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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

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Redskins-Ravens Preview

Sunday, December 7, 2008: 3:25 PM

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It is now time to preview tonight’s Battle of the Beltway. The game will be televised nationally by NBC. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 PM. Weather is going to be very cold. 30 degrees with 20 mph wind gusts. The last time the Redskins played in Baltimore was in 1978. It was a Monday night game, won by the Baltimore Colts, 21-17.

Here are a few match-ups to keep your eye on this evening:

Clinton Portis vs. Ravens front seven: Portis is banged up but will get start tonight. He is a very dangerous back who is 2nd in the league in rushing, but the Ravens D should contain him. Ladell Betts should see an increase in carries tonight The Ravens haven’t allowed a 100-yard rusher in 31 games. That is the longest current streak in the league. ADVANTAGE: Ravens front seven

Santana Moss vs. Ravens secondary: Moss is a speedy receiver who can make game changing plays. He will receive lots of attention from Jim Leonhard and fellow Miami Hurricane Ed Reed. If he doesn’t score on a big play tonight he will still be a factor because of the amount of attention he gets. One extra man paying attention to him means someone else on the ‘skins receiving corps can step up. ADVANTAGE: Moss

Chris Cooley vs. Ravens linebackers: A very talented tight end, Chris Cooley has been quiet this year. He has not enjoyed the success that he had last season. He should get 4-5 catches tonight…but nothing big. Ray Lewis and company will be flying all over the field. ADVANTAGE: Ravens linebackers

Ravens receivers vs. Redskins secondary: Mark Clayton had his breakout game last week, and he should come back to earth tonight. The Redskins are likely to respect what he did last week and give him a little more room than usual. This should allow for some underneath routes to develop. Also remember that Derrick Mason is having a very solid year, he is just as dangerous. I have been really impressed with rookie strong safety Chris Horton. Look for him to make a big play or two. ADVANTAGE: Even

McClain/Rice/McGahee vs. Redskins front seven: Not having Marcus Washington really hurts the ‘Skins tonight. They haven’t had him since week 11 against the Cowboys due to a high ankle sprain. Willis McGahee didn’t play at all last Sunday, even though he dressed. It will be interesting to see how many carries (if any) he gets tonight. Le’Ron McClain will certainly get the bulk of the carries with Ray Rice coming on on 3rd downs. I like the 3 headed monster tonight. ADVANTAGE: McClain/Rice/McGahee

The Prediction: Homefield advantage helps the Ravens tremendously tonight. The Redskins are in a downward spiral and have lost 3 of their past 4. Portis needs to be strong tonight and I just don’t see that hapening with all of his nagging injuries. Jason Campbell will have to be sharp and quick tonight, the Ravens thrive off of mistakes. RAVENS WIN: 30-13

Ravens – ‘Skins Dec. 7 matchup gets “flexed”

Monday, November 24, 2008: 6:00 PM

Ray Lewis and the Ravens got flexed today

Ray Lewis and the Ravens got flexed today

•Sorry this news is a little bit late but it is noteworthy anyway. I first heard of the news this morning around 10:45. The NFL announced today that  they are bagging the Patriots and Seahawks game that was scheduled for Sunday Night Football on Dec. 7. In that game’s place they will put the Ravens vs. the Redskins. This is a great example of the league using it’s flexible scheduling feature. Something that was added in the 2006 season. With the ability to “flex”, the league can pick the best game from each Sunday and move it to the 8:15 time-slot, if the best game isn’t already there. This makes everyone happy. Fans will want to tune in and that is always good news for the NFL, and in this case, NBC. It is a pretty safe assumption to say that the Ravens will wear their black uniforms for this game. They didn’t have a scheduled home night game this year so it looked as if the black uni’s might take a year off.

•I think I like the Packers on Monday Night Football this evening. Well I am off to wing night now. Thank you for reading.

McAlister done for season, Hall signs with ‘Skins

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Has C-MAC played his last game as a Raven?

–Ravens coach John Harbaugh announced today that cornerback Chris McAlister has elected to undergo season-ending knee surgery. McAlister saw specialists in Florida and Canada before informing Harbaugh today about his decision. Harbaugh said the operation would repair cartilage and posterior cruciate ligament damage.

–Cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who was waived by the Raiders on Wednesday, has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Washington Redskins. The Redskins have a bye this weekend, so Hall is likely to make his Washington debut November 16, when the Redskins host the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football


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