Sunday, September 26, 2010

Ravens Report-Week 3 2010

Last week, the Ravens lost to the Cincinnati Bengals, 15-10. Joe Flacco played one of the worst games of his career, throwing four interceptions, and probably throwing the entire game away. The Bengals opened the game with two second quarter field goals from Mike Nugent, hitting from 36 and 30 yards. Flacco struggled mightily throughout the half, not completing one pass in the first quarter. He rebounded quickly in the third, striking Derrick Mason for a 31-yard touchdown to put the Ravens on top. The Bengals took a 9-7 lead at the end of the third quarter on a 46-yard Nugent field goal. The Ravens took the lead back on Billy Cundiff's 38-yard field goal. The Bengals quickly responded with a field goal of their own. On the Ravens next drive, Flacco's pass was tipped and intercepted, which ultimately resulted in another Bengals field goal. The Ravens couldn't score on their next drive, and the Bengals won.
Player of the Game: Bengals K Mike Nugent-5 field goals
Next Sunday the Ravens play their season opener against the 0-2 Cleveland Browns. Browns QB Jake Delhomme was injured in last week's loss to the Buccaneers, so Seneca Wallace will start next week. The Browns offense is nothing to get to worried about, and I'm sure that the Ravens defense can easily stop them. This defense has not let up a touchdown to two decent offenses on the road, and they shouldn't this week at home against the Browns. The Browns defense is pretty weak overall, but has some strong points too. If the Ravens offense can get by players like Shaun Rogers and Eric Wright, they will have no trouble scoring points. The Ravens should win this game with ease, but they can't make the same mistakes they've made these past two weeks. Joe Flacco and Ray Rice must step their game up for these next games. I have the Ravens winning, 24-6.
Key Matchups for Browns at Ravens
Ravens LB Terrell Suggs vs. Browns LT Joe Thomas Edge: Suggs
Ravens LB Ray Lewis vs. Browns RB Peyton Hillis Edge: Lewis
Ravens C Matt Birk vs. Browns DT Shaun Rogers Edge: Rogers
Ravens WR Anquan Boldin vs. Browns CB Eric Wright Edge: Boldin

Injury Report
T Jared Gaither-Back-OUT
LB Tavares Gooden-Shoulder-OUT
WR Donte Stallworth-Foot-OUT
G Shawn Lauvuo-Ankle-OUT
QB Jake Delhomme-Ankle-OUT
LB D'Qwell Jackson-Chest-DBT
WR Brian Robiskie-Hamstring-DBT
RB Jerome Harrison-Thigh-QST
DT Shaun Rogers-Ankle,Hip-QST
That's it for this week's version of my Ravens Reports, see ya next week!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Ravens Report-Week 2 2010

Last week, the Ravens pulled out a close 10-9 win over the Jets in New York. It wasn't a pretty win, but I'll take it. On the Ravens first offensive play of the game, Joe Flacco was sandwiched after not throwing the ball, and the Jets forced a fumble. Fortunately, all that they could get on offense was a 23-yard Nick Folk field goal. The Ravens defense was pretty dominant all game, only giving up the three field goals. The Jets got another one on the board in the second quarter after a Flacco interception, making it a 6-0 game. The Ravens offense didn't look good at all in the first half, but got an important 1-yard touchdown run from Willis McGahee at the end of the half to give the Ravens a 7-6 lead. The offense did look somewhat better in the second half, mainly relying on new receiver Anquan Boldin, who had an amazing first game as a Raven. But other than Boldin, the Ravens got a lot of help from the Jets' defensive penalties, as 7 Jets penalties forced 7 Ravens first downs. The Ravens took a 10-6 lead on a third quarter field goal by Billy Cundiff. After a lot of defense, Nick Folk hit a 48-yard field goal in the fourth to make it a one point game. Then the Jets got a chance to win within the two minute mark. On second down and 10 from their own 32, Mark Sanchez went over the middle for TE Dustin Keller, who got absolutely rocked by Ray Lewis, forcing an incomplete pass. Then, on fourth and ten, Sanchez found Keller again, who stepped out of bounds before the first down marker, ultimately ending the game.
Co-Players of the Game: WR Anquan Boldin-7 catches, 110 receiving yards, LB Ray Lewis- 4 tackles.
Next Sunday, the Ravens will travel to Cincinnati to face the Bengals, who lost to the Patriots last week. Ravens WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh will be facing his former team. The Bengals Batman and Robin duo of WRs Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens will force problems for a shaky Ravens secondary. They will definitely need to step up their game to control those two receivers. There has always been a rivalry between Ray Lewis and Ochocinco, so expect some mouthing off Sunday. The Ravens defense will also have trouble with Bengals RB Cedric Benson, who rushed for 100 yards against the Ravens twice last year. That means that the Ravens will be happy to avenge those games, and expect them to Sunday. On the offensive side of the ball, I think the Ravens need to improve over last week. Given that they are playing a much weaker defense, they still cannot make some of the same mistakes that they made last Monday night. Expect a lot of catches for Anquan Boldin this week. In what is going to be an interesting game, I have the Ravens winning 20-13.
Key Matchups for Ravens at Bengals
Ravens LB Ray Lewis vs. Bengals RB Cedric Benson Edge: Lewis
Ravens CB Fabian Washington vs. Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco Edge: Ochocinco
Ravens WR Anquan Boldin vs. Bengals CB Leon Hall Edge: Boldin
Ravens C Matt Birk vs. Bengals DT Tank Johnson Edge: Birk

