Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco missed practice again Friday because of his right hip injury, leaving rookie Lamar Jackson almost certain to start for a second straight week on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.
Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith on Wednesday faintly praised Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict for not hitting him as hard as he could while Smith stood prone with a possible concussion after an interception on Sunday, but not before echoing a widely-held NFL sentiment that Burfict is a dirty player.
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 Lindsay Patterson, who covers the Cincinnati Bengals for ESPN 1530.
Trying to figure out what the Ravens will do every Sunday has become an exercise in futility. Another surprising loss last weekend dropped them to 3-5 and logic says they will lose a fourth straight game Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium against the Cincinnati Bengals, but you never know with this team.
Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins, one of the most disruptive interior linemen in the game, injured his right anterior cruciate ligament and is scheduled to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging exam today to confirm that it's torn.
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.
With three teams making the playoffs and two winning 12 games during the regular season, the AFC North was arguably the NFL's most competitive division last season. Unfortunately for the Ravens, it figures to be hyper-competitive again in 2012 -- well, except for anything involving the hapless Cleveland Browns.
Before the Ravens opted to trade out of the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night, they watched their three AFC North rivals make moves that appear to make them better heading into the 2012 season.
After a wild first week in free agency that was punctuated with Peyton Manning signing with the Denver Broncos, we have a better idea of what needs teams will address in April's NFL draft. So now seems like a good time for our second mock draft of the offseason. (This mock draft does not account for potential trades.) And remember, these are called "mock" drafts for a reason. Try not to take them too seriously.
We started to look ahead to the NFL offseason as soon as Billy Cundiff's field goal fluttered off-target and we will dive headfirst into the offseason two weeks from now when the scouting combine begins in Indianapolis.
The new-look Bengals look to continue giving the Ravens fits Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. Rookies Andy Dalton and A.J. Green and an overhauled defense have turned Cincinnati into a surprising contender.