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[News] Offensive Line At Its Best This Year

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The Ravens offensive line only gave up one sack to the Broncos last week.

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The last few weeks the offensive line have bee playing lights out and i believe that is one of the reasons we are going to beat the Patriots.Not counting out the new guys on the defense too. from a scale of one to ten i give this team a 9.
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We haven't come this far to lose again to baby Brady, leave it all on the field this weekend and be victorious!
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the line has looked awesome the past 3 games. i guess it doesnt matter that we screwed around with the lineup all season, because at least we found the formula when it mattered. i hope they can put together 2 more great games. if they do, we can take the title.
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if they can handle big wilfork on the line I dont think theres anyone else on the pats with real pass rush ability unless they blitz but blocking 75 will be key this sunday
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press the receivers so Brady can't throw screens &short intermediate routes . & watch out for play action .
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Birk...you've got to contain Vince!! If Joe's protection continues, he has a good shot a lighting it up!

Getting the ground game going is key, and the Pats run D has looked pretty freaking good as of late.
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Wilfork is easily baited and trapped when the offense threatens pass from a one back 3 wideout, 1 TE formation. McKinnie definitely benefited from not playing earlier in the year. Big "O" rookie beast at left guard has shown our O-line can protect Joe "elite" and give Ray&Bernard lanes to run through. With Leach leading the way the RAY-vens can control the ball and keep Tom terrific on the bench. Jim Caldwell seems to have the right schemes for the team on the field. I hope they are not too tired from having 87 plays against the # 3 defense in the league with that mile high 2 degree wind chill air.TIRED?? RAY? SIZZLE? PAUL? PERNELL? HALOTI? JONES? UPSHAW? ELLERBE? heh-heh
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On the highlights the play by play guy says "joe can eat a sandwhich back there " that says it all .
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Funny how things work out. We were fussing that Big Mac should have been at LT all year, especially after Joe's strip sacks, however the poor performance led to the dismissal of Cam. What would you rather have now?
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[quote name='axisofeeble' timestamp='1358286426' post='1313393']
Wilfork is easily baited and trapped when the offense threatens pass from a one back 3 wideout, 1 TE formation. McKinnie definitely benefited from not playing earlier in the year. Big "O" rookie beast at left guard has shown our O-line can protect Joe "elite" and give Ray&Bernard lanes to run through. With Leach leading the way the RAY-vens can control the ball and keep Tom terrific on the bench. Jim Caldwell seems to have the right schemes for the team on the field. I hope they are not too tired from having 87 plays against the # 3 defense in the league with that mile high 2 degree wind chill air.TIRED?? RAY? SIZZLE? PAUL? PERNELL? HALOTI? JONES? UPSHAW? ELLERBE? heh-heh
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Our boys are just getting started
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Any count on the number of holding calls in the last 2 weeks? I can't remember back to Indy, but I don't recall any from last week.

If any at all, I'm sure it hasn't been more than 1 per game
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[quote name='axisofeeble' timestamp='1358286426' post='1313393']
Wilfork is easily baited and trapped when the offense threatens pass from a one back 3 wideout, 1 TE formation. McKinnie definitely benefited from not playing earlier in the year. Big "O" rookie beast at left guard has shown our O-line can protect Joe "elite" and give Ray&Bernard lanes to run through. With Leach leading the way the RAY-vens can control the ball and keep Tom terrific on the bench. Jim Caldwell seems to have the right schemes for the team on the field. I hope they are not too tired from having 87 plays against the # 3 defense in the league with that mile high 2 degree wind chill air.TIRED?? RAY? SIZZLE? PAUL? PERNELL? HALOTI? JONES? UPSHAW? ELLERBE? heh-heh
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Our offense did not have 87 plays against denver defense. Denver offense had 87 plays against our defense

Anyway, you mentioned the secret weapon - PERNELL. He gets in on those fumbles. If we can just get him and Upshaw to come up big, big like bigger than what they've done all year, pack your bags for 'nawlins!
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Whatever went on earlier in the season doesnt matter. What matters is we are here and the team is hot and peaking at the right time. They look great, almost unstoppable.
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The RAY-vens did have 87 offensive plays too. I'm almost sure of that but time of possession was in Bronco's favor. 5th quarter was dsominated by RAY-vens offense.
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Is it just me or does it look like we played our most difficult game of the playoffs last Saturday? I have this feeling that New England is going to be a much easier game. First of all, the Patriots don't have a pass rush anywhere as good as Denver's; Brady and Manning are equal (a wash there), the Broncos have better receivers with the exception of Hernandez at tight end who is better than Tamme, their O lines, and running backs are a toss up... I just think the Ravens will find Tom Brady a year older, and the Patriots that struggled in wins against several teams including the Jaguars will show up and lose at home. Next bus stop-- New Orleans.
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People have been saying all year fix the "O" line keep Joe on his feet and we win. Well guess what Joe has been protected and what happens -- WE WIN.

