When you watch Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, it’s easy to be mesmerized by his video-game cuts or his uncanny tendency to deliver sensational plays immediately after he’s made mistakes. Maybe it's just as important that Jackson is a nice person.
When the Ravens clinched their first playoff berth in four years, the game ball went to an understated 62-year-old who's about to leave his job of 23 years. That man, Ozzie Newsome, is widely admired as the chief architect of the organization.
Only 11 players remain from the last Ravens team that made the playoffs in 2014. Those survivors are counseling younger teammates to cherish the opportunity as they prepare to play the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
Here’s the challenge for Baltimore media: Cover these sessions with Joel Fitzgerald with the same intensity and resources as you do the Ravens this week. Getting the right person in the job of police commissioner is more important than whether or not the Ravens beat the Chargers Sunday. Really.
Hikeen Crampton started the week without tickets for this Sunday's playoff game in Baltimore between the Ravens and the Los Angeles Charges. By Wednesday, a bizarre chain of events landed him two free tickets to the Ravens first playoff appearance since 2014.
After an up-and-down season for the Baltimore Ravens, fans are scrambling to attend a playoff game many didn't think was possible. The Ravens sold out of a batch of playoff tickets they put on sale last week. The team is now selling tickets again for Sunday's home game against the Chargers.
Ravens wide receiver John Brown (hamstring), defensive back Anthony Levine Sr. (toe/ankle), outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (hamstring) and cornerback Tavon Young (groin) — all deemed questionable Friday – will play Sunday against the Browns.
Ravens kicker Justin Tucker said the footballs used for kicking plays in Saturday night's game at the Los Angeles Chargers were "just different than what we’re used to experiencing on your typical NFL Sunday.”
The Ravens will play for the AFC North title Sunday, but they find themselves in the odd position of wooing their own fans back to M&T Bank Stadium. Home games have been sold out this year, but the stands have not generally been full, and the team is searching for ways to excite its audience.