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Williams finds redemption in Ravens' 23-16 win

It was easy to see how frustrated Cary Williams was just five nights ago. Facing a pass-happy New England offense, Williams spent nearly the entire night being targeted by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and spent much of the night searching for his opposing receiver. He was frustrated. The talking heads called him out on his lackluster play. On Thursday night, Williams quieted his critics. With

Third quarter gives Ravens momentum (Ravens win 23-16)

The third quarter began with the Ravens holding a two-point lead. Far from comfortable. It'll end with the Ravens holding a 13-point lead. Ok, not lounging in a recliner, but at least there's room to breathe. The Ravens lead the Browns 23-10 heading the fourth quarter, earning touchdowns from both the offense and defense. Joe Flacco has been terrific this quarter. He's up to 305

Sluggish start for both teams (Ravens lead 9-7 at half)

Neither the Browns nor the Ravens had a full week to prepare for this game. Such is the drawback of a Thursday Night primetime matchup. And after a quarter of play, neither team is playing like it had much time to prepare. We're scoreless in Baltimore, where the Ravens and Browns are struggling to move the ball. Is it a case of rusty offenses? Maybe

Inactives for tonight's divisional matchup

Here are tonight's inactives for the Ravens and Browns: Ravens: 15 LaQuan Williams WR 25 Asa Jackson CB/RS 76 Jah Reid T 86 Billy Bajema TE 93 DeAngelo Tyson DE 94 Sergio Kindle OLB 95 Bryan Hall DT Browns: 9 Thaddeus Lewis QB 11 Mohamed Massaquoi WR 27 Eric Hagg DB 29 Brandon Jackson RB 50 James-Michael Johnson LB 60 Ryan Miller OL 81 Alex

Jamal Lewis inducted in Ravens' Ring of Honor

Jamal Lewis stepped to the microphone at midfield, rain soaked and all, and reflected on his career as a Baltimore Raven. "Thank you all, for the best night of my life," he said. Not many would peg a rainy Thursday in September as the best night of their lives, but for Lewis, tonight was a culmination of a Hall of Fame career. Thursday night, the

Pregame tidbits as Ravens host Browns (refs are here)

On the same day the NFL resolved its lockout with the referees, bringing an end to the replacement referee debacle that put a significant blemish on the league, this blog gets its own replacement beat writer. What are the chances? Josh Land isn't at M&T Bank Stadium tonight. In fact, he's not even on this continent. Nevertheless, your Ravens beat writer is taking some much-deserved

Ravens contend with another quick turnaround vs. Browns

The Ravens are becoming pros at dealing with a short week. They started the season on a Monday, and then had to travel to Philadelphia the following Sunday. This time, the turnaround is even shorter, as Baltimore hosts the Cleveland Browns tonight after beating the Patriots 31-30 on Sunday Night Football. First, NBC invaded the city and now the Ravens welcome the NFL Network for

Late stops not to be forgotten in penalty-filled Ravens win

One week after being torched for 486 yards against the Eagles, the Ravens surrendered another 396 yards to the Patriots. However, Baltimore permitted just 51 over the final 14 minutes of the game. The timely defense was a significant reason the Ravens were able to come back from a 30-21 deficit to eke out a 31-30 victory over Tom Brady and New England, improving to

Harbaugh on Torrey Smith: "He's a pretty special guy"

Not days. Not weeks. Hours after his younger brother's death in a motorcycle accident, wide receiver Torrey Smith decided the best thing he could do wasn't stay home or stand on the sidelines. He wanted to play. And play he did - a massive role in the Ravens' 31-30 come-from-behind victory over the Patriots on "Sunday Night Football." Smith tallied six receptions for 127 yards

Torrey Smith having quite a day, Ravens set up fun finish (Ravens win 31-30)

Torrey Smith wasn't fazed by a defensive back all over him in the end zone. He reached out his left arm and hauled in a one-handed touchdown catch, his second of the night, for the kind of performance that makes you think of Brett Favre the night the night his father died and Michael Jordan's flu game. It's not quite on the same level of

Ravens show advantage of deferring possession (Pats up 30-21)

