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Ogden, Modell named semifinalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame

Forecasts of former Ravens tackle Jonathan Ogden being enshrined in Canton, Ohio, as a first-ballot Hall of Famer took a step toward becoming reality Friday, as did the postmortem addition of former Ravens owner Art Modell. Ogden joined offensive lineman Larry Allen, kicker Morten Andersen, safety John Lynch, defensive tackle Warren Sapp and defensive end Michael Strahan as first-year eligible players among the 27 semifinalists

Roethlisberger officially ruled out for Sunday vs. Ravens

There won't be any pregame suspense waiting to find out whether it's Ben Roethlisberger or Charlie Batch under center when the Steelers visit the Ravens on Sunday. Roethlisberger (right shoulder) was officially ruled out for the third straight game on Friday's injury report, and that's good news for Baltimore fans if you buy into track records. Pittsburgh (6-5) has lost two in a row with

Jacoby Jones named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month

Jacoby Jones has another reason to break out his dance moves. The Ravens' return man has been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for November. He scored two special teams touchdowns during the month, on a 105-yard kickoff return and a 63-yard punt return. The punt return proved to be the difference in the Ravens' win in Pittsburgh two weeks ago. Jones is

Ravens' greatest skill in 2012 is the ability to win

Down 10 with less than five minutes to go in regulation at San Diego on Sunday, the Ravens proceeded to score the final 13 points of the game to pull out a 16-13 overtime win. Clinging to a three-point lead in Pittsburgh the week before, Baltimore's defense compensated for the team's inability to move the ball in holding off the Steelers 13-10. After racing out

Ravens prefer Big Ben or Batch? (plus Ray Lewis note)

With Ben Roethlisberger's status again in doubt because of shoulder and rib injuries, the Ravens face an interesting question leading up to Sunday. Would Baltimore rather face the Steelers at their best with their starting quarterback on the field, or with 37-year-old third-stringer Charlie Batch under center one week after passing for no touchdowns and three interceptions? Safety Bernard Pollard's response was pretty definitive, but

Ravens' defense on the rise

Torn to shreds by both opposing offenses and the media all the way through the bye week, the Ravens' defense has taken a considerable leap during the team's four-game winning streak. Since coming back from the bye on Nov. 4, Baltimore has allowed an NFL-best 14.5 points per game. The Ravens have also limited foes to 309 yards or fewer in three of the last

Ray Rice miracle a positive springboard into Steelers Week No. 2

John Harbaugh called it the "greatest play" he's ever seen. One fan on this blog went as far as to call it the "Miracle on Rice." On fourth-and-29 late in the fourth quarter, the Ravens needed a first down to keep hopes of forcing overtime alive. Joe Flacco wasn't given many options downfield, so he settled for a screen pass to Ray Rice. The Ravens'

Harbaugh believes Lewis will return this season

Coach John Harbaugh responded to a report that Ray Lewis could return as soon as Week 15 from what was believed to be season-ending surgery with an optimistic answer for Ravens fans. No, Harbaugh didn't provide a definitive forecast, but he weighed in with his opinion about whether Lewis will play again this season. "I think he will. That's a best guess," Harbaugh said. "He's

Report: Ray Lewis to return before end of season

Well, from all appearances, using the NFL's new "designated to return" tag on Ray Lewis wasn't just misdirection. Originally believed to be lost for the season because of torn triceps, the Ravens' middle linebacker and emotional leader is expected to return before the end of the year, according to a Yahoo! Sports report this morning. More than six sources told the website that Lewis could

Fantastic finish on opposite coast for Ravens

The Ravens needed a late comeback to capitalize on the Steelers' loss earlier Sunday, and got just what they needed in San Diego. Baltimore scored 10 points in the last 4:19 of regulation to erase a 13-3 deficit. The Ravens then pulled off an improbable 16-13 win late in overtime, with the tying and winning scores coming in the form of two 38-yard field goals

Ravens cross the goal line, set up exciting finish (Ravens win 16-13 in OT)

