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By Matt Vensel | October 8, 2012
The crowd at Arrowhead Stadium booed Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel throughout the Ravens' 9-6 win on Sunday, and someone paid for an airplane to fly above the stadium before the game with a banner that called for Cassel to be benched. But some Chiefs fans crossed the line of decency when they cheered after Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata knocked Cassel out of the game with a hard hit in the fourth quarter. And in the locker room after the game, Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Winston, who was scheduled to visit the Ravens in free agency this past offseason but never got out of Kansas City, ripped Chiefs fans for their actions.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2013
Vikings 23, Bears 20 Strategy: The Vikings offense is built around the talents of Adrian Peterson, who is inarguably the NFL's best running back. They put the ball in his hands as much as possible, and they might trot out their fullback and heavy sets more than any team in the league. The Vikings used just one wide receiver on a handful of plays and even had a few where they used none. When the Chicago Bears loaded up to stop Peterson, the Vikings had success using play-action and two-man routes to move the ball through the air. Defensively, the Vikings run a 4-3. Against the Bears, they wanted to keep two deep safeties to defend the pass, but they didn't stop the run well enough to stick with that.
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By Edward Lee | October 3, 2012
Despite reports out of Kansas City that Matt Cassel could lose his starting job - or at least a few snaps - to backup Brady Quinn, the Ravens intend to prepare as if Cassel will be the starting quarterback for Sunday's game. “I do - until the coaches tell us something different,” outside linebacker Paul Kruger said. “I think you just prepare your best for the both of them. It looks like we're going to see Cassel, but who knows?” “You prepare for their starter,” inside linebacker Jameel McClain said.
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By Matt Vensel | October 8, 2012
The crowd at Arrowhead Stadium booed Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel throughout the Ravens' 9-6 win on Sunday, and someone paid for an airplane to fly above the stadium before the game with a banner that called for Cassel to be benched. But some Chiefs fans crossed the line of decency when they cheered after Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata knocked Cassel out of the game with a hard hit in the fourth quarter. And in the locker room after the game, Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Winston, who was scheduled to visit the Ravens in free agency this past offseason but never got out of Kansas City, ripped Chiefs fans for their actions.
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By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun | January 6, 2011
1. Convert in the red zone. Kansas City has the AFC's worst red-zone defense, giving up 26 touchdowns on 37 possessions inside its 20-yard line (70.3 percent failure rate). The Ravens have the NFL's 22nd-ranked red-zone offense. 2. Ed Reed continues hot streak. The Pro Bowl safety has picked off multiple passes in his past two games and has seven interceptions in the playoffs (which is tied for best among active players). The Chiefs have turned the ball over 14 times, the second-fewest in the NFL. 3. Jump out to a lead.
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By CANDUS THOMSON | September 10, 2008
OK, so Matt Cassel, the Patriots' new No. 1 quarterback, hasn't started a game since Nov. 24, 1999 - in high school, when a gallon of gas was a buck 22. And Cassel's performance in the preseason was as close to a flat line as he could get without having a mirror stuck under his nose. But hit the playoff panic button? Hold your horses. It's still a team sport, and we're talking about New England, the land of Flutie Hail Mary's, Havlicek steals the ball and Dave Roberts steals second. While he's no Tom Brady (who is?
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By From Baltimore Sun news services | September 8, 2008
Tom Brady went from the disappointment of a Super Bowl loss to the devastation of an injury that likely will keep him out the rest of the season, according to media reports. The injury to his left knee is serious, and Brady isn't expected to play again this season, according to NFL.com and Yahoo.com. He left yesterday's season-opening win against visiting Kansas City in the first quarter after being hit on the left leg by Chiefs safety Bernard Pollard. Coach Bill Belichick provided no information on the injury, but Pollard had a diagnosis of his own. "He was in a lot of pain," he said.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2012
- Free safety Ed Reed was fairly certain what was about to happen when Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel lined up under center at the Ravens' 1-yard line on the opening drive of the third quarter. Anticipating a quarterback sneak, Reed pounced on the fumbled exchange between center Ryan Lilja and Cassel and advanced the recovery out of the end zone to the Ravens' 12-yard line. It was a turning point in the Ravens' 9-6 victory Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, triggering a 10-point swing with the Chiefs not scoring a touchdown and the turnover leading directly to a Baltimore field goal.
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By Sam Farmer, Tribune reporter | December 31, 2011
Matthew Slater bulked up in a big way the moment he entered the NFL. The Patriots handed the former UCLA standout not just one Yellow Pages-sized binder but two — one for offense, the other for defense. "The first day in this building, they gave me two playbooks," Slater said Thursday in a phone interview. "There was no, 'We'll give you one, then we'll give you the other.' It was, 'Here's both.' I felt like I was in a graduate-studies program, making flash cards and everything.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2013
Vikings 23, Bears 20 Strategy: The Vikings offense is built around the talents of Adrian Peterson, who is inarguably the NFL's best running back. They put the ball in his hands as much as possible, and they might trot out their fullback and heavy sets more than any team in the league. The Vikings used just one wide receiver on a handful of plays and even had a few where they used none. When the Chicago Bears loaded up to stop Peterson, the Vikings had success using play-action and two-man routes to move the ball through the air. Defensively, the Vikings run a 4-3. Against the Bears, they wanted to keep two deep safeties to defend the pass, but they didn't stop the run well enough to stick with that.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2012
- Free safety Ed Reed was fairly certain what was about to happen when Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel lined up under center at the Ravens' 1-yard line on the opening drive of the third quarter. Anticipating a quarterback sneak, Reed pounced on the fumbled exchange between center Ryan Lilja and Cassel and advanced the recovery out of the end zone to the Ravens' 12-yard line. It was a turning point in the Ravens' 9-6 victory Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, triggering a 10-point swing with the Chiefs not scoring a touchdown and the turnover leading directly to a Baltimore field goal.
