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John Harbaugh admits Ravens victory over Steelers is "a big deal"

John Harbaugh admits Ravens victory over Steelers is "a big deal"

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Some early season NFL victories are more meaningful than others, especially one within your own division, on the road against your biggest rival.

So, after Ravens coach John Harbaugh insisted Monday that Baltimore had already turned its focus toward its next game, he acknowledged that beating Pittsburgh on Sunday night was pretty darn special.

"It's a big deal," Harbaugh declared. "It's a big deal because the road runs through Pittsburgh the last couple of years to win the division. You start with that."

Yes, there's more than one reason why the 26-14 victory was so satisfying to the Ravens (3-1), who moved into a tie with Cincinnati atop the AFC North.

"You have to win division games to win the division. That's the next thing," Harbaugh said. "And it's the Steelers. We hadn't beaten them three games in a row and three years in a row there. So to go up there and win means a lot to us."

Pittsburgh has captured the last two AFC North titles and three of the last four, earning a wild-card berth with its second-place finish in 2015.

The Ravens, on the other hand, have gone three straight years without a playoff berth. Perhaps this victory could serve as a step in that direction.

"What a freaking win. Wow," said safety Eric Weddle, now in his third year with Baltimore. "We talk about all the time: You can't become a true Raven until you win in Pittsburgh, so I've officially become a Raven. What a great team win, from the offense controlling the clock, to making big plays (and) our defense shutting them out in the second half."

Not to mention solid play by the special teams. Justin Tucker accounted for all the game's points in the second half after the Steelers rallied from a 14-0 deficit to pull even at halftime.

It all added up to a feel-good victory that made Monday in Baltimore a bit easier to tolerate.

"I've heard that the fans are having a great day today," Harbaugh said. "My wife said she's out and about, everybody's talking about the game and everybody's fired up and happy. Even the people who went to bed at halftime. Look what you missed."

For those who slept through it, the recap is simple: Baltimore held the ball for 21 minutes, limited the Steelers to three first downs and did not allow Pittsburgh to get past midfield.

With one-quarter of the season over with, it's hard to determine the Ravens' identity. At times, they've been an offensive powerhouse, at other times a defensive steamroller.

Joe Flacco threw for 363 yards and two touchdowns against the Steelers and now has eight TD passes compared to a pair of interceptions. The defense, meanwhile, hasn't given up a touchdown in the second half.

Cornerback Jimmy Smith returned to the team Monday and will practice this week after serving a four-game suspension from the NFL for using performance enhancers.

"Rumor has it he got here at 8 o'clock," Harbaugh said. "He did not beat me in, for the record, but he was here and he's been working out. We're expecting him to practice Wednesday."

The Ravens expect Smith will be ready for Sunday's road game against Cleveland (1-2-1).

"If he's in shape and if he practices well and looks like he can go," Harbaugh said.

Baltimore also hopes to have tight end Hayden Hurst (foot) and defensive tackle Willie Henry (abdomen).

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Summer Guide: Top restaurants and bars to hit before or after Ravens games

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Summer Guide: Top restaurants and bars to hit before or after Ravens games

Whether you're a Ravens fan looking for a couple of drinks pre-game or a bite to eat post-game, it's important to know the local spots around M&T Bank Stadium. 

With the 2019-20 season only weeks away, it's time for a refresher of the best places to go before and after Ravens games. 

In no particular order, consider these: 

The Abbey Burger Bistro, 1041 Marshall St.

  • 0.4 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Endless burger options, insane potato fries and extensive beer menu.
  • Watch out for the spicy pickle, it's crazy hot!

Blue Moon Too, 1024 Light Street

  • 0.5 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Best breakfast in Baltimore!
  • Perfect place to fuel up before hitting a Ravens game.

Pickles Pub, 520 Washington Blvd.

  • 0.5 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Famous for its atmosphere before and after Orioles and Ravens games.
  • It's got great specialty sandwiches, burgers and a list of craft brews.

Shakers Fine Spirits & Wine Lounge, 737 Carroll Street

  • 0.4 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Perfect for a post-game drink.
  • Quieter ambiance, big list of mixed drinks and wines.

Spoons, 24 E. Cross Street

  • 0.5 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Famous for their eggs and breakfast/brunch.
  • Perfect before a Ravens game.

Pratt Street Ale House, 206 W. Pratt Street

  • 0.6 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Indoor/outdoor seating with a strong beer selection.
  • Great for before or after a Ravens game.

SoBo Cafe, 6 W. Cross St

  • Famous for neighborhood comfort food like Mac n' Cheese and Chicken Pot Pie.
  • Takes reservations, perfect outing before a Sunday game.

Bookmakers Cocktail Club, 31 East Cross Street

  • 0.5 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • 400 types of whiskey, rye, and bourbon.
  • Old-fashioned ambiance, perfect for a pre-game drink.

Fat Larry's Cheesesteaks and Hoagies, 1026 S. Charles St

  • 0.4 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Massive sandwiches to hold you down during Ravens games.
  • Referred to as a "hidden gem" by Baltimore natives.

Sliders Bar and Grill, 504 Washington Blvd.

  • 0.5 miles from M&T Bank Stadium. 
  • Deep-rooted history with the Orioles and Baltimore.
  • Great snackable food for before or after a Ravens game.
  • Down the street from Pickles Pub.

 

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Tavon Young could potentially be out the remainder of the season with 'serious' neck injury, Harbaugh says

Tavon Young could potentially be out the remainder of the season with 'serious' neck injury, Harbaugh says

Ravens cornerback Tavon Young could be out for the foreseeable future with a "serious" neck injury, Coach John Harbaugh told the media following the Ravens' 26-13 win over the Packers Thursday night.

The 2016 fourth-round draft pick out of Temple sustained the injury earlier in the week and missed practice and the team's Week 2 preseason win.

“Tavon has a more serious issue than we thought," Harbaugh said. "He’s got a neck issue. The doctors can explain it, but it’s a disc issue. That’s a serious injury."

The severity of Young's injury still needs to be determined by doctors, but Harbaugh said it doesn't look good.

"He could be out for the remainder of the season, we’ll know soon," Harbaugh said. "But, it doesn’t look good for Tavon.”

Once the severity of the injury is evaluated, doctors will make a determination on the best route to take for Young's healing. However, Harbaugh said that a procedure would be “probably the best thing to do."

Young's injury comes just after signing a three-year extension with the team in February.

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