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Ravens vs. Bills live updates: Week 1 score, stats, highlights

Ravens vs. Bills live updates: Week 1 score, stats, highlights

The Baltimore Ravens open the 2016 NFL regular season today at home against the Buffalo Bills.

The season-opener features the return of several familiar faces to Baltimore as quarterback Tyrod Taylor, assistant coach Ed Reed, and head coach Rex Ryan all spent valuble time with the Ravens.


CSN Mid-Atlantic is providing live udpates from the Ravens vs. Bills game with the latest scores, stats, highlights, weather updates and quarter-by-quarter summaries. 



12:00 p.m. — Tyrod Taylor and Ed Reed are back in town. John HArbaugh is exicted to see them ... for now. 

12:15 p.m. — The full list of inactives for today's game are out. No Buck Allen, Elvis Dumervil or Kenneth Dixon, among others for the Ravens.

12:35 p.m. — There are a lot of returns today: Dennis Pitta, Steve Smith, and Joe Flacco are back. Breshad Perriman is making his long awaited debut, too.

12:45 p.m. — If the Bills looked shorthanded during warmups, it's because they were. No not because of injuries, but because two players missed the team bus. They had to take an Uber to M&T Bank Stadium.


First Quarter

1:04 p.m. — Devin Hester is back to return the kick. 14-yard return. LET'S FOOTBALL.

1:08 p.m. — Ravens' first drive stalls after one first down. Ravens punt.

1:13: p.m. — Ravens' defense all over the place. Sacks Tyrod Taylor twice and tackles LeSean McCoy deep in the backfield. Bills forced to punt. 

1:23 p.m — Flacco can't handle the sanp from JEremy Zuttah on the Center-to-QB exchange and the Bills take over. Bills can't do much on there possession and have to punt it away.

1:27 p.m. — Breshad Perriman's first NFL catch is a beauty. An absolute beauty.

1:31 p.m. — Ravens get on the board first with a 50-yard field goal from Justin Tucker.

1:41 p.m — At the end of the first quarter, the Ravens lead 3-0. 

Second Quater

1:48 p.m. — Mike Wallace scores his first TD as a Raven and the team's first of 2016. A 66-yard deep pass from Joe Flacco. Ravens lead 10-0.

2:00 p.m. — Tyrod Taylor continues to run for his life. He spins out of three tackles and fiunds Charles Clay in the Ravens' red zone. Impressive stuff.

2:07 p.m — The Bills try to smash in a TD from the goal line on three consecutive tries.  LeSean McCoy eventually breaks through on fourth down. Ravens lead 10-7. Three minutes left in the first half.  

2:18 p.m. — Dennis Pitta hauls in a short pass as the Ravens try to get in field goal position before the end of the first half. Pitta's first catch in 721 days. 

2:25 p.m. — Ravens lead Bills 10-7 at the half.

Third Quarter

2:35 p.m. — The Bills start the second half with the ball. This happened, too!

2:40 p.m. — Dan Carpenter can't tie the game, missing at 49-yard field goal.

2:45 p.m. — Ravens can't handle the Bills' blitz and Flacco nearly throws a Pick-6. Bills' Roanld Darby (an Oxen Hill, Md. native) drops an easy INT.

2:55 p.m. — Ravens' defense doing a great job containing the Bills run options. McCoy has 53 yards on 13 carries and Tyrod Taylor has been blanketed much of the game. Shareece Wright the latest to track him down in the backfield. 

3:05 p.m. — Harbaugh decides to go for it on Fourth-and-1. Flacco rolls out and finds Terrence West, who can't make it a yard in positive direction. It looks like West was held as he attempted to get out into the flats.

3:09 p.m. — No scoring in the third quarter. Ravens lead 10-7.

Fourth Quarter

3:19 p.m. — The Ravens' offense has been extremely flat since the TD to Mike Wallace. Flacco is just 6 of 9 for 21 yards in the second half.

3:26 p.m. — Finally, a big play for the Ravens. Flacco finds Pitta downfield for a 27-yard strike. Pitta has three catches for 39 yards. Ravens now just outside the Bills' red zone.

3:30 p.m. — Justin Tucker drills a 45-yard field goal to give the Ravens a 13-7 lead. BUT WAIT! A Bills defender jumped on the back of one of his teammates in order to get more leverage. That is a penalty. The Ravens will get the ball back. Major break for Baltimore.

3:33 p.m. — The Ravens can't get into the end zone, and settle for the field goal. 13-7 Ravens with 5:35 left.

3:50 p.m. — Ravens' backfield has bene as split as you would have expected. Forsett has 10 carries for 41 yards. West has 11 carries for 29 yards. With two minutes left, and the Bills out of timeouts, look for the Ravens to keep it on the ground and run out the clock. 

3:55 p.m. —West gashes up the middle for a first down. This one looks to be over. 

3:57 p.m. — Victory formation. Ravens win 13-7.

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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.

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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?