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Ravens Nest: Win or go home

Ravens news for 12-31-17

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Any talk of the Ravens in the playoffs is premature, because they haven’t earned it — Baltimore Beatdown

Never tell me the odds because the Ravens simply haven't earned their spot in the playoffs. Baltimore has been getting something that, quite frankly, they don't handle well, attention from pundits. Whenever the Ravens start getting some buzz, they proceed to get embarrassed, and Sunday could be no different.

Baltimore's road to the postseason is not that much of a sure thing as everybody believes. Their playoff hopes rest on three games, all of them starting at 4:25 pm ET. Baltimore has their own game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Buffalo Bills take on the Miami Dolphins in South Beach, and the Tennessee Titans return home to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Another prolific pass rusher awaits Ravens LT Ronnie Stanley — The Baltimore Sun

The list of opposing pass rushers Ronnie Stanley has faced is impressive, including the Houston TexansJadeveon Clowney, the Pittsburgh SteelersCameron Heyward and the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Calais Campbell.

Just as he faced Heyward and Steelers rookie T.J. Watt twice thus far, the Ravens starting left tackle will get a rematch with Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap in Sunday’s regular-season finale at M&T Bank Stadium. Stanley helped limit Dunlap to zero sacks and only one assisted tackle in the Ravens’ 20-0 shutout in Cincinnati on Sept. 10, but Stanley had difficulty remembering what he did so effectively.

RAVENS TO DEBUT FAN MIRROR ON RAVENSWALK SUNDAY — BaltimoreRavens.com

Fans will be able to bring the Baltimore Ravens’ facepaint feature to real-life size at Sunday’s matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Ravens will debut their “fan mirror,” which will allow fans to test out the facepaint feature using a tablet camera that will then display the photo on a large television screen. The fan mirror will be part of a booth setup on RavensWalk before the game, and then it will move to the concourse outside Section 125 during the game.

After taking the photos, fans will be able to send them to themselves through email or text message. If they share those photos on social media using the hashtag #RavensFlock, their photos may appear on the RavensVision video boards during the game.

Alex Collins closing in on a 1,000 yard season — Baltimore Beatdown

Collins is the best back the Ravens have had since Ray Rice and though he is not on the latter's talent level, his emergence makes the running back position one of secondary need in the upcoming offseason. He is 105 yards short of 1,000 and the (likely) Vontaze Burfict-less Bengals are the last opponents on the schedule. Collins will need to showcase his now trademark dancer feet and deceptive speed to the corner.