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“January Joe” needs to arrive early for playoff-hopeful Ravens

Posted on 22 December 2016 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — One gift tops the list of goodies that the Ravens hope to find under their Christmas tree on Sunday.

It would be the early arrival of “January Joe” for their AFC North showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers. That postseason version of Joe Flacco would go a long way in helping Baltimore secure its first AFC North division title since 2012 while also washing away much memory of a trying season.

The issues with the league’s 18th-ranked offense run deeper than the play of the ninth-year quarterback, but the near-certainty of Flacco reaching the 4,000-yard passing mark for the first time — an elusive landmark his critics have regularly used against him over the years — does not mask his struggles. Starting all 14 games in his return from last year’s ACL injury, Flacco ranks 27th in the NFL at just 6.54 yards per attempt and is 25th with an 84.8 passer rating.

Asked about the 2008 first-round pick being on the verge of setting a career high for pass attempts, head coach John Harbaugh declined to assess his quarterback’s play, instead focusing on the task of winning at Heinz Field for the third straight time.

“I respect everything about what he does and how he does it, how he competes and everything like that,” Harbaugh said. “The other stuff [and] the big-picture questions are really for another time. I’m just excited to go play the game on Sunday. I know Joe is and everybody is. We’re preparing and planning on going and playing our best football.”

With the Baltimore defense likely to be without No. 1 cornerback Jimmy Smith, Flacco will need to be at his best to trade blows with Pro Bowl quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and a dangerous Steelers passing game that ranks fifth in the NFL. It’s a story similar to what the Ravens faced in road losses at Dallas and New England earlier this year, but the stakes are much higher now.

In case you’ve forgotten what “January Joe” can do, Flacco has thrown 24 touchdowns and just four interceptions in his last 10 postseason games dating back to the 2010 season. Sunday is as close as it gets to a playoff game — especially if Miami beats Buffalo on Saturday to make it a win-or-bust proposition on Christmas Day — so why wouldn’t the Ravens hope the postseason version of Flacco comes early?

The good news is that the 31-year-old has done it before at Heinz Field, throwing for 259 yards and two touchdowns without an interception in Baltimore’s last postseason win over the Steelers two years ago. Counting that playoff victory, the Ravens have won six of their last seven games against their bitter rival with Flacco throwing nine touchdowns to three interceptions in the six contests in which he played.

Win or lose, history tells us the environment won’t be too big for him and the Ravens. The Steelers look like the better team at this point and are carrying a five-game winning streak into Sunday’s game, but you have to wonder how much Baltimore is in their heads after winning four straight in the series and backup quarterback Ryan Mallett even beating them last December.

Counting the playoffs, the Ravens hold a respectable 5-6 record at Heinz Field in the Harbaugh-Flacco era.

“You picture going into a place and playing in front of 70,000 people that hate you,” Flacco said. “That is what makes it fun. … There are not too many feelings in this world that are better than winning an NFL football game. That probably gets amplified a little bit when you get to silence a crowd.”

Of course, what’s happened in the past doesn’t guarantee success on Sunday. After all, this is a Ravens offense that’s dealt with numerous problems, ranging from play-calling issues and injuries along the offensive line to an up-and-down running game and uneven play at wide receiver and tight end. Flacco’s 13 interceptions are the second-highest total of his career, and he’s been criticized for poor footwork and checking down too frequently in lieu of looking to push the ball down the field.

The Ravens are also facing a Pittsburgh defense that’s improved since the first half of the season, allowing just 14 points per game over its last five contests. The Pittsburgh secondary is relying on a pair of rookies — first-round cornerback Artie Burns and second-round safety and University of Maryland product Sean Davis — but the two have steadily played better as the season has progressed.

This Baltimore offense does have more going for it now than it did for much of the year with a healthier offensive line that’s played better in recent weeks and a running game that produced a season-high 151 yards against Philadelphia last Sunday. Not a single offensive player has missed a practice this week for an injury-related reason, either.

