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Comcast Morning Show Tuesday Top 7

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Comcast Morning Show Tuesday Top 7

Posted on 18 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Here are the top 7 Ravens from the Monday night win over the Browns.

Drew’s List

7. Joe Flacco
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6. Justin Bannan
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5. Jarret Johnson
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4. Fabian Washington
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3. Ray Lewis
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2. Sam Koch
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1. Dawan Landry
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Glenn’s List

7. Todd Heap
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6. Dawan Landry
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5. Derrick Mason
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4. Jarret Johnson
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3. Lardarius Webb
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2. Ray Lewis
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1. Ray Rice
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And these are Drew’s season totals

24t-Le’Ron McClain (1 point)

24t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

24t-Marshal Yanda (1 point)

24t-Frank Walker (1 point)

21t-Justin Bannan (2 points)

21t-Ben Grubbs (2 points)

21t-Matt Birk (2 points)

20-Dwan Edwards (3 points)

16t-Fabian Washington (4 points)

16t-Chris Chester (4 points)

16t-Todd Heap (4 points)

16t-Mark Clayton (4 points)

14t-Michael Oher (6 points)

14t-Terrell Suggs (6 points)

11t-Sam Koch (7 point)

11t-Domonique Foxworth (7 points)

11t-Lardarius Webb (7 points)

10-Kelley Washington (8 points)

9-Jared Gaither (9 points)

8-Willis McGahee (11 points)

6t-Dawan Landry (13 points)

6t-Ed Reed (13 points)

4t-Jarret Johnson (14 points)

4t-Derrick Mason (14 points)

3-Ray Lewis (30 points)

2-Ray Rice (37 points)

1-Joe Flacco (39 points)

 

And Glenn’s season totals

22t-Steve Hauschka (1 point)

22t-Frank Walker (1 point)

22t-Kelly Gregg (1 point)     

22t-Brendon Ayanbadejo (1 point)

22t-Sam Koch (1 point)

20t-Matt Birk (2 points)

20t-Kelley Washington (2 points)

18t-Dwan Edwards (3 points)

18t-Trevor Pryce (3 points)

15t-Dawan Landry (4 points)

15t-Chris Chester (4 points)

15t-Haloti Ngata (4 points)

14-Domonique Foxworth (5 points)

13-Mark Clayton (6 points)

12-Terrell Suggs (7 points)

11-Todd Heap (10 points)

10-Jared Gaither (11 points)

8t-Ed Reed (12 points)

8t-Willis McGahee (12 points)

7-Lardarius Webb (14 points)

6-Derrick Mason (17 points)

5-Michael Oher (19 points)

3t-Jarret Johnson (23 points)

3t-Ray Lewis (23 points)

2-Joe Flacco (28 points)

1-Ray Rice (42 points)

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…

-G

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Ravens/Browns Monday Night Football Inactives

Posted on 16 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Ravens:

RB Matt Lawrence
RB Jalen Parmele
OT Oniel Cousins
OT Tony Moll
DT Haloti Ngata
DT Kelly Talavou
QB John Beck (3rd QB)

DT Justin Bannan will start for Ngata; DE/LB Paul Kruger IS active.

Browns:

P Dave Zastudil
TE Michael Gaines
TE Greg Estandia
DE Coye Francies
WR Chansi Stuckey
LB Alex Hall
OL Billy Yates
QB Brett Ratliff (3rd QB)

Reggie Hodges will punt with Zastudil inactive.

-G

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Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 13 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Here are your weekend picks…..

Ravens 27, Browns 13

It SHOULDN’T be this close. It might be closer. We’ll see if Brady Quinn can do anything.

Virginia Tech 27, Maryland 16

With no offense to Maryland, they’re not as good as Virginia Tech.

Navy 31, Delaware 18

There is an argument that the Midshipmen should be a Top 25 team.

Villanova 41, Towson 14

I hope the Wildcats don’t run up the score more than this.

South Carolina State 23, Morgan State 16

Donald Hill-Eley’s team has struggled for the last few weeks since looking like the best team in the MEAC a month ago.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…..

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Todd Heap, Ed Reed, Haruki Nakamura, Jarret Johnson, Kelley Washington practicing fully

Bob Haynie wonders if Jamal Lewis Hall of Fame worthy

Drew Forrester says local media needs to do better job of covering Towson, UMBC, Loyola, Morgan State and Coppin State hoops

Nestor Aparicio wonders whether Baltimore more interested in Wizards or Capitals

Ed Frankovic says Caps 3-1 without Ovechkin

Eric Aaronson says Wizards added Earl Boykins

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Lewis (foot), Haloti Ngata (ankle), Fabian Washington (thigh) all missed practice yesterday

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Lardarius Webb-Fabian Washington situation likely to be ‘game time decision’ for John Harbaugh

The Official Site says Justin Bannan not thinking about being in final year of contract

Browns Official Site’s Matt Florjancic says rookies Veikune, Robiskie excited for first chance to play on Monday Night Football

Browns Official Site says team will distribute remaining tickets for Monday night’s game at Cleveland Browns Stadium to avoid blackout

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Jamal Lewis getting ‘one more shot’ at former team Monday night

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens must get ball to Derrick Mason, contain Jamal Lewis, pound run

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens can’t let Cribbs run wild, Browns rally around Mangini, show ‘no sense of urgency’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens didn’t look at Ty Law, Chris Chambers because neither would have been ‘upgrade’ over current players

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Ray Rice thinks responsibility on players to get off to better start

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Pagano reports Chris Carr, Frank Walker, Lardarius Webb would all play Monday if Fabian Washington can’t go

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ed Reed’s 52 yard TD return Ravens’ only INT in last 5 games

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Ravens don’t want to have to play ‘catch up’ against Browns like they did against Bengals, Vikings

The Sun’s Edward Lee says losing streak on Monday Night Football ‘disturbing’ to Terrell Suggs

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Ray Lewis thinks Hauschka’s missed FG’s no bigger ‘mistake’ than dropping catch, missing assignment

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Jared Gaither (neck) was limited in practice

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbs views both Trevor Pryce and Dwan Edwards as starters

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Harbaugh wants Hauschka to make kicks ‘right now’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Pagano believes pass interference penalties coming in ‘panic situations’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says 52 doesn’t want to see Jamal Lewis retire

The Sun remembers when Ravens rallied to beat Browns a season ago

7 of 7 Sun analysts pick Ravens

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Chris Carr, Dannell Ellerbe missed practice Thursday due to illness

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Todd Heap knows getting off to better starts an offensive ‘goal’ for Ravens

Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Terrell Suggs not hitting ‘panic button’ despite struggles

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi says Jamal Lewis took Mangini to task for ‘practice regimen’

Akron Beacon Journal’s Marla Ridenour says David Bowens thinks practice same now as it was with Jets under Mangini

SI’s Peter King picks Ravens 33-9

Fox Sports’ Brian Billick still thinks Ravens ‘very good team’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Steve Heiden, Chansi Stuckey missed practice for Browns

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens fighting with Steelers/Bengals, Texans, Jets, Jaguars for Wild Card spot in AFC

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Drew Gloster, Cory Jackson will carry flags to field before tomorrow’s game against Virginia Tech

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph Friedgen wouldn’t rule out running option next season

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Chris Turner ‘doubtful’ for tomorrow’s game against Hokies

