Archive for January, 2012

GOOBVISION – Ravens/Texans With Ravens Roost of the South

January 17, 2012

Goob was unable to be in Baltimore last weekend for Ravens/Texans because he had to go to a wedding in Georgia. However, the next best thing to being at M&T Bank Stadium might just be watching with the Ravens Roost of the South in Atlanta. After watching this video, we think you’ll find it tough to disagree.

Who Decided to Throw the Ball Late in the Fourth Quarter Sunday?

January 16, 2012

After stagnating all afternoon following the first quarter, when they capitalized on a couple short fields following turnovers, the Ravens offense looked to have finally come alive with about seven minutes remaining in their 20-13 Divisional Playoff win over the Houston Texans. In seven plays, they had moved the ball from their own 29 yard line to the Houston 31 on the strength of a few nice Ray Rice runs and completions from Joe Flacco to Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith, and Dennis Pitta. Leading 17-13 at the time, the Ravens had also managed to bleed precious time off the clock during the series.

On first and 10 from the Houston 31 with just 3:09 remaining, Rice ran for five yards to set up 2nd-down and five.

At this point, Texans head coach Gary Kubiak decided that he couldn’t let any more time run off the clock, and used his first time out. While the Ravens were already in field goal range, and a successful attempt from Billy Cundiff would give them a much more comfortable seven point cushion, another first down or two would really put the pressure on Houston.

With the Texans already declaring that they were going to use their time outs to stop the clock, it would have been in the Ravens’ best interest to take them up on that offer, by forcing them to continue to burn them. Runs on second and third down would either A) result in Houston being completely out of time outs, B) take the clock down to at least the two-minute warning, or C) some combination of A and B.

Instead, the Ravens passed on both downs, and both plays resulted in incompletions and Baltimore giving Houston the gift of a stopped clock. With the way the end of the game ultimately played out (with a last second heave to the end zone by Texans’ QB T.J. Yates, on which Ed Reed was at least a little banged up), those ~80 seconds (or two timeouts), could have been absolutely critical.

At the time, Ravens fans – myself included – were falling back upon our old reliable scapegoat, Cam Cameron.

What the hell was Cam thinking? Had he not learned his lesson about feeding Ray Rice the ball after all that’s happened this season?

Checking to a pass? That’s what Harbs says. What do you think?

However, following the game, Ravens’ head coach John Harbaugh said that it was Flacco, not Cameron, who was to “blame” in that particular situation.

Coach John Harbaugh said QB Joe Flacco checked into pass plays on the second- and third-down plays with just over two minutes remaining in the game. Harbaugh said Houston lined up and showed all-out run blitzes, which forced Flacco to check to a pass, even if an incompletion would stop the clock.

I went back and re-watched the sequence on my DVR, and I have to say – I see absolutely no indication that Flacco is making any kind of check or audible call at the line on second down. While it’s entirely possible that I am missing some subtle gesture or call that Joe is making, I just find it hard to believe that he could have changed the play without showing any of the outward signs we’re used to seeing from quarterbacks checking into or out of plays (with Joe, we’re used to him tapping his rear and yelling “Alaska, Alaska” for instance). On third down, it looks like he says something to both Ed Dickson and Ray Rice as they are lined up with him in the shotgun, but again…a shotgun formation would typically indicate that a pass had already been called.

Our feelings on both Flacco and Cameron are well documented here at the Nest. While our obvious gut reaction is to blame Cam for these gaffes, we have to at least consider Harbaugh’s words.

Harbaugh, though, has been known to be pretty defensive of his offensive coordinator. Could he just be covering for Cam?

If he is, it would come at the expense of throwing his quarterback under the bus. If he doesn’t, then we have to direct our criticism to Flacco. If Joe really did change to passing plays under his own volition in that situation, I am extremely disappointed in his decision-making – more so than I am of anything he physically did on Sunday. While I admire the fact that he decided he wanted the ball in his hands there, with the game on the line, he needs to put his ego aside, turn around, and hand the damn ball to Ray Rice.

Where you come down on this issue will probably align fully with who you typically blame for the Ravens’ offensive woes – those Ravens fans who – like me – blame Cam, will say that Harbs is probably covering for him. Those that are anti-Joe will use this as more ammunition in their argument that the Ravens should not sign #5 to a new contract.

