincinnati Bengals, according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk.
The Ravens have moved Lewis from short-term injured reserve
to the 53-man roster, but they have...
Linebacker Ray Lewis has been added to the Baltimore Ravens' 53-man roster, but coach John Harbaugh says the 17-year veteran will not play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The 37-year-old was placed on the injured reserve-designated to return list after tearing his right triceps on Oct. 14. He returned to practice on Dec. 5, and in order for him to be eligible for the...
A bruised shoulder makes Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin a question mark for the regular-season finale Sunday against Cincinnati. "We'll see how that develops during the course of the week," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. Boldin is expected to be limited in practice this week. The Ravens and the Bengals already have clinched playoff spots, but Baltimore...
Ed Reed is generally known as one of the most imposing players in the NFL. The free safety has earned a reputation over the years as a defensive force, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and former defensive player of the year.
So, perhaps he doesn’t want his competition seeing his softer side.
Back on Dec. 2, the evening of a 23-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Reed and his Ravens...
The Baltimore Ravens have announced that they’ve added LB Ray Lewis has been added to their active roster for the first time since he suffered a triceps tear back in Week 6.
The Ravens placed Lewis on injured reserve, but added the designation that would allow him to return later in the season. Lewis will not play in this weekend’s matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals...
Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis was activated Wednesday, but coach John Harbaugh said he would not play in the season finale.Fantasy Spin:It appears Lewis is healthy and the Ravens are just saving him for the playoffs. New England is using a similar approach with Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski, who has missed four weeks in a row because of a broken forearm.
At this time of year, questions always arise about whether teams already qualified for the playoffs with nothing to gain, should rest starters or not. An argument can be made for each side, players become rusty or why risk injury? This week, the Cincinnati Bengals face off against the Baltimore Ravens with theoretically nothing to gain with a win. The Bengals are locked in the playoffs...
As expected, the NFL handed out fines on Thursday to two high profile players for their actions last Sunday. Both Baltimore Ravens S Ed Reed and Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton received fines for their behavior last week. Reed was reportedly fined $55,000 dollars while Newton received a $21,000 fine.
Reed received his fine for a hit on New York Giants WR Victor Cruz. Initially, the...
Ravens safety Ed Reed will be available Sunday against the Bengals as well as the playoffs as he will not be suspended for the hit he put on wide receiver Victor Cruz during Week 16′s win over the Giants, per Jay Glazer.
Ed Reed has been fined another $55,000 for hit on Victor Cruz in Sundays game vs giants. No suspension but 55k fine
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) December 28, 2012...