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Without Lamar Jackson, the Ravens aren’t winning the Super Bowl

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Luke Jones and Nestor discuss the Ravens late win over Broncos behind Snoop Huntley and the impact of an apparent PCL injury to Lamar Jackson on season hopes in Baltimore.

Nestor 0:01
I didn’t want to get out in front of it, because it’s football week around here, and we’re winning football games. Luke Jones joins us now. Hope you read my column nests on the aftermath, Luke will be trickling in with all sorts of thoughts on the backside of the game. But the first thought is, how’s Lamar doing? Luke? Because like that’s, that’s everything right? Like, as quick as Lamar can get up, this team will have a chance again. And that’s not that’s not to dissuade Snoop from doing what he did on Sunday. But Sunday was sort of a breathtaking win and a lot of ways because people will remember that one.

Luke 1:51
Yeah. And it’s reality that Lamar Jackson’s health is all that matters right now. Little kid they won 10 to nine times is going to tell whether the Ravens actually won on Sunday or not. I mean, that’s just the truth. We can talk about Tyler Huntley, who certainly did what he needed to do on the final drive of the game. And that was great to see against a tough Denver defense. And we talked about this Denver defense going into Sunday’s game that didn’t expect the ravens to just march up and down the field. Without any resistance. The defense holds Denver to three field goals held the Broncos outside of the red zone. And what’s funny about this is you look at Russell Wilson, statistically, it was actually one of his better games of the year in terms of yards per passing attempt QBR but no touchdowns, Broncos worst offense in the NFL in terms of scoring, and that continued on Sunday. So we can go through your special teams, a great kick coverage. And we saw that a show up on a number of occasions throughout Sunday’s game. But it comes back to the health of Lamar Jackson, how long is he going to be out when assuming he does return before the seat before season’s end? And I think that’s the expectation. What does he look like? And if this team is going to make a run it assuming it makes the playoffs and I still think they’ll make the playoffs. So though certainly the AFC North complexion changed pretty dramatically on Sunday with Lamar is health and with what the Bengals did against Kansas City. But it comes down to is Lamar Jackson going to be right? Is he going to be upright? Is he going to be mobile? And is this ravens offense going to be able to write itself and we just don’t know those answers. Certainly didn’t know those answers after the game on Sunday and John Harbaugh and company wanted to dwell on the positive which I get. It’s an emotional game. It’s the NFL you never apologize for a win. But reality suggested Sunday was one of those days where we’re gonna have to find out whether this is a day that we’ll remember because of a 10 Nine win. Or we’ll remember because the Ravens season and their chances for doing something special in 2022 came to an end. With all intents and purposes if Lamar Jackson’s not right the rest of the year, we just don’t know and going to be plenty of holding our breath and waiting for updates and what kind of updates we’ll see. But I’m guessing it’s at least for the next couple of weeks probably going to feel very similar to what we looked at last year, which for me, as I wrote it, Baltimore positive.com, even in victory tickets very difficult for the ravens to fight off that feeling of deja vu. 51 weeks after Lamar hurt his ankle in Cleveland, which this was the last play the first quarter. In that game. It was the first play of the second quarter. So you know, it was very eerie in that way. And I think it’s really going to be a case where time is going to tell whether this was a nice win and a win to kind of keep themselves in position in the AFC north. Or if this is going to be more of a beginning of the end kind of situation we just we don’t know but that’s reality when you’re talking about the health of your franchise quarterback in early December.

Nestor 4:59
What Some nice win. I mean for what it was to come out of that game with a win, snatching defeat out of the, or wins out of the jaws of defeat, because it was, it was bleak. And let’s change strategy a little bit. I mean, we’ll get to James krochet, throwing the past which that needs to be gotten through, because that really happened. And that could have cost them the game thinks it could cost them the game fine. But things that could have won the game for the Broncos, I was just blown away. Then when it came to nut cut time for them with a couple of minutes left to go in the game. They were trying to throw the bomb. Like, I don’t know why they didn’t try to really just grind it out and run the ball. They all they needed was one field goal to win the game. Right? Literally, right. That’s where they were. And I found their strategy to be very, very curious. Obviously, their coaches getting fired, right. I mean, that’s, that’s pretty apparent. That thing’s a mess. But there were other ways the Ravens could have lost that game on Sunday, including self inflicted wounds, like throwing interceptions from backup wide receivers, you’ve never thrown a pass and in, in an organized football from what we understand.

