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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | December 8, 2013
Ravens rookie wide receiver Marlon Brown identified a weak spot in the Minnesota Vikings' zone coverage scheme, and capitalized on it for the game-winning touchdown Sunday. When Brown darted behind Vikings middle linebacker Audie Cole , he caught a perfectly-placed lob from quarterback Joe Flacco for a 9-yard touchdown pass with four seconds remaining during the Ravens' 29-26 win Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound undrafted free agent secured the football, then dragged his feet inbounds at the back of the end zone.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2013
The Ravens are on a roll and so am I. Last week, as they picked up a second straight win by beating the Pittsburgh Steelers, I nailed two of my predictions - and it would have been three if not for a hard hit and faulty chin strap. It's about time I started getting some of these right. So as the Ravens look to keep it going against Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings, I hope to do the same with these bold predictions. 1. BOTH TEAMS WILL RUSH FOR 100-PLUS YARDS: The Vikings are sixth in the NFL in rushing, mainly because their three favorite plays are "Peterson left," "Peterson right" and "Peterson up the middle.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2013
The Ravens have until Dec. 11, which is next Wednesday, to decide whether to activate tight end Dennis Pitta or move him to season-ending injured reserve. Barring a setback, it's more a matter of when they'll activate him rather than if. Pitta obviously won't be at full strength and speed for a little while. After all, he hasn't played a game since Super Bowl XLVII. But the Ravens don't need Pitta as an every-down player right now. At this point, they need him on third downs and in the red zone, areas where Joe Flacco loves to get his tight end the ball.
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By Aaron Wilson | December 3, 2013
Ravens 22, Steelers 20 STRATEGY: Joe Flacco silenced anyone still clamoring for the wildcat offense, which disappeared against the Steelers days after the quarterback called it a high school offense. They went back to their conventional pass-first approach as he upgraded his accuracy on deep throws. A concerted effort was made to increase the involvement of Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones. The shotgun formation was used on 52 of 62 plays. They were in hurry-up mode frequently with 44 no-huddle snaps.
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By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2013
The Ravens may have had their most important win of the season Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but this team still has room for a lot of improvement, especially on the offensive side of the ball. The Ravens will welcome five field goals from Justin Tucker any time, but not at the expense of touchdowns. In games against highly touted quarterbacks like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, the Ravens will probably need more than one touchdown to win. To improve, the Ravens have to cut down on the number of penalties, especially inside the red zone.
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Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2013
The Ravens are very much back in playoff position, and they can thank Joe Flacco's arm, Justin Tucker's foot and the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers' Emmanuel Sanders. Who needs anything like the wildcat offense when your quarterback is keeping the ball out of harm's way and your kicker can't seem to miss? It helps to have a little luck, too. A game that the Ravens appeared to have in control came down to one two-point conversion attempt and Sanders dropped Ben Roethlisberger's pass in the corner of the end zone.
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By Matt Vensel | November 29, 2013
Joe Flacco did not sound like a man who had just led his team to its biggest victory of the season. Standing at the podium late Thursday night -- or was it early Friday morning? -- Flacco harped on missed opportunities against the Pittsburgh Steelers and repeatedly said how frustrated he was that the Ravens had to settle for five field goals despite moving the ball into Steelers territory seven times on eight drives. He talked about concentration lapses and failed conversions and the need to correct the little things.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2013
When the Ravens played the Pittsburgh Steelers last month, Jameel McClain played his first game in nearly a year and took the majority of the snaps at weak-side linebacker in place of Josh Bynes, who sat out the game with an infected finger. After that game, we were told McClain would be the starter at that spot. McClain has started every game since then, including Thursday night's 22-20 win over the Steelers , but the distribution of snaps for McClain, Bynes and rookie Arthur Brown has varied from week to week.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2013
Justin Tucker has emerged as the Ravens' top offensive weapon lately, and been one of the most reliable kickers in the NFL. Tucker delivered in the clutch again during a 22-20 victory Thursday night over the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium, connecting on all five field goals to tie a single-game franchise record previously reached by Matt Stover (four times) and Billy Cundiff (twice). With made kicks from 43, 34, 38, 45 and 48 yards against the Steelers, Tucker has connected on 27 consecutive field goals.
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