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[News] Byrne Identity: Who Are The Ravens Right Now?

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While the Ravens are down, they're not done yet. History says big things can still happen.

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Great read as usual. I know it's going to be tough come Sunday, but I still believe our team can pull out the win. I won't be able to make it to the game but I hope all of the stadium treat this game as a playoff game because it might as well be. We need this, let's go get it!
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With Jameel McClain added to the list of casualties, I can't imagine the Ravens ending their losing streak to Peyton. He's been playing just as good as ever, while BAL's D is a shell of itself. Luckily, BAL should be able to sneak away with the division with just a win against CIN. Having to play in the Wild Card game comes with its own troubles, though.
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What peter king said was hogwash. I'll bet my last dollar not one of the Ravens felt like they are an "average" football team. Thats not the Raven way. Until their last breath they will believe they can win it all....THATS the Raven way!!!
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Ur going to have to beat manning at his own game level, Score and clock management and wear denvers defense down and less time he is on the field the better, he can run a No huddle faster that u can put ur pants on.
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Eat the clock and let Ray run! Forget the blitz. Smother the tight ends Tamme and Thomas, press the wide outs. Oh so simple on paper! Let's get turnovers and great field position. At least we can stay competitive.
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were a far cry away from that 7-7 Giants Team,yes we have more talent ,but we also have more injuries then they did ,and they had a better system as far as coaches special teams WR's ect and dont forget Flacco is no Eli Manning,All i have to say is we better get it done this week because the Giants and bengals 2nd time around will be no easy Win ,still Puzzled after watching last nights game more then ever now why we did not take Burfict ,the guy hits and he hits hard ,he could have been the Future Face when Ray Decidesto Hang them up which i hope isnt for awhile.
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Just remember guys no streak lasts forever. Whether its an 8 game winning streak of a 2 game losing streak, it has to end soon.
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I'm afraid we're looking more like the 2009 and 2010 Ravens except we have more injuries. Let's hope we don't get bounced out on the road in the playoffs like they did .
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Peyton has beat us 8 times in a row, all 8 times this defense has had to carry us when we had no offense, This is the first time were playing Peyton with this talent we have on the offensive side of the ball.
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For some unknown reason....I have this up beat feeling we are going to take it to Denver and beat them soundly.....I never make predictions, but this time I will. Ravens 34 Broncos 27.

The team has a good chance to face them in the playoffs, at least we will be at home each time. :)

GO RAVENS!
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Sick of hearing, this is the same team. We are just stacked with Injuries at key positions.

You don't see ESPN AND NFL NET. talking about the injuries, all they talk about is our Short comings.
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While I do believe it will be very tough to beat Denver with so many injuries, some part of me thinks that this whole change at OC situation could actually help if Caldwell calls a good game. Even though Denver's D is good, outside of offensive player weaknesses they have nothing to study as far as play calling tendencies because Caldwell hasn't called a game. One thing is for sure though, if Caldwell doesn't call plays with a quick release, Oher will look like a turnstyle against Von Miller. Oher has had so much trouble with the speed rush lately...
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[quote name='DarkKnight52' timestamp='1355508365' post='1260907']
were a far cry away from that 7-7 Giants Team,yes we have more talent ,but we also have more injuries then they did ,and they had a better system as far as coaches special teams WR's ect and dont forget Flacco is no Eli Manning,All i have to say is we better get it done this week because the Giants and bengals 2nd time around will be no easy Win ,still Puzzled after watching last nights game more then ever now why we did not take Burfict ,the guy hits and he hits hard ,he could have been the Future Face when Ray Decidesto Hang them up which i hope isnt for awhile.
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Wow - I can't believe it took this long to see my first Burfict comment. Perhaps other have already posted, but this is the first I've seen.

Flacco is no Eli, in that he's not won 2 super bowls. Flacco can look the equal of Eli but has not had the consistency. That's what we're all praying for ... consistency.

We have more injuries than the Giants had last year ... at least right now. There is nothing saying we can't have all these LBs back before the post-season. That is - unless we act desperate to win any of these final games and roll guys out there before they are ready. Then, we may lose them for the rest of the year. THAT would be a mistake.
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[quote name='PeRK82' timestamp='1355509994' post='1260938']
Sick of hearing, this is the same team. We are just stacked with Injuries at key positions.

