Posts Tagged ‘Ray Lewis

23
Nov
10

Ravens Claw Panthers

Ray Lewis and the D celebrate Ray Ray's pick 6

By Jesse Jones

Coming off a heart-breaking loss, the Baltimore Ravens traveled to Carolina to face the 1-8 Panthers. The Panthers were down to their fourth-string quarterback, Brian St. Pierre, and their third string running back, Mike Goodson. Enough said.

The Ravens started the game to a great start, with a 56-yard touchdown bomb from Flacco to TJ Houshmandzadeh on Baltimore’s second offensive play of the game. Baltimore would add a field goal to close out the first quarter with a 10-0 lead.

Carolina would add a field goal at the beginning of the second quarter before the Ravens increased their lead 17-3 heading into half, thanks to a Ray Rice touchdown.

In the beginning of the third quarter, the Ravens increased their lead to 20-3, before giving up a Carolina field goal a few minutes later. After three, the Ravens held a comfortable 20-6 lead.

However, the Panthers scored an 88-yard touchdown from Brian St. Pierre to David Gettis to cut the lead to a touchdown. This is when the defense stepped up. After a field goal that increased the Ravens’ lead to 23-13, Ed Reed intercepted St. Pierre and lateraled the ball to Dawan Landry, who ran the ball into the end zone to give the Ravens a 30-13 lead. The very next play, the same thing occurred. Ray Lewis grabbed his 30th career interception and ran it to the house to give the Ravens a 37-13 lead, the score they would win by. Ray Lewis is now the second player, along with Rodney Harrison, to have atleast 30 career sacks and 30 career interceptions.

The win kept the Ravens atop the AFC North at 7-3 and still remain second in the AFC. Baltimore’s run defense was shaky, giving up 120 yards to Goodson, but they stepped it up and sealed the game like the Ravens of-old. Joe Flacco had another very good day, going 24-33 for 301 yards and 1 touchdown, with a rating of 110.8.

Baltimore host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, who are a surprising 7-3. After that, the Steelers come to town for a Sunday night showdown. In order to improve to 9-3, Baltimore needs to tighten up the run defense and limit fumbles (6 in the past 2 games, 4 lost).

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02
Nov
10

Where They Stand: Baltimore Ravens

By Jesse Jones

After eight weeks of the 2010 NFL season, the Baltimore Ravens stand atop the AFC North with a record of 5-2. They have huge wins at New York (Jets), and at Pittsburgh, but have two close, tough losses at Cincinnati and at New England.

The Ravens are coming off their bye week this weekend, and the second half of the season is underway. So where does Baltimore stand in the NFL? Let’s take a look.

Schedule

Baltimore played four of their first seven games of the season at home, which means they play 5 games at home compared to four on the road to end the season.  They have three primetime games left, two of which are on the road (Thurs, Nov. 11 at Atlanta, Monday, Dec 13 at Houston), and a Sunday night game at home against Pittsburgh.  They also host the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints December 19.

This weekend, Baltimore faces the Miami Dolphins, who are 4-0 on the road.  They just won in Cincy this past weekend, and look to stay unbeated on the road and in contention in the AFC East.  Four days later, the team must travel to Atlanta to face the NFC South leading Falcons.  This is going to be one of the toughest stretches of the season, as Baltimore will face two good teams with very short rest.

The other tough stretch left for the Ravens will be a three-game stretch where they host the Steelers, then have to travel to play Houston on a Monday night, and then come home for a game against the Saints.  The Steelers are Baltimore’s biggest rival, and the game is always very emotional.  Houston is a very explosive team and is very competitive at home.  And do I have to talk about the Saints?  An offensive juggernaut who won the last Super Bowl.

The other games should be favorable for the Ravens.  They play at the currently 1-6 Panthers, host the Buccaneers (yes, I know they are 5-2, but they are not one of the best teams in the league), play in Cleveland and host the Bengals to wrap up the season.  Baltimore has owned Cleveland much of this decade, and the Bengals are looking pretty bad right now.

Players

Joe Flacco is having a pretty solid year so far.  His first two games were sloppy, throwing for only one touchdown compared to five interceptions.  But since then, Flacco has thrown nine touchdowns compared to only one interception.  He has showed great maturity, completely dominating New England in a game that some claim the defense lost, and leading the team to a last-second win in Pittsburgh, a place Flacco had not won before, throwing the game winning touchdown.

Ray Rice is having a quiet season, only rushing the ball 131 times for 523 yards and 2 touchdowns.  However, he is averaging 4.0 yards per carry, and Baltimore has seen Flacco throwing more and more.  Ray Rice is still a great running back, and when his number is called, he will show up.

Anquan Boldin has been a very solid addition to this Baltimore Ravens offense.  He has 38 receptions for 518 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Todd Heap has been healthy again, and is showing that he is still the player he used to be.

Ed Reed is back ladies and gentlemen.  In his first game back, and only game of the season so far, his impact was unquestionable.  He had two interceptions, has fresh legs and brought security to the secondary.  Look for this impact to continue.

Ray Lewis.  Enough said.  He has come up huge when Baltimore has needed him to.  He put a huge hit on Dustin Keller at the end of the game in New York, had the game-clinching interception in Pittsburgh, and had a strip in overtime against the Bills that gave the ball back to Baltimore which set up the game-winning field goal.