Either way, somebody royally screwed up late in the game Sunday, and we’re all lucky that it didn’t cost the Ravens the game. We have to hope that it didn’t cost them their starting Hall of Fame free safety as they prepare to face one of the best passing attacks in the NFL.

Ravens 20 Texans 13 (The HOUSTON PRESENTED US WITH A FEW PROBLEMS OF OUR OWN Game)

January 16, 2012

It’s kind of funny, sitting here a day later. If the Ravens had been able to score from about 0.25 yards out on two tries yesterday, my score prediction of 27-13 would have likely been right on. For the record, I’ve been picking scores on this site for five full seasons now (plus eight playoff games), and that would have been the first time I ever hit the nail on the head.

Watching it unfold yesterday though, was pretty damn agonizing. Even if they’d managed to put the Texans away earlier, and win by two touchdowns, it wasn’t nearly the kind of dominating performance that many of us had hoped for or expected. Give Houston a ton of credit – that is a team that will be a force in the AFC for years to come, especially if Matt Schaub can stay healthy and even if they don’t end up re-signing Mario Williams. (Giant Cowboy) hats off to them.

Back to the goalline stand that very well could have decided the game the other way in the end…

It looked like Houston was about to pull to within 17-16 with six minutes to go in the third quarter. Instead,  kicker Neil Rackers hit the crossbar from 50 yards out (thank you breezy day!), and the Ravens took over from their own 40 yard line. The heretofore invisible man, Lee Evans, made the first postseason catch of his career, and it looked to be a huge one, setting the Ravens up at the Houston 9-yard line with a chance to go up by at least a full single touchdown and hopefully more. Ray Rice ran to the five, and then fumbled to the two (aside – what’s up with Rice, a dude who fumbles about as regularly as Joe Flacco shaves his upper lip lately, being unable to get through a divisional playoff game without putting the ball on the turf? He did it in Indy in 09, in Pittsburgh last year, and now in B’More yesterday. He got lucky in that the ball rolled right to Ben Grubbs, but it’s a bit unsettling that he gets slippery fingers in the biggest games) and the Ravens were set up with 3rd-and-goal from there.

A great stand by the Texans’ defense prevented the Ravens from getting in, and as they had eschewed the field goal try, the score would remain 17-13.

We can debate the decision to go for it on 4th-and-goal ad nauseum – personally, I would have been more comfortable going up 20-13 at the time, putting a full touchdown’s distance between the teams on the scoreboard. While I can fully understand John Harbaugh’s challenging his team to go get half a yard and win the damn playoff game NOW, my thinking also takes into account the Ravens’ shoddy resume when it comes to short-yardage blocking, not only yesterday, but all season long.

At this point, Ravens fans are more comfortable when the team faces a 3rd-and-4 or 5 than a third and very short. I don’t have the numbers in front of me, but anybody who has watched all 17 games so far this year can tell you that the Ravens can’t be counted on to push the pile for a yard or two when they need to most. Not only did this bugaboo pop up in the goalline stand yesterday, but it came about again at the end of the game. After a booth review had moved Ray Rice’s 2nd-and-1 run back half a yard with 1:44 remaining, and it became impossible for the team to just kneel and run out the clock, they again failed to pick up less than a yard when it could have won them the game, as Vonta Leach got stuffed in the backfield for a loss. That inability gave the Texans a sliver of hope that they shouldn’t have had, and while the Ravens were able to hold on in the end, it may have cost them as Ed Reed appeared to be injured on the game’s final play. If the offense can pick up a damn yard, Reed is sitting comfortably on the bench celebrating at that point, instead of flying through the air to bail his team out once again.

Of course, the seeds were planted for that entire sequence on the Ravens’ previous possession.

After a wonderful drive (really their first -and only – of the day) that moved the ball from their own 29 to inside the Texans’ 30, and took over four minutes off the clock, the Ravens were in position to not only potentially kick that field goal that they had decided against earlier to go up 20-13, but to continue to bleed the clock and at least force Houston to burn precious time outs. Gary Kubiak tipped his hand that he was going to do exactly that, stopping the clock after a 5-yard Rice run put the ball at the Texans’ 26 with 3:04 to go.

Enter Cam Cameron.

Two incomplete passes – and two free stoppages of the clock later – Billy Cundiff connected from 44 yards to cap off the scoring for the day. However, there were still nearly three minutes remaining, and the Texans still had two timeouts, instead of the none they likely would have had the Ravens simply ran the ball on second and third down.

