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NFL Playoff Preview: Ravens At Patriots 2

Posted on January 07, 2010 by Joe Gill

With the loss of Wes Welker, Kevin Faulk will have to be a big contributor in the passing game.

Overview: The Patriots (#3 seed) and Ravens (#6 seed) will meet for the second time this season, but this time it’s for all the marbles in the Wild Card playoffs.

The Patriots are going to try to overcome the devastating injury to their offensive MVP, Wes Welker. Welker tore his ACL and MCL on a routine cut last week in Houston. He will be sidelined for at least six months.

The Ravens are trying to exceed their road success in the playoffs. Last year as the sixth seed, Baltimore beat Miami and Tennessee before succumbing to Pittsburgh, 23-14 in the AFC Championship.

The Ravens will try to pull the upset yet again on the road. They have their work cut out for them, however. New England is 8-0 at home this year and 10-0 in the playoffs since 1978.

Last Week: The Patriots (10-6) fell to the Texans 34-27 in Houston. In a meaningless game, Wes Welker was injured and lost for the year. To add insult to injury, the Patriots blew a 14 point fourth quarter lead to fall to 2-6 on the road.

The Ravens in essence played a playoff game last week versus Oakland. If they win, they are in and they did just that. Baltimore held off a pesky Raiders team, 21-13. The Ravens were led by the rushing attack of Willis McGahee (167 yards and 3 td’s) and Ray Rice (70 yards).

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An Overtime Thriller In Charm City 4

Posted on November 30, 2009 by Ryan Heller
Baltimore Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff and holder Sam Koch watch Cundiff's game-winning field goal in overtime to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Baltimore Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff and holder Sam Koch watch Cundiff's game-winning field goal in overtime to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Coming in to this game the Baltimore Ravens are in a must win situation after they lost a nail biter versus the Indianapolis Colts, which was part one of the must wins. The Ravens showed that they still can put pressure on the quarterback, as the Ravens made Peyton Manning throw two interceptions. But that does not matter, as the Ravens lost that game. The Ravens put that aside as they take on their most hated rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers.

You already know this is going to be a hard hitting game, as each and every time the Ravens and Steelers meet it is a smash mouth football game. This game is the prime example of a rival. If you are a football fan than you know what I am talking about.

Now let’s take a look at the most recent installment of the Ravens and Steelers intense rivalry. Coming into this game the Ravens were looking for a win to help get them back into playoff contention. The Ravens started the game on a fast pace, they let the Steelers have the ball first so that they could she how the first time starter Dennis Dixon would act in this type of environment , the Steelers went three and out. The Ravens got the ball on offense and took it down the field in calm manner; as they ran the ball hard and threw the ball with pure force as they went on to score a touchdown on Willis McGahee’s hard run up through the middle of the Steelers defense. For the rest of the first quarter it was just defense as each team had to punt the ball.

The second quarter started with a disappointing touchdown by the Steelers. The Ravens would answer back with a touchdown of their own, as Joe Flacco and company had a flawless drive ending with a floating pass hauled in by Derrick Mason. The third quarter did not have that much action, as the Steelers inched closer with a field goal. Now the excitement starts as the fourth quarter is about to begin.

The fourth quarter starts with another Steelers touchdown; this one was fatal as it gave the Steelers the lead. The Ravens would tie the game, as the Ravens got deep in their own territory and then on fourth down the Ravens Coach John Harbaugh made a gutsy call and went for it on fourth and five. The Ravens would convert it, as Rice would run for forty-four yards deep into Steelers territory.  The game got crazy as in the closing seconds of the game the Ravens kicker Billy Cundniff tried to win the game on a fifty-six yard field goal, but came short as Cundniff’s range was only fifty-three yards. The game was tied after regulation forcing overtime.

