This might be a good day to go out and finally knock out the rest of those leaves in the backyard...or head over to Home Depot and stock up on that phony rock salt that you're going to need a lot of next month, because you'd have to be kicking butt in your fantasy league right now to care much about most of today's NFL matchups.
Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin drifted onto the field with his back turned to the play in the third quarter Thursday night, narrowly avoiding a collision with Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones during a long kickoff return.
Although there are five more games remaining on the schedule, the Ravens wouldn't qualify for the playoffs if the season was over today. That's because the Ravens trail two teams for the sixth and final playoff berth in the AFC: the Titans and Steelers heading into Thursday night's rematch against the Steelers.
Everybody was talking before the game about the sub-freezing wind chill factor and the blustery wind that seemed to go in both directions at once, but that apparently was just what the weatherman ordered for the Ravens.
A couple of familiar faces will return to M&T Bank Stadium this weekend, but straits are too dire for the Ravens to focus on getting reacquainted with New York Jets coach Rex Ryan and free safety Ed Reed.
Although Jones' message of encouragement isn't falling on deaf ears, this has been a much quieter season than the 2012 Pro Bowl selection envisioned as he's been unable to replicate his star performance from last season.
As NFL games ebb and flow, they are usually decided by a handful of plays. For the winning team, they are joyfully relived in the locker room after the game. For the losers, those plays linger in their heads beyond the 24-hour rule. This season, the Ravens have been on the losing end more than they are accustomed to.
Heading into Sunday's game at M&T Bank Stadium, one of the few things A.J. Green hasn't done in two-plus NFL seasons is star against the Ravens. In three career games, Green has nine receptions for 122 yards and no touchdowns. He played briefly in a meaningless regular-season finale last season and caught two passes for 26 yards.