A 38-point outburst and four-touchdown performance from Flacco against Miami three weeks ago showed what this offense is capable of doing when firing on all cylinders, but the peaks have been rare and the valleys all the more frustrating. The Ravens haven’t won a game away from M&T Bank Stadium in three months and their veteran quarterback has posted an ugly 75.7 passer rating on the road this season, making trips to Pittsburgh and Cincinnati to conclude the season an unsettling proposition.

“It is tough to look back at the whole thing, but we have hit our bumps here and there,” Flacco said. “But I think we are starting to hit a stride. When you come out here and watch our practices, you can tell we are starting to hit a stride. This second half of the season, it is coming together with some of the new guys and our offensive line play and myself.”

If the Ravens offense is ever truly going to come together, now is the time.

And the return of “January Joe” needs to be part of the equation.

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Defense produces big plays for Maryland in open scrimmage

Posted on 17 August 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, MD – With the season opener against James Madison on August 30 rapidly approaching, the Maryland football team gave its fans a look at the 2014 Terps during Fan Appreciation Day Saturday at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

The event consisted of a two-hour scrimmage followed by an autograph session with the players on the field.

The Terrapin defense put on a strong performance, forcing five turnovers and producing a number of big plays. Defensive back Jeremiah Johnson took a pick back for a touchdown late in proceedings after junior Denzel Conyers, junior Sean Davis and freshman Josh Woods all recorded interceptions.

Woods’ pick may have been the nicest play of the bunch as he made an over the shoulder catch on a throw intended for sophomore Jacquille Veii down the field.

“We did alright. We had some explosive plays and scored on defense,” Davis said. “I think we did a solid job stopping the run and we attacked the ball well in the air.”

The offense also showed well. Senior Deon Long nabbed a slant pass from junior Caleb Rowe and ran through defenders for a 53-yard score. For the day, Long caught eight passes for 136 yards. Rowe also threw a touchdown pass to redshirt freshman Taivon Jacobs.

In the kicking game, redshirt freshman Adam Greene and junior Brad Craddock both were 1-for-3 on the day with Greene connecting from 47 yards.

The winning score came when Will Ulmer found Malcolm Culmer on a short throw.  Freshman defensive back Daniel Ezeagwu also performed well throughout the scrimmage.

“We wanted to see some guys. Alvin [Hill] didn’t go today because we wanted to see Daniel and now we will evaluate it,” Edsall said. “He’s done some good things in camp. We’ll see how he graded out today and see if he can get on the bus or if he’s going to be able to contribute in some way.”

Overall, head coach Randy Edsall saw some positives in today’s effort.

“I thought there was some good and some bad today, but again, the big thing is today to get a look at different guys and see what they could do so we can evaluate some more,” head coach Randy Edsall said. “The players are off tomorrow to get their legs back and the coaches will sit down and evaluate today’s scrimmage along with what took place the previous practices we had and then we will probably come up with a new depth chart on Monday.”

The Terps open the season August 30 against James Madison at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

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Three Terps get first career picks in win over ODU

Posted on 08 September 2013 by WNST Staff

Postgame Notes – Old Dominion

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

Kicking It Off: Maryland improved to 2-0 on the season with a 47-10 victory over Old Dominion in its first all-time meeting with the Monarchs. It is the third time in the last four seasons that the Terps have started the season 2-0.
Offense Continues to Roll: After posting 576 yards in the season opener against FIU, Maryland racked up 587 yards of total offense. It is the first time Maryland has totaled over 500 yards of offense in back-to-back games since at least the 1998 seasonThe Terps’ 47 points are the most points scored by Maryland since it posted 51 against East Carolina in the Military Bowl (12/29/10).

In addition, for the first time in program history, Maryland scored over 40 points in its first two games of the season.

 

Stingy Defense: The Terrapin defense held Old Dominion to 10 points, the lowest output by the Monarchs’ offense since at least the 2008 season. Its three interceptions marked the first time the Terrapins had three picks in a game since Nov. 7, 2009, against NC State.
Brown Under Center: After accounting for five touchdowns last weekend, Brown followed up that performance with two passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns. The senior quarterback passed for 275 yards and rushed for 30. For his career, Brown has accounted for 21 touchdowns, which is tied for 21st all-time.

