The Ravens have scratched starting left offensive guard Jah Reid for today's AFC wild-card playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts because of a toe injury that prevented him from doing much at practice all week.
Defensive coordinator Dean Pees stuck with an aggressive approach, blitzing defenders and using unusual alignments. He lined up safeties James Ihedigbo and Omar Brown as edge pass rushers lined up outside the tackles and shifted outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw to nose guard.
Two minutes into overtime of a 31-28 loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday at FedEx Field, the Ravens allowed a 64-yard punt return to Redskins cornerback Richard Crawford that directly led to a 34-yard game-winning field goal by kicker Kai Forbath.
The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year didn't return, heading to the locker room for further examination during the final minutes of the Ravens' 23-20 loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium.
The Ravens rank 21st in rushing yards and 18th in yards per carry, and only eight quarterbacks have been sacked more often than Joe Flacco. But while their offensive linemen cannot hide from criticism whenever Rice hits a wall or Flacco hits the turf, Rice said he isn't worried about his big blockers, who at times have gotten pushed around on and off the field in recent weeks.
Unlike last year when Philip Rivers seemingly had an eternity to stand in the pocket and shred the defense in a decisive win over Baltimore, the Ravens sacked him six times Sunday afternoon during a dramatic 16-13 overtime victory at Qualcomm Stadium.
At this point, none of the five have been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders and Yanda, who had a magnetic resonance imaging test performed Monday that showed no structural damage, left little doubt that he'll play.
Now that the Ravens have officially finished up the first half of their schedule, let's take a look at the snap counts for their players over the first eight games of the season -- and since we last checked on these totals a month ago -- to see which new trends are developing. These official snap counts come courtesy of the NFL.
As the primary backup to Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice, Bernard Pierce is known more for his power at 6-foot, 218 pounds. But yesterday, he also showed a burst of speed to get around the perimeter for the touchdown.
The absence of cornerback Lardarius Webb will hurt this team more than inside linebacker Ray Lewis not being in the lineup. Webb was playing extremely well and had forced other teams to stay away from him.
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.
With the exception of a single spin move by Dallas Cowboys star outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware to get past left offensive tackle Michael Oher and tackle quarterback Joe Flacco, the Ravens allowed just one sack Sunday.
The Baltmore Ravens are making a change at left guard heading into Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys. According to two sources, veteran Bobbie Williams will start at left guard Sunday as he'll replace Ramon Harewood.