All of this added up to make the game’s final minutes much more stressful than they really needed to be. Thanks for that, Cam.

Speaking of Rice, he was genuinely overshadowed by his counterpart, Arian Foster. While Rice managed a paltry 60 yards on 21 carries and 20 yards on 4 receptions, Foster became the first opponent to ever rush for over 100 yards against the Ravens in a playoff game, and he nearly did it in the first half. The Texans’ running back finished the day with 132 yards on 27 carries, and added 22 yards on five receptions. The Ravens’ defensive line and linebackers, despite being rested, were pushed around by Houston’s offensive line all day. Not only in the running game, but in the passing game as well, as rookie quarterback T.J. Yates was not sacked a single time all afternoon.

Terrell Suggs did not Ball So Hard yesterday. In fact, aside from a stop of Foster on third down following the goal line stand that forced the Texans to punt from their end zone, he was relatively silent.

Yates, for his part, took what the Ravens gave him, but was also the beneficiary of some uncharacteristic slippery fingers from Ed Reed. Reed – though he got the key interception when the team needed him most, late in the fourth quarter – dropped two in the first half that likely would have helped put the game away much, much earlier. Ray Lewis also had a potential pick bounce off his shoulder. So while the Ravens were able to pick Yates off three times (two by Lardarius Webb), they very easily could have had five or six picks.

Joe Flacco, on the other hand, didn’t have nearly the luxurious pocket that Yates enjoyed. He was sacked five times, and was under constant duress. When he did have time to throw in the first half, he was betrayed by his receivers, as Anquan Boldin, Ed Dickson, and Torrey Smith all dropped catchable balls that, again, probably would have helped put the game away much earlier. Webb seemed to be the only guy in purple who could catch in the first half.

The Ravens were gifted some great field position by turnovers early, and took advantage. Their two touchdown “drives” of the day were 2 and 34 yards, respectively. After putting up 17 points in the first quarter, they took a nap until the fourth, and allowed Houston to hang around.

Going that long without scoring won’t fly next week in New England. After a 14/27, 176 yard day, the Flacco bashers are sure to be out in full force again this week, blatantly disregarding the aforementioned offensive line and receiving woes.

Whatever. Just like last week, my advice for Ravens fans is to stress out on Sunday – Saturday if you really can’t wait. Spend the time until then enjoying this, and soaking in the Festivus atmosphere. There are only three other teams still alive at this point. The Ravens are in their second AFC Championship game in four seasons.

Festivus Maximus is one win away.

Baltimore, GET UP!

January 13, 2012

Finishing up our series of pump up videos for the first home playoff game in five years, here’s one from the guys at B’More Get Up Gametime. Featuring cameos from famous Ravens fans like Captain Defense and the Purple Dame, it’s a bit of an oldie compared to the others (2009), but still a goodie.

Houston, you’re in the wrong place…at the right time.

Also, the generic/non-purple cheerleaders/dance team always crack me up.

Divisional Playoff Preview – Texans (11-6) @ Ravens (12-4)

January 12, 2012


The Houston Texans, fresh off their first playoff victory in franchise history – a 31-10 spanking of the Cincinnati Bengals – come to Baltimore for the second time this year hoping to earn a berth in the AFC Championship game. As I said several times this week, the Texans are to be commended for their first ever postseason win, and for doing it with a third string quarterback. Beating the Bengals, though, a team that hasn’t won a playoff game themselves since 1990 – twelve years before the Texans even existed – is one thing. Coming into M&T Bank Stadium and beating a postseason tested veteran group such as these Ravens? That’s another thing altogether.

Joe Flacco

Joe has been taking some heat this week for speaking out about all the heat he takes.

I’ll wait while you go read that again.

Back with me? Ok, good.

I don’t really care about all that extracurricular stuff; my feelings on our quarterback are well documented around these parts. You want to shut up the critics, Joe? Here’s your chance.

For all the handwringing that was done earlier this year about how the Ravens’ offense is inept against 4-3 defenses, I sure haven’t heard anybody citing the Texans’ 3-4 as a Ravens’ advantage coming into this game. While I was of the mind that it was a silly criticism at the time (and still am), the fact remains that three of the Ravens’ four losses this season (Tennessee, Jacksonville, Seattle) came against teams that employ a base 4-3 front. These were also teams that were able to get adequate pressure with their front four, something the Ravens’ offense severely struggled with.