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Don Brown had been ‘thoroughly impressed’ by Isaiah Ross this season before injury

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Jamarr Robinson prepared to make first career start tomorrow against Va Tech

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Da’Rel Scott OUT Saturday

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Scott Van Pelt, Stephon Heyer defended Fridge

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Danny O’Brien, CJ Brown ‘in the mix’ to play tomorrow

Washington Post’s Mark Viera says Michael Via likely to start at center again for Hokies

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph reiterated that he’ll play Danny O’Brien if necessary tomorrow

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Caleb Porzel could return kicks with Torrey Smith

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ronnie Tyler, Austin Walker questionable for Saturday

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Terps wearing camo uniforms for tomorrow’s game at Byrd Stadium to support Wounded Warrior Project

Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Darryl Slater says Va Tech’s Brent Bowden amongst best punters in country

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Demetrius Hartsfield will play vs. VT (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Phil Costa has been offensive ‘lynchpin’ for Terps (must subscribe)

Inside MD Sports’ Seth Hoffman says RJ Dill particularly frustrated with how NC State game ended

Turtle Sports Report’s Allen Wallace says prospect Ifill to visit College Park December 19 (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Scott Kornberg checks in with Archbishop Carroll LB prospect Attaochu (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s season opener against Charleston Southern

The Official Site offers complete Terps-Bucs release (pdf)

Charleston Southern Official Site offers complete Buccaneers-Terrapins release (pdf)

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Gary Williams believes Terps have ‘5 good guards’

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says James Padgett could start for Terps tonight

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Gary Williams had no update on Dino Gregory

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps hoping for more from Sean Mosley

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says tonight’s season opener can be seen on Comcast SportsNet

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Goins has not been able to practice due to knee injury

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says last year’s leading scorer Jamarco Warren leads Bucs into Comcast Center tonight

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says adding muscle could help Jin Soo Choi make impact off bench

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Greivis Vasquez preseason All-ACC

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Vasquez enters senior season much more mature

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Gary wouldn’t commit to James Padgett or Jordan Williams as starter if Dino Gregory doesn’t play

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Terps looking at St. Frances prospect Greg Lewis (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Memphis ‘slightly better fit’ for Tsafack than Maryland (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says commit Whitney Bays missing senior season of high school recovering from torn ACL

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph previews season opener against North Carolina Central

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says tickets still available for Saturday’s game against Delaware

Delaware Official Site offers complete Blue Hens-Midshipmen release (pdf)

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner thinks Irish DC Corwin Brown’s comments make him ‘an idiot’

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Ram Vela plays bigger than size

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Pospisil, 31 other seniors will be honored tomorrow for Senior Day in Annapolis

Washington Times’ Mike Fratto says Niumatalolo, Midshipmen had to shift focus to Delaware quickly after ND win

Go Mids’ Adam Nettina says Mids must put Fighting Irish win behind them with Hens up next (must subscribe)

Go Mids’ David Ausiello tells tale of learning Mids defeated Notre Dame (must subscribe)

TOWSON BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s season opener against Miami (Ohio)

Miami (Ohio) Official Site previews tonight’s trip to Towson Center

Miami (Ohio) Official Site offers complete Tigers-Redhawks release (pdf)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

Examiner Matthew Schlissel says Tigers facing another Top 5 opponent in Villanova

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tonight’s season opener against Vermont

Vermont Official Site previews tonight’s trip to Reitz Arena to face Hounds

Vermont Official Site offers complete Catamounts-Greyhounds release (pdf)

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Shane Walker finds ‘similarities’ between Gary Williams, Jimmy Patsos

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s trip to South Carolina State

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tomorrow’s season opener at Oklahoma

Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Mountaineers open season trying to shake off loss in NEC Championship Game last year

Frederick News-Post’s Greg Swatek says Eers got ‘close’ to beating Virginia Tech, Georgetown last year; but don’t want to just stay ‘close’ anymore

ORIOLES:

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Josh Bell 2-5 with 3 RBI for Phoenix Desert Dogs in Arizona Fall League play

BLAST:

The Sun’s Glenn Graham says Aristodemo announced as Blast captain

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Go see a college hoops, college football, or Blast game this weekend. They can all use your support.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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Poor Performance All Around As Bengals Top Ravens 17-7

Posted on 08 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

It was bad all around.

The offense was bad-scoring just 7 points and not even threatening to score in the game’s first 45 minutes.

The defense was bad-allowing another 100 yard rusher and letting the Bengals score on their first 3 possessions of the game.

The special teams were bad-missing a big field goal and being flagged for multiple costly penalties.

The coaching was REALLY bad-as no unit appeared prepared for what may have been the most important game of the season thus far.

The Ravens’ 17-7 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday was just a poor performance all around.

They’re not a bad team. Even in one of their worst games they still had a chance in the 4th quarter before a costly missed field goal kept them from closing the gap to one possession. But they have an uncanny ability to play like a bad team for long stretches on both sides of the football.

The first half was one of those stretches. Through three possessions for each team in Sunday’s game, the Bengals out-gained the Ravens offensively 228 yards to 41. The 17-0 scoring advantage they established would ultimately prove to be too much for the outmatched Ravens to overcome.

John Harbaugh will almost certainly tell us that he was “proud of his team” for their fight on Sunday, but don’t be fooled. A team that “fights” is no match for a team that is better than their opponent. The Bengals were flat out BETTER than the Ravens today. The Bengals have been better than the Ravens all season.

The season isn’t over, no matter how much some of us will want to think it is. The Ravens are likely dead in the AFC North race, now trailing the Bengals by 2 full games and a tiebreaker. But at 4-4, the Ravens are very much alive in the AFC playoff race, and have two games remaining with the Steelers-who will be in direct competition for a playoff spot. The Texans and Chargers appear to be the other teams they will be battling with in the race for a Wild Card spot.

If the Ravens want to seize a playoff spot, they must play better than they did Sunday. Games against the Colts, Steelers and Packers will not be easy games to win; and they cannot spot ANY of those teams a multi-score early lead. The Ravens spoke this week about a desire to start quicker, but failed to get started until there were less than 15 minutes remaining in the game.

The season isn’t over. The season is only halfway through. But 4-4 in the next 8 won’t be good enough. This team has shown signs of being an elite team, but must BECOME an elite team. And it won’t be via personnel change. Steve Hauschka’s head will be asked for on a silver platter-and there will be some heavy breathing on his seat on tonight’s charter back to BWI. But even a kicker change will not make this a better football team. Strategy and execution will be the only two things that will make this a better football team.

Hopefully it will come.

-G

4:11-At least I’ll have two names to put on my Tuesday Top 7. The other 5 spots are REALLY unknown…..

4:09-Cedric Benson goes over 100 yards twice……3 100 yard rushers in 4 games. Not so good.

4:07-THREE STRAIGHT SACKS?!?!?!?!? The awesome O-Line play this season has been non-existent today.

4:06-When did Robert Geathers and Brandon Johnson become Adalius Thomas and Bart Scott???

4:04-What was Joe trying to do there?!?!?!? Boy……

4:02-This is MAYBE the worst 2 minute offense I’ve ever seen. Did they think Hauschka MADE the field goal?

4:00-If this is their 2 minute drill, it is not very good.

3:55-Getting the ball back with this much time left on the clock only makes the Hauschka miss all the more painful…..

