Tag:Baltimore Ravens
Posted on: January 15, 2012 4:01 pm
Edited on: January 15, 2012 5:36 pm

Ugly is OK for Ravens in this one

BALTIMORE -- They won't apologize -- even if you want them to do so or even if they should. 

The Baltimore Ravens are one step away from the Super Bowl, so there's no need for apologizing for their less-than-spectacular performance Sunday against the Houston Texans.

It wasn't pretty. In fact, it was downright ugly. But they used two turnovers to jump to a 17-3 first-quarter lead and then held on for a 20-13 victory to advance to the AFC Championship Game next Sunday against the Patriots.

Before a final, clock-eating drive, the Ravens had eight first downs, quarterback Joe Flacco was sacked five times and the Ravens seemed to be on the verge of an upset.

As usual, the defense bailed them out. They stopped the Texans early in the fourth quarter, and then the offense actually came to life when it needed to do so driving to a field goal. And then the defense did it again with a pick by Ed Reed to seal it with 1:51 left. If they play the same way against the Patriots, they will get beat. 

Ugly is fine for now. It won't be against New England. 

Category: NFL
Posted on: November 20, 2011 4:22 pm
Edited on: November 20, 2011 5:47 pm

Who are the Ravens?

BALTIMORE -- Can somebody figure out the Baltimore Ravens team, please?

Maybe all they need to play better is to see good teams on their schedule. A week after being blown out by the Seattle Seahawks, the Ravens bounced back by beating the Cincinnati Bengals 31-24 Sunday.

The inconsistent Ravens hung on for dear life as Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton made it interesting with a big fourth quarter, but his rally fell just short.

The Ravens are now 7-3 and tied with Pittsburgh in the AFC North. But it sure wasn't easy. The Ravens had to have a late stop inside the 10 to hold on for the victory.

Isn't that the Ravens, so good for a while and then so bad?

Anybody have a grasp about this team? Anybody?

Category: NFL
Posted on: October 24, 2011 11:49 pm
Edited on: October 24, 2011 11:50 pm

Ravens offense is offensive to watch

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Let's hold off on the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl talk.

How could anyone think that after watching their offense be so offensive Monday night?

The Ravens were shut down by the Jacksonville Jaguars in a 12-7 loss, didn't get a first down until there was 5:29 left in the third quarter and had a grand total of 16 yards at the the half and didn't score until the was 2:02 left in the game.

Jacksonville's defense is improved, but it's not that good.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco looked terrible the entire night, with happy feet and inaccuracy that made him look like the rookie passer, not Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert.

The Ravens defense kept Baltimore in the game, in part because Gabbert wasn't much better than Flacco, but the Ravens offense looked primitive. The Jaguars played a lot of man coverage on the receivers outside, loading up the box against the run.

The result was a horror show. The shock is the Ravens came in ranked fifth in the NFL in points scored.

Super Bowl?

With that offense, they might be lucky to make the playoffs. It's time Flacco takes the next step -- if he can.

Category: NFL
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