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Ravens 2010 Schedule Officially Released

The 2010 schedule is finally here! The Ravens’ opponents have been known for quite some time now but now we know when the games will be played and which ones will be in prime time.

Here are a few of the highlights:

-Week 1: The Ravens will open their season on the road against Rex Ryan and the NY Jets on Monday Night Football (9/13).

-Week 4 will be played at Pittsburgh, and assuming Ben Roethlisberger is dealt a four game suspension, Baltimore will not have to face him in that match-up (10/3).

-Looking ahead to Week 13: The second Pittsburgh game…this one at home, will be a nationally televised Sunday night game (12/5) for the second year in a row.

-A week later, another prime time game. This time on Monday Night at Houston (12/13).

-And on six days rest, Baltimore welcomes in the defending champion Saints to M&T Bank Stadium on Dec. 19.

Click here or above on the header titled “Ravens 2010 Schedule” to view the entire slate of games. Grab your calendar and mark down the games! This fall should be fun!

Weekend Recap

Loved the final round of the Masters yesterday. Great golf, great drama. Personally I was cheering for Tiger. He’s my favorite and I thought it would be cool for him to go out there and win it all after going through a tumultuous winter of shame and disgrace. I know there were quite a bit of folks who just couldn’t bring themselves to cheer for the man, but you got to respect his game. CBS’ Peter Kostis made a great comment during yesterday’s telecast: “Say what you will about Tiger the person or Tiger the brand. Tiger the golfer is still exciting.” It looks as if viewers agree. Preliminary Nielsen  estimates indicated CBS’ rating for Saturday’s third round was 33 percent higher than 2009’s third round coverage.

And although it was who Tiger drew the ratings, it was Phil Mickelson who finished atop the leaderboard to earn his third green jacket in seven years. Mickelson has always been “the peoples champ” and it was so enjoyable to see him win the tournament given the circumstances surrounding his wife Amy, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last summer. He played tremendous golf, shooting 67’s on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Sunday’s final round was also bogey-free for Mickelson, what a great way to finish.

Now on to a topic slightly less heartwarming. The state of the 2010 Orioles after 6 games.  They own a record of 1-5, their worst start since 2002. Like I always do because I’m a homer, I’m going to look at this situation with the glass half-full.

The starters have for the most part done their job, through six games they rank 13th in the league with a 3.89 ERA. I know it’s early to be referencing stats but they really do not lie and the starters have held up their end of the bargain, plain and simple.

The run support was one run short in the first four losses. But on Saturday and Sunday scoring zero and two runs respectively is just not enough. Garrett Atkins is hitting .350 and Matt Wieters .409, however they bat towards the bottom of the order. No one else on the roster owns an average higher than .300.

Mike Gonzalez has now blown two saves and people are calling for his head. I was fine with the first one on opening night in St. Petersburg, and pretty frustrated when he did it again in the home opener on Friday. I’ve given him the benefit of the doubt but now my leash is short with him. He better rattle off a few solid scoreless innings before his next blown save. If he can’t, its time for Dave Trembley to make some changes at closer.

So it’s a new week of what is still a very young season and grabbing two out of three or dare I even say sweeping  this upcoming series against Tampa Bay is critical for the team’s confidence. After these three upcoming home games they hit the road for a seven game trip on the west coast against Oakland and Seattle. Then they have to face the Yankees and Red Sox for twelve consecutive games! The Birds went a combined 7-29 in ’09 against the two powers of the A.L. East.

And a very interesting and unexpected move in the NFL last night. The Steelers have traded wide receiver and Super Bowl 43 MVP Santonio Homes to the Jets for a fifth round pick in this month’s draft. Holmes will be suspended for the team’s first four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Well this is good news if you are a Ravens fan. Holmes has always been a dangerous weapon at receiver and has made big plays against Baltimore several times in his career, most notably in the 2008 AFC Championship Game when he scored on a 65 yard catch and run.

Ravens To Wear Black This Sunday vs. Bears

Baltimore Sun – The Ravens will wear black jerseys with white pants Sunday, when they play the Chicago Bears at M&T Bank Stadium, a team official confirmed Wednesday.

It’s the first time that the Ravens will put on their alternate uniforms this season. The Ravens decided to go from the all-black combination (jersey and pants) last season because first-year coach John Harbaugh didn’t like how it looked.

The only time the Ravens have worn the black jersey with white pants was Dec. 7, 2008, when the Ravens beat the Washington Redskins, 24-10.

As Rich Eisen of the NFL Network would say: Ray Rice from Rutgers Running for the Ravens (and in this case) against the Redskins

Nice. I love it when the Ravens wear black. And honestly, I wasn’t too pleased last year when I arrived at the stadium before the Redskins game and saw the team warming up in their black uni’s and WHITE pants. But as the game went on I got used to the black/white combo and now I can say I like them.

Now what I don’t understand though, is why whoever is in charge of making this decision (based on the article above I’d assume its Coach Harbaugh) chose to wear the black uni’s this week. Why not wear them on Nov. 29th against the hated Steelers, at night, in front of a national audience?