3:52-Did that commercial just say Wal-Mart was selling XBox 360 for 200 bucks with a 100 dollar gift card? Is that going on right now? I will go to Wal-Mart NOW……

3:50-Have you EVER seen a coach as emphatic in throwing a red flag as Harbs just was?

3:46-If I say now that neither Matt Stover NOR Chris McAlister is coming back to this team, can we avoid the phone calls tomorrow?

Wow. That’s a tough spot for Steve Hauschka-first FG try of the day…..and it could be costly not only for the game, but for his NFL career…..

3:45-Just when we were getting excited……

3:44-The Drew Forrester curse hits RIGHT before the incompletion and missed FG.

Thanks Drew.

3:43-A field goal IS okay here; but I get nervous about this team being forced to get another stop without giving up points.

3:41-HOW FREAKING HUGE WAS THAT?!?!?!?!?!?!

3:40-Jarret Johnson REALLY should have had that tackle. Another big 3rd down here…..

3:37-What a weapon Brian Leonard is…..big momentum shift for Cincinnati.

3:36-This is a HUGE 3rd and short. Really, HUGE.

Going back and forth with Princess Bride quotes with CP has almost been as fun as the game early on.

3:32-WHOA!!!!!! SOMETHING GOOD HAPPENED!

17-7 with 12:54 to play. This COULD get interesting?

3:28-Joe! Mark Clayton is 5’10″! If they run that route and he’s double-covered, you CAN’T throw that ball!

3:27-Hey! Some offense! Where has this been?!?!?

3:25-Penalties on Grubbs and Oher very shortly after the penalty on Jared Gaither. This team is not making it easy…..

3:22-The offensive line has had a great season. Not a great day.

At least credit Greg Mattison for making some adjustments after a disastrous start. The offense has not done the same.

3:20-Once again, I COMPLETELY agree with this decision by Marvin Lewis.

3:15-Jared Gaither should NOT have to hold Jonathan Fanene. However, holding is better than a sack.

3:13-Ed Reed is NOT this team’s punt returner. He is only a returner on the “safe” unit. There was no reason for the safe unit to be in there. Therefore, there was no reason for Ed Reed to be out there thinking he needed to do something.

3:05-That’s THREE floaters he’s thrown to Ochocinco like that for first downs.

CHALLENGE IT!

Good challenge by John Harbaugh…..2nd foot out of bounds.

3:03-Jameel McClain CERTAINLY stripped the ball before Cosby was down; but he must have been blown down with forward progress-which he should have been.

A Terrell Suggs sack! Wow!

3:01-Strange decision by Quan Cosby to return that one from inside the 10. Could have been a game-changing turnover.

Any turnover would be nice, really.

2:59-Keith Rivers won’t return. Chris Henry apparently out for the season. Ravens still losing 17-0.

2:58-Best offensive play of the game. By far.

Also, is that 3 straight drives without points for the Bengals now?

I’m trying to stay positive.

2:54-Why did that play work? Because there was pressure! Forced a bad throw! Where’s that been for 3 quarters???

2:52-How did Brian Leonard turn that into a first down?

Is there any particular reason for the extra booing towards Ray Lewis? Maybe just the hit on Ochocinco?

2:48-That was just an AWESOME play by Jonathan Joseph. And a reminder that a 5’10″ receiver is NOT a good target for a deep ball. Wow……

2:46-I’m back. Not because I want to be…..

2:31-There’s no reason to risk it here. I know we’d like to see Cam Cameron actually take a chance, but only bad could have happened from the 1 yard line. Maybe Tony Robbins can come in and speak at halftime.

2:29-Incredible play by Kyries Hebert and Rey Maualuga. Brilliant stuff.

2:25-I’m not totally certain, but I’m not sure you’re supposed to throw the ball off of your star running back when you’re trying to throw the ball away. But what would I know?

2:24-Are there other games on???

2:23-If they put points on the board here, they can at least make it a game….

2:21-Holy crap. The Bengals had scored on TEN STRAIGHT DRIVES under Carson Palmer before that? That’s REALLY amazing.

2:18-J.P. Foschi should not be embarrassing anyone. Unreal.

2:14-Did Todd Heap go horizontal a YARD before the first down marker? This has been disastrous for EVERYONE.

Add Matt Katula to the list.

2:12-What the Bengals did on coverage right there is remarkably similar to what the Ravens did on coverage last week against Eddie Royal. If you force a returner to stop and start again, you have a GREAT chance to bring them down.

2:09-If you think the officials have something against the Ravens, you clearly missed whatever Chris Carr was just doing there that somehow went uncalled. Maybe it was a mercy no-call. I’m not sure.

The Bengals didn’t need Shayne Graham to kick that. Billy Graham could have done it.

17-0? REALLY?

2:07-There’s no way Cedric Benson should be able to get 5 yards there. Just no way. Getting KILLED at the line of scrimmage.

2:04-Great observation by Carson Palmer. If Lardarius Webb is going to play off of Coles by 10 yards, just throw him the ball.

Carson Palmer isn’t just not getting sacked, he’s not even concerned. He’s sliding head-first. Jesus.

2:02-How freaking random is a Kelly Gregg/Shannon Miller story?

HOW LONG CAN THIS TEAM GIVE CARSON PALMER TO FIND A RECEIVER?!?!?!?!

(Editor’s note: Trevor Pryce was probably held there. Still.)

1:57-Chris Henry injured is the best thing the Ravens defense has done thus far today.

1:53-That’s what happens when you get pressure on a QB. The QB has to throw the ball away. Would be nice to see the Ravens defense do the same thing.

1:50-Nice to see Le’Ron McClain on the field. Apparently it was nice for the Bengals defense to see Le’Ron McClain on the field, too.

1:48-THANK YOU Brandon Johnson. THANK YOU. Looked like the same play that drew Frank Walker off-sides on an extra point.

1:45-What an OBVIOUS penalty on Matt Lawrence, who had actually played quite well.

The no-huddle is not as easy to run on the road……

1:42-I know losing Ngata hurts, but how in the hell is the offensive line of the Cincinnati Bengals just b-slapping the Ravens defense around like this? This is particularly reminiscent of the Vikings game…..

1:39-How in the HELL did Laveranues Coles get out of the grasp of Ed Reed? Reed has to make arm tackles because of his shoulder/neck injuries, and it hurt him there.

1:36-It’s less that they’re getting beat and more that they’re panicking in 1 on 1 situations. These corners just don’t trust their own abilities, and they get grabby when they’re in 1 on 1 situations. It makes a big statement to throw the ball deep on 4th and short. And not a statement that the Ravens should be allowing teams to make against them…..

1:35-Absolutely the right decision by Marvin Lewis to go for it here.

1:34-This doesn’t all fall on the secondary early on. As I said, the Ravens MUST get a pass rush to win this game. They’ve gotten next to nothing early on.

1:33-Not a good day for Domonique Foxworth……

1:32-How in God’s name does Chad Ochocinco come down with that AWFUL floater???? Unbelievable.

1:30-How does Carson Palmer get a first down there? This defense REALLY misses Haloti Ngata today. Thankfully the offsetting penalties nullify, but wow.

1:26-That pass interference PARTICULARLY stings. The “Jim Leonhard was better than Dawan Landry” crowd will be having a field day. Fabian Washington REALLY should have had a pick the next week. I tried bringing up the lack of interceptions with Domonique Foxworth this week-but he really played it down.

