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“The Reality Check” Week 13 NFL Power Rankings

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“The Reality Check” Week 13 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 28 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Houston Texans (Last Week 31)

Sumlin/Manziel 2014?

31. Atlanta Falcons (30)

Jadaveon Clowney would be a nice addition.

30. Jacksonville Jaguars (32)

I really want to move them ahead of the Redskins but I’m not quite ready to do that.

29. Washington Redskins (28)

Absolutely pathetic.

28. Minnesota Vikings (27)

A tie is like kissing your sister and then remembering you’re still the Vikings.

27. Oakland Raiders (26)

But yet not far from the playoff race.

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (29)

Mike Glennon HAS to be your quarterback? Maybe?

25. Cleveland Browns (19)

They duped me. My apologies.

24. New York Giants (17)

There’s always next year.

23. Buffalo Bills (23)

Don’t drop because they were on a bye. Not because they’re good.

22. New York Jets (15)

I don’t care that they’re 5-6. They’re garbage. Absolute garbage.

21. Green Bay Packers (21)

The needed time to figure out even Matt Flynn is better than Steve Tolzien?

20. St. Louis Rams (24)

If they were in the AFC they’d run away with the 6th playoff spot.

19. Miami Dolphins (18)

At least they were competitive?

18. Tennessee Titans (25)

You struggle to believe it, but.

17. Baltimore Ravens (20)

One more win changes everything.

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The 15-7-0 hopes no one volunteered the Houston Texans as tribute

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The 15-7-0 hopes no one volunteered the Houston Texans as tribute

Posted on 25 November 2013 by Glenn Clark

15 positive observations from the weekend of football, seven not so positive observations and we acknowledge a “zero” from outside the world of football. A reminder, there’s never any Ravens game analysis here. We do plenty of that elsewhere. It’s a trip through the weekend of football via videos, GIFs, memes, pictures, links, Tweets and shtick. This isn’t where we do Ravens stuff. You can find plenty of that…like…everywhere else on the site.

Did you know that you were exactly like a Major League Baseball GM? It’s true. For example: how many good baseball players have you acquired this offseason?

Same as Dan Duquette.

15 Positive Observations…

1. The singular purpose of Number 1 in this week’s 15-7-0 is to get to the part of Monday afternoon’s show where Ryan Chell as to pronounce the name “Seyi Ajirotutu” and then put my feet up, light a cigar and just plain enjoy being alive.

To celebrate the big win, Philip Rivers wore the lovely gift he received from Stan Marsh’s grandfather.

Here’s…I have no freaking idea what this is. NONE.

2. Navy QB Keenan Reynolds had seven touchdowns Friday night. CJ Spiller has one touchdown in 2013. It’s cool though, because I totally picked Reynolds as the second overall pick in my fantasy football draft. What’s that? I picked Spiller there? Oh I just quit.

Just when you thought Navy motivational videos couldn’t get any better.

Three weeks to go, but here’s this.

3. Towson will face the winner of Sacred Heart/Fordham in the second round of the FCS playoffs December 7th. I’m sorry, major college football fans. I probably should’ve started this post by explaining that “playoffs” are what is used by every other sport or at every other level to determine a champion. But hey! You guys are getting one soon too! Kinda.

Terrance West has 30TD’s. THIRTY. Do the Ravens have 30TD’s?

4. Oh, so Cam Newton rallied his team from down late in the second half to improve to 8-3? That’s supposed to get me to buy into him? I’ll buy into him when he beats the Bears. The ’86 Bears. Until then he’s just like every other freakishly athletic former Heisman Trophy winning specimen who has defeated the 49ers and Patriots in the last month. Dime a dozen.

Acting like LeBron James will probably be a great way to win over fans though.

5. The Steelers will come into the Thanksgiving night showdown in Baltimore winners of five of their last seven. It reminds me of a popular limerick my grandfather taught me growing up. It went like this. Ahem. “Screw the Steelers”. Wait, did I say it was a limerick? I meant “a drunken yell”. I get them confused so often.

