Jeremy Maclin, Joe Flacco Not Overreacting to Misse Marco Estrada Jersey Connections

Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin was targeted a team-high 11 times, but caught just three passes for 27 yards in Pittsburgh. Two opportun Men’s Toronto Blue Jays 19 Paul Molitor Authentic Mitchell and Ness Home White Throwback Jersey ities for big plays on the Ravens’ last drive went incomplete.

Jeremy Maclin scored the Ravens’ first touchdown of the year – a beautiful slant that he took 48 yards to the house in Cincinnati.

It was exactly the kind of play Baltimore envisioned when it signed the veteran wide receiver to a two-year deal this offseason. He’s fast, a great route-runner, reliable and works the middle of the Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 11 Kevin Pillar Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey  field.

But things haven’t gone exactly as planned for Maclin this season, especially in recent weeks and particularly on Sunday night in Pittsburgh.

Maclin was targeted a team-high 11 times against the Steelers. He caught three passes for 27 yards and didn’t make a couple key plays on the Ravens’ final drive in an effort to put kicker Justin Tucker in range for a game-winning field goal.

“For whatever reason, it just hasn’t … especially last game, it just didn’t click,” Maclin said

“But I’m not going to beat myself up about it. That’s what preparation is for all throughout the week. We’ll continue to go out there and get on the same page.”

Maclin dropped what would have been Toronto Blue Jays  an 18-yard catch on first down when he was hit hard in the midsection. The play was negated anyway because of an illegal mot Marco Estrada Jersey ion penalty.

Three plays later, Maclin had a shot to make a 27-yard catch along the right sideline, but stepped out of bounds while trying to make the toe-tapping grab. Had he stayed in bounds, it would have set Tucker up for a 51-yard attempt.

“It is what it is, man,” Maclin said. “At this point Marcus Stroman Jersey , the one thing you worry about is just trying to help your team win games. I had some opportunities to make plays late in that game and I just came up short.”

There have definitely been good moments and games for Maclin.

In Week 9 at Tennessee, he looked to have the best connection with quarterback Joe Flacco and caught eight passes for 98 yards. He helped open the intermediate passing attack. One week earlier, Maclin and Flacco hooked up on perhaps the prettiest pass play of the season, a 34-yard touchdown against the Miami Dolphins to kick off a 40-0 rout

But during the last three games, Maclin has been targeted 24 times and made eight catches for 74 yards.

On the season, he leads  Kevin Pillar Jersey the Ravens in targets (71), is third in catches (39) and second in yards (418) behind Mike Wallace (559). Maclin is tied with Wallace and tight end Benjamin Watson with three receiving touchdowns

Maclin has fought multiple injuries this season. He had a hand injury before the Ravens’ Week 5 game in Oakland. He then missed two games because of a shoulder injury, which lingered for several weeks. He came off the injury report after the bye, but resurfaced with a back problem last week.

The injuries often left Maclin out of practice or limited. Combine that with his missed practice time with Flacco when the quarterback was sidelined throughout training camp by a sore back, and the two haven’t had many chances to build consistency

But Flacco said fans should look at each individual misconnection before making sweeping judgements about Maclin or their chemistry.

“There are definitely some things we can work on, but I wouldn’t overreact to it,” he said

The Ravens offense has turned it on in back-to-back games, and since Week 8, only one team (Philadelphia Eagles) has averaged more points per game than the Ravens’ 31.3.

Now if Maclin, who has seen his role increase with Breshad Paul Molitor Jersey  Perriman inactive, can get his groove back, the Ravens offense can take even another step forward.

“We’re continuing to produce, but at the same time, you could ask any guy on offense in here and we would have liked to finish that game last week,” Maclin said.

Eisenberg: The Key to a Ravens Victory Is Forcing Marco Estrada Jersey the Browns Into Mistakes

Baltimore coaches weren’t blowing smoke when they said how good Cleveland looks on tape. However, the Browns’ issue is being too charitable with turnovers, and that’s what could make the difference Sunday.

Earlier this week, when Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh was asked about facing the winless Cleveland Browns, he was so  Paul Molitor Jersey complimentary that it almost sounded as if the Ravens had no chance Sunday.

In so many words, he said the Browns were very tough on defense and explosive on offense.

He was merely indulging a time-honored coach’s tradition, namely, propping up a losing opponent so you don’t incite them. Where I come from, it’s called blowing smoke.

But you could tell Harbaugh meant what he said and fully expects the 0-13 Browns to give his 7-6 Ravens a tough game Sunday.

