Baltimore Sports Blitz: Ravens

Here's Matt Birk zip-lining with Roger Goodell

Here's Matt Birk zip-lining with Roger Goodell

If Ravens center Matt Birk has decided to retire, he hasn’t announced it yet. Birk has, however, decided to go zip-lining with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Birk, a candidate for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, is in Indianapolis for the Super Bowl and hanging out with The Commish. This photo is courtesy of the NFL.  Read more ...

I don't blame the Ravens who skipped the Pro Bowl

I don't blame the Ravens who skipped the Pro Bowl

Four Ravens players have dropped out of the Pro Bowl, making the annual all-star affair less attractive to those Ravens fans who wish they had better plans Sunday afternoon. (Quarterback Joe Flacco withdrew from the annual MSP Polar Bear Plunge, too, but give the guy a break: He’s a newlywed and his wife is pregnant).  Read more ...

First and 10: Monday afternoon NFL power rankings

First and 10: Monday afternoon NFL power rankings

Because doing a full, 32-team list of power rankings is too much work for a Monday afternoon, I will rank the top 11 teams in the NFL after each exciting football Sunday (that's where the "first and 10" comes in). Here's how I rank them after a wild divisional round weekend that knocked out two of the top trophy contenders.  Read more ...

Harbaugh Bowl alert: Ravens, 49ers near Super Bowl

Harbaugh Bowl alert: Ravens, 49ers near Super Bowl

Ladies and gentlemen, we are a pair of Harbaugh wins away from two weeks of non-stop, around-the-clock Harbaugh family coverage. John Harbaugh’s Ravens and brother Jim’s San Francisco 49ers have advanced to the championships games of their respective conferences and are on the verge of playing in the Super Bowl.  Read more ...

Looking at what the Ravens got for the Tebow pick

Looking at what the Ravens got for the Tebow pick

Remember when the Ravens traded down to select Sergio Kindle then Terrence Cody in the 2010 NFL Draft? The Kindle pick has been a big disappointment, but that trade benefited two teams in the NFL’s final eight.  Read more ...

First and 10: Monday afternoon NFL power rankings

First and 10: Monday afternoon NFL power rankings

Because doing a full, 32-team list of power rankings is too much work for a Monday afternoon, I will rank the top 11 teams in the NFL after each exciting football Sunday (that's where the "first and 10" comes in). Here's how I rank them entering the Divisional Round:  Read more ...

A shirtless Terrell Suggs teamed up with PETA

A shirtless Terrell Suggs teamed up with PETA

Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs is used to chasing down opposing quarterbacks. Now Suggs is joining PETA in going after fur farms that kill foxes, minks and rabbits -- even dogs and cats -- to make coats out of their pelts.  Read more ...

Suggs on Tebow, Skip Bayless, Flacco's eyebrows

Suggs on Tebow, Skip Bayless, Flacco's eyebrows

Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs made his triumphant return to ESPN’s “First Take” on Tuesday. During his last appearance before the Ravens beat the Steelers in Pittsburgh, he battled with talking head Skip Bayless about Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. Two months later, Suggs, Flacco and the Ravens are the AFC’s No. 2 seed.  Read more ...

Ranking the 12 quarterbacks in the NFL playoffs

Ranking the 12 quarterbacks in the NFL playoffs

The NFL is a quarterback-driven league, especially in the playoffs. Scan the list of Super Bowl champions from the past decade and you’ll see names like Brady, Brees, Manning, Manning and Roethlisberger -- and Johnson, but pay no attention to that guy (sorry, Brad). You can argue that you need an elite quarterback to win a title, but you can also argue that QBs don’t become elite until they win one. Chicken, meet egg. Egg, meet chicken.  Read more ...

First and 10: Monday afternoon NFL power rankings

First and 10: Monday afternoon NFL power rankings

Because doing a full, 32-team list of power rankings is too much work for a Monday afternoon, I will rank the top 11 teams in the NFL after each exciting football Sunday (that's where the "first and 10" comes in). Here is how I rank them heading into the playoffs (with an intriguing slate of four wild-card games starting Saturday):  Read more ...

