A week after Michael Huff struggled in a loss the Denver Broncos, rookie Matt Elam, the team's first-round pick in April¿s NFL draft, replaced Huff as the starting free safety in Sunday's 14-6 win over the Cleveland Browns. Elam played all 63 defensive snaps.
Baltimore Sun blogger and reporter Matt Vensel gives his take on the Baltimore Ravens' 14-6 win over the Cleveland Browns, including thoughts on the Ravens' offensive identity, Terrell Suggs and their fierce pass rush, Marlon Brown's surprising start, and more.
The Ravens will commemorate their Super Bowl XLVII victory one final time before Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns with a video tribute and the unveiling of world champion banners. Whether they pay homage to last year's team by getting back to the same offensive script from their stunning postseason run is not as clear.
Ravens wide receiver Deonte Thompson sprained his left foot during the first preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He's been sidelined ever since, missing the remainder of the preseason and the Ravnes' 49-27 loss to the Denver Broncos to open the regular season.
Ravens wide receiver Marlon Brown has surprised everyone by overcoming the major knee injury to not only make the Ravens as a rookie free agent, but also make an immediate impact in the team's season-opening 49-27 loss to the Denver Broncos.
The Ravens are well-rested, motivated and ticked off, not a good combination if you are a Browns team that is looking for its first win in the series since 2007. Cleveland is an improving team and they will pose problems for the Ravens in several areas.
The Ravens have built a thorough scouting report on Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson, including the obvious knowledge that he's far too strong to simply arm tackle and expect to bring him down.
The Ravens will get a chance to right their ship against the Cleveland Browns, a team they have defeated 10 straight times. While Baltimore Sun reporter and blogger Matt Vensel thinks the Browns, who have a good defense, will put up a fight, picking an 11th consecutive win wouldn't be very courageous of him. But he is willing to go out on a limb and make these four bold predictions for Sunday's game.
Players described Pees as using his usual low-key tone during a defensive meeting following the Ravens' 49-27 season-opening loss to the Denver Broncos. But Pees had little difficulty finding plenty to correct for a defense that surrendered seven touchdown passes to Peyton Manning as he tied an NFL record.
Displaying his trademark brand of courage, Zach Lederer bravely attempts to recreate the notorious strongman pose — biceps flexed and fists clenched — that turned a 2012 photo of his steely-eyed resolve to fight cancer into an Internet craze called "Zaching."
The Cleveland Browns kept coming in waves at Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, blitzing him on nearly half of his dropbacks last Sunday and also harassing him when they rushed just four. The Browns sacked him four times, hit him three additional times and hurried him on a handful of other plays. It was just one game, but new Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton's fingerprints were easy to identify.
The Ravens last Thursday couldn't cover Broncos tight end Julius Thomas. Now the Ravens are preparing to face another former college basketball player turned NFL tight end, Jordan Cameron of the Browns.
A burst of heat and humidity prompted early school closings and electricity-saving measures across the region Wednesday, but a snap back to fall-like weather lies ahead Friday and through the weekend..
For all the talk about the Ravens' overhauled defense, their offense is also in transition, and much of the burden has fallen on Joe Flacco's shoulders to help accelerate the learning process for the team's new pass catchers. Judging by the results ¿ Flacco threw two interceptions and 28 incompletions in the 49-27 loss to the Broncos ¿ the situation remains a work-in progress.
For four years, Paul Kruger chased after Joe Flacco in practice, but the quarterback's bright red non-contact jersey was a reminder to hit the brakes if got a lane to the quarterback. He has always wondered what it would be like to hit Flacco. He'lll get a chance to find out Sunday when the Ravens host the Browns.
All across downtown Towson, both bar patrons and bar owners welcomed the opening weekend of football, beginning with the Ravens' loss Thursday night at Denver and stretching through Monday's doubleheader.
Although Baltimore Ravens star Jacoby Jones could be out for a number of weeks after injuring his knee during last week's game, his spirits were high Tuesday night as he joked with and signed autographs for fans in Harford County.