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Upon further review...

It's time againto slip under the replay hood and review our 10 predictions for the Patriotsgame. But please don't mistake us for replacement officials...
1. Ray Rice willnot rush for 100 yards ....INCORRECT. Ricejust did reach the 100-yard threshold, carrying 20 times for 101 yards. It washis third 100-yard rushing game in five career games against the Patriots.Since the beginning of the 2010 season, the Ravens are 22-3 when Rice has atleast 20 touches. 2. .. and neitherwill Stevan Ridley. CORRECT. ThePatriots used a lot of no-huddle offense, which utilized Danny Woodhead as theback rather than Ridley. When Ridley played, though, the Ravens kept him incheck. He finished with 13 carries for 37 yards (2.8 avg.)3. The Patriots'Vince Wilfork will have at least two tackles for loss.INCORRECT.Wilfork was not nearly the force he was in the AFC title game last year, whenhe had three tackles for loss and a sack against the Ravens. Guard MarshalYanda locked horns with Wilfork much of the night, and double-teams also helpedneutralize the All-Pro defensive tackle. It was a big reason Rice was able torush for 100 yards.4. Anquan Boldinwill have at least four catches.CORRECT. TorreySmith deservedly earned the headlines, but Boldin did get involved in a passingattack that totaled 382 yards. Boldin finished with four catches for 48 yards,perhaps the biggest being a third-and-13 play in the second quarter in which helunged with the ball to reach the first-down marker. Originally ruled short ofthe first down, the spot was overturned on replay, giving the Ravens a firstdown. They scored their first touchdown three plays later.
5. If the Ravensface third-and-1, they will pass.INCORRECT.Actually, the Ravens faced fourth-and-1, and after being criticized all weekfor throwing on third- and fourth-and-2 in Philadelphia, offensive coordinatorCam Cameron called a run on fourth-and-1 from the Patriots' 33-yard line. Itfailed miserably. Mountainous left tackle Bryant McKinnie lined up at fullbackbefore shifting to the line, and the handoff went to backup running backBernard Pierce, not Ray Rice, running left. Blocking broke down, and Pierce wasdropped for a 1-yard loss. 6. Tom Brady willbe intercepted.INCORRECT. TheRavens didn't get enough of a pass rush to force Brady's hand very often, andhe had time to find receivers much of the night. He finished 28-for-41 for 335yards and one touchdown. Lardarius Webb appeared to intercept Brady late in thegame, but Webb was called for illegal contact. Webb was furious, but he didgrab a healthy chunk of jersey and probably should have been flagged forholding rather than illegal contact.7. Wes Welkerwill have at least five catches.CORRECT. Thedemise of Wes Welker appears to have been exaggerated, as he was targeted 10times and finished with eight catches for a game-high 142 yards. The Ravenssecondary, which looked suspect all night, lost him up the left sideline on a59-yard play.
8. The Ravenswill win the turnover battle.INCORRECT. Thelone turnover of the game occurred early, when Flacco's pass over the middleled Dennis Pitta too much and was an easy pick for safety Steve Gregory. His36-yard return set up the game's first touchdown.9. Justin Tuckerwill remain perfect.CORRECT, BARELY.Oh my. Tucker indeed made every extra-point and his only field-goal try, a27-yarder on the last play of the game. But it sliced just inside the rightupright -- or more accurately, over it -- and the Patriots argued that it waswide right. Tucker has been flawless so far, but this kick might not have beengood from 28 yards.
10. Final score:Ravens 27, Patriots 23PRETTY MUCHCORRECT. The game again exposed weaknesses on both teams, but as we predicted,"home-field advantage holds and the Ravens escape with a win." AndTorrey Smith received a very emotional and well deserved game ball.

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Ravens' Eric DCosta not ruling out taking a quarterback at No. 16

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Ravens' Eric DCosta not ruling out taking a quarterback at No. 16

And with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select.... a quarterback?

Assistant general manager, and soon to be general manager, Eric DeCosta isn't ruling out the possibility that the Ravens use their first-round pick on drafting a quarterback to eventually replace Joe Flacco. 

"I feel like if there is a guy there that we think is really too good to pass up, we're going to take him," DeCosta told the team's website on the chance of draft a quarterback in the first-round. 

Quarterback is just one of many offensive needs for the team. Joe Flacco's stats have been trending downward as the 33-year old is entering his 11th season.


Owner Steve Bisciotti though may disagree with DeCosta.

At his annual State of the Ravens press conference, Bisciotti said, "That’s not really something that we’re worried about right now. We’ve got bigger fish to fry, I guess. I don’t consider that a big worry," in regards to looking at life after Joe. Bisciotti also noted the team would be looking at all options in free agency and the draft for weapons for their QB.

From the sound of that, it appears the team's first choice would be a wideout, but the Ravens haven't drafted a quarterback since Joe Flacco back in 2008. 

The 2018 NFL Draft class has a handful of strong quarterbacks to choose from and not a ton of first-round wide receivers. 

Former Ravens scout, Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has predicted the team with take Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield in the first-round. 

"It basically depends on our evaluation and how we feel about the guy, what we think he can become as a player and what we think his upside is and if he's there," DeCosta said

Backup Ryan Mallet is a free agent so the organization will have to find someone to fill the role, whether it's someone on a one year-deal, or the future QB of the franchise. 


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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed wide receiver 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 Schefter.

After being released by the Raiders on 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 wide receiver 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.