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Dareus raises game, inspired by Kyle

Posted by Chris Brown on September 29, 2013 – 11:12 pm

Mario Williams had a big game in Week 2 when Carolina chose to focus double team attention on the likes of Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus. That extra attention shifted to Mario on Sunday against the Ravens, leaving Dareus in his share of one-on-one situations. Situations that more often than not he won.

Dareus was the team’s second-leading tackler in the game Sunday with seven, including a pair of sacks on Joe Flacco and a pair of quarterback hits. His sacks came near the end of the first half and near the end of the game. One forced a punt, while the other put Baltimore in a 2nd-and-18 situation.

Buffalo’s former first-round pick, admitted after the game that he was inspired by the veteran linemate alongside him on the defensive interior.

“It was just a point of emphasis from Kyle Williams-give everything you have,” he said. “He’s going to do it for us, that’s how I always feel like I should play, do the best I can regardless of the situation. Head down, whatever, just keep pushing until the whistle blows.  Super Bowl champs-you’ve got to do the best you can.  I didn’t know what they had for us, I just wanted to do the best I can.

“We knew we had to anchor down, play low.  Not let them push us around.  We went out there with that on our minds. And we did what we said we were going to do.


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Ravens will challenge Bills vertically

Posted by Chris Brown on September 29, 2013 – 10:15 am

The Ravens on their own merit like to stretch the field with deep passing routes knowing they have a quarterback with a cannon for an arm in Joe Flacco. After seeing Buffalo get victimized a few times in the past two weeks on deep balls, the Bills are expecting them to throw downfield every bit as much as they usually do if not more today.

“I think what we’ll be challenged with again is this team more than any of the teams we’ve played before consistently challenges you vertically down the field,” Bills head coach Doug Marrone told Buffalobills.com. “They run quite a bit of vertical routes and they always have someone coming underneath. The one thing they’re doing is they’re hitting some of that
underneath stuff and running after the catch for first downs. So they have some speed, but the quarterback is an elite quarterback. He’s going to find those guys.”

Baltimore ranks 12th in the league in completions of 20 yards or more with 11 in their first three games.


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Flacco all for starting rookie QBs right away

Posted by Chris Brown on September 25, 2013 – 2:39 pm

Ravens QB Joe Flacco was a first-round pick just like EJ Manuel, and just like Manuel he started right away. Looking back on it now Flacco is in favor of getting out on the field instead of sitting and watching for a year, provided the signal caller has the right mental make up.

“If you feel like you have a guy who’s mentally tough then it’s always better to start right away,” he said. “I mean, there’s no better place then in games to really grow and get that experience and become better. You can’t really reproduce that in any way even if you’re practicing really well it’s tough to get that same kind of game-like situation. So I always say if you feel like you have a guy that’s mentally tough enough and can handle losing some games or not always playing to like how they always should, then that way is the best way to go.”

Flacco feels as though his career benefited from being thrown into the lineup as a rookie.

“There’s no doubt about it. Not only does it help you learn and get better, it just gives you a lot more confidence to get in there Day 1 and just go after it,” he said. “When you sit on the bench for a year or two then you kind of just start to lose that confidence and all that stuff that you had and developed over the last couple of years when you were in college. I think when you’re thrown into the fire right away you just feel like they had confidence in you and that gives you the ability to keep that confidence you had. The longer you sit on the bench and the longer you don’t play I think the more you just start to doubt yourself.”


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Tasker’s Super Bowl prediction: OT

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 1, 2013 – 10:00 pm

Former Bills great Steve Tasker will have a sideline view of Super Bowl XLVII this Sunday. And he thinks he may be putting in some overtime.

Tasker appeared as a guest on The John Murphy Show Friday night. He’s been in New Orleans all week getting ready for his role as a sideline reporter on the CBS TV broadcast of the Super Bowl.

Tasker told host John Murphy the Baltimore Ravens matchup with the Forty Niners is going to be close.

“I can’t pick a winner in this, even if I wanted to,” Tasker said. “But I think this Super Bowl looks more like an overtime game than any other Super Bowl game I’ve ever been around.”

“The unstoppable force meets the immovable object in this game. I think it’s going to be an overtime game, and I couldn’t tell you who’s going to win it.”

Tasker did say the Forty Niners solid defense is going to be tested by Ravens QB Joe Flacco and his ability to throw the long ball.

“Joe Flacco is throwing the football better than any quarterback has in the National Football League for the last five years. This guy is making throws that most teams won’t even ask their quarterback to think about. And not only are the Ravens asking Joe Flacco to make those throws, they’re calling the plays specifically so Joe Flacco can. This guy makes throws nobody else can. He’s the most accurate deep-ball passer I’ve ever seen. And he’s got as strong an arm as anybody who’s ever played this game.”

The entire interview with Steve Tasker is available at buffalobills.com\johnmurphyshow


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