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Zurawik: NFL Network delivers telecast worthy of prime time in Ravens' loss Thursday

Zurawik: NFL Network delivers telecast worthy of prime time in Ravens' loss Thursday

One thing you have to say about the NFL Network’s coverage of the Ravens’ 34-23 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night: The channel did not try to do it on the cheap.

The NFL Network gave it everything any broadcaster could: a high-energy pregame show, a strong telecast with a veteran team in the booth and two solid sideline reporters, plus enough cameras to capture every play that mattered. And then, a postgame production that replayed the moments that mattered.

Don’t get me wrong. The NFL Network is in-house, boost-the-product, homer television. You won’t hear two words of criticism of a league that has been losing a lot of fans the past few years in part because...

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