Against 3-4 defenses, the Ravens were 8-1 (by my count, based off NFL.com depth charts), with the only loss coming to San Diego – a game in which the opposing offense was the key factor, as opposed to the defense.

To take it a step further, Joe Flacco is now 2-0 against Wade Phillips’ 3-4, with the other victory coming in 2008 when Phillips was the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. In the two games combined, Joe was 37/58 (64%) for 454 yards, with two total touchdowns (one passing, one rushing), one interception, and two fumbles lost. The good news is that, in addition to being able to move the ball fairly effectively through the air, Joe seems to have fixed the fumbling issues he was having earlier this year. After fumbling ten times in the team’s first 11 games, Flacco has put the ball on the turf just once since Week 11, and not at all since Week 13 in Cleveland. That’s a trend that needs to continue if the Ravens are going to continue to advance towards Indianapolis.

The Texans boast the NFL’s third-ranked passing defense, but based on the fact that Flacco has had success against this and other similar systems (Pittsburgh, Arizona, to name a couple) in the past, I think the Ravens will have some success throwing the ball Sunday. Anquan Boldin will be playing in his first game since Week 15, and Cam Cameron would be wise to get Q the ball early to get him into the flow of the offense. Boldin went off against the Texans in Week 6, catching eight passes for 132 yards. He says he feels as good or better than he has felt all year, so expect Boldin to be a big part of the game plan against Houston. Flacco’s increasing chemistry with tight end Dennis Pitta will be key as well, especially on third downs.

I bring up Joe first, because both teams will likely have the same mindset on defense…

Stopping the Run

Arian Foster (1224 rushing yards, 617 receiving yards, 12 total touchdowns) vs. Ray Rice (1364 rushing yards, 704 receiving yards, 15 total touchdowns) is quite a match up on the ground. However, these two defenses were ranked #2 and #4 against the run during the regular season, so both backs will be hard pressed to find much running room. In the first match up, Rice had the better day, with 161 yards from scrimmage to Foster’s 101. If those numbers repeat themselves, the Ravens should emerge victorious. However, if Houston is to stand a chance, the two runners’ numbers will have to be much more similar to each other this time around. The best way to prevent that on Baltimore’s part is to find a way to make Houston one-dimensional.

The extra week of rest should do the Ravens good, as Ray Lewis and Haloti Ngata, two of the key cogs in the B’More run defense, continue to nurse toe and thigh injuries, respectively, back to health. If Ngata especially can come out of the bye at closer to 100% and more closely resemble the player he was at the beginning of the year, he could make life hell for Foster and fellow running back Ben Tate all afternoon. Terrell Suggs and Jarret Johnson will be counted on to set the edge against Houston’s zone-blocking scheme, while Ngata, Cory Redding, Terrence Cody and the Ravens’ linebackers will have to be near flawless in gap discipline. Again, they did a great job the first time around – let’s hope they can repeat the performance.

Rice and Foster will be counted on to carry their teams, but with both defenses selling out to stop the opposing backs, this game could very well come down to quarterback play.

In that scenario, I like the aforementioned Flacco over his Houston counterpart.

T.J. Yates

The simple fact is that no rookie quarterback has come into Baltimore and beat the Ravens since way back in 1997 when Jake Plummer and the Cardinals pulled it off. No opposing rookie quarterback has EVER won at M&T Bank Stadium.

But I don’t want to summarily dismiss Houston based on that. Another indisputable fact is that T.J. Yates has a hell of a supporting cast around him. For one, Houston will have All-Universe wide receiver Andre Johnson back on the field. Johnson, who missed the Week 6 match up in Baltimore, torched the Ravens for 140 yards and two touchdowns when these teams met at Reliant Stadium in 2010. Obviously, he had Matt Schaub throwing him the ball in that game and not Yates, but #80 would be a threat with Kyle Boller as his quarterback. Yates and Johnson hooked up for 90 yards and a long score in Wild Card weekend.

The rookie QB out of North Carolina has made six starts and won three of those. His numbers don’t jump off the page at you, as his touchdown last week was his first since Week 14. In fact, Yates hasn’t thrown a touchdown against a team not wearing Bengals jerseys since Week 13, and three of his four career touchdown throws are against Cincinnati. Still, he hasn’t thrown an interception in three straight games, and his 97.7 passer rating last week was his lowest of those three contests.

