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Nov 24

Baltimore Beatdown’s Ravens-Saints predictions

Here’s what we think will happen during tonight’s game.

Matthew Stevens: The Ravens are ill-equipped to deal with Drew Brees and company. The Saints go wild on a Ravens team that is able to keep the score closer than it should be. Man do I hope my streak of being completely wrong continues. Prediction: Saints 31, Ravens 20

Rocky Friedman: Despite the Saints record of 4-6, this is an extremely dangerous team. With Drew Brees, you are always going to be tough to beat. They also win the first three games at home this season, and although the lost two since then, that crowd is tough to deal with. I think the Ravens drop a close one to Brees and the Saints. Prediction: Saints 23, Ravens 20

Chuck Mills: I don’t care if the Saints are at home, or what their prime time record is. They’re bad. Haloti Ngata, Brandon Williams and Timmy Jernigan take advantage of a struggling Saints interior line to pressure Brees all night, while the Ravens take to the ground with Justin Forsett scoring twice and Lorenzo Taliaferro once. Joe Flacco hits Torrey Smith deep for a score. Terrell Suggs‘ 100th sack is a safety on Drew Brees. Prediction: Ravens 30, Saints 20

Jason Butt: The Saints have built a reputation over the years as a high-flying offense that’s tough to contain. That’s just not the case this year. The passing threat has been minimized and the Saints have releid a lot more on Mark Ingram in the running game. With the Ravens’ front seven being an active group, the defense keeps the Saints from establishing momentum. And the Ravens improve the AFC North to 3-0 this week. Prediction: Ravens 27, Saints 20

Nov 24

Ravens matchups to watch for vs. the Saints

Here’s what to look for during Monday’s game.

Ravens pass rush vs. Saints offensive line

The Saints have had struggles on the interior offensive line this year. Unfortunately for Brees, Haloti Ngata is experiencing a renaissance this year, due in part to the emergence of Brandon Williams as a dominant young nose tackle. Timmy Jernigan is starting to heat up after being slowed by injury early in the season.

Will Hill vs. Jimmy Graham

This is the big matchup. It’s an act of futility to run against the Ravens, and Marques Colston and Kenny Stills are struggling, while Brandin Cooks is out. From Dean Pees’ remarks about Will Hill’s ability, it’s safe to say that Hill will be covering Graham.

Ravens run game vs. Saints defensive line

The Saints have one of the worst run defenses in the league. Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro should have an easy time keeping Brees on the sideline.

Torrey Smith and Steve Smith vs. the Saints secondary

The Saints are one of the NFL’s worst teams vs. the pass, and they’re starting Marcus Ball or Jamarca Sanford at safety. The Ravens shouldn’t have any trouble going deep.

Jacoby Jones vs. the Saints special teams

The last time Jones was in the Superdome, he put on a spectacular performance. Maybe the memories of the Super Bowl mixed with being in his hometown could give him a repeat.

Nov 24

New Orleans is not the most important game remaining for the Baltimore Ravens

Although many are saying that this Monday Night matchup with New Orleans is most important remaining game for Baltimore, I beg to differ.

The NFL season is 16 games long. Every single game is important and vital, especially to a team that is in contention. The Baltimore Ravens are 6-4 and in contention, so this game is an important one.

However, to say that this is their most important game remaining is just silly. They are currently in a battle for the division title and for a wild card berth. They have three matchups that will be huge in those aspects.

Over the next two weeks, they will face the San Diego Chargers and the Miami Dolphins, respectively. Both those teams currently hold a record of 6-4, and both of them are fighting with the Ravens to grab a wild card in the AFC.

In Week 17, the Ravens will host the Cleveland Browns, which are also 6-4, and not only are they fighting for a wild card spot, but they are fighting for the AFC North division crown.

Which game do you think is more important: The games against teams that you are battling for a playoff spot with or a game against a team that isn’t even in the same conference as you?

Here is the point I’m trying to make. Is this a big game for the Baltimore Ravens? Yes. Is it a must-win? Far from it.

If the Ravens lose this game, there is no need to panic in Baltimore. All that happens is the record drops to 6-5 and although fans would not prefer that, they would not lose any tiebreakers to any teams in the AFC.

I’ve always been known as Mr. Optimistic, so if you’re ever down and feeling not so great about the Ravens chances, just read one of my articles.

Nov 24

Ravens vs. Saints Week 12, 2014: Game time, TV schedule, online streaming and more

Here’s the TV and radio info for Sunday’s Ravens-Saints game.

If you’re in need of a way to watch Sunday’s Ravens-Saints game, look no further. Here’s what you can do:

Game time/date: Monday, Nov. 24 at 8:30

Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans

TV: ESPN — Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Jon Gruden (analyst),  Lisa Salters (sideline)

(Visit 506sports.com for the coverage map.)

