As an encore, Flacco, who racked up team accomplishments since his rookie season in 2008, wants to take his individual game to the next level this season. It won't be easy with increased expectations and the loss of two of his favorite receivers. But if anyone can shrug off all this pressure, it's Flacco.
With a formidable pair of edge rushers in Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil, nose tackle Haloti Ngata and a handful of other pass rushers, the Baltimore Ravens appear to have what it takes to harass quarterbacks. But time won't be on their side Thursday night against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
On that unforgettable January night in Denver, the Ravens walked into Sports Authority Field at Mile High as heavy underdogs — a team that few outside their locker room believed had a realistic chance to defeat quarterback Peyton Manning and the top-seeded Broncos — and left victorious four hours and 11 minutes later.
The Ravens have a new cast of characters on their coverage teams in 2013, but in last week's preseason loss, their punt coverage team experienced the kind of breakdown that plagued them during the playoffs in 2012.
Individually, Ravens right offensive guard Marshal Yanda and left offensive guard Kelechi Osemele solidify their spots on the offensive line. Together, they represent arguably one of the top guard tandems in the league
Wanting to add more depth at wide receiver and give quarterback Joe Flacco a couple of reliable, veteran targets, the Ravens struck deals with wide receiver Brandon Stokley and tight end Dallas Clark, two former Indianapolis Colts who have familiarity with offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell.
Justin Tucker is coming off a dream season for any NFL kicker, let alone a rookie. He missed just three field goals in 2012 and he started to write the legacy of a clutch kicker when he nailed a game-winning kick in Denver and made two more field goals in the Super Bowl. But Tucker isn't dwelling on his accomplishments.
Sam Koch, Morgan Cox and Justin Tucker are pretty much inseparable. Whether they are taking on Joe Flacco and Michael Oher in a heated game of cornhole, hitting the Las Vegas strip in the offseason, or helping the Ravens win football games with clean snaps and clutch kicks, you rarely spot one member of "the Wolf Pack" without seeing the other two trailing a step behind.
Jonathan Ogden, the first player ever drafted by the Ravens and the pre-eminent offensive lineman of his generation, will reach the pinnacle of individual recognition this weekend when he is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
In attempt to attract more television viewers to the Pro Bowl and also make the game more appealing its players, the NFL and the players union on Wednesday announced major changes to spice up the game's format.
Pitta was a clutch target who was particularly valuable to quarterback Joe Flacco on key third downs and red-zone situations. He is a skilled route runner with arguably the most reliable hands on the Super Bowl champions' roster.
One year ago, Rice was the talk of the NFL following a career-high 2,068 combined rushing and receiving yards in 2011. He was celebrating his newly-minted five-year, $40 million maximum value contract that included a $15 million signing bonus, the highest in league history for a running back.
In his role as an NFL Network analyst, McNabb criticized Rice this summer for fumbling. Rice fumbled twice in an AFC wild-card victory over the Indianapolis Colts and lost a fumble in the second half of the Ravens' Super Bowl XLVII win over the San Francisco 49ers.
The Ravens' regular-season opener against Dumervil's old team — the Denver Broncos — was more than five months away but Suggs was already excited to know he'd be keeping good company in his quest to hit, harass and haul down quarterbacks during the 2013 season.
As Ron Jaworski's annual list of the top quarterbacks in the NFL winds down, we are still waiting for him to reveal the ranking of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. Here's what we do know: Flacco is in Jaworski's top five. Don't be surprised if he goes in the top three.
The Baltimore sports scene is blessed with a bunch of talented bloggers who bring their unique perspective to the conversation. This week, we exchanged emails with Phil Gentile, who blogs about the Baltimore Ravens for Purple Reign.
Dating back to his high school days, the lanky quarterback has inspired tall tales with his rocket right arm. When the Ravens first got a glimpse of it, they knew they could construct their offense around it. With his elite arm strength, Flacco can attack the field vertically and from sideline to sideline, challenging the defense to cover the entire field. Meanwhile, with fearful defensive backs anticipating deep passes, shorter throws are easier to complete and opportunities emerge for the
A former NFL Defensive Player of the Year who's the NFL's all-time active leader with 61 interceptions, Reed signed a three-year, $15 million contract with the Houston Texans following the Super Bowl. He's ranked 18th on the list.
Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie raised eyebrows -- well, he at least raised mine -- last week when he said that his goal for the 2013 NFL season is to be "the best left tackle in the league."
The former Ravens defensive coordinator became the third NFL head coach and fourth member of the Colts franchise to win the award, which is given to an NFL player, coach or staff member who overcomes the most adversity to succeed.
With more diligent preparation this offseason having lost 10 pounds after taking up a boxing regimen, the 2011 first-round draft pick has impressed the coaching staff with how seriously he's taking his job after a lackluster first two seasons. Smith is building on the momentum he started in the postseason.