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Ravens’ offense gets back on track in win over Raiders

The Raiders were without starting quarterback Derek Carr, but their offense wasn’t the problem. Instead, the problem in Oakland today was that the Raiders’ defense had trouble stopping the Ravens’ offense, and Baltimore was able to grind out a 30-17 win. With the strong-armed quarterback Joe Flacco and the speedy receiver Mike Wallace, the Ravens [more]

Report: Derek Carr not expected to play

The Raiders have been all over the place over the past week regarding the status of quarterback Derek Carr. The consistent inconsistency regarding his status for Sunday currently has Carr not playing. Via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Carr’s fractured transverse process in his back “isn’t expected to allow him to play.” But even that [more]

Za’Darius Smith fined $18,231 for hit on Ben Roethlisberger

The NFL fined Ravens linebacker Za'Darius Smith $18,231 for a roughing-the-passer penalty against the Steelers on Sunday, according to the Associated Press. Smith hit Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the head, drawing a 15-yard penalty with 5:18 left in the third quarter. It didn’t cost the Ravens any points, as they ended up forcing a [more]

Week Five injury report roundup

Week Five kicked off on Thursday with a Patriots win and it continues with 12 more games on Sunday, which means that the 24 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday. Questionable players are uncertain to play, doubtful players are unlikely to play and out should be self-explanatory. Players [more]

Jimmy Smith back at Ravens practice, “good” for Sunday

The Ravens practiced without cornerback Jimmy Smith on Wednesday and Thursday, but it doesn’t look like they’re going to be playing without him on Sunday. Coach John Harbaugh said at his press conference that Smith is “good” despite the Achilles issue that led the team to keep him out of practice for two days. Smith [more]

Dean Pees: Ravens defensive problems last week all on me

The Ravens have gone through two rough weeks with lopsided losses to the Jaguars and Steelers dropping them to 2-2 on the season. Problems with the offense have been well documented, but the team’s also given up 791 yards over the last two weeks. In the loss to the Steelers, that included allowing the previously [more]

Torrey Smith admits he has left some plays on the field

The Eagles continue to express confidence in Torrey Smith, believing the veteran can return to being the wide receiver he was in Baltimore. “No concern,” Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich said, via Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News. “When you play enough and you get enough balls thrown to you . . . you’re [more]

Michael Crabtree returns to practice, expected to play Sunday

Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree returned to practice Wednesday after missing last week’s game with a bruised lung. Coach Jack Del Rio expressed optimism Crabtree will play Sunday against the Ravens, according to Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The Raiders obviously need all the help they can get for quarterback E.J. Manuel as [more]

Joe Flacco: Offense’s confidence level could be higher

After last Sunday’s loss to the Steelers, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco summed up his performance by saying “I sucked” and he wasn’t any less critical of himself when he met the media on Wednesday. Flacco said he’s always going to put offensive struggles on his shoulders, although he also diagnosed an issue across the unit [more]

Former second-rounder Stanley Jean-Baptiste turns up again

If you’re drafted highly enough in the NFL, you’re going to get plenty of chances. Even if you never should have been drafted as highly as you were. Former Saints second-round pick Stanley Jean-Baptiste has found yet another home, signing with the Ravens practice squad, according to Jeff Zrebeic of the Baltimore Sun. Once upon [more]

James Ihedigbo, Letroy Guion among free agents reinstated from suspensions

With the first four games of the regular season in the rear-view mirror, ten free agents had their suspensions lifted to potentially enable their return to an NFL roster moving forward. The ten players that had their suspensions come to conclusion after this weekend’s games were: safety James Ihedigbo (PED), nose tackle Letroy Guion (PED), [more]

Raiders need Marshawn Lynch to step up now

The Marshawn Lynch unretirement began with 76 yards in Tennessee. In three games since then, he has 75 yards. Combined. Most recently, the Broncos bottled Lynch up for 12 yards on nine carries, a week after he gained only 18 on six carries in an ugly loss to Washington. And so, with 151 yards in [more]

Danny Trevathan suspension reduced to one game on appeal

Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan has had his suspension cut in half. After Trevathan appealed the two-game suspension the NFL handed him last week, the league announced today that the suspension has been reduced to one game. Former NFL linebacker Derrick Brooks served as the appeals officer and made the decision to take a game off [more]

Trevathan suspension presents a new question for hearing officer

The NFL has imposed a two-game suspension on Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan for his illegal hit on Packers receiver Davante Adams. For hearing officer Derrick Brooks, the core question presents a new frontier for the league. Trevathan becomes the first player the league will try to suspend despite not having prior punishment for illegal hits [more]

John Harbaugh says all Ravens have to get better, not just Joe Flacco

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco gave a blunt assessment of his own play Sunday, but his coach thinks helping him suck less will involve more than just the veteran quarterback. Via Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said “everybody’s got to get better,” though he knows much of the focus is on his [more]

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