The Baltimore Ravens stand second in the AFC.  They control their own destiny.  The division is theirs to lose, and they are only one game out of first place in the conference.  Yes, the Ravens have tough games to play, but no game is certainly out of reach for this team.  The goal at the beginning of the season was the Super Bowl, and they are on track for a long run in the playoffs.

04
Oct
10

Ravens Finally Win In Pittsburgh

By Jesse Jones

Housh Says Bye To Pittsburgh After Grabbing The Game-Winning Touchdown

It should have been done last year, but self-inflicted penalties and mistakes prevented the Baltimore Ravens from winning in Pittsburgh.  So heading into Pittsburgh Sunday being 0-3 in Pittsburgh under John Harbaugh and behind Joe Flacco, the Ravens needed a win in Pittsburgh to prove to themselves that it can be done.

The Ravens fell behind in the first quarter 7-0 thanks to a one-yard run by Rashard Mendenhall, but quickly tied the game up on their next drive on a nine-yard touchdown run by Willis McGahee.  Then Billy Cundiff put the team ahead 10-7 heading into half with a 33 yard field goal as time expired, after missing a field goal earlier in the quarter.  In the third quarter, no points were scored, but the Steelers missed two field goals that would have given them the lead.  The fourth quarter was a thriller.  Rashard Mendenhall scored another touchdown to give Pittsburgh a 14-10 lead with seven minutes left in the game.  Baltimore drove the ball down the field, but got stopped at the goal line on fourth down with just under three minutes and one timeout left.  Game over, right?  Wrong.  The Baltimore defense stopped the Steelers to a three-and-out and with 55 seconds left, and Flacco drove the ball down the field with two completions to Anquan Boldin, followed by a completion to TJ Houshmandzadeh.  The very next play, Flacco froze the Steeler defense with a pump fake and found Housh in the end zone for an 18 yard touchdown that gave the Ravens a 17-14 lead with 32 seconds left.  Ofcourse, Pittsburgh tried to throw the ball down the field to get into field goal range, but Charlie Batch’s first pass was intercepted by who else, but Ray Lewis.  The Baltimore Ravens finally won a game in Pittsburgh under John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco.

Baltimore played an all-around very solid game.  The offense had 22 first downs compared to Pittsburgh’s 14, and had a total of 320 yards compared to Pittsburgh’s 210.  Joe Flacco showed a lot of maturity yesterday, not making mistakes (besides his one interception that was just a bad throw) and went 24-37 for 256 yards overall.  The Ravens ran the ball relatively well (70 total yards), considering that they were playing one of the best defenses in the league and having an injured Ray Rice.

Yes, the Steelers were without Ben Roethlisberger, but the Ravens were without Ed Reed.  Without those two stars, the game was still a thriller and a classic matchup between the two rivals.  Baltimore improved to 3-1 and are now in first place in the AFC North ahead of Pittsburgh, who fell to 3-1.

Baltimore heads home to face the 2-2 Denver Broncos, while Pittsburgh will have a bye week and prepare to face the Cleveland Browns, who beat the Cincinnati Bengals, in Roethlisberger’s return.

11
May
10

Ray Lewis Way

By Jesse Jones

If you’re passing the corner of North Avenue and Broadway, you might realize a new street name. Ray Lewis Way is now an official street in Baltimore.

The street is named after the future Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis. Lewis helped bring the Ravens’ their only Super Bowl victory in 2000, was the Super Bowl XXV MVP, and is the two time defensive player of the year.

The street is also right next to the DIAKON Center, where Lewis has his annual Thanksgiving distribution event.

30
Dec
09

Ravens Send 5 Bowling

pro bowl 2010By Jesse Jones

The Baltimore Ravens are sending five players to the Pro Bowl in Miami this year.  Ray Lewis and Ed Reed are going again, and Le’Ron McClain is joining them for his second consecutive trip.  Going with them are two first-timers, Ray Rice and Haloti Ngata.

Ray Rice has established himself as one of the best all-around backs in the league, and has made fantasy owners (such as Ben Linton) very happy.  Le’Ron McClain has a lot of heart, and even though he hasn’t carried as much this year, he brings it all when he goes for blocks.  Ray Lewis is once again leading the team in tackles, and is now just two interceptions away from joining the 30/30 club (30 sacks, 30 interceptions).  His leadership and heart are unquestioned.   Ed Reed is starting as well for the AFC, which I thought was a little strange.  He hasn’t played for about a month now, and his interception totals weren’t where they were last year.  But with that being said, he is still a huge threat to any quarterback.

Haloti Ngata is making his first trip, and rightfully so.  Ngata has been a presence on the defensive line since joining the team, and is also one of the most athletic linemen in the league.  He sprints across the field to make tackles, returned an interception for a touchdown in the preseason, and is so large (340 pounds) that he fills most “holes” backs are looking for.

However, I do feel that there is one problem with the Pro Bowl roster for the AFC.  I do not like the Cincinnati Bengals at all, but the fact that nobody is going from their team to represent is wrong!!  Jonathan Joseph has had a great year, and is definitely one of the best corners in the game.  He can shut down anybody in the league and has the hands to make interceptions.  Voters, what were you thinking??

Now for those players who did not make the Pro Bowl, there is still hope.  The players from the two Super Bowl teams will not be allowed to play because the game is the weekend before the Super Bowl (another awful idea from the “commish”).  So NFL players, don’t put your head down just yet.




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