Luke 6:05
Yeah. I mean, you really saw the reasons why, despite the fact that they have a top five defense, the Broncos are three and nine. Yeah, their offense has been awful. Russell Wilson has been bad. Certainly Nathaniel Hackett, as you mentioned, it’s a matter of the only question is really, whether he’s going to survive the entire season. Or he’s going to get fired and put out of his misery by you know, before Christmas, which I don’t think that’s going to happen. I mean, some people draw some comparisons, and I even heard a few of the Denver reporters, I overheard them in the press box after the game. They’re kind of saying, well, Urban Meyer didn’t make it through last year in Jacksonville. But there were circumstances beyond what was happening on the field that led to that with Urban Meyer, as far as you know, just how he was conducting himself and what have you. I don’t think Hackett’s a bad guy in the way that you looked at some of the things that happened with Meyer and you really question What the heck was going on, but it’s a disaster. And you have a football team that is averaging roughly 14 points. I think they’re just under 14 points per game, after what we saw on Sunday. I mean, since 1976, that’s that’s ridiculous. I mean, we talked about some of the issues that Ravens have had offensively. I mean, it pales in comparison to what Denver’s done or what they haven’t done, I should say. So you said it. I mean, it’s it’s a team that led for most of the game. And at times, it felt like they needed to be more aggressive and they weren’t. And then there were other times, like you said, where they’re throwing deep balls when

Nestor 7:32
they were on the 48 yard line with five and a half minutes left to go. Like literally two first downs there they kick a field goal, Lamar, Lamar, and Snoop gets the ball back at the two minute warning, Harbaugh would have to start burning timeouts. I mean, like, I don’t know what they were doing. Like when they when they threw the first bomb. I’m like, Alright, fine. Your second and 11 get to get back in the huddle and let him run the ball in his swing, pass do something. I was just blown away that they just allow the Raiders to get the ball back with five minutes left to go with the side of the pond. It was crazy.

Luke 8:05
Yeah, I mean, it’s like I said, no, they have no feel for the game right now whatsoever. The Broncos coaching Russell Wilson’s had this issue all all season long. At times, I felt they needed to be more aggressive. Like early in the game, they run in that third down and they they try a 52 yard field. Well, now McMahon has made it. But it was a case where Why are you running there? I mean, don’t you want to continue this drive rather than just settling for three. And then as you mentioned, some times where it felt like it made more sense to, you know, be maybe not completely conservative, but at least be a different kind of aggressive than what we saw in there. And they’re chucking deep ball. So it made no sense. Again,

Nestor 8:48
literally, right. I mean, yeah, I mean, but

Luke 8:51
you just look at that team, and they lost 10 to nine, they’ve lost games like that all year, you know, whether it’s 13 to 10, or 1413 10. Nine, I think they want 12. Nine, they had a final score of that. So I mean, it’s, it’s where they been the other defense has been excellent. I think when you look at the ravens, I mean, certainly, you don’t want to be in a position where you’ve scored three points as you’re making your final drive of the game in the fourth quarter. I’m not saying that that’s acceptable. But if you were told me, Lamar Jackson goes down at the end of the first quarter and Snoop Huntleys their quarterback, I’m guessing against the Broncos defense, I’m gonna say, wow, they probably didn’t score very many points. So that part of it’s less surprising. But the Ravens found a way. I don’t want to sit here and say that this was an impressive win. It was champion.

Nestor 9:38
Three. I mean, we’re not going to do that. Right. I mean, it’s a victory there.

Luke 9:42
But I’m not gonna throw a parade about it either. As my point my point is, this is what the Broncos have been all year. You know, if people could say well, and even John Harbaugh talking to in the postgame press conference saying well, that’s still Russell Wilson over there. Is it?

Nestor 9:56
I mean, this was

Luke 9:58
like, as I said, this was One of his better performances of the year that shows you how bit bad it has been for them. So I’m not saying that to be dismissive of the Ravens winning a football game, it’s just it comes back to what we’re going to continue to say throughout our conversations. Not just as we’re talking now, but until he’s back on the field. And we see he’s right, it comes back to Lamar Jackson, it comes back to the state of this offense, it comes back to when he’s going to be on the field and what he’s going to look like whenever he is back on the field. And because that’s what’s paramount? Yeah, I mean, we, we can talk about the passing game, we can talk about the lack of, of weapons on the offensive side of the football, which holds true whether it’s Huntly or Lamar Jackson at quarterback. But as I said, on Sunday, it really will look back at it and time is going to tell whether that was a win that kind of kept them on track. And Lamar is back after one game two games, whatever it ends up being, and they’re fine, and they still have a chance to make a run and get themselves going for January. Or if it’s a case where he misses more time, or he comes back and he’s not right. And it’s a diminished version of Lamar Jackson physically, then we’re gonna say that the season, like I said, it was kind of the that game where you’re gonna look back and say, yeah, things kind of ended right there. And then but as I, as I alluded to, it’s nice to get the win. I think as much as you’re going to have that feeling of deja vu. And here we go again, unlike last year, where the Ravens had already lost the week before at Pittsburgh, they lost that day in Cleveland when Mr. Jackson got hurt, even though certainly Tyler Huntley gave them a chance in that football game. We know the Ravens didn’t win again. From the time Lamar got hurt. They at least have a wind under their belt, looking at it this time. But now you talk about the prospects of going on the road to AFC North games where I get it. It’s Pittsburgh and Cleveland. Neither one of those teams have played all that well this year. But

