Welcome to Lunchtime Links, where we round up all the latest Ravens news from around the web for your convenient consumption. Today we look at the latest NFL power rankings, the latest addition to the roster, Andy Dalton’s winless streak at AT&T stadium, and a video to get you pumped up for the regular season.
NFL Power Rankings heading into week one
Matt Miller at Bleacher Report has put up his pre week one NFL power rankings. While the Cleveland Browns lurk towards the bottom of the heap, so do (surprisingly) the Kansas City Chiefs. And how are the Jets number 18, above the Lions? Anyhoo, the Ravens stayed pat at number 10 this week.
That still keeps them ahead of their other two division rivals, the Steelers (#13) and the Bengals (#12). It’s a pretty fair spot, though we are skeptical about the 49ers this season with all the losses they have suffered on defense. Plus, we like it when the Ravens are flying under the radar a bit.
Ravens complete 10 player practice squad
The Ravens signed offensive lineman Marcel Jones to their practice squad on Monday, which completes the ten player unit. Jones was a seventh round pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2012, but has never appeared in a regular season game. Jones was cut by the Saints on Saturday after spending 2013 on their practice squad and 2012 on injured reserve.
Andy Dalton looking to end winless streak
The Ravens kick off the regular season Sunday as they host the Cincinnati Bengals at home. M&T stadium is a place that Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has never won a game, going 0-3 in his career. And as Clifton Brown as CSN Baltimore points out, his stats in those three games are a good reason why.
2011 – 24 for 45, 373 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT, 60.7 QB rating. Ravens 31, Bengals 24.
2012 – 22 for 37, 221 yards, O TD, 1 INT, 65.3 QB rating. Ravens 44, Bengals 13.
2013 – 24 for 51, 274 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT, 52.2 QB rating. Ravens 20, Bengals 17.
Dalton takes a lot of flak for his 0-3 record in the playoffs, but it appears that he is just as inept in Baltimore. After signing a new 6 year, $115 million dollar deal in August, he will be under the microscope more than ever. If the Bengals are going to hitch their wagon to Dalton as they try and get to the promised land, he will need to step up on the road first.
Ravens football is back
The Baltimore Raven’s official site has posted a video to get us fans ready for the start of the regular season, and it’s enough to get anybody pumped up. It’s well worth the watch, but unfortunately we still have five more days until some real Ravens action. 5 loooong days.