1:23-Sam Koch had the space there to do something with that punt. Seen a lot of touchbacks from him recently-which is strange because he’s always been particularly sure-footed.

1:22-Thank God Derrick Mason was there to break up that pass to Leon Hall. Joe knows Leon Hall plays for the other team, right?

1:20-Joe Flacco-I love you. Mark Clayton (and Ray Rice for that matter) are NOT tall. Please throw the ball appropriately. You’re great otherwise.

1:17-Another nice return by Lardarius Webb. He’s really coming along early in his NFL career. His speed is a weapon the Ravens might want to consider finding a way to use offensively……maybe.

1:15-Carson Palmer had all day and Chris Carr just figured he’d watch Andre Caldwell score a TD-I guess. Just an awful first series for the Ravens defense. Wow.

1:10-Really no excuse for letting Carson Palmer get that ball to Ochocinco for a first down there on 3rd and 10. Just unacceptable. That ball was floated because of the pressure, but it should have been a sack or should have been broken up.

Benson running all over the place…..Cincinnati methodically moving the ball. Christ.

1:07-Pittsburgh Steelers fans (who REALLY believe they are the best fans in the world) could learn from the fans in the Queen City. Very impressed by how quiet they were while the Bengals had the ball. However, it was very evident there were a number of Ravens in Ohio by the noise on 3rd down.

1:05-Brian Leonard (Ray Rice’s college teammate at Rutgers) really hurt the Ravens in the first game, too. He’s just a really dangerous player.

How the hell did Cedric Benson get through that?

1:03-Steve Hauschka’s worst kick-off was his first one last week. This first one wasn’t great, either. Weird.

12:58-I was watching the FOX pre-game show instead of the CBS show, and I NEVER get sick of seeing entertainers travel to Iraq/Afghanistan to support our troops. It has been a long-time goal of mine to do a radio show live from the Middle East to support the USO. Was it a bit cheesy? Sure. But was it a great thing for Curt Menafee and company to do? Absolutely.

12:34-Today’s game can be seen live on CBS (WJZ 13 in Baltimore) with Dick Enberg and Dan Fouts on the call. The game can be heard nationally on Westwood One Radio (if for some reason you’re in an area that isn’t showing Ravens-Bengals on CBS) with Kevin Kugler and Mark Malone on the call.

If you want to get hyped for today’s game; head to the Audio Vault at WNST.net, where you can hear from Fouts (who joined Bob Haynie Friday), Malone (who joined Drew Forrester Friday), Bengals LB Coach Jeff Fitzgerald (Drew Friday), Ravens LB Prescott Burgess (Drew Friday), Bengals Play by Play Voice Brad Johansen (Drew Friday) and MORE!

12:17-Chinedum Ndukwe will start for Bengals in place of Roy Williams. Justin Bannan will start for Bengals in place of Haloti Ngata.

As much as the loss of Haloti Ngata will hurt the Ravens in trying to slow down Cedric Benson; it will also hurt them in pursuit of Bengals QB Carson Palmer. Ngata is very good at creating havoc in the backfield; and Justin Bannan will have to improve in pursuit of the Bengals QB. Brandon McKinney and the now-active Kelly Talavou will also get their chances in the D-Line rotation, and will have to work with Dwan Edwards, Trevor Pryce, and Terrell Suggs to get pressure up front.

12:07-As I mentioned in the title, today’s game is particularly crucial for the Ravens, as they CANNOT afford to fall 2 full games behind the Bengals in the AFC North….PLUS the Ravens would lose a tiebreaker to Cincy by virtue of a Bengals sweep. It would be more like the Ravens falling behind 2 and a half games in the division.

11:41-Ravens scratches:

DT Haloti Ngata
CB Frank Walker
RB Jalen Parmele
LB Antwan Barnes
OT Tony Moll
DE Paul Kruger
QB John Beck-3rd QB
OT Oniel Cousins

11:27-Greetings from my couch, where I have not made the trip to Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati (I had a wedding to attend, my apologies); but the Baltimore Ravens have-and I will hang out with you during the game. A number of WNST contributors will chime in on Twitter (@WNST); including Nestor Aparicio, Drew Forrester and Luke Jones.

Bengals scratches:

QB Jordan Palmer-3rd QB
S Roy Williams
FB Fui Vakapuna
LB Dan Skuta
OT Andre Smith
TE Chase Coffman
WR Jerome Simpson
DT Orien Harris

-G

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Ravens (4-3) @ Bengals (5-2)

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Ravens (4-3) @ Bengals (5-2)

Posted on 06 November 2009 by Derek Arnold

Ravens vs. Bengals

Ravens vs. Bunghole Stats

If the Ravens can go into Paul Brown Stadium and exact some revenge on the Bengals this week, they will force their hat back into the ring of serious AFC North contenders. Otherwise, they will have fallen effectively three games behind Cincinnati in the division, quite a mountain to climb with eight games remaining.

So, do the Ravens have what it takes to “man up” and emerge victorious in a venue that has been none too kind to them over the years? B’More’s 34-3 win over the Ryan Fitzpatrick-led Bungles in 2008 was their first win at PBS since 2004, and they are just 2-4 in their last six in The Queen City. Quarterback Carson Palmer has owned the Ravens in his career, compiling a 7-3 record in 10 career starts.

As several have already pointed out, Cincy is starting to look like a “real” AFC North team – one that can run the ball and stop the run. The Bengals’ Cedric Benson was the one to break the Ravens’ streak of not allowing a 100-yard rusher the last time these teams met, when he went for 120 and a TD on 27 carries (4.4 ypc). They also held the Ravens to 82 yards on the ground. Still, the Ravens averaged 4.6 yards per carry, which hints that maybe they should have stuck with their ground attack a bit more. Especially considering it was Joe Flacco’s worst game this season, as he threw for just 186 yards and added two interceptions for his 2009-low rating of 70.1.

85 care package

(Chad sent the Ravens’ D a care package this week. The Nest sends one of our own to #85. In it he will find a new helmet (to replace the one Ray knocked off him), a ball gag, a straight jacket, and a nice pretty new “grill.”)

Joe Cool has bounced back nicely since getting shut down by Cincy, putting up back-to-back games of a 109.2 rating, and tossing three scores to go along with nary an interception against the capable (23rd) and strong (8th), respectively, defenses of Minnesota and Denver. Derrick Mason, who was held without a catch by Mike Zimmer’s crew last month, has 11 catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns in the two games since.

Ray Rice has been the catalyst for the Ravens’ offense of late, as the little RB that could (wow, that’s terrible…come on, people…THIS MAN NEEDS A NICKNAME!) has averaged over 149 yards from scrimmage per game over the last four contests. Le’Ron “PAIN TRAIN” McClain had a season-high 31 yards on the ground against Denver, as Cam Cameron’s offense showed that, as the weather is cooling, maybe they are starting to get back to the formula that produced so much success in 2008. The Ravens called more running plays than passing plays (35-27) for the first time since the San Diego game, and just the second time all season. This after three consecutive losses where the playcalling was extremely lopsided towards the pass, to the tune of 46-18 (@ Min), 33-18 (vs. Cin), and 49-17 (@ NE). Now, a factor that can’t be overlooked was that the Ravens were playing with the lead for the entire game against Denver, but we would expect that the balance will continue this week. That is, as long as the rejuvenated defense can keep the score close, as Chicago was unable to do in Cincy two weeks ago, getting blown out 45-10.

