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John Harbaugh said overcoming adversity is what makes this year's Ravens special.

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Off-season acquisitions and adjustments with his coaches and players has made his job so far nothing short of sensational. Clock management (big improvement). Now he has the best special teams. Think Championship
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I hope this "something special" will bring SB to our beloved city. To be honest I am sick and tired of just reaching playoff and it's about the time!! and honestly how fortunate we are, some teams just dream about reaching playoff's.
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The Ravens are (and I mean this in the most positive way possible) the Rocky Balboa's of the NFL. They have been beat up, have lost star players, have been declared dead by the media and they keep fighting back and winning. Anyone who has been watching closely can see they are coming together at just the right time and are as deep as the ocean. Ray's 4th and 29 should throw a cold chill into any opposing team. You just can't game plan for that kind of heart.
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I agree the team’s mettle has been tested collectively and individually. Let’s not forget T. Smith’s personal tragedy and how he has continued to play at a high level. Defensively the team has had to adjust to losing Pagano, JJ, Redding, Zbikowski, TSizzle, Webb, Lewis and adding young guys like Kruger, Upshaw, Thompson, Brown and others. That’s a lot of adjusting if you ask me.

Special teams has been a vast improvement over last year!!

Offensively we have struggled to find an identity only because someone doesn’t like what it’s been and they’ve been trying to change it. We’re a smash-mouth run first offense. High flying deep passing attack is not our style.
This team IS special and definitely hardened from adversity and coming up short (last year’s AFC Championship) so I’m not surprised we’re 9-2 and have done it the hard ugly way. Now we need to start taking care of business decisively so that we can get some swag going. Go undefeated in the division and at home again and the swag to win it all will be there.

Special will be an understatement.
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Yea, the media only seems to be able to write and say horrible things about Flacco and our team. And the fan comments are even worse. Instead of saying we win through adversity or always find a way to win we are somehow always lucky and not as good as our record. It's so frustrating. Almost any other team pulls out a tough win and they are praised. I'm pretty hopeful about this year. I doubt we will get any respect even if we beat the Manning brothers which I think we will. It is often the team that is bashed all season for finding a way to win when it matters that can go all the way. This is our year through adversity we will win!
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thats true all great teams face and overcome adversity and the Ravens have allot of it so lets go win a SB
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[quote name='Joe Flacco is #1' timestamp='1354045070' post='1235926']
You guys see that Joke of an article on nfl.com on players who cant be trusted Yeesh i hate nfl sometimes....
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It's just another article by someone who doesn't actually watch games, just looks at stat lines at the end of the game and sees a QB who doesn't always put up flashy numbers. Forget the fact that we're 9-2 with a defense that is way off its normal offensive-destroying self. We have a QB that just can't be trusted to win games. :eyes: Not sure where he comes to that conclusion, but I don't particularly care either.

We're 9-2, we have 3 home games remaining (4 if you count DC), and then we go out to face a sure to be packed for the offseason Bengals team.
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http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000101674/article/joe-flacco-michael-turner-among-players-who-cant-be-trusted...This i just ridiculous they claim Joe has done ABSOLUTELY nothing for this team and says he has failed. At this point I'm speechless I'm done with NFL.com. The excuse backthen was he could only win because of defense. Well that defense isn't that great anymore (recently they have been). Talk about being a hypocrite. Joe Flacco when these idiots ask you questions such as ranking yourself in the top 5 don't bother responding. The media and especially NFL.com is a trap. I've seen about 10 articles bashing Joe in the past week. Somehow 30/51 completions, 355yds, a TD and no INT's=Average according this idiot.
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Here is what is going on with the Ravens
1. we are not turning the ball over and beating ourselves!
2. we have enough stars to make timely plays... even when we have been outplayed
3. We are battle hardened! We dont panic...been there
4. we have elevated expectations (good job Harbs)
5. we trust eachother

WE seem to have "EMBRACED THE GRIND"
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With the record we have is that new news ? We are very fortunate to be where we are right now and i am very happy for our record but it would take no genius to see our offensive numbers are very low on the road and except for the last 2 weeks we had one of the worst defenses. We all know this and we all know that it is a very special season we are having and i hope it continues right into a Super Bowl Shot. Let's get Ed that ring he deserves. The guy has given us everything he has and then some.
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We'll find out soon enough; but I have a feeling that that San Diego win is going to catapult this team to new heights. Their D is shaping up, and the O finally started to move on the road...albeit, in the 4th qtr...but they came alive nonetheless.