Quick hits: Ravens beat the Bengals, win AFC North

Quick hits: Ravens beat the Bengals, win AFC North

It was a long, winding road with plenty of twists and turns, but with Sunday’s 24-16 win against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Ravens have won the AFC North for the first time in the John Harbaugh era. The Ravens were on the ropes late in the fourth quarter. But the team’s most valuable players, Terrell Suggs and Ray Rice, sealed the win with a forced fumble and another long touchdown run, respectively. Now the ailing Ravens can rest.  Read more ...

Suggs: Defensive POY award is 'in Tebow's hands'

Suggs: Defensive POY award is 'in Tebow's hands'

Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, who has a career-high 13 sacks this season, will likely be considered in the media's NFL Defensive Player of the Year voting at the end of the regular season.  Read more ...

First and 10: NFL power rankings entering Week 17

First and 10: NFL power rankings entering Week 17

Because doing a full, 32-team list of power rankings is too much work, I rank the top 11 teams in the NFL after each exciting football weekend (that's where the "first and 10" comes in). I was off on Monday, so here are my belated but still timely rankings heading into the final week of the regular season:  Read more ...

Pre-snap read: Ravens-Browns

Pre-snap read: Ravens-Browns

After briefly allowing control of the AFC North to slip out of their grasp, the Ravens can still clinch the division by winning out. The first of their final two games is against the Cleveland Browns this afternoon.  Read more ...

Here's Vonta Leach dressed as Santa Claus (again)

Here's Vonta Leach dressed as Santa Claus (again)

On Thursday, I asked Ravens fullback Vonta Leach whether he planned to don a Santa Claus suit for the team’s walkthrough Friday. Leach had a tradition of doing this when he was with the Houston Texans, but he told me Thursday that he wasn’t sure whether he would do it this year because he was one of the new guys.  Read more ...

ESPN's Tim Hasselbeck breaks down Joe Flacco

ESPN's Tim Hasselbeck breaks down Joe Flacco

Last week, I chatted with ESPN analyst and ex-NFL quarterback Tim Hasselbeck about San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers for an advance of the Ravens-Chargers game. While I had him on the line, I asked him about Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who has had an up-and-down season in 2011, his fourth in the NFL.  Read more ...

Derrick Mason would take Flacco over Mark Sanchez

Derrick Mason would take Flacco over Mark Sanchez

Derrick Mason has gotten around over the past five months. He was released by the Ravens when the NFL lockout ended. The New York Jets traded him in October. And after his brief stint with the Houston Texans ended last week, he found himself in the studio as a guest analyst for NFL Network.  Read more ...

Harbaugh says he and Suggs had no issues Sunday

Harbaugh says he and Suggs had no issues Sunday

This photo, snapped by Karl Merton Ferron of The Baltimore Sun during the third quarter of Sunday night’s 34-14 loss to the San Diego Chargers, was a talker on Monday. It appears to be an animated outburst from Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs directed at coach John Harbaugh after another Chargers touchdown.  Read more ...

What they're saying: Ravens are doomed on the road

What they're saying: Ravens are doomed on the road

The Ravens lost on the road, 34-14, to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday night. And now that they are back in second place in the AFC North -- they will remain there unless the Pittsburgh Steelers lose another game -- the consensus among a sampling of national writers is that the Ravens will meet a similar fate in the playoffs.  Read more ...

Joe Flacco is 22nd in Jim Trotter's QB rankings

Joe Flacco is 22nd in Jim Trotter's QB rankings

In the eyes of Sports Illustrated columnist Jim Trotter, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has been playing at a level somewhere between Texans rookie QB T.J. Yates and Colts signal-caller Dan Orlovsky during the 2011 season.  Read more ...

First and 10: Monday afternoon NFL power rankings

First and 10: Monday afternoon NFL power rankings

Because doing a full, 32-team list of power rankings is too much work for a Monday afternoon, I will rank the top 11 teams in the NFL after each exciting football Sunday (that's where the "first and 10" comes in).  Read more ...

Would the Ravens handle Tebow and the Broncos?

Would the Ravens handle Tebow and the Broncos?