Speaking of that rejuvenated defense, the Ravens’ D needs to prove that last week was no fluke. Plenty of the pundits were quick to proclaim the Ravens’ defense “back” after they dismantled and nearly shut out the previously high-flying Denver attack last week. However, to those of us who watch every game (twice), the Broncos’ short-passing game was simply the perfect antidote for the problems we have seen with the purple defense all season. Namely, the fact that Kyle Orton threw the ball deep all of ONE time (while the game was in reach, anyway)…and on that ONE throw, there was of course, some laundry also thrown, as Dominique Foxworth was called for pass interference. Apparently Josh McDaniels didn’t get the “just chuck it up” memo that Ravens’ corners have been sending to every team this year, via game film. Carson Palmer is no Kyle Orton, and he will show no such mercy to Foxworth and Fabian Washington, especially with the ever dangerous Chad Ochocinco and Chris Henry in his arsenal.

This isn’t to suggest that Foxworth and Washington have no prayer of having good games Sunday. The two played very well against Denver, lack of deep challenges notwithstanding, and Washington especially was extremely active in run support. It’s just that we Ravens fans need to see more of what we witnessed from the pair against Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal before we are comfortable putting the Pepto Bismol bottle down when we see opposing quarterbacks take 7-step drops.

The front seven will also need to continue their solid play from a week ago. Haloti Ngata, Kelly Gregg, Justin Bannan, and Trevor Pryce collapsed the pocket on Orton the likes of which we haven’t seen all season, and Greg Mattison’s blitzes, when called, found gaping holes in the Broncos’ protection schemes. It was a welcome departure from what we had seen to that point, but like the secondary, consistency is the word. Haloti Ngata is still very questionable with the ankle sprain he suffered near the goalline against Denver, and his absence would be noticeable, especially as the Ravens attempt to keep Benson from going over the century mark again. If Haloti is unable to go, the Ravens’ ample depth at DL will have to step up, including Brandon McKinney, Dwan Edwards, and potentially Kelly Talavou, who has been active just once in 2009.

The Bengals have been doing a very impressive job of keeping Palmer upright, as he has been sacked only 11 times, good for 6th in the NFL. By comparison, Flacco has been sacked just 12 times. Rookie offensive tackle Andre “Yip Yip Belly” Smith may see his first game action, though he is said to be expected to mostly play on running downs. If nothing else, this could give the Ravens an advantage in reading the plays pre-snap.

A loss in Cincy on Sunday would, in all likelihood, relegate the Ravens to chasing a Wild-Card berth. Week 9 just seems too soon for that for such a talented football team, one that is legitimately a Top-8 NFL squad. The difference will be the explosiveness of Ray Rice, Joe Flacco continuing to find Kelley Washington for key 3rd-down conversions, and a Ravens defense that is ready to build on what they started last week.

Ravens 24 Bengals 20

Yours in the comments (no, I don’t have a prize like Bob, this is just for fun).

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Friday Morning’s Purple Crabs and Beer

Posted on 06 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Ravens 28, Bengals 20

I DON’T think the Bengals WR’s should give the Ravens fits the way some people think they will. Yes, Chris Henry is tall. Yes, Chad Ochocinco is good. But this will be more about the pass rush. If the Ravens get to Carson Palmer, I don’t think he’ll be able to just throw the ball downfield.

Drew went with 24-20 Bengals. But he’s a rat fink.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…..

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Katula, Ngata missed practice again Thursday

Bob Haynie still taking score picks for Ravens-Bengals

And from the rest of the world…..

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Kelley Washington ‘making major impact’ for Ravens

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Laveraneus Coles, Chris Henry, Andre Caldwell give Bengals targets beyond Ochocinco

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says McGahee was working as long snapper in practice with Katula hurt

The Official Site says Mattison has ‘very good feeling’ about chances for Ngata to play

The Official Site says Hauschka unfazed by Ravens bringing in kickers to try out last week

The Official Site’s Mallory Steinberg says Derrick Mason was out singing karaoke again with elderly in community this week

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Ochocinco sent box of deodorant to Ravens defense

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Michael Johnson still looking for first career sack

Bengals Official Site says team was given 24 hour extension to sell last 3,000 tickets for Sunday’s game at Paul Brown Stadium

The Sun’s Ken Murray says K. Washington believes he’s ‘more mature’, ‘more professional’ than when he was in Cincy

6 out of 7 Sun analysts pick Ravens

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens must stop Cedric Benson, get Derrick Mason involved, have Flacco hold on to ball

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens lose if Carson Palmer has big game, team doesn’t handle ball well or start slow offensively

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Domonique Foxworth knows secondary needs to be ‘consistent’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Flacco amongst best 4th quarter QB’s in NFL

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Kokinis, Savage unlikely to rejoin Ravens unless Eric DeCosta takes GM job elsewhere

The Sun’s Mike Preston says culture of Marvin Lewis’ Bengals team has changed

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Rosburg not sure how Reed didn’t block Mitch Berger punt in win over Broncos

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Burgess, Nakamura, Zbikowski, Walker all returned to practice Thursday

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Katula thinks injury ‘not a big deal’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Justin Harper playing role of Ochocinco in practice

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Frank Walker thought scratch ‘no big deal’

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Flacco ‘unflappable’ in no huddle offense

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Justin Bannan would start if Ngata can’t go Sunday

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Joe Reedy says status for Andre Smith Sunday remains ‘unsettled’

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Joe Reedy says Bengals have sold out 48 straight home games

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Chick Ludwig not ‘concerned’ about Ravens

Dayton Daily News’ Ken Paxson says Bengals might ‘sell out’ even if they don’t sell out

USA Today’s Sean Leahy says Ochocinco sent deodorant to Suggs, Ray Lewis, secondary

SI’s Don Banks has Ravens 10th in power rankings

SI’s Peter King picks Ravens 23-13

5 of 7 Sporting News analysts pick Ravens

NFL.com’s Gil Brandt looking forward to seeing how Mike Zimmer defends Ray Rice

NFL.com says Bengals’ Chris Crocker looking for INT in 3rd straight game

NBC Sports’ Michael David Smith says 52 not sorry for hit on 85 in first game

ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter says Flacco on pace to reach 4,000 yards

ESPN.com’s John Clayton says Bengals ‘have had (Ravens’) number’ in recent history

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens ‘deep up front’ beyond Ngata

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Carson Palmer 7-3 all-time against Ravens

Fox Sports’ Charles Davis says Bengals ‘built for’ AFC North

Here are the rest of our picks for the weekend…..

