While the Ravens and Minnesota Vikings will clash Sunday for the first time since 2013, a few of the individuals involved will have some familiarity with each other.
When coach John Harbaugh and quarterback Joe Flacco joined the Ravens in 2008, Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer was the defensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals. And for six seasons, the opposing sides tangled twice per season.
Flacco said knowing Zimmer aided him in his preparation this week for a Vikings defense that has Zimmer’s fingerprints all over it.
“It definitely helps, the fact that we’ve seen that style of defense before,” Flacco said...