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Five observations after Ravens stop skid by beating Steelers

Five observations after Ravens stop skid by beating Steelers

BALTIMORE – Five observations after watching the Ravens snap a four-game losing streak while beating the Steelers, 21-14:

1.Throw shade at the AFC North if you want, but the Ravens lead the division.

Both the Ravens and Steelers are 4-4, but obviously the Ravens won the head-to-head matchup, and the Bengals (3-4-1) had a bye. Do we even need to mention the Browns (0-9)? They should be in their own division called the AFC Winless. The Ravens can move to 5-4 on Thursday night if they beat the Browns at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens’ schedule gets much tougher after that, but clearly the AFC North is up for grabs.

2. Blocking kicks has been a saving grace for the Ravens.

In this game, it was a blocked punt by Buck Allen that was scooped and returned 14 yards by Chris Moore for a touchdown. That play gave the Ravens a 21-0 lead, creating a hole that the Steelers couldn’t climb out of. Allen and Moore have barely gotten to play on offense this season, by giving 100 percen on special teams, their effort produced a key touchdown. 

3. The Ravens won in spite of their running game, not because of it.

Terrance West (15 carries, 21 yards) was bottled up, and even with their starting offensive line intact, the Ravens’ running game sputtered. Rookie left tackle Ronnie Stanley had his worst NFL game with four penalties. The Ravens can celebrate this victory, but their offense still needs plenty of work.

4. Defensively, the Ravens were outstanding.

The contained Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell (13 carries, 19 yards), they limited wide receiver Antonio Brown (seven catches, 85 yards, one TD) until the fourth quarter, and they put constant pressure on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the fourth quarter when he tried to rally the Steelers. Jimmy Smith continued to play at a high level at cornerback, and the Ravens also got strong play from rookie corner Tavon Young and veteran corner Jerraud Powers. The big plays that had been hurting the Ravens badly in recent games were eliminated.  

5. Wide receiver Mike Wallace has been the best new addition to the Ravens’ offense.

Wallace (four catches, 124 yards, one TD) set a positive tone for the Ravens with his scintillating 95-yard catch and run in the first quarter The Ravens only have six touchdown catches this season, and Wallace has four of them. Nobody is asking anymore if Wallace is washed up. Whatever problems the Ravens have on offense, Wallace isn’t one of them.

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Ravens' left guard Bradley Bozeman dominates 72-ounce steak challenge

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Ravens' left guard Bradley Bozeman dominates 72-ounce steak challenge

Baltimore Ravens’ starting left guard Bradley Bozeman showed off one of his many talents earlier this week as he dominated a 72-ounce steak dinner. 

Bozeman accomplished this feat at The Big Texan Steak Ranch while traveling with his wife. The restaurant is famous for this eating challenge, which involves eating over 4 pounds of steak, shrimp cocktail, baked potato, salad topped off with a butter roll in under an hour. 

Although Bozeman is an absolute unit of a person, this was still no small feat. Bozeman strategized during the meal in order to ensure success as he switched from steak sauce to honey. Yet, Bozeman still questioned his ability to successfully finish with just 2 ounces of steak left. He even instructed his wife who was filming in the audience to shut the camera off in fear of getting sick on camera.

“I knew it was going to be tough, but I didn’t think it was going to be that tough,” Bozeman told ESPN. “The last bite was rough.”

Bozeman pushed on and not only finished the steak, but even had a little carrot cake for dessert. His prize? Free dinner, a t-shirt, and most likely a massive stomach ache. 

Despite his claim that this was “the toughest food thing” he’s ever done, Bozeman flashed a big smile holding the prized shirt which read “I ate it all!”

Bozeman is now one of only approximately 10,000 people who have successfully finished the meal, with over 110,000 people having tried. 

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Report: John Harbaugh to miss NFL Combine after knee replacement surgery

Report: John Harbaugh to miss NFL Combine after knee replacement surgery

John Harbaugh is officially on the injury report.

According to Jamison Hensley of ESPN, the reigning NFL Coach of the Year won’t be in Indianapolis next week for the NFL Combine due to a knee replacement surgery he underwent two weeks ago. It’s the first time he won’t be in Indianapolis for the NFL Combine. 

Harbaugh, 57, led the Ravens to a 14-2 regular season in 2019 — a franchise best — and won his first Coach of the Year award. 

Harbaugh and the majority of the Ravens coaching staff will return for next season after Greg Roman and Don “Wink” Martindale weren’t selected for head coach openings. 

The Ravens currently have the 28th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. 

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