As the Ravens (6-4) prepare to play the New Orleans Saints (4-6) on Monday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, here's Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson’s checklist of things to watch:
1. What’s the plan against Jimmy Graham?
The Cincinnati Bengals effectively stopped Graham a week ago, limiting the Saints' All-Pro tight end to three receptions for 29 yards.
They did so by roughing him up early in the game, albeit with an illegal hit by safety George Iloka that was celebrated by coach Marvin Lewis. Regardless of the method, the results were effective as Graham looked scared to go across the middle for the remainder of the game after the hit shook him up and gave him a sore shoulder.
The Ravens’ strategy is expected to heavily involve coverage from safety Will Hill, who has experience playing against Graham from his days with the New York Giants. The Ravens are also expected to use rookie linebacker C.J. Mosley in coverage situations against Graham because of his size and...Read more
Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston takes you inside the game with a look at how the Ravens match up with the New Orleans Saints.
Saints TE Jimmy Graham vs. Ravens secondary: The Saints like to move Graham around because at 6-foot-7 and 265 pounds, he creates a lot of mismatch problems. He has caught 59 passes for 623 yards and seven touchdowns. It will be interesting to see how the Ravens play Graham. Physically, they have no one who can match up with him and he'll create a lot of problems if he is isolated with Ravens safeties Will Hill, Matt Elam, Darius Stewart or Terrence Brooks. Wherever Graham is on the field, look for the Ravens to bracket him. Edge: Saints
Saints DE Cameron Jordan vs. Ravens OT Eugene Monroe: Jordan has an explosive first step and can be disruptive with penetration. He is athletic and relentless as a pass rusher with five sacks among his 29 tackles. Monroe had a strong season a year ago, but hasn't stood out this year. He has struggled with injuries, and...Read more
One of the Ravens' team buses was hit by a car Sunday night after the team arrived in New Orleans in advance of Monday night's game against the Saints.
Ravens spokesman Chad Steele said no injuries were suffered in the accident. The driver of the car wasn't injured after a collision that was characterized as minor.
"Everybody's fine," Steele said.
The Ravens weren't delayed and arrived safely at their hotel.
The Ravens (6-4) play the Saints (4-6) at 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the site of the Ravens' Super Bowl XLVII victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
Former Ravens wide receiver Qadry Ismail, a member of the Ravens' broadcasting team, wrote about the incident on social media.
"We got an accident!" Ismail wrote on Twitter. "Bus #4 got side swiped by a car!"
Ravens left tackle Eugene Monroe later posted an Instagram photo of the stadium.
"Superdome lit up in Ravens purple," Monroe wrote. "That's red carpet treatment."
Since NFL commissioner Roger Goodell increased former Ravens running back Ray Rice's suspension from two games to an indefinite one in September for violating the NFL's personal-conduct policy, the three-time Pro Bowl running back has been in professional limbo.
Now, Rice's status is expected to be determined within the next few days as one source with knowledge of the situation predicted that former federal judge Barbara S. Jones will hand down her ruling as soon as Monday.
Both the NFL and Rice's camp were anticipating a decision from the third-party arbitrator last Friday afternoon when it was rumored that a judgment would be rendered. When final briefs were filed to Jones on Nov. 13, sources said the judge told both parties that she would issue her ruling roughly 10 days later.
Because of the gag order imposed by Jones, no one involved with the case would speak on the record. Several NFL employees with knowledge of the case have privately predicted that Rice will be...Read more
Ravens veteran cornerback Lardarius Webb is in the stretch run of a difficult season that began with him sidelined due to a lower-back injury.
Webb's teammates recognized him for his perseverance Saturday when he was voted the Ravens' annual Ed Block Courage Award winner.
Webb, 29, missed the preseason and three regular season games due to the injury, which was suffered on the second day of training camp. Webb also underwent offseason hernia surgery.
The injury has hampered Webb throughout the season and he hasn't been as effective as past years, when he was fully healthy. He's still started five of seven games for which he's been active and has recorded 29 tackles and six pass deflections.
Webb previously overcame torn anterior cruciate ligaments in both knees. In his sixth NFL season, the former third-round draft pick from Nicholls State has 284 tackles, 10 interceptions, 69 pass deflections and two forced fumbles in his career.
Before the season, Webb agreed to restructure his...Read more
The Ravens on Saturday ruled out rookie wide receiver Michael Campanaro and veteran offensive guard Jah Reid for Monday night's game against the New Orleans Saints.
Campanaro hasn't played since pulling his hamstring Oct. 26 against the Cincinnati Bengals. The River Hill graduate has six catches for 85 yards this season, including a career-high three receptions for 40 yards against the Bengals. However, his hamstring has healed slower than the Ravens had hoped for and he wasn't cleared to practice this week.
Reid broke his hand in practice while blocking outside linebacker Pernell McPhee and had surgery before a win over the Tennessee Titans. Reid told The Baltimore Sun he expects to return within the next few weeks.
Fullback Kyle Juszczyk is probable with a relatively minor foot injury suffered during practice. Pro Bowl right guard Marshal Yanda is probable with a lingering left knee injury.
The Saints ruled out running back Khiry Robinson (forearm) and linebacker Kyle Knox (hand)....Read more