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By Mike Preston | December 26, 1999
1 The Ravens have to contain the Bengals' top two receivers, Darnay Scott (61 catches, 918 yards, seven TDs) and Carl Pickens (50, 668, six).2 The Ravens can't let running back Corey Dillon dominate because that will make the Bengals' play-action passing game even more effective.3 The Ravens have to challenge the Bengals' secondary early in the game. The unit's confidence is already shaky.
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By KEN MURRAY | October 22, 2000
TITANS -- Ravens rushing vs. Titans run defense The Ravens will have a chance for big plays in the running game, but will have to swallow a lot of no-gainers along the way. Willing to risk the occasional big play, the Titans like to crowd the line and make SS Blaine Bishop the eighth man in the box. RB Jamal Lewis is averaging just 2.4 yards per carry the past two games, but he has big-play potential. TITANS -- Ravens passing vs. Titans pass defense The Ravens are 28th in pass offense, facing the Titans' No. 2 pass defense, an apparent mismatch.
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By Gary Lambrecht | November 21, 1999
CB DeRon Jenkins vs. WR Carl PickensHe is fresh off one of the most uplifting performances of his four-year career, in which he kept the Jacksonville Jaguars' Jimmy Smith out of the end zone and did not allow the Pro Bowl receiver to abuse him as he had in years past.Next up for Ravens cornerback DeRon Jenkins is the Cincinnati Bengals' Carl Pickens, who has had his good days against Jenkins and pretty much everyone else around the NFL.It was only 14 months ago that Pickens, using his familiar arsenal, which blends quickness, leaping ability, push-off moves and some trash talk to boot, burned Jenkins for two scores in a Ravens victory.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | September 1, 2000
When arriving with the Tennessee Titans, receiver Carl Pickens traded in his accustomed No. 81 for No. 18. This season for Pickens, it's all about a turnaround. During his eight-year career with the Cincinnati Bengals, Pickens never played on a team with a winning record. The former All-Pro receiver can't even remember the last time he was on a team that had won two straight games. Now, Pickens enters his first season with the Titans, the defending AFC champion, feeling like a rookie again.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | July 21, 1999
Ravens owner Art Modell vehemently denied rumors yesterday that his team is pursuing a trade for disgruntled Cincinnati wide receiver Carl Pickens.Pickens, still considered one of the NFL's premier wideouts, has been designated as the Bengals' franchise player, and has threatened to sit out the 1999 season as a result. Because of his franchise-player status, he was unable to test the free-agent market this year.Pickens has refused to sign a one-year tender with the Bengals and has said repeatedly that he wants out of Cincinnati.
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By Mike Preston | November 22, 1998
The formation: Pro right, one-back set.The action: At the snap, the offensive linemen lock into their PTC pass sets. Fullback Brian Milne (44) fakes as if he's going to pass block, then flares into the left flat. Halfback Corey Dillon (28) also pass blocks, but if there is no oncoming pass rusher, he darts into the right flat. Receiver Carl Pickens (81), splits left, runs a hitch-and-go route, the type on which he scored the last time the Bengals played the Ravens. Tight end Tony McGee (82)
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | September 1, 2000
When arriving with the Tennessee Titans, receiver Carl Pickens traded in his accustomed No. 81 for No. 18. This season for Pickens, it's all about a turnaround. During his eight-year career with the Cincinnati Bengals, Pickens never played on a team with a winning record. The former All-Pro receiver can't even remember the last time he was on a team that had won two straight games. Now, Pickens enters his first season with the Titans, the defending AFC champion, feeling like a rookie again.
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By Gary Lambrecht | November 3, 1996
Site: Memorial Stadium.Time: 1 p.m.TV: Ch. 11.Announcers: Don Criqui and Beasley Reece.Radio: WJFK (1300 AM), WLIF (101.9 FM).Line: Ravens by 3 1/2 .Vs. spread: Bengals 3-4; Ravens 3-4.On grass: Ravens 3-2; Bengals 0-2.Last week: Ravens beat Rams in overtime, 37-31; Bengals beat Jaguars, 28-21.Last meeting: Ravens, then the Browns, beat the Bengals, 26-10, last Dec. 17, in the team's last game in Cleveland.Series: Ravens, as the Cleveland Browns, held a 27-24 lead over the Bengals, with the Browns winning the last seven in a row.Who's hot: Ravens: QB Vinny Testaverde had an outstanding October, in which he threw for 1,355 yards and 13 touchdowns over four games.
