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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2013
Terence Garvin tried to curb his enthusiasm, but he had a feeling his name would be called. After all, in the weeks leading up to the NFL draft, the Atlanta Falcons had been constantly calling his phone. The Loyola High graduate had worked out for the Ravens in Owings Mills. And on the final day of April's draft, the Detroit Lions told him to have his phone ready. All seven rounds passed without the former West Virginia standout's name being announced, so he accepted an invitation to try out for the Pittsburgh Steelers at their rookie minicamp.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2013
Each Wednesday, blogger Matt Vensel highlights five stats that really mean something for the Ravens. 66.7 - percentage of first-down plays Sunday in which Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco attempted a pass. In an attempt to catch the Pittsburgh Steelers off guard Sunday, the Ravens changed up their tendencies on first down. Instead of running the ball, which they had done on 55.8 percent of their first-down plays entering Week 7, the Ravens threw the ball on 16 of 24 first-down plays, or 66.7 percent.
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By Matt Vensel | October 23, 2013
One of the few areas in which the Ravens have been consistently good this season is in their red zone, where they usually send opponents back to the sideline with three points and their tails between their legs. The Ravens are second in the NFL in red-zone defense this season, allowing touchdowns just 26.3 percent of the time. At 22.2 percent, only the Kansas City Chiefs have been stingier inside their 20-yard line. Red-zone defense was one reason the Ravens were able to hang around with the Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday's 19-16 loss.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2013
Shifting his eyes downfield as he dropped back to pass, Joe Flacco finally got the look he had been waiting for. Flacco had spent much of the first half of Sunday's 19-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers settling for shorter throws in front of the safeties. But on the first drive of the third quarter, Flacco planted his feet and uncorked a throw from his 45-yard line into the end zone. Jacoby Jones had turned Steelers cornerback William Gay around on a deep post route and used his long strides to create a cushion.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2013
As Ravens reserve safety Anthony Levine sprinted down the field, his eyes locked onto Pittsburgh Steelers return man Emmanuel Sanders. At the time, he didn't know about the positioning of the rest of the Ravens' coverage team or what kind of contact kicker Justin Tucker had made with the ball. All he knew was that Sanders had fielded a bouncing ball 7 yards deep in the end zone and had decided to bring it out. "We were running down, and my mind says, 'I'm going to make this tackle so we would get this stop, and let's go win this game,'" Levine said.
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Mike Preston | October 21, 2013
The Cincinnati Bengals are starting to assert themselves in the AFC North, and that's scary. They usually falter sometime during the season when they lose two or three consecutive games, but that isn't happening in Cincinnati. Instead, it has happened to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns and now Baltimore, where the Ravens have lost two straight. The Bengals (5-2) have a two game lead over the Ravens (3-4) and they appear to be getting better. The Ravens? They are mired in inconsistency and struggling.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2013
When the Ravens passed their way to a Super Bowl title last winter, they were most effective when they spread out opponents and put the pedal to the metal with their no-huddle offense. Early this season, though, the Ravens had to pump their brakes on that approach after injuries at wide receiver and tight end pushed newcomers into unexpected roles. As healthy as it has been all season, the Ravens' offense had the need for speed Sunday, hurrying up to the ball after plays and using three-receiver sets on the majority of their plays to attack the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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The Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2013
Baltimore Sun reporters, columnists and editors give their thoughts on the Ravens ' 19-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 7 of the NFL season. Peter Schmuck, columnist: Just another Ravens-Steelers game that ends up being decided by a field goal, but it didn't have to be that way. The offensive line's play clearly was improved, but the Ravens still couldn't get into the end zone in the first half and that would be the difference. It's not a devastating loss, but it is a very damaging one, since the Cincinnati Bengals also won on a late field goal to take a two-game lead in the AFC North.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2013
How bad did the Ravens look in their 19-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday? So, bad that CBS analyst Dan “I never publicly like to call a player or coach out” Fouts called them out at the start of the second half for the unimaginable gaffe of getting a delay of game penalty after taking a timeout. Honestly, I don't know which was worse Sunday - watching the Ravens lose the way they did to the Steelers or having to watch it on CBS, which delivered another hopelessly flawed telecast.
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Mike Preston | October 20, 2013
The Ravens need a bye week. They need to say goodbye to a lot of things, like farewell to their sorry running game. They need to say bye-bye to the slow starts, and say so long to inconsistent play on special teams and in the secondary. And they need to say hello to some players who can make plays in crunch time. The Ravens lost to nemesis Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday on a 42-yard field goal as time expired. They have lost two in a row and dropped two games behind the first-place Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North.
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