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.
A restaurant/sports bar in Portsmouth, Va., where Roger Browns lives bears his name. Brown, a onetime 300-pound All Pro defensive tackle, also owns establishments in Williamsburg and Newport News. On the menu is a club sandwich called the "Fearsome Foursome," a nod to the nickname given the celebrated defensive lines on which Brown played in both Detroit and L.A.
Now that the NFL season is here, I'm putting a twist on my weekly Blogger on Blogger series. Each week, I hope to enlist a blogger who regularly writes about the Ravens' opponent to help me break down the game. This week, I exchanged emails with Max DeMara, who blogs about about the Detroit Lions for Lions101.com.
Maybe it's because I grew up in Wisconsin watching Vince Lombardi¿s Green Bay Packers on all those snowy Sundays. But watching a great NFL game played in the snow is as good a TV experience as there is in my book.
The Ravens are bracing for a pivotal encounter against Peterson that represents the greatest test so far for their revamped group of inside linebackers. Since Ray Lewis retired in February, Daryl Smith has stabilized the middle linebacker spot while playing opposite a platooning group of weak-side inside linebackers in Jameel McClain, Josh Bynes and rookie Arthur Brown.
But after two forgettable seasons to start his NFL career and a pair of poor performances in the first month of 2013, Smith has been one of the NFL¿s stingiest cornerbacks over the past couple of months. Since the Wee
The Ravens entered the 2011 NFL draft looking for at least one playmaker at the wide receiver position. They were certainly not alone. Seven wide receivers were selected in the first two rounds of the draft, including Maryland¿s Torrey Smith, whom the Ravens hauled in with the 58th overall pick in Round 2.
Phil Taylor took notice of how the Ravens reduced the role of Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach to just two snaps with the offense emphasizing three wide receiver sets instead of the old-school I-formation.
Although it was a frequently bumpy ride that ended with him being replaced by Eugene Monroe as the Ravens' left tackle before being unloaded to the Dolphins, McKinnie says he harbors no hard feelings about his time in Baltimore and cherishes his Super Bowl ring.
As the Ravens packed their bags Sunday night in the locker room and took inventory of their season following a narrow loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, outside linebacker Terrell Suggs declared the defending Super Bowl champions were in a "state of emergency."