After a 2015 season in which they set a franchise low with 383 rushing attempts and finished 26th in the NFL by averaging 92.4 rushing yards per game, the Ravens made fixing their running game an offensive priority. Coach John Harbaugh has said since early in the offseason that the team will stay with the hot hand at running back and that could change on a game-by-game basis.
The football caromed off the hands of Pittsburgh Steelers running back Ben Tate and was bobbled by Terrell Suggs before the Ravens outside linebacker intercepted a Ben Roethlisberger pass in unconventional fashion.
Some sports name three stars of the game after the game. I'll do that 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 (1-1) travel to Cleveland for a third straight division matchup against the 1-1 Browns.
The former Towson Tiger is focused on the extended opportunity he will have as the featured running back for the upstart Cleveland Browns. That the opportunity comes against a Ravens team he's developed many ties to makes it more special.
Dean Pees didn't hide his disappointment two weeks ago as he stood in front of reporters and discussed a Ravens defense that had allowed seven touchdowns and 510 total yards against the Denver Broncos. It was quite the contrast on Thursday as the Ravens defensive coordinator beamed about how his defense performed on Sunday against the Houston Texans, calling it one of the most gratifying wins of his career.
On Saturday night, Jon "Bones" Jones defended his UFC light heavyweight championship for the sixth time with a bloody victory over Alexander Gustaffson by unanimous decision, with both fighters going to the hospital afterward for treatment.
The Baltimore Ravens host the Houston Texans on Sunday in another clash between the two perennial AFC powerhouses. The Ravens had dominated the budding rivalry, but the Texans beat them for the first time last year, blowing them out by 30 points. The Ravens have a score to settle, and I think they will. Here are four predictions that might have to go to right for them to pull off the minor upset.
Arian Foster is a talented back, no doubt, with soft hands and surprising burst for a man his size. But what makes him special is how he fits in the zone-blocking scheme the Houston Texans have used since 2008.