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Key Ravens matchups: Derrick Henry and the Titans return in Week 11 as Ravens look for revenge

Key Ravens matchups: Derrick Henry and the Titans return in Week 11 as Ravens look for revenge

The Ravens will be out for revenge when the Titans come to Baltimore on Nov. 22 for a tilt with the team that knocked them out of the playoffs a year ago. 

Tennessee fell in the AFC Championship Game to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs a week later, but not before ending the season of the league’s best regular-season team. 

In that game, the Ravens not only uncharacteristically made offensive mistake after mistake, they never were able to stop running back Derrick Henry. 

The league’s leading rusher from a year ago with 1,540 yards and 16 touchdowns on the season, Henry never let the Ravens get back into the game in last year’s divisional round. 

Despite the fact that Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw for just 88 yards — 45 of which came on one play — on 14 attempts, Henry carried the weight of the offense. He rushed for 195 yards on 30 carries and even threw a touchdown pass as the Ravens' season slipped away with each broken Henry tackle.

The aftermath of that game, as it relates to the Ravens’ offseason, cannot be overstated. 

Baltimore added defensive linemen Calais Campbell and Derek Wolfe, drafted two more in Justin Madubuike and Broderick Washington Jr. and also drafted two inside linebackers in the first three rounds: Patrick Queen and Malik Harrison. 

While that lone game wasn’t responsible for the overhaul, it’s clear the Ravens weren’t too fond of the image of Henry running freely through their defense. 

There won’t be much else to learn about Henry or the Ravens’ front seven when this game rolls around, but it’s still the most intriguing matchup to look forward to from this game.

Tale of the tape

Henry, who beat up the Ravens’ front seven last season, really only has had two years of top-notch NFL production. He led the league in rushing in 2019 and rushed for 1,059 yards in 2018, but averaged just 4.2 and 4.5 yards per carry, respectively, in the previous two seasons. 

A reason for his success against the league last year is his size. The 26-year-old is 6-foot-3 and 247 pounds, a terrifying player to bring down for any undersized linebacker or defensive back. 

In the Ravens’ rehaul of the defensive front, they made sure to make themselves bigger. Campbell and Wolfe are the biggest of the bunch at 6-foot-8 and 6-foot-5, respectively. Campbell weighs 300 pounds while Wolfe weighs 285. 

Madubuike is 6-foot-3 and 293 pounds, while Washington is 6-foot-3 and 304 pounds. The Ravens front seven will look quite different, and much beefier, than it did last January. 

Supporting cast

The Titans lost Jack Conklin to the Ravens’ AFC North rival in Cleveland this free agency period, but replaced him with Georgia tackle Isaiah Wilson, the 29th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. 

Tennessee’s offensive line is still massive, as the 6-foot-7 Taylor Lewan and 6-foot-6 Wilson will likely patrol both tackle positions. The interior of the line is no smaller than 6-foot-3, meaning the Ravens and Titans will be in for a physical battle in the trenches. 

The Ravens’ front seven, as previously mentioned, got a lot bigger in the offseason, As for how much better remains to be seen, but it could be boosted by the additions of Queen and Harrison. 

Queen is a rangy linebacker that can play in coverage and Harrison is a bigger body that can fit the run well. If they’re able to play in the box together, the Ravens can get as many members of their talented secondary on the field as they can and stack the box against Henry and the Titans. 

Who has the edge?

It’s close, considering last year’s outcome, but for now it’s the Ravens. 

With the Ravens’ additions in the front seven, they’ve addressed the weakest part of their roster in a big way. If they’re able to play the game as they want, they’ll play from ahead — meaning Henry won’t be as big of a factor. 

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Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey set to host garage sale Sunday, July 12

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey set to host garage sale Sunday, July 12

Offseason. What offseason? There is no offseason for Baltimore Ravens standout cornerback Marlon Humphrey who announced he's throwing a garage sale Sunday, July 12 in Owings Mills.

"Garage sale this Sunday! (Owings Mills, MD) New year means a lot needs to be left behind," Humphrey said. "Will have furniture, shoes, lights, and of course some Ravens gear 😎Everything must go..!"

Humphrey's post received north of 1,500 likes in two hours so it may be fair to say there will be a decent turnout. 

NFL players having garage sales is sort of a peculiar situation, it doesn't happen quite often. Former Green Bay Packers running back Eddy Lacy had one in 2017 which drew a large enough crown to wrap around the entire block.

In that instance, ten shoppers were allowed in at a time to peruse the items and Lacy said that all of the money will go to charity, with any leftover unsold items being given to the Freedom House homeless shelter in Green Bay, the Los Angeles Times reported. 

Humprey is entering his fourth season with the Ravens.

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How the Baltimore Ravens chose city history for their team name

How the Baltimore Ravens chose city history for their team name

Before they got their name in 1996, the Baltimore Ravens, wanted the city’s NFL franchise to be known, once again, as the Colts. 

