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Being on road Monday night nothing new for Ravens


Being on road Monday night nothing new for Ravens

OWINGS MILLS -- This is another season without a Monday night home game for the Ravens. Their 1-5 record may be shocking. But being away from home next Monday night against the Cardinals will be par for the course.

Since 2008, when John Harbaugh became head coach, the Ravens have played eight of their nine Monday night games on the road. The lone exception was 2012, when the Ravens opened the season at M&T Bank Stadium on Monday night, and thumped the Bengals, 44-13.

This season, the Ravens have TWO Monday night road games, visiting the Cardinals on Monday, and the Browns on Nov. 30. Considering how much the Ravens have been on the road, Harbaugh’s 6-3 record on Monday night is impressive.

Here’s a look back at the Ravens’ Monday night games since 2008, with the home team in caps:


STEELERS 23, Ravens 20 OT


Ravens 16, BROWNS 0

PACKERS 27, Ravens 14


Ravens 10, JETS 9

Ravens 34, TEXANS 28 OT


JAGUARS 12, Ravens 7


RAVENS 44, Bengals 13


Ravens 18, LIONS 16


Ravens 34, SAINTS 27

Maybe the Ravens should take being the road team on Monday night as a compliment. The theory is that the NFL generally wants to avoid scheduling bad teams on the road Monday night, hoping that will make the games more competitive.

However, at 1-5, the Ravens are not in their usual situation. Instead of being one of the AFC’s contenders, the Ravens are just trying to win a game to snap their downward spiral.

Monday night has often brought out the best in the Ravens. But this year, it’s hard to remember the Ravens needing a Monday night win more desperately, no matter where the game is played.  

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed WR Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal on Friday according to general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome.

The deal is apparently worth $21 million, according to Adam Shefter.

After being released by the Raiders Thursday following the signing of Jordy Nelson, Crabtree heads to the Ravens less than 24 hours later.


The 31-year-old is coming off a 2017 season when he recorded 58 receptions for 618 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2016 he posted 89 receptions for 1,003 yards and eight touchdowns.

Since 2015, the Texas Tech product has scored 25 receiving touchdowns, the fifth-most in the NFL. Crabtree and Steelers WR Antonio Brown are the only NFL players to post at least eight touchdown catches in each of the past three seasons.


In all, Crabtree has played nine NFL seasons – six of them with San Francisco (2009-14) and three with Oakland (2015-17). The former first-round draft pick (10th overall, Texas Tech) has registered 579 receptions for 6,870 yards (11.9 avg.) and 51 touchdowns in 125 career games (122 starts).

“Michael has played very well against the Ravens, so we know firsthand the attributes he brings to the game,” Newsome said in a team statement. “He is a smart, tough, physical receiver who battles for the ball. We like his temperament and believe he is a good fit for our football team, on and off the field.”

Since he entered the NFL in 2009, Crabtree’s 51 receiving scores rank 10th among active wide receivers, while his receptions (579) are seventh, and his receiving yards (6,870) are 12th.

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

The most obvious move in the NFL this offseason was the Ravens signing a new wide receiver (or three). It was less obvious why the team decided to commit so much money to former Redskins receiver Ryan Grant.

Grant has long been beloved by his coaches and teammates, but the results have never been there on game day. He has some potential to improve if given a larger role in a team's offense, which he likely would have had in Baltimore, but it never made much sense to offer him a 4-year contract worth nearly 30 million, with $14.5 million guaranteed.

Thankfully for fans who were uninspired by the reported agreement, Grant was unable to pass his physical and will not be joining the team.


At a press conference Friday morning, GM Ozzie Newsome called the void a "medical decision" that Newsome had no control over. 

NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that Grant is recovering from a Grade 2 sprained ankle that would need two months rest.

You have to feel for Grant, who by all accounts has worked his tail off for many years just waiting for his chance. It's never easy missing out on nearly $15 million dollars guaranteed, but Grant should be able to find work with another team.

The timing of this news, coming so soon after former Raider Michael Crabtree became available, seemed fishy to some.

At Friday's press conference, Newsome also said the team would have still pursued Crabtree if they signed Grant. 

It's probably not fair to suggest that an NFL franchise would actually so publicly back out of a deal just because another option came along, as any team with that reputation would struggle to attract future free agents. That said, it could end up working out splendidly for the team.

Besides, if all else is equal, shouldn't a team located in Baltimore be going after a guy named CRABtree?