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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Continue reading “Ravens Preseason Game 1”→
My Baltimore Ravens player spotlight is WR Mike Wallacewho 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.
Mike Wallace was born on August 1,1986 to the proud parents Brunel and SonjiaWallace 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.
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 gamesandhas had two 100 yard games.
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.
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.
With the 2017 season upon us the Rookies have reported to camp to get acclimated to their new home for the next 7 months. Quarterbacks and the rest of the veterans are starting to show up .
The main focus this season will be the offense. We need players to step up, be leaders and be vocal. There will be position battles especially on the offensive line. The competition for the Center position, the Defensive End and the Wide Receivers. Also, who will be our Punt Returner/Kick Returner with Michael Campanaro on the PUP list.
This training camp will be a test for everyone on how our season will be. Fans will get to see the players at M&T Stadium starting July 30th and two more times before the season starts. This will be a make or break season for some to either make the 53 man roster or make it to the practice squad.