You don't see ESPN AND NFL NET. talking about the injuries, all they talk about is our Short comings.
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I know ... love hearing how we were "exposed" (as if the team were a fraud) in the past 2 weeks ... we have a special teamer and now a practice squad guy patrolling the short middle of the field and that is where both PIT and WAS hurt us. Lets see teams do that with a healthy group of McClain, Lewis and Ellerbe rotating in those 2 ILB slots.
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Time to make our statement to the whole league that we are super bowl bound. It doesn't matter what the record is come playoffs, everyone starts fresh.
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[quote name='balfan23' timestamp='1355511502' post='1260954']
I know ... love hearing how we were "exposed" (as if the team were a fraud) in the past 2 weeks ..[b]. we have a special teamer and now a practice squad guy patrolling the short middle of the field and that is where both PIT and WAS hurt us[/b]. Lets see teams do that with a healthy group of McClain, Lewis and Ellerbe rotating in those 2 ILB slots.
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Agreed, but at the same time Pees should have switched to Man coverage instead of getting picked apart with Cover 2 the whole time. Dont even get me started with the rushing 3 in the 2 point conv. lost my freaking voice with that play. Saw it a mile away.
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[quote name='balfan23' timestamp='1355511345' post='1260951']
Wow - I can't believe it took this long to see [b]my first Burfict comment.[/b] Perhaps other have already posted, but this is the first I've seen.

Flacco is no Eli, in that he's not won 2 super bowls. Flacco can look the equal of Eli but has not had the consistency. That's what we're all praying for ... consistency.

We have more injuries than the Giants had last year ... at least right now. There is nothing saying we can't have all these LBs back before the post-season. That is - unless we act desperate to win any of these final games and roll guys out there before they are ready. Then, we may lose them for the rest of the year. THAT would be a mistake.
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Don't worry, i was dumbfounded when he wasnt draft and the RAVENS still didn't go after him. R.Lewis , i think is coming back too earlier but he is pretty much being forced to because we have NO LBERS at all now.
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I've read this article twice and I'm still looking for the point of this story. Is Kevin insinuating that it was a bad decision to fire Cam? If so, he can go too!
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[quote name='PeRK82' timestamp='1355511906' post='1260961']
Don't worry, i was dumbfounded when he wasnt draft and the RAVENS still didn't go after him.[b] R.Lewis , i think is coming back too earlier but he is pretty much being forced to because we have NO LBERS at all now.[/b]
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Actually, the #1 point of nearly all my comments on this board today is how we have to guard against caving to the perceived desperation of our current situation and rush guys on the field who aren't ready. This desperation is fueled by our critics, who no one should be listening to. We don't prove anything this Sunday ... we prove it in January. Despite popular belief - this game is not a do-or-die game. We are going to be in the post-season - period. We only make it anywhere in the post-season if our LBERS are healthy - in the post-season.

If we treat this like a do-or-die game, send guys like Sugss and Ray out there and they go down for the year - you can stick a fork in us. Not that I'm running up a white flag on this game or the remaining two regular season games. Guys that are healthy and can be on the field need to give 110%, but we have to be smart. Live to fight another day, if that is what the situation calls for.
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let's beat them broncos then... you manage to pump me up every friday kevin... great read thank you
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The Giants analogy is apt. Even though we have a steeper hill to climb injury-wise, they were 7-7, we're 9-4, and with greater firepower set to return than they did.

As for Burfict, mark your comments and revisit them when the same problems that got him in the headlines during the combine rear their ugly head. Even Haynesworth had a breakout season, but we all know what happens when a player with immense God-given talent has a deadbeat's work ethic... A disaster. Which is why Marvin Lewis made it abundantly clear to the press that he took a huge risk with Vontaze.

I don't know why, but Raven Nation, myself included, seems strangely optimistic inspite of what the rest of this league insists are insurmountable issues.

Maybe it's because we're best suited to know what our guys are capable of.

