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.
After manhandling a soft Raiders front seven, the Ravens' line will be tested by the Steelers' OLB tandem of James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley. Their extensive repertoire of pass-rushing moves is formidable
The Ravens can't get out of Kansas City soon enough. It wasn't a good performance by any means, but three Justin Tucker field goals and four Chiefs turnovers were the difference as the Ravens survived an ugly game to post a 9-6 victory in front of an announced 68,803 at Arrowhead Stadium.
Outside linebacker Tamba Hali is regarded as the headliner of the Kansas City Chiefs' defense. However, he's far from the only Chiefs linebacker the Ravens have to concern themselves with Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.
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.
On Sunday, it appeared the Chiefs¿ offensive strategy was to shoot themselves in the foot. They turned the ball over six times, including four times in the first half. Despite falling behind early, they were relatively balanced, giving the ball to speedy running back Jamaal Charles and throwing the ball all over the field, often times to physical wideout Dwayne Bowe.
When it comes to star power in NFL free agency in 2012, there might not be a more stacked position group than wide receiver. But much like the running back class, this year's bumper crop of free agent wide receivers will likely be thinned when some teams exercise their right to place the franchise tag on pending free agents. Here is a look at five of the top free agent wideouts and where they could wind up.
What kind of priority are the Ravens putting on finding a wide receiver? It's a question that Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome will surely get this afternoon when he meets with reporters on the second full day of the NFL scouting combine.
Even with today's news that Randy Moss plans to come out of retirement, the bumper crop of free-agent wide receivers appears to be thinning out as we learn more about how teams plan to use their franchise tags. How does it affect the Ravens?
Fellow owners of Hakeem Nicks, I feel your pain. I can also relate to what you're going through if you own Greg Jennings, Reggie Wayne or even Anquan Boldin. Those fantasy maestros have been outscored by second fiddles this season with Victor Cruz leading the way.
In last week's installment of Fantasy Fodder, I cautioned you to not panic and trade away one of five notable early-season disappointments if your team was stuck in the cellar. I hope this past week was better for you. This week, we're going to turn the tables. If you're in first place in your league and closing in on a playoff spot, don't stand pat. Now is the time to feed on the desperation of owners who feel their season slipping away.
Ray Rice was both a reality and fantasy football difference-maker in Sunday's 35-7 win over the Steelers. He rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries and added four catches for 42 yards and a score. The pint-sized powerhouse set the tone for the Ravens offense with a 36-yard run on the team's first play from scrimmage. But it was two plays he might not have gotten an opportunity to make a year ago that made him one of the top fantasy performers in Week 1 -- and that also suggest that more touchdowns are on the way.