After managing just three points through 3 1/2 quarters, the Ravens have finally scored a touchdown in San Diego with 4:19 remaining. Joe Flacco took the Ravens 80 yards in nine plays with the last one being a 4-yard touchdown toss to tight end Dennis Pitta. That cut the Chargers' lead to 13-10 and means the next four minutes will be nail-biters. The Baltimore defense

Ravens blanked in first half (Chargers up 13-3 in fourth)

Six possessions, six punts for the Ravens in a first half where their offense couldn't get anything going. Baltimore trails 10-0 after two quarters, as it was shut out in a half for the first time since Oct. 24, 2011 against Jacksonville. The Ravens had put together a stretch of 20 games in between where they scored at least three in a single half. Baltimore's

Quiet first quarter in San Diego (Chargers up 10-0)

Blame the time difference if you want, but both the Ravens and Chargers are off to slow starts offensively this afternoon in San Diego. After one quarter, neither team has put up a single point, so it's 0-0 heading to the second. The Ravens' defense has performed exceptionally, holding the Chargers to just 30 yards and one first down. Baltimore has also brought the pressure,

Ravens look to keep charge going in San Diego

From Nov. 20 to Jan. 15 last season, only one team managed to solve the Ravens, and did so in dominating fashion. Baltimore sees that squad once again Sunday when it travels west to face the San Diego Chargers. Amid a stretch of strong defensive play in 2011, the Chargers broke through for 415 yards in a 34-14 thumping of the Ravens in San Diego.

C. Johnson doubtful, McPhee questionable, Pitta probable for Ravens vs. Chargers

Ravens defensive end Pernell McPhee appears close to a return, perhaps this Sunday at the San Diego Chargers. McPhee has missed the last three games because of a thigh injury, but was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report. Cornerback Jimmy Smith (abs) is listed as out while cornerback Chris Johnson (thigh) is doubtful. Tight end Dennis Pitta (head) highlights the 13 Ravens listed as

Ray Rice explains he wasn't disrespecting Steelers or Terrible Towel

After the Ravens' win over the Steelers on Sunday, Ray Rice created a bit of a firestorm when pictures surfaced of him walking to the locker room with a Terrible Towel draped over his head. One such photo can be found here. Steelers players and fans took it as if Rice was taunting them, disrespecting the yellow towel which is a mainstay among crowds at

Pollard sounds off on NFL's punishment of defensive players

Safety Bernard Pollard has emerged as one of the more vocal, blunt and honest members of the Ravens' locker room. If you're looking to find out what someone really thinks about an issue, go to Pollard. With that being said, Pollard is far from happy, perhaps even incensed with the NFL's system for fining defensive players. Pollard has some experience with this as one of

Reed has suspension lifted, reduced to fine by NFL (with Cottrell statement)

The Ravens won't have to be without safety Ed Reed after all. The NFL announced that Reed's one-game suspension for repeated hits to the head and neck of opposing players - scheduled to be served this week at San Diego - has been lifted on appeal and reduced to a $50,000 fine. So Reed will be available to play Sunday and going forward. Ravens general

Graham an example of Ravens' strong secondary depth

Corey Graham made the Pro Bowl as a special teams performer and reserve cornerback for the Bears last season. Coach John Harbaugh has repeatedly talked about how Graham came to the Ravens in the offseason hoping for a legitimate chance to play defensive back. That opportunity has come in the form of long-term injuries suffered by cornerbacks Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith. Graham has started

Ravens experience defensive renaissance vs. Steelers (plus injury notes)

On a day the Ravens finished with their second-lowest yards total of the season, they were able to come away with a critical divisional win over the Steelers because of their defense. The unit has garnered attention all year for the things it hasn't done well rather than the things it has. The Ravens entered the contest ranked 27th in the league in yards allowed,

Reed suspended one game, will appeal (updated)

Ravens safety Ed Reed has been suspended one game by the NFL for "repeated violations of the rule prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players," the league announced Monday. Reed was penalized for a hit to the head of Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders on Sunday, his second such violation this year and third in three seasons. The previous ones came Sept.

