Ismail: Ravens offense more consistent, potent


Ismail: Ravens offense more consistent, potent

As we prepare for the AFC Championship, we go behind enemy lines and bring in Ravens radio color analyst Qadry Ismail to break down the Baltimore Ravens.

Perhaps more than any other team, the Ravens have looked like a totally different team in the playoffs. The team limped into the playoffs and fired their offensive coordinator late in the season.

But since Jim Caldwell took over the offense and Ray Lewis announced he would be retiring, the Ravens have rediscovered their fire.

Ismail says the Ravens have a more "consistent, potent offense."

A large part of that offense has been the deep ball.

"I think the one thing Jim Caldwell has shown is that, it's not just about taking shots, but it's about being calculated with your decisions," says Ismail.

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Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

BOSTON (AP)  Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more during Boston's seven-run seventh inning on Wednesday night and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 9-4 for their third straight victory.

Chris Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight games in one season. He allowed three earned runs, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings and received more runs of support in the seventh inning alone than in any previous game this season.

Sam Dyson (1-5) faced seven batters in relief of Martin Perez and gave up four hits, three walks - two intentional - and a wild pitch without retiring a batter. Mike Napoli homered for Texas, which has lost three of four to follow a 10-game winning streak.