Nestor 12:00
the ravens are not a better team than either way. Certainly not with Tyler Huntley. Right. I mean, if you look at them and say how much better are the Ravens in the Steelers eight weeks ago, 10 weeks ago, how much better than they were they then Jacoby percent and the Browns when the Browns could run the ball and can’t play defense? All the same issues are there, except I’m seeing a better version of the Cleveland team with a quarterback now I’m seeing the better version of Steelers team at least they’ve worked with this kid a couple of weeks. They won a football game this week. And now the ravens are the ones limping as we go into the holidays. It is I think it’s impossible. No matter how big of a fan you are, no matter how big of a sycophant you are, or whether you’re just immediate guy like us looking at this, looking at this ravens team. And as I pointed out in my column is the last time they played good football was when when when have they put together that kind of effort that is going to beat that four o’clock show I watched with Cincinnati and Kansas City or watch what we saw with buffalo the other night, when when’s the last time they look like a playoff caliber playoff winning football team? It’s been a while Luke it really has been.

Luke 13:09
Yeah. And I think it’s really what you said the ladder of what you said a playoff winning caliber team. I mean, they’re they’re aiming for let’s let’s you know, let’s not diminish what they have accomplished. And I’m not saying that that means that they’re a serious top shelf Super Bowl contender, but they’re a playoff team. You know, they’re a division leader

Mestor 13:27
from now, and they go and win in Pittsburgh and Cleveland, we’re going to talk about them differently, right? Well,

Luke 13:31
it depends what it looks like. Let me put you stack wins, you get wins. And that’s where I will come back to as much as we’re talking about the big picture and the Morris health and that being paramount here, which it still is, yeah, you get wins. And you don’t take that for granted. Because you do see what a team like the Denver Broncos looks like right now you I mean, as much as we’re talking about Jacksonville, look what happened to them the following week that shows how difficult it is to be consistent in this league, even if it’s not a dominant consistent if you’re still finding ways to win games, which the Ravens have done. But to go back to your point, as far as when this team really looked top shelf in that way. I mean, we could go back to before the bye week, you know, the New Orleans performance was pretty complete, you know if we’re being honest, but again, competition we’re talking about the saints are talking about the NFC South, you know, so, for me, I really go back to I mean, the first half of the Buffalo game that late in the Cincinnati game. I mean, we’re talking this is late September early.

Nestor 14:31
I remember then playing Cincinnati, I literally don’t remember much of that game to be honest, like eons ago,

Luke 14:36
and well, it was I mean, the Ravens weren’t firing on all cylinders offensively at that point. And Cincinnati was really finding themselves or trying to find themselves at that point. But if you want to talk about the last time, they really like it really felt like it was humming. I don’t know do you go back to the New England game? I mean, that’s you look at they scored 37 points in that game. Remember the Defense Force dollars takeaways in the fourth quarter? So

Nestor 15:03
I’m gonna say this to you about their team and their offense and Lamar has value and his money okay? If Lamar doesn’t look like Lamar and I don’t mean passing because he’s gonna overthrow he’s gonna He’s I get it but his ability to shake and bake his ability to go the distance on any play he doesn’t have that in his legs literally if he doesn’t it’s like watching Russell Wilson run around and saying oh, he’s lost half a step he suddenly looks like Johnny Unitas in San Diego right like that’s what happens when you’re a fast quarterback and you’re not fast this week this week right here right now Lamar looked fast in New Orleans Lamar looked fast against Cincinnati Lamar look like a factor and and a threat to take the ball to the house and break your legs every time if keeping up the steps the I don’t we’ve all had bad legs we all he’s playing professional football to think that he’s gonna go be out you can the Steelers, safeties and linebackers in five days is that’s not realistic. I mean for his wheels. And I think without his wheels, because we’re talking about when did the Ravens look great? They look great when Lamar can throw it or run it and when he has people to throw it to and people to block for him so he can run it. So it for me it has it starts with Lamar looking like Lamar and I mean physically like Lamar, because week to week, the passing could be in it could be out whatever, but if he’s healthy, he’s a hell of a threat. He’s a $50 million quarterback when he’s healthy. You know, he had been healthy a little while now he’s less than healthy. It it’s hard to like the Ravens right now. It’s it would be hard to go on to my mobile wagering get you under Wi Fi free right now. I bet nesta.com that if you do that. Will anybody bet on the Ravens winning the Super Bowl today? I don’t think so. And if the narrative is this thing turns around and they win a game or two and Lamar comes back and they go beat buffalo beat Kansas City. You and I are in Phoenix in 10 weeks, give or take right? Eight nine weeks, give or take. i That is such an unlikely narrative from where they are. And that kid walking up into the locker room on Sunday. It just it feels like they’re a long way away. To your point. It feels like oh, boy, the circling of the train has begun because that’s where that’s what happens when Lamar is not healthy. Because we talked about the last time they looked great. Lamar looked great. Lamar looked healthy look Spry, he looked fit. He looked fast, you know?