No one will put this into words any better than Mike Polk.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6NJVFlHOIY

Also, Billy Cundiff did something familiar.

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Former Terp Merriman to hold annual coat drive Saturday at BC game

Posted on 20 November 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – NFL All-Pro and former Maryland standout Shawne Merriman will hold his annual Coat Drive on Saturday, Nov. 23, prior to the Terps game against Boston College at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. EDT.

Over the past 11 years, Merriman and his Lights On Foundation have collected over 20,000 coats to benefit numerous communities in the DMV area. Collection will begin 90 minutes prior to the start of the game at the South Gate entrance of the stadium.

Merriman has partnered with the Maryland athletics department, University Relations and DOTS (Department of Transportation Services) and will be joined by Maryland student-athletes to collect gently-used coats, hats, scarves and other cold weather clothing at all entrances of Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

“We hope everyone coming out for the Terps last ACC home game can bring warm clothing to be donated and distributed to local shelters,” Merriman said. “This cause means a lot to me as I was the victim of two house fires as a child and was left homeless as a result. I am extremely grateful to the university and those that have helped to facilitate this coat drive over the years to further the Lights On Foundation mission.”

Merriman enjoyed a distinguished career at the University of Maryland, where he was tabbed a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection after his junior season. He totaled 189 tackles, 22 sacks and 32.5 tackles for a loss in 39 career games with 17 starts. Originally selected in the first round (12th overall) in the 2005 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers, Merriman was a three-time All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection with San Diego prior to joining the Buffalo Bills in 20101. In his eight NFL seasons, Merriman notched 45.5 sacks in 75 career games (59 starts).

A native of Washington, D.C., Merriman was honored as the Associated Press Maryland Defensive Player of the Year as a senior out of Frederick Douglas High School in Upper Marlboro.

Merriman’s Lights On Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for youth and to help the homeless. He donates time, money and other resources throughout the country by increasing opportunities for children to lead healthy and fulfilling lives through his foundation. By building corporate partnerships within the community, Merriman is able to provide financial assistance to projects focusing primarily on helping the homeless and children in need.

– Maryland –

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Deserving or not, Ravens remain firmly in AFC playoff hunt

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Deserving or not, Ravens remain firmly in AFC playoff hunt

Posted on 18 November 2013 by Luke Jones

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They don’t deserve to be in the postseason and certainly don’t look like a playoff team.

The eyeball test warrants a failing grade.

Too little consistency and too many bad losses will cost them at the end of the season.

They’re simply not good enough.

The following statements have been used over and over in describing the Ravens as they’ve lost four of their last five games to fall to 4-6 on the season and 2 1/2 games behind division-leading Cincinnati in the AFC North.

And those same descriptions can and have been used to describe the seven other teams currently jockeying for the final wild-card spot in the AFC playoff picture. In fact, “plodding” might be a better term to use in describing the race for the No. 6 seed in the conference.

Unless commissioner Roger Goodell elects to eliminate the final spot, a team with an underwhelming résumé through Week 11 will find itself playing in January as the final seed in the single-elimination tournament. The New York Jets and Miami Dolphins hold the slight edge at the moment over the rest of the pack at 5-5, but their flaws are as apparent as any of the six 4-6 teams chasing them.

“What it goes to show you is how close it is, and what a razor-thin margin it is in the National Football League,” coach John Harbaugh said in describing the current playoff picture. “That’s what makes the National Football League great. We would all rather be sitting here talking about being atop the division and chasing a home-field advantage or something like that. And that’s something that we were shooting for. We wanted to be in that position. We haven’t done the things we needed to do to be in that position.”

The frustration is understandable after a 4-6 start, but deeming the Ravens undeserving of the playoffs and writing them off are subjective statements that would be true in most seasons but are made in isolation from the rest of the field through Week 11. While I’m unwilling to say they’re definitively better than any of the other seven teams fighting for the final spot, you won’t convince me that any of those competitors are superior to the Ravens, either.

