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By Matt Vensel | November 20, 2012
Every week, blogger Matt Vensel breaks down a critical play, sometimes with the help of Ravens players, from that week's game. Today, he looks at Steelers QB Byron Leftwich's touchdown scramble against the Ravens. In the first minute of Baltimore's 13-10 win in Pittsburgh on Sunday night, Steelers backup quarterback Byron Leftwich did something that few people in Heinz Field -- probably Leftwich included -- believed he could do. The Steelers had the football inside Ravens territory after cornerback Cary Williams was flagged for a 42-yard pass interference penalty.
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By Matt Vensel | November 20, 2012
Every week, blogger Matt Vensel breaks down a critical play, sometimes with the help of Ravens players, from that week's game. Today, he looks at Steelers QB Byron Leftwich's touchdown scramble against the Ravens. In the first minute of Baltimore's 13-10 win in Pittsburgh on Sunday night, Steelers backup quarterback Byron Leftwich did something that few people in Heinz Field -- probably Leftwich included -- believed he could do. The Steelers had the football inside Ravens territory after cornerback Cary Williams was flagged for a 42-yard pass interference penalty.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2012
With injured Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger watching from the sideline in sweats Sunday, backup Byron Leftwich started against the Ravens, his first start since 2009. Leftwich hit the ground running — literally — on his first drive, running for a 31-yard touchdown to give the Steelers an early 7-0 lead. But he struggled through the air, completing 18 of 39 attempts for 201 yards and one interception as the Ravens beat the Steelers, 13-10, at Heinz Field. Leftwich got a chance to lead the Steelers on a late scoring drive in the game's final possession, but he missed an open David Gilreath on third down and completed a short pass to Gilreath short of the first-down marker on fourth down.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2012
With injured Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger watching from the sideline in sweats Sunday, backup Byron Leftwich started against the Ravens, his first start since 2009. Leftwich hit the ground running - literally - on his first drive, running for a 31-yard touchdown to give the Steelers an early 7-0 lead. But he struggled in the air, completing 18 of 39 attempts for 201 yards and one interception as the Ravens beat the Steelers, 13-10, at Heinz Field. Leftwich got a chance to lead the Steelers on a late scoring drive in the game's final possession, but he missed an open Mike Wallace on third down and completed a short pass to Gilreath short of the first-down marker on fourth down.
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By Edward Lee | November 16, 2012
Among the variety of reasons why prognosticators think the Ravens will have the advantage against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday is Byron Leftwich's long windup. Leftwich's passing motion has been compared to that of a baseball pitcher and may rival New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow's for its elongated windup. While critics question how Leftwich can release the ball quickly enough to execute offensive coordinator Todd Haley's scheme, the Ravens said they aren't giving much weight to that theory.
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By Orlando Sentinel | December 18, 2002
Tonight's game GMAC Bowl Louisville (7-5) vs. Marshall (10-2) When: 8 p.m. Where: Mobile, Ala. TV: ESPN2 Line: Marshall by 2 1/2 About Louisville: QB Dave Ragone is excellent, but the line in front of him is mediocre and none of the receivers is a standout. Ragone's task will be made easier tonight if RBs Henry Miller and T.J. Patterson run effectively. The Cardinals' defense has been solid. About Marshall: QB Byron Leftwich (365.4 ypg, 26 TDs) has an excellent receiving trio in Darius Watts, Denero Marriott and Josh Davis (a combined 217 catches and 23 TDs)
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November 13, 2005
Good morning --Byron Leftwich -- Talk about a close call. Were it not for a busy signal, you'd be in the Ravens' huddle today. QUESTION OF THE DAY Are the Philadelphia Eagles better off without Terrell Owens? Selected responses to today's question will be printed tomorrow on The Kickoff page. Please e-mail your answer (about 25 words) to sports@baltsun.com by 3 p.m. today. Include your name, address and a daytime telephone number for verification purposes. THEY SAID IT "Then I had to wait, like, a half an hour to vote.
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By Edward Lee | October 14, 2007
1. Patriots Tom Brady continues to polish his resume for the MVP award. 2. Colts Only the fourth team in NFL history to post three consecutive 5-0 seasons. 3. Cowboys Wade Phillips is 50-35 as a head coach. 4. Steelers Get this: Najeh Davenport has more touchdowns than Willie Parker. 5. Packers Will giving up a 17-7 halftime lead in a 27-20 loss to the Bears haunt them? 6. Titans The defense has surrendered a league-low three touchdowns in 12 red-zone trips. 7. Redskins Opponents have scored a league-low four touchdowns against the defense.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2012
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger met with the media Wednesday, about two hours after the team officially announced he would be out for Sunday night's game against the Ravens. And Roethlisberger revealed that a rib injury -- not his sprained throwing shoulder -- was the bigger concern. “From what I understand, it's an SC joint and a dislocation of the first rib,” he said. “That's really the scary part because I guess if it goes in the wrong direction it can puncture the aorta.
