What does it mean to you to be a Ravens fan? It means being a part of something that represents people that I love, a city and state that I love, and a mindset of never giving up and always playing for the man next to you. I'm so proud to bleed purple!
The Ravens endured that breakdown during their 49-27 loss to the Denver Broncos when safety David Bruton shot through the gap between inside linebacker Arthur Brown and strong safety James Ihedigbo and deflected the football off of punter Sam Koch's foot.
Last Thursday, for the first time since the 2008 season, someone not named Matt Birk started for the Ravens at center. Gino Gradkowski, a second-year player out of Delaware, made his first NFL start there.
The decision, made with the fan base still in the midst of celebrating the organization's second Super Bowl title, was mildly criticized at the time, but the second guessing is growing louder by the day. It certainly didn't help that Boldin's dominant performance came just three days after his former team opened its season with a 49-27 loss to the Denver Broncos.
John Harbaugh pointed the finger directly at himself Monday when asked to explain the reasoning behind why the Ravens didn't challenge a third-down completion to Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker in the third quarter that actually bounced off the ground before he trapped it against his body.
Even though he has played through pain, has never complained about getting his position changed every season and is respected in the locker room, Michael Oher has been maligned during his Ravens career. He might not be a top NFL offensive tackle, but we got a glimpse of how valuable he is in Thursday night's loss.
One might think it is tough to find a positive in the Ravens secondary after Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning threw for seven passing touchdowns Thursday night. But in his return to a real game after his second ACL injury in four years, Lardarius Webb gave the Ravens a little something to feel good about
The Ravens' senior adviser to player development was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS in 2007, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the cells in the brain and spinal cord. Often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease, the disease causes muscle atrophy and difficulty speaking, swallowing and breathing.
As Huff failed to contain Broncos tight end Julius Thomas with the former college basketball player scoring two touchdowns, Elam wound up playing 15 snaps in relief of Huff, most of them with the game already decided in the fourth quarter, and had one tackle and no pass deflections.
With a passing game in flux due to the offseason trade of Anquan Boldin and a hip injury to tight end Dennis Pitta, the running game was being counted on to be the rock-solid foundation of the Ravens' offense.
The Baltimore Ravens' season-opening 49-27 loss to the Denver Broncos on Thursday night featured a team-wide breakdown as the reigning Super Bowl champions were outplayed in every facet. But one group that took the loss particularly hard was the Ravens' defensive backs, who were badly victimized on Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning's record night.
In his post-game press conference after Thursday night's 49-27 loss to the Denver Broncos, Ravens coach John Harbaugh was asked why he didn't challenge a pass reception by Wes Welker early in the third quarter.
We knew the Ravens would be in the nickel a lot against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. They probably had to use it even more than expected as the Broncos went three-wide on more than 75 percent of their plays. As a result, Jimmy Smith, Corey Graham and Lardarius Webb played significant snaps.
As tens of thousands of purple-bedecked fans packed near the Inner Harbor Thursday evening to watch country star Keith Urban sing atop a floating stage, lingering frustrations that the Baltimore Ravens were out of town faded away.
I expect a lot of the national media to say that the reason the Ravens lost and gave up a lot of yards to Denver and Peyton Manning is because the team no longer has linebacker Ray Lewis and safety Ed Reed.
Baltimore Sun blogger and reporter Matt Vensel gives his take on the Baltimore Ravens' loss to the Denver Broncos, including thoughts on the Ravens defense, Joe Flacco missing Dennis Pitta and John Harbaugh's decision not to challenge Wes Welker's non-catch.