Luke 17:37
Yeah, no question about it. And I want to be clear, when you say circling the drain it, that’s what we’re talking about it in terms of this team Super Bowl aspirations. I mean, there are still there are still a number of scenarios between the season being completely over and winning the Super Bowl that could occur that I mean, they’re eight and four. I mean, I don’t think they’re going to lose out like they did last year, even if Lamar doesn’t come back for better make

Nestor 18:03
the playoffs? Sure. Yeah. I mean, yeah, I’m worried about that. These are row games in the division, like, I mean, in any year, and even if Cleveland had Spurgeon win, and the Steelers had Tommy Maddox, I still would look at them and say, you get to go there and win and you got to go win with half your team at this point. It’s not the full complement of a Ravens team here. This is this is December football. I mean, you’re not going to be healthy. You just have to hope your quarterbacks healthy.

Luke 18:30
Yeah. And that’s where I mean, you made the point about whenever Lamar is back in the field, whether it’s by chance, it’s this week, or next week or week after that. I mean, who knows? I mean, you’re seeing a lot of the early speculation that we saw on Sunday evening, some David Charles of the Twitterverse. You know, the medical types that look at video and try to analyze. Now they’re talking about it being a PCL injury, which is the back of the knee. If you recall, that was actually the original Rashad Perriman injury his rookie year, which, you know that that was something where it wasn’t thought to be a season ending injury at first, and we know how that went. So I’m not gonna say that that’s what it is. But if that means it’s a tricky situation where Okay, Lamar Jackson after one week, or two weeks or three weeks, is he healthy enough to play? Is that the same thing as him being fully mobile and fully explosive and fully healthy? That’s a different animal. And that’s where we go back to all the other concerns about this offense, whether you’re talking about the lack of weapons in the passing game, whether you’re talking about the health of the running backs, you know, I mean, let’s face it, Gus Edwards since coming back hasn’t looked at as promising as it looked. When he first returned back

Nestor 19:42
more like Nick job coming back, quite frankly, which is not as effective as what the other guy used to be.

Luke 19:48
Yeah, yeah. But you know, no, Ronnie Stanley on the field, and what’s JK Dobbins gonna look like as he’s back practicing now? I mean, there’s just so many question marks that don’t change whether it’s Lamar or Tyler Huntley. I Behind center. But it really is a case of with Lamar specifically we talk about this all the time, everything they do, whether you’re talking about running backs carrying the ball, whether you’re talking about receivers and their ability to get open, whether you’re talking about the offensive line and their ability to run, block or pass protect, it all comes back to what the legs and the athleticism of Lamar Jackson. So if he comes back, and he is not a 100% version of himself, and that’s not to say that they’re going to try them out there. If he can barely jog, you know, they’re not going to do that. But to your point, there’s no such thing as 100% and December in January, you know, all of these guys are probably somewhere between 85 and 95. At this point, there are very few guys in the locker room at this point in the season that are completely, fully healthy. So what does that look like? And what does that mean for the rest of this offense? It means everything else becomes that much more difficult. Look, Tyler Huntley was 27 of 32 on Sunday, and, you know, he did some nice things when he absolutely had to at the end of the football game, but it’s a different standard. You know, people make these comparisons because they expect the world out of out of Lamar, and when he’s not playing at his absolute best people will then see Tyler Huntley do some nice things relative to the lack of expectations for him. And then people start saying silly things like, Oh, they’re moving the ball better with Huntley. They score 10 points on Sunday. I mean, let’s just let’s not, let’s not shine it up to be more than what it is. And that’s not a knock on Huntley. It’s just, it tells you how different how dramatically things change, when you don’t have number eight out there, and he’s not healthy. And he’s,

Nestor 21:37
Damon’s and you sit there and watch burrows and mahomes go out there and look like the best and what they do. And you’re lying. And if we hadn’t been watching that the last couple of weeks here.

