Oct 26, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith (89) reacts after catching a pass for a touchdown but called back due to a penalty during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Bengals defeated the Ravens 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Did that pesky work thing get in the way of your football fix this week? Have no fear, as we have rounded up all of the Baltimore Ravens top stories of week nine to get you ready for Sunday.
"Week eight’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals was ugly, there’s no better way to describe it. From the laundry list of injuries and a long line to the locker room to penalties and blown coverage, this was a game that was surprisingly close despite multiple mishaps. Luckily for the Ravens, the Bengals committed their own share of mistakes."
"I personally do my best to avoid making rash calls. As a guy who covers a sports team, I recognize the fact that I will be biased toward the teams and the players that I like, so it’s my responsibility to take a second look at something before rushing to judgement. I did that with the now infamous Steve Smith pass interference call that cost the Ravens the game against the Bengals, and I can confidently say that it was the wrong call."
"Welcome to Lunchtime Links, where we round up all the latest Ravens news from around the web for your convenient consumption. Today we check in on Jimmy Smith and his sprained foot, why Torrey Smith is proving to be an average receiver, check the latest NFL power rankings, and debate whether or not the game sealing offensive pass interference call on Steve Smith was the right call."
"The Ravens hit the road in week eight for their second meeting with divisional foes the Cincinnati Bengals one week after claiming first place in the AFC North. While both teams appeared to be trending in different directions following their first meeting of the season in week one, the outcome of this game was pretty much the same – a loss."
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"When Ravens top corner Jimmy Smith went down on the very first drive of Sunday’s game against the Bengals, everyone pretty much feared the worst. Especially when he was quickly ruled doubtful to return. John Harbaugh confirmed that those fears were warranted on Monday, as he announced that Smith would miss a few weeks with his foot sprain."
"My how things can change is such a short period of time. The Baltimore Ravens were flying high after two straight blowout wins against the Bucs and the Falcons, a streak that they rode to first place in the AFC North thanks to a week seven Bengals loss. Both teams appeared to be heading in opposite directions, and many were already beginning to engrave that AFC North trophy as the Steelers and Browns appeared to be out of the race."
"Welcome to Lunchtime Links, where we round up all the latest Ravens news from around the web for your convenient consumption. Today we discuss why the Jimmy Smith injury is devastating for the Ravens, Dennis Pitta is months away from a prognosis, Dean Pees tips his pitches, Crockett Gillmore impressed John Harbaugh, and the Raven’s o-line is the best in football."
"The Ravens were on a tear coming into last week’s game against the Bengals, both as individual players and collectively as a team. Joe Flacco was a top ten NFL quarterback, Justin Forsett was a top ten running back, and several other players held high rankings among the best players in the rest of the NFL."
"Welcome to Lunchtime Links, where we round up all the latest Ravens news from around the web for your convenient consumption. Today we speculate on Bernard Pierce’s departure, Matt Elam is leading the NFL in missed tackles, the NFL says that the PI call on Steve Smith was correct, and Torrey Smith is an interception magnet."
"It’s easy to get lost in all the bad things that come out of a loss, especially a gut wrenching one like the Ravens suffered to the Bengals in week eight. But as always, there are some positives to take note of. We were well aware that Haloti Ngata was having a solid bounce back season, for example, but he had his second best game of the season this week."
"At first glance, the numbers from Crockett Gillmore’s first NFL start at Cincinnati last Sunday are somewhat ho hum. The rookie tight end secured both of his two targets for 23 yards receiving, which isn’t much considering the fact that he played on 52 of 66 snaps against the Bengals. But as always, we must look beneath the surface to get the real story."
"Welcome to Lunchtime Links, where we round up all the latest Ravens news from around the web for your convenient consumption. Today we find out why the Steelers passed on drafting C.J. Mosley, the Ravens have Big Ben’s number, Torrey Smith weighs in on Vontaze Burfict’s dirty play, and how Joe Flacco will try and snap his interception streak this week."
"A whole lot has changed since the last time we saw the Ravens take care of business at home against the Steelers while recording a definitive 26-6 victory. The Steelers started out the season with a rather inept looking offense and a defense that had trouble stopping anybody on the ground. Meanwhile, the Ravens were recently the winners of 5 of 6 games and looked good on both sides of the ball."
"Welcome to the Daily Caw, where we round up all the latest Ravens news from around the web for your convenient consumption. Today we take a look at some NFL All-Pro midseason awards, Dennis Pitta still doesn’t know his future, why the Raven’s corners will have a hard time at Pittsburgh, and Terrell Suggs relishes being the villain."