The truth is the AFC is mired in mediocrity once you look beyond Denver, New England, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Kansas City, making it difficult to predict which team — if any — will make a strong run over the final six weeks to sneak in. At this point, 10-6 would virtually guarantee the final playoff spot, but 9-7 has a good shot of being the season-ending target.

As mediocre as the entire field of 5-5 and 4-6 teams has looked, even an 8-8 record — or, gasp, 7-9? — with a favorable tie-breaker arsenal could conceivably be awarded with the No. 6 seed. Whether you elect to embrace that possibility with any level of enthusiasm is your choice.

With a head-to-head tie-breaking win over Miami and a meeting with the Jets this Sunday, the Ravens have an opportunity to gain the upper hand against the two teams they’re currently chasing in the wild-card race. That doesn’t mean they have the advantage over the rest of the field, but their chances appear no worse than any other team — even if you must hold your nose while saying that.

“We are right there. We can do it, and we’re good enough to do it,” Harbaugh said. “We’ve got every tool we need; all we have to do is go get it done. But that’s on us. We believe we have what it takes, but it’s up to us to prove it, and we’ve got to go prove it by winning these games.”

Whether the Ravens can do it remains to be seen, but three straight games at home starting Sunday provides a crucial opportunity to stack wins and ease the pain from their current 1-5 record on the road.

Here’s a look at the rest of the race for the AFC’s No. 6 seed in the current order in which teams stand based on tie-breaking procedures, which I’ll forgo including beyond conference records for now:

6. NEW YORK (5-5)
Conference record: 2-5
Remaining schedule: at Baltimore, Miami, Oakland, at Carolina, Cleveland, at Miami
Case for: Only one game remaining against a team with a winning record, league’s top-ranked run defense
Case against: Struggling rookie quarterback Geno Smith, minus-85 point differential (worst among the eight contenders for No. 6 seed)

7. MIAMI (5-5)
Conference record: 4-3
Remaining schedule: Carolina, at New York Jets, at Pittsburgh, New England, at Buffalo, New York Jets
Case for: One of the NFL’s better pass rushes, potential of young quarterback Ryan Tannehill
Case against: 31st in total offense, fallout from the Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito saga

8. OAKLAND (4-6)
Conference record: 4-3
Remaining schedule: Tennessee, at Dallas, at New York Jets, Kansas City, at San Diego, Denver
Case for: Fourth-ranked run offense, sixth-ranked run defense
Case against: Unrest at quarterback position, 25th-ranked pass defense

9. TENNESSEE (4-6)
Conference record: 3-4
Remaining schedule: at Oakland, at Indianapolis, at Denver, Arizona, at Jacksonville, Houston
Case for: Seventh-ranked pass defense, fifth in conference in takeaways
Case against: Season-ending injury to quarterback Jake Locker, four remaining road games

10. PITTSBURGH (4-6)
Conference record: 3-4
Remaining schedule: at Cleveland, at Baltimore, Miami, Cincinnati, at Green Bay, Cleveland
Case for: One game remaining against teams currently above .500, veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger
Case against: 30th-ranked rush offense, 26th in run defense

11. BALTIMORE (4-6)
Conference record: 4-4
Remaining schedule: New York Jets, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, at Detroit, New England, at Cincinnati
Case for: Expected return of Dennis Pitta, four remaining home games
Case against: 31st in yards per carry and 30th in total offense, three games remaining against teams currently above .500

12. CLEVELAND (4-6)
Conference record: 3-4
Remaining schedule: Pittsburgh, Jacksonville, at New England, Chicago, at New York Jets, at Pittsburgh
Case for: Fifth in total defense, play-making ability of wide receiver Josh Gordon and tight end Jordan Cameron
Case against: 26th-ranked rush offense, 10th in AFC in takeaways

13. SAN DIEGO (4-6)
Conference record: 2-5
Remaining schedule: at Kansas City, Cincinnati, New York Giants, at Denver, Oakland, Kansas City
Case for: Fourth-ranked passing offense, plus-4 point differential (best among the eight No.6 seed contenders)
Case against: 27th in pass defense, four games remaining against teams currently above .500