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By Edward Lee | October 3, 2012
Despite reports out of Kansas City that Matt Cassel could lose his starting job - or at least a few snaps - to backup Brady Quinn, the Ravens intend to prepare as if Cassel will be the starting quarterback for Sunday's game. “I do - until the coaches tell us something different,” outside linebacker Paul Kruger said. “I think you just prepare your best for the both of them. It looks like we're going to see Cassel, but who knows?” “You prepare for their starter,” inside linebacker Jameel McClain said.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2012
Every week, I hope to bring you a quick Q&A with someone who covers the Ravens' opponent that week. On Sunday, the Ravens will take on the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Adam Teicher covers the Chiefs for The Kansas City Star, and he was kind enough to answer a few of my questions heading into the game. MV: One of your colleagues, Sam Mellinger, wrote a column this week calling for the Chiefs to fire general manager Scott Pioli, coach Romeo Crennel and quarterback Matt Cassel.
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By Sam Farmer, Tribune reporter | December 31, 2011
Matthew Slater bulked up in a big way the moment he entered the NFL. The Patriots handed the former UCLA standout not just one Yellow Pages-sized binder but two — one for offense, the other for defense. "The first day in this building, they gave me two playbooks," Slater said Thursday in a phone interview. "There was no, 'We'll give you one, then we'll give you the other.' It was, 'Here's both.' I felt like I was in a graduate-studies program, making flash cards and everything.
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By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun | January 6, 2011
1. Convert in the red zone. Kansas City has the AFC's worst red-zone defense, giving up 26 touchdowns on 37 possessions inside its 20-yard line (70.3 percent failure rate). The Ravens have the NFL's 22nd-ranked red-zone offense. 2. Ed Reed continues hot streak. The Pro Bowl safety has picked off multiple passes in his past two games and has seven interceptions in the playoffs (which is tied for best among active players). The Chiefs have turned the ball over 14 times, the second-fewest in the NFL. 3. Jump out to a lead.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | January 5, 2011
The temptation to be content can be alluring. The Kansas City Chiefs have turned a 4-12 campaign last year into a 10-6 record and their first AFC West championship since 2003. But many NFL analysts and pundits have already picked Kansas City to fall to the Ravens in Sunday's AFC Wildcard game, and the Ravens are favored by 3 points. Reaching the playoffs, however, isn't the ultimate goal for the Chiefs. "You can't look at it like that," linebacker Derrick Johnson said during a conference call with Baltimore media Wednesday.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2012
Every week, I hope to bring you a quick Q&A with someone who covers the Ravens' opponent that week. On Sunday, the Ravens will take on the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Adam Teicher covers the Chiefs for The Kansas City Star, and he was kind enough to answer a few of my questions heading into the game. MV: One of your colleagues, Sam Mellinger, wrote a column this week calling for the Chiefs to fire general manager Scott Pioli, coach Romeo Crennel and quarterback Matt Cassel.
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Peter Schmuck | January 3, 2011
Since coach John Harbaugh would not agree to be hooked up to a polygraph for his weekly news conference on Monday, we'll have to take him at his word that it didn't matter to him whether the Ravens were matched up against the Kansas City Chiefs or the Indianapolis Colts in this weekend's opening round of the NFL playoffs. "It doesn't matter," he said. "I think once you get your assignment, that's the one you're excited about. If it had been the Colts, we'd be excited about that, and you turn your attention to them.
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Peter Schmuck | January 3, 2011
Since coach John Harbaugh would not agree to be hooked up to a polygraph for his weekly news conference on Monday, we'll have to take him at his word that it didn't matter to him whether the Ravens were matched up against the Kansas City Chiefs or the Indianapolis Colts in this weekend's opening round of the NFL playoffs. "It doesn't matter," he said. "I think once you get your assignment, that's the one you're excited about. If it had been the Colts, we'd be excited about that, and you turn your attention to them.
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By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2010
Most Outstanding Player Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. A one-man wrecking crew on the Ravens' defensive front, Ngata is not only the most dominant defensive player on the Ravens but perhaps the NFL. He leads the Ravens with four sacks and ranks third in tackles. How impressive has Ngata been this season? He is fourth on the latest NFL MVP list by Sports Illustrated's Peter King. Most Valuable Player Middle linebacker Ray Lewis. While Ngata has been the team's best player, the Ravens might not be 5-2 without Lewis.
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