In fact, when Bernard Pollard strolled into the locker room before practice the other day, he sounded as if he were getting up for an MMA fight.
"There's no intimidation," the Ravens' fearsome safety said about facing the Patriots. "You have two good teams going against each other. One thing I say to any football player who's intimidated: you're a coward and a punk.
"This is a man's game. This is what it is. I'm going to call it how I see it. You don't fear no man or no team. ... We're going to go out, and we want to out-hit you and out-play you and we want to go to the Super Bowl."
There's another story line: The Ravens plan to play smash-mouth football today.
But that's not exactly a new one.
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