Joe Flacco and Ed Reed Stage Fake Fight to Settle Issue

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and safety Ed Reed made light of what appeared to be potential conflict within the team by staging a fake fight before practice Thursday.

According to the Ravens’ website, Flacco and Reed pretended to get into an argument in front of the media by playfully shouting back and forth.

The fake fight was a response to the questions about the team’s chemistry sparked by Reed’s comments on the radio earlier in the week. Reed said that Flacco didn’t appear to have a hold on the offense during the team’s win over the Texans last weekend.

A few days later, Reed says there’s no longer a conflict.

“We’re past it,” Reed said Thursday. “We’re focused on the game at task now.

“We’re good, man. We’re honest with each other as a team. We’re not focused on that … We’re thinking about this game. What happened last game is last week.”

Flacco said on Wednesday that Reed’s comments were “not that big of a deal.” The All-Pro safety agrees.

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Joe Flacco Thinks the Media Disrespects the Ravens as an Organization

In the media era that has become all Tebow, all the time, it is tough for any NFL team to get the recognition they deserve.  What Tim Tebow has done in Denver — and the way he has done it — has been truly remarkable.  That being said, there are four teams in the AFC that have 10-3 records.  The Broncos are 8-5.  The Patriots and Steelers get a good amount of recognition because of Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, and the history of their franchises.  The Texans get some coverage because they are one of the year’s biggest surprises.  The Ravens, however, are often forgotten.  As Sports Radio Interviews shared with us, Joe Flacco would even call it disrespected.

“If you watched Sportscenter today it was Tim Tebow then something else, Tim Tebow then something else, and Tim Tebow then something else,” Flacco said during an appearance on WNST in Baltimore earlier this week. “When we beat the Steelers were we on TV? No. I couldn’t even find a Baltimore Ravens highlight. I think that’s kinda the way it is around Baltimore.

“Last year we were a 12-4 football team. I mean we didn’t win the division because Pittsburgh had a tiebreaker and we won a playoff game. Yeah it’s not what everybody wants to hear and we didn’t win the Super Bowl but it was a pretty good year by our football team and I had a pretty good football season myself. You go home and all you want to do is not be criticized and it does seem like that. And hey my standpoint is I just think we’re disrespected as an organization when it comes to the media.”

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Who is the Favorite to Reach the Super Bowl from this Year’s Mediocre AFC?

This has truly been a strange year in the NFL.  Granted, every year is strange in the world of professional football.  We have teams that start out smoking hot and finish the season 6-10.  We have others that start out 1-4 and scratch and claw their way into the playoffs.  This season, however, seems to be more of a mystery than ever — particularly in the AFC.  The Packers are the clear-cut favorite to win the NFC and the Super Bowl at this point, but what about the rest?  With the AFC up for grabs, here’s a look at the teams that are in the hunt. We start with the least likely to play in Indianapolis on Feb. 5 and end with the most.

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Terrell Suggs Questions Lack of Touches for Ray Rice, Anquan Boldin

The Baltimore Ravens lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars 12-7 in a pitiful performance Monday night. They only gained 16 yards by halftime, including one passing yard by Joe Flacco, and they didn’t record their first first down until under six minutes left in the third quarter. Coach John Harbaugh called the disgrace “almost as bad as you can play on offense.” Flacco said the team needs to be better even when they’re off their game. But nobody was as straightforward regarding the team’s problems as linebacker Terrell Suggs.

“It baffles me that Ray Rice only had seven carries,” Suggs said. “This is a Pro Bowl running back you’re talking about. They fed their horse. We have to feed our horse. It’s all right, just calling a spade a spade.

“When I have a Pro Bowl running back, and he’s not getting his touches, I’m going to feel some kind of way about it. He wants the ball. And I think we should feed him. Ray Rice is a phenomenal player. You have to use your phenomenal players. I have to question how many touches Anquan [Boldin] had. We’ve got guys on this team that can do some great things. We have to use those guys. It’s that simple.”

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Steelers Upset with Ravens Over Two-Point Conversion

The Baltimore Ravens took it to the Pittsburgh Steelers 35-7 in Sunday’s opener. Joe Flacco threw for three touchdowns in the game which marked his first time beating Ben Roethlisberger head-to-head. Things were going so well for the Ravens that after they scored to make it 27-7, they pulled out a trick play on their extra-point attempt.

Taking a page out of the Les Miles playbook, holder Sam Koch fielded the snap and ran through a beautiful hole opened up by his blockers. The conversion made it 29-7 and Baltimore added two more field goals to make it 35-7. It was a brilliant play and it was executed to perfection. But why did the Ravens waste it during a game they were winning by a wide margin? Why not save it for a later game when they really needed it?

Not only was the timing questionable, but the play also made enemies in Pittsburgh (as if the rivalry wasn’t already strong enough).

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Ravens Torrey Smith Books it During Interview When Earthquake Hits (Video)

I’m sure by now you have all heard about the earthquake that shook the east coast from Virginia all the way up to Canada on Tuesday. The quake registered a 5.8 on the Richter scale, which is no joke. Somehow I’m the only person on the east coast who failed to feel any effect from it, but that’s beside the point.  It certainly put a scare into Ravens second-round pick Torrey Smith, who was filming a commercial for the University of Maryland (his alma mater) when the ground began to shake.  Check out the Torrey Smith earthquake video, courtesy of Deadspin:

Earthquakes are extremely frightening for everyone but even more so for us east coasters who are unaccustomed to them.  Everyone reacts differently when they experience something unfamiliar, but where was Smith going? I understand hiding under a chair or something if you’re in a building, but he Torrey was just OUT.  I guess until I’ve been caught in the middle of an earthquake while filming a commercial I shouldn’t judge.

Ryan Clark: Ravens Need to Win More to Make it a Rivalry with Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens have one of the best rivalries in the NFL. The teams have been two of the best franchises in the NFL the past 10+ years, they play extremely competitive games, and their games feature tons of hitting. Remember the broken nose the Ravens gave Ben Roethlisberger last year? That picture defines the rivalry.

Only Steelers safety safety Ryan Clark feels differently.

In an interview with 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, Clark said the Ravens haven’t beaten the Steelers enough to make it a rivalry. Here’s the transcription from Sports Radio Interviews via Ravens Insider and Pro Football Talk:

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