Ravens top Steelers, take two-game division lead

Had someone told you the Ravens would finish with 200 yards and no offensive touchdowns against the Steelers, any chance you'd believe they'd win? Well, they did just that at Heinz Field tonight, coming up with a 13-10 victory that gives them some breathing room atop the the AFC North with six games to go. Baltimore is now 8-2 while Pittsburgh slipped to 6-4. As

Ravens hold edge in defensive battle with Steelers (Ravens win 13-10)

The Ravens take a 10-7 lead into halftime of a relatively quiet, but typically physical meeting with their greatest rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Ravens were outgained 144-136 in the opening half, outdoing the Steelers through the air but struggling on the ground. Quarterback Joe Flacco is 15-for-22 for 116 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. Tailback Ray Rice has run for just 13 yards,

Jacoby Jones a speed demon, Ravens take lead (concussion sidelines Pitta)

Jacoby Jones is simply ridiculous. We already knew he could return kickoffs for touchdowns, having tied an NFL record with his 108-yard return and coming close to matching it with his 105-yarder already this season. Well, now we know he can score on punts, too. Jones just returned Drew Butler's punt 63 yards to the end zone, giving the Ravens their first lead, 10-7 late

Like a bullet, or a bumble bee, or a bumble-bee colored bullet (Ravens score)

The Pittsburgh Steelers didn't take a conservative approach out of the gate of tonight's primetime affair with the Ravens at Heinz Field. The Steelers went right at Baltimore, needing just three snaps and 43 seconds to jump out to a 7-0 lead. Backup quarterback Byron Leftwich went deep on the first snap, drawing a 42-yard pass interference penalty. Wideout Mike Wallace burned Cary Williams so

No matter which players take the field, it's still Ravens-Steelers in AFC North showdown (with roster move)

No Ben Roethlisberger, Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu on the Steelers' side. No Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb on the Ravens' side. It might not be the same players, but the intensity remains the same as the first-place Ravens head to Pittsburgh to take on the second-place Steelers Sunday night in what has become one of the NFL's premier rivalries. "Everybody is going to go

Ravens' McPhee doubtful, several key Steelers out for Sunday's game (Flacco honored)

Those not playing in Sunday's meeting between the Ravens and Steelers might be as much of a factor in deciding the rivalry contest as those who will take the field. The Ravens will be without linebacker Ray Lewis, as well as cornerbacks Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith. The Steelers won't have quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, safety Troy Polamalu, wideout Antonio Brown and tackle Marcus Gilbert. "It's

Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith undergoes groin surgery

Coach John Harbaugh's concern about cornerback Jimmy Smith was evident after Sunday's game, when he revealed the former first-round pick couldn't get his groin loose enough to play. Those worries appear to be founded, as the Ravens have announced Smith underwent groin surgery in Philadelphia on Thursday. The procedure was successful and Smith is expected to return before the end of the season. So with

Jones earns second AFC Special Teams Player of the Week nod

For the second time in four games, Jacoby Jones has been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Jones became the first Ravens return man to run back two kickoffs for touchdowns in both a season and career. On Oct. 14 against the Cowboys, he matched the NFL record with his 108-yard kickoff return for a score that proved to be the difference in

Ravens react to Roethlisberger being ruled out for Sunday

As news broke throughout the Under Armour Performance Center on Wednesday that Ben Roethlisberger has been ruled out for Sunday night's game between the Ravens and Steelers, Baltimore players and coaches reacted differently. Many took it in stride with even-keel, "injuries are part of the game" reactions. Linebacker Terrell Suggs took it as gamesmanship, refusing to believe the Steelers quarterback will be out until someone

Ravens sign former Raiders cornerback Chris Johnson, re-sign QB Dixon to practice squad

Apparently, seeing the Ravens' defense allow 350 passing yards to the Raiders while playing without two of its top three cornerbacks was enough for Ozzie Newsome to take action. The Ravens signed former Raiders cornerback Chris Johnson on Tuesday and placed running back Bobby Rainey (knee) on injured reserve to make room on the 53-man roster. Johnson, 33, is a nine-year veteran of 73 NFL

