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Seahawks buzz by Ravens: 5 things we learned


Seahawks buzz by Ravens: 5 things we learned

BALTIMORE – Five things we learned watching the Seahawks defeat the Ravens, 35-6, at M&T Bank Stadium:

1) This game illustrated the large gap between a Super Bowl contender and the Ravens.

The Seahawks (8-5) have won four straight and are a threat to reach the Super Bowl for the third straight year. The Ravens (4-9) are an injury-depleted team that needs to get heathy and rebuild this offseason. This wasn’t a fair fight. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (five touchdown passes) had a field day picking apart the Ravens’ defense. For the first time all season, the Ravens were blown out. This could be a long final three weeks for the Ravens. The loss guaranteed that John Harbaugh will have his first losing seasons in eight years as the Ravens head coach.

2) It will be interesting to see if the Ravens play Jimmy Clausen or Matt Schaub at quarterback next week.

Making his first start with the Ravens, Clausen (23 for 40, 272 yards, one interception) did not perform badly, considering the deck was severely stacked against him. Clausen made some nice throws, he hung tough in the pocket against a strong Seahawks pass rush. It wasn’t enough to fall in love with Clausen - after all, the Ravens never reached the end zone. But even if Matt Schaub (chest) can play against the Chiefs in Week 15, his four interceptions in his two starts are concerning.  Clausen is younger, and wants to show he can be Joe Flacco’s backup next season. The Ravens will have to consider sticking with Clausen down the stretch as they plan for next season.


3) Wilson (23 of 32, 292 yards, five touchdowns) is as hot as any quarterback in the NFL.

Wilson’s 5 TD passes gave him 16 TD passes and no interceptions over his last four games. The Ravens did not put nearly enough pressure on Wilson, and he found wide open receivers all day. 

4) The Seahawks refused to let Ravens running back Buck Allen (eight carries, 14 yards) beat them.

Seattle’s run defense keyed on Allen, and the Ravens did not have a plan B. Seattle has not allowed a running back more than 75 yards since Week 6. With Kelechi Osemele making his first start at left tackle, and Ryan Jensen starting at left guard, the offensive line was not able to open up holes for Allen, and the Ravens’ running game fizzled.

5) The Ravens’ secondary still looks vulnerable against quality quarterbacks.

There were missed assignments in the secondary and Seattle wide receivers running wide open. The Seahawks were the superior team, but a few of the completions the Ravens allowed Wilson to make were simply far too easy. 

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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?