In his 13 years in the NFL, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has seen just about everything that a crazed, caffeine-infused defensive coordinator could possibly scribble on a whiteboard in the wee hours of the morning. But the Ravens tried their best to give him something different to think about on Sunday night.
The Ravens get a chance for some regular-season revenge on Sunday night against the New England Patriots, the team that beat them in January's AFC championship game. But for whatever reason, this rivalry game doesn't seem to have its usual juice. Maybe it's because Terrell Suggs is injured and therefore quiet. Maybe it¿s because Billy Cundiff and Lee Evans are gone. Or maybe it's because both teams are coming off losses. Still, despite the lack of buzzing coming into Sunday night, you can count on the energy and emotion ramping up as soon as the lights come on at M&T Bank Stadium, where the Ravens haven't lost in nearly two years.
Four years ago, when Jameel McClain was in his rookie season with the Ravens, the undrafted free agent out of Syracuse first made his presence felt as a pass rusher. The gritty linebacker only had 16 tackles in 2008, but he recorded 2.5 sacks and a pair of safeties -- one more than Ray Lewis has in his long career.
Heading into a pivotal game Sunday night against the New England Patriots, the third-ranked defense from last season has plummeted to 27th overall. The Ravens already have allowed 808 yards of total offense, giving up an average of 5.6 yards per play.
The Ravens will play their first road game of the season Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, a team that ran at will against the Cleveland Browns in Week 1 and intercepted four passes but needed a late touchdown drive to win, 17-16. That's because Michael Vick threw four picks himself.
Amongst the many options that Philadelphia has in quarterback Michael Vick, wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin and tight end Brent Celek, LeSean McCoy may be the most significant piece of the offensive puzzle.
Each Wednesday, blogger Matt Vensel will highlight five statistics that really mean something for the Ravens. This week, he looks at Joe Flacco's success with the deep ball against the Bengals, Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick's struggles with sacks, and more.
After aggravating his strained right shoulder during the Ravens preseason finale, rookie outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw declared that he's ready to play in the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.
With three teams making the playoffs and two winning 12 games during the regular season, the AFC North was arguably the NFL's most competitive division last season. Unfortunately for the Ravens, it figures to be hyper-competitive again in 2012 -- well, except for anything involving the hapless Cleveland Browns.
Convinced that maintaining his mobility is the key to remaining a force at age 37, Ravens All-Pro middle linebacker Ray Lewis dieted and exercised his way down to his lightest weight since he was a rookie.
When Terrell Suggs went down with a torn right Achilles tendon in late April, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that second-round draft pick Courtney Upshaw would start at one of the outside linebacker spots for the Ravens in Week 1. That belief was reinforced this spring when the rookie linebacker from Alabama worked almost exclusively with the first-team defense.
Cary Williams was matched up with Jones on most of the wide receiver¿s catches against the Falcons, though Pees said that the cornerback was ¿close¿ on a couple of the completions and it just came down to Ryan and Jones executing at the highest level.
The Baltimore Ravens' 31-17 preseason victory over the Atlanta Falcons featured a subpar performance by many of the starters and a spirited comeback, fueled by some of the organization's younger players. Here is a look at five players who helped their status and five who may have taken a step back.