The Ravens did their thing again Sunday, beating the winless Indianapolis Colts in another anxiety-free game. But that doesn’t mean the Ravens didn’t feel anxious afterward as they watched other AFC contenders handle their business, too, with the New England Patriots holding off a last-minute Washington Redskins rally and the Houston Texans stunning the Cincinnati Bengals with the game-winning touchdown with two seconds left.  Read more ...

Pre-snap read: Ravens vs. Colts

Pre-snap read: Ravens vs. Colts

The Ravens have everything to play for Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. They need to win to stay ahead of the streaking Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC North. The Indianapolis Colts? They’re playing to avoid infamy. That shouldn’t be understated, though it’s also hard to ignore the wide gap in talent between these two teams. Here are five storylines to watch on Sunday as the 9-3 Ravens host the 0-12 Colts at The Bank:  Read more ...

How should the Colts proceed with Manning, Luck?

How should the Colts proceed with Manning, Luck?

Understandably, the Ravens weren’t all that interested in discussing Peyton Manning on Wednesday, as much as we would have liked them to. With their quarterback out all season with a neck injury, the 0-12 Indianapolis Colts have gone from AFC South champions in 2010 to last place in the entire league and likely the No. 1 pick.  Read more ...

Cory Redding enjoys rollerblading, moon bounces

Cory Redding enjoys rollerblading, moon bounces

Before every Ravens game, the team’s fine media relations staff sends reporters a useful packet of stats, info and other tidbits to help us find enough Sunday subplots to make sure you’re drowning in Ravens coverage.  Read more ...

Here is Brian Billick interviewing John Harbaugh

Here is Brian Billick interviewing John Harbaugh

It’s always interesting and slightly awkward whenever Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is interviewed by his predecessor, Brian Billick, who now works for FOX Sports. I can’t help but wonder what they are really thinking.  Read more ...

Harbaugh chimes in on Flacco's Fu Manchu

Harbaugh chimes in on Flacco's Fu Manchu

It took two weeks -- and two Ravens victories -- but coach John Harbaugh has finally been peppered with a hard-hitting question about Joe Flacco’s facial hair. Flacco and tight end Dennis Pitta first sported Fu Manchu mustaches during the win over the San Francisco 49ers and the Ravens are now 2-0 with them sporting the look.  Read more ...

First and 10: Monday afternoon NFL power rankings

First and 10: Monday afternoon NFL power rankings

Because doing a full, 32-team list of power rankings is too much work for a Monday afternoon, I will rank the top 11 teams in the NFL after each exciting football Sunday (that's where the "first and 10" comes in).  Read more ...

McClain hopes the Ravens think his voice is sexy

McClain hopes the Ravens think his voice is sexy

Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain is getting used to calling the plays in the huddle in Ray Lewis’ absence, but what’s it like for his teammates to hear his voice and not Ray’s? CSN Baltimore’s Brent Harris asked McClain.  Read more ...

Joe Thomas on the Ravens' 'D': 'They talk a lot'

Joe Thomas on the Ravens' 'D': 'They talk a lot'

Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas is preparing to shield his quarterback, Colt McCoy, from a Ravens defense that sacked San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith nine times in last week's win.  Read more ...

Ozzie Newsome on the Ravens' offensive identity

Ozzie Newsome on the Ravens' offensive identity

Judging by the way that Ravens coach John Harbaugh and his players have been talking after wins against the Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers, it seems the offense found an identity that pretty much everyone can agree with. By running the ball with regularity -- even if it is for less than four yard per pop -- the Ravens are sustaining drives, opening up space for big pass plays down the field and keeping their defense fresh.  Read more ...

Jonathan Ogden talks about meeting George Clooney

Jonathan Ogden talks about meeting George Clooney

In case you missed the blog post I published 15 minutes ago, former Ravens offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden is auctioning himself off for charity. The highest bidder gets to host Ogden at their house for Sunday’s game.  Read more ...

Want to watch a Ravens game with Jonathan Ogden?

Want to watch a Ravens game with Jonathan Ogden?

Have you ever wanted to watch a Ravens game with a (future) Hall-of-Famer? Jonathan Ogden is auctioning off an opportunity for the highest bidder to host the towering offensive tackle on Sunday afternoon when the Ravens hit the road to take on the Cleveland Browns. That’s right; Ogden is coming over to watch the game.  Read more ...

