The Ravens are coming off a 30-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC wild-card round, and they visit the New England Patriots for a divisional playoff game Saturday. As he does each week, columnist Mike Preston took a handful of reader questions about the team.
Since rejoining the starting lineup, Stewart has gone on a bit of a tear and is coming off arguably his top game of the season during the Ravens' 30-17 AFC wild-card playoff win Saturday night over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.
Darian Stewart's interception ended the Steelers' final trip into the red zone during the Ravens' 30-17 win in the AFC wild-card round at Heinz Field. And it gave the secondary a measure of redemption after the unit allowed six touchdown passes in the Ravens' 43-23 loss to Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers on Nov. 2.
As he does each week, Baltimore Sun reporter Childs Walker shares his five biggest takeaways from the Ravens' 30-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC wild-card round at Heinz Field on Saturday.
So here is a little advice to coach John Harbaugh and coordinators Gary Kubiak and Dean Pees: Be imaginative, creative and unchained. In other words, as Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor once said, "go out there like a bunch of crazed dogs."
Heading into Saturday night's AFC wild-card playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field, the Ravens have been outscored, 41-20, in the first half of the past four games. In that span, they have failed to score an offensive touchdown in the first quarter.
Perhaps because of the caliber of player, or perhaps because of the attention special teams gets in Ravens' practice and the precedent that such role players can get a bigger opportunities, the special teams units rank high in multiple relevant league rankings.
When the Ravens signed veteran former New York Giants safety Will Hill to a one-year, $730,000 contract in late July, they did so with the understanding that it would take time before they'd have the opportunity to insert him into the starting lineup.
Inside the Ravens' locker room after midnight following a dreadful performance by the secondary where they were dominated by Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, reserve safety Jeromy Miles wore a T-shirt with an unintentionally fitting two-word message across his chest. It read: "Truth hurts."
First, the Ravens started losing the football. Then, they lost their lead and all their momentum. And finally, they seemed to lose their composure. They now need to act fast to prevent their season from slipping away, too.
Some sportswriters name three stars of the game after the game. I'll do one better: I'm going to name them before the Ravens even play. These will be the three stars of the game when the Ravens travel to Heinz Field in Pittsburgh to try and complete a season sweep over the Steelers.
In a 51-34 victory over the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday, Ben Roethlisberger became the first quarterback in NFL history to have a second 500-yard passing day. The Ravens' best cornerback, Jimmy Smith, won't play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
This week's stats, pertaining to Sunday night's primetime showdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers, focus on how the Ravens are going to stop the Steelers, and whether the Ravens will be able to match them offensively.