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News » Baltimore Ravens Notes, Quotes 2008-11-06

Baltimore Ravens Notes, Quotes 2008-11-06

Baltimore Ravens Notes, Quotes 2008-11-06
--Joe Flacco won his first AFC Offensive Player of the Week award, a milestone for the rookie quarterback as well as the Ravens.

It's been 52 regular-season weeks in the NFL since the Ravens last had an offensive player of the week (Kyle Boller in Week 14 of the 2004 season).

"I didn't really know until somebody said congratulations," said Flacco, who threw for 248 yards and two touchdowns in the Ravens' 37-27 comeback win at Cleveland. "It just shows you how far we've come as an offense."

--The players were rewarded with their first victory Monday, their first day off following a game all season.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh made the decision to give the players off before the game but didn't let them know until afterward.

"Oh, definitely we earned it," defensive tackle Haloti Ngata said. "We expected to practice on Mondays throughout the whole year. That's kind of the way John Harbaugh coaches, the way he likes (us) to stay focused."

--Kicker Matt Stover needs to kick five straight extra points to set the NFL's all-time record for consecutive point after touchdowns made. Stover has hit 367 in a row, four shy of the mark held by Jason Elam and Jeff Wilkins.

--As the Ravens returned to work after two days off, they still took time to address history.

Harbaugh brought up Barack Obama's election as America's first black president during a team meeting, and the players frequently spoke about after practice.

Wide receiver Derrick Mason will remember when Obama came out with his two daughters before making his victory speech.

"You have two African-American girls walking out and they can always say, 'My daddy was president,'" Mason said. "Then I look at my daughter and my son and say, 'You can be president one day regardless of what the situation is.' It shows you where our country is headed and where the world is headed."

--Ray Lewis III, 14, the son of the Ravens' Pro Bowl middle linebacker, was the first player chosen for the inaugural Football University Youth All-American Bowl, which will be played Jan. 4. He plays for Lake Mary Prep in Central Florida.

BY THE NUMBERS: 88 -- Consecutive passes without throwing an interception for rookie quarterback Joe Flacco.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I don't know if we know going into the game. We'll find out who is going to play more based on how we match up against this football team. Certainly, Ray has expanded himself with the things he can do and the confidence he builds in the coaching staff." -- Ravens coach John Harbaugh, on whether the Ravens will start Willis McGahee or Ray Rice at running back.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: November 6, 2008

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