Chiefs/Jaguars: Me-Jacksonville 10-6, Drew-Kansas City 20-17
Texans/Colts: Me-Indianapolis 31-24, Drew-Houston 27-20
Packers/Buccaneers: Me-Green Bay 30-9, Drew-Green Bay 27-16
Redskins/Falcons: Me-Atlanta 24-10, Drew-Atlanta 31-7
Cardinals/Bears: Me-Arizona 37-24, Drew-Arizona 30-20
Dolphins/Patriots: Me-New England 26-23, Drew-New England 35-21 (if they wear the old helmets), New England 31-21 (if the wear the new helmets)
Panthers/Saints: Me-New Orleans 31-23, Drew-New Orleans 35-24
Lions/Seahawks: Me-Detroit 20-12, Drew-Seattle 21-17
Titans/49ers: Me-San Francisco 24-16, Drew-San Francisco 27-10
Chargers/Giants: Me-San Diego 27-20, Drew-New York 38-17
Cowboys/Eagles: Me-Philadelphia 28-21, Drew-Philadelphia 31-24
Broncos/Steelers: Me-Denver 23-20, Drew-Denver 20-19

Morgan State/Norfolk State: Me-Bears 17-12, Drew-Bears 19-10
Towson/William & Mary: Me-Tribe 36-17, Drew-Tribe 38-17
Navy/Notre Dame: Me-Irish 37-26, Drew-Irish 30-27
Maryland/NC State: Me-Terps 31-30, Drew 44-31 Wolfpack

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Ngata, Katula Miss 2nd Straight Day of Practice

Posted on 05 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

4:30-INJURY REPORT-Ravens:

LS Matt Katula – DID NOT PARTICIPATE – Elbow
DT Haloti Ngata – DID NOT PARTICIPATE – Ankle
TE Todd Heap – LIMITED – Ankle
FB Le’Ron McClain – LIMITED – Shoulder
S Haruki Nakamura – LIMITED – Chest
S Tom Zbikowski – LIMITED – Illness
LB Prescott Burgess – FULL – Illness
LB Jarret Johnson – FULL – Shoulder
CB Frank Walker – FULL – Illness

BENGALS:

FB Jeremi Johnson – LIMITED – Knee
S Tom Nelson – LIMITED – Shoulder
S Roy Williams – LIMITED – Forearm
RB Bernard Scott – FULL – Knee
OT Andre Smith – FULL – Foot

1:30-A couple things I wanted to pass along from today and the last couple of days:

-A lot of people have asked me about why the Ravens didn’t go after Chris Chambers. First, the Ravens never technically had the chance to pursue Chris Chambers. The Chiefs put in a waiver claim for the former Chargers WR-and they have a higher priority. However, I was given the impression that the Ravens really weren’t all that interested in him. A lot of people think of Chambers as a big target, but he’s only listed at 5’11″ (and I’ve been told he’s actually 5’10″); this makes him not much taller (if at all) than Derrick Mason and Mark Clayton.
-Terrell Suggs said something interesting yesterday in talking about the chess match the Bengals will be playing since they beat the Ravens the first time the teams played this season. He said he expects the Bengals to spend the first quarter trying to show the Ravens something different from what they did the first time the teams played. He said after the first quarter, they’re likely to go back to doing exactly what they’ve done best over the first half of the season.
-Greg Mattison had no complaints about the number of pass interference calls going against his defense, saying “calls are calls.” He made an interesting comparison in saying that when the Ravens have been forced to cover taller wide receivers this season (Chris Henry will be another such target); the height differential has made it “like a guard trying to cover a center” in basketball.

1:24-Some quick notes from practice:

-Haloti Ngata was not present for a 2nd straight day
-Haruki Nakamura (chest) returned
-While Matt Katula nurses an elbow injury, Willis McGahee was working on long snapping. There is a rumor Mark Clayton is also a capable long snapper (why not, he can do everything else). I would imagine the Ravens would much rather have a lineman do it in an emergency role (Justin Bannan may also be capable)……but we are expecting Matt to be healthy in time for the trip to Cincy.
-While we’re on McGahee, Cam Cameron was asked earlier this morning about McGahee’s role. He told reporters “there’s just not enough snaps” to give him a bunch of carries, saying that the number of snaps in the Chiefs game was significantly more than the Ravens have had since. He did reiterate “but he’ll play.” He also said Ray Rice was “still scratching the surface” as a NFL running back.

1:12-A lot of stories being written locally and nationally about Michael Oher due to the pending release of “The Blind Side” in theaters. (You can read my review in this morning’s “Crabs and Beer”.)

When asked about Michael this morning, Cam Cameron said he knew Michael would be a starting Offensive Tackle as soon as he saw him at last year’s Senior Bowl. When asked if he was surprised by anything with Oher’s very quick maturation-Cameron quipped “Once you’ve met him, nothing has been a surprise.”

1:07-Injury-wise, here are the updates I can give you:

-Still no Haloti Ngata in the locker room, but Greg Mattison said he feels “very good about” the chances the big man will play Sunday against the Bengals. I think Haloti must return to practice by Friday to really have a chance, as putting weight on an injured ankle can really hurt a guy hauling around 300+ pounds.
-Matt Katula said he had “soreness” in his elbow, stemming from the motion of snapping the football. It doesn’t appear to be a major issue; and Jerry Rosburg didn’t even identify any sort of backup Long Snapper on the roster; just saying it was “curious” that the Ravens don’t have one listed on the depth chart.
-Opinions vary on Haruki Nakamura, who I was unable to grab during today’s locker room session. It will be interesting to see if he returns to the practice field today. He’s listed with a “chest”, but it is believed he strained a stomach muscle against the Broncos.
-Frank Walker downplayed the stomach ache that kept him out of practice yesterday, calling it just a “stomach ache.”

12:39-Hear from the following NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net…..

Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron
Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison
Special Teams Coordinator Jerry Rosburg
CB Frank Walker
LB Jarret Johnson

Also, LB Antwan Barnes joined Drew Forrester this morning on The Comcast Morning Show; that’s also available in the Audio Vault at WNST.net. LB Prescott Burgess will join Drew tomorrow morning at 7:15, listen live on AM1570 WNST!

11:21-Greetings from 1 Winning Drive, where it is Coordinators Day. We’ll hear from Greg Mattison, Cam Cameron and Jerry Rosburg today as the Ravens continue preparation for Sunday’s trip to Paul Brown Stadium to play the Cincinnati Bengals. We’ll hope to hear from Haloti Ngata as well, but won’t hold our breath.

Back with more shortly…..

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 05 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

I had the opportunity to go to an advance screening of “The Blind Side” last night at The Charles Theater-thanks to Warner Brothers for the invitation. I have to first say that this movie is going to be absolutely HUGE. It is a perfect Thanksgiving football flick, and as big as it is going to be in Baltimore; it will be big throughout the country as well.

If you’re not familiar-the movie is based on the excellent book of the same name by Michael Lewis. The story chronicles Ravens 1st round pick Michael Oher. The book itself was more about football in general-but the transcendent story of Oher is easily movie-worthy. And while John Lee Hancock’s movie does change certain things about the story (an incident at Ole Miss is moved into Oher’s former home in the Memphis projects; the name of Oher’s Christian school is different, etc.); he does no injustice to the very human aspect of Oher’s journey.

The only shame of the movie is that in trying to keep it a family film-the darkness of Oher’s upbringing is merely referenced, not told vividly. This isn’t to say the movie failed-as the book references that Michael didn’t talk much about his past. The picture painted of Michael’s youth in the book is significantly more frightening than the more family-friendly picture painted by the film.

While the tragedy may not have been fully painted, nothing is taken away from the triumph. I’m going to be honest-if you cry during great sports movies (think “Remember the Titans”); you’re going to cry during this flick. It’s a remarkable story told very well.

The star of the film is clearly Sandra Bullock, whose turn as Leigh Anne Tuohy comes off akin to Julia Roberts’ Erin Brockovich. While this film is more fun and even a bit goofier than the very serious-natured “Brockovich”, your wives and girlfriends will immediately love Bullock’s Tuohy.