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By Jamison Hensley | November 3, 2003
Ravens rushing vs. Jaguars run defense JAGUARS - - The Ravens created little space for Jamal Lewis and the league's leading rusher was held to a season-low 68 yards rushing. The biggest play came from Chester Taylor, who filled in for an injured Lewis and ran for a 29-yard touchdown. But the most troubling aspect is how the running game fared in the red zone, where the Ravens aver-aged 2.4 yards on seven rushes. The Ravens finished with 103 yards on the ground, 78 yards below their season average.
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By Edward Lee | November 19, 2012
PITTSBURGH - Byron Leftwich completed less than 50 percent of his throws and earned a 51.3 passer rating in the Pittsburgh Steelers' 13-10 loss to the Ravens on Sunday night at Heinz Field, but the 32-year-old quarterback earned a measure of respect from a few Ravens defensive players. Asked if Leftwich is still dangerous in his 10th year in the NFL, Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata replied, “He definitely is dangerous. You saw him throw down the field. [He is] great at throwing that deep ball.
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By Edward Lee | November 16, 2012
Among the variety of reasons why prognosticators think the Ravens will have the advantage against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday is Byron Leftwich's long windup. Leftwich's passing motion has been compared to that of a baseball pitcher and may rival New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow's for its elongated windup. While critics question how Leftwich can release the ball quickly enough to execute offensive coordinator Todd Haley's scheme, the Ravens said they aren't giving much weight to that theory.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2012
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger met with the media Wednesday, about two hours after the team officially announced he would be out for Sunday night's game against the Ravens. And Roethlisberger revealed that a rib injury -- not his sprained throwing shoulder -- was the bigger concern. “From what I understand, it's an SC joint and a dislocation of the first rib,” he said. “That's really the scary part because I guess if it goes in the wrong direction it can puncture the aorta.
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By Edward Lee | October 14, 2007
1. Patriots Tom Brady continues to polish his resume for the MVP award. 2. Colts Only the fourth team in NFL history to post three consecutive 5-0 seasons. 3. Cowboys Wade Phillips is 50-35 as a head coach. 4. Steelers Get this: Najeh Davenport has more touchdowns than Willie Parker. 5. Packers Will giving up a 17-7 halftime lead in a 27-20 loss to the Bears haunt them? 6. Titans The defense has surrendered a league-low three touchdowns in 12 red-zone trips. 7. Redskins Opponents have scored a league-low four touchdowns against the defense.
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November 13, 2005
Good morning --Byron Leftwich -- Talk about a close call. Were it not for a busy signal, you'd be in the Ravens' huddle today. QUESTION OF THE DAY Are the Philadelphia Eagles better off without Terrell Owens? Selected responses to today's question will be printed tomorrow on The Kickoff page. Please e-mail your answer (about 25 words) to sports@baltsun.com by 3 p.m. today. Include your name, address and a daytime telephone number for verification purposes. THEY SAID IT "Then I had to wait, like, a half an hour to vote.
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By Jamison Hensley | November 3, 2003
Ravens rushing vs. Jaguars run defense JAGUARS - - The Ravens created little space for Jamal Lewis and the league's leading rusher was held to a season-low 68 yards rushing. The biggest play came from Chester Taylor, who filled in for an injured Lewis and ran for a 29-yard touchdown. But the most troubling aspect is how the running game fared in the red zone, where the Ravens aver-aged 2.4 yards on seven rushes. The Ravens finished with 103 yards on the ground, 78 yards below their season average.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | April 28, 2003
Moments after the NFL draft ended, Ravens officials believed they had scored a touchdown. But the measuring stick will center on a draft-day audible. The Ravens, who are being applauded for picking up three players ranked in their top 20, will have their draft ultimately judged on the results of a botched deal with the Minnesota Vikings. After the Vikings agreed at the last minute to swap first-round picks (No. 7 for No. 10), the Ravens got a busy signal when trying to inform league headquarters as time expired and couldn't complete the deal in time to draft Marshall quarterback Byron Leftwich.
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By Bart Hubbuch and Bart Hubbuch,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 1, 2003
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Byron Leftwich has been everything the Jacksonville Jaguars expected - good and bad - when they out-dueled the Ravens for his rights in last April's NFL draft. The Jaguars expected the big, strong-armed Leftwich to be everything he showed during a gaudy career at Marshall. They also expected him to struggle like any other rookie once they handed him the starting job, and that's exactly what Leftwich is doing as the 1-6 Jaguars prepare to face the Ravens tomorrow. Since taking over for the injured Mark Brunell four games ago, Leftwich has thrown nine interceptions - including three games with three interceptions each - and lost two fumbles.
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