As an encore, Flacco, who racked up team accomplishments since his rookie season in 2008, wants to take his individual game to the next level this season. It won't be easy with increased expectations and the loss of two of his favorite receivers. But if anyone can shrug off all this pressure, it's Flacco.
Yeah, we know. The game isn't in Baltimore. And whether you've moved on and are just excited for the season to kick off or you're still in a deep state of depression, there's only one thing to do: drink.
Banners in downtown Denver featuring Joe Flacco have drawn the ire of Broncos fans who weren't pleased about the towering image of the Ravens quarterback on the side of their stadium, Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
That the Denver Broncos named Ronnie Hillman as their starting running back over Knowshon Moreno and rookie Montee Ball for Thursday night¿s game against the Ravens was a big deal to fantasy football aficionados. But defensive coordinator Dean Pees didn't know and, with all due respect to the three main candidates to carry the ball for the Broncos, he didn't really seem to care when asked about it on Monday.
With a formidable pair of edge rushers in Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil, nose tackle Haloti Ngata and a handful of other pass rushers, the Baltimore Ravens appear to have what it takes to harass quarterbacks. But time won't be on their side Thursday night against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
Go ahead on this last holiday of the summer and enjoy one last, great, TV wallow in Super Bowl glory at 9 tonight when the NFL Network presents "America's Game: 2012 Baltimore Ravens." It's the NFL Films documentary on the champion's Super Bowl season. And like last year's Ravens, it's a winner.
On that unforgettable January night in Denver, the Ravens walked into Sports Authority Field at Mile High as heavy underdogs — a team that few outside their locker room believed had a realistic chance to defeat quarterback Peyton Manning and the top-seeded Broncos — and left victorious four hours and 11 minutes later.
There were six San Francisco 49ers defenders breathing on the Ravens offensive line. All-Pro pass rusher Aldon Smith walked in from the slot to join them. The strong safety, Donte Whitner, creeping toward the line of scrimmage, made it eight 49ers in the box.
Heading into Thursday's nationally-televised preseason game against the Carolina Panthers at M&T Bank Stadium, the Ravens' intent is clear. In what is expected to be the last extended playing time for the starters before the Sept. 5 regular-season opener in Denver, the Ravens are focused on developing some momentum and rhythm on offense.
Three-receiver sets were by far the most commonly used personnel grouping in the NFL last season. Even the Ravens used them on nearly half of their snaps. By putting an extra wide receiver on the field, the Ravens are able to stretch defenses and take full advantage of Flacco's strong arm. They are still trying to determine which three wideouts are their best combination, but the three-receiver sets are here to stay in Baltimore and in the NFL as a whole.
Tight end Dallas Clark practiced with the Ravens for the first time and immediately made a favorable impression. With Thursday's preseason game looming, it was a light practice in terms of competitiveness, but Clark had three touchdowns inside the 20.
Apparently in the two weeks after the season-ending injury to tight end Dennis Pitta, the Baltimore Ravens had seen enough of their young receiving corps and a patchwork group of tight ends to decide they needed to bring in a pair of veteran slot specialists.
Wanting to add more depth at wide receiver and give quarterback Joe Flacco a couple of reliable, veteran targets, the Ravens struck deals with wide receiver Brandon Stokley and tight end Dallas Clark, two former Indianapolis Colts who have familiarity with offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell.
On Tuesday ¿ 10 months after his injury ¿ Webb suited up for the first day of training camp, and while he had limited participation in team drills, the fifth-year cornerback is on target to play in the Ravens' regular-season opener against the Denver Broncos on Sept. 5.
As Ron Jaworski's annual list of the top quarterbacks in the NFL winds down, we are still waiting for him to reveal the ranking of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. Here's what we do know: Flacco is in Jaworski's top five. Don't be surprised if he goes in the top three.
Only once in Joe Flacco's first five seasons in the NFL has the quarterback ranked among the top 10 players at his position in fantasy points scored. That could change this season, though, if the Baltimore Ravens continue to open up their passing attack with Flacco.
Last season, which started with Cam Cameron calling the plays and ended with Jim Caldwell assuming those duties, only four teams ran the ball out of single-back sets less frequently than the Baltimore Ravens, who used two backs on a whopping 64 percent of their running plays, according to Football Outsiders.
Dating back to his high school days, the lanky quarterback has inspired tall tales with his rocket right arm. When the Ravens first got a glimpse of it, they knew they could construct their offense around it. With his elite arm strength, Flacco can attack the field vertically and from sideline to sideline, challenging the defense to cover the entire field. Meanwhile, with fearful defensive backs anticipating deep passes, shorter throws are easier to complete and opportunities emerge for the
With more diligent preparation this offseason having lost 10 pounds after taking up a boxing regimen, the 2011 first-round draft pick has impressed the coaching staff with how seriously he's taking his job after a lackluster first two seasons. Smith is building on the momentum he started in the postseason.
Joe Flacco has closed the gap over the past two years. In Flacco's first three years in the league, Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers typically got the better of Flacco and the Ravens. But the past two years, the AFC North has belonged to Baltimore.
The Ravens won¿t get their season-opening home game, like reigning Super Bowl champions have for the last decade. But they will play four prime-time games, including a Thanksgiving night home showdown against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers, and a much-anticipated rematch with the Denver Broncos to kick off their Super Bowl XLVII title defense.
Most Ravens fans will tell you that inside linebacker Ray Lewis was the greatest pick in franchise history. But the fine stat heads over at ESPN have calculated that Lewis was the NFL's best draft pick since 1994.