The OT started with the Steelers receiving the ball, but the Ravens would hold them and force them to punt. The Ravens would get the ball, but would have to punt the ball as well. The game would get very tense, as the Steelers received the punt deep in their own territory. After two plays the Ravens linebacker Paul Kruger would intercept the ball and take it deep into Steelers territory. After a couple of solid runs from Rice, the Ravens would set up the kicking team to try and win the game. As he was kicking the ball the whole city of Baltimore was on the edge of their seats with their hearts beating faster than ever. When the field goal was called good, the Ravens could finally take a breath, as the Ravens took down the arch enemy Pittsburgh Steelers in dramatic fashion.

Baltimore Ravens Release Steve Hauschka 3

Posted on November 17, 2009 by Ryan Heller
The Ravens Part Ways With Steve Hauschka

The Ravens Part Ways With Steve Hauschka

The Baltimore Ravens finally got rid of kicker Steve Hauschka after he missed a couple of key field goals during the season.

So the Ravens hope to get someone that can make some big field goals in the near future.

This was a good move for the Ravens as they get ready to face the Colts and the Steelers in the next two games.

Both of the games are going to make or break the Ravens season. these games are going to be close and probably will come down to a field goal in the closing seconds.

So we will see what kicker the Ravens will sign in the next couple of days. The Ravens won’t get another Matt Stover, they can only hope to get a kicker that can even come close to Stover.

Ray Rice: Showing the NFL That Size Isn’t Everything 13

Posted on November 09, 2009 by Ryan Heller
Ray Rice Showing Off His Ferocious Stiff Arm.

Ray Rice Showing Off His Ferocious Stiff Arm.

What a difference a year makes. Last year Ray Rice saw limited playing time as a rookie runner for the Baltimore Ravens. Now, there is little disputing that the Ravens have a special player in Rice.Since the Ravens drafted Rice in the 2008 NFL draft, he has showed a lot of promise here in Baltimore. Rice is unique running back with his knack of being around the ball and his ability run and catch.

Rice went through some tough times during his childhood.  When Rice was only a year old, his father was killed in a drive-by shooting. Ray’s uncle helped to raise him before dying in a car accident in 1998 due to a drunk driver. Ray’s mother Janet raised her four children with only one income from her job as a special education teacher. Going through something like this is very tragic for any child to go through, but Rice took very well and continued to pursue what he was born  to do and that is to play football.

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Week 9 Game Preview: Ravens vs. Bengals 3

Posted on November 07, 2009 by Dean Hybl

The Ravens will look to maintain offensive consistency against the Bengals.

The Ravens will look to maintain offensive consistency against the Bengals.

Overview: The Baltimore Ravens will look to avenge their shocking week five loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in a crucial game for both teams. The Bengals are tied for first place in the AFC North while the Ravens are one game behind and need this win to stay within touch of the Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Last Week: After three straight close losses, the Ravens took out their frustrations on the previously undefeated Denver Broncos in a 30-7 rout. Ray Rice rushed for 84 yards and Joe Flacco was an efficient 20 of 25 passing for 175 yards and a score.

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The Ravens Have Something To Prove 4

Posted on November 04, 2009 by Ryan Heller
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The Ravens Played A Big Game On All Sides Of The Ball, As They Beat The Broncos 30-7.

After the Baltimore Ravens got a much needed break. The Ravens are hoping that they will come out the bye week with a win versus the Denver Broncos. Going into this game the Ravens have lost three games in a row, as the Broncos enjoyed an undefeated record. The ravens knowing that this is a must win in regards to the Ravens making a turn around.

The Ravens started the game with a lot of intensity and passion, on the first play of the game the Ravens got a devouring hit from Jarret Johnson on quarter back Kyle Orton. From there I knew the Ravens were going to have a huge game. On the first two quarters of the game it was all Ravens on defense and special teams as the Ravens lead 6-0 solely because of Steve Hauschka two field goals, this was a good sign from Hauschka. To me this showed me that Hauschka has rebounded from a heart breaking missed field goal versus the Minnesota Vikings.

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