Injury Report
T Jared Gaither-Back-OUT
WR Donte Stallworth-Foot-OUT
DT Terrence Cody-Knee-QST
LB Tavares Gooden-Thigh-QST
TE Todd Heap-Shoulder-QST
LB Jarret Johnson-Back-QST
LB Ray Lewis-Foot-QST
WR Anquan Boldin-Thigh-PRB
RB Brian Leonard-Foot-QST
LB Keith Rivers-Foot-QST
RB Cedric Benson-Shoulder-PRB
WR Andre Caldwell-Groin-PRB
That's this week's version of my Ravens Report, see ya next week!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Ravens Report-Week 1 2010

Welcome to the 2010 Baltimore Ravens season, and to my weekly Ravens Report!!!

The Ravens are coming off of a 3-1 preseason, losing their final game against the Rams. The following are key additions and losses for the Ravens this off-season.
Key Additions: WR Anquan Boldin
WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh
WR Donte Stallworth
DE Cory Redding
Key Losses: DE Dwan Edwards (Bills)
DT Justin Bannan (Broncos)
Now here are the Ravens picks in the 2010 NFL Draft:
Round 2-LB Sergio Kindle
Round 2-DE Terrence Cody
Round 3-TE Ed Dickson
Round 4-TE Dennis Pitta
Round 5-WR David Reed
Round 5-DT Arthur Jones
Round 6-OT Ramon Harewood
The Ravens are entering this season with high expectations, expectations of Super Bowl or bust. They have the best offense in franchise history complimented by an elite defense. The Ravens definitely have all the tools to go all the way this year.

The Ravens will open the year on Monday Night Football in New York against the Jets. The Jets come into the year with tons of hype. Jets Head Coach and Former Ravens Defensive Coordinator Rex Ryan has been a continuous trash talker, getting his team in the media often. The team's hype might just be talk though, as I believe QB Mark Sanchez is nothing to get yourself excited about, and his lack of experience and success weakens this offense. He has almost no experience and almost all the Jets playoff success last year came from an outstanding defense. We have learned that a great defense and a weak offense isn't often a successful mixture. I know what you're thinking. What about the 2000 Super Bowl Champion Ravens? That defense was much better and powerful than this Jets defense. Yes, this Jets defense is one of the best in the league, and the Ravens will have a tough time with them Monday Night. DT Kris Jenkins is very dangerous off the line, but the Ravens offensive line will be able to contain him. CB Darrelle Revis is the best corner in the league, and after ending his holdout he is back for the game on Monday. Even without a training camp for him, he will still be on his game, so Joe Flacco will have to look out for him, and make sure not to take any risks on his side of the field. In the end, I believe that the weak Jets offense will slow down their elite defense, and they won't be nearly as successful as they were made out to be. I have the Ravens winning this game, 17-9.
Key Matchups for Ravens at Jets
Ravens LB Ray Lewis vs. Jets RB Shonn Greene Edge: Lewis
Ravens DT Haloti Ngata vs. Jets C Nick Mangold Edge: Ngata
Ravens C Matt Birk vs. Jets DT Kris Jenkins Edge: Jenkins
Ravens WR Anquan Boldin vs. Jets CB Darrelle Revis Edge: Revis

Injury Report
DT Terrence Cody-Knee-OUT
T Jared Gaither-Back-OUT
WR Donte Stallworth-Foot-OUT
T Oniel Cousins-Head-PRB
LB Paul Kruger-Shoulder-PRB
CB Lardarius Webb-Knee-PRB
LB Calvin Pace-Foot-OUT
S Brodney Pool-Ankle-QST

That's it for this week's version of my Ravens Report, see ya next week!