The Ravens' Thursday night matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars at M&T Bank Stadium is essentially their last chance to build some momentum heading into the Sept. 10 season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Ravens' offensive focus following last week's preseason opener was on sustaining drives. They'll spend this week talking about finishing them. The first-team defense has a host of topics to discuss from generating a pass rush to providing tighter coverage to tackling better.
Cary Williams was matched up with Jones on most of the wide receiver¿s catches against the Falcons, though Pees said that the cornerback was ¿close¿ on a couple of the completions and it just came down to Ryan and Jones executing at the highest level.
From Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan being able to sit comfortably in the pocket to wide receiver Julio Jones running free in the Ravens' secondary to punter Sam Koch having to make a touchdown-saving tackle, the first quarter of the Ravens' eventual 31-17 victory gave the Ravens head coach numerous reasons for concern.
The Baltimore Ravens' 31-17 preseason victory over the Atlanta Falcons featured a subpar performance by many of the starters and a spirited comeback, fueled by some of the organization's younger players. Here is a look at five players who helped their status and five who may have taken a step back.
We are into the nitty-gritty of the fantasy playoffs, so let's get down to business with injury updates, some waiver-wire pickups if you're desperate, and more. If your squad needs help, shoot me a note. And feel free to leave your horror story in the comments section if you have already been dismissed.
Because doing a full, 32-team list of power rankings is too much work for a Monday afternoon, I will rank the top 11 teams in the NFL after each exciting football Sunday (that's where the "first and 10" comes in). Here's the balance of power heading into the "MNF" game between NFC West powerhouses Seattle and St. Louis.
The timing is a little peculiar, but the Denver Broncos said adieu to former starting quarterback Kyle Orton on Tuesday. He had a good fantasy run under Josh McDaniels, but turnovers did him in with new coach John Fox. Is he worth a waiver claim? You have to read on to find out.
Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said Joe Flacco does have the freedom to call his own plays and make suggestions. ... Ed Reed did not practice on Thursday. ... Lee Evans didn¿t sound optimistic about suiting up on Sunday against the Cardinals. ... Maryland guard Pe'Shon Howard broke his foot and will miss two to three months. ... On Friday, the Orioles' GM search committee will interview John Stockstill. ... The Cardinals won in 11 innings to force a Game 7.
Former Ravens quarterback and current ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer recently evaluated the ceilings of the league's top passers under the age of 27 and ranked them based on their potential to become "elite." You might be surprised which players -- there are five of them -- Dilfer said had a higher ceiling than Joe Flacco.
I'm not very good at making preseason predictions. Two years ago, I picked the Giants to beat the Chargers in the Super Bowl. Last season, I wrote a column saying the Ravens would go all the way, and they might have had they not fallen apart against the Steelers. This year, I'm feeling good about the Patriots and the Packers -- and yes, I felt that way before Thursday night -- but considering my track record, neither will win it all in 2011. That's why I'm picking nine different teams to lift the Lombardi Trophy, with a reason why each of the NFL's true contenders will be showered with confetti at season's end. I like my chances of getting it right this year.
I'm pleased to announce that I will be bringing back my weekly fantasy football column this fall. Why am I so pleased? Because it gives me an excuse to tinker with my fantasy football teams when I'm on the clock.
Because traditional statistics are no longer good enough for the Worldwide Leader, the folks over at ESPN have invented a new quarterback rating system that they will undoubtedly cram down our throats for the next six months. Get ready for a hearty helping of Total Quarterback Rating (aka QBR).
Jeremy Guthrie allowed six runs Tuesday night and the Orioles couldn't dig out of that early hole in a 9-3 loss to the Pirates. ... Second baseman Brian Roberts was not cleared to begin baseball activities during his third appointment with a concussion specialist, a development that pushes back his return until after the All-Star break. ... Orioles pitching prospect Dan Klein has been diagnosed with a shoulder injury that won't require surgery but could end his season. ... Ravens safety Ed Reed still isn't "100 percent" healthy. ... The next time NFL owners meet over labor, there is hope it will be to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement with the players.