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Five observations from the Ravens' win over the Bengals

Five observations from the Ravens' win over the Bengals

BALTIMORE – Five instant observations watching the Ravens defeat the Bengals, 19-14, which kept Baltimore (6-5) atop the AFC North, holding the tie-breaker over the Steelers (6-5):

1.  Another excellent performance by the Ravens’ defense

Yes, the Bengals were missing two key weapons – wide receiver A. J. Green and running back Gionvani Bernard. But anytime you hold an NFL team without a touchdown, you are doing something right. The Ravens’ strength is defense, and it was stingy again today. Elvis Dumervil, in his first game since Week 5, made the game-clinching play, making a strip sack of quarterback Andy Dalton that was recovered by the Lawrence Guy of the Ravens with 1:05 left. The Ravens’ defense gives them a legitimate chance to win the AFC North. 

2. Ravens kicker Justin Tucker is money

Tucker has made 34 straight field goal attempts, and he made four field goals in this game, including three from beyond 50 yards. Matt Stover has the franchise record with 36 consecutive made field goals, and Tuckers is closing in on it. The Ravens play a ton of close games, so you know Tucker will be asked to make clutch kicks down the stretch. He’s a security blanket so many teams wish they had.

3. Terrell Suggs playing with one good arm is pretty darn good

Suggs had two strip sacks and showed up at key moments, as usual. That’s very impressive for someone playing with a torn biceps, in his 14th season.  Suggs has always been a special player, and he’s showing why.  

4. Rookie running back Kenneth Dixon is emerging as a key part of the Ravens offense

Dixon (13 carries, 49 yards) rarely goes down on first contact and also has sure hands out of the backfield. Now that he’s healthy, expect Dixon to play more and more. It’s not that Terrance West is starting to fade. But Dixon is more explosive and his legs are fresh. If the Ravens keep feeding him, Dixon will make plays. 

5. The Bengals (3-7-1) are toast

After making the playoffs for five straight years, the Bengals look headed for an early vacation. Injuries have played a part, but the Bengals were not playing well even before Green (hamstring) and Bernard (knee) went down. It’s hard to see the Bengals winning five straight to end the season, and even if they do, that may not be enough.

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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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