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By KEN MURRAY | September 5, 2002
Houston Texans Last season: 0-0. Coach: Dom Capers (30-34), first year with Texans, fifth in NFL. Story line: Is David Carr ready to quarterback an expansion team as a rookie? Power game: The Texans went for established starters with big contracts in the expansion draft, then selectively attacked a diluted free-agent market. Among the starters they pulled out of the expansion draft were former Ravens LB Jamie Sharper, CBs Aaron Glenn and Marcus Coleman and DLs Gary Walker and Seth Payne.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2014
The Ravens' 8-8 record last year, and the third-place schedule that comes with it for the 2014 season, could have been an advantage over division rivals Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.    Upon Wednesday night's release of the 2014 schedule , it appears some of those advantages have been mitigated.   Cincinnati's schedule is similar to the Ravens', save for two opponents, but the Ravens' and Steelers' schedules are essentially flipped. If the Ravens travel to a non-divisional opponent in the two crossover divisions, the AFC South and NFC South, the Steelers get them at home.
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By Edward Lee | January 14, 2012
In many ways, this season was a new frontier for the Houston Texans, who captured their first AFC South title, earned their first postseason berth, and then cemented their first playoff win with a 31-10 rout of the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday evening. So reaching the AFC divisional round is quite an accomplishment for this franchise, but just making an appearance against the Ravens on Sunday isn't the objective, according to Houston wide receiver Andre Johnson. “We want to win,” he said during a conference call Wednesday with Baltimore media.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2013
During the first few weeks of the NFL season, it seemed apparent that the AFC North would be hard-pressed to send more than one team into the playoffs this year. The seeming parity in the division pointed to a second-place team finishing around .500, and the sudden emergence of the Kansas City Chiefs as a very strong playoff contender in the West left room to speculate that there really is only one wild card berth in play in the conference. That is all still the case, but the landscape in the AFC has changed pretty dramatically over the course of the first half of the season.
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By Ken Murray and By Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | May 20, 2001
NFL realignment - a concept whose time is long overdue - will resurface this week when league owners convene in Chicago to wade through a number of vexing issues. By the time the owners adjourn the three-day meetings on Thursday, the Seattle Seahawks could be headed back to their NFC roots, the Indianapolis Colts could be severing their eastern ties, and the Ravens may be looking at a division they could dominate for years. Thirty-one years after the league's last realignment, the NFL will embrace upheaval not by choice, but out of necessity.
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September 6, 2007
JAMISON HENSLEY AFC NORTH NFC NORTH 1. Ravens 1. Bears 2. Bengals 2. Packers 3. Steelers 3. Lions 4. Browns 4. Vikings AFC EAST NFC EAST 1. Patriots 1. Cowboys 2. Jets 2. Giants 3. Bills 3. Eagles 4. Dolphins 4. Redskins AFC SOUTH NFC SOUTH 1. Colts 1. Saints 2. Jaguars 2. Panthers 3. Titans 3. Buccaneers 4. Texans 4. Falcons AFC WEST NFC WEST 1. Chargers 1. Rams 2. Broncos 2. Seahawks 3. Chiefs 3. 49ers 4. Raiders 4. Cardinals Wild cards: Wild cards:...
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2012
I know this is a tad premature considering we're still over a week away from training camp for the 2012-13 season. But I can't help myself and I know how much everybody likes planning in advance. So here is an early look at the Ravens' 2013-14 schedule, which the league released today in the NFL Fact and Record Book. This probably goes without saying but you'll have to wait about 10 months before the dates and times are released for the games. 2013-14 HOME GAMES Cincinnati Bengals Cleveland Browns Pittsburgh Steelers New England Patriots New York Jets Green Bay Packers Minnesota Vikings AFC South team (The Ravens will play the team in this division that finishes in the same place in the standings in 2012-13 as they do in the AFC North.
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By Ken Murray | October 18, 2004
EXTRA POINTS Just what doctor ordered Turns out Bengals WR Chad Johnson needed that Pepto Bismol for himself. Johnson, who sent four bottles to the Browns as a promotional gag, had three catches and four drops in a loss. Butterfingers The Seahawks' passing game has a serious flaw -- the WRs can't catch. Koren Robinson had three of the team's six drops. Connecting Falcons QB Michael Vick finally made progress in his new offense, throwing for 200 yards for the first time since the 2002 season.
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By Matt Vensel | October 25, 2011
Lost in that mess down in Jacksonville was that the Ravens defense delivered another fine performance, one that helped them pass the idle Cincinnati Bengals and reclaim the NFL's top spot in yards allowed per game. Interestingly enough, the NFL's top four teams in total defense all hail from the AFC North. Baltimore is first with 272.7 yards allowed per game, followed by Cincinnati, (278.5), Pittsburgh (279) and Cleveland (291). It's no wonder the AFC North is the only division with all four teams at or above the .500 mark.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | May 23, 2001
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- NFL owners braced for a fight yesterday, then resolved the simmering issue of realignment before lunch. They plotted proposals for two years, then pushed one through in little more than two hours. Fight? The owners did everything but pose for a team photo after shaping the future of the league for years to come on the first day of the spring meetings. The winning plan was the favorite all along, the one that put the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals in the NFC West starting in 2002 and the Ravens in the AFC North with the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers.