Need an example for why it's sometimes good to start the second half with the ball? Look no further than the Ravens' march down the field to open the third quarter. The Patriots had just seemed to grab momentum with a swift drive for a score to end the first half up 20-14. Baltimore answered right away, driving 80 yards in eight plays with Ray

Emotional moment for Torrey Smith, Ravens' offense awakens (Take 14-13 lead)

The crowd chanted "Tor-rey, Tor-rey" as the second-year wideout ran off the field, pointing up to the sky. On the same day his brother died, Torrey Smith got the Ravens on the board with a 25-yard touchdown reception down the visiting sideline with 9:45 to go in the second quarter, cutting the Patriots' lead to 13-7. Smith's first catch of the day provided a nice

Big plays for, against Ravens let Pats strike first (Ravens down 13-0)

The Ravens' defense has been burned for just one big play in its first two series of the contest, but it was a massive one that allowed the Patriots to dent the scoreboard first. Baltimore forced the Patriots to punt on the opening drive thanks to a botched snap, a Dannell Ellerbe sack and an Ed Reed tackle for loss. But Tom Brady and Wes

T. Smith active while Kindle, Reid among Ravens' inactives vs. Patriots

Less than 24 hours after his brother died in a motorcycle accident, wideout Torrey Smith appears to be playing tonight for the Ravens. Smith took the field for warm-ups and appears ready to go. He probably could use the distraction after such a tragic moment for his family. Offensive lineman Jah Reid might've been upgraded to doubtful for this week's game, but he won't be

T. Smith's status in doubt after younger brother's death

The status of Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith for tonight's game against the Patriots is in doubt after the death overnight of his younger brother in a motorcycle accident. According to the Ravens, 19-year-old Tevin Chris Jones died early Sunday morning in an accident in Westmoreland County in northeast Virginia. Torrey Smith was notified of his brother's death at the Ravens' team hotel shortly after

Ravens defense hoping for better vs. Brady, Pats

A glance at the NFL's defensive statistics might lead to a collective head tilt from Ravens fans. Their customary shutdown defense is nowhere to be found among the league's best heading into this week's game against the Patriots. You have to run your finger down the list, all the way to No. 27, to find the unit that has customarily ranked among the NFL's top

Ravens-Pats a budding rivalry or just a tough match-up?

First of all, it's worth noting that when evaluating Ravens rivalries, it's the Pittsburgh Steelers, perhaps the Indianapolis Colts and then everyone else. That being said, for a team that isn't in the AFC North, a case can be made that the New England Patriots, Sunday night's opponent, could be developing into a Ravens rival. The last time these teams saw each other was a

No one listed out or questionable on Ravens' injury report

While several teams move further from full health as the weeks start to pass, the Ravens only appear to be inching closer to full strength. Baltimore has no one listed as out on its injury report for Sunday night's meeting with the Patriots, including tackle Jah Reid (calf), who has yet to play this year but was upgraded to doubtful for Game 3. The Ravens

Ravens' offense unable to provide encore, plus Pollard update

PHILADELPHIA - The Ravens clearly aren't going to have the kind of rhythmic, up-tempo, efficient and effective attack they had against the Bengals every week. Baltimore failed to provide a victorious encore in Sunday's 24-23 heartbreaker, even though the Eagles committed four turnovers in a sloppy performance that almost negated the fact that they racked up 486 yards. The Ravens were only able to answer

Lewis, others sound off on replacement officials after loss to Eagles

PHILADELPHIA - Some days, it might sound like woe-is-me moaning or self-pity when a team or a player sounds off on officiating after a loss. The Ravens' postgame comments Sunday were a little bit different. Coach John Harbaugh called the game "chaotic" and later admitted part of it was the officials. Referee Robert Frazer and his band of replacements often had trouble knowing where to

Ravens can put trust in Tucker, lead 20-17 in fourth (Ravens lose 24-23)

PHILADELPHIA - Justin Tucker is a field goal-making machine. Put him at 56 yards, put him at 51 yards, put him at 17 yards, same result every time. Uprights split. The undrafted rookie is making the Ravens' decision to cut Billy Cundiff and go with an untested but talented leg look like a good one. The Baltimore offense has completely fallen off in the second

