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The Ravens have historically been one of the NFL's best teams late in the season.

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[quote name='horus13corvineus' timestamp='1355935957' post='1270601']
let's just win out in January and I'm happy
[/quote] best idea i have heard all month.
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I hate to say this but this could very well be Lewis's and Reed's last home game. It hurts to even this abt it. I hope we win this one and SB.
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Congrats on FIVE years of playoffs Raven organization! When January comes, we are once again playing football and that is terrific! We got off to 9 - 2 so we could weather a bad December for once. A lot of teams were not as fortunate (See Steelers!) Defensive injuries are the root cause of losing compounded by bad in game decisions by our coaches and players. The first is unavoidable but the second is totally within the teams control and is the most worrysome thing to me. This Sunday's game should tell the story. Win and we have a shot. Lose and we probably go to the sixth seed and are one and done. The only silver lining on the sixth seed is that the Ravens would not have to face two of top teams in the AFC next year. We would all prefer the former, and a home playoff game. Sunday is the key! GO RAVENS
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It would feel good to get the win this week after three weeks of losing. I am just not used to that.
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I hate it when the games are not allowed to be played on the field. Media, etc., can cause a game or for that matter a season to result in a totally different outcome than what really should be. Ladies and gentlemen, i'm convinced, this is what's happened to our beloved Ravens this year. The good thing is, Playoffs tend to shred all of that okie doke stuff, if you can weather it that far. We've made it. And, i'm expecting a different Ravens, our beloved Ravens that we all know and are used to. Get excited. THIS is playoff time. Go Ravens!!! :)
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[quote name='PaPaJim' timestamp='1355937578' post='1270635']
Congrats on FIVE years of playoffs Raven organization! When January comes, we are once again playing football and that is terrific! We got off to 9 - 2 so we could weather a bad December for once. A lot of teams were not as fortunate (See Steelers!) Defensive injuries are the root cause of losing compounded by bad in game decisions by our coaches and players. The first is unavoidable but the second is totally within the teams control and is the most worrysome thing to me. This Sunday's game should tell the story. Win and we have a shot. Lose and we probably go to the sixth seed and are one and done. The only silver lining on the sixth seed is that the Ravens would not have to face two of top teams in the AFC next year. We would all prefer the former, and a home playoff game. Sunday is the key! GO RAVENS
[/quote]Actually, we could lose Sunday and still be alright because it would really make us go all out in the final game against Cincy so that we secure that home field advantage that we still have a shot at. But, I hope we just go ahead and win Sunday. And, get it outta the way. GoRavens!!! :)
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Two losses attributed to "Turnover Joe", one Blowout and it's ugly this December and we're barely done!

Find a way is what we're hoping for! It would be nice to be the AFC champions for the second straight year but we're in the playoffs and will have to piecemeal a defense that can sustain a wildcard run!

The pride is there but the numbers of soldiers dwindle each week!
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Everything in this league is ‘what have you done for me lately,???

I would love to hear Flacco answer this question. Flacco: "Ummmm I don't know... How bout a couple fumbles in the most inopportune times, the worst pick six of my career, I can't run to gain a yard, I have under and over thrown receivers, what can I say guys I have delivered inconsistency consistently". That's what I have done for you lately.

Please Flacco there is a chance I hop on a plane from San Juan, Puerto Rico to go to the bank for the first time in my LIFE. If I decide to go, please don't stink up the joint. I don't know if I could live with myself not seeing Ray Lewis and Ed Reed play at least once at the bank. (I know it is not 100% sure that Ray will suit up, which would suck if I end up making the trip).

Regardless if I make it or not please beat the Giants and lil brother Eli.
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[quote name='Waccoflacco' timestamp='1355937277' post='1270619']
I hate to say this but this could very well be Lewis's and Reed's last home game. It hurts to even this abt it. I hope we win this one and SB.
[/quote]maybe for Reed, but im hearing that Lewis plans on returning next year
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I would like for us to seal it up this weekend and then rest our tired and injured come the final week to recover for the playoffs
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Get the win this week win the division then bench a number of our starters we have left to get them ready for playoffs..Give them younger guys a shot
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Maybe for Harbs, but I remember a few Decembers that ....struggled. Ravens will weather this and come out on top again, the organization is far too strong to stay down for long, I hope this "slump" or whatever it is passes and we talk here on this forum about, "remember the December in 2012 before the Superbowl win?" Ahh...that would be sweet!

GO RAVENS!
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Losing in Dec is uncharted territory... so is losing at home- so is losing back to back games...

Time to get back to what has made us successful for years
1. Taking care of the football-we can not turn the ball over against good teams
2. making our opponents 1 demsional - taking away ability to run the ball
3. not beating ourselves -stop the stupid penalties
4. Running the ball with a physical running game (ball control)
5. Being opportunistic... we need to generate more pressure to force more turnovers!

That has been our receipe for years.... now we are trying to do it a little different and it is not working.... time to get back to what does
1. Stop getting in 3rd and long and we dont need to run low % plays resulting in TO's
2. Commit to stopping the run... since PEAS took over (even when we were healthy) we looked like we were content to bend but not break! Make them one deminsional!
3. Maybe it is just frustration but we seem to be taking som stupid penalties lately?
4. 17-2 when Ray gets 20 touches or more.... Get back to it!
5. When you look back over the season - the games we got after the QB/// we played very well defensively... the games that we cant get pressure on the QB.... we got exposed!

