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Garrett Downing talks all things Purple and Black

Posted on 10 November 2015 by WNST Staff

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Sam Kouvaris previews Ravens-Jags Week 10 matchup

Posted on 10 November 2015 by WNST Staff

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Larry Rosen on the Ravens shocking 2-6 start

Posted on 10 November 2015 by WNST Staff

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Luke Jones talks NFL and Ravens with Nestor

Posted on 09 November 2015 by WNST Staff

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John McClain talks the Houston Texans disappointing season at 3-5

Posted on 05 November 2015 by WNST Staff

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Ravens-related thoughts on Week 7

Posted on 26 October 2015 by Luke Jones

Everything about the Ravens organization has come under scrutiny after a 1-5 start with recent draft history being among the biggest concerns.

Though their draft issues pale in comparison to teams like Cleveland who have failed miserably with multiple top choices, I couldn’t help but notice how few of the Ravens’ recent high picks would be contributing in Monday’s contest against Arizona. And much of the blame can be placed on injuries.

In total, the Ravens have selected nine players in the first three rounds over their last three drafts and just four of them — linebacker C.J. Mosley and defensive tackles Brandon Williams, Timmy Jernigan, and Carl Davis — were expected to play meaningful snaps on Monday night. Four others — safeties Matt Elam and Terrence Brooks, wide receiver Breshad Perriman, and tight end Maxx Williams — are sidelined with injuries and 2013 second-round inside linebacker Arthur Brown has been nothing more than a special-teams player in his third season.

It’s interesting to note that the defensive line is one of the Ravens’ few strengths while they’ve lacked playmakers in the secondary and in the passing game, areas where these absent draft picks normally reside. While the blame doesn’t fall solely on these recent selections, it’s difficult to look at that breakdown without concluding it’s a substantial part of what ails the Ravens.

** Much has been made about the NFL still having five undefeated teams at the end of seven weeks, but taking a closer look at the AFC should have the Ravens kicking themselves over their horrendous start. After New England, Cincinnati, and Denver, the conference sports just two other teams — Pittsburgh and the New York Jets — with winning records as the calendar is ready to turn to November.

Anyone who looked at the Ravens’ early-season schedule needed to be realistic about the daunting task of playing five of their first seven on the road, but many opined that a 4-3 record — even 3-4 — would put John Harbaugh’s team in position to make a run in the second half with an easier schedule. That would have proven to be true if not for a 1-5 start, but the Ravens can’t really complain when holding an 0-2 record at M&T Bank Stadium this year.

** Baltimore appears to be getting San Diego at the right time as the Chargers have lost three straight and were handled at home by Oakland on Sunday, but coming off a Monday night road game is a difficult proposition. Under Harbaugh, the Ravens hold a 3-5 record in games immediately following a Monday road game and one of those wins — against Arizona in 2011 — was the largest comeback in team history.

The defense-challenged Chargers may only be 2-5, but preparing for Philip Rivers and the league’s top-ranked passing game on a short week could be a nightmare for the Ravens pass defense. For what it’s worth, the Ravens were coming off a Monday night road game last year when they lost to the Chargers in Baltimore.

** The Steelers did an admirable job surviving without Ben Roethlisberger, who is expected to return to action against the Bengals in Week 8.

Going 2-2 in games started by Mike Vick and Landry Jones is quite respectable, but those two losses came against teams that entered Week 7 with 1-5 records. That has to eat away at coach Mike Tomlin as Pittsburgh trails Cincinnati by three games in the loss column in the AFC North standings.

** Former University of Maryland standout Stefon Diggs had six catches for 108 yards and a touchdown in Minnesota’s 28-19 win over Detroit on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Ravens first-round pick Breshad Perriman still isn’t practicing and fourth-round cornerback Tray Walker — drafted 10 spots ahead of Diggs — hasn’t been trusted to play defensive snaps despite a slew of injuries in the secondary.

Carry on.

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Kent Somers previews Ravens-Cardinals Week 7 matchup

Posted on 20 October 2015 by WNST Staff

 

 

 

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In this photo taken Saturday, Sept. 20, 2012, Phil Savage poses in the broadcast booth for the Crimson Tide Network during halftime of an NCAA college football game on in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The former Cleveland Browns general manager took over as the Senior Bowl's executive director in May but still travels to schools and draws up scouting reports on NFL prospects. He started with the Browns as a defensive assistant when Nick Saban was the Browns' coordinator (AP Photo/ Butch Dill)

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Phil Savage weighs in on all things Purple and Black

Posted on 19 October 2015 by WNST Staff

In this photo taken Saturday, Sept. 20, 2012, Phil Savage poses in the broadcast booth for the Crimson Tide Network during halftime of an NCAA college football game on in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The former Cleveland Browns general manager took over as the Senior Bowl's executive director in May but still travels to schools and draws up scouting reports on NFL prospects. He started with the Browns as a defensive assistant when Nick Saban was the Browns' coordinator (AP Photo/ Butch Dill)

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John Eisenberg on a 1-5 start for the Ravens

Posted on 19 October 2015 by WNST Staff

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Bo Smolka: “Ravens lack of depth a major problem”

Posted on 19 October 2015 by WNST Staff

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