Ravens quarterback Steve McNair had a full day of practice today and will start Sunday in New Orleans. He'll continue to get most of the reps, though backup Kyle Boller is receiving a few more than usual. Just in case.
McNair went through "all his paces" yesterday, so coach Brian Billick could determine whether his quarterback could get through the fatigue today. "And he seemed to be doing real well," Billick said.
It helps when you're not being drilled in the head by an entire defensive line.
"He seems fresh, ready to go," tight end Todd Heap said. "You couldn't tell anything about a concussion or anything. Basically, it's like the normal Steve out there."
As for how the offense should operate with Billick calling the plays, Heap said there won't be any drastic changes. "Hopefully, we'll be able to throw the ball downfield more," he said, "and hopefully that will open up the running game."
That would qualify as a change.
The Ravens practiced indoors, giving them more of a feel for what awaits them on Sunday - without the ear-shattering noise.
"That building, the noise doesn't go anywhere. It's as hard a dome to play in as there is," Billick said.
The Ravens already know they'll be the villains against a team that has captured the hearts of America - if that's not over-dramatizing it.
"Of course we'll go in there as the bad guys," linebacker Bart Scott said. "I don't mind being the bad guy. I sort of like it."
"I've been in that building when it's cranked up," Billick said. "Obviously they're the sweethearts of the league. Everybody loves them, and deservedly so. You go in and beat them, you may as well beat up on Mother Teresa. 'You scums. What are you doing?' But that's what we're going to try to do."
"You know all their fans, everybody, is going to be pumped up," Heap said. "It's going to be loud in there, so they're going to have that advantage. But they're playing great as it is, without the support of everybody else. We know it's going to be a tough ballgame for us this week."