Video: Capitals coach Dale Hunter kicking some tail

Video: Capitals coach Dale Hunter kicking some tail

The Capitals fired Bruce Boudreau on Monday and named former captain Dale Hunter as the team's next coach. Judging by this video, Alex Ovechkin and Alex Semin might want to start back-checking and crashing the crease.  Read more ...

Ravens working fleet-footed Evans into the mix

Ravens working fleet-footed Evans into the mix

Lee Evans was active for a second consecutive game in last week’s 16-6 win over the 49ers, and Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Evans will get more work in two-receiver sets alongside Anquan Boldin or Torrey Smith.  Read more ...

First and 10: Monday afternoon NFL power rankings

First and 10: Monday afternoon NFL power rankings

Because doing a full, 32-team list of power rankings is too much work for a Monday afternoon, I will rank the top 11 teams in the NFL after each exciting football Sunday (that's where the "first and 10" comes in).  Read more ...

Should the Ravens fear the Browns (or themselves)?

Should the Ravens fear the Browns (or themselves)?

We know the Ravens should fear themselves on Sunday in Cleveland. After all, it’s a road game against a lesser opponent following an emotional win (though they do have 10 days to get their minds right).  Read more ...

Video: Terrell Suggs and 'the white tight end'

Video: Terrell Suggs and 'the white tight end'

The Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday night were featured on NFL Network’s “Sound FX,” which gave viewers new audio and video of the Ravens’ Harbaugh Bowl win from Thanksgiving night.  Read more ...

Semi-quick hits: The Ravens win the Harbaugh Bowl

Semi-quick hits: The Ravens win the Harbaugh Bowl

The Ravens smothered the San Francisco 49ers on Thanksgiving night, putting the visiting team to sleep with some football tryptophan in a 16-6 win. The defense was excellent, shutting down Frank Gore and sacking Alex Smith nine times. And the offense was effective enough to play keep-away and keep the defense off the field.  Read more ...

Terrell Suggs: 'I eat these QBs, Anthony Hopkins'

Terrell Suggs: 'I eat these QBs, Anthony Hopkins'

The Ravens tied a franchise high with nine sacks in the Thanksgiving night win over the San Francisco 49ers. Terrell Suggs had three of them, inspiring Sizzle to tell CSN Baltimore, "I eat these QBs, Anthony Hopkins."  Read more ...

Joe Flacco explains his sweet Fu Manchu mustache

Joe Flacco explains his sweet Fu Manchu mustache

Joe Flacco and the Ravens won ugly on Thursday night, and it’s not just because they relied on defense and ate up the clock with the run game to beat the San Francisco 49ers in the Harbaugh Bowl at M&T Bank Stadium.  Read more ...

Pre-snap read: the Harbaugh Bowl

Pre-snap read: the Harbaugh Bowl

John and Jim Harbaugh on Thanksgiving night will become the first brothers in NFL history to face each other as head coaches. I’m guessing you have heard a thing or two or 900 revolving around that factoid this week.  Read more ...

Here's Jimmy Fallon wearing a Ray Rice jersey

Here's Jimmy Fallon wearing a Ray Rice jersey

I’m not sure why this happened, but here is Jimmy Fallon wearing a Ray Rice jersey while eating pumpkin pie on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” I suspect a few of you will be doing the exact same thing on Thanksgiving.  Read more ...

Who wants this ridiculous Harbaugh Bowl jersey?

Who wants this ridiculous Harbaugh Bowl jersey?

Ever wanted a half-Ravens, half-49ers jersey with the Harbaugh family name in block letters on the back?  Read more ...

Jim Harbaugh on brother John, the Harbaugh Bowl

Jim Harbaugh on brother John, the Harbaugh Bowl

San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh just finished his conference call with the Baltimore media, who served up more softballs than Jennie Fitch. Believe it or not, Jim makes John sound downright chatty.  Read more ...

John Harbaugh on brother Jim, the Harbaugh Bowl

John Harbaugh on brother Jim, the Harbaugh Bowl

We’re going to be writing about the Harbaugh brothers a lot this week, so allow me to get some practice in.  Read more ...