If I were a betting man (and I’m not because I get killed by the spread), I would have said for sure at the beginning of the year that the Steelers game at home would be the one game the team wears black. Good thing I didn’t place any wagers.

To my knowledge, this will be only the second time the Ravens have ever worn black for non-night game and the first time for a 1 o’clock start time. The other occasion was New Year’s Eve 2006, when they hosted the Bills with a 4:15 p.m. kickoff

Ravens vs. Bills in 2006

Every Dog Has His Day

Ben Roethlisberger is sacked for a loss by Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Corey Williams. The Browns sacked Big Ben eight times in the contest.

Associated Press — There’s nothing Super about the Pittsburgh Steelers anymore. The defending NFL champions lost their fifth straight and had their playoff hopes sacked by the lowly Cleveland Browns, who ended a 12-game losing streak against their bitter rival by beating the Steelers 13-6 on Thursday night in subzero wind chills.

Ben Roethlisberger was sacked eight times and lost for the first time in 11 career games against the Browns (2-11), who extended Pittsburgh’s longest losing streak in six years and defeated the Steelers (6-7) at home for the first time since 2000.

The Steelers are going to need help to make the postseason, a stunning freefall for a team that hit the season’s halfway point at 6-2.

Oh I love it. This was a fun game to watch. The Browns’ season has just been miserable in 2009. But they went out their and played their asses off in 12 degree temperatures and 20 mile per hour wind gusts.

It’s been said before and it will be said again because it is so true. “Any team can beat any other team on any given Sunday” (Or in this case, Thursday haha). After what transpired tonight and last week when the Steelers fell to Oakland, the Ravens cannot overlook the Lions.

Things are boding well for Baltimore, if they can win out. According to the website PlayoffStatus.com, if the Ravens win their remaining four games, they have an 87% chance of making the playoffs. And that number is not taking into account the Steelers latest loss.

Flags Everywhere!

After reading some message boards and listening to local sports talk radio, I get the feeling that some Ravens fans are a little upset about the plethora of penalties that were called last night.

“They are out to get us” and “The league hates Baltimore” are silly arguments in my opinion.

I really don’t mind the 23 total penalties last night, because if you look at the box score, Baltimore was flagged 12 times to Green Bay’s 11. And if you eliminate Derrick Mason’s Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty early in the fourth quarter (which is Derrick’s fault, not the ref’s), the two teams are even.

I do think the officials were calling it much tighter than what is normally expected. But it since it was tight both ways, it’s just plain wrong to blame any part of last night’s loss on the referees.

Rapid Reaction: Packers 27 – Ravens 14

Green Bay Packers' Clay Matthews reacts after sacking Baltimore Ravens' Joe Flacco during the first half

In the second half the Ravens were able to make this a close ballgame, but more penalties and two Joe Flacco interceptions really hurt this team tonight. Here is a quick recap:

Flacco led the ravens own the field, 11 plays and 71 yards to put them on the board and slice the lead to 17-7. On the ensuing kickoff, Baltimore forced and nearly recovered a E.Dietrich-Smith fumble after a short, high kick by Cundiff.

On the very next play, Rodgers’ pass was low and bounced off of Donald Driver’s leg. Jarrett Johnson snatched the ball out of the air to give the Ravens possession in Green Bay territory.

Ravens first play of the drive resulted in pass interference on Tremon Williams on Demetrius Williams in the endzone. Two plays later they capitalized with a Willis McGahee TD run to make the score 17-14.

Just like that the Baltimore offense had scored two touchdowns in a span of 30 seconds, and the deficit was 3. But that was as close to the ‘Pack’ as Baltimore would get.

After a Mason Crosby missed field goal and a stalled Baltimore drive, Green Bay extended their lead to 10 early in the fourth quarter when Rodgers hit Jermichael Finley for a 19 yard TD.

A 68 yard kickoff return by Lardarius Webb set up the Ravens with very good field position. Once again Tramon Williams was called for interfering with Demetrius Williams in the endzone. The Ravens got the ball on the one yard line. However, this drive ended with zero points as Flacco threw a costly interception to Williams.

Baltimore’s defense held their ground on Green Bay’s next possession, forcing a three and out. But on the first play of the Ravens’ next drive, Flacco threw his third interception of the game to A.J. Hawk.

Green Bay moved down the field and kicked a field goal at the two minute warning to cap the scoring on the night

Halftime: Green Bay 17 – Baltimore 0

Green Bay's Nick Collins celebrates after intercepting a pass during the first half.

Quick thoughts after a less than stellar first half for the Ravens:

-The offense is not feeling it tonight. Very reminiscent of the Cleveland game exactly three weeks ago tonight. QB Joe Flacco forced a lousy pass into triple coverage on a flee flicker late in the first quarter and the result was a Nick Collins interception. He is 6 of 14 for 54 yards. Ray Rice has seven carries for eleven yards and fumbled the ball deep in packer territory. Give credit to the Green Bay secondary. They have really covered the ravens receiving corps well.

-Defense is holding their own, but penalties, specifically pass interference, have really hurt this unit. Green Bay drove down the field in 8 plays for 68 yards towards the end of the first half.

-Still a slight window open for a comeback. Baltimore gets the ball second half. Adjustments must be made offensively.


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