I mean, why wouldn’t they?

Have you looked at the numbers? The Browns are ranked higher than the Ravens in total offe Toronto Blue Jays nse, total defense, passing offense and rushing defense. That’s pretty darn close to a clean sweep.

Oh, and regarding explosiveness, the Browns are ranked No. 12 in the league in pass completions of 20 or more yards. The Ravens are No. 31.

So, yeah, you do almost start to wonder how the Ravens are going to get the job done Sunday against a Cleveland team that surely is itching to win one and continues to play hard.

Nonetheless, I think the Ravens’ Kevin Pillar Jersey  likeliest path to what would be a much-needed victory is clear. There’s one area in which this game is a complete and utter mismatch.

The Ravens are just about the most opportunistic team in the league. The Browns are, hands down, the most charitable.

The teams might shape up as an even match in terms of ebb and flow, moving the chains, etc., but the Ravens should be able to separate themselves by forcing the young Browns into mistakes.

Cleveland’s 32 giveaways through 13 games is easily the highest figure in the league. Only one other team has more than 24.

The Browns are particularly prone to throwing interceptions. They’ve tossed 20, which, somewhat incredibly, represents 6.6 percent of  Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 11 Kevin Pillar Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey all interceptions thrown in the NFL this season.

It stands to reason that the Ravens can take advantage of that. They’ve picked off 20 passes in 13 games, which leads the league. Only the Jacksonville Jaguars have more overall takeaways than Baltimore.

Like Harbaugh, Ravens Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees also Marco Estrada Jersey  complimented the Browns earlier this week, calling them a “scary” group that “on film, does not look like an 0-13 team.”

But Pees did point out what has kept the Browns from winning several games.

“I don’t know how many times coaches have always said it: ‘Most  Youth Majestic Flexbase Authentic 25 Marco Estrada Toronto Blue Jays Home White Baseball Jersey games are probably not won in this league, they are lost.’ That has been their problem. They have played well enough; they have just given it away,” Pees said.

The Ravens’ ability to ma Men’s Toronto Blue Jays 19 Paul Molitor Authentic Mitchell and Ness Home White Throwback Jersey ke Cleveland do that again, just give it away, almost surely will tell the tale Sunday. And that’s true not just because it’s the Browns on the other side of the ball. Few metrics have been a surer predictor of the Ravens’ success and failure this season than whether or not they’re generating takeaways.

They’ve forced 24 in their seven wins, but in their six losses, they’ve forced just a total of five.

For all the talk about what the Ravens did or didn’t do to let a late lead slip away Sunday night in Pittsburgh, the game probably was decided by the fact that the Steelers didn’t commit a single turnover while Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco threw an interception that took points off the board early – points that could have made all the difference in the end.

It’s not a coincidence that Pittsburgh only committed one turnover in 120 minutes against Baltimore this season and swept the season series. Protecting the football is how you beat the opportunistic Ravens.

And protecting the football has been the Browns’ biggest problem all season.

The Ravens forced five turnovers and won by 14 points when the teams met in September at M&T Bank Stadium. It probably won’t take that many takeaways to assure another Baltimore victory Sunday. But it probably will take at least a couple.

Why Running Back Henri Richard Jersey Wears a Super Dark Facemask Visor

The breakout Ravens running back said he’s been dealing with migraine headaches since high school Montreal Canadiens Merchandise , and they used to be so bad that they made him throw up before games.

Alex Collins doesn’t wear his super-dark black facemask visor just because it looks hardcore.

He wears it because it helps him stiff-arm migraine headaches.

The Ravens’ breakout running back shed light Wednesday on the migraines that have been a challenge to overcome during his young career, and something he still deals with on a daily basis.

“I’m used to playing with them and dealing with it. Some are a little more severe than others, but for the most part, I’ll push through it,” Collins said.

Collins Guy Lafleur Jersey said he was approved by the league to wear the visor in the second or third week of the preseason. He also wears it during practice.

“The dark visor has really done a lot,” he said. “Over the past few weeks, I haven’t had [migraines] at all.”

Collins said he’s been dealing with migraines since high school. They used to be so bad that they made him throw up before taking the field.

The first time the problem became public knowledge in Baltimore this season was after the team’s 44-20 win over the Detroit Lions, in which Collins ran 15 times for 75 yards and two touchdowns. Afterwards, he was not available to talk to the media because he was in too much pain.

Collins said the headaches are triggered when he squints his eyes to try to block out sunlight. That stress of squinting brings on the pain, so he instead wears the visor so his face can relax.