First and 10: Monday afternoon NFL power rankings

First and 10: Monday afternoon NFL power rankings

Because doing a full, 32-team list of power rankings is too much work for a Monday afternoon, I will rank the top 11 teams in the NFL after each exciting football Sunday (that's where the "first and 10" comes in).  Read more ...

Stacking Torrey Smith up with other rookie receivers

Stacking Torrey Smith up with other rookie receivers

Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith isn’t just blowing by defenders. He’s leaving fellow rookies in the dust, too.  Read more ...

Ed Reed wanted to talk about the Presidents Cup

Ed Reed wanted to talk about the Presidents Cup

In the aftermath of Sunday's 31-24 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, Ravens safety Ed Reed veered off course during his press conference -- as he is known to do sometimes. Between questions about the critical win, he expressed disappointment that no reporters asked him about the United States winning the Presidents Cup.  Read more ...

Pre-snap read: Ravens-Bengals

Pre-snap read: Ravens-Bengals

On Sunday afternoon, the Ravens will attempt to bounce back from a deflating road loss -- yes, another one -- against the Seattle Seahawks last week. And they might have to do it without their emotional leader. Ray Lewis is questionable for this critical game against the 6-3 Cincinnati Bengals. A loss could put the Ravens on the brink with the 8-1 San Francisco 49ers coming to M&T Bank Stadium on Thanksgiving.  Read more ...

Some Ravens have enjoyed Tebowmania from afar

Some Ravens have enjoyed Tebowmania from afar

This week’s Thursday night showcase game will draw as much national attention as NFL Network could have possibly hoped for with a 4-5 team hosting a 5-4 team. That’s because Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos will attempt to beat Rex Ryan’s New York Jets defense with an unconventional, option-based, run-heavy attack.  Read more ...

The story of the Ravens' season is inconsistency

The story of the Ravens' season is inconsistency

Depending on which week you catch them -- and sometimes which half or quarter you catch them -- the Ravens are either the best team in the AFC or one that might not even make it into the playoffs.  Read more ...

Lewis confident the Ravens offense will find balance

Lewis confident the Ravens offense will find balance

The two overarching themes up on the podium before the Ravens practiced on Wednesday was the offense’s run/pass ratio (the quarterback, Joe Flacco, naturally defended all the passing) and the team’s past struggles against 4-3 fronts and the Cover 2 defense (John Harbaugh shot those questions down in a hurry).  Read more ...

Ravens face a tall task in shutting down A.J. Green

Ravens face a tall task in shutting down A.J. Green

Cincinnati Bengals rookie wide receiver A.J. Green, who has six touchdowns in nine games, is clearly on the minds of the Ravens defensive backs who will be tasked with shutting him down this week. I chatted with Ed Reed, Bernard Pollard and Haruki Nakamura at the Castle on Wednesday, and each raved about the rookie.  Read more ...

A sports psychologist and the Ravens' emotional hurdles

A sports psychologist and the Ravens' emotional hurdles

At Monday’s press conference at the Castle in Owings Mills, Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who was not in the best of spirits after Sunday’s 22-17 loss to the 3-6 Seattle Seahawks, scoffed at a reporter who asked if the Ravens might have tripped over a psychological hurdle in their three road losses.  Read more ...

Video: Harbs says 'football' nine times in 30 seconds

Video: Harbs says 'football' nine times in 30 seconds

Ravens coach John Harbaugh made it abundantly clear to reporters on Monday that he had no interest in talking about letdowns, psychology and the big picture. He just wanted to talk about football, which explains why he said "football" nine times in 30 seconds during his press conference. [via Baltimore Sports Report]  Read more ...

Where has all the chaos gone, Ravens defense?

Where has all the chaos gone, Ravens defense?

When the Ravens promoted Chuck Pagano to defensive coordinator in January, the team’s former defensive backs coach vowed to create chaos for opposing offenses. In the first seven games of the season, his men did just that, recording 25 sacks, forcing 16 turnovers and cashing in four of those turnovers for touchdowns.  Read more ...

First and 10: Monday afternoon NFL power rankings

First and 10: Monday afternoon NFL power rankings

Because doing a full, 32-team list of power rankings is too much work for a Monday afternoon, I will rank the top 11 teams in the NFL after each exciting football Sunday (that's where the "first and 10" comes in).  Read more ...

