Four Reasons the Bears Can Beat the Ravens

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By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Let’s face it, the Chicago Bears have not started off on the right foot, as they are now 1-4 this season. But with a new quarterback in Mitchell Trubisky, it can only get better.

On his first real big stage, Trubisky managed to tie the game against the Minnesota Vikings but lost by a field goal. Pretty good for a rookie’s first big outing, wouldn’t you say?

So, now that he has had time to watch film, fix his mistakes, and prepare for his next game against the Baltimore Ravens, here are four reasons why the Bears can beat them.

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Baltimore Ravens vs Oakland Raiders

Official Ravens Reporter Yvette James

By Yvette James // @lissalisa29

Baltimore 30 – Oakland 17

What a way to come back from a disarmingly bad loss last week against division rivals for the Baltimore Ravens to play like they did on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. The Ravens played excellent on both sides of the ball.

After being criticized by both fans and press alike, the Ravens came out playing fast and smart. When given good protection and time to throw we see a completely different team.  We see a team that has the ground game and passing game in sync.  Coming into this game we didn’t know which Ravens team was going to show up Sunday.

Glad to see the preparedness for the Raiders was on display. Quarterback Joe Flacco looked comfortable in the pocket. He didn’t throw one interception and was not sacked at all.  Despite some injuries to some players we still managed to escape mistake free.

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AFC North – Week 5 Update

By Kate Arhar (aka Cleveland Kate) // @ClvlndK8

After years of tough competition and league-leading stats, the AFC North seems to have fallen on hard times.  Through four weeks, the Pittsburgh Steelers are at the top with a predictable 3-1 record.  They are currently ranked 5th on the Bleacher Report Power Rankings. Then, there’s the REST of the division. Down at #22 we have the Baltimore Ravens (2-2), at #23 the Cincinnati Bengals (1-3), and, pulling up the rear as usual, my Cleveland Browns (0-4).

Pittsburgh’s only loss so far came in overtime vs the Chicago Bears. They look good. Really good. Going to the Playoffs and maybe the Super Bowl good. (Man it hurts just to type that!).  They host a tough and improving Jacksonville Jaguars team this week but their offense, which has put up a division-leading 90 points so far, is up to the challenge.

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Three Happy Things For Jaguars Fans

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by Sharona // @SportsBySharona

The Jacksonville Jaguars lost to the Tennessee Titans in Week 2, but it wasn’t all bad for fans of the team. Coming off a big win in Week 1 over AFC South rival Houston Texans, the Jaguars were poised at the top of the division. Alas, it was doomed not to last as they fell to the Titans 37-16.

It is still early and they can certainly rebound with a win in London, England over former AFC Central foe the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens are currently undefeated and sit atop the AFC North but as the saying goes any given Sunday. The Ravens defense is playing lights out but their offense has suffered several injuries. It remains to be seen who takes the win across the pond.

In the meantime, we are here help Jaguars fans feel better heading into that tilt. So, here are three things Jags fans can take away from the game to make them feel better.

Rookie running back Leonard Fournette is the real deal. The former LSU product is fifth in the league in rushing yards at 140 despite having a lackluster game (14/40/1). He is second in the league in rushing attempts only trailing to Denver Broncos CJ Anderson at 45. He has been everything fans could have hoped for and then some. Just watch this grown man run versus the Titans.

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Cleveland Browns: Bright Spots and The Dark Side

By Cleveland Kate // @ClvlndK8

Week 2 has come and gone and the Cleveland Browns are winless. While I’m trying not to channel the Ghosts of Seasons Past, last year’s 1-15 record isn’t far enough away for comfort.

Bright Spots: Rookie Quarterback DeShone Kizer, a Notre Dame product, won the hearts of fans during the preseason. Each week he made mistakes, but he seemed to be learning quickly and we saw progress as he got rid of the ball faster, started leading  his receivers and started to throw the ball away to avoid sacks. All those lessons seemed lost over the past two weeks as he racked up NINE sacks, FOUR interceptions and only ONE touchdown. Yet, for the first time in recent years, fans have the hope that he will improve, that he could be our QB of the Future and are showing patience as he develops.

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Defensive Coordinator Gregg “3G” Williams  has brought a “Come Get Some” attitude that has long been missing here in Cleveland. While we battle perennial defensive greats Baltimore and Pittsburgh, we continued to get pushed around on the field and never had the talent or attitude to get some back.  That is changing this year with the addition of Rookie Jabrill Peppers.  His status as an alumni of the University of Michigan aside, fans look forward to what excitement he will bring to the field, whether it’s returning punts or flying around on defense.

And let’s not forget the #1 overall pick in this year’s draft, Myles Garrett. His injury near the end of preseason caused a lot of angst for fans, but we want him back healthy and ready to wreak havoc on opponents. While Head Coach Hue Jackson refuses to name a time frame for his return, I’m hopeful that he’ll get back on the field for the Week 4 match versus the Cincinnati Bengals. Division Games Matter!