Luke 21:45
Yeah, I mean, that what we saw Kansas City and Cincinnati and get the Bengals credit. I mean, they’ve won four straight now they beat Tennessee on the road the previous week. I mean, I feel like the complexion of the AFC north, and I’ve been as guilty of this as anyone thinking that. Yeah, the ravens are going to win this division, they have an easier schedule on paper. And I stressed on paper all along because something like this happens to Lamar Jackson, or Joe burrow or Patrick mahomes, or Josh Allen or whatever franchise quarterback, you want to talk about Jimmy Garoppolo and San Francisco, we’ll see what happens there knowing he’s done for the year. But it changes things up, it changes things dramatically. And now you look at this thing and say, okay, the Ravens won, the Bengals won, they’re tied in the AFC, North ravens still have a tiebreaker. They still have an easier schedule on paper. But boy, the complexion, the outlook of the division feels much different now than it did even at one o’clock on Sunday afternoon. And that’s not to say that the Ravens still won’t find a way to win this division. And that’s not to say Cincinnati is going to win out. We don’t know. But that feels very tenuous, at best to kind of look at that thing right now. Not knowing when you’re going to have Lamar Jackson back on the field. And that’s just reality. And the ravens are gonna have to try to hold down the fort and hope you get Lamar back sooner rather than later. And we’ll see what happens from there.

Nestor 23:06
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Jason Cole of Outkick joins Nestor to discuss all things Lamar Jackson, contract, health and future
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Chris Pika of Blog And Tackle joins Nestor to discuss NFL managing crisis and Ravens handling Lamar
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Quintin Dailey of Planet Fitness gets Nestor motivated for a new year of health and wellness locally
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Leonard Raskin and Nestor discuss Ravens world waiting on Lamar Jackson to save January
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Dennis Koulatsos and Nestor discuss playoff consequences for Ravens and Lamar Jackson
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Luke Jones and Nestor go down the playoff road and Ravens path in crowded AFC field for Super Bowl
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Luke Jones and Nestor discuss playoff mystery week around Lamar Jackson and beating Bengals
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Luke Jones tells Dennis Koulatsos realities of Ravens situation headed to Cincinnati before playoffs
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Nestor Aparicio joins Dennis Koulatsos to preview Bengals & Ravens and NFL show goes on after Hamlin
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Neil deMause of Field of Schemes joins Nestor to discuss realities of a free $600 million for Ravens
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John Martin of Maryland Lottery welcomes New Year with new games and 50th Anniversary mojo
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Bill Cole joins Nestor to discuss NFL leadership in crisis and how far Ravens go with Lamar Jackson
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Maryland Crab Cake Tour

Maryland Crab Cake Tour

Hot dogs and crab cakes with Andy

Telling the G&A Restaurant family story from Highlandtown to White Marsh with Andy Farantos. And, yes, french fries and gravy were on the menu!

Putting the Schuh on other foot and interviewing the longtime WJZ reporter

Longtime WJZ reporter Mike Schuh tells Nestor about his new storytelling gig that has shown him new places and the Northern Lights after 27 years in Baltimore on TV Hill.

An eggceptional deal for Weis Rewards members

Our resident Honeygo Weis Markets manager Nick Fischer returns with an eggceptional offer and more curious local history with his passion for old bottles and glass.

From Buffalo to Italy to Baltimore with sports cartoon love

Old old Italiano sports cartoonist Mike Ricigliano discusses his recent soujourn to the motherland and catches up on a lifetime of friendship and sports and their 1984 meeting as colleagues at The News American on Maryland Crab Cake Tour at Gunpowder Lodge.

1st Maryland Crab Cake Tour: Day 3 A Jolly tour on the O.C. boards with The Lord of The Fries at Thrashers and a...

1st Maryland Crab Cake Tour: Day 3 A Jolly tour on the O.C. boards with The Lord of The Fries at Thrashers and a BLU cake and discussing the future of Ocean City with leaders.

The Cultivated tales of 1980s rock and roll glory in Dundalk

Our lifelong pal and local musician Ron West of The Cultivated reunites with Nestor at Drug City in their childhood homeland of Dundalk to discuss the days of Ace Frehley, music of the 1980s and their Ridgemont High band days together at the turn of the century.

Ocean Mayor Rick Meehan kicks off the Maryland Crab Cake Tour in Ocean City

Nestor Aparicio is going to tackle 30 legendary crab cakes across The Free State during the month of August to celebrate three decades of Baltimore chatter and to see the state of Maryland in a new way with new people. Meet Mayor Meehan and see the incredible view and cake at Harrison's Harbor Watch.

In praise of the great Rob Roblin!

Hard to believe it'll be eight years since Rob Roblin stopped doing the news in all of that awful weather! The greatest conversation ever with the legendary WBAL journalist at El Guapo on the Maryland Crab Cake Tour.
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Are you Team John or Team Lou?