The Ravens now one-dimensional in a different way

The Ravens now one-dimensional in a different way

Baltimore’s offensive identity crisis appears to have been resolved, but that is not necessarily a good thing.  Read more ...

Quick hits: The Ravens suffer another road letdown

Quick hits: The Ravens suffer another road letdown

Oops, they did it again. In a 22-17 loss to Tarvaris Jackson and the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday evening, the Ravens beat themselves in all three phases in another head-scratching road letdown against a lesser team. This is now officially a trend, one that could threaten to keep the Ravens out of the playoffs if it isn’t reversed.  Read more ...

Pre-snap read: Ravens-Seahawks

Pre-snap read: Ravens-Seahawks

After beating the Pittsburgh Steelers last weekend, the Ravens have touched down in Seattle, where they will play the Seahawks on Sunday afternoon. The Seahawks were a playoff team a season ago (mostly by default, though, because they won the woeful NFC West with a 7-9 record), but they have won just two games in 2011.  Read more ...

Ray Rice wishes Torrey Smith would stop playing 'Call of Duty' and call him

Ray Rice wishes Torrey Smith would stop playing 'Call of Duty' and call him

Torrey Smith is having a busy week. He stepped up in the spotlight on Sunday night with the game-winning touchdown against the Steelers and he bought the new "Call of Duty" video game, which hit stores Tuesday.  Read more ...

Which player was the first-half MVP for the Ravens?

Which player was the first-half MVP for the Ravens?

The Ravens have reached the midway point of the 2011 season. Despite that pesky pair of surprising losses to AFC South teams, they are in excellent position to win the AFC North and maybe secure home-field advantage.  Read more ...

Here are three Ravens trying to sing 'American Pie'

Here are three Ravens trying to sing 'American Pie'

A few of the Ravens did a good deed Tuesday by visiting the VA Community Living & Rehabilitation Center in Baltimore and singing some karaoke with local veterans. It was a very nice gesture, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't make fun of Billy Cundiff, Dennis Pitta and Morgan Cox for their cacophonous vocal stylings while bellowing out "American Pie." That's what karaoke's for, right? It's no fun when people actually hit all the notes.  Read more ...

Did the Ravens and Redskins fight over strippers?

Did the Ravens and Redskins fight over strippers?

After writing about Alfredo Simon being cleared of potential charges in the Dominican Republic, how the Penn State scandal could have happened in College Park, and Dan Duquette's reluctance to sign a big-money free agent such as Prince Fielder or C.J. Wilson, I can finally get to the most important news of the day.  Read more ...

Are the Bengals legit? We'll soon find out

Are the Bengals legit? We'll soon find out

Take a glance at the AFC North standings when you get a chance, and you'll see that the 6-2 Ravens are a line above the 6-3 Pittsburgh Steelers after sweeping the season series. But they trail the 6-2 Cincinnati Bengals by a slim margin -- the Ravens have one more loss in the AFC -- halfway through the season.  Read more ...

Joe Flacco took a step towards elite status Sunday

Joe Flacco took a step towards elite status Sunday

Is Joe Flacco an elite NFL quarterback? That's the question everyone is tossing around after the fourth-year QB led the Ravens on a last-minute touchdown drive in Sunday night's 23-20 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Read more ...

First and 10: Monday afternoon NFL power rankings

First and 10: Monday afternoon NFL power rankings

Because doing a full, 32-team list of power rankings is too much work for a Monday, I will rank the top 11 teams in the NFL after each exciting football Sunday (that's where the "first and 10" comes in).  Read more ...

Here's video of Harbaugh missing a tackle on Ozzie

Here's video of Harbaugh missing a tackle on Ozzie

Remember a couple of weeks ago when John Harbaugh accidentally got stabbed in the face with a pen during a wrestling match with Joe Flacco? Now the Ravens coach is sporting a cut on his chin after he pretty much tackled GM Ozzie Newsome in the bowels of Heinz Field after Sunday night's 23-20 victory over the Steelers.  Read more ...

