Kubiak Announces He’s Staying Put with the Ravens

Despite garnering interest for head-coaching vacancies, Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak has decided to stay with the Ravens, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.

“It is flattering and humbling to be invited to interview for a number of NFL head coaching positions, and I greatly appreciate these opportunities,” Kubiak said in a statement released on the team’s website. “But I have decided to stay with the Ravens. This is a special organization and we, like [head] coach [John] Harbaugh says, are building something great. I want to be a part of that and contribute in whatever ways I can.”

Kubiak attracted interest from the New York Jets and Chicago Bears, who are still searching for head coaches. But he will not interview for the openings, which is good news for the Ravens, who are seeking stability for quarterback Joe Flacco and an offense that ranked among the best in franchise history.

Before joining Harbaugh’s staff, Kubiak was the head coach of the Houston Texans for eight seasons, compiling a 61-64 record and leading them to two AFC South titles.

Ravens vs Patriots – A Rivalry With Respect Trickled In

For the third time in four seasons, the Ravens and Patriots will do battle in the AFC Playoffs, this time it’s first Divisional game of the biggest NFL weekend of the year, and this time instead of a trip to the Super Bowl on the line, it’s for a trip to the AFC Title game the following weekend vs either the Colts or Broncos.

The two teams have traded barbs over the years, but at the end of the day, each one this week is keeping it pretty clean as they get set to take the field yet again in New England.

“Our focus is on the game,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “We have enough to worry about with the opponent we’re going to play, how well-coached they are, how good their players are.”

The Ravens won the playoff battle the last time around, winning a trip to the Super Bowl in which they were able to win the famous “Harbaugh Bowl,” topping the San Francisco 49’ers and John’s brother Jim in the game two years back.

Now as the clubs meet yet again, the main players in the storylines are the same – Tom Brady for the Pats, and for the Ravens, players like Joe Flacco and Terrell Suggs, who still to this day won’t say Brady’s name in interviews.

When asked who the QB for the Pats was during an interview, Suggs simply responded “He’s the quarterback for the New England Patriots.”

The Ravens remain behind the eight-ball according to move lines, as The Standard has them as underdogs for Saturday, as well as 15/2 underdogs to win the AFC, and 17/1 to win the Super Bowl.

This battle could once again come down to who wins the QB battle, as the last time around, Flacco was just a bit better than Brady, and the Ravens won.

In the 2011 and 2012 AFC Championship Games combined, Flacco completed 59.8 percent of his passes (43-of-72) for 546 yards with five touchdowns and one interception (100.8 passer rating).

Brady connected on 56.6 percent of his throws (51-of-90) for 559 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions (60.3 rating).

“It’s not really me outdueling Tom or him outdueling me,” Flacco said. “We’re not playing against each other.”

True, but it appears while both teams have been are busy this week talking about how much they like one another, it’s going to come down to a simple fact on Saturday – execution.

Ravens vs Steelers NFL Wild Card Inactives

Ravens: OT Eugene Monroe, DT Timmy Jernigan, TE Phillip Supernaw, DT Casey Walker, DT Terrence Cody, DE Steven Means, CB Chris Greenwood

Steelers: CB Ike Taylor, RB Le’Veon Bell, DE Clifton Geathers, OL Chris Hubbard, TE Michael Palmer, WR Lance Moore, QB Landy Jones

Ravens vs Steelers Wednesday Wild Card Injury Report

BALTIMORE RAVENS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Arthur Brown (thigh), DT Timmy Jernigan (foot, ankle), T Eugene Monroe (ankle)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday DE Chris Canty (ankle, thigh)
PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday T Mike Adams (illness), RB Le’Veon Bell (knee), TE Heath Miller (not injury related), QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), TE Michael Palmer (groin)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday S Troy Polamalu (knee), CB Ivan Taylor (shoulder, forearm)

Video: CBS Ravens vs Steelers AFC Wild Card Game Preview

Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan preview the AFC Wild Card matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Ravens Earn Playoff Spot with 20-10 Win Over Browns

The Ravens needed help Sunday to get to the postseason, but got that and also took care of business to return to the promise land of the NFL postseason.

The Browns hung around vs the Ravens into the fourth quarter, but the offense finally came to life, scoring 17 points to take home a 20-10 win.

Down 10-3 in the fourth quarter, the Ravens kicked a field goal and then took the lead on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Torrey Smith with 7:33 left.

Flacco’s 2-yard TD throw to Kamar Aiken with 3:44 remaining clinched it.

To reach the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years, the Ravens needed help from the Chiefs, and Kansas City helped with a win over the Chargers in KC.

Rookie quarterback Connor Shaw got the Browns to a 10-3 lead in the fourth, but finally both the offense and defense delivered, holding Cleveland in check and scoring two TD’s and a field goal.

Flacco went 8 for 9 for 161 yards and two touchdowns during a 17-point fourth quarter. He finished 22 for 36 for 312 yards, and the two TD passes gave him a career-high 27 for the season.

Justin Forsett had 119 yards rushing for the Ravens, who will open on the road next weekend.

With quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel out with injuries, Shaw made his NFL debut for Cleveland. The Browns were also without suspended wide receiver Josh Gordon, and they placed cornerback Justin Gilbert on the inactive list after the rookie reportedly showed up late for a team meeting.

The Browns took a 10-3 lead in the third quarter when Shaw went 3 for 3 during an 80-yard drive. Shaw scrambled in the pocket before connecting on a 49-yard completion to rookie Taylor Gabriel, who started in place of Gordon. That was followed by a 2-yard touchdown run by Terrance West.

Baltimore closed to 10-6 with 10:37 left when Justin Tucker kicked a 28-yard field goal after a 39-yard completion from Flacco to tight end Owen Daniels.

