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Ravens clinch fifth straight trip to playoffs with Pittsburgh loss

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Ravens clinch fifth straight trip to playoffs with Pittsburgh loss

Posted on 16 December 2012 by Luke Jones

BALTIMORE — Only a few hours after suffering their worst home defeat in over five years, the Ravens officially received their ticket to their fifth straight trip to the playoffs after the Pittsburgh Steelers fell in Dallas.

The Ravens failed to clinch the AFC North title after suffering a humbling 34-17 defeat to the Denver Broncos, but the Cowboys’ overtime win over Pittsburgh officially sent Baltimore to a league-best fifth consecutive postseason appearance. Still one game ahead of the Bengals in the division race, the Ravens can take care of business themselves against the New York Giants in Baltimore with a win next Sunday to secure the AFC North crown.

Clinching the AFC North next week will not be possible if the Ravens lose to the Giants, regardless of what happens in the Week 16 Steelers-Bengals game. A Cincinnati win would set up a Week 17 showdown with the Ravens in which the winner takes the division. A Steelers win over the Bengals would set up a potential scenario in which the three AFC North teams could all finish the season with 9-7 records if Cincinnati would beat Baltimore and Pittsburgh would beat Cleveland in Week 17. This would result in Pittsburgh winning the three-way head-to-head tiebreaker to take the division.

Of course, the Ravens would cure all headaches by beating the Giants and putting all these tiebreaker scenarios to rest.

Regardless of how the next two weeks play out, Baltimore is the only team in the league to win a playoff game in each of the last four seasons, and the Ravens will have a chance to do it once again this January.

 

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens for Week 6

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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens for Week 6

Posted on 16 October 2012 by Luke Jones

Below are our Tuesday Top 7 Ravens players in the 31-29 win over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6. 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

You can hear Luke’s explanation HERE and Drew’s HERE.

Luke Jones’ Top 7 …

7) Marshal Yanda
Yanda

6) Kelechi Osemele
Osemele

5) Anquan Boldin
Boldin

4) Michael Oher
Oher

3) Jacoby Jones
Jones

2) Ray Rice
Rice

1) Joe Flacco
Flacco

Drew Forrester’s Top 7

CONTINUE ON NEXT PAGE >>>

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game-Ravens/Cowboys

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The Five Plays That Determined The Game-Ravens/Cowboys

Posted on 16 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’ 31-29 win over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium…

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

Glenn Clark’s Plays…

5. Dez Bryant drops pass from Tony Romo on two point conversion attempt (4th quarter)

4. Jacoby Jones 108 yard kickoff return TD (3rd quarter)

3. Anquan Boldin 20 yard catch from Joe Flacco on 3rd & 14 (2nd quarter)

2. Cary Williams intercepts Tony Romo at Ravens 20 (2nd quarter)

1. Dan Bailey misses 51 yard field goal WIDE LEFT (4th quarter)

(Ryan’s Plays on Page 2…)

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Our Ravens/Cowboys “Pats on the Ass”

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Our Ravens/Cowboys “Pats on the Ass”

Posted on 14 October 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’ 31-29 win over Dallas Cowboys at M&T Bank Stadium…

(Note: Not all photos are from today’s game, some photos provided by Fort Worth Star-Telegram…)

Glenn Clark’s Pats…

5. Anthony Allen

4. Jimmy Smith

3. Cary Williams

2. Joe Flacco

1. Ray Rice (Pat on Both Cheeks)

(Ryan’s Pats on Page 2…)

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Ravens-Cowboys: Inactives and pre-game notes

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Ravens-Cowboys: Inactives and pre-game notes

Posted on 14 October 2012 by Luke Jones

BALTIMORE — Welcoming the Dallas Cowboys to Baltimore for the first time since the 2004 season, the Ravens look to continue their NFL-best 13-game winning streak at home on Sunday afternoon.

After three prime-time home games to begin the season, the Ravens were finally able to settle into their regular routine this week for Sunday afternoon games and will face a Dallas team coming off its bye. Baltimore is 3-0 all-time against the Cowboys, including a 2-0 mark at M&T Bank Stadium.

Veteran Bobbie Williams will start at left guard for the first time this season, replacing third-year lineman Ramon Harewood. The former Cincinnati Bengal was signed in early June with the expectation of starting along the Ravens offensive line, but the 36-year-old dealt with swelling in his right ankle that he fractured in December last season and the surprising Harewood beat him out at the end of the preseason.

Harewood was listed as one of the seven inactives prior to Sunday’s kickoff. With him and Jah Reid both listed as inactives, the Ravens will have only seven offensive linemen available against the Cowboys.

