Cincinnati at Baltimore NFL Week One Capsule

CINCINNATI BENGALS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS

SERIES

BENGALS RAVENS
SERIES LEADER   20-16
STREAKS   5 of past 7
COACHES VS. OPP. Lewis: 12-10 Harbaugh: 7-5
LAST GAME 12/29/13: Ravens 17 at Bengals 34. Cincinnati WRs A.J. Green & Marvin Jones combine for 122 rec. yards, each scores TD. Bengals CB Dre Kirkpatrick has 21-yard INT-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/10/13: Ravens 20, Bengals 17 (OT). Baltimore S James Ihedigbo leads defense with 6 tackles & 2 INTs. Ravens WR Torrey Smith adds 46 rec. yards & TD catch.
BROADCAST CBS (2:15 PM MT): Spero Dedes, Steve Tasker. Westwood One: Kevin Lee, Mark Malone. SIRIUS: 112 (Cin.), 92 (Bal.). XM: 226 (Bal.).

2013 STATS

PASSING Dalton: 363-586-4,293-33 (3L)-20-88.8 Flacco: 362-614-3,912-19-22-73.1
RUSHING Bernard: 170-695-4.1-5 Pierce: 152-436-2.9-2
RECEIVING Green: 98-1,426-14.6-11 (T3C) T. Smith: 65-1,128-17.4-4
OFFENSE 368.2 307.4
TAKE/GIVE +1 -5
DEFENSE 305.5 (1C) 335.5
SACKS Dunlap, Gilberry: 7.5 Suggs: 10
INTs A. Jones, Kirkpatrick: 3 Hill, J. Smith, Webb: 2
PUNTING Huber: 45.2 Koch: 46.0
KICKING Nugent: 106 (52/53 PAT; 18/22 FG) Tucker: 140 (26/26 PAT; 38/41 FG)

NOTES

BENGALS: QB ANDY DALTON is 1st Bengals QB to lead team to playoffs in 3 consecutive seasons (2011-13). Has 30-18 (.625) record, highest win pct. of any QB in club history (min. 20 starts). In 2013, set single-season team passing records for yards (4,293) & TDs (33). 1 of 3 players in NFL history to pass for 3,000+ yards in each of 1st 3 seasons (PEYTON MANNING, CAM NEWTON)…In 2013, RB GIOVANI BERNARD’s 1,209 scrimmage yards ranked 3rd among NFL rookies (695 rush; 514 receiving). Had 56 catches in 2013, most ever in single season by Bengals RB… WR A.J. GREEN aims for 3rd in row with TD catch vs. Ravens. Since joining NFL in 2011, has 260 catches, most of any player in 1st 3 seasons in NFL history. Has 3,833 receiving yards in 1st 3 seasons, 2nd-most of any player’s 1st 3 NFL seasons (RANDY MOSS, 4,163)…Defense tied for 3rd in NFL with 4 INT-TDs in 2013…Since 2012, GENO ATKINS leads NFL DTs with 18.5 sacks. Has 3 sacks in past 4 vs. Ravens…In last meeting, CB DRE KIRKPATRICK had career-high 2 INTs, including 21-yard INT-TD…RAVENS: QB JOE FLACCO has 11-0 career home record in September, tied with JAY SCHROEDER for best among Super Bowl-era QBs (min. 10 att. per start). Since joining NFL in 2008, Flacco has 62-34 record (.646). His 62 regular-season wins are most of any starting QB in 1st 6 seasons since at least 1970. Has 24-12 (.667) career record vs. AFC North…Last season, RB BERNARD PIERCE had career-high 152 rush attempts for 436 yards & posted career-bests in catches (20) & receiving yards (104)…WR TORREY SMITH had 1,128 receiving yards in 2013, 2nd-most in single-season in club history (MICHAEL JACKSON, 1,201 in 1996). Has TD catch in 2 of past 3 vs. AFC North. WR STEVE SMITH SR. makes Ravens debut. Finished 13-year Carolina career as club’s all-time leader in catches (836), receiving yards (12,197) & total TDs (75)…LB TERRELL SUGGS (94.5) is Raven’s all-time sack leader. Has 5 career 10+ sack seasons, most in club history. In 2013, LB DARYL SMITH was 1 of 3 players in NFL with 5+ sacks & 3+ INTs…Since 2012, KR JACOBY JONES has 4 kick-return TDs (3 KR, 1 PR), tied for most in NFL.

Starting CB Jimmy Smith Arrested And Charged After Saturday Night Incident

Jimmy Smith

Ravens starting cornerback Jimmy Smith was arrested and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct Saturday night after an alleged incident at The Greene Turtle in Towson, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports. This according to Baltimore County police.

Police said Smith, 25, was cited for failure to obey a lawful order of a police officer.

Ravens team officials are aware of the incident involving Smith.

“We’re gathering information about this,” Ravens senior vice president of public and community relations Kevin Byrne said.