Tight end turnaround for Pitta, Dickson

Since the Ravens arrived in Baltimore, the tight end has always been a big part of their passing game. Dating to 2000, the team has had a tight end finish among its top three in receptions all but three seasons. Shannon Sharpe (2000-01) started that run before giving way to a decade of Todd Heap (2002-10), who has since given way to the duo of

Steelers week (or weeks) has arrived for Ravens

The Steelers still have a Monday Night Football appearance before they can begin preparing for the Ravens. But for those wearing black and purple, Steelers week is here. The Ravens will visit their most heated rival Sunday to open a stretch where they face Pittsburgh twice in three weeks. Coach John Harbaugh is among those excited for what lies ahead. "To me, if you love

Special day for Ravens' special teams (Ngata, J. Smith sit out win)

Part of the reason the Ravens seem to have so much success at home is that more abnormal things seem to happen in their favor at M&T Bank Stadium. For example, all the happenings on special teams Sunday that helped the team win its 15th straight at home and improve to 7-2 for the first time since 2006. In the same game, Jacoby Jones returned

Combined effort from all phases keeps Ravens undefeated at home

This wasn't a win for the offense, the defense or the special teams, but for all three. For the first time since Week 1, the Ravens won comfortably with all three areas of their team deserving credit. The offense put up 419 yards, including 341 through the air. The defense contributed two turnovers, three sacks and six tackles in the backfield, six tipped balls and

Record day for Ravens' offense (Baltimore wins 55-20)

The Ravens' offense keeps adding on, this time with a little bit of trickery that has to have the Raiders incensed. Baltimore faked a short field goal, and holder Sam Koch took the snap in for a touchdown. Koch's first career touchdown gave the Ravens a 48-17 lead with more than five minutes remaining in the third quarter, tying the team's single-game scoring record. Baltimore

Ravens' offense right at home (T. Smith again, 41-17)

As Joe Flacco's play-action pass found Dennis Pitta open in the middle of the end zone for a 17-3 lead, it became all the more clear that the Ravens' offense is so much more comfortable operating on home soil. Back in Baltimore for the first time in a month, the Ravens are dominating in almost every area. Aside from a Michael Huff interception that set

Rice reaches milestone, Ravens up early (Raiders score)

On his first carry of the day, Ray Rice passed 5,000 career rushing yards. Quite a career so far for the Ravens' franchise tailback. That got the first scoring drive of the game started, as the Ravens moved 22 yards in seven plays to take a 3-0 lead over the Raiders on Justin Tucker's 48-yard field goal with 8:49 to go in the first quarter.

Ngata, B. Williams, Yanda active vs. Raiders

Been a while since signing on from the M&T Bank Stadium press box, as nearly a month has passed since the Ravens last took to their home turf for a 31-29 win over the Cowboys. Baltimore has won an NFL-best 14 straight games in this venue entering today's contest with the Raiders and will be looking to improve to 7-2 overall today. If history holds,

Rice, Ravens look to follow Doug Martin's lead vs. Raiders

The Oakland Raiders' defense has been a model of inconsistency. One week, the Raiders are suffocating, holding opponents to fewer than 100 yards on the ground and 300 yards overall. The next, well ... they look like they did last week. Tampa Bay rookie tailback Doug Martin has been the talk of the NFL after running for 251 yards and four touchdowns against Oakland. When

McPhee out, Ngata, B. Williams and Yanda questionable for Raiders game

After being out of practice for most of the week, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, guard Bobbie Williams and guard Marshal Yanda were listed as questionable on the Ravens' injury report for Sunday's game against the Raiders. Ngata is dealing with a shoulder injury, while Williams and Yanda both have an ankle issue. Defensive end Pernell McPhee (thigh) is the only member of the squad listed

Ray Lewis surprises Ravens with visit to practice (updated)