I had a Texans fan argue with me on Twitter this week, extolling the virtues of Yates as a mobile quarterback – at least compared to Schaub. While he may in fact be a bit better at extending plays than the first-stringer, it isn’t evidenced by one key stat – sacks.

When Matt Schaub was playing this season, he was sacked on just about 5% of his dropbacks. Yates, so far, has been sacked 17 times in 6+ games, or on nearly 11% of his dropbacks. If Terrell Suggs, Pernell McPhee, and company can manage to get to Yates once or twice every 10 times he drops back to pass Sunday, that will add a key ingredient to the Ravens’ recipe for success.

Houston ran the ball on 17 of their 23 first down plays last week – expect them to strive for a similar ratio this week, if they can keep the game close. The key for the Ravens will be getting the Texans off schedule by stuffing the run on first or second down, and forcing Yates to move the chains with his arm. It’s Football 101, but it’s also a formula that has won the Ravens a boatload of games over the years.

Prediction

Again, all due respect to Houston and everything they’ve accomplished this season. If their run ends Sunday, though, their year will still be considered a resounding success.  The same cannot be said of the Ravens. This home playoff game is what John Harbaugh’s squad has been striving for since he came to town four seasons ago, and I have to believe this team of postseason-tested veterans, playing in their own home, where they were undefeated this year, against a rookie quarterback and a team full of playoff novices, will overwhelm the Texans in the end.

The Ravens are as healthy as they’ve been since Week 1 (no player missed practice on Wednesday or Thursday, and only Jameel McClain and Brendan Ayanbadejo were even limited), when they housed the defending AFC Champion Steelers 35-7. Ben Grubbs, Jimmy Smith, Tom Zbikowski, and others were all absent from the Week 6 win on the Baltimore side. So while the Texans are getting their superstar back, Baltimore counters with some quality talent of their own that wasn’t on the field the last time these teams met. On top of that, Texans’ tight end Owen Daniels broke his hand in last week’s game. While he is expected to play, he will be at less than 100%.

Yates is making just his seventh career start, and he has yet to face anything resembling the madhouse (or, new “World’s Largest Outdoor Insane Asylum“) that will be M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday. The rookie, at this point, would hardly be confused with the caliber of quarterbacks that have dismissed the Ravens from the playoffs the last few years (Ben Roethlisberger twice, Peyton Manning, both of whom went on to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl; Can even the most homerific of Texans fans really expect to see T.J. Yates hoisting the Lamar Hunt Trophy in nine days?)

John Harbaugh teams are 4-0 following a bye week, with an average margin of victory of 18 points (all at home, including the 29-14 win over Houston in Week 6 this year).

Oh, and B’More is on an 18-1 streak at home dating back to the 2009 season.

The deck is just stacked much too high against Houston. This Ravens team feeds off the purple crowd like none before them, and I’m confident they’ll reward us for that infusion of energy with our first home playoff win since the 2000 season.

Ravens 27 Texans 13

GOOBVISION – Ravens/Texans Divisional Playoff Preview

January 11, 2012

The regular season was a blast – both for Goob and for the team – but now the playoffs are here and it’s time for both to really get serious.

Another Ravens Playoff Pump Up Video

January 11, 2012

As we inch toward the Ravens’ Divisional round clash with the Houston Texans, the pump up videos just keep coming. While the last one we posted was a little slower and more subtle, this one is a stark contrast – up-beat and over the top. And of course still extremely effective.

By some local musicians (Matthew Edward, Fresh Competition & Kenny Kilsworth), “Ravens Nation” should only make you that much more anxious for Sunday to get here.

Playoff Video – Comin' Home

January 10, 2012

This video was posted on the Ravens’ home page yesterday, and was an instant hit around Charm City. The music is artist Diddy – Dirty Money featuring vocals from Skylar Grey, and it is set to a montage of highlights and lowlights from the Ravens’ regular season, as well as shots of the city and M&T Bank Stadium. It’s not your typical fast-paced pump up video, but after watching it I’m ready to run through a MF’ing brick wall for this team. If this doesn’t get you pumped for Sunday, check your pulse.

I’m sure most of you have already seen it, but if you haven’t take a look (and even if you have, it’s well worth more than a view or two).

