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Ravens defense slips in fourth quarter

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Ravens defense slips in fourth quarter

It's an old phrase that football coaches have repeated for years--you've gotta play the whole game.

The Ravens didn't Sunday night. The Steelers did and that's a big reason they pulled out the surprising 23-20 victory over the Ravens, a win that kept Pittsburgh alive in the AFC playoff hunt.

There's no question as to why the Steelers came back for the win. Despite playing with third-string quarterback Charlie Batch, the Steelers' offense didn't appear to miss a beat and pushed the Baltimore defense around in the second half.

Pittsburgh scored 17 points in the second half after Batch struggled throughout the first two quarters. The Ravens couldn't stop them on defense. Even more frustrating was that the Ravens took a 20-13 lead in the fourth quarter and gave up 10 unanswered points, all of which came in the final half of the quarter.

"We have to finish. We didn’t do a good job of that today," safety Bernard Pollard said afterwards. "Games like this, we need to be ready to go. We’ve got to finish, and today, we didn’t do a good job of it.”

The Ravens, for whatever reason, didn't seem to play with as much intensity in the second half as the first. In that first half, the Ravens kept Batch and the Steelers quiet for much of the time.

But somehow Pittsburgh opened things up on offense in the final two quarters, especially in the passing game. Did the Ravens overlook Batch a bit? They said that didn't happen, but in the end, the defense couldn't hold the Steelers in the second half, a problem that's unusual for coach John Harbaugh's team.

(on the Ravens-Steelers rivalry) “We didn’t care who their quarterback was, we knew it was going to be a tough game. For us, we just have to watch the film and figure out where we messed up. We’ve got to find out what we’ve got to get better at and move on.”

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: 20 prospects linked to Baltimore at No. 22

Baltimore Ravens Roundup: 20 prospects linked to Baltimore at No. 22

We've made in to NFL draft week. Here's the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. The 2019 NFL Draft is Thursday night in Nashville, Tn. While the chances of pundits predicting each team's first-round pick accurately is about the same as picking the Powerball numbers, we can't seem to stop ourselves from looking at them. Here's a look at 20 prospects mocked to the Ravens at No. 22, courtesy of the Ravens' website.  


2. One of the many exciting parts of the NFL draft is waiting to hear which organizations trade forward or backwards to acquire a pick. Just last year, the Ravens traded back from their No. 16 pick several times to select Hayden Hurst at No. 25, before trading back into the first-round to pick Lamar Jackson at No. 32. But which trade in Ravens history was the most impactful? ESPN's Jamison Hensley selected the Ravens' trade for running back Jamal Lewis.


"In 1999, the Ravens traded their second-round pick (No. 43) for Atlanta's first-round pick in 2000, which they used to land running back Jamal Lewis," Hensley wrote. "The Falcons selected tight end Reggie Kelly, and the Ravens got what turned into the No. 5 overall pick in the 2000 draft. Baltimore drafted Lewis, who carried the offense during the team's 2000 Super Bowl championship season and recorded the NFL's fifth 2,000-yard season in 2003."


3. As Marlon Humphrey enters his third year in the league, the cornerback will not only be expected to take on a leadership role within the Ravens' new look defense, but top his impressive sophomore season. In 2018, Humphrey contested 35% of targets thrown into his coverage marking the second-best rate in all the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus. 


Looking Ahead:

April 25-27: 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tn.

May 3-6 or May 10-13: Potential three-day rookie mini camp

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get long-term deal done with designated franchise tag player

The 2019 NFL schedule is set!  See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Steve Bisciotti donates $100,000 to rebuilding historically black churches

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Steve Bisciotti donates $100,000 to rebuilding historically black churches

One more week of the NFL offseason in the books. Here's the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

Player/Team Notes:

1. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti donated $100,000 to help rebuilding efforts for three historically black churches in the Louisiana area that recently burned down by an alleged arsonists. An effort led by former tight end Benjamin Watson, Bisciotti reached out to him Sunday committing his donation. 

2. The GOAT gene has transferred from Justin Tucker to his son, Easton. The kicker posted a video on his Instagram Thursday of the little guy kicking a (mini) field goal right down the middle, just like his dad. 

Looking Ahead:

April 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

April 25-27: 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tn.

May 3-6 or May 10-13: Potential three-day rookie mini camp

The 2019 NFL schedule is set!  See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

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