How elite did manning look on his butt, how MVPish being chased making bad decisions and giving us the ball back. It starts with the "O" and the"D" line. Harbaugh needs to rethink his dog house.

The only negative I saw like Cam, Caldwell is much to predictable. He doesn't call a good game. Thank goodness Joe is getting protection and all these guys are jelling.

The ravens are the best team in the NFL. I don't care what the pundits say and don't care what their point spread is, blah, blah. We are going to the big dance...
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[quote name='Gashman' timestamp='1358286763' post='1313402']
Funny how things work out. We were fussing that Big Mac should have been at LT all year, especially after Joe's strip sacks, however the poor performance led to the dismissal of Cam. What would you rather have now?
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Been saying McKinnie should have been playing since the preseason. The way I see it he could have made the difference in 3 of our losses and the Patriots would be coming to Baltimore. But I guess this is the next best thing.
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[quote name='roamingcharges' timestamp='1358288166' post='1313445']
Is it just me or does it look like we played our most difficult game of the playoffs last Saturday? I have this feeling that New England is going to be a much easier game. First of all, the Patriots don't have a pass rush anywhere as good as Denver's; Brady and Manning are equal (a wash there), the Broncos have better receivers with the exception of Hernandez at tight end who is better than Tamme, their O lines, and running backs are a toss up... I just think the Ravens will find Tom Brady a year older, and the Patriots that struggled in wins against several teams including the Jaguars will show up and lose at home. Next bus stop-- New Orleans.
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I hope that was our most difficult game. No doubt, the Pats D isn't as good on paper as the Broncos D. Still, they can play inspired ball and give us trouble at times. They're better than they were last year and they still gave us trouble through the early part of the game.

I don't think Brady and the Manning we saw playing in 9 degree weather last week - are equal. I think there was a level of discomfort for Manning last week that shows that he is still relatively new to the team and definitely new to the home conditions in January. Brady is more comfortable at his decade long home. He just scares the heck out of me.

But here's the real difference that concerns me. John Fox vs. Bill Belichick. I don't know if Fox is as bad as everyone wants to claim he is after that defeat, but Belichick is as good as everyone says he is. He's the evil genius. I expect to see him stroking a cat on the sidelines. He, like Brady, scares the heck out of me.

You may be right and I pray you are. But I am afraid I'm going to be taking gas all the way until the clock says zero.
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One big difference this year, I hope at least, is that Caldwell/Flacco will move the pocket to neutralize Wilfork and Co. There are ways to accomplish this and it seems Cam never quite got that. I also hold Harbaugh accountable for putting up w/it for so long. Anyway, they've finally gone in that direction w/the playcalling and it seems to be an improvement. One thing you can be sure of, Birk cannot and will not block Wilfork one on one. Not many can. Probably none, at least not w/any consistency.
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Everything happens for a reason,with that said,I believe leaving Big Mac on the bench until the playoffs was brilliant.He has fresh legs and a fresh back.He is dominating on the left side.Without the season of rest he may not be as dominating in the playoffs as he has been. Would love the Ravens to Bring him back next year if we have the cap space,and Big Mac is willing.
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KO beside McKINNIE is in my opinion better then Grubbs !
THis OL is as good as I have seen it in years..
Having Leach as Joe's personal protector is also very nice...
but I love the way the line has played since McKINNIE was insterted into the lineup

and ohh yea... I have to give credit where credit is due....but CALDWELL seems to be making a difference. Ray is getting his touches... we are committed to running the ball and still taking our chances down field... just now we are setting it up...

Bolding -Pitta -Rice and Dickson are working the underneath and when those safeties cheat up.... Jacoby and Torrey are making them pay for it!

Great job CALDWELL and Co.
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Marshal Yanda and the Boyz! Please no "Hey Diddle Diddle" Matts, hands will be Full! Wait for the second half and the O Line will just do anything it pleases! Unless of course Rice breaks one to the House! Lol!
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Lets go Ravens!
I'm traveling all the way from Windsor, Canada to watch the Ravens demolish the Patriots in Tom Bradys House!
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I wouldn't say "this year". It's just recently. The OLine cost us plenty of drives through stupid penalties. To be honest, they are not even that great. They just stopped being horrible. The pocket still shrinks with very little room to move in (just compare it to Peytons or Bradys pocket with all that leg room), but luckily Joe is showing off that underrated mobility of his, which helps out our guys up front. We still need to address the Oline in the next draft though.
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Oher needs to stay at right tackle and a left tackle needs to be drafted or signe in free agency if we decide to part ways with Mckinnie
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[quote name='DeltaChi' timestamp='1358291486' post='1313519']
Lets go Ravens!
I'm traveling all the way from Windsor, Canada to watch the Ravens demolish the Patriots in Tom Bradys House!
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Always good to see another Canadian Raven fan!
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My theory: If we held one of the NFL's best pass rushes to one sack, then Flacco should basically be able to put a recliner in the pocket, or maybe build some IKEA furniture, but he couldn't tell anyone what he was building, all the Ikea furniture is in Swedish. The furniture is inexpensive however, and when you walk in, there are multiple things that you never knew you wanted.