With tackles Michael Oher and Kelechi Osemele struggling with edge rushers, you have to wonder if veteran Bryant McKinnie will be the next veteran to regain his spot along the starting line should the pair struggle against Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware on Sunday. Through the first five weeks of the regular season, Williams and McKinnie had been relegated to spot duty and special teams.

In another sign of potential concern for their play at tackle, the Ravens have activated third tight end Billy Bajema, who could assist in run blocking and pass protection.

The Ravens surprisingly deactivated kick returner Deonte Thompson, who fumbled the opening kickoff of the second half last week. This likely means No. 3 wide receiver Jacoby Jones will return kicks against Dallas.

Meanwhile, the Dallas offensive line has struggled immensely this season as it’s been unable to open running lanes for Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (3.9 yards per carry) and consistently protect quarterback Tony Romo, who’s tied for third in the league with eight interceptions in only four games.

The Ravens are wearing purple jerseys with black pants while Dallas wears its white tops with silver pants.

The Baltimore defense will be introduced prior to Sunday’s game, but center Matt Birk will also be announced as he will play in his 200th NFL game.

Here are Sunday’s inactives …

BALTIMORE
G Ramon Harewood
WR Deonte Thompson
DL DeAngelo Tyson
LB Sergio Kindle
DL Bryan Hall
CB Asa Jackson
OL Jah Reid

DALLAS
LB Anthony Spencer
P Brian Moorman
WR Cole Beasley
S Matt Johnson
LB Orie Lemon
OL Ryan Cook
DT Marcus Spears

Follow WNST on Twitter as Drew Forrester, Nestor Aparicio, and I bring live coverage and updates from M&T Bank Stadium throughout the day Sunday as the Ravens try to improve to 5-1 on the season.

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Ravens supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Ravens supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on 12 October 2012 by WNST Staff

RAVENS SUPPORT BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

The Baltimore Ravens will promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month through a variety of initiatives, beginning this Sunday (10/14) at the Ravens vs. Cowboys game. Those initiatives will include:

  • ·         Ravens staff, family members and volunteers will distribute over 50,000 pink ribbons to fans as they enter stadium gates on Sunday morning. In collaboration with the American Cancer Society, the initiative, called A Crucial Catch: Annual Screening Saves Lives, reminds women 40 and older about the importance of having an annual mammogram. In its efforts to create a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays, American Cancer Society volunteers will also distribute boxes of birthday candles to fans as they leave Sunday’s game.
  • ·         Prior to the game’s kickoff, 25 women, a combination of breast cancer survivors and those currently undergoing treatment, will be honored in an on-field ceremonial tribute.
  • ·         The Ravens will also incorporate many pink elements into Sunday’s game. Ravens players and coaches will wear pink-themed items throughout the game, including cleats, gloves, wristbands, jerseys, Gatorade towels and more. Ravens cheerleaders will sport pink pom-poms, and members of Baltimore’s Marching Ravens will wear pink plumes.  In addition, the Ravens Gameday magazine will feature a pink hue.
  • ·         Game-worn pink merchandise will be auctioned at www.nfl.com/auction, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. In 2011, the NFL and its players donated more than $1 million to breast cancer awareness, prevention and research efforts as a result of theA Crucial Catch campaign, with the majority of the donation coming from the sale of pink NFL Auction items. This year, $50,000 from last year’s funding will specifically be given to help hundreds of underserved women in Harford County, Md., receive mammograms, breast screenings and breast health education. The American Cancer Society has identified Harford County as the second-highest county surrounding NFL markets where breast cancer screening disparities are greatest.
  • ·         The Ravens have further collaborated with the American Cancer Society through support of the nonprofit’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event on Sunday, Oct. 14. Fans can visit www.stridesbaltimore.org to join Team Purple. All participants of Team Purplewill receive a commemorative t-shirt as a thank you gift.
  • ·         Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities will continue throughout October, as Ravens players and staff will visit survivors undergoing treatment in local hospitals. The players will distribute pink NFL items and offer support and encouragement to patients.

(Corey Graham’s pink cleats on display in the Baltimore Ravens’ locker room Friday.)

 

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Ravens/Cowboys final injury report

Posted on 12 October 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE RAVENS:

PROBABLE
DT Haloti Ngata (shoulder)
T Jah Reid (calf)

DALLAS COWBOYS:

OUT
P Brian Moorman (right groin)

QUESTIONABLE
C/G Ryan Cook (hamstring)
P Chris Jones (left knee)
LB Anthony Spencer (shoulder)

PROBABLE
LB Alex Albright (neck)
WR Miles Austin (hamstring)
CB Morris Claiborne (illness)
DT Kenyon Coleman (knee)
C Phil Costa (back)
S Matt Johnson (hamstring)
NT Jay Ratliff (ankle)
DT Marcus Spears (knee)

 

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Ravens/Cowboys Thursday injury report