Officers went to The Greene Turtle on York Road after they were informed by the general manager of the restaurant that there was an unconscious woman in a bathroom at the Towson restaurant and bar, according to police.

Upon their arrival, police said, they saw Smith in the bathroom with the woman. The woman was intoxicated, according to police. Police said that the NFL player was assisting her when she vomited while leaning over a sink.

Smith told police that he and the woman had done a photo shoot together earlier in the evening, according to a police report.

Police said that after medics arrived, officers repeatedly asked Smith to step aside and he allegedly refused to comply and said several times that he was helping the woman. Police said Smith became argumentative when they asked him to step into the hallway.

According to the police report, Smith was told that because he wasn’t related to the woman and wasn’t helping her that he needed to leave so that medical personnel could attend to her and Smith replied: “I am helping her.”

According to the police report, Smith was asked three times by an officer to leave the restroom before being ushered out to the hallway. Smith allegedly cursed at the arresting officer and asked him “What the [expletive] are you gonna do?” When told again to leave, Smith replied: [Expletive] you. What the [expletive] are you gonna do?”

Smith was then placed in handcuffs. While at the Towson precinct, according to the police report, Smith told the officer: “The only reason you arrested me is so you could get on the news.”

Ravens To Host 49ers In Open Practice August 8th

San Francisco 49ers Rookie Minicamp

The Ravens and 49ers will hold an open practice at M&T Bank Stadium on Friday, Aug. 8, the day after the two teams square off in a preseason game. The practice is free and begins at 1 p.m.

The 49ers are practicing with the Ravens for four days after the preseason contest, giving the two teams a chance to go up against competition other than their teammates during training camp. Friday’s open session will be the first practice of that four-day stretch, and the rest of the practices will be at the Under Armour Performance Center.

“I’m excited about the fact that we’ve never done it before,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said about practicing with his brother’s team.

“We are going against a program that we understand what they’re all about. So we’re not bringing some program in here that we don’t trust, that doesn’t believe in the things that we believe as far as hard work. It’s going to be a program that mirrors what we’re trying to do as far as working hard. To me, that’s really important and I think we’ll both get better as a result.”

Flacco Talks About Learning Gary Kubiak’s New Offense

Joe Flacco

The Ravens have a new offense to learn this offseason with the hiring of former Texans head coach Gary Kubiak as offensive coordinator but franchise quarterback Joe Flacco believes the team is up to the challenge according to an interview on WSNT.net.

“Football is football. I mean, come on guys, we’re talking about a bunch of football players,” Flacco said.

“It’s not tough to learn an offense. At the end of the day, you have a formation, you have protection, you have a direction to run the ball and you have a route to run as a receiver.

“It’s not that tough. If you can’t learn an NFL offense, then obviously you shouldn’t be there. … I’m saying, we’re not the brightest people, so therefore how hard can an NFL offense be?”

Flacco admits that Kubiak’s scheme uses “completely different” terminology to that used by former OC Jim Caldwell but it is refreshing to hear a football player acknowledge that the task before him is not exactly as difficult as curing cancer or finding a route to world peace.

Flacco says the team is playing faster due to the more-streamlined offensive scheme, because players have fewer things to think about when they get to the line of scrimmage and can concentrate on “doing what we’re good at.” This hopefully can only help the Ravens offense in 2014, as last year’s performance did not inspire confidence.

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Third-Round Safety Terrence Brooks Inks Contract

The Ravens have signed third-round safety Terrence Brooks to a four-year contract, meaning the team’s entire draft class is now under contract, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Selected 79th overall, Brooks is expected to compete for the starting free safety job as a rookie.

Brooks started 13 games for national champion Florida State last season, including eight games at strong safety and five games at free safety.

He made 56 tackles, eight for losses, and had one sack and two forced fumbles.

Brooks started the final 27 games of his career, 14 at free safety and 13 at strong safety.

For his career, he’s recorded 126 tackles with five interceptions and three forced fumbles.

Ravens Sign OLB Roberts, Cut QB Stephens

The Ravens have signed undrafted rookie outside linebacker D.J. Roberts and cut quarterback Nick Stephens, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Roberts participated in the Ravens’ rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.

He played collegiately at Tennessee-Martin where he rhad 53 tackles, 11 for losses, four sacks and a forced fumble last season. He finished his career with 12.5 sacks.

Stephens is a former Tartleton State player who began his career at Tennessee. He was signed to the Ravens’ practice squad in October and signed to a reserve-future deal after the season.

The Ravens now have three quarterbacks on the roster: Joe Flacco and backups Tyrod Taylor and Keith Wenning, a rookie sixth-round draft pick.

Ravens Take ILB C.J. Mosley with 17th Pick In NFL Draft

The Ravens have a new LB – as the team snagged Alabama ILB C.J. Mosley with the 17th overall pick in Thursday’s NFL Draft. Mosley will have to put on some size, but make no mistake, he will be counted on to start making plays for the Birds from day one.

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