If they come out and obliterate poopsberg on Sunday; it will force everyone to see that this team is a REAL threat. (I already believe they are...although I had my doubts early on)
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As far as I'm concerned the Ravens get no respect,not on ESPN,NFL channels or Media highlights,It bothers me in a way that one week the offense is up and another week it's down but the facts remains that the team is solid,when the offense is down the defense is up and etc.The Ravens can only be better with the company it keeps and the teams it plays,The AFC North is in my opinion the toughest division in NFL Football, we'll finally find out soon enough at the end of the season or maybe the Super Bowl weather we deserve to hang with the BIG BOYS
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We create a lot of our own problems by keeping Oher on the left side when Mckinnie should be there and Osemele should be the left guard. Yanda and Oher should round out the other side. Oher and Jah Reid are not starting players in the NFL in their present positions. Oher was a revolving door and Reid saw the game from his back. I know Harbaugh has issues with Mckinnie, but its time to do what's best for the team.
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I think if people saw Joe in one of these pass heavy ATL type offenses they would finally leave him alone. But instead of fixing it that way, Joe will do it with a SB win.
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After this weekend, I've come to the realization this team is actually good. Now I'm not going to throw out stats but what exactly makes a team good? I'd say that a team can be considered a serious contender when it can win in all different ways just as this article points out. Ravens have won in every situation you can think of and they have also lost in different ways too. That has probably helped them get over the hump just like this past week. For all the criticism some fans are giving the ravens, come playoff time, records don't matter and the ravens have shown they can find ways to win in almost any fashion.
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the ravens have been special for the previous four years. so saying something is special is becoming , sadly, quite a routine for the ravens. special has gotten the ravens to the playoffs only to fall short of the promise land and prevented them from hoisting the trophy. the ravens need magic like in 2000. something magically exhilarating. this magic may happen if the the ravens can pull a sweep of the steelers and later a win against denver. there is definite signs that the magician has been warming up with the miracle return of suggs and the news of raven's field general and inspiration,lewis, maybe returning before the season is over.
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It is Joes job to get eh mdia off of his back. WHen Joe starts to perform consistently well... the media wll pick on someone else. there are enough Mark Sanchez, Blaine Gabbert stories out there... if Joe wants the media off of his back- that is up to him to start to put up the #'s ....

Wins dont cut it... thats a measuring stick for the team
Yards and TD's are nice but that depends more on the system

QB rating.... is what he needs to improve. Freeman is playing very consistent in Tampa... he is not lighting it up like Brady or Peyton and the BUCCS arent the FALCONS or TEXANS... but the media is not picking on Freeman bc he is playing well enough to give his team a chance. He has a good QB rating bc he is making plays....

We have a well rounded team...and the best measurment of how Flacco is helping the team is less about the wins and more about his effeciency.

Want to see Joe a little more consistent!
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I'm old enough to remember the Miami Dolphins' perfect season. They had a QB that threw an average of 6 times per game, barely won games (they beat the Browns in the playoffs with a bad offical's spot that gave Miami a late first down and then a Lee Evans-like drop by the Browns in the end zone that would have won the game!

Their stats that year were quite pedestrian, but they found ways to win the game!

The Ravens cannot be perfect, but they can be perfect from here on out! Lots of teams have the weapons, but what other team has so much heart?
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Check these out. These are trailers made by a Ravens Fan. I think they're cool.

Keep in mind this one was made right before the start of this season:
http://youtu.be/PWaWOallB_o

This is the sequel made after Ray Ray and Webb got hurt:
http://youtu.be/a-EiUdMITo0
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Much as some of the Ravens game stress me I enjoy hearing about how good our team is and getting that one play done when its most needed. Not like other teams who just fall off.
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There are two things going on concurrently. One is we continue to win despite not playing like we are capable of and being extremely inconsistent in our play (both on offense and defense). The other thing is despite winning, we are being branded by the media as undeserving and lucky to be 9-2 right now....
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Harbaugh is right. 9-2 and winning ugly is better than 6-5 and not. This team has a will to win. BUCKle up boys!
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Love this article. I also LOVE that Harbaugh talked about how the team responded to the final loss last year. What makes this team great, you never hear the public backstabbing and doubt. Even if individuals have their own doubts, all you hear from the RAVENS is a unified faith and belief in their ability to move forward and accompish great things as a TEAM. Go RAVENS!!! I BELIEVE!
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[quote name='steelcityraven' timestamp='1354056612' post='1236330']
It is Joes job to get eh mdia off of his back. WHen Joe starts to perform consistently well... the media wll pick on someone else. there are enough Mark Sanchez, Blaine Gabbert stories out there... if Joe wants the media off of his back- that is up to him to start to put up the #'s ....