We will win.
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[quote name='balfan23' timestamp='1355513374' post='1260969']
Actually, the #1 point of nearly all my comments on this board today is how we have to guard against caving to the perceived desperation of our current situation and rush guys on the field who aren't ready. This desperation is fueled by our critics, who no one should be listening to. We don't prove anything this Sunday ... we prove it in January.[b] Despite popular belief - this game is not a do-or-die game. We are going to be in the post-season - period[/b]. We only make it anywhere in the post-season if our LBERS are healthy - in the post-season.

If we treat this like a do-or-die game, send guys like Sugss and Ray out there and they go down for the year - you can stick a fork in us. Not that I'm running up a white flag on this game or the remaining two regular season games. Guys that are healthy and can be on the field need to give 110%, but we have to be smart. Live to fight another day, if that is what the situation calls for.
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We won't be if we lose the next 3 games, which i really don't see this happening but it is possible with the teams that we are playing.
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Great comments but the question still is can we and will we win this game? My answer from the heart is sure. We may be beat up knocked down injured broken this broken that replace him for him fire him for him but two things this team has that goes a long way with me they have each other and they have there FANS. THAT is why they are going to pull All these games out.
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The 90's cowboys shouldn't be compared to the 90's browns period. My last anme is houston literally and I'm a cowboy/texan fan when the ravens arn't playing them\.
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[quote name='PeRK82' timestamp='1355520743' post='1261068']
We won't be if we lose the next 3 games, which i really don't see this happening but it is possible with the teams that we are playing.
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If we lose the next 3 games, we will still be in the playoffs - virtually a guarantee. We may not win the division (but even that's still a possibility if the Steelers stumble on Sunday), but the playoffs are nearly a foregone conclusion. It will take a minor miracle for us to miss. Not only do we need to lose all of our games, but the Steelers need to win week 15, week 17 and ... here's the really ridiculous scenario ... the Bengals and Steelers will have to TIE. That simply isn't going to happen.
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The Giants of last year and the Packers of 2010 have nothing to do with the Ravens today. The firing of Cam was a little too late. It should have been done last year or earlier in the year. This article sounds like a hope and a prayer which is exactly what we have now .
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They are what their results say they are! They also are the way they played the last couple of weeks - a hurt and hobbling team struggling to beat mediocre teams both at home and away. Unless, we can get back reasonably healthy and Joe Flacco improves his play substantially after the firing of Cam Cameron, we will be the same team we have been for the past two weeks.

I understand that these comments will not be well received by my friends, but, sometimes one needs to just speak his mind instead of trying to please everybody.
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I don't know who we are any more then you guys,still trying to swallow all the ups and downs with injurers.My feeling is that we gotta use who we have that's healthy enough to play in this game and hope for the Ravens to get the win.Limit the offensive mistakes and capitalize on every opportunity that we get too score and allow our defense time to rest after a stop.If our offense can keep their offense off the field for long periods of time(ball control)and score on those drives,whether 3 or 6 points,prefer 6,then we should be able too win this game.The defense has to get Manning off the field in order for us too stay in front at the end of regulation.
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It does not look good. You can thank the NFL for the crazy schedule year in and year out for the Ravens. The media has already stuck a fork in us so what do we have to lose except the game. Go out there and ram it down their throats, do some trick plays, do something that is not expected. Just do it. Just win. We love you Ravens. Go Ravens.
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The talent we have on our roster and the experience we have between our players and coaches makes me not worry about our current situation. The media likes to paint a negative picture, as they always do when it comes to the Ravens, but in reality it's still an any given Sunday sport in which everybody can beat everybody. Like the story said as we get healthier we are going to get more dangerous.
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the Ravens are? well? THE RAVENS!!! they are not done! they are not finish! let's goooo!

~Mili
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Front office is planning ahead for next season. Everyone is being interviewed, Joe Flacco is under the microscope along with Caldwell. The Cameron years were a bust, same plays year after year with everyone expecting different results. Cameron was a dinosaur in his play calling, the league changed 5 years ago. He was a dinosaur from day one running two receiver sets.
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It'll be a tough game, for sure. But, if we can get some early turnovers, we might get the break we need and the lift we need to play inspired ball, it's the only way I see us winning, if we get some timely turnovers, like really timely. We'll see. Let's hope we're pleasantly surprised, cause we all know we're not favored and we all know why (about the 2nd and 3rd string players that will be playing on our defense especially). Let's upset them and everyone else!
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