Three of the AFC's top teams got better this week when key contributors returned from four-game suspensions. The most notable is Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who sat out last weekend's against the Ravens. The Texans get back last year's defensive rookie of the year, Brian Cushing, and the Jets will get their first glimpse of wideout Santonio Holmes in white and green (at least in a game that matters).
The Ravens will soon get reinforcements, too, when All-Pro free safety Ed Reed and special teams whiz Brendon Ayanbadejo are activated from the PUP list two weeks from now. And speedy wide receiver Donte' Stallworth is expected to return from a fractured foot sometime in the next few weeks.
The influx of talent will make the Ravens better in all three phases of the game — a scary thought considering they are already considered by many to be one of the AFC's top title contenders.
With a challenging second-half schedule that includes the Falcons, the Texans, the Steelers, the Bengals and the defending Super Bowl champions, the Saints, the Ravens are going to need all the help they can get.