It’s not going to win an Academy Award-but it’s not supposed to be that kind of movie. It’s the kind of movie your family can go see at the end of the month when you’re off school/work for 4 days. It’s the kind of movie that you’re going to put on your purple and rally your neighbors to go see. This city is going to LOVE this movie. Whether you’ve read the book or not, you will just eat it up.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say….

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Ed Reed not reading Ochocinco tweets

Drew Forrester hopes O’s try to win as hard as Yankees did

Thyrl Nelson says Flacco, Ray Rice Top 10 Fantasy plays Sunday

Ed Frankovic says Caps fell 3-2 to Devils

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ngata, Katula, Nakamura, Walker, Burgess, Zbikowski all didn’t practice Wednesday

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh still has plans for McGahee

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens looking to create 100 yard streak against Cedric Benson-who recently broke their long one

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says young LB’s Tavares Gooden, Jameel McClain, Dannell Ellerbe getting chance to run alongside 52

The Official Site says Marvin Lewis thinks Greg Mattison has done ‘excellent job’

The Official Site says Harbs thinks Ravens will be motivated by ‘hotly contested’ AFC North race

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says team okay with being underdogs-even at home to team they’ve already beat this season

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Marvin Lewis wanted Kelley Washington back in Cincy

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Maualuga wants to be like Ray Lewis

Bengals Official Site says 3,500 tickets remain for Sunday’s game at Paul Brown Stadium

Bengals Official Site says Marvin Lewis won’t commit to Andre Smith dressing Sunday

Bengals Official Site says Carson Palmer knows Baltimore week ‘always a real big deal’ for Bengals

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Derrick Mason will be plenty motivated to face Bengals team that held him without catch over last 2 games

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Kelly Gregg sees Benson as ‘big back, nifty on feet’

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Flacco Ravens’ MVP

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. cleans up after me

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Derrick Mason prefers quiet players like Marvin Harrison to big talkers

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens using Le’Ron McClain again to pound ball

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Todd Heap, Le’Ron McClain limited in practice

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Marvin Lewis modeling Bengals after Ravens, Steelers

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ochocinco sent package to Ravens defense

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Reed doesn’t check Ochocinco on Twitter

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ray Lewis not changing how he hits after first meeting with Bengals

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Derrick Mason doesn’t think he can be covered with single coverage

The Sun’s Edward Lee says T-Sizzle thinks Ravens ‘humbled’ by Bengals in first game

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Terrell Suggs knows Benson having ‘really good year’ even beyond game against Ravens

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Bannan would start if Ngata can’t go

The AP’s David Ginsburg says Oher making ‘impression’ in rookie season with Ravens

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Chick Ludwig says Bengals should play Andre Smith Sunday

Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Erardi says Bengals WR Andre Caldwell wants wins more than catches

6 of 8 USA Today analysts pick Ravens

USA Today’s Nate Davis says defense must ‘shore up’ before facing Roethlisberger, etc.

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager picks Ravens 20-16

NBC Sports’ Steve Silverman gives Ravens ‘C’ thus far

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ray Rice would be another possible team MVP candidate

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens secondary ‘rejuvenated’ by performance against Broncos

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

NC State Official Site’s Tim Peeler says Wolfpack to honor former WR Jerricho Cotchery at Saturday’s game

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says New Mexico only other FBS school in on Rashaan Moore

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Jamari McCullough finds losing ‘devastating’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph knows NCSU offense ‘explosive’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Demetrius Hartsfield remains ‘on-track’ to return November 21 against Florida State

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens picks Terps 29-28

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich picks Pack 31-17

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says NC State, Maryland have bowl chances on ‘life support’

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Chris Turner spent bye week in Fort Lauderdale with girlfriend (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says North Carolina DT prospect Kilgo pledged to Terps (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Ross Leonhart checks in with commit Kilgo (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says James Padgett, Jordan Williams will get ‘extended playing time’ if Dino Gregory’s suspension continues

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Vasquez thinks Terps can be ‘special’

The Diamondback’s Jakob Engelke says athletic department scrapping new student ticket policy at Comcast Center

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Jin Soo Choi struggled inside against IUP

Washington Post’s Michael Wilbon says use of Bias video aided Kirk Fraser’s “30 for 30” documentary

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Sean Mosley said he was fine after getting knocked down twice against Crimson Hawks

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Adrian Bowie amongst those who expected reverse roles for Padgett, Williams

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps in Sun Belt territory being relegated to ESPN360

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Sean Mosley improved from floor in exhibition opener (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Owings checks in with prospect Tsafack (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Tianna Hawkins’ double-double lead Terps in exhibition win over Bowie State

The Official Site provides statistical evidence of win

The Official Site says Frese thought Terps were ‘focused and ready’ for exhibition game

The Diamondback’s Jonas Shaffer says Kim Rodgers scored 18 points in 16 minutes in win

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Ram Vela, Mids still remember ’07 win in South Bend fondly

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mike Stukel practicing at QB, will return to Slotback when Kriss Proctor gets healthy

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mids need one more win to book trip to Texas Bowl

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Niumatalolo knows Mids missed chances against Temple, especially on 3rd down

South Bend Tribune’s Al Lesar says Dan Wenger expected to start at RG for Fighting Irish

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says AD Gladchuk wants to see continued success from Midshipmen (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says fans can purchase $13 ticket for BOTH Miami (Ohio) hoops game and Villanova football game next weekend

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s Senior Night battle against Norfolk State

The Official Site offers complete Morgan State-Norfolk State release (pdf)

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s game against Franklin & Marshall

The Official Site offers complete Johns Hopkins/Franklin & Marshall release (pdf)

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tomorrow night’s exhibition opener against Adelphi

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Mountaineers picked to win NEC again

The Sun says Jeremy Goode named to All-NEC team

MCDANIEL FOOTBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Josh Rutter has been good fit for Terror staff

ORIOLES:

MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez says Birds want to re-sign Mark Hendrickson, Danys Baez

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Waring 1-4 with run scored in Arizona Fall League play Wednesday

Examiner Jay Trucker says Guillermo Rodriguez, Rich Hill, Jeff Fiorentino didn’t really have place with Orioles anyway

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team signed former Maryland QB Statham

BLAST:

Examiner Richard Crabbe says NISL changed name to MISL

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Rip Van Winkle comes into Breeders’ Cup Classic battling foot issue

Daily Racing Form’s Marcus Hersh says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra will spend winter in New Orleans

The AP’s Andrew Dalton says Baffert doesn’t ‘mind getting beat by Zenyatta’ in Classic

GOLF:

The Sun’s Don Markus says Senior Players Championship moving to Potomac next season, returning to Baltimore in 2011

Washington Post’s Barry Svrluga says Constellation Energy event to be held at Avenel next year

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Champions Tour had hinted event may move to DC during this year’s event

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Frank Walker has an illness, huh? Insert your own joke here.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Mattison Has “Great Confidence” in Secondary, Wants Improvement in Pass Rush

Posted on 15 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

6:30-Sorry for the delay in posting the Injury Report, I was at Maryland Media Day. Here it is.