What's Important Now: Making Houston One Dimensional

January 10, 2012

The Houston Texans are no joke, boasting the league’s #2 defense and #2 rushing attack. They ran for 188 yards last week against the Cincinnati Bengals, who were one of the best in the league at stopping opposing running backs in their own right (at least until their final two games). While the Ravens will have a decided home field advantage – including a raucous M&T Bank Stadium bowl full of ravin’ Raven maniacs as well as game time temperatures in the high 30’s against a warm-weather dome team – they will have to slow down Houston’s impressive running attack in order to advance to championship weekend.

It’s a cliche in the NFL – make the other team one-dimensional and you greatly improve your chances of success. It’s a cliche for a reason though: it’s usually true. Unless the opponent boasts one of the league’s great quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Drew Brees, or Aaron Rodgers (at least one of whom the Ravens are very likely to have to deal with at some point should they hope to hoist the Lombardi Trophy), putting the game squarely on the shoulders of the QB is a proven formula for victory.

When – as in the case of the Houston Texans – the other team comes in with a starting quarterback who is not only a rookie, but who is making just his seventh career start, and his first on the road in a hostile postseason environment, the tried-and-true “make them one dimensional” formula that defensive coordinators espouse constantly seems an even clearer path to success.

That said, there are two ways the Ravens can force the Texans to have to throw the ball. Both are, of course, much easier said than done.

1. Bottle up Arian Foster and Ben Tate

The most obvious way to force the Texans to the air is to stop the run, and to set up third-and-long situations. When these two teams met in Week 6, the Ravens did exactly that, and it went a long way towards the ultimate outcome of a 29-14 win. Arian Foster managed just 49 yards on 15 carries (3.3 ypc), while fellow running back Ben Tate fared only slightly better, picking up 41 on 9 (4.6 ypc). Foster, a Ray Rice-esque dual threat, also managed 52 yards on 6 receptions. While “holding” Foster to over 101 yards from scrimmage doesn’t seem all that impressive, consider that he had nearly 200 last week against the Bengals.

Foster’s running style is a near-perfect fit for Houston’s zone blocking scheme. Mike Mayock of NFL Network stated during the game Saturday that Foster was the best zone runner he has seen in the league since Denver’s Terrell Davis – very high praise. In Week 6, the Ravens played extremely disciplined run defense, setting the edge strongly and maintaining gap integrity in pursuit, not allowing Foster his signature cutback move. The Bengals did exactly the opposite of that, overpursuing and sloppily trying to fill gaps, and you saw what happened – Foster gashed them over and over.

After watching last week’s film, the importance of playing the kind of run stuffing defense they did in Week 6 will be blatantly obvious to Ravens’ defenders.

2. Jump out to an early lead

The other way to force the Texans to throw the ball early and often is to put the ball in the end zone a few times early in the game, and build a double-digit lead.

Again, much easier said than done against the #2 defense.

Still, the Ravens – who aren’t typically known as a fast-out-of-the-gates kind of team, managed double digit halftime leads in four of their final five victories:

Week 13 – at Cleveland – Halftime Score: 10-0

Week 14 – vs. Indy – 17-3

Week 16 – vs. Cleveland – 17-0

Week 17 – vs. Cincinnati – 17-3

If B’More can put up a couple quick scores, it will put Houston in the extremely unenviable position of having to ask rookie T.J. Yates to try to bring them back through the air. That should be a recipe for disaster for the Texans, Andre Johnson or no Andre Johnson.

I’m not going to lie – Arian Foster scares me. At the same time though, I have confidence that a fully rested Haloti Ngata, Terrence Cody, Cory Redding, Ray Lewis, Jarret Johnson, Terrell Suggs, Bernard Pollard and company can put the clamps on him just as they did earlier this year, and can take advantage of Yates’ inexperience.

Festivus Video from Some Lady Ravens Fans

January 9, 2012

I saw this video last night while goofing around on twitter (@BMoreBirdsNest). These rabid Raven fan ladies went all out to make a very goofy and entertaining Festivus video that features a girl in a football helmet scaring a cow wearing a Ben Roethlisberger “jersey,” lots of girl-on-girl tackling (WOOO!), and a SPOT ON Joe Flacco impression. I really enjoyed it. Take a few minutes and have a look.

If you liked it, check out the girls on twitter (@jes_heller, @JulieMac32). Jes also wrote a really good piece defending Joe Flacco a few weeks back on her blog (read it here).


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