by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (12/9/13) Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil, who sat out Week 14 with an ankle injury, has a chance to play Week 15 at Detroit. Harbaugh said Dumervil is dealing with a bruise in his ankle.
Lardarius Webb bats away four passes Week 14
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (12/9/13) Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb totaled four pass defenses Week 14 vs. Minnesota, which was his second-highest total this season behind his seven pass defenses Week 10 against the Bengals.
Webb has 19 pass defenses through 13 games and needs just one more to tie his career high. Webb had five solo tackles Sunday and now has 62 tackles through 13 games. He needs just five more tackles to tie a career high.
James Ihedigbo records season-high 12 tackles
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (12/9/13) Ravens safety James Ihedigbo recorded double-digit tackles for a second straight game, finishing with a season-high 12 tackles (seven solo) during a 29-26 win Week 14 vs. Minnesota. He has 22 tackles (11 solo) in his last two games.
Ihedigbo also had a pass defense and one forced fumble Sunday. Ihedigbo has a career-high 87 tackles (53 solo) and 10 pass defenses through 13 games.
Ravens survive Vikings' fourth-quarter surge
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (12/8/13) The Vikings and Ravens were mired in quite the defensive battle Week 14, as both teams tried to get their footing amid heavy snowfall. But the end of the game turned into quite an entertaining back-and-forth affair, as there was five lead changes in the final 2:05.
The Vikings held Baltimore to one touchdown through three quarters and Baltimore held Minnesota to two field goals in three quarters. Minnesota didn't get its first touchdown until early in the fourth quarter, and Baltimore didn't get its second touchdown until there was 2:05 remaining on a 1-yard catch from Dennis Pitta.
The Vikings then reclaimed the lead at 19-15 after Toby Gerhart scored on a 41-yard touchdown run with 1:27 left. Immediately after Gerhart's touchdown, Jacoby Jones returned the ensuing kickoff 77 yards for a touchdown, putting Baltimore ahead 22-19.
The fun didn't stop there. Cordarrelle Patterson put Minnesota back ahead 26-22 with 45 seconds remaining after taking a reception 79 yards for a touchdown. The Vikings defense needed to make just one more stand to come away with the win, but it could not. Marlon Brown tallied a 9-yard touchdown with 4 seconds remaining, as Baltimore secured a 29-26 win.
The Vikings, who lost running back Adrian Peterson to a foot injury in the second quarter, finished with 379 yards, including 114 rushing. Baltimore recovered one fumble and surprisingly had no sacks. Baltimore is back in action Week 15 at Detroit.
Ravens clear five injured players for Week 14
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (12/8/13) Ravens defensive end Chris Canty (shoulder), cornerback Asa Jackson (thigh), wide receiver Brandon Stokley (knee), cornerback Lardarius Webb (abdomen) and cornerback Jimmy Smith (concussion) were all cleared to play Week 14 vs. Minnesota. Everyone was listed as questionable except for Smith, who was probable.
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The turnover on the Ravens defense following the Super Bowl was alarming but the team did a very nice job picking up veteran and rookie talent to fix the holes. The most notable signing is linebacker Elvis Dumervil, who should replace Paul Kruger effectively as a pass rusher. Dumervil had his best career stats as a 3-4 outside linebacker with the Broncos. Michael Huff will replace Ed Reed and rookie Matt Elam will replace Bernard Pollard. Arthur Brown should begin his NFL career following in Ray Lewis' foot steps and Chris Canty and Marcus Spears add quality veteran depth to the Ravens' defensive line. Throw in Jacoby Jones returning kicks and punts and suddenly the Ravens DST is back on the map as a legit Fantasy option. It's worth one of your last two picks on Draft Day. Just be warned that they get off to a tough start at Denver in Week 1. (Updated 5/15/13)