Cleveland followed with three straight runs and a punt, giving the Ravens the ball again with 8:23 to go.

Flacco completed a 53-yarder to Smith before hitting the wide receiver in the middle of the end zone for the go-ahead score.

West ran for 94 yards and Shaw went 14 for 28 for 177 yards, but the Browns finished the season with five straight losses and serious off-the-field issues that must be resolved.

For now though, it appears the Ravens will play either the Bengals or Steelers, as the two will play for the AFC North title on Sunday night in Pittsburgh.

Ravens Fold In Houston; Lose to Texans 25-13 to Blurry Playoff Chances

The Ravens had a path to the playoffs, and Sunday that path got a lot more cloudy after an awful 25-13 setback to the Houston Texans.

It was one of the worst games in the history of QB Joe Flacco, who threw three picks and went 21-for-50 for 195 yards with two touchdowns.

Running back Arian Foster threw a touchdown pass, Randy Bullock made a franchise-record six field goals and Houston’s defense dominated.

The Ravens (9-6) now need some help next week to get into the postseason.

Houston (8-7) remains in the hunt with the victory but needs several teams to lose next week.

With three quarterbacks hurt, the Texans started Case Keenum, who got his first win in nine NFL starts.

Foster ran for 96 yards. But his highlight came when took a pitch from Keenum and, with a defender in his face, threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Fiedorowicz to make it 16-0 in the second quarter.

Ravens at Texans NFL Week 16 Capsule

RAVENS TEXANS
SERIES LEADER 6-1
STREAKS 6 of past 7
COACHES VS. OPP. Harbaugh: 5-1 O’Brien: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 20-12 vs. Jaguars L 17-10 at Colts
LAST GAME 9/22/13: Texans 9 at Ravens 30. Baltimore WR Torrey Smith has 5 catches for 92 yards. Ravens WR-PR Tandon Doss has 82-yard PR-TD & LB Daryl Smith records 37-yard INT-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/21/12: Texans 43, Ravens 13. Houston RB Arian Foster rushes for 98 yards & 2 TDs. Texans TE Owen Daniels catches 7 passes for 59 yards & TD.
BROADCAST CBS (12:00 PM CT): Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein, Brad Johnson (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 92 (Bal.), 137 (Hou.). XM: 231 (Hou.).

STATS

PASSING Flacco: 301-469-3479-23-9-94.8 Lewis (Buf. 2013): 93-157-1092-4-3-81.0 OR

Keenum (2013): 137-253-1760-9-6-78.2

RUSHING Forsett: 208-1128 (2C)-5.4-8 (T2C) Foster: 230-1127 (3C)-4.9-8 (T2C)
RECEIVING
  1. Smith: 66-926-14.0-6
Hopkins: 69-1167-16.9-6
OFFENSE 372.0 345.9
TAKE/GIVE +2 +12 (1C)
DEFENSE 344.2 366.2
SACKS Dumervil: 17 (T1L) Watt: 16.5 (3L)
INTs Mosley: 2 Rolle: 3
PUNTING Koch: 46.9 Lechler: 46.5
KICKING Tucker: 120 (39/39 PAT; 27/32 FG) Bullock: 108 (36/36 PAT; 24/29 FG)

NOTES

RAVENS: QB JOE FLACCO passed for 221 yards with TD vs. 0 INTS for 99.4 rating last week & became 1st player in club history to reach 25,000 career pass yards (25,024). In past 5, has completed 98 of 145 (67.6 pct.) for 1,127 yards with 7 TDs vs. 1 INT for 104 rating. Has 100+ rating in 3 of past 4. Ravens are 38-5 (.884) when Flacco posts 100+ rating (incl. playoffs)…RB JUSTIN FORSETT leads NFL RBs with 5.4 rush avg. (208 att., 1,128 yards). Spent 2012 season with Texans, rushing for 374 yards on 63 att. (5.9 avg.) & TD. In past 5, has 519 rush yards & 5 TDs…WR STEVE SMITH, SR. had 37 receiving yards last week & now has 13,123 career, surpassing HOFer STEVE LARGENT (13,089) for No. 15 all-time. In 3 career meetings (with Car.), has 18 catches for 323 yards (107.7 per game) & 5 TDs. WR TORREY SMITH has 8 TDs in past 11. Needs 2 TD catches to join MICHAEL JACKSON (14 in 1996) as only Ravens with 10+ TD rec. in season…LB C.J. MOSLEY (No. 17 overall) leads NFL rookies with 117 tackles, 2nd-most in AFC. LB TERRELL SUGGS has 10.5 sacks in past 9, incl. 2.5 last week…TEXANS: QB CASE KEENUM started 8 games for Hou. in 2013, passing for 1,760 yards with 9 TDs vs. 6 INTs. QB THAD LEWIS has made 6 career starts, passing for 1,296 yards & 5 TDs…RB ARIAN FOSTER is averaging 102.5 rush yards per game in 2014, 2nd in NFL (DE MARCO MURRAY). Has 11 TDs in past 8 (7 rush, 4 rec.). Since 2010, leads AFC in rush yards (5,933) & rush TDs (50)…WR ANDRE JOHNSON (996 rec.) needs 5 catches to surpass HINES WARD (1,000) for No. 9 all-time. For career, averages 6 rec./game, best in history (min. 100 games). In past 8, WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS has 44 rec. for 801 yards (18.2 avg.) & 3 TDs…DE J.J. WATT is 1st player with 3 off. TDs (3 rec.) & 2 TDs on takeaways (INT, FR) in season since BILL GOLDING in 1948. Since entering NFL in 2011, leads NFL with 53 sacks, incl. 2 last week. S KENDRICK LEWIS had 27-yard INT-TD vs. Colts.