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Baltimore Ravens Dominate Week 1

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By Yvette James // @lissalisa29

Sunday, September 10: 20-0 Win

Offense

The Baltimore Ravens opened up on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals and came out with a divisional win. On a day where we didn’t know how the offense would hold up giving the fact that Joe Flacco hadn’t played at all during the preseason, Joe managed the game as a playmaker should. The line only allowed Joe to be sacked one time.

The run game was not abandoned which was a good thing. Seeing both Terrance West and Buck Allen split carries was refreshing. Both ran well. It was good to see one of our wide receivers score a touchdown. Hopefully we will see more from our passing attack. The coaches did a wonderful game plan coming into week 1 because there have been plenty of times where we have gone into Cincy and come away with a loss. That has ended.

Joe seemed to settle into the game as it progressed along. Joe showed no signs of any lingering back problems or pain even when he got sacked. He completed 9-17 passes for 121 yards. The passing highlight was the 48 yard touchdown from Jeremy Maclin that gave us a 10-0 score in the first half. 

The run game was displayed as a two headed monster with both West and Allen sharing the load. We ran the ball 47 times with an astounding 157 yards in rushing which was done by not abandoning the run game. With the Ravens controlling the game by running the ball, the passing game wasn’t need that much. Once Joe gets back in sync with the receivers it will open up more in due time.

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Ravens Preseason Game 1

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By Yvette James // @lissalisa29

Thursday, August 10th: 3-23 Win

Defense :  The Baltimore Ravens played their first preseason game against the Washington Redskins last night. It was the first look at the team playing against someone else other than each other. This time they got to hit.

The Ravens won the coin toss and elected to get the ball in the second half. The Defense came out the gate smoking. It was good to see the Defense getting to the quarterback and stopping their run game.

I saw a mix of blitzes, pass rushing from the Defense. A few veterans played 20 snaps and then we got to see some Rookies play at least 20 snaps.

Players who stood out to me on defense were Defensive End Brent Urban who had one sack, two fumbles and four tackles . Also Rookie Tyrus Bowser stood out on defense, as well. The defense as a whole showed that they are serious. 
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Player Spotlight: Ravens WR Mike Wallace

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By Yvette James // @lissalisa29

My Baltimore Ravens player spotlight is WR Mike Wallace who is in his second year with the team. I have followed him even though he played for one of our rivals, The Pittsburgh Steelers. He was one of my favorite players in the NFL – whenever we played the Steelers he would burn whomever had to defend him.

Early years

Mike Wallace was born on August 1,1986 to the proud parents Brunel and Sonjia  Wallace in New Orleans, Louisiana. He played football at an early age at O. Perry Walker High School where he played on both sides of the ball. His senior year was the most successful year where he received first team All-State honors. Having caught 60 passes for 1,039 yards with 19 touchdowns, He also was a standout track and field athlete in high school where he was rated as a two-star recruit by rivals.com.

College Career

After having accepted a scholarship from Oregon State, he decided to attend The University of Mississippi where he had an outstanding college career. In each of his games he ran for over 30 yards or more. He ranked first in the SEC in yards per catch in 2007. In his four years at Ole Miss he played in at least 10 or more games  and  has had two 100 yard games.

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Ravens Camp from Annapolis

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By Yvette James // @lissalisa29

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Baltimore Ravens had their second open practice for the public this past Saturday at the Navy Stadium in Annapolis, MD. I made the trip with my nephews.

There was a sizeable amount of fans there for Military Appreciation Day. They had it set up similar to practice at M&T Stadium last weekend.

The practice started at 6pm with the team doing stretches in each of their groups. They then began the workouts in their individual drills.

There were position battles, such as blocking for the quarterback, as to where the offensive linemen had to be in order to stop the defensive linemen from getting to him. Ronnie Stanley in his second yr held his own, as well as, some rookies. Ryan Jensen who will be our starting center was impressive but we will see how well he does once the season starts.

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Ravens Training Camp Practice at M&T Bank Stadium

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By Yvette James // @lissalisa29

Sunday, July 30th was the first of three Baltimore Ravens‘ open practices for the fans.

Many fans got to see some familiar faces, and new players. There were different sessions going on in different areas of the field. The fans got to see the new jumbo screen that replaced the smaller ones.

During the first session, the defense worked on drills on one end of the field. The offensive linemen worked on another part of the field. There was plenty to watch on the field and the screen.

The defense won the game as far as points. Rookie Marlon Humphrey was very impressive in man coverage. He is showing great promise, but it’s only training camp – time will tell when it comes to live play. Another rookie who made a nice grab for a touchdown was WR Tim White from Arizona State, pass was thrown by David Olson. He also threw a nice pass to Mike Wallace.

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