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens for Week 12

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens for Week 12

Posted on 27 November 2012 by Luke Jones

Below are our Tuesday Top 7 Ravens players in the 16-13 overtime win over the San Diego Chargers in Week 12. We’ll track our rankings throughout the 2012 season using the following point system:

No. 1 – 7 points
No. 2 – 6 points
No. 3 – 5 points
No. 4 – 4 points
No. 5 – 3 points
No. 6 – 2 points
No. 7 – 1 point

To hear the full explanation for the respective lists, click HERE.

Luke Jones’ Top 7 …

7) Justin Tucker
Tucker

6) Brendon Ayanbadejo
BA

5) Corey Graham
Graham

4) Arthur Jones
Jones

3) Joe Flacco
Flacco

2) Torrey Smith
Smith

1) Ray Rice
Rice

Drew Forrester’s Top 7 …

7) Brendon Ayanbadejo
BA

6) Anquan Boldin
Boldin

5) Arthur Jones
Jones

4) Justin Tucker
Tucker

3) Joe Flacco
Flacco

2) Torrey Smith
Smith

1) Ray Rice
Rice

SEASON TO DATE:
Luke Jones:
1. Ray Rice (44 points)
2. Joe Flacco (40 points)
3. Torrey Smith (26 points)
4. Justin Tucker (20 points)
5. Anquan Boldin (19 points)
6. Jacoby Jones (18 points)
7. Dennis Pitta (17 points)
8. Paul Kruger (15 points)
9. Cary Williams (12 points)
9. Dannell Ellerbe (12 points)
11. Corey Graham (9 points)
12. Bernard Pollard (8 points)
13. Terrell Suggs (7 points)
14. Sam Koch (5 points)
14. Lardarius Webb (5 points)
14. Haloti Ngata (5 points)
17. Arthur Jones (5 points)
18. Michael Oher (4 points)
18. Albert McClellan (4 points)
18. Tandon Doss (4 points)
21. Ramon Harewood (3 points)
21. Vonta Leach (3 points)
23. Kelechi Osemele (2 points)
24. Courtney Upshaw (2 points)
24. Marshal Yanda (2 points)
24. Bernard Pierce (2 points)
24. James Ihedigbo (2 points)
24. Brendon Ayanbadejo (2 points)
29. Ed Reed (1 point)
29. Ray Lewis (1 point)
29. DeAngelo Tyson (1 point)

Drew Forrester:
1. Joe Flacco (43 points)
2. Ray Rice (33 points)
3. Torrey Smith (26 points)
4. Justin Tucker (25 points)
5. Anquan Boldin (15 points)
6. Bernard Pollard (14 points)
6. Dennis Pitta (14 points)
8. Dannell Ellerbe (13 points)
8. Cary Williams (13 points)
10. Michael Oher (12 points)
12. Lardarius Webb (11 points)
12. Jacoby Jones (11 points)
13. Sam Koch (10 points)
14. Terrell Suggs (7 points)
14. Corey Graham (7 points)
14. Ed Reed (7 points)
14. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett (7 points)
18. Paul Kruger (6 points)
18. Kelechi Osemele (6 points)
18. Houston post-game pilot (6 points)
21. Ramon Harewood (5 points)
22. Ray Lewis (4 points)
23. Courtney Upshaw (3 points)
23. Arthur Jones (3 points)
25. Vonta Leach (1 point)
25. Morgan Cox (1 point)
25. Tandon Doss (1 point)
25. Bernard Pierece (1 point)
25. Marshal Yanda (1 point)
25. James Ihedigbo (1 point)
25. Brendon Ayanbadejo (1 point)

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game-Ravens/Chargers

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game-Ravens/Chargers

Posted on 27 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’ 16-13 OT win over the San Diego Chargers Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium…

