3:25 PM EDT, Wed October 07, 2015
Baltimore Beatdown 8 hours ago

Ravens shut down opposing tight ends

With the defense starting to look good this past week after an inconsistent performance the first few weeks, the team has looked to be heading in the right direction. The run defense, led by Brandon Williams was formidable against likely the best running back in the league, Steelers back Le'veon Bell, despite him breaking the Ravens 100 yard rushing streak during overtime. There is another area where the Ravens have been even more formidable than the run game though: guarding tight ends. Per ESPN (insider required) in a fantasy article: Baltimore Ravens -- The Ravens have allowed a...
Baltimore Sun Oct 6, 2015

Kamar Aiken's quest for consistency stressed by injury to Steve Smith Sr.

A chorus of questions about whether there’s enough wide receiver talent at quarterback Joe Flacco’s disposal this season grows louder this week with the potential loss of Steve Smith Sr., plus a season-ending back injury to Michael Campanaro. Kamar Aiken, the former practice squad player who will...
Baltimore Sun Oct 5, 2015

Preston: Steve Smith Sr., like every Ravens player not named Joe Flacco, is expendable

The recent back injury to Pro Bowl wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. is not a death sentence for the Ravens. If the injury were to Joe Flacco, then it would be different, because the NFL is a quarterback-driven league. If Flacco was out for the season, break out the tissues and start making vacation...
Arrowhead Pride Oct 5, 2015

Chiefs vs. Bengals: The best and worst

His Dirkness' weekly KC Masterpiece "We must rediscover the distinction between hope and expectation." -Ivan Illich Maybe we were all too quick to anoint the 2015 Kansas City Chiefs as true contenders. Maybe we all put too much stock in an overachieving 2014 team that appeared to have gotten better in every phase of the game. Or maybe the team remains in a state of shellshock from the tragic loss to the Broncos - a fortnight of a hangover that's endured itself through the team's toughest stretch of the schedule. Traveling to all the wrong places, collectively carrying a briefcase full of...
Baltimore Sun Oct 5, 2015

Joe Flacco says loss of Steve Smith Sr., Michael Campanaro will force adjustments

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said Monday morning that he and the offense are in for an adjustment with the short-term loss of wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. and the season-ending injury to wide receiver Michael Campanaro. Both suffered back injuries in Thursday’s 23-20 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers...
Baltimore Beatdown Oct 3, 2015

Ravens vs. Steelers as told in GIFs

This game made for some GIF gold. Who needs fancy game recaps when you have GIFs? This game had everything. Ben Roethlisberger using his cell phone, Mike Tomlin throwing punches at the camera, and Joe Flacco making the funniest faces. Let's get to it. Yea boys. Gonna kick some Raven tail. When you realize Landry Jones is your backup QB. We the Kings of the North.
Big Blue View Oct 2, 2015

Spagnuolo has "great deal of respect" for Bills' QB Tyrod Taylor

Spags talks about Buffalo QB, the state of his defense, as Giants prepare for Buffalo. New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo knows Buffalo Bills' quarterback Tyron Taylor well. Spagnuolo was a defensive assistant with the Baltimore Ravens the past two seasons while Taylor was caddying for Joe Flacco. "We've all got to be disciplined against him. I've got a great deal of respect for Tyrod Taylor," Spagnuolo said. "I watched him for two years down at Baltimore give the Baltimore starting defense headaches every day, especially on Friday when it was a red zone day. If he tucked...
Cincy Jungle Oct 2, 2015

If Bengals beat Chiefs, they'll likely do so in trenches

Look for Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap to have big games if the Bengals are to beat the Chiefs. The Bengals are 3-0 in large part because they've dominated one or both sides of the trenches in each of their first three wins. The pass rush was very dominant in Cincinnati's first two wins, racking up a combined six sacks in wins over the Raiders and Chargers. Last week's win in Baltimore saw Cincinnati's pass rush fail to record a sack, but still had an astounding 14 QB hurries as they kept Joe Flacco pressured throughout the game. They'll look to be effective once again, against a Chiefs...
Baltimore Sun Oct 2, 2015