Local Radio: WBAL Radio (1090 AM) / 98Rock (97.9 FM) — Gerry Sandusky (play-by-play), Stan White (analyst), Qadry Ismail (analyst).

National Radio: Westwood One Sports — Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Dan Fouts (analyst), Mark Malone (sideline)

Online streaming: Audio Pass | NFL Rewind

Weather: This game is a dome so all conditions will be perfect.

At stake:The Ravens need a win to keep pace with Cincinnati and Cleveland. In addition, Pittsburgh is on a bye. A loss would drop the Ravens back a game behind both Cleveland and Pittsburgh, with Cincinnati leading everyone in the division. The Saints could use a win to reclaim first place in the NFC South, a.k.a. The Worst Division in the NFL in 2014.

Odds: Saints by 3

Over/under: 51


To buy tickets, visit the NFL Ticket Exchange.

Nov 24

Monday Ravens links: Predicting three stars for Ravens tonight, Anthony Levine’s emergence in secondary

Read what others are writing about the Baltimore Ravens.

Predicting three stars for Ravens at Saints

The Baltimore Sun’s Jon Meoli lists three Ravens players that have the potential to have big games this Monday night against the Saints.

Nickel package: Five things to watch during the Ravens-Saints game

The Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson writes about five items to watch during Monday night’s game between the Ravens and Saints.

Ravens vs. Saints preview

Purple Reign Show’s Zeyd Khan previews tonight’s game between Baltimore and New Orleans, offering a prediction at the end of his article.

Elvis Dumervil rushing Drew Brees is a matchup to watch

CSNBaltimore.com’s Clifton Brown writes that Elvis Dumervil will look to continue his sack title hopes this week, though that means having the tough task of sacking Drew Brees.

Where the Ravens stand in the playoff race

ESPN.com’s Jamison Hensley writes about where the Ravens are in the playoff race, and where they will be with a win over New Orleans tonight.

Just who is Anthony Levine?

BaltimoreRavens.com’s Ryan Mink writes about little-known corner/safety Anthony Levine, who fared well in his first starting opportunity at cornerback a week ago.

Nov 24

Game Notes: Titans vs. Eagles

METTENBERGER SETS FRANCHISE ROOKIE SINGLE-GAME RECORD: Against the Eagles, Zach Mettenberger was 20-of-39 passing for 345 yards, two touchdowns and an interception (88.1 passer rating).  Not only d…

Nov 24

Postgame Quotes: Titans vs. Eagles

TITANS HEAD COACH KEN WHISENHUNT Opening remarks: “Okay, obviously a tough day for us on a lot of fronts. It didn’t go the way we wanted it to. I thought we fought back in the second quarter after …

Nov 23

Tennessee Titans vs. Philadelphia Eagles: Full Report Card Grades for Tennessee

It was ugly, it was pretty one-sided and there were lots of injuries. So it wasn’t the best game for the Tennessee Titans as they fell to 2-9.

It wasn’t all bad. Zach Mettenberger had stretches of quality play, the receivers played well and the defense had spots of good play as well, but there was a lot more bad than good, unfortunately.

It started badly, as the Philadelphia Eagles scored by returning the opening kickoff. It didn’t get better, as the Titans offense struggled with three-and-outs, and the defense gave up a touchdown on the opening Philadelphia possession.

The Titans came back for a while, getting to within a possession of the Eagles before Philadelphia pulled away, beating the Titans handily, 43-24.

The Titans also got decimated by injuries in the match, but that’s another article.

Here are grades for each unit from the game.

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Nov 23

Taylor Lewan Injury: Updates on Titans Star’s Leg and Return

The Tennessee Titans continue to be snakebit as they lost starting left tackle Taylor Lewan during their Week 12 matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles.    

Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reported that the rookie exited the game and was escorted back to the locker room on a medical cart:

The Tennessean‘s John Glennon reported that Lewan’s return was questionable, which could at least signify that the injury may not be too serious:

The Titans are already out of the playoff hunt, so losing Lewan wouldn’t have much of an impact in terms what Tennessee can possibly accomplish this year. However, it’s never good to watch your first-round draft pick go down with an injury.

Read more Tennessee Titans news on BleacherReport.com

Nov 23

Taylor Lewan Injury: Updates on Titans Star’s Leg and Return

The Tennessee Titans continue to be snakebit as they lost starting left tackle Taylor Lewan during their Week 12 matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles.    

Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reported that the rookie exited the game and was escorted back to the locker room on a medical cart:

The Tennessean‘s John Glennon reported that Lewan’s return was questionable, which could at least signify that the injury may not be too serious:

The Titans are already out of the playoff hunt, so losing Lewan wouldn’t have much of an impact in terms what Tennessee can possibly accomplish this year. However, it’s never good to watch your first-round draft pick go down with an injury.

Read more Tennessee Titans news on BleacherReport.com

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