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The Five Plays That Determined The Game: Ravens/Browns

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game: Ravens/Browns

Posted on 17 September 2013 by Glenn Clark

Following every Baltimore Ravens game this season, Ryan Chell and I will take to the airwaves Tuesdays on “The Reality Check” on AM1570 WNST.net with a segment known as “The Five Plays That Determined The Game.”

It’s a simple concept. We’ll select five plays from each game that determined the outcome. These five plays will best represent why the Ravens won or lost each game.

This will be our final analysis of the previous game before switching gears towards the next game on the schedule.

Here are the five plays that determined the Ravens’ 14-6 win over the Cleveland Browns Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium…

(Note: not all pictures are always of actual play)

Glenn Clark’s Plays…

5. Torrey Smith 23 yard catch from Joe Flacco on 3rd & 6 (3rd quarter)

4. Marlon Brown 10 yard catch from Joe Flacco on 3rd & 7 (3rd quarter)

3. Brandon Stokley 11 yard catch from Joe Flacco on 3rd & 8 (3rd quarter)

2. Marlon Brown 5 yard TD catch from Joe Flacco (4th quarter)

1. Brandon Weeden deep pass intended for Chris Ogbonnaya incomplete (3rd quarter)

(Ryan’s Plays on Page 2…)

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game-Ravens/Browns

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game-Ravens/Browns

Posted on 06 November 2012 by Glenn Clark

Following every Baltimore Ravens game this season, Ryan Chell and I will take to the airwaves Tuesdays on “The Reality Check” on AM1570 WNST.net with a segment known as “The Five Plays That Determined The Game.”

It’s a simple concept. We’ll select five plays from each game that determined the outcome. These five plays will best represent why the Ravens won or lost each game.

This will be our final analysis of the previous game before switching gears towards the next game on the schedule.

Here are the five plays that determined the Ravens’ 25-15 win over the Cleveland Browns Sunday at Cleveland Browns Stadium…

(Note: not all pictures are always of actual play)

Glenn Clark’s Plays…

5. Bernard Pierce 12 yard TD run on 3rd & 1 (1st quarter)

4. Brandon Weeden pass intended for Greg Little incomplete on 4th & 2 (4th quarter)

3. TJ Ward roughing the passer called after Joe Flacco incompletion (4th quarter)

2. Torrey Smith 19 yard TD catch from Joe Flacco (4th quarter)

1. Anquan Boldin 21 yard catch from Joe Flacco (4th quarter)

(Ryan Chell’s Plays on Page 2…)

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game: Ravens/Browns

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game: Ravens/Browns

Posted on 02 October 2012 by Glenn Clark

Following every Baltimore Ravens game this season, Ryan Chell and I will take to the airwaves Tuesdays on “The Reality Check” on AM1570 WNST.net with a segment known as “The Five Plays That Determined The Game.”

It’s a simple concept. We’ll select five plays from each game that determined the outcome. These five plays will best represent why the Ravens won or lost each game.

This will be our final analysis of the previous game before switching gears towards the next game on the schedule.

Here are the five plays that determined the Ravens’ 23-16 win over the Cleveland Browns Thursday night at M&T Bank Stadium…

(Note: not all pictures are always of actual play)

Glenn Clark’s Plays…

5. Joe Flacco 1 yard TD run on 3rd & goal (3rd quarter)

4. Buster Skrine called for defensive holding (Jacoby Jones) on 3rd down (4th quarter)

3. Brandon Weeden called for intentional grounding, Browns called for unsportsmanlike conduct for total loss of 26 yards (4th quarter)

2. Ed Reed breaks up Brandon Weeden pass intended for Jordan Cameron in endzone (4th quarter)

1. Cary Williams intercepts Brandon Weeden, returns for 63 yard TD (3rd quarter)


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We found something worse than replacement refs — Thursday night football

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We found something worse than replacement refs — Thursday night football

Posted on 28 September 2012 by Drew Forrester

There’s a reason why horses don’t race every third day.

They’re not built to do it.

And likewise, football players aren’t built to play two games in four days.

Nowhere was that more evident than on Thursday night in Baltimore, where the Ravens and Browns plodded along in the rain until a Brandon Weeden pass sailed through the end zone on the game’s final play to give Baltimore a 23-16 win.

It’s a shame that NFL players and coaches have to go through this exercise-in-futility once a season, but that’s the way it goes these days as the league tries to dig itself out of a deep financial hole otherwise known as the NFL Network.

What sounded like a great idea a half-dozen years ago — “let’s start our own TV network and dedicate it to the NFL 24/7″ – has now contributed to the watering down of a terrific product.  These Thursday night affairs have become so benign and pedestrian that the outcome is all but predictable.  In fact, the home team is now 17-5 over the last 22 of these things.

“No matter how much you try (as a player), there’s no way you feel like this is actually a ‘regular’ game,” said one Ravens veteran to me in the locker room after the rainy escape from the Browns.  ”I’ve played in a lot of these now and they always have the same weird feeling.  You just get the sense everyone wants to be into it, but some guys just aren’t.  It’s hard.  We just played on Sunday. Usually on Wednesday or Thursday you’re just starting to feel like yourself again.”

That’s exactly what it looked like to me on Thursday.

“Everyone wants to be into it, but some guys just aren’t.”

That Thursday night’s affair featured the visiting Browns was a major help to the Ravens.  Last week, the Panthers drew the short end of the stick when the defending Super Bowl champions came calling and the Giants manhandled Carolina, 36-7.  Cleveland is almost an automatic win these days…and that’s when you play them on Sunday.  Mix in a Thursday night encounter and it’s about the slammest of slam dunks.

The Browns did manage to throw a scare into John Harbaugh’s team, nearly driving the length of the field before the game’s final pass was incomplete in the end zone, but this one was over when the schedule came out last April.

You’re not coming to Baltimore on a Thursday night and beating the Ravens.

Especially if you’re the Browns.

But the real story of Thursday night’s game wasn’t that the Ravens (now 3-1*) won and the Browns (0-4*) lost.

The story of the night was the force-fed approach of Thursday night football by the NFL, who have figured out a way to damage their own enterprise by making players do something they’re not built to do.

Football players – ever since their days in high school – have conditioned themselves to play a game once a week, with 6 or 7 days of rest and recovery from game-to-game.

Three days of recovery isn’t enough for a professional player.

And for a league hell bent on stressing player safety, the message that’s sent with Thursday games is fuzzy at best.  No one wants to play football on Thursday night.  No one.  Ask any coach in the league if they want to play on Thursday and they’ll tell you “hell no”.  Ask any player and you’ll hear the same thing.

But the league, of course, didn’t ask the coaches or players if they wanted to play on Thursday night.

The NFL chased the money, again, and came up with a new way to maximize revenue while minimizing quality.

I assume Thursday football is here to stay.

And I can also assume – or guarantee – that Thursday football will always be scoffed at by the coaches and the players, who simply aren’t built to play two football games in four days.

(Note: Records of Ravens* and Browns* are noted with * to acknowledge that games were played in the regular season with non-professional officials calling the games.)

 

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