Flacco with some flair (Eagles tie it at 17-17 in third)

PHILADELPHIA - So, the Ravens' offense that put the rest of the NFL on alert last week? Joe Flacco and Ray Rice might've just indicated that it wasn't a one-week thing. Following the Eagles' second turnover, Baltimore needed just 1:20 and four plays to sprint 70 yards downfield for its first lead, 14-7. Rice sparked the quick strike by finding a massive hole in the

Turnovers traded, Eagles strike first (Another Philly giveaway)

PHILADELPHIA - The Ravens trail for the first time this season after an early turnover exchange has led to the Eagles taking a 7-0 lead with 5:40 remaining in the first quarter. Philadelphia had its way with Baltimore early, as Michael Vick completed his first five passes for 59 yards to put the Eagles in position to score. But Bernard Pollard intercepted Vick in the

Kruger out with back injury, Ravens' other inactives

PHILADELPHIA - Linebacker Paul Kruger was optimistic he'd be able to overcome a back ailment that limited him in practice this week, but that wasn't good enough to get him dressed for this afternoon's game against the Eagles. Kruger is the most prominent of the Ravens' seven inactives. He is joined by wideout LaQuan Williams, cornerback Asa Jackson, tackle Jah Reid (leg), tight end Billy

Ravens aiming to build on big debut

A Super Bowl isn't won in a week, even though the Ravens have a pretty darn impressive one in their rear view. Baltimore showed glimpses of a potentially prolific offense and an effective, even if not stifling defense in its 44-13 opening win over Cincinnati. Now the key will be to build on that. Next up, road test No. 1 at hostile Lincoln Financial Field,

Scouting the Eagles and their big-play ability

Michael Vick. LeSean McCoy. DeSean Jackson. Jeremy Maclin. Playmakers galore for the Philadelphia Eagles. But the Ravens know just what they're getting in to as they head north to take on an unconventional and dangerous Eagles offense. The Eagles joined the Ravens as one of the only two teams in the league to produce 19 plays of 10-plus yards in Week 1. Ray Lewis is

Reid out, Kruger and McPhee questionable on Ravens-Eagles injury report

When the Ravens and Eagles released their injury reports Friday, they were dotted with key names. Tackle Jah Reid (leg) is listed as out while linebacker Paul Kruger (back) and defensive end Pernell McPhee (knee) are listed as questionable. Center Matt Birk (thigh) and safety Ed Reed (thigh) are listed as probable for Baltimore. Kruger said he's optimistic that he'll be able to play. "I

Flacco named AFC Offensive Player of the Week

Since Joe Flacco's impressive, and perhaps breakout, performance to start the season on Monday Night Football, it's been hard to escape debate about how good the Ravens quarterback is, from sports talk radio to ESPN. Well, the NFL put a label on just how strong of a game he had against the Bengals, naming Flacco AFC Offensive Player of the Week on Wednesday. He made

Harbaugh ready for "special" return to Philly

For the first time in five regular seasons as Ravens head coach, John Harbaugh gets to lead his team to the city where he spent his first 10 years in the NFL - Philadelphia. Just 5 1/2 days after opening their season with a Monday night dismantling of the Cincinnati Bengals, the Ravens hit the road to face their nearest neighbors to the north. Harbaugh

Early birthday present for Reed: Setting NFL interception return yards record

Hours before turning 34 years old, Ed Reed sure didn't play like an aging safety. Not all of the Ravens' 44 points were posted by the offense, as Reed scored six of them with a 34-yard interception return for a touchdown, in the process becoming the NFL's all-time leader with 1,497 career interception return yards. "It felt good," Reed said. "That's really hands down to

Curtain goes up, Ravens put on a show

The spotlight has been fixed squarely on the Ravens' defense for years. Just maybe, Monday night's season-opening performance is an indication that things are changing for the purple and black. The defense did fine, and contributed plenty toward the 44-13 win over Cincinnati, but this night was about Joe Flacco and a balanced attack that shredded a Bengals defense that ranked among the NFL's best