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

Glenn Clark’s Plays…

5. Dennis Pitta 11 yard completion from Joe Flacco on 3rd & 4 (Overtime)

4. Cary Williams breaks up Philip Rivers pass intended for Danario Alexander on 3rd & 4 (Overtime)

3. Brendon Ayanbadejo breaks up Philip Rivers pass intended for Danario Alexander on 3rd & 3 (Overtime)

2. Torrey Smith 31 yard completion from Joe Flacco on 3rd & 10 (Overtime)

1. Ray Rice 29 yard completion from Joe Flacco on 4th & 29 (4th quarter)

(Ryan’s Plays on Page 2…)

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Sizing up The Miracle at The Murph

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Sizing up The Miracle at The Murph

Posted on 25 November 2012 by Nestor Aparicio

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Our Ravens/Chargers “Pats on the Ass”

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Our Ravens/Chargers “Pats on the Ass”

Posted on 25 November 2012 by Glenn Clark

After every Baltimore Ravens victory, Ryan Chell and I take to the airwaves on “The Nasty Purple Postgame Show” on AM1570 WNST.net to offer “Pats on the Ass” to players who have done something to deserve the honor.

We give pats to two defensive players, two offensive players and one “Wild Card”-either another offensive or defensive player, a Special Teams player or a coach. We offer a “Pat on Both Cheeks” to someone who stands out, our version of a “Player of the Game.” Ryan and I select five different players/coaches each.

Here are our “Pats on the Ass” following the Ravens’ 16-13 win over San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium…

Glenn Clark’s Pats…

5. Brendon Ayanbadejo

4. Cary Williams

3. Dennis Pitta

2. Justin Tucker

1. Ray Rice (Pat on Both Cheeks)

(Ryan’s Pats on Page 2…)

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Ray Rice has a name for his miracle 4th & 29 grab

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Ray Rice has a name for his miracle 4th & 29 grab

Posted on 25 November 2012 by WNSTV

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Ravens-Chargers: Inactives and pre-game notes

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Ravens-Chargers: Inactives and pre-game notes

Posted on 25 November 2012 by Luke Jones

Looking to make last season’s ugly defeat in San Diego a distant memory, the Ravens take on the Chargers for the ninth time in franchise history.

The teams are tied 4-4 in the all-time series as Baltimore tries to improve to 3-4 in games played at Qualcomm Stadium. Sunday marks the Ravens’ third visit to San Diego in four years.

Despite being listed as questionable and practicing all week on a limited basis, defensive end Pernell McPhee is inactive for the fourth straight game and hasn’t played since before the Week 8 bye. His last action came in Baltimore’s 43-13 loss to the Houston Texans on Oct. 21.

Veteran cornerback Chris Johnson joined second-year defensive back Jimmy Smith on the inactive list, leaving the Ravens thin in the secondary. As a result, rookie Asa Jackson is active for the first time this season.

Guard Bobbie Williams is also inactive for the second straight week, eliminating any small doubt over who would start at left guard. Second-year offensive lineman Jah Reid will make his second straight start at the position. Williams wasn’t listed on this week’s injury report.

As expected, tight end Dennis Pitta is active after he passed his baseline neurological test on Friday, which cleared him for contact after suffering a concussion in Pittsburgh last Sunday.

For San Diego, starting left guard Tyronne Green is inactive as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury. He will be replaced by Rex Hadnot in the starting lineup.

The Ravens are wearing white jerseys and black pants while San Diego wears its popular powder blue jerseys.

Here are the inactive lists for Sunday …

BALTIMORE
CB Jimmy Smith
CB Chris Johnson
G Bobbie Williams
OL Ramon Harewood
WR Deonte Thompson
DE Pernell McPhee
DT Bryan Hall

SAN DIEGO
WR Eddie Royal
LB Larry English
LB Jonas Mouton
TE Dante Rosario
S Brandon Taylor
WR Curtis Brinkley
G Tyronne Green

Follow WNST on Twitter throughout the day as Nestor Aparicio brings live updates and analysis from Qualcomm Stadium.

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