| Dec 24, 2013
| 9:38 AM
Now that the NFL season is here, I’m putting a twist on my weekly Blogger on Blogger series. Each week, I will enlist a blogger who regularly writes about the Ravens’ opponent to help me break down the game. This week, I exchanged emails...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 6:57 AM
As a blanket of white powder covered the field during last Sunday’s win against the Minnesota Vikings, the weather turned my crystal ball into a snow globe. There were a couple of close calls, but only one of my predictions came true. I feel...
| Dec 14, 2013
| 8:07 PM
The Ravens had matchups like this in mind when they poked and prodded Jimmy Smith in the months leading up to the 2011 NFL draft.
At 6 feet 2, Smith had the height to jostle for jump balls with a leaper like A.J. Green. Having pumped out 24 reps of...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 5:48 PM
Ravens running back Ray Rice shook his head for a moment while reflecting on one of the most frustrating aspects of this difficult season.
No one in the NFL has been involved in as many close games as the Ravens this season, and the results haven’...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 4:00 AM
When talking about the top cornerbacks in the NFL this season, the name of Baltimore’s Jimmy Smith probably doesn’t get mentioned unless that conversation takes place within the 410 and 443 area codes.
But after two forgettable seasons to...
| Oct 5, 2013
| 5:08 PM
Cleveland Browns management had supposedly given up on this season three weeks ago when they traded running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a first-round draft pick.
The conventional thinking was Browns CEO Joe Banner and...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 12:10 PM
For much of the season, we have asked the Ravens about the need to generate more chunk passing plays down the field. Perhaps just as much of an emphasis should have been placed on the need to prevent them.
Surprisingly, no defense has allowed more...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 3:33 PM
The Cincinnati Bengals are starting to assert themselves in the AFC North, and that's scary.
They usually falter sometime during the season when they lose two or three consecutive games, but that isn't happening in Cincinnati. Instead, it has happened...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 5:49 PM
Amid a blur of confusion and botched tackles, the Ravens' defense was exposed late in the fourth quarter Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.
The timing and nature of the breakdowns that led to two touchdowns in the final minutes of the Ravens' 29-26...
| Nov 23, 2013
| 12:36 PM
Cincinnati Bengals weak-side linebacker Vontaze Burfict flunked the equivalent of a high-profile job interview during a disastrous NFL scouting combine last year.
Burfict ran the slowest 40-yard dash (5.09 seconds) of any linebacker prospect. He...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 2:45 PM
Dolphins 22, Bengals 20
Strategy: The Bengals want to be balanced offensively. They run a single-back offense and often use two tight ends to create mismatches. They use 2013 first-round pick Tyler Eifert all over the formation while Jermaine Gresham is...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 11:46 AM
Ravens starting cornerback Jimmy Smith isn't practicing Wednesday during the early portion of practice open to reporters as he recovers from a strained groin suffered Sunday in a loss to the Cleveland Browns.
Smith didn't finish the Ravens' 24-18 loss...