Linebacker Ray Lewis, who has been out since tearing his triceps on Oct. 14 and is likely done for the season, surprised his Ravens teammates and coaches Friday morning by showing up in Owings Mills. The team's emotional leader visited the locker room and practice at the Under Armour Performance Center for the first time since beginning to rehab his injury. "It's truly great to

Ellerbe shining in expanded role for Ravens

Once an undrafted free agent, Dannell Ellerbe has been thrust into a role that few might have envisioned when he joined the Ravens in 2009. Ellerbe has taken on a chunk of the responsibility vacated when Ray Lewis was placed on injured reserve with torn triceps, starting the last two games at inside linebacker. Before that, he had played a significant amount in appearing in

Harbaugh not happy with Ravens' mounting penalties

Perhaps a glass-half-full person would look at the Ravens' shortfalls and feel good about the fact that the team has so much room for improvement, but is still 6-2. Baltimore comes home Sunday to face the Oakland Raiders an imperfect team. As the Ravens ready for their first game at M&T Bank Stadium since Oct. 14 and last until Dec. 2, defense has long been

Strong start, finish carry Ravens to 10th straight win over Browns

For three quarters in the middle of Sunday's visit to Cleveland, the Ravens managed nothing. They couldn't move an iota. Five straight three-and-outs let the Browns come all the way back from an early 14-0 deficit to take a 15-14 lead and threaten Baltimore's winning streak against the AFC North. The Ravens weren't ready to let that one go, however. Baltimore scored the last 11

Ravens spiraling since second possession (Ravens win 25-15)

The Ravens' first two possessions were so good that they stood up well into the second half. The running game was potent, the passing game capitalized on the room created by Ray Rice and the defense held the Browns to three field goals in their first three trips to the red zone. But with 2:39 remaining in the third quarter, Cleveland cut the Ravens' lead

Quality road work for Ravens in close contest with Browns

The Ravens definitely went to Cleveland with a game plan geared more toward winning on the road. Baltimore has turned to a run-centric strategy on offense, controlling the clock and keeping its defense fresher. With all the injuries to key personnel, maybe the extra rest between drives makes all the difference. Or it could simply be that the Browns' offense is that bad. The CBS

Ravens ride Ray Rice to early lead in Cleveland (Browns on the board)

Perhaps all the bye week speculation about an offensive shift to the ground game was founded after all. Of course, it could be just one drive, but it sure looks like the Ravens' plan to rely on Ray Rice's legs a bit more to help increase time of possession and reverse their road troubles. Two weeks ago, Rice carried the ball just nine times in

Ravens hope Browns the remedy for road woes

If Home Ravens were to face Road Ravens, it wouldn't be much of a fight. The home version is feared. It possesses a high-flying offense that can beat teams in multiple ways and does so quickly while the defense teases opponents by letting them move the ball - before taking it away or preventing the visitors from reaching the end zone. The road version is

Harbaugh says injury report devalued after Ravens list 19 for Browns game

Well, the Ravens have taken the NFL's criticism of their injury report to heart. For this Sunday's game at Cleveland, Baltimore's first since being fined $20,000 for not listing Ed Reed's torn labrum, the team put out a report that includes 19 names. Defensive end Pernell McPhee (thigh) is out while defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (shoulder) and wideout LaQuan Williams (ankle) are questionable. Wideout Jacoby

Sizing up Weeden, Richardson and the Browns

Since losing their first five games of the season, the Cleveland Browns have awoken to win two of their last three. So 2-6 meets 5-2 when the Browns host the Ravens Sunday looking to continue their rise and make it three out of four. Cleveland hasn't been especially good at anything this season. The offense ranks 29th in total yards, 30th in rushing and 25th

Ravens let trade deadline pass quietly

While the trade deadlines in baseball, hockey and basketball are exciting days full of wheeling and dealing, the NFL's just isn't the same. Maybe it's the salary-cap structure or the value of draft picks. But movement is sparse at the NFL trade deadline, and that was again the case Thursday. The Ravens let the deadline pass without making a move. There had been rumors that

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