When the Cleveland Browns left for Baltimore after the 1995 NFL season, there were more pressing matters on the mind of the organization before a name was constructed. Plus, with more than a dozen lawsuits from Cleveland trying to prevent the move in the first place, the public option to discuss the name wasn’t available just yet. 

So, as the franchise’s brass internally sat down to come up with options, the name “Colts” was brought up. Baltimore owner Art Modell reached out to Jim Irsay in Indianapolis about acquiring the name. Modell thought he could get the rights for a couple million dollars, so he offered $5 million. 

Irsay came back with an offer around $25 million.

“We probably had, in the original mix, 12 to 15 names as possibilities,” longtime Ravens executive vice president of public and community relations, Kevin Byrne, recalled. “We looked at variations of horse themes to go along with the Colts...(After Irsay’s offer) Art said, ‘I think we’re going to have a different name.’” 

The Colts had been the name of the city’s team from 1953 to 1984. The team had won three NFL Championships and one Super Bowl and had one of the league’s most famous quarterbacks in Johnny Unitas. 

But in the early morning hours of March 29, 1984, the Colts famously left town on Mayflower trucks for Indianapolis. The franchise, owned by Robert Irsay, kept the name.

When football returned to Baltimore, retaining — or, in this case, buying — the Colts name back wasn’t an option. Neither was keeping the name "Browns."

“(Owner) Art (Modell) had said from the very beginning, ‘I’d love to have you go with us, but we can’t be the Baltimore Browns,’” Byrne recalled. “‘I can’t do that to the people in Cleveland. They need to keep Jim Brown and Brian Sipe and Ozzie Newsome. We have no right to take that.’ (So) I knew we were going to have a new name.”

Paired with Modell’s lack of desire to keep the name, as well as commissioner Paul Tagliabue’s commitment to bring football back to Cleveland with the original “Browns” name, Baltimore searched for a new name for its new team.

Bryne, who was with the Browns organization starting in 1981, followed the team from Cleveland to Baltimore. He announced his retirement from the organization in April. 

While the team searched for a name, he said the organization wanted a unique name that worked with the city’s history. One option was to name the team the “Americans,” a name based on the railroad history of Baltimore.

“David was really enamored with that,” Byrne recalled. “He used to chuckle, ‘We will be America’s Team, we’ll be called the Americans. We’ll have American flag on the helmet.’”

Another option was the “Marauders,” a nod to the city’s football past with the Colts, as well as the country’s past.

Then, the Ravens name was introduced. 

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It was based on a poem titled “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe, who died in Baltimore in 1849 after spending the latter half of his life in the city. While the name is commonplace now, the debate raged on at the time.

“Internally, we couldn’t agree at all,” Byrne said. “One day we were discussing it and I said, ‘Why don’t we let the fans decide?’ So we went to The Baltimore Sun and asked them if they would like to be involved in a fan-vote. While we had lots of names, the three finalists we offered to the fans to vote on were Americans, Marauders and Ravens. And overwhelmingly, the fans selected Ravens.”

According to the Ravens’ website, The Sun announced a record-breaking 33,748 callers for the poll. The Ravens overwhelmingly won the poll with 22,463 votes. The Americans trailed 5,635, and Marauders 5,650.

“When we first practiced, we were the Mean Machine from ‘The Longest Yard,’” Byrne joked. “We didn’t have a logo on our helmets, we had white helmets with black jerseys. We had to kind of hurry the process.”

Once the name was chosen, colors had to be picked for the team. The pictures and descriptions the organization found of ravens showed the bird’s black figure with the look of almost purple wings. 

“In talking with the league, they told us, ‘You just can’t be black and purple, you need some white colors in there,’” Byrne said. “So we looked at the state flag which had some gold in it, had some yellow, had a little red in it, then we got those colors in to brighten up.”

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And with the name and colors decided, the Ravens were officially the NFL’s newest franchise. 

The only thing left to work out was the blending of Baltimore’s past into the future of the Ravens. Byrne credited Art Modell for making that happen. 

Former Baltimore Colt players were interested in who Art was, and many of them likened him to Robert Irsay in Indianapolis. Byrne assured them that wasn’t the case.

After Modell met with the former players and earned their trust, he set his sights on getting Unitas onboard. And with a promise to look after the NFL’s alumni from Modell, Unitas agreed to be on board with the Ravens’ organization. 

Later that year on Sept. 1 against the Oakland Raiders, the Ravens officially entered the NFL, with Baltimore Colt legends welcoming them on the field.

“John came, we had opening day with the jackets, we all lined up and Johnny presented the game ball to the referee,” Byrne said. “It was like the imprimatur from the Pope so to speak, that the Baltimore Colts were telling all the fans, ‘It’s OK to root for these guys. These guys are us.’”

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