Yes, I just described Ikea furniture on here, but now you really wanna go to Ikea and get a wall shelf with a name you cant pronounce.

So yeah, that O-line's pretty good. Keep it up.
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[quote name='livelong' timestamp='1358293957' post='1313577']
My theory: If we held one of the NFL's best pass rushes to one sack, then Flacco should basically be able to put a recliner in the pocket, or maybe build some IKEA furniture, but he couldn't tell anyone what he was building, all the Ikea furniture is in Swedish. The furniture is inexpensive however, and when you walk in, there are multiple things that you never knew you wanted.

Yes, I just described Ikea furniture on here, but now you really wanna go to Ikea and get a wall shelf with a name you cant pronounce.

So yeah, that O-line's pretty good. Keep it up.
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Thanks for laugh dude... Haaa wife has been bugging me to take her there..too funny.
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Let's shut down Wilfork and let Rice and Joe do their thing. New Orleans bound baby!
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my only comment is this,Harbaugh keeps saying he looks for the Best Five to put on the field,well has he found them yet?!
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One of the best moves all season was putting Big Mac at LT and Oher at his natural position RT. People just don't realize how good and important Marshall Yanda until he is not playing. The guy is a total beast at G.
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Put up some early points and you might as well place a bucket of raw meat at the feet of Brady. Because it is feeding time for Ray and the Boys.
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People keep insulting harbaugh because Mac wasnt at LT earlier, thats because he was being lazy and not staying in shape and was being a bum, but he has picked himself up and now hes got a starting job, just sayin
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No the reason Mckinnie wasn't playing is because they told him at the beginning of the season that they were going to keep him fresh until the postseason because they knew if he play the hole season he would be tired come playoff time. That's the reason why he agreed on the pay cut because he knew he wasn't going to play. Which was very genius by harbaugh because its now proven that Mckinnie with fresh legs is a beast at LT.
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I'm soooo glad that they shifted Oher butt over to RT you can see the difference.Why did it take so long to realize that Mckinnie was a better LT then Oher.Do you see the change in our o-line,hell yeah we ballin on offense right now.So excited to see huge chunk plays for the WR's,which open's up our run game.
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Love yanda hitting rice for a first down! that was great i can see a new formation now not a full back before rice runs but pushing after ^.
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I like the way our o-line is playing and even Oher had a decent game last week. I just hope our guys can hold back Wilfork this week. He has been trouble for us in the past. I hope they don't plan to run Ray Rice up the middle on the Patriots, because I do not see that being effective (only for lost yards and wasted downs). Any word on Pierce's injury yet?
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Bobbie Williams is a more experienced, "Ben Grubbs," I like the role the he plays for our O-Line. Vince Wilfork will have a problem with him especially, if Haloti Ngata used to have huge problems with him when Bobbie was on the Bengals, expect the same for Vince, plus he cannot play an entire series the way he does with full speed( haha SPEED) and strength after a while, so shuffling Bobbie in and out to distract Vince will be a great benefit for the Ravens front line !!
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To everyone who is so impressed with this o-line, consider how much better it is because B. McKinnie is fit and fresh. As I recall, B. McKinnie has some history of injury so I'd save him for the playoffs when every game is must win. So far if this was the plan it has worked. GO RAVENS!!
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It is so funny how people will view things differently. Many are saying Miller and Dummerville didn't show up for the biggest game in their careers. We're saying, it wasn't that they didn't show up, it is that our O line DID! Freeney and Mathais did little the week before, but all I heard was, well, they're not what they used to be and with Miller and Dummerville, it will be a different story.

Same story, different day.

[quote name='Ravenmatic' timestamp='1358302139' post='1313710']
Bobbie Williams is a more experienced, "Ben Grubbs," I like the role the he plays for our O-Line. Vince Wilfork will have a problem with him especially, if Haloti Ngata used to have huge problems with him when Bobbie was on the Bengals, expect the same for Vince, plus he cannot play an entire series the way he does with full speed( haha SPEED) and strength after a while, so shuffling Bobbie in and out to distract Vince will be a great benefit for the Ravens front line !!
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Has Williams even been getting on the field? He's not a part of the starting line up and I don't know if they've been rotating people. I kinda thought they just kept the starting line on the field.

No doubt, though - Wilfork must be handled better this year than he was last year. We struggled to run and only scored 20. We're going to have to do much better than that on the ground and in turn on the scoreboard.

On that note, still anxiously awaiting to hear what Pierce's status is.
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