Wins dont cut it... thats a measuring stick for the team
Yards and TD's are nice but that depends more on the system

QB rating.... is what he needs to improve. Freeman is playing very consistent in Tampa... he is not lighting it up like Brady or Peyton and the BUCCS arent the FALCONS or TEXANS... but the media is not picking on Freeman bc he is playing well enough to give his team a chance. He has a good QB rating bc he is making plays....

We have a well rounded team...and the best measurment of how Flacco is helping the team is less about the wins and more about his effeciency.

Want to see Joe a little more consistent!
[/quote]I completely disagree. The media chooses who they like and who they don't very early. The reason nobody picks on Freeman is because the media declared him "the next big thing" after the 2010 season. We heard all about Flacco's decreased numbers last year, but nothing about Freeman's AWFUL season. If Flacco ever had a season like that, the media would have been calling for him to get released. Same goes for "the next Manning" Sam Bradford, who's also been largely disappointing in STL. Where's the scrutiny? You won't find it, because the media has already decided to give him a pass.

Guys the media love: Ryan, Freeman, Bradford, Stafford
Guys the media hate: Flacco, Romo, Cutler
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AND also "overcoming" those moments when trying to wrestle those freakin purple and black Maalox tablets out of its container ! My Carumba !
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Ben will play this week without a doubt he will be out there looking to play the hero like he always do but we will dominate this game if he plays or not. Im glad he will play that way they want have any excuses win they lose. And I believe that Ray coming back will make our defense better people forget that he was leading the team in tackles before he got hurt. With him back and Ellerbe playing the way he is we will be better trust me.
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Ben will play this week without a doubt he will be out there looking to play the hero like he always do but we will dominate this game if he plays or not. Im glad he will play that way they want have any excuses when they lose. And I believe that Ray coming back will make our defense better people forget that he was leading the team in tackles before he got hurt. With him back and Ellerbe playing the way he is we will be better trust me.
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[quote name='ellicottraven' timestamp='1354058885' post='1236400']
There are two things going on concurrently. One is we continue to win despite not playing like we are capable of and being extremely inconsistent in our play (both on offense and defense). The other thing is despite winning, we are being branded by the media as undeserving and lucky to be 9-2 right now....
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Amen to that! Living in Atlanta, all I hear about is how the Falcons are...blah blah blah... The homers down here never talk about the three games in which their opponents had the game won and gave it away...noooooo it was brilliant Falcons play, etc.

Check the NFL Network on how they love Houston, Atlanta, SF, NE (I forget-did we not beat them earlier?) and CHI.

Some have gone so far as to criticize some aspect of the Ravens usually the offense. When was the last time Flacco tossed 5 INTs and lost 2 fumbles IN A HALF?

The NFL is a fantasy driven league, and the Ravens have "embraced the grind" (something that the knuckleheads at ESPN or NFL Network could NEVER understand)!.
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Rice effort, Boldin's block................Huge!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not to take away from the other good plays that made it possible.
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Let's not get carried away now... Even if what we have is special, we have to act normal. Stick to the normal routine because that has worked for us so far.
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The BOTTOM LINE is that WE HAVE THE POTENTIAL to play better offensively- and more importatnly, to have a Champioship football team. Hopefully, EVERYTHING will fall into place- AT the right times ! Go Ravens !
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The Baltimore Ravens got me feeling like Lil Wayne "I Aint Got No Worries"! No Snivelling Ova here and I APPRECIATE what they are Striving For! DUH!
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[quote name='edreedfor6' timestamp='1354069024' post='1236648']
tomlin just said 2 hours a go that batch will start this sunday. looks like it will be a blowout in baltimore!
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Not sure where you heard that ... this is what I'm seeing:

According to Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports, the Steelers will "ease" Ben Roethlisberger (ribs, shoulder) back into practice on Wednesday.

The reports on Big Ben's Week 13 status are all over the place. ESPN's source is setting his chances of playing at "50-50" while a source close to the quarterback tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he would be "shocked" if Roethlisberger plays. Per LaCanfora, "many still expect" him to give it a go in a big game at Baltimore. The Steelers are leaving the door open in case Big Ben's range of motion exceeds expectations in practice this week.