 

Ross on the Board:  Brandon Ross scored his second career touchdown on Maryland’s second possession of the game capping a seven play, 77-yard drive. On the march, Ross carried the ball four times for 49 yards.

 

One-Two Punch: After being held to 30 rushing yards in the opener, Ross rushed for a career-best 149 yards and one score. Ross came one yard short of becoming the first Maryland player to rush for 150 yards since C.J. Brown ran for 162 at Clemson (10/15/11). Albert Reid also got into the mix on Saturday rushing for a career-high 56 yards and his first career touchdown. Reid’s 27-yard touchdown run was a career long.

 

Diggs on the Day: Stefon Diggs starred on the outside for the Terps. Diggs caught six passes for a personal-best 179 yards including a 41-yard sprint down the sidelines for a touchdown. Diggs now has 1,125 career receiving yards, which ranks 21st all-time in school history.

With his 12 yards rushing, Diggs now has 2,281 career all-purpose yards moving him to 24th all-time in Maryland history.

 

A Trio of Firsts: Isaac Goins’ interception on the opening possession of the game, Sean Davis’ pick late in the first quarter, and Yannick Ngakoue’s third-and-goal interception early in the second quarter are career firsts for all three players. The first turnover set up Maryland’s opening score of the game, a 32-yard field goal from Brad Craddock, and Davis’ interception set up a five-yard touchdown run by C.J. Brown.

 

Defensive Notes: Almost a year after recording a safety at Temple (9/8/12), Darius Kilgo recorded a safety early in the fourth quarter … the Terps’ had four sacks with Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil, L.A. Goree, Andre Monroe and Marcus Whitfield all with one … William Likely led the team in tackles with a personal-best 11, nine solo … Matt Robinson had eight tackles and led the team with tackles for a loss.

 

– Maryland –

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Hendy, Davis competing for safety job in Maryland camp

Posted on 14 August 2013 by WNST Staff

The Maryland football team took to the practice field for the 10th time this preseason on Tuesday afternoon at the on-campus practice facility as the squad continues to prepare for its Aug. 31 season opener against Florida International at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

Joining the Terps for the afternoon session were four families with the Casey Cares Foundation, which provides personalized programs for critically ill children and family members. The families enjoyed a fun-filled day at practice, which included a meet and greet with the players and head coach Randy Edsall immediately after practice. The families then joined the team for dinner at the Gossett Team House.

After scrimmaging on Saturday and enjoying a day off on Sunday, the Terps opened practice with some individual work before drilling the two-minute offense. The squad closed practice with team activities giving coach Edsall and the staff an opportunity to evaluate the competition for the No. 2 quarterback spot.

“I want to see Ricardo [Young], Perry [Hills], and Caleb [Rowe] because I have no idea right now who our number two QB is because no one has really separated themselves,” said Edsall. “So I thought it would be a good day today to get those guys involved with the first unit and evaluate them because within the next day or two we have to move forward.

“I’ve got to make a decision on who the number two is so I can get him all the reps that we got to get him to be prepared to play in a game so that’s why I did what I did today. C.J. [Brown], I know what  he can do, but I have to find out who the number two guy is and get this thing widdled down and get that guy ready to play and get the third guy some work because we just can’t give five guys work moving forward.”

While the competition for the second spot on the depth chart at quarterback drew most of the attention, the competition between A.J. Hendy and Sean Davis at safety is just as compelling.

“A.J. and Sean [Davis] are still switching, so nobody has established themselves as the starter there yet,” said Edsall. “We still have that competition going from A.J. and Sean, it just so happened that today was A.J.’s day to work with the ones. Again, that’s something that we’ll continue to evaluate. We know both of them are going to have to play for us in the different packages that we use. That one will probably go down to game week, and we’ll see if someone separates themselves. We still have a couple more scrimmages where we can evaluate those guys.”

The Terps will have two-a-day practices on Wednesday and Friday with an afternoon practice on Thursday leading up to Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday. Saturday’s scrimmage, which is open to the public, is set for 1:30 p.m. at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

-Maryland-

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