In an unrivaled third act with the 4-2 Arizona Cardinals, whom the Ravens face on Monday Night Football, Carson Palmer is looking much more like the quarterback who gave them fits through the late-2000s than the one who as recently as three years ago looked to be playing himself out of the NFL.
For the first time this season, every set of national power rankings recapped here place the Ravens in the bottom third of the NFL. Their losses of been decided by a total of 17 points, but at 1-4 (1-2 in the AFC North), Baltimore's football team deserves it.
It's time for a little perspective here. There isn't one person or area that has put the Ravens into their current position; it's a culmination of things over the years, some beyond their control. There is no need for a massive rebuilding job, not in the modern era of the NFL.
Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell, who was held to 96 yards rushing in October 2013 to begin the Ravens latest streak without allowing a 100-yard rusher, ended that league-leading streak at 29 games Thursday with 129 yards rushing Thursday.
Across the board, the running game has regressed. The holes aren't often there, and when they are, Justin Forsett hasn't hit them like he did a year ago. The proud and experienced unit, under fire, will be challenged by a short week of practice ahead of the AFC North matchup against the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Thursday night.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh, staring at short work-week ahead of Thursday¿s primetime AFC North showdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers with his team the only 0-3 club the AFC, insisted Monday that the Ravens are a ¿very confident football team¿ that will be better for their winless start.
It's a position coach John Harbaugh has never been in as a head coach. The history for 0-2 teams in the NFL is gloomy, and the Ravens' path will get no easier as they prepare to host the AFC North-rival Cincinnati Bengals in their home opener on Sunday.
Trent Steelman traveled an unconventional, twisting path to the Ravens' practice field Saturday after the former Army standout quarterback was signed to a contract years after he first tried out for the AFC North franchise.
As the Ravens start their camp, they do so with a desire to build a smoother path through the playoffs by winning a division title to earn at least one home playoff game. Their bigger goal is earning home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with the top record in the AFC.
There seems to be a fairly significant contingent of NFL fans who are pleased with the Roger Goodell's decision to uphold New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension. Ravens fans should not be among them.
If you're among those who helped keep M&T Bank Stadium full during the Ravens' 5-11 season in 2007 and again during the 11-5 turnaround in 2008, you're part of the reason the team has the fourth-best fans in the NFL.
It is important to know the outcome of the NFL's investigation because it might involve draft picks. If the league is heavy handed, maybe they will fine the team and take a way a top draft pick or two from New England, which has nine overall selections.
I think most of these end-of-season news conferences are pretty worthless, especially since the season ended more than six weeks ago. But there was one thing that owner Steve Bisciotti said that should be a major goal for the Ravens in 2015.
The Ravens divisional round game against the Patriots has fans and the media in both locales buzzing, with anticipation to face a familiar foe taking hold in Baltimore while something resembling fear has swept New England.
A block by Kelechi Osemele bought Joe Flacco the time he needed to escape the pressure and find wide receiver Torrey Smith in the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown pass during the Ravens' 30-17 AFC wild-card playoff win at Heinz Field.