My guess is, he's going to give it a shot.
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balfan23 i saw it in the steelers website. my brother is a steeler fan and showed me the article. tomlin said batch will start sunday
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To Peej: I put this together to shut my brother-in-law up about how great the Broncos are. He was so convinced that we only won the Steelers game because they were banged up.

Here are some facts about some of our players and our teams (offense, defense and special)that all the talking heads won't say.

On offense: Joe has the second least interceptions of the top 10 quarterbacks (only 7 thus far this year) while he has the 4th highest total yards passing at 2,890 yards. Ray Rice is close to 800 rushing yards thus far and is tied for the second most touchdowns for a RB. He is also second in yards receiving for a RB. He has done all of this with only 2 fumbles. Our two leading receivers (Torrey and Boldin) are in the top 25 for total yards. Tight end Dennis Pitta is 14th in number of receptions, 10th in touchdowns and 15th in yards receiving. All three receivers have done this with no fumbles. Our offense is in the top 10 in avg. points per game.

On defense: Ngata is the third best in both solo tackles and total tackles (solo & assist) and in the top ten in sacks. At linebacker: Ellerbe is in the top 20 for solo tackles, has 81 total tackles and 4.5 sacks. Kruger has 5.5 sacks and 1 interceptions. And in just 6 games Ray Lewis has 44 solo tackles and 57 total tackles. (So to those that don%u2019t think we need Ray back or that Father Time has caught up with him - you are full of it) Cornerback Cary Williams is 5th in solo tackles, has 1 sack and 4 interceptions for a total of 90 yards and one touchdown. Our newer safety Benard Pollard is 4th in solo tackles. He has the most sacks of those four. Quarterbacks have been afraid of Ed Reed and have been testing Pollard. (I think that will be changing soon.) Our defense is 7th in points allowed and leads in total tackles.

On special team: Tucker is a clutch kicker with 7 of 9 from 40-49 yards and 4-4 for 50 . He has a 91.7 percent completion rate and his longest was for 56 yards. Koch averages 47 yards per punt with his longest being 58. Plus he has a touchdown. On receiving ki
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I really think that if Roth plays he will be knocked out of the game on the first sack. Even with a flak jacket on, he will not be able to handle a direct shot in the ribs. Let him play!
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[quote name='ravens533' timestamp='1354072005' post='1236727']
To Peej: I put this together to shut my brother-in-law up about how great the Broncos are. He was so convinced that we only won the Steelers game because they were banged up.

Here are some facts about some of our players and our teams (offense, defense and special)that all the talking heads won't say.

On offense: Joe has the second least interceptions of the top 10 quarterbacks (only 7 thus far this year) while he has the 4th highest total yards passing at 2,890 yards. Ray Rice is close to 800 rushing yards thus far and is tied for the second most touchdowns for a RB. He is also second in yards receiving for a RB. He has done all of this with only 2 fumbles. Our two leading receivers (Torrey and Boldin) are in the top 25 for total yards. Tight end Dennis Pitta is 14th in number of receptions, 10th in touchdowns and 15th in yards receiving. All three receivers have done this with no fumbles. Our offense is in the top 10 in avg. points per game.

On defense: Ngata is the third best in both solo tackles and total tackles (solo & assist) and in the top ten in sacks. At linebacker: Ellerbe is in the top 20 for solo tackles, has 81 total tackles and 4.5 sacks. Kruger has 5.5 sacks and 1 interceptions. And in just 6 games Ray Lewis has 44 solo tackles and 57 total tackles. (So to those that don’t think we need Ray back or that Father Time has caught up with him - you are full of it) Cornerback Cary Williams is 5th in solo tackles, has 1 sack and 4 interceptions for a total of 90 yards and one touchdown. Our newer safety Benard Pollard is 4th in solo tackles. He has the most sacks of those four. Quarterbacks have been afraid of Ed Reed and have been testing Pollard. (I think that will be changing soon.) Our defense is 7th in points allowed and leads in total tackles.

On special team: Tucker is a clutch kicker with 7 of 9 from 40-49 yards and 4-4 for 50 . He has a 91.7 percent completion rate and his longest was for 56 yards. Koch averages 47 yards per punt with his longest being 58. Plus he has a touchdown. On receiving ki
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To quote Jean Luc Picard: Nicely done!
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I think it's time for the Ravens to look destiny square in the eye....then give it a head butt!

That's Ravens style. SB baby!!! One step at a time, next victim...Pittsburgh

GO RAVENS!
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