Ravens, Steelers Primetime Predictions

The Baltimore Ravens face off against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a primetime Sunday Night matchup, and this is easily the Ravens’ toughest and most important game this season. The Ravens are riding high on a dominant three game win streak, while the Steelers have won nine straight, but won three of their last four on last second field goals against inferior opponents. Here are my three predictions on this hard nosed, physical matchup.

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Player Profiles: Justin Tucker

400px-Justin_Tucker_(cropped)For the first time on Maryland Sports Blog we have a player profile on a kicker.  Lets face it if I was blogging back when Matt Stover was playing for the Baltimore Ravens I would have done one of him.  Since Stover and the Ravens parted ways the Ravens went through a few kickers until landing on Justin Tucker.  Tucker holds the Ravens single season points record with 140.

Tucker is an All-Pro kicker from the University of Texas, Tucker went undrafted in the 2012 draft.  When the Ravens brought Tucker in as an undrafted rookie free agent they still had Billy Cundiff on the team.  Tucker beat Cundiff out and the Ravens have not looked back.
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Ravens 2013 season review

Jimmy Smith was the Ravens most improved player

It is time for the Baltimore Ravens season review.  Surprisingly the Ravens season ended kind of like the Baltimore Orioles season as both teams finished around .500 and just missed the playoffs.  The Ravens finished the season with an eight and eight record.

The Ravens season came down to one huge flaw and that was their offensive line.  New offensive line coach Juan Castillo deserves a lot of the blame but the Ravens did miss center Matt Birk who retired.  Gino Gradkowski did a poor job with picking assignments.  The offensive line was an overall mess and was the reason behind all of the Ravens offensive failures.  The Ravens offensive line could not run block or pass block.

The offensive line was so bad that Joe Flacco barely made it through the season healthy and honestly probably should not have been playing in the last two games.

With that being said lets take a look at the best and worst of the Ravens season.
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Ravens have four Pro Bowlers

400px-Justin_Tucker_(cropped)The Baltimore Ravens have four players selected to the Pro Bowl this season.  Terrell Suggs, Haloti Ngata and Marshal Yanda were selected which came as no surprise.  The new kid on the block Justin Tucker was also selected to his first Pro Bowl.

Tucker’s selection should come as no surprise as he gained national attention on Monday Night Football when he went 6 for 6 and hit the game winning field goal.
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