Posted on 11 October 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE RAVENS:

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
DT Haloti Ngata (shoulder)

FULL PARTICIPATION
T Jah Reid (calf)

DALLAS COWBOYS:

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Morris Claiborne (illness)
C/G Ryan Cook (hamstring)
P Brian Moorman (right groin)
P Chris Jones (left knee)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
LB Anthony Spencer (shoulder)

FULL PARTICIPATION
LB Alex Albright (neck)
WR Miles Austin (hamstring)
DT Kenyon Coleman (knee)
C Phil Costa (back)
S Matt Johnson (hamstring)
NT Jay Ratliff (ankle)
DT Marcus Spears (knee)

*Limited Participation is less than 100 percent of a player’s normal repetitions.
*Full Participation is 100 percent of a player’s normal repetitions.
*Not Injury Relatedapplies to situations in which a player is withheld from his normal repetitions for reasons other than injury.

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Ngata limited, Reid full participant in Wednesday practice

Posted on 10 October 2012 by WNST Staff

Wednesday, October 10…

BALTIMORE RAVENS:

LIMITED
DT Haloti Ngata (shoulder)

FULL
T Jah Reid (calf)

DALLAS COWBOYS:

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
C/G Ryan Cook (hamstring)
P Chris Jones (left knee)
P Brian Moorman (right groin)
LB Anthony Spencer (shoulder)

FULL
LB Alex Albright (neck)
WR Miles Austin (hamstring)
DT Kenyon Coleman (knee)
C Phil Costa (back)
S Matt Johnson (hamstring)
NT Jay Ratliff (ankle)
DT Marcus Spears (knee)

-Limited Participation is less than 100 percent of a player’s normal repetitions.
-Full Participation is 100 percent of a player’s normal repetitions.
-Not Injury Relatedapplies to situations in which a player is withheld from his normal repetitions for reasons other than injury.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 09 October 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable MentionPro Wrestling: TNA Bound For Glory (Sunday 8pm from Phoenix live on Pay-Per-View); “Fall Ball” College Lacrosse: Villanova @ Loyola (Saturday Ridley Athletic Complex), MRB “Thumbs Up” Weekend-Ohio State vs. North Carolina (Sunday 10am Calvert Hall); Boxing: Nonito Donaire vs. Toshiaki Nishioka (Saturday 10pm from Carson, CA live on HBO); Golf: PGA Tour Frys.com Open (Thursday-Sunday 4pm from San Martin, CA live on Golf Channel), Champions Tour Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn (Friday-Sunday 1:30pm from Conover, NC live on Golf Channel); High School Football: Eastern Tech @ Perry Hall (Friday 7pm), McDonogh @ Calvert Hall (Friday 7pm), Loyola @ Gilman (Friday 4pm)

10. Zac Brown Band (Friday 6:30pm Jiffy Lube Live); Peter Gabriel (Sunday 8pm Patriot Center); Silversun Pickups (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live); Los Lonely Boys (Wednesday & Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Temper Trap (Saturday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Mint Condition (Tuesday 8pm Howard Theatre), Ray Manzarek/Roy Rogers (Friday 8pm Howard Theatre); Matt and Kim (Tuesday & Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Passion Pit (Sunday & Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Jars of Clay (Tuesday 7:30pm Birchmere); 2 Chainz (Thursday 8pm Hill Field House); Dispatch (Thursday 7pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Spin Doctors (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); The English Beat (Friday 9pm State Theatre); Island Bay Day feat. LA Guns/Charm City Devils/Days of the New (Saturday 11am Queen Anne County Fairgrounds); “This Land is Your Land”: Woody Guthrie at 100 Concert feat. John Mellencamp/Tom Morello/Old Crow Medicine Show (Sunday 6pm Kennedy Center); The Wallflowers “Glad All Over” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

There’s few shows that would get me to Jiffy Lube Live, but if the Birds were to wrap this series against the Yanks in 4, I’d be there for Zac Brown Band…

Silversun Pickups are so underrated…

I saw Passion Pit in Chicago once. I don’t really have anything to follow that up with. This is a good song…

Noticed a billboard for the Spin Doctors show on 83 going in to the baseball game Sunday night. Thought to myself “hell yeah, I’d go see the Spin Doctors…”

9. Maryland Brewer’s Oktoberfest (Saturday 11am Timonium Fairgrounds); BJ Novak (Saturday 8pm RAC Arena); Mick Foley (Thursday 8pm Baltimore Comedy Factory), Rob Schneider (Friday-Sunday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday Revel Grove); “Prometheus” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Argo” and “Seven Psychopaths” out in theaters (Friday)

OH MY GOD I LOVE OKTOBERFEST!!! Quick-what’s better about Okotberfest-the food…

The beer?

Or the service?

Danke schoen.

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