Luke Jones and Nestor discuss the outburst, deflection and lies of John Angelos and the mostly quiet Orioles offseason and winter of hope on the field.

Davidson brings his smooth jazz, comedy and soul back home to Maryland this weekend at Baltimore Comedy Factory

Comedian and Silver Spring native Tommy Davidson talks about his smooth jazz collaboration with Dave Koz and the living color of comedy and why his Maryland roots remain deep.

Separating facts from fiction: Lamar Jackson v. Ravens for the money has begun

So much can happen in the coming weeks in regard to a franchise tag and trade – or a miracle signing of Number Eight. Luke Jones and Nestor assess the Ravens circumstances and all of their options with Lamar Jackson this offseason in this deep purple dive.

Burrowing in for another unlikely Super Bowl run?

Luke Jones and Nestor assess the wreckage of the Buffalo Bills and who is going to Super Bowl LVII in Glendale? Great AFC and NFC Championship Games ahead on Sunday.

Waiting for John Angelos to show us the financials of the Baltimore Orioles

Longtime journalist and baseball scribe Thom Loverro of The Washington Times joins Nestor to discuss the angry words of John Angelos and the future of Camden Yards and Orioles baseball.

A purple and orange local sports poet – and we didn’t even know it?

Our Chief Digital Officer Mike Rosenfeld of Web Connection takes Nestor on amazing journey through the power of Artificial Intelligence and the power of AI technology.

How will Lamar Jackson negotiate his best deal?

Now that we've heard Eric DeCosta and John Harbaugh profess their burning desire to keep Number 8 in a purple jersey, Leonard Raskin and Nestor discuss the fans' understanding of the business of football and taxes and counting the money of Lamar Jackson.

Reimagining a new, beautiful Inner Harbor for our children

Visionary Rebecca Hoffberger shares her vision for the future of Baltimore prosperity with Nestor. Big thanks to The Baltimore Fishbowl for this inspired story and TBC for this amazing image.

What comes after you hit the big one?

John Martin of Maryland Lottery tells Nestor about aftermath of hitting the big one in Mega Millions or PowerBall.

If Ravens and Lamar divorce, what will they tell the fans?

Bill Cole and Nestor discuss the disappointments of recent Ravens seasons and the apparent souring of the Lamar Jackson relationship in Owings Mills.

Who will be willing to pay Lamar the most – and pay the most for Lamar?

Leonard Raskin and Nestor lament the end of Ravens season and wonder what is ahead for Number 8 and his agent and Steve Bisciotti and Eric DeCosta.

Hot dogs and crab cakes with Andy

Telling the G&A Restaurant family story from Highlandtown to White Marsh with Andy Farantos. And, yes, french fries and gravy were on the menu!

Luke Jones and Nestor clean out the lockers of Ravens and wonder about future of Lamar and franchise

Luke Jones and Nestor clean out the lockers of Ravens and wonder in long form about every aspect of the cloudy future of Lamar Jackson and the disengagement with the franchise.

Putting the Schuh on other foot and interviewing the longtime WJZ reporter

Longtime WJZ reporter Mike Schuh tells Nestor about his new storytelling gig that has shown him new places and the Northern Lights after 27 years in Baltimore on TV Hill.

Picking up the pieces of another lost season with Lamar Jackson

As conjecture and grandstanding about the future of the quarterback position begins, Luke Jones and Nestor pick up the pieces of another lost Ravens season with Lamar Jackson unable to play football after Thanksgiving.

An eggceptional deal for Weis Rewards members

Our resident Honeygo Weis Markets manager Nick Fischer returns with an eggceptional offer and more curious local history with his passion for old bottles and glass.

The end of the road for Lamar Jackson in Baltimore?

Dennis Koulatsos and Nestor believe the Lamar Jackson era has ended in Baltimore

The bitter end of up coming close

Luke Jones joins Nestor to break down how Ravens lost to Bengals to exit playoffs and what happens next for the franchise with so many changes coming.

Finding new ways to play

John Martin of Maryland Lottery gives Nestor details on the almost historic Mega Millions jackpot

So what exactly will Steve Bisciotti be doing with $600 million of free money from your tax dollars?

Longtime stadium and civic money observer Neil deMause of Field of Schemes joins Nestor to discuss the realities of free money for Steve Bisciotti and The Angelos Family via Annapolis in the bonds that were created last year.

Burrowing in for another unlikely Super Bowl run?

Luke Jones and Nestor assess the wreckage of the Buffalo Bills and who is going to Super Bowl LVII in Glendale? Great AFC and NFC Championship Games ahead on Sunday.

How will Lamar Jackson negotiate his best deal?

Now that we've heard Eric DeCosta and John Harbaugh profess their burning desire to keep Number 8 in a purple jersey, Leonard Raskin and Nestor discuss the fans' understanding of the business of football and taxes and counting the money of Lamar Jackson.

