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Cardinals complete meltdown, fall to Ravens 30-27

Now that's more like it. After a first half that saw the Cardinals play more like a 5-1 team rather than a 1-5 one, the final 30 minutes revealed the true problems of this year's squad. Inexperience at the quarterback position, the inability to stop the run (or the pass for that matter) and a lack of playmakers led to the Cardinals blowing an 18-point

Kolb responding to early pressure from Ravens

It was expected the Ravens were going to put a lot of pressure on Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb. What most didn't expect, however, was Kolb to respond to that pressure. Yet through one half, that's exactly what the Arizona starter is doing. For the second week in a row, a 1-5 team is putting the Ravens to the test as the Cardinals hold a 24-6

Latest injury report for Cardinals

Arizona travels to Baltimore on Sunday. Here's its latest injury report for Week 8: Out: S Kerry Rhodes (foot) Questionable: WR Early Doucet (quadricep) TE Jim Dray (pectoral) TE Todd Heap (hamstring) LB Joey Porter (knee) WR DeMarco Sampson (hamstring) RB Chris Wells (knee) Probable: CB Michael Adams (hand)

Whisenhunt has no problem with criticism of team

Too often coaches, though deep down they know it to be true, refuse to admit when their team is inferior. In the midst of losing streaks and slumps, coaches deflect negative questions or hints at benching players, seemingly trying to numb the reality that their team is simply not playing well. Yet as the Cardinals prepare for a long, east-coast trip to Baltimore, Arizona coach

Some guy named Heap is coming back to Baltimore

Todd Heap is coming back to Baltimore. Oh, you've heard of him, have you? Sure, he's only one of the most decorated pass catchers in Ravens history and, for the past decade, the face of Baltimore's offensive attack. Before the deafening chants of "REEEED" echoed throughout M&T Bank Stadium every Sunday, it was the sounds of "HEEEEEAP" that could be heard in the stands. For

Wells could play Sunday versus Ravens

Just days after possibly losing their top running back for the season, the Arizona Cardinals received some fortunate news concerning Chris "Beanie" Wells. Wells, who suffered a bone bruise in his right knee during last Sunday's loss to Pittsburgh, is recovering nicely and could see action this Sunday when the team travels to Baltimore. The injury, which occurred in the second quarter against the Steelers,

A closer look at the Cardinals

Every Tuesday we'll take a look at the Ravens' next opponent. This Sunday it's the Arizona Cardinals. Record: (1-5, 0-1) 3rd NFC West Wins: vs. Carolina Losses: @ Washington, @ Seattle, vs. New York Giants, @ Minnesota, @ Pittsburgh Offense: 20th in NFL, 13th in NFC Defense: 19th in NFL, seventh in NFC Synopsis thus far: For the second straight week, the Ravens will take

Jaguars slip past Ravens in upset victory

It was arguably the ugliest game in Monday Night Football history, but the Jaguars found salvation in the form of a suffocating defense -- and Josh Scobee's foot. Despite a lackluster performance by the offense, Jacksonville kicked its way to a 12-7 upset win over the Baltimore Ravens, as Scobee hit all four field goal attempts and, combined with a defense that allowed fewer than

Brilliant effort by Jacksonville defense so far

We'll talk about the Jaguars' defense in a minute, but first, is the football on fire tonight or something? Did someone cover it in jello? We've played only 30 minutes and neither team can hold onto the ball. Both Ray Rice and Maurice Jones-Drew have fumbled the ball multiple times, while Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco nearly lost a couple of fumbles, too. Couple that with

Latest injury report for Jaguars

Here's the latest injury report for Jacksonville: Out: S Courtney Greene (Hamstring) Doubtful: T Eben Britton (Back) Questionable: G Jason Spitz (Quad) Probable: DT Tyson Alualu (Knee) CB Derek Cox (Groin) T Eugene Monroe (Shoulder) WR Kassim Osgood (Hamstring) RB Montell Owens (Knee) G Will Rackley (Knee) LB Clint Session (Elbow) T Guy Whimper (Hip) S Dawan Landry (Thigh)

Jaguars should have their eye on Gruden

Once again the coaching carousel is beginning to circle. In the state of Florida, things are hotter than ever for two coaches. In Miami, Tony Sparano's status was in jeopardy even before the season began and now with his Dolphins sitting winless at 0-5, there's a chance he might be home for the holidays. Meanwhile, up in Jacksonville, the seat is just as hot for

Jags hoping to avoid most recent Monday night mistake

When the Jaguars take the field Monday night against the Ravens, it'll have been a little more than a year since the franchise's last appearance on "Monday Night Football." For Jacksonville's sake, they're hoping this time history doesn't repeat itself. Last season, the Jaguars hosted divisional rival Tennessee in a crucial Week 6 matchup. At the time the Jaguars were aiming to unseat the Colts

Suggs defends his QB on ESPN's "First Take"

It seems as if no matter what Joe Flacco does throughout his career, he will never make everyone happy. For fans, he's the easy one to blame (even when the Ravens win) and now the national media is taking shots at the guy. Terrell Suggs joined ESPN's First Take and got into a heated debate with Skip Bayless on whether Flacco was the man to

A glitch in the matrix

Something strange is going on. I feel like I've seen this scenario before. Earlier today, Dan Kolko talked about how with a win Monday night over Jacksonville, the Ravens would move to 5-1, matching their best start in team history with the 2000 team which, fittingly enough, went on to win Super Bowl XXXV. But the coincidences, at least as far as the schedules go,

Jaguars bring back WR Sims-Walker

In need of an offensive boost, the Jaguars shuffled things around a bit Tuesday. Just one day after being released by the St. Louis Rams, Mike Sims-Walker returned to Jacksonville on Tuesday and is expected to join the team in practice Thursday. After playing three seasons with the Jaguars, Sims-Walker was signed by the Rams, but was let go after a disappointing start to the

