Jessie Heller

Baltimore Ravens News: Terrell Suggs Comeback Performance Nothing Short Of Miraculous

on October 22 2012 10:42 PM
Baltimore Ravens News: Terrell Suggs Comeback Performance Nothing Short Of Miraculous

 

Five months and two weeks. That is how long it took Terrell Suggs to rehab his Achilles tendon, come back to the NFL, and play lights out football. Since tearing his Achilles tendon in the Spring, Suggs missed out on offseason team activities and training camp, and the first six weeks of practice and games.

When it was rumored that he would play on Sunday, after just several days of practice, the general consensus was that the news was a ruse, a mind game to force Houston to game plan for the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year. When it was reported that Suggs was active for the game, it seemed obvious—and odd—that the team planned on having him on the field for a few snaps. As Suggs warmed up, sprinting and cutting, one had to wonder at his over-eagerness.

Then, something remarkable happened over the course of several hours on a Sunday afternoon. Self-appointed “T-Sizzle” played forty-four snaps, all the way through the fourth quarter, and he played the most explosive, effective football of anyone on the field for the Ravens.

Baltimore Ravens Vs. Houston Texans Game Preview: Where To Watch, Live Streaming, Betting Odds, And Keys To The Game

on October 19 2012 5:15 PM
Baltimore Ravens Vs. Houston Texans Game Preview: Where To Watch, Live Streaming, Betting Odds, And Keys To The Game

Where: Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

When: Sunday, October 21 at 1 p.m. ET

On TV: CBS

On radio: Sirius XM 94 and 137

Live streaming: NFL Audio Pass

Betting odds: Texans (-7)

Two teams alone boast winning records in the AFC, and this week they will face each other with the conference lead at stake. The Houston Texans and the Baltimore Ravens both stand at 5-1, looking down on other AFC teams, all of whom claim 3-3 records or worse. On Sunday in Houston, an AFC leader will be crowned... temporarily.

The storyline is set, with Houston coming off of a beatdown at home from the Green Bay Packers, and the Ravens edging one out against Houston's neighbors, the Dallas Cowboys. The Ravens suffered key losses on Sunday. Iconic linebacker Ray Lewis suffered a fully torn triceps and shutdown corner Lardarius Webb tore his ACL. Neither will finish the year.

Baltimore Ravens News: Ed Reed Has Torn Labrum

on October 18 2012 7:26 PM
In Sunday's game, the Ravens lost the General of the defense in Ray Lewis and one of the best cornerbacks in football in Lardarius Webb, both to season ending injuries. Arguably their top defensive player, Haloti Ngata, suffered an MCL sprain and re-aggravated a shoulder injury, and Webb's replacement, Jimmy Smith, left the game with an abdominal injury and has missed practice time this week. Now, more bad news for a unit that was giving up record yards even before key injuries. Safety Ed Reed revealed to 105.7 The Fan's Glenn Younes Wednesday night that he has a labrum tear in his shoulder. He said that he's playing through the pain, but admits that it might be affecting his play. Reed, along with the rest of the defense, has been criticized for his tackling. Especially against the Cowboys on Sunday, it was clear that offensive players were getting extra yards as Reed opted several times to push a player out of bounds as opposed to tackling. Reed has suffered multiple injuries in recent years, and has been playing with a nerve impingement in his neck that some suggest has impacted his ability to be physical.

Baltimore Ravens: Ray Lewis 'Designated For Return': A Gesture Of Respect, Not Hope

on October 18 2012 7:22 PM
Baltimore Ravens: Ray Lewis 'Designated For Return': A Gesture Of Respect, Not Hope
While Sports Illustrated and NFL.com have been reporting that Ray Lewis may return to the field this season, in Baltimore it is widely accepted that the Ravens' decision to assign Lewis the “designated for return” tag is not an indication that the legendary linebacker has any chance of playing this season. This is the first year NFL teams have had the opportunity to place a player on the IR with the possibility of bringing the player back later in the season. A player designated for return must remain on the IR for six weeks, after which the team has the option of bringing the player back to the active roster. The Ravens' decision to designate Lewis for return bars them from using the option for another player this year. National media has taken the move as a sign that Baltimore hopes Lewis can somehow return to game shape for a playoff run. However, the Ravens don't expect to see number 52 lining up with the defense this season.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Dallas Cowboys Preview: Where To Watch, Beting Odds And Keys To Game

on October 13 2012 12:26 AM
Baltimore Ravens vs. Dallas Cowboys Preview: Where To Watch, Beting Odds And Keys To Game

Game details

When: Sunday, October 14 at 1 PM

Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD

TV: FOX and Direct TV channel 704

Radio: Sirius XM Radio channel 92

Betting odds: Baltimore -3.5

The last time these two teams faced off, Baltimore Ravens' John Harbaugh was a rookie head coach with a rookie quarterback, Joe Flacco, and the Dallas Cowboys were playing their final game at Texas Stadium. The Ravens took that game to the tune of 33-24 and have gone on to four straight post season appearances.

Meanwhile, after making the playoffs in 2008, Dallas has returned to the postseason only once, in 2010. A team stacked with talent, Dallas has continued to have its share of trouble in 2012 and comes out of their bye week 2-2, with losses to Chicago and Seattle.

The 4-1 Ravens are coming off two lackluster performances, albeit wins, against the 1-4 Kansas City Chiefs and the 0-5 Cleveland Browns.

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