Steve Smith Sr., Michael Campanaro leave Steelers game with back injuries

The Ravens leave Pittsburgh early Friday with that elusive win in their account after Thursday's 23-20, overtime victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but carry several injury concerns that could linger during their long weekend. Wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. left at the end of the third quarter...
Steelers Gab Oct 2, 2015

Checkdown Audible: Steelers defense deserves win over Ravens

The Steelers’ 23-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night was a team loss, no doubt, but one the Steelers defense doesn’t deserve to have hung on their shoulder pads.  In fact, after weeks of hearing how poorly they have performed, the Steelers “D” was about the only solid aspect of the team during the game. Did they tire? Sure, after three quarters of devastating hits on trash-talking Steve Smith, sacking “elite” quarterback Joe Flacco five times and dragging Justin Forsett to the turf.  Lawrence Timmons and Antwon Blake hit Smith so hard that, after the game, he put...
Baltimore Beatdown Oct 2, 2015

Ravens - Steelers Final Score: Raven GIF Highlights

Michael (S)Campanaro for the endzone. Michael Campanaro rushes to the endzone" data-chorus-asset-id="4117752" /> Flacco with a great toss to Kamar. Kamar easily beating coverage. AND THE GAME-WINNING KICKER HIMSELF. 52 yards. OT. Justin Tucker: For the win! #BALvsPIT #TNF http://t.co/D6aKseugRs — NFL (@NFL) October 2, 2015
Bucs Nation Oct 1, 2015

Steelers at Ravens Thursday Night Football: TV schedule, announcers,

The Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Baltimore Ravens tonight, in one of the classic divisional rivalries. These games are always good -- sometimes they're shootouts, sometimes they're slugfests, but they're always hard-fought and entertaining. Of course, tonight might be an exception what with Ben Roethlisberger not suiting up and Michael Vick getting on the field again. To compensate, the Baltimore Ravens haven't been quite the defensive juggernaut they've been in recent years, and Joe Flacco has been forced to sling the ball all over the field as the game's gotten away from them a little...
Steelers Gab Oct 1, 2015

Blast Furnace: Amid uncertainty, opportunity awaits Vick, Steelers

As tonight’s kickoff approaches and Steeler Nation dusts off its best Ray Lewis murder jokes and sarcastic jabs about whether or not Joe Flacco is an “elite” quarterback, there’s an uneasiness in the air. But there’s also opportunity. Now, I’m not going to get into the off-field issues surrounding Michael Vick’s presence on the roster. I’ll leave that to those who choose to put pen to poster board and stand in protest outside Heinz Field and the team’s South Side practice facility. Speak your mind. It’s your right to do so. It took until about 11 a.m. Monday morning –...

Behind Enemy Lines: How Joe Flacco and the Ravens will beat the Steelers on Thursday Night Football

With the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens set to go head-to-head Thursday night, I was able to sit down with the Baltimore Beatdown to get the look of this rivalry from the other side of the fence. When fans hear Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens, visions of hard-hitting blood baths come to mind. As the two teams prepare to face one another for the first time in 2015 on Thursday Night Football, those images begin to dance around football fans' heads once again. With Ben Roethlisberger out of the lineup and Michael Vick in, as well as Terrell Suggs out of the lineup, I decided...
Cincy Jungle Sep 28, 2015

George Iloka Injury: Bengals' starting safety removed himself from win over Ravens due to ankle injury

Cincinnati had to finish off Baltimore without the services of starting free safety George Iloka who is experiencing a nagging ankle injury. The Bengals' defense was solid for three quarters in Sunday's win over the Ravens. The secondary had a minor meltdown in the late third and fourth quarter that almost cost them the win, but Cincinnati was able to secure their third consecutive win of the season. On a day where Baltimore could only muster 36 yards on the ground, Joe Flacco threw for 362 yards and two scores, almost all of which came in the final 22 minutes of the game. Over that span,...

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