“It’s like playing in the shade all the time,” Collins said. “When I’ CCM Vintage 1973 Montreal Canadiens Guy Lafleur Home Red Throwback NHL Jersey m able to play with a relaxed face out there, reading my keys and knowing what I need to be doing without that strain in my eyes, the migraines don’t happen.”

Collins has emerged as the Ravens’ top offensive playmaker and one of the NFL’s best stories.

After being selected in the fifth round by the Seattle Seahawks last year, Collins spent his rookie season buried on the depth chart and then was released by Seattle at the end of training camp.

It wasn’t just that Seattle mi Jacob De La Rose Jersey ssed out on appreciating his talent. So did everyone else in the league because Collins went unclaimed on waivers.

The Ravens signed him to their practice squad on Sept. 5, and he was brought up to the active roster two weeks later. Baltimore first promoted Jeremy Langford, but cut him two  Henri Richard Jersey days later after Collins stood out in practice.

By Week 8, Collins had the starting role, and he delivered with the first 100-yard game (113) of his career in a 40-0 rout of the Miami Dolphins on Thursday Night Football.

It’s no coincidence that since that game, the Ravens have averaged the second-most points scored per game in the NFL (31.3), only trailing the Philadelphia Eagles. For an offense that struggled for so much of the year, Collins gave it a spark and the passing game is now following.

“Alex has been kind of electric,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said. “He’s been a difference-maker for us.”

“A lot of teams find runners in a lot of places and we obviously got fortunate with Alex,” quarterback Joe Flacco added. “The speed that he’s br CCM Vintage 1973 Montreal Canadiens Henri Richard Home Red Throwback NHL Jersey ought to our football team and our running game right now has definitely been huge.”

Despite his late start, Collins is ninth in the league in rushing yards (825) and tied for third among running backs in yards per carry (5.1).

He’s also grown as a pass-catching weapon as well. His 37-yard catch and run in Pittsburgh on Sunday Night Football, in which he split a pair of Steelers defenders was “Good Morning Football’s” Angry Run of the Week.

Despite his chill Montreal Canadiens Custom Jersey temperament, there’s definitely a beast behind that menacing facemask. Who cares if it’s only to prevent headaches?

“I like to put my stamp on it to let the other team know it’s about to be a long game,” Collins said.

Dean Pees Says He Henri Richard Jersey Should Have Shadowed Antonio Brown With Marlon Humphrey

Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees said the Ravens discussed making the move on the sideline, but that you ideally want to practice shadowing a receiver before making the in-game adjustment.

Ravens fans and media pundits have been debating it all week.

Should the Ravens have used first-round rookie cornerback Marlon Humphrey to shadow Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown in Sunday night’s 39-38 loss?

It’s tough for anyone to stop Brown. He leads the league in receiving yards (1,509), is in the MVP conversation and may be the best wide receiver on the planet.

But after B Henri Richard Jersey rown put up 213 yards and caught essentially a game-winning 34-yard pass to beat the Ravens, there’s still a lot of second-guessing.

Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees was asked Thursday whether, in retrospect, he believes he should have made the switch.

“I’ll be honest with you; yeah we probably should have,” Pees said.

Guy Lafleur Jersey Humphrey had a strong day against Brown. According to Pro Football Focus (PFF), the first-round rookie yielded just two catches on five targets for 7 yards. It included a 5-yard tackle for loss.

Veteran Brandon Carr, who has nine more years of experience but not as much speed as Humphrey, had a tougher day against Brown. Per PFF, Carr gave up five catches on eight targets for 117 yards, and was one-on-one against Brown for the 34-yard completion.

Pees said the Ravens talked on the sideline Sunday about having Humphrey follow Brown wherever he lined up. In the end, they opted not to make the move.

The Ravens like to have practiced such a plan in the week leading up to the game. If practiced, then the cornerback can play man-to-man coverage, zone or whatever else is called wherever he’s lined up. Without practice, the defense would’ve been stuck in man-to-man, becoming more pred Montreal Canadiens Custom Jersey ictable.

With that said, Pees said sometimes predictability must be sacrificed.

“If we had done it in that game, it obviously would have been giving away that we were playing man-to-m Montreal Canadiens Merchandise an,” Pees said. “But sometimes it doesn’t even matter if they know what you’re in if you can play it better than they can play it.”

Baltimore went into the game with the plan of keeping their starting cornerbacks on their respective sides on the field, as they typically do. Humphrey played on the right and Carr was on the left.

