What they're saying about the Ravens -- Nov. 29

Here's a look at what other media outlets are saying about the Ravens' 17-10 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 12:

• ESPN.com's James Walker discusses what most Ravens fans are talking about this week — it's Steelers week.


Meanwhile, the Ravens believe they have momentum.

"We wanted to take care of business to get to this game," said Rice, who rushed for 85 yards on 20 carries against Tampa Bay. "The season was set up the way it was supposed to be. I'm just glad we took care of business against everybody else for it to be set up like this."


• Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sprained his foot in the team's overtime win against the Buffalo Bills. His status for next week's matchup with the Ravens is unknown at this time.

"My foot was in the ground and someone was driving me backwards, and my foot couldn't get out of the ground, so my knee just got bent sideways," Roethlisberger said.

The Ravens' offense could have done more in the second half to take some of the pressure off the defense. But it appeared they were content with taking the air out of the ball after getting a two-touchdown lead. The Ravens also have two injury concerns: starting left tackle Michael Oher (sprained knee) and safety Dawan Landry (concussion). Neither player returned after leaving.

• Les Carpenter of Yahoo Sports says Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis' intensity is contagious to the rest of the players on the team.

Safety Ken Hamlin, known himself for a certain ferocity in a near decade as a player, was asked on Sunday if he could even compare the intensity of Lewis to that of anyone he encountered in the league. He paused before suggesting John Randle, a Hall of Fame defensive end who worked himself into such a pregame rage he dabbed huge globs of eye-black across his face. And yet even Randle, Hamilin said, was nothing like Lewis.

No one, he said, was like Lewis.

• The Tampa Tribune's Anwar S. Richardson writes about an incident that occurred after the game between Buccaneers defensive back Aqib Talib and an NFL official.

After the game, Talib followed a group of officials, which included Cheek, and cursed at them as they all walked through the tunnel. The exchange, witnessed by several reporters waiting outside Tampa Bay's locker room, became heated when Talib said, "You made a [expletive] call."

One of the officials responded to Talib by saying, "You played like a [expletive]."

• After losing to the Ravens, Joe Richardson of The Tampa Tribune says the Buccaneers still can't come up with big wins.

But all that, while interesting, shouldn't blur the essential fact about the Bucs. Sunday's loss adds fuel to the argument that the Bucs don't have the kind of "signature" victory that separates the big boys from the playoff wannabes.

At 7-4, they still haven't beaten a team with a winning record and 9-2 Atlanta is coming to town next Sunday. As is his way, Morris rejected the notion that beating an AFC power like the Ravens would have put some positive spin on the legitimacy of the Bucs as a postseason contender.

• In this week's The Fine Fifteen rankings, SI.com's Peter King puts the Ravens at No. 7.

Somehow, I think we're going to see one of the all-time slobberknockers Sunday night in the Inner Harbor when the Steelers come knocking for control of the AFC North.

The Ravens did what they had to do and took care of business at home Sunday against Tampa Bay, winning 17-10. Now the game of the season awaits 8-3 Baltimore: Next week's Sunday night showdown with visiting Pittsburgh, the team the Ravens must get past if they want to avoid going the difficult wild-card route for a third consecutive January.

Baltimore already won at Pittsburgh in Week 4, so a victory next week really represents the chance for John Harbaugh's team to grab a two-game lead with four games remaining. Steelers-Ravens trails only Colts- Patriots in terms of rivalry intensity, and I expect nothing short of one of the NFL's top three games of the year next week at M&T Bank Stadium.

Given the killer-instinct nature of the Ravens' defense and the fact the youthful Bucs had rolled over for good teams earlier this season, blowout potential loomed after intermission. Tampa Bay, though, is growing up. Just like it it didn't cave when down 14-0 at Atlanta earlier this year, the Bucs responded -- inspired by their fiery coach -- and kept the sold-out Baltimore crowd in the seats until tailback Ray Rice put things away with a game-icing first down inside the two-minute warning.

"Sometimes you guys give people too much credit," Bucs offensive tackle Donald Penn said. "Yeah, they're a physical team, but we're a physical team too."

• The Mormon Times' Jeff Call shares a story about former Ravens coach Brian Billick's introduction to BYU in the 1970s.

"I knew that it was a Mormon school," he recalls. "I'll tell you an embarrassing story. I got up there in January. I'm new and lost, and I don't know what's going on. I came out of the Air Force Academy, so I had short hair. They automatically think, 'This guy's going to fit right in.' I'm sizing it all up, and I'm at the Smith Fieldhouse, and I see all these guys running around with 'LDS' on their shirts, which I had come to learn is Latter-day Saints. Well, I'm thinking, 'This must be a co-theological university. There's the Mormons and the LDS.' I go on like this for a couple of weeks, not piecing it together.

"I get to the dining hall and there was a young lady. Being a red-blooded American young male, I sat down and struck up a conversation, trying to make small talk. I ask her, 'Are you Mormon or are you LDS?' She looks at me and says, 'You're a football player, aren't you?' I learned very quickly that they were the same. But it was an easy transition because of the people. I really enjoyed my time there, once I learned the similarities between the Mormons and the LDS."

• A quick injury update from yesterday's game — Buccaneers safety Cody Grimm broke his left ankle, according to TBO.com.


Bucs CB Aqib Talib intercepted Ravens QB Joe Flacco and started running toward the end zone in the second quarter. Talib ran into Ravens WR Anquan Boldin, who fell onto Grimm's ankle while attempting to make a tackle. Grimm was in immediate pain and had to be carted off the field.


"He's our starter," Bucs coach Raheem Morris said. "You lose a starter in a game, the guy is playing well for you, and now you have to go out there with a guy who played limited reps (Sabby Piscitelli) and the guy who didn't have as much of an opportunity to play this week. That's always going to be hurtful, so you have to make up for it."

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]

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