Checking in on the Baltimore Ravens

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

It’s been a while since we’ve talked about the Baltimore Ravens here on Our Turf.  So, I scoured the internet to find someone who I could ask about the Ravens.  I came up with “The most ELITE Raven’s blog on the internet”, The Baltimore Feather!   He was gracious enough to let me pick his brain about the 2018 AFC North champions.   Here’s our chat!

SG: John Harbaugh. They extended him over the offseason, and a lot of people felt that he could be on the move. How do you feel about that?

The Baltimore Feather:  John Harbaugh’s extension was well deserved. His win of the AFC North after changing quarterbacks and offensive schemes mid-season makes him look like a football wizard. Many people were convinced at the bye week that Harbaugh would depart from Baltimore after 2018, but his playoff push saved him from that fate.

I think the extension and the vote of confidence from the Ravens brass are well deserved and the right move for the organization. Harbaugh is one of the best coaches in the NFL, and it would be a terrible mistake to let him go.

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NFL reorganization: a serious proposal

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

Last week, I had fun with my OCD and wrote about radically changing around all of the NFL divisions to create a more geographically pleasing picture.

I was genuinely surprised at the number of fans who loved my ideas – and equally surprised at the ones who hated my new divisions.

But even the haters agreed that some amount of reorganizing is way overdue. If you simply pause and think about the number of teams that have moved, from Houston to Tennessee or perhaps St. Louis to Los Angeles, and you will agree that a few changes would be a good thing.

Here is my much more realistic view of a few changes to divisions that make a ton of sense.  I’m not moving anyone from the AFC to the NFC and I’m keeping most of the divisions intact, so this should be a fairly painless change for most of you!

This week’s Blitzed NFL Insider’s featured article!

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AFC North – Everything is about to change

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

Let’s face it – the AFC North was a hot mess last year! With Le’Veon Bell sitting out, the once-dominant Pittsburgh Steelers had to root for the Cleveland Browns in Week 17 in order to make the playoffs.

The Baltimore Ravens benched quarterback Joe Flacco and began the new era of Lamar Jackson football. Can Jackson keep being the leading rusher for this team and avoid injury?

The Cincinnati Bengals landed at the bottom of a division where the Browns had held that spot for too many years to count. But the once 0-16 Browns, under the leadership of rookie QB Baker Mayfield, are making their case to take over the division.

Let’s take a team-by-team look at the moves they’ve made so far to get ready for the battle to be “Kings of the North.”

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Rookies Made Strong Stance in Bears – Ravens Matchup

Official Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

After a day of reviewing the history of pro football and soaking up a compelling speech from former Bear’s linebacker Brian Urlacher, the Chicago Bears made a strong stance at the Hall of Fame game in a 17-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

The stage was set for rookies to make their mark and veterans to show they still got what it takes to compete. It would have been epic to have seen the Bears first-round pick out on the field for the entire world to see. But there were others who took the stage to prove that they belonged in the NFL.

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Baltimore Ravens Training Camp 2018

Yvette James Baltimore Ravens Reporter

By Yvette James//@lissalisa29 

The Baltimore Ravens started training camp ahead of all the other NFL teams. The start of the 2018 season has a lot going on. This is Ozzie Newsome’s last year as general manager and a new draft class gives Ravens fans a lot to look forward to.

The Ravens had one of it’s best drafts this year by filling the needed skill set position. With the new addition of wide receivers Micheal Crabtree and Willie Snead quarterback Joe Flacco now has some weapons that can go after the ball.  Hopefully the coordinators will make the playbook better for Flacco and company.

 

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Week 13 Detroit Lions Pride Report

Official Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

Ravens 44 – Lions 20

 

The Lions were facing an opponent this week that on paper, appeared pretty evenly matched.  Both teams are having mediocre seasons so far.  Each team has playoff aspirations.  Each team has had impressive wins but also had some not so impressive losses.  They also had the same record going into this game.  In order for the Lions to keep their playoff hopes alive, winning this game was paramount.

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The Packers Season Could Be Over

Key Contributor

By Marcela Vargas //@ethne88

Ravens 23 – Packers 0

I hate to say this because just a few weeks ago I said that the Packers had a great chance to turn things around for the rest of the season.   Alas, they haven’t. And from the looks of it, they won’t.

So, what went wrong? It’s hard to tell, but besides quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ broken collarbone, things never quite picked up on the turf for the Green Bay Packers. Heck, they even lost tight end Martellus Bennett back to the New England Patriots. He started seven games and then the team played a very odd game of injury-waive-goodbye with him.

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Titans Beat the Ravens 23-20, Tied for First in the AFC South

Official Tennessee Titans Fan Reporter

By Karen Christensen // @ksc47

Titans 23 – Ravens 20

 

The Titans are back from their bye week with a victory at Nissan Stadium against the Baltimore Ravens.  Also back from extended recovery periods were safety Johnathan Cyprien and wide receiver Corey Davis, who both had been out with hamstring injuries.

 

 So far, this entire Titans season it has seemed like something is missing.  The Titans are barely squeaking by with wins.  If you thought the return of Cyprien and Davis would make a huge difference, you were wrong (or is it just me thinking that way?) Davis made a spectacular catch with some toe drag swag, catching a 23-yard pass from quarterback Marcus Mariota.  Cyprien was part of the Titans defense that did not allow a completion of 20 or more yards.

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Four Reasons the Bears Can Beat the Ravens

Official Chicago Bears Reporter

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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