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By Mike Preston | November 21, 1999
Ravens run offense vs. Bengals run defense RAVENS - Edge The Ravens love to run and the Bengals can't stop them. Running backs Errict Rhett and Priest Holmes should get plenty of yardage against the Bengals, who are allowing 115.1 yards a game. The Bengals have allowed more than 100 yards rushing in four of their past five games. Ravens pass offense vs. Bengals pass defense EVEN - EDGE Both teams are loaded with players virtually no other team wanted. Bengals starting right cornerback Artrell Hawkins is questionable with a sprained left shoulder and could be replaced by either Rico Clark or Roosevelt Blackmon, two cornerbacks picked up off the waiver wire.
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By Mike Preston and Brent Jones and Mike Preston and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | July 31, 1999
During the first two minicamps, it took only a few hours to determine that the Ravens needed another receiver opposite Jermaine Lewis. The receivers were knocking down more passes than the defensive backs.But after two days of training camp, the receivers have been holding onto the ball as well as their jobs. They aren't reminding anyone of Jerry Rice, but the Ravens aren't rushing out trying to sign Cincinnati Bengals receiver Carl Pickens either.Not yet, anyway.There has been plenty of competition among the 10 receivers, with Lewis and first-year player Patrick Johnson running on the first team with the regular offense and veteran Webster Slaughter in the third spot in the three-receiver package.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | March 31, 2000
Disregard the phenomenon that has Florida State's Peter Warrick plummeting from first pick to fourth in the NFL draft. Dismiss it to the caprice of ever-probing scouts whose focus is not so much why, but why not. Warrick, the most gifted receiver in a gifted class of receivers, is a great catch whenever he goes. And that probably will be with the fourth pick to the Cincinnati Bengals. Sitting anxiously at No. 5 will be the Ravens. While they could get lucky in the first round, they aren't likely to get that lucky.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | January 9, 2000
Now that the Ravens have officially attained a state of mediocrity with the first non-losing year in team history, they are starting to envision the roster that could lift them into the uncharted territory of the playoffs in the 2000 season. And what a different face the 8-8 Ravens could have in the coming months. For starters, 19 of their players are scheduled to become free agents on Feb. 11, unless the NFL Players Association and the league agree to push the date to March 2. The Ravens begin their off-season with two goals in mind -- beefing up a lean offense that ranked 24th in the NFL, and preserving key elements of a stout defense that finished second-best in the league.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | January 2, 2000
During his tumultuous six-month tenure as the owner of the Washington Redskins, Dan Snyder has often been compared to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Maybe it should be the other way around. Jones now seems to be stealing a page from the Snyder book. He called in about 20 veterans last week to stress the importance of today's game against the New York Giants. It was similar to Snyder's move of meeting one-on-one with five veterans before the Arizona game. Quarterback Troy Aikman, who was drafted the year (1989)
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By Mike Preston | December 26, 1999
1 The Ravens have to contain the Bengals' top two receivers, Darnay Scott (61 catches, 918 yards, seven TDs) and Carl Pickens (50, 668, six).2 The Ravens can't let running back Corey Dillon dominate because that will make the Bengals' play-action passing game even more effective.3 The Ravens have to challenge the Bengals' secondary early in the game. The unit's confidence is already shaky.
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By Gary Lambrecht | November 21, 1999
CB DeRon Jenkins vs. WR Carl PickensHe is fresh off one of the most uplifting performances of his four-year career, in which he kept the Jacksonville Jaguars' Jimmy Smith out of the end zone and did not allow the Pro Bowl receiver to abuse him as he had in years past.Next up for Ravens cornerback DeRon Jenkins is the Cincinnati Bengals' Carl Pickens, who has had his good days against Jenkins and pretty much everyone else around the NFL.It was only 14 months ago that Pickens, using his familiar arsenal, which blends quickness, leaping ability, push-off moves and some trash talk to boot, burned Jenkins for two scores in a Ravens victory.
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By Mike Preston and Brent Jones and Mike Preston and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | July 31, 1999
During the first two minicamps, it took only a few hours to determine that the Ravens needed another receiver opposite Jermaine Lewis. The receivers were knocking down more passes than the defensive backs.But after two days of training camp, the receivers have been holding onto the ball as well as their jobs. They aren't reminding anyone of Jerry Rice, but the Ravens aren't rushing out trying to sign Cincinnati Bengals receiver Carl Pickens either.Not yet, anyway.There has been plenty of competition among the 10 receivers, with Lewis and first-year player Patrick Johnson running on the first team with the regular offense and veteran Webster Slaughter in the third spot in the three-receiver package.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | July 21, 1999
Ravens owner Art Modell vehemently denied rumors yesterday that his team is pursuing a trade for disgruntled Cincinnati wide receiver Carl Pickens.Pickens, still considered one of the NFL's premier wideouts, has been designated as the Bengals' franchise player, and has threatened to sit out the 1999 season as a result. Because of his franchise-player status, he was unable to test the free-agent market this year.Pickens has refused to sign a one-year tender with the Bengals and has said repeatedly that he wants out of Cincinnati.
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