INJURY REPORT:

Ravens:
OT Jared Gaither-DNP-Neck
LB Jarret Johnson-LIMITED-Shoulder
DT Haloti Ngata-LIMITED-Bank
TE Edgar Jones-LIMITED-Hamstring
ST/WR David Tyree-FULL-Hamstring

Vikings:
DE Ray Edwards-LIMITED-Hamstring
WR Percy Harvin-LIMITED-Shoulder
G Steve Hutchinson-LIMITED-Back
OT Phil Loadholt-LIMITED-Ankle
WR Darius Reynaud-LIMITED-Hamstring
FB Naufahu Tahi-LIMITED-Ankle
CB Cedric Griffin-FULL-Hand

1:42-While we were talking to Terrell Suggs today, a verbal confrontation broke out between two media members (one from the world of radio, the other from the world of print). If you listen to T-Sizzle in the Audio Vault, you can hear the confrontation begin. I had to edit out the most entertaining part of the exchange, as Terrell tried to keep the situation light by using colorful language. It was entertaining-given the fact that it was a particularly awkward and stupid exchange.

1:41-I only got to poke my head out at practice for a minute (the Ravens are practicing indoors today-which makes plenty of sense as they are playing indoors on Sunday); but I did not see Jared Gaither, Jarret Johnson, or Haloti Ngata. Johnson and Ngata may have just been late arrivals-but the rest of the Offensive Linemen were working out as a group, which leads me to believe that Gaither will be a DNP again today. Gaither was not available during the open locker room session for the media.

1:12-Hear from the following NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net:

-OC Cam Cameron
-STC Jerry Rosburg
-DC Greg Mattison
-LB Jarret Johnson
-LB Terrell Suggs

DT Justin Bannan is scheduled to join Drew Forrester at 7:20 tomorrow morning on The Comcast Morning Show on AM1570 WNST and WNST.net.

1:07-Some highlights from Cam Cameron:

-”We’re going into a tough environment” in Metrodome
-Jared Allen has a “high motor” and is “just a great player.”
-It is “unacceptable” to not get Derrick Mason the football (he had no catches against Cincinnati). He considers that HIS “responsibility” and guaranteed that “it’s not going to happen again.”
-On sharing carries between Willis McGahee, Ray Rice, and Le’Ron McClain: “there’s only one football……Ray Rice is playing at a high level.”
-On 2nd guessing: some people think “anything you didn’t do would have worked”, but “everything you didn’t do is not always the answer.”
-Regarding Demetrius Williams: “There’s not always opportunities to get the 4th guy in the game”
-Kelley Washington is playing “lights out”

Demetrius Williams declined an opportunity to speak with reporters.

1:05-Some highlights from Jerry Rosburg:

-Steve Hauschka not attempting a field goal the last 2 weeks is just “the life of a kicker.”
-Percy Harvin “knows how to exploit holes.”
-David Tyree “brings the same body of knowledge” as injured Brendon Ayanbadejo.
-Lardarius Webb “made most of his opportunities” returning kicks

1:01-Some highlights from Greg Mattison:

-”You have to” put the defensive struggles of the last 2 games behind you.
-Bengals had success running the ball because “some guys tried to make plays out of their gaps.”
-Tavares Gooden, Jameel McClain and Dannell Ellerbe are “doing a great job” of filling Bart Scott’s old role
-Jarret Johnson “plays 100 miles an hour every game.”
-Percy Harvin gives Vikes “another explosive receiver.”
-on Adrian Peterson: “every snap that he gets the football he’s going as hard as he did on his best one or worst one.”
-Defensive backs “always have” lots of opportunities to make plays
-”I have great confidence in our secondary”
-Pass rush has “gotta improve.”

11:10-Greetings from Owings Mills; where we are preparing to speak to Ravens coordinators Cam Cameron, Greg Mattison, and Jerry Rosburg shortly. The Ravens are continuing their preparation for Sunday’s trip to Minnesota to face the Vikings. The story of the week is again shaping up to be Jared Gaither’s neck; as he told reporters yesterday he was going to play, but didn’t appear to have particularly improved movement from last week, when he couldn’t move his neck from left to right at all. Gaither again missed practice yesterday, along with Haloti Ngata (back) and Jarret Johnson (shoulder).

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Live From Owings Mills: Ravens Make Final Preparations for Patriots

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Live From Owings Mills: Ravens Make Final Preparations for Patriots

Posted on 02 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

4:30-Friday Injury Report:

RAVENS:
WR Derrick Mason-QUESTIONABLE-Illness
QB Troy Smith-QUESTIONABLE-Illness
LB Tavares Gooden-QUESTIONABLE-Head
LB Ray Lewis-PROBABLE-Head
LB Jarret Johnson-PROBABLE-Shoulder
LB Antwan Barnes-PROBABLE-Shoulder
DE Trevor Pryce-PROBABLE-Illness
TE Todd Heap-PROBABLE-Back
WR Kelley Washington-PROBABLE-Groin
DT Justin Bannan-PROBABLE-Knee

PATRIOTS:
LB Jerod Mayo-DOUBTFUL-Knee
WR Wes Welker-QUESTIONABLE-Knee
DT Vince Wilfork-QUESTIONABLE-Ankle
OT Nick Kaczur-QUESTIONABLE-Ankle
QB Tom Brady-PROBABLE-Shoulder
RB Laurence Maroney-PROBABLE-Thigh

2:06-Hear from John Harbaugh and my quick interview with Mark Clayton NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net

1:53-I cannot BEGIN to describe how loose the Ravens locker room was today. It felt as if the guys had NO IDEA they had a football game scheduled for Sunday. The players were involved with a game of dodgeball (using members of the media as targets), blasting loud music, and even flicked the lights on and off.

When I asked Mark Clayton to describe the atmosphere in a word, he used “chaotic.” I wouldn’t disagree.

The only interesting tidbit to come from John Harbaugh today was his confirmation that “there is a chance” John Beck could be the #2 quarterback on Sunday with Troy Smith having missed practice this week as he battles the flu bug. Troy was at the facility (and in the locker room) today, but wasn’t making much contact with anyone.

12:38-Troy Smith was not present again during the part of practice open to the media (and a credit to John Harbaugh for making sure Friday’s walkthroughs are on the field the farthest away from us), he has missed this week battling what we believe to be the flu bug. Without any practice this week, it is possible that Troy’s status COULD be affected. I wouldn’t be stunned to see him de-activated (listed as the #3 QB) and John Beck activated. This is pure speculation, especially until we see the injury report this afternoon.

11:49-The Ravens practice with VERY loud noise piped in whether they are home or away. Today they are piping in noise so the offense is adjusted for Sunday at Gillette Stadium. Next week, they will pipe in noise so that the defense knows how to communicate in front of the home fans at M&T Bank Stadium.

Quick practice note: Jarrett Johnson and LJ Smith were late arrivals, possibly getting treatment for their various ailments (shoulder and hamstring respectively). Tavares Gooden appeared to be walking with a SLIGHT limp during special teams practice.

10:58-Greetings from 1 Winning Drive, where the Ravens will put in their final day of preparation for their trip to New England Sunday. The only player who was missing from practice yesterday was Troy Smith, who has been battling the flu big that bothered Trevor Pryce and and Jared Gaither most recently. There’s no one else who appears to be of any concern when it comes to their status for Sunday in Foxborough.

The Ravens are clearly taking this flu bug seriously, as they have been bitten by it for weeks now. While players have not missed games, certainly they have missed valuable practice time.

To show you how seriously the Ravens are taking this flu battle, here is what greets you at the door out here at the facility….

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