Why worry? Flacco, Rice lead Ravens to another score (Ravens win 44-13)

Things were getting dicey. Two long Bengals drives had the Ravens' offense sitting on the bench for what felt like a half-hour in real time. Baltimore's 17-3 lead had shrunk to 17-13. And then Joe Flacco, Ray Rice and Co. went back to work and reminded everyone why they built such a margin in the first place. Flacco went 5-for-6 for 74 yards and a

Freakish numbers for Flacco (Ravens' lead down to 17-13)

Joe Flacco couldn't be starting his season any better. After giving the Ravens a 17-3 lead 2:35 into the second quarter, the fifth-year quarterback has completed nine of 11 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown. The no-huddle suits him and the last drive is a perfect example. Baltimore bolted down the field, covering 82 yards in just five plays and 2:27. The last play

Rapid start for Ravens (Bengals cut it to 10-3)

Well, all that talk about dictating play a bit more on the offensive side of the ball via the no-huddle wasn't just talk. The Ravens came out and on their first play of scrimmage this season, Joe Flacco gunned a 52-yard pass downfield to Torrey Smith. Four plays later, Baltimore took a 3-0 lead just 2:07 into the contest on a Justin Tucker 46-yard field

Ravens waive Rainey, add Allen; inactives vs. Bengals

The Ravens announced a roster move just over an hour before kicking off the 2012 season, as they have waived running back Bobby Rainey and signed running back Anthony Allen from their practice squad. Allen is active tonight against the Bengals. As for who won't be playing, here's Baltimore's seven inactives: wideout LaQuan Williams, cornerback Asa Jackson, offensive lineman Jah Reid, defensive end Billy Bajema,

Time for Ravens to take the turf

The last time the Ravens played a game that counted, hearts were broken. Four points - more specifically, a ball that wasn't caught and a chip shot that wasn't made - were all that separated Baltimore from a win over the Patriots and a Super Bowl berth. So here the Ravens are again, ready to make another run at the Lombardi Trophy. The young offensive

Scouting A.J. Green and the Bengals

Ravens coach John Harbaugh summed up his team's season-opening opponent, the Cincinnati Bengals, as one that can't be overlooked. "The Bengals are a formidable (foe)," Harbaugh told reporters. "They are talented in every area, from the quarterback, the weapons on offense - really at every position - and a tremendously physical offensive line. (Their) defense is pressure defense; it gets after you from every angle.

Modell family, Ravens invite fans to silent tribute to former owner

For those who feel an affinity for Art Modell and his family, who brought the NFL back to Baltimore, they can show their gratitude to the late Ravens owner this weekend. On Saturday, Sept. 8, the Modell family and the Ravens invite fans to M&T Bank Stadium to attend a silent tribute to Art Modell, whose casket will be placed on the field. The viewing

Players, coaches, owners, executives react to Modell's passing (updated)

The Ravens have provided a large number of statements from those touched during the life of Art Modell, ranging from team officials to coaches to players to fellow owners and others. Here's what others had to say about the life of the man who brought NFL football back to Baltimore. Ravens officials Owner Steve Bisciotti: "He was my friend, my mentor. We will miss him

Former Ravens owner Art Modell passes away

Former Ravens owner Art Modell died of natural causes this morning at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He was 87. Modell brought the Ravens to Baltimore in 1996. As owner of the Ravens and Browns, he had a decorated 43-year career in football that included 28 winning seasons, two championships and three other title appearances. He has been a regular finalist for the Pro Football

Ravens sign safety Ihedigbo, quarterback Dixon (Gorrer cut)

The Ravens made a pair of acquisitions Sunday, signing safety James Ihedigbo and quarterback Dennis Dixon. Ihedigbo, a 28-year-old who was just cut by the New England Patriots, tweeted that he had signed on with the black and purple: Fresh start...God is good..honored to be a Baltimore Raven!!!!#blackandpurple— DIGGZ44 (@JamesIhedigbo) September 2, 2012 Ihedigbo had his best season to date with the Patriots in 2011,

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