What they're saying about the Ravens

November 13, 2013|The Baltimore Sun

A collection of what other media outlets are saying as the Ravens prepare to play against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Sunday.

* SI.com's Austin Murphy analyzes the Cincinnati Bengals' touchdown at the end of the fourth quarter, including the sideline discussion between Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith and safety James Ihedigbo that followed the play.

Whatever it was Jimmy Smith was screaming at James Ihedigbo on the Ravens sideline as the Baltimore-Cincinnati game headed into overtime on Sunday, it wasn't rated G. Ihedigbo, the strong safety, had been terrific ... for 59 minutes and 58 seconds. He'd played the game of his life, buzzing all over the field, racking up nine tackles and two interceptions. And yet, those last two ticks were all anyone was going to remember about this game.

* ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley writes about Ihedigbo's aggressiveness.

Ihedigbo was all over the field with team-leading nine tackles, two interceptions, three passes broken up and one tackle for a loss. He set up the Ravens' second touchdown with an interception and stopped a fourth-quarter drive by picking off Andy Dalton deep in Baltimore territory. And, with the Bengals driving again, Ihedigbo helped make the fourth-down stop that led to the game-winning kick.

* Chris Wesseling of NFL.com looks back at the Ravens' win over the Bengals, including a note about the race for the AFC North title.

The AFC North is up for grabs entering a Week 11 matchup in which the frisky Browns have a chance to sweep the season series from a Bengals team barely hanging on to first place.

* FoxSports.com's Andy Nesbitt lists Ihedigbo in his Week 10 NFL awards for "Worst job of defending a Hail Mary" on the Bengals' touchdown at the end of the fourth quarter.

Here’s some advice for all the defensive backs out there: Just knock the ball down, not up. Why don’t you tip the ball up? Because something like this could happen.

* Ross Jones and Sid Saraf of FoxSports.com break down the Week 10 games, including the Ravens' win over the Bengals.

Who will win the AFC North? The Ravens -- even with an ugly offense -- are just one game behind Cincinnati in the loss column. Who knows what will happen?

* NFL.com ranks A.J. Green's catch as time expired in the fourth quarter as the "Performance Moment of the Week" for Week 10.

Though the Ravens edged the Bengals 20-17 in overtime, Green left an indelible mark on the AFC North matchup, catching eight passes for 151 yards. However, it was Green's heroics as the fourth quarter concluded that will reappear on highlight reels to come.

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* With their win over the Bengals, the Ravens move to No. 18 in ESPN.com's poll this week -- three spots higher than last week.

Baltimore averaged under 3 yards per rush Sunday, and Joe Flacco was 0-for-7 with an interception on throws at least 15 yards downfield. Also, the Ravens won. Seriously.

* Hensley takes a deeper look at why ESPN.com ranks the Ravens at No. 18.

The Baltimore Ravens moved up three spots after Sunday's 20-17 overtime win over the Cincinnati Bengals, which is a monumental achievement this season. Why is it such a big deal? This marks only the second time this season that the Ravens have ascended in the rankings. That's right. In the previous 10 weeks, the Ravens have gone down or remained the same nine times. The only other instance in which the Ravens moved up was in Week 6 after they won in Miami.

* On FoxSports.com, former coach Brian Billick bumps the Ravens up to No. 18, seven spots higher than last week.

Ray Rice had 18 rushing attempts on Sunday, the second most carries for him this season, but he averaged just 1.7 yards for a total of 30. That is poor.

* ProFootballTalk keeps the Ravens at No. 21 this week, but gives them a compliment.

The one team that none of the other AFC playoff teams want to see in the playoffs is the Ravens.

* CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco drops the Ravens to No. 20, down one spot from last week.

That might have been a season saver against the Bengals. Even so, they just don't look good.

* Elliot Harrison of NFL.com ranks the Ravens at No. 18, the same spot as last week.

Give Sunday's win to the Ravens' front seven, which made life miserable for Andy Dalton. The group sacked Dalton five times, collapsing his pocket with abandon and contributing to his 47.1 percent completion rate. The Ravens are now 1.5 games behind the Bengals in the AFC North. Unfortunately for Baltimore, the lack of a viable running attack puts any kind of playoff chances at serious risk. Ray Rice might have lost not a step but a yard -- he ran 18 times for just 30 yards Sunday, and he hasn't gained more than 2 yards per carry since Oct. 20. Yes, 2 yards per carry. Coach John Harbaugh says Rice's health has been an issue. Whatever the issue might be, Baltimore simply must find a running game.

* The Ravens jump to No. 17, four spots higher than last week, in the Associated Press Pro32 poll.

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