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By Matt Vensel | December 17, 2012
Every Monday morning, the day after my favorite day of the week but still hours before that week's slate of games officially wraps up with “Monday Night Football,” I will bring you my weekly premature NFL power rankings. Why Monday? Because who wants to wait until Tuesday or Wednesday for power rankings? Why 11 teams? I don't really have a good answer for that one. I've always liked odd numbers. What am I basing them on? Who my gut tells me are the toughest teams to beat that week.
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September 3, 2012
Healthy Chiefs dangerous Dan Pompei Chicago Tribune The playoff field in the AFC is going to include a lot of familiar teams from last year — with one notable exception. The Chiefs could go from worst to first in the AFC West. They were a team that was demolished by injuries last year, and they still won three of their last five games. With some better health this season, the Chiefs could be the NFL's surprise team. The returns of Matt Cassel, Jamaal Charles, Tony Moeaki and Eric Berry should bolster this team, and new coach Romeo Crennel should push the right buttons.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2012
I know this is a tad premature considering we're still over a week away from training camp for the 2012-13 season. But I can't help myself and I know how much everybody likes planning in advance. So here is an early look at the Ravens' 2013-14 schedule, which the league released today in the NFL Fact and Record Book. This probably goes without saying but you'll have to wait about 10 months before the dates and times are released for the games. 2013-14 HOME GAMES Cincinnati Bengals Cleveland Browns Pittsburgh Steelers New England Patriots New York Jets Green Bay Packers Minnesota Vikings AFC South team (The Ravens will play the team in this division that finishes in the same place in the standings in 2012-13 as they do in the AFC North.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2012
After a much-needed bye week, the Ravens begin Phase Two of their quest for a Super Bowl title. This afternoon, they host the surprising Houston Texans, who overcame season-ending injuries to a couple of noteworthy players to win the AFC South and then advance to the AFC's divisional round. The Ravens are experienced and confident, but they would be wise to not overlook the 11-6 Texans. Here are five storylines to watch today at The Bank with a spot in the AFC title game up for grabs: 1. Joe Flacco's time to shine: Flacco feels a bit underappreciated here despite all the wins he piled up in his first four seasons, but he also knows that legacies are chiseled in the postseason.
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By Edward Lee | January 14, 2012
In many ways, this season was a new frontier for the Houston Texans, who captured their first AFC South title, earned their first postseason berth, and then cemented their first playoff win with a 31-10 rout of the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday evening. So reaching the AFC divisional round is quite an accomplishment for this franchise, but just making an appearance against the Ravens on Sunday isn't the objective, according to Houston wide receiver Andre Johnson. “We want to win,” he said during a conference call Wednesday with Baltimore media.
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By John McClain, Houston Chronicle | January 13, 2012
Texans defensive players were unanimous in their excitement that Wade Phillips canceled his interview with Tampa Bay and withdrew from consideration for the Buccaneers' head-coaching job. Phillips, former Cowboys head coach, was supposed to interview Friday night in Houston with a contingent from the Buccaneers. He was a long shot to get the job, anyway, and by withdrawing as a candidate, he's guaranteed of returning for a second season. "Hey, we're selfish, and we're excited about him backing out of the interview," inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans said.
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By Ken Murray and The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2011
Last season there were a total of five new teams in the NFL's 12-team playoff format. Given surprisingly slow starts in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Indianapolis and elsewhere this season, that number could easily rise. At the quarter pole, here are six also-rans from 2010 that may be good enough to break into the postseason party in 2011: 1.) Texans: They have been on the verge the past few years, but were unable to get past the Colts. With Peyton Manning out and the Colts struggling, Houston's time has arrived in the AFC South.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2014
The Ravens' 8-8 record last year, and the third-place schedule that comes with it for the 2014 season, could have been an advantage over division rivals Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.    Upon Wednesday night's release of the 2014 schedule , it appears some of those advantages have been mitigated.   Cincinnati's schedule is similar to the Ravens', save for two opponents, but the Ravens' and Steelers' schedules are essentially flipped. If the Ravens travel to a non-divisional opponent in the two crossover divisions, the AFC South and NFC South, the Steelers get them at home.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | January 13, 2012
Having lost their starting quarterback and their highest-paid defensive player in the middle of the season, the Houston Texans are arguably the unlikeliest team left in the NFL's final eight. But the Ravens say they aren't surprised by the 11-6 Texans, nor was offensive coordinator Cam Cameron by the touchdown that propelled the AFC South champions into the divisional round. Last Saturday, in the final minute of the first half, rookie defensive end J.J. Watt slipped a block and plucked a line-drive pass from Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton out of the air with his left hand, then returned it 29 yards for a tie-breaking, morale-crushing score.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2012
The Houston Texans are, in many ways, a different team than the one the Ravens prepared for when they hosted them back in Week 6. But the fact that the Texans will return to M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday, Jan. 15 for an AFC Divisional Round game speaks volumes about their depth — and determination. When the Ravens defeated the Texans, 29-14, back in October, Houston had already lost its top pass rusher (Mario Williams) to a season-ending pectoral injury and its dangerous wide receiver (Andre Johnson)
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