But not having top cornerback Jimmy Smith, who tore his Achilles one week earlier, left the Ravens more vulnerable outside. Had the Raven CCM Vintage 1973 Montreal Canadiens Henri Richard Home Red Throwback NHL Jersey s had Smith, they would have been better suited to match up.

Pees said he tried to play man-to-man coverage at the start of the game, but quickly changed to more zone calls. Roethlisberger completed 10 of his first 11 passes and the Steelers jumped out to a 14-0 lead.

Pees said he pressured 40 percent of the time, and of those 40 plays, only one was with man pressure. “Just trying to keep the ball inside and in front of us,” he said.

That’s a small tweak in play-calling. Making the in-game change to shadowing a wide receiver is a bigger challenge for the players, and would ha Jacob De La Rose Jersey ve been a lot to ask of Humphrey in his first start.

“I have found in the past, unless it’s just a little tweak of something, generally when you try to make a big-time adjustment on the sideline, generally it does not work out well because you haven’t practiced it,” said Pees, who is in his 38th year of coaching.

“There are a lot of teams that match up guys on guys. Now what you have to be able to do is practice all week, line up on that guy and be able to play zone and other things other than every time he lines up on that guy, we’re in man coverage. That takes a little more sometimes than what you’d think, especially when you have a young guy like Marlon.”

Pees was also asked why he didn’t give Carr double-coverage help over the top to try to help stop Brown’s deep gains, particularly at the end of the game.

Pees explained that he had doubled Brown multiple times throughout the game, including on an earlier third-and-4 situation just like the one Brown made a play on at the end. Pees wanted to give a different look the second time, and the Steelers hadn’t shown a tendency for taking a deep shot in that situation.

Thus, Carr was left matched up one-on-one and got beat off the release. Brown was too fast for Carr to catch up, and the timing between Brown and Roethlisberger on that play was perfect.

“I tried to call a coverage that’s a little tighter coverage to get them to fourth-and-4 to try to end the game,” Pees said. “You can be criticized for being too soft if I would have played zone and they completed one underneath for 4 yards … or you can be criticized for being too aggressive and trying to play man and trying to get up there and get them.”

Overall, after giving up the most passing yards (506) in a single game in franchise history, Pees said the fault was widespread in Pittsburgh.

“We didn’t play fundamentally well all CCM Vintage 1973 Montreal Canadiens Guy Lafleur Home Red Throwback NHL Jersey  across the board,” he said. “That goes on all of us.”

Browns Wide Receiver Josh Gordon Gives Texans Jersey Ravens Another Super-Talented Test

Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has logged seven catches for 154 yards and a touchdown in his first two games back following a three-year absence because of suspensions. The Ravens know they have to rebound from last week’s mistakes.

This week, the Ravens defensive backs are tasked with rebounding from the performance Steelers wideout Deshaun Watson Jersey had against them on Sunday Night Football.

There’s nothing better to help turn the page than another big challenge coming down the pike.

Browns wide receiver Jos Men’s Alfred Blue Houston Texans Nike Elite Alternate Battle Red Football Jersey h Gordon is nothing like Brown. Gordon’s 6-foot-3, 225 pounds while Brown is 5-10, 181, and they play the  game differently.

What they have in common, however, is that they’re both super-talented. The Ravens will be on high alert this Sunday in Cleveland.

“[Gordon is] an explosive weapon,” linebacker Terrell Suggs said. “You put an explosive weapon like that in a [Browns Head Coach] Hue Jackson offense, it can be catastrophic for a defense.”

After three years away from the NFL because of suspensions, Gordon was reinstated by Commissioner Roger Goodell on Nov. 1 and returned to the field two weeks ago.

He Jadeveon Clowney Jersey immediately stepped in as a starter and has caught seven passes for 154 yards and a touchdown. He made an  impressive 18-yard leaping touchdown grab last week against the Green Bay Packers for his first touchdown in nearly four years.

“It’s definitely crazy how he’s been able to not play for three years, and then comes out going against [Casey] Hayward and the Chargers, making plays like that,” rookie cornerback Marlon Humphrey said. “When a guy can do that, he probably hasn’t even shown how really good he can be again.”

When Gordon has been on the field, his talent has been undeniable. He put up 805 receiving yards as a rookie in 2012, then followed it up by leading the league with 1,646 yards in 2013, despite missing two games.

Gordon’s downfall has been a longstanding drug problem, which he says he’s moved past during rehabilitation and his time away from the game. Safety Eric Weddle said he’s spoken with Gordon several times when they’ve run into each other.

