Admittedly, it was tough to watch the Ravens get undressed on national television Sunday night, but that ugly loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers -- much of it self-administered -- was not a symptom of some irreparable flaw in the team or the organization.
Every team has injuries, but in Cincinnati's case, the team's top playmakers have been involved. The team's No. 1 receiver, A.J. Green, has missed the last two games with a toe injury. The team's top linebacker, Vontaze Burfict, has missed two entire games with a concussion, and parts of two others with a neck injury.
CBS is partnering with the NFL Network to do 16 games on Thursday nights, but the first eight on CBS are the game changers. Getting the rights to the Thursday night games didn't change everything for the network's sports division.
Terrell Suggs was hardly making an excuse, not for last year's regular-season opening, 49-27, loss to the Denver Broncos or an 8-8 campaign that left the Ravens out of the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
As the Ravens hit the practice field Tuesday, one of their AFC rivals was putting the finishing touches on a significant trade. The New England Patriots sent six-time Pro Bowl offensive guard Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for tight end Tim Wright and a 2015 fourth-round pick.
It shouldn't surprise you that most NFL players would rather have Tom Brady or Peyton Manning as their quarterback -- not Joe Flacco -- with two minutes left in the Super Bowl and a championship on the line.
Daniel L. Spuck of Mercer, Pa., has filed a motion against the NFL to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania for "a temporary emergency injunction" on the basis that the Chargers should not have been in the postseason because of a missed call in the Week 17 game between San Diego and Kansas City.
When the Ravens signed Corey Graham to a two-year, $4.204 million contract two years ago that included a $1.2 million signing bonus, they promised him a shot at a role beyond special teams. Two years later, the former Chicago Bears Pro Bowl special-teams ace has emerged as a valuable nickel back and spot starter whom the Ravens would like to retain as an unrestricted free agent.