Davidson brings his smooth jazz, comedy and soul back home to Maryland this weekend at Baltimore Comedy Factory

Comedian and Silver Spring native Tommy Davidson talks about his smooth jazz collaboration with Dave Koz and the living color of comedy and why his Maryland roots remain deep.

Are you Team John or Team Lou?

Luke Jones and Nestor discuss the outburst, deflection and lies of John Angelos and the mostly quiet Orioles offseason and winter of hope on the field.

Waiting for John Angelos to show us the financials of the Baltimore Orioles

Longtime journalist and baseball scribe Thom Loverro of The Washington Times joins Nestor to discuss the angry words of John Angelos and the future of Camden Yards and Orioles baseball.

If Ravens and Lamar divorce, what will they tell the fans?

Bill Cole and Nestor discuss the disappointments of recent Ravens seasons and the apparent souring of the Lamar Jackson relationship in Owings Mills.

Are you Team John or Team Lou?

Luke Jones and Nestor discuss the outburst, deflection and lies of John Angelos and the mostly quiet Orioles offseason and winter of hope on the field.

Davidson brings his smooth jazz, comedy and soul back home to Maryland this weekend at Baltimore Comedy Factory

Comedian and Silver Spring native Tommy Davidson talks about his smooth jazz collaboration with Dave Koz and the living color of comedy and why his Maryland roots remain deep.

Separating facts from fiction: Lamar Jackson v. Ravens for the money has begun

So much can happen in the coming weeks in regard to a franchise tag and trade – or a miracle signing of Number Eight. Luke Jones and Nestor assess the Ravens circumstances and all of their options with Lamar Jackson this offseason in this deep purple dive.

Burrowing in for another unlikely Super Bowl run?

Luke Jones and Nestor assess the wreckage of the Buffalo Bills and who is going to Super Bowl LVII in Glendale? Great AFC and NFC Championship Games ahead on Sunday.

Waiting for John Angelos to show us the financials of the Baltimore Orioles

Longtime journalist and baseball scribe Thom Loverro of The Washington Times joins Nestor to discuss the angry words of John Angelos and the future of Camden Yards and Orioles baseball.

A purple and orange local sports poet – and we didn’t even know it?

Our Chief Digital Officer Mike Rosenfeld of Web Connection takes Nestor on amazing journey through the power of Artificial Intelligence and the power of AI technology.
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With changes looming elsewhere, Ravens hope to keep offensive line largely intact

A source of frustration in the previous two seasons, the offensive line was among the NFL's best in 2022.

Orioles acquire lefty starting pitcher Cole Irvin from Oakland

The 28-year-old made 30 starts in 2022, posting a career-best 3.98 ERA.

Are you Team John or Team Lou?

Luke Jones and Nestor discuss the outburst, deflection and lies of John Angelos and the mostly quiet Orioles offseason and winter of hope on the field.

Reviewing Ravens’ rookie class after 2022 season

Center Tyler Linderbaum played more snaps than any other Baltimore rookie this season.

Reviewing Ravens’ rookie class after 2022 season

Center Tyler Linderbaum played more snaps than any other Baltimore rookie this season.

Separating facts from fiction: Lamar Jackson v. Ravens for the money has begun

So much can happen in the coming weeks in regard to a franchise tag and trade – or a miracle signing of Number Eight. Luke Jones and Nestor assess the Ravens circumstances and all of their options with Lamar Jackson this offseason in this deep purple dive.
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With changes looming elsewhere, Ravens hope to keep offensive line largely intact

A source of frustration in the previous two seasons, the offensive line was among the NFL's best in 2022.

With changes looming elsewhere, Ravens hope to keep offensive line largely intact

A source of frustration in the previous two seasons, the offensive line was among the NFL's best in 2022.

Reviewing Ravens’ rookie class after 2022 season

Center Tyler Linderbaum played more snaps than any other Baltimore rookie this season.

Reviewing Ravens’ rookie class after 2022 season

Center Tyler Linderbaum played more snaps than any other Baltimore rookie this season.

Separating facts from fiction: Lamar Jackson v. Ravens for the money has begun

So much can happen in the coming weeks in regard to a franchise tag and trade – or a miracle signing of Number Eight. Luke Jones and Nestor assess the Ravens circumstances and all of their options with Lamar Jackson this offseason in this deep purple dive.

Two Ravens players voted to 2022 PFWA All-Rookie team

Safety Kyle Hamilton was recognized for a strong debut season in the Baltimore secondary.

Twelve Ravens Thoughts following divisional-round weekend

Baltimore hasn't hosted a conference championship game since Jan. 3, 1971.

Burrowing in for another unlikely Super Bowl run?