“It’s pretty amazing, pretty awesome for him,” Weddle said. “To come back and get his life back, we just hope he continues that because he’s such a great kid. … Hopefully we keep JJ Watt Jersey him in check, obviously, but shoot, what a great story.”

The Ravens are fresh off Brown’s 213 receiving yards and Ben Roethlisberger’s 506 passing yards. Gordon doesn’t have Big Ben throwing to him, but Browns rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer has also improved since the last time the Ravens saw him in Week 2.

Baltimore cl Men’s Brian Cushing Houston Texans Nike Elite Navy Blue Team Color Football Jersey early wasn’t going to tip its hand on how it plans to cover Gordon. The Browns also have other talented receiving weapons in second-year wideout Corey Coleman, rookie tight end David Njoku and running back Duke Johnson.

“We have Braxton Miller Jersey  our hands full, but we’re excited for a big horse [Gordon] to guard this week,” said veteran cornerback Brandon Carr, who h Texans Color Rush Jersey ad a particularly tough night in Pittsburgh.

“Everybody has a bad day. You have to shake it off because the biggest thing is how you respond. The next day is important for us to get the yucky feeling out. Sundays co Men’s Nike Houston Texans Braxton Miller Elite Vapor Untouchable Color Rush Navy Blue Jersey me fast; you can’t afford to harp on a loss or a bad game.”

Ravens Not Overlooking Winless Cleveland Texans Jersey

The Browns pose a greater challenge than their record indicates, especially their No. 6 ranked rush defense. Cleveland always plays the Ravens close, and is motivated to avoid a winless season.

Good JJ Watt Jersey luck trying to convince the Ravens that they should expect an easy game Sunday because they’re playing the Cleveland Browns, who are 0-13 this season.

The Ravens simply aren’t buying th Men’s Nike Houston Texans Braxton Miller Elite Vapor Untouchable Color Rush Navy Blue Jersey e idea that a winless opponent should translate into an easy day at the office.

“They’re always a tough opponent, Men’s Brian Cushing Houston Texans Nike Elite Navy Blue Team Color Football Jersey ” Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said Wednesday.

It’s true. While the Ravens have won 17 of the past 19 games in t Men’s Alfred Blue Houston Texans Nike Elite Alternate Battle Red Football Jersey his AFC North rivalry, many have been close, especially those in Cleveland. Last year at FirstEnergy Stadium, the Ravens fell behind by 20 points in the first quarter before rallying to win. The year before, they won in overtime on a blocked field-goal return.

As well, this year’ Texans Color Rush Jersey s Browns have been putting up a fight in many recent games. They had a late lead against the Green Bay Packers last week, but lost in overtime.

“They’ve gotten better. They just continue to do a good job of getting better every single day,” Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday.

Asked what makes the Browns so easy to NOT overlook, Harbaugh started with their defense, which is Whitney Mercilus Jersey ranked No. 6 in the league against the run and No. 12 overall in Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams’ first season.

“They’ve really solidified what they’re doing under Coach Williams,” Harbaugh said. “It’s a very tough package. It’s structural, but it’s physical. They play really hard, run to the ball really well.”

Flacco agreed.

“These guys are a good defense, man; they have been for many years,” he said. “Sometimes they give up some points here and there, but they’re a really good group of guys and they play well together and it’s going to be a tough test for us, for sure. Their defensive coordinator does some special things and has those guys playing really well.”

On offense, the Browns aren’t faring as well – they’re tied for the No. 23 league ranking. But running back Isaiah Crowell has gained 716 yards on the ground, and big-play receiver Josh Gordon finally is back after multiple suspensions dating back several years. Their rookie quarterback, DeShone Kizer, has “gotten better,” Harbaugh said, since the teams played in September.

“It’s a Lamar Miller Jersey team that’s committed to running the ball; we’re going to have to stop the run,” Harbaugh said. “And Kizer continues to improve and make a lot of plays downfield … they’re explosive.”

Harbaugh, Flacco and the Ravens’ veterans seemingly have made it clear to the rest of the locker room that a game against Cleveland shouldn’t be taken lightly, despite the Browns’ record.

“When I was at Alabama, we played a lot of teams we should run over,” rookie cornerback Marlon Humphrey said Wednesday. “The difference between then and now, just about every team we play, any team, can beat you in the NFL. That’s one of the things I learned pretty quickly. You go into a game thinking, ‘We should beat these guys,’ but you end up coming up short. You’re never really guaranteed a win in the NFL. You have to treat everyone the same, no matter what their record is.”

 

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