This has been our formula.... it is time to return to the original!
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I mean normally in december theres a consistent run game to rely on but with the line struggles Ray hasn't been able to find the open holes or cutback lanes I'm just sayin if as of now the best 5 lineman are Oher Reid Birk Yanda and KO why don't they put KO at guard he's a better run blocker and is built for guard while Reid is taller and more athletic and is built for right tackle
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OHER- YANDA- BIRK - KO - MCKINNIE

that is a big and nasty OL that could do a lot of damange in opening up lanes for the best RB in the NFL.

You throw in the #1 FB (LEACH) in the NFL on top of that... and there is not a team that we can not grind out in this league!

Imagine the play action after we pound away at teams with that OL!
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The Giants game is perhaps the biggest game of the season....A loss on Sunday and a Bengals win means having to go on the road to clinch the divison with a banged up defense and inept offense and i do not see that happening....Sunday is a MUST win or it could mean the #6 seed.
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[quote name='jrs034' timestamp='1355941473' post='1270731']
I mean normally in december theres a consistent run game to rely on but with the line struggles Ray hasn't been able to find the open holes or cutback lanes I'm just sayin if as of now the best 5 lineman are Oher Reid Birk Yanda and KO why don't they put KO at guard he's a better run blocker and is built for guard while Reid is taller and more athletic and is built for right tackle
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I'm not sure I know enough about how we should structure our o-line, but the point you make mirrors my thought on the subject ... and that is we are historically a strong team come December because we've always known how to run the ball well and how to stop opponents from running the ball. No matter how much the league and the media want to tell us that's not a formula to win, it sure seems like has always been our pathway to success.

Ravens - we must find some way to establish the run. Never a better time to do it than this Sunday, when our offense is having a tough time finding any sort of rhythm and we are facing a team know for its ability to get after the QB.
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[quote name='steelcityraven' timestamp='1355942234' post='1270752']
OHER- YANDA- BIRK - KO - MCKINNIE

that is a big and nasty OL that could do a lot of damange in opening up lanes for the best RB in the NFL.

You throw in the #1 FB (LEACH) in the NFL on top of that... and there is not a team that we can not grind out in this league!

Imagine the play action after we pound away at teams with that OL!
[/quote] i agree those guys are huge i pray yanda is healthy this week
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There have been a lot of first for us this season, having a 26th ranked D hurts the most
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All games are decided by the refs anyhow. I predict it's ravens win it all in the playoffs with both reed and lewis retiring with rings. It's all scripted to the enth degree. The pass interference and personal foul penalties decide games anymore, not the play on the field.
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It doesnt matter. No trend will last forever. But that just means that its time to start a new trend. It can start sunday with a WIN. This is definitely a year of first like Zeus said. Whatever the reason we can right this ship on sunday.
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I can see the hordes of Ravens-fans rejoicing and crying in happiness that history is behind us. Our last 3 games we played progressively worse and worse, but oy veh, history is our friend! No matter that the last three games we've been defying history by snapping no less than 5 positive long time streaks history suggested we shouoldn't have snapped - history will save our season!

Let's hope we'll go on playing on a level that not only history offers solace.

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It doesn't matter what your record is when the playoffs roll around. Everyone is 0-0 and trying to make a point. Get the win, rest the starters and secure the division to rub it in Pittsburgh's face.
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a few stupid penalties could be the difference. Let them make those dumb errors, not us. If we keep our temper in check we could pull an upset here.
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If we could fin a way to win the super bowl
Our Roster will look very different next season

I beleive that
1. Ray would retire
2. Ed would retire
3. Birk would retire.
4. Cary WIlliams will be gone... he didnt accept our offer and good thing
5. McKInnie wll be gone

Joe will be be locked up but that is a ton of money that is freed up right there!
ater we lock Joe up...

I see us brining in a veteran ILB via FA and a proven pass rusher opposite Suggs
Not sure what we do about a CB... Not sure where Webb will be... that is two ACL/s in three seasons... looks like we will lose Cary????

We will have some hole to fill... plus what about another T?
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[quote name='steelcityraven' timestamp='1355951211' post='1270886']
If we could fin a way to win the super bowl
Our Roster will look very different next season

I beleive that
1. Ray would retire
2. Ed would retire
3. Birk would retire.
4. Cary WIlliams will be gone... he didnt accept our offer and good thing
5. McKInnie wll be gone

Joe will be be locked up but that is a ton of money that is freed up right there!
ater we lock Joe up...

I see us brining in a veteran ILB via FA and a proven pass rusher opposite Suggs
Not sure what we do about a CB... Not sure where Webb will be... that is two ACL/s in three seasons... looks like we will lose Cary????

We will have some hole to fill... plus what about another T?
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I definitely think Ray Lewis and Birk will retire anyway. As for Reed - nobody knows what his plans are - often even he doesn't. I'm not at all sure about Cary Williams, I can easily see him stay. McKinnie... that largely depends on who our full time OC will be, IMHO.

As for LB's the 2013 UFA-crop has some intriguing names, the hottest one being Urlacher - I guess, he'll either resign or get the tag though. Rey Maulagua could also be a fine addition, he knows the AFC North... And he's only 25 - another franchise tag target I suppose...

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