Luke Jones and Nestor assess the wreckage of the Buffalo Bills and who is going to Super Bowl LVII in Glendale? Great AFC and NFC Championship Games ahead on Sunday.

How will Lamar Jackson negotiate his best deal?

Now that we've heard Eric DeCosta and John Harbaugh profess their burning desire to keep Number 8 in a purple jersey, Leonard Raskin and Nestor discuss the fans' understanding of the business of football and taxes and counting the money of Lamar Jackson.

Reviewing Ravens’ rookie class after 2022 season

Center Tyler Linderbaum played more snaps than any other Baltimore rookie this season.

Reviewing Ravens’ rookie class after 2022 season

Center Tyler Linderbaum played more snaps than any other Baltimore rookie this season.

Separating facts from fiction: Lamar Jackson v. Ravens for the money has begun

So much can happen in the coming weeks in regard to a franchise tag and trade – or a miracle signing of Number Eight. Luke Jones and Nestor assess the Ravens circumstances and all of their options with Lamar Jackson this offseason in this deep purple dive.

Two Ravens players voted to 2022 PFWA All-Rookie team

Safety Kyle Hamilton was recognized for a strong debut season in the Baltimore secondary.

Twelve Ravens Thoughts following divisional-round weekend

Baltimore hasn't hosted a conference championship game since Jan. 3, 1971.

Burrowing in for another unlikely Super Bowl run?

Luke Jones and Nestor assess the wreckage of the Buffalo Bills and who is going to Super Bowl LVII in Glendale? Great AFC and NFC Championship Games ahead on Sunday.

How will Lamar Jackson negotiate his best deal?

Now that we've heard Eric DeCosta and John Harbaugh profess their burning desire to keep Number 8 in a purple jersey, Leonard Raskin and Nestor discuss the fans' understanding of the business of football and taxes and counting the money of Lamar Jackson.

Preparing for life after Greg Roman

Luke Jones prepares Dennis Koulatsos for all that happens for Ravens after Greg Roman era

If Ravens and Lamar divorce, what will they tell the fans?

Bill Cole and Nestor discuss the disappointments of recent Ravens seasons and the apparent souring of the Lamar Jackson relationship in Owings Mills.

Ravens inside linebacker Roquan Smith receives PFWA nod for 2022 campaign

The 25-year-old standout was the lone Baltimore player to be named to the PFWA All-AFC team this season.

Twelve Ravens Thoughts following season-ending press conference

Thursday's presser was intended to be -- and needed to be -- very positive in regards to Lamar Jackson and his future in Baltimore.

Ronnie Stanley on Lamar Jackson: “In my mind, I know he’s going to be here”

"This is his team, and this is his offense. The money is not the most important thing with Lamar. He really wants to win."

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Are you Team John or Team Lou?

Luke Jones and Nestor discuss the outburst, deflection and lies of John Angelos and the mostly quiet Orioles offseason and winter of hope on the field.

Separating facts from fiction: Lamar Jackson v. Ravens for the money has begun

So much can happen in the coming weeks in regard to a franchise tag and trade – or a miracle signing of Number Eight. Luke Jones and Nestor assess the Ravens circumstances and all of their options with Lamar Jackson this offseason in this deep purple dive.

Burrowing in for another unlikely Super Bowl run?

Luke Jones and Nestor assess the wreckage of the Buffalo Bills and who is going to Super Bowl LVII in Glendale? Great AFC and NFC Championship Games ahead on Sunday.

Waiting for John Angelos to show us the financials of the Baltimore Orioles

Longtime journalist and baseball scribe Thom Loverro of The Washington Times joins Nestor to discuss the angry words of John Angelos and the future of Camden Yards and Orioles baseball.

How will Lamar Jackson negotiate his best deal?

Now that we've heard Eric DeCosta and John Harbaugh profess their burning desire to keep Number 8 in a purple jersey, Leonard Raskin and Nestor discuss the fans' understanding of the business of football and taxes and counting the money of Lamar Jackson.
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Preparing for life after Greg Roman

Luke Jones prepares Dennis Koulatsos for all that happens for Ravens after Greg Roman era
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If Ravens and Lamar divorce, what will they tell the fans?

Bill Cole and Nestor discuss the disappointments of recent Ravens seasons and the apparent souring of the Lamar Jackson relationship in Owings Mills.
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How will Lamar Jackson negotiate his best deal?

Now that we've heard Eric DeCosta and John Harbaugh profess their burning desire to keep Number 8 in a purple jersey, Leonard Raskin and Nestor discuss the fans' understanding of the business of football and taxes and counting the money of Lamar Jackson.
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What comes after you hit the big one?

John Martin of Maryland Lottery tells Nestor about aftermath of hitting the big one in Mega Millions or PowerBall.
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