Every Tuesday, Baltimore Sun blogger Matt Vensel breaks down a critical play, sometimes with input from Baltimore Ravens players, from that week's game. Today, he looks at the final incomplete pass in the 24-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl defensive end Trent Cole burst past Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher early in the first quarter Sunday, dashing into the backfield to sack Joe Flacco and force a fumble recovered by defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins.
Six days before the Ravens play host to the New England Patriots to renew a rivalry that peaked with the Patriots' 23-20 AFC championship victory in January. However, Harbaugh — and Patriots coach Bill Belichick for that matter — have more pressing concerns
Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday. That way he'll have an excuse to do the same to start his workday, too.
Every Tuesday, blogger Matt Vensel breaks down a critical play, sometimes with input from Baltimore Ravens players, from that week's game. Today he looks at Torrey Smith's 52-yard reception in the 44-13 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
From his first pass, a 52-yard bomb to Torrey Smith on the game's first play from scrimmage, until he gave way to backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor midway through the fourth quarter of a Ravens' 44-13 rout of the Cincinnati Bengals, Joe Flacco was in complete command.
For Ravens' Joe Flacco and company to rank in the top 10 in total offense for the first time since 1997, they need an aging offensive line — one that is in the middle of a transition — to hold steady for one more season.
A.J. Green forged a record-setting campaign in 2011 after being selected fourth overall in the NFL draft earlier in the year. Following a path blazed by Randy Moss formerly of the Minnesota Vikings and Andre Johnson of the Houston Texans, Green headlined a strong group of first-year receivers that included the Ravens' Torrey Smith and the Atlanta Falcons' Julio Jones.
On Wednesday afternoon, Ravens safety Ed Reed meandered across the locker room with a black and orange Orioles hat sitting slightly ajar atop his head. He is not the first Ravens player to rock an O's cap as we have seen Anquan Boldin, Ray Rice and others do it before. But for the first time since 52 of the guys on the roster arrived here -- veteran linebacker Ray Lewis is the lone exception -- the Orioles are in first place in September.
Each Wednesday, blogger Matt Vensel will highlight five statistics that really mean something for the Ravens. This week, he looks at Michael Oher's run blocking, the camp battle at cornerback, the Ravens' recent success against the Bengals and more.
But here was Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron in front of the TV cameras and tape recorders now, still going strong in his fifth season with the Ravens. And when someone asked if the heightened expectations for the offense this year put any more pressure on him, he nodded immediately.
Early in training camp, when Joe Flacco had his full arsenal of weapons at his disposal, the Ravens quarterback often gave the Baltimore defense fits in daily red-zone drills. He stood tall in the pocket and lasered touchdown passes between defenders, who were left shaking their heads.
There was one bright spot for the offense. Working in the shadow of his own goal line, Flacco made a gorgeous throw down the sidelines to Boldin who got behind second-year cornerback Jimmy Smith. Boldin wasn't touched down until he reached the opponent's 20-yard line.
The Baltimore Ravens created some breathing room under the NFL salary cap limit when they signed Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice to a five-year, $40 million maximum value deal that included a $15 million signing bonus.
So far, Paul Kruger hasn¿t done anything to disappoint observers. The outside linebacker dove and tipped a pass from quarterback Tyrod Taylor to rookie wide receiver Deonte Thompson. On the very next play, Kruger sacked Taylor. Kruger then sacked Flacco twice.
Williams continued to burnish his highlight film for the coaches. His touchdown catch in the red-zone drill involved a leaping grab in the end zone. During a third-down exercise, he hauled in two passes good for first downs, including a leaping back-shoulder catch over rookie cornerback Jordan Mabin.
A few Ravens players, including inside linebacker Ray Lewis and free safety Ed Reed, took the team up on an offer to sit out Monday's practice at the organization's training complex in Owings Mills. Anquan Boldin, however, wasn't one of those players.