Quick hits: Joe Flacco does it again in a Ravens win

Quick hits: Joe Flacco does it again in a Ravens win

Baltimore will most certainly live up to its Charm City billing for at least the next week or so after the Ravens stunned the Steelers, 23-20, on Sunday night -- a win that gives them their first series sweep of their AFC North rivals in the John Harbaugh-Joe Flacco era and the franchise's first since 2006.  Read more ...

Pre-snap read: Ravens-Steelers

Pre-snap read: Ravens-Steelers

The Ravens and the Steelers renew the hardest-hitting rivalry in the NFL on Sunday night. The winner of this game -- with all apologies to the surprising Cincinnati Bengals -- will be in the driver's seat in the AFC North.  Read more ...

Five for Friday: Sizzle's best Ravens-Steelers one-liners

Five for Friday: Sizzle's best Ravens-Steelers one-liners

Terrell Suggs has talked enough trash this week to fill up every bulletin board in Western Pennsylvania, and we sports reporters thank him for that. But if there's a guy who has earned the right to run his mouth at the Steelers, it's Suggs. No one has sacked Ben Roethlisberger more times over the years. Suggs has sacked Big Ben six times in this calendar year alone. No wonder he's all amped up for Sunday night's game at Heinz Field. In this week's Five for Friday, let's all laugh at five of Sizzle's best one-liners from this week.  Read more ...

Do you have faith in Joe Flacco in the clutch?

Do you have faith in Joe Flacco in the clutch?

Thirteen months ago, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco screamed at the top of his lungs and raised his right arm high into the Pittsburgh sky after throwing an 18-yard touchdown to T.J. Houshmandzadeh. The play punctuated a 17-14 win over the Steelers at Heinz Field, a memory that might be the brightest of his four years in the NFL.  Read more ...

Right Back @ You: KVV on Ravens-Steelers

Right Back @ You: KVV on Ravens-Steelers

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Coroner: Bubba Smith died of drug intoxication

Coroner: Bubba Smith died of drug intoxication

Los Angeles County Coroner's officials announced Wednesday that the official cause of death for Bubba Smith, the former Baltimore Colts defensive end who died August 3, was acute drug intoxication and other conditions.  Read more ...

Looking at other examples of 'taunting' in sports

Looking at other examples of 'taunting' in sports

Ravens running back Ray Rice and strong safety Bernard Pollard were flagged for taunting in Sunday's 30-27 win over the Arizona Cardinals. A day later, coach John Harbaugh said he didn't understand the penalties.  Read more ...

Which NFL quarterback do you most love to hate?

Which NFL quarterback do you most love to hate?

The showcase games in Week 8 were headlined by some of the least popular quarterbacks in the league.  Read more ...

Remembering what worked for the Ravens last time

Remembering what worked for the Ravens last time

The Ravens' 35-7 win over the Steelers in Week 1 was the most entertaining performance I have witnessed from the guys in purple during my four seasons following the team. They didn't just dominate the Steelers in a game we spent seven months waiting for; they embarrassed them with a nationally-televised atomic wedgie.  Read more ...

Remember Koch's two-point play? The Steelers will

Remember Koch's two-point play? The Steelers will

Remember Sam Koch's seemingly-unnecessary two-point conversion scored on a fake extra point in the 35-7 win over the Steelers in Week 1? You can be sure the Steelers do, and I'm guessing it will be a popular topic of discussion this week as the Ravens and Steelers gear up for Sunday night's rematch in Pittsburgh.  Read more ...

Ravens cheerleaders, clever captions, Terps tickets

Ravens cheerleaders, clever captions, Terps tickets

We haven’t done a caption contest in a while, but we have a perfect storm for one this Halloween.  Read more ...

What's your take on the win against the Cardinals?

What's your take on the win against the Cardinals?

The Ravens gave us tricks and treats on Sunday afternoon. They turned the ball over twice in the first half, let Patrick Peterson take a punt return to the house and fell behind by 21 points. The fans at M&T Bank Stadium were festive, too, handing out some Halloween boos as the team sought shelter in the locker room at halftime.  Read more ...

Pre-snap read: Ravens-Cardinals

Pre-snap read: Ravens-Cardinals

Six days after a frustrating loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Ravens host the Arizona Cardinals and get a chance to put that wreck in their rearview mirrors. The 1-5 Cardinals, who have lost five straight, have arrived in slushy Baltimore from sunny Arizona hoping to get their season headed in the right direction.  Read more ...