A closer look at the Jaguars

Every Tuesday, we'll take a closer look at the Ravens' next opponent. This week it's the Jacksonville Jaguars. Record: (1-5, 1-0) third in the AFC South Wins: vs. Tennessee Losses: @ New York Jets, @ Carolina, vs. New Orleans, vs. Cincinnati, @ Pittsburgh Offense: 27th in NFL, 11th in AFC Defense: 4-3 scheme, 13th in NFL, ninth in AFC Synopsis thus far: What a disaster

Got something to say about Texans linebacker Cushing? Good

It's always interesting to think about how much athletes pay attention to the sports media. Sure, they go about their daily press conferences and interviews, talking about this team or that player and, of course, just how close to "100 percent" they're feeling that week. But for many players, their attention to the writers in the locker rooms and clubhouses doesn't end when the recorders

Texans practice without Schaub on Wednesday, acquire former Raven WR Mason

As if the Texans didn't have enough to worry about on the injury front. According to ESPN AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky, Houston quarterback Matt Schaub missed practice Wednesday after sitting out to nurse a sore throwing shoulder. Despite the time away from the field, Schaub said he will play Sunday against the Ravens. The decision to keep Schaub out of practice doesn't sound like

A different kind of "must-win" situation

We hear the phrase "must win" in nearly every game. Each week, some team is facing a crucial game, leaving people to slap on the "must win" label to add flavor and excitement. For some, the phrase is overused. Heck, in the NFL, it seems every game for every team is a must win. But calling the phrase overused isn't exactly correct. Rather, the stigma

A closer look at the Texans

Every Tuesday we'll take a closer look at the Ravens' next opponent. This week it's the ailing Houston Texans: Record: (3-2, 1-0) 1st in the AFC South Wins: vs. Indianapolis, @ Miami, vs. Pittsburgh Losses: @ New Orleans, vs. Oakland Offense: Ranked seventh in NFL, third in the AFC Defense: 3-4 scheme, ranked eighth in NFL, sixth in AFC Synopsis thus far: Even before quarterback

What the 'pec' is going on?

The Ravens will welcome the Houston Texans on Sunday in their first game following the bye week. And glancing at Houston's injury report, it couldn't come at a better time for the purple and black. With the Titans falling to the Steelers, the Texans had a great opportunity to pick up a little distance in the AFC South. Instead, a fourth-quarter cough up and injuries

Raiders owner Davis passes away at 82

He was known, if not for his trademark chain-linked sunglasses, but for his aggressive and, at times, rebellious way of running a franchise, as a man who greatly impacted the NFL. Al Davis, team owner for the Oakland Raiders since 1966, passed away early Saturday morning. The longtime face of the organization was 82. For more than a half-century, Davis ruled the Bay Area, making

No Ravens? No problem

The Ravens enter Week 5 with a 3-1 record and the top spot in the AFC North. From an expectation standpoint, they're on par with a lot of experts' predictions and are on their way to making another postseason run. This weekend, however, is their bye week. On a personal note, I'm not a huge fan of having a bye week so early. If I'm

Bengals boasting league's top defense ... for now

Move over, Pittsburgh and Baltimore. You've got company. Since its inception nine years ago, the AFC North has been synonymous with defense, thanks almost exclusively to the Steelers and Ravens, both of whom consistently rank among the league's top units every season. Yet through four weeks, neither Pittsburgh nor Baltimore can lay claim to the top defense in the land. That honor, at least for

Steelers, hoping for answers, re-sign OL Starks

It's been a disappointing start for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Expectations for the defending AFC Champions were high, yet at 2-2 the team is searching for answers. Most fans remember the Week 1 horror show, where Pittsburgh was dominated in nearly every way by its arch rival in Baltimore. Since then, the Steelers rattled off back-to-back wins over struggling teams before falling to the Houston Texans

Checking in through the first quarter of 2011

A few months ago, the idea of even having an NFL season seemed in jeopardy. Now it's already a quarter of the way over. With Tampa Bay's win over Indianapolis on Monday night, Week 4 was officially in the books, and things are starting to take shape in the standings. The good teams are starting to emerge and those squads who caught lucky breaks in

Jets' offense struggling at halftime

We've reached halftime in Baltimore as the Ravens hold a 27-17 lead. It's been a bizarre half, to say the least, as the two teams have combined for four return touchdowns for only the third time in NFL history. Ravens safety Ed Reed forced a fumble on the Jets' first offensive play from scrimmage to give Baltimore a 7-0 lead. That was followed by a

Some Ravens' stats to help you impress your friends

* Dating back to the 2000 campaign, the Ravens are 66-23 at M&T Bank Stadium (.742), compiling the NFL's second-best home record during that span. The Ravens have won 11 of their last 12 games at M&T Bank Stadium. * Entering Week 4, the Ravens have allowed 13.3 points per game, which ranks them atop all other teams in the NFL. In the John Harbaugh

WR Mason returns to Charm City

Just hours after the lockout ended, Ravens fans were upset to find out the team, in order to cut costs, quickly got rid of a slew of veteran players. Longtime defensive tackle Kelly Gregg, running back Willis McGahee and tight end Todd Heap were all sent packing, it seemed, in the blink of an eye. The fourth guy joining that trio, however, was the sure-handed

Jets injury report for Week 4

With the Ravens and Jets set to square off Sunday night, here's the most current injury report list for Gang Green. * Wide receiver Logan Payne is out with a wrist injury * Center Nick Mangold is questionable with an ankle injury, although he had limited snaps in practice * Wide receiver Plaxico Burress is probable with a hamstring injury * Cornerback Antonio Cromartie is

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