Community

There is plenty of news and opinion about the Baltimore Ravens online - and lots of opportunity to chat with likeminded fans. The following links are all good places to start.

For UK Ravens fans
@UKRavens – This is the Twitter destination for Ravens fans in the UK. A great stream of news, links and opinions. Also, salty remarks about Buccaneers kickers.
@Poe_Faced – Home of the NFL thoughts of Shane Richmond, editor of this site.
@NFLUK – The NFL’s UK-focused feed. Keep an eye on this as the Ravens’ Wembley game approaches.
UK Ravens on Facebook – home of UK Ravens fans on Facebook
NFL UK Ravens forum – tucked away on the NFL’s UK website is a forum for every NFL team. Here’s where the Ravens fans hang out. It’s pretty quiet but worth an occasional look.

Ravens news and opinion
Official site – Obvious really but the Ravens official site has plenty of updates with news, comment and some pretty good videos. I’m particularly partial to the occasional series Coaches in Cars Getting Coffee
Russell Street Report – Quality fan site that is especially strong on salary cap analysis and film study breakdowns.
ESPN Ravens News – ESPN’s day-to-day coverage is handled by Jamison Hensley but this page also brings in the other Ravens-related stuff from ESPN’s vast coverage. Close to essential.
Baltimore Beatdown – Also fan-driven, Beatdown is part of Vox Media’s network of 100s of sports blogs. There’s often interesting stuff to read here.
Ebony Bird – Another fan-driven networked site, this time from Sports Illustrated. No shortage of opinion to read.
@Ravens – official Twitter feed. If news breaks then it’s usually here first. The team feed is also a good way to keep up with new stuff published on the website.
@jamisonhensley – ESPN’s Ravens correspondent is a good source of Ravens news.
@jeffzrebiec – The Baltimore Sun’s Ravens beat reporter. Another good news source and someone who is often happy to answer questions from Ravens fans on Twitter.
@Ryan Mink – Ravens staff writer and regular tweeter. You’ll find his colleagues Garrett Downing and Sarah Ellison on Twitter too. All three are worth following.

NFL news and opinion
Pro Football Focus – There are lots of general NFL sites but most of them – NFL.com, Sports Illustrated, ESPN etc. – you can probably figure out for yourself. You might not know PFF though, which does detailed post-game analysis and grades every player.
Football Outsiders – Old school NFL stats were not that informative about the game. FO takes a more advanced approach, running all kinds of analysis to assess the value of different positions and tactics. Worth reading, even though the web design is stuck somewhere around 1999.
Smart Football – Not updated as often as it used to be but Chris B Brown’s site is still a goldmine of posts on football strategy and its evolution.
The Inside Zone – a UK-based NFL and college football site with plenty of deep looks at draft prospects and Fantasy tips.
NFL Girl UK – another UK-based fan-driven site, NFL Girl UK has long since left behind its original angle of a woman’s view of the sport and is now regularly updated with posts about the NFL, CFL, college and British American football. Loads to read here.
@MMQB – the whole site is worth following but the Monday Morning QB Twitter feed will keep you up to date with the latest news from Peter King and team.
@MikeFreeman – if you don’t mind never-ending Star Trek references then Mike’s feed is one of the smartest and most progressive on the NFL. His books are excellent too.
@MattBowen – Former Chicago Bear Matt Bowen will teach you a lot about defensive coverages and watching game film.

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