Todd Heap bought an ad in The Baltimore Sun

Todd Heap bought an ad in The Baltimore Sun

Former Ravens tight end Todd Heap, who will be back in town on Sunday as a member of the Arizona Cardinals, took out a half-page ad in the sports section of Friday's Baltimore Sun to thank Ravens fans for the memories.  Read more ...

Which salary cap casualty do the Ravens miss most?

Which salary cap casualty do the Ravens miss most?

In late July, the Ravens released four veterans who had played critical roles for the team in years past. To clear salary cap space, the Ravens said sayonara to Todd Heap, Derrick Mason, Kelly Gregg and Willis McGahee.  Read more ...

Harbaugh's Ravens bounce back after ugly losses

Harbaugh's Ravens bounce back after ugly losses

In John Harbaugh’s first three years as head coach of the Ravens, his team rarely lost to lesser opponents. In 2008 and 2009, the Ravens never lost to a team that failed to make the playoffs that season. In 2010, they lost to the 4-12 Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2. After Monday’s loss, the Ravens have done it twice this season.  Read more ...

Which comic book superhero would Joe Flacco be?

Which comic book superhero would Joe Flacco be?

Joe Flacco didn't come to the Ravens' rescue Monday night. As poorly as the Ravens' offense played in the 12-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Flacco still got his opportunity to step into a phone booth, wiggle into his superhero tights and carry the team on a last-minute, game-winning, mistake-cover-upping touchdown drive.  Read more ...

An amateur mathlete's look at Monday's onside kick

An amateur mathlete's look at Monday's onside kick

Ravens coach John Harbaugh, a former special teams coach with the Eagles, is standing by his controversial decision Monday night to attempt an onside kick with the Jaguars winning, 9-7, with 2:02 left in the game.  Read more ...

Joe Flacco and ESPN's Total Quarterback Rating

Joe Flacco and ESPN's Total Quarterback Rating

Remember that new quarterback rating stat ESPN made up? How does it apply to Ravens QB Joe Flacco?  Read more ...

Rice is going as a 'Martin' character for Halloween

Rice is going as a 'Martin' character for Halloween

Ray Rice is easily my favorite player to cover on the Ravens. I love the way he plays. I love the points he scores for my fantasy football teams. And I love the way he handles himself in the media: equal parts goofy and serious.  Read more ...

Are the Ravens desperate enough to consider T.O.?

A shirtless Terrell Owens ran routes and caught passes on Tuesday, hoping to attract the attention of the 32 NFL teams who skipped the free agent's workout. The Ravens are desperate, too, after their offense picked up 146 total yards -- 90 came on their late touchdown drive -- in Monday's 12-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Read more ...

The AFC North teams are good at playing defense

The AFC North teams are good at playing defense

Lost in that mess down in Jacksonville was that the Ravens defense delivered another fine performance, one that helped them pass the idle Cincinnati Bengals and reclaim the NFL's top spot in yards allowed per game.  Read more ...

Here's Ed Reed and Michael Oher playing cornhole

Here's Ed Reed and Michael Oher playing cornhole

Part of my mission here at Baltimore Sports Blitz is to bring you the semi-latest in Ravens cornhole coverage (examples: here and here), even the day after a miserable loss an NFL bottom-feeder. So here is mindless video of Ed Reed and Michael Oher throwing bean bags to distract you from thoughts about Monday night.  Read more ...

Skip Bayless on Joe Flacco: 'I think he's Joe Uncool'

Skip Bayless on Joe Flacco: 'I think he's Joe Uncool'

The Ravens offense was historically awful in the first half of Monday night's 12-7 loss to the Jaguars, with the visitors gaining 16 yards of total offense before halftime. Quarterback Joe Flacco was 6-for-16 for eight yards in the first half, and he completed more passes to himself (one) than the team picked up first downs (zero).  Read more ...


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Jon Meoli took over as Sports Blitz's lead blogger in April 2014. He joined the company as a reporter for the Towson Times in June 2011, after his graduation from Loyola University.

Other sports reporters and editors also occasionally contribute to The Blitz with their takes on the area sports scene.

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