| Oct 10, 2011
| 10:00 AM
Last season there were a total of five new teams in the NFL’s 12-team playoff format. Given surprisingly slow starts in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Indianapolis and elsewhere this season, that number could easily rise. At the quarter pole, here are six...
| Dec 12, 2011
| 8:00 AM
The Ravens did their thing again Sunday, beating the winless Indianapolis Colts in another anxiety-free game. But that doesn’t mean the Ravens didn’t feel anxious afterward as they watched other AFC contenders handle their business, too,...
| Dec 15, 2011
| 9:17 AM
Ravens 17, Chargers 14
Forget the six-hour flight to the West Coast. The Ravens' offense is balanced, defense is smothering. The Ravens are peaking at just the right time.
Chargers 27, Ravens 23
The Ravens have struggled this...
| Dec 17, 2011
| 3:06 PM
No more messing around with pretenders.
We won’t know after tonight if the Chargers can finish their run, but we’ll know if it was over before it really started.
The Baltimore Ravens (10-3) and their very scary defense come to Snapdragonny...
| Dec 18, 2011
| 1:28 PM
Of the Ravens' remaining opponents, the toughest might be the 6-7 San Diego Chargers, who were the consensus favorites to win the AFC West before the season. The Chargers have been one of 2011's biggest disappointments, but they pose a serious threat to...
| Dec 19, 2011
| 4:31 AM
Before the opening kickoff Sunday night, the Ravens knew that the Tennessee Titans and New York Jets had both lost earlier in the day, meaning that for a franchise-record fourth consecutive year, the Ravens were going to the playoffs.
But that's never...
| Sep 9, 2011
| 1:30 PM
I'm not very good at making preseason predictions. Two years ago, I picked the Giants to beat the Chargers in the Super Bowl. Last season, I wrote a column saying the Ravens would go all the way, and they might have had they not fallen apart against the...
| Sep 9, 2011
| 8:02 PM
Super Bowl¿ champion: Patriots
AFC¿ championship game: Patriots over Texans
NFC¿ championship game: Saints over Packers
AFC division playoffs: Patriots over Chargers; Texans over Steelers
NFC division playoffs: Packers over Eagles;...
| Dec 20, 2011
Chargers will surprise
Los Angeles Times
The stunner here is the Chargers. I think they are going to sneak into the postseason, despite their six-game losing streak, by winning their final two games at Detroit and Oakland and relying...
| Sep 16, 2011
| 7:33 AM
For nine seasons, Matt Hasselbeck was synonymous with the Seattle Seahawks and the NFC West.
But for at least one year (2001), Hasselbeck was the starting quarterback for the Seahawks when they resided in the AFC West and faced the Denver Broncos, Kansas...
| Sep 18, 2011
Todd Haley is focused on the future but drawing inspiration from the past.
The Chiefs coach, whose 0-1 team visits the Lions on Sunday, is at a pivotal moment in his career. His team needs to make a better showing than it did in a 41-7 loss to the...
| Dec 26, 2011
| 1:22 PM
For the Ravens, it's simple: beat the Bengals Sunday, and no matter what else happens, they have a bye and at least one home playoff game.
They'll be the No. 1 seed, with home games until the Super Bowl, if they win and the Patriots lose. They'll be...