A frequent critic of the NFL rulebook, Ravens strong safety Bernard Pollard remained incensed following the game after being flagged for a personal foul for a helmet-to-helmet hit on a defenseless receiver.
Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down gravy and slack off at the start of your workday.
But no player arguably misses Jarret Johnson more than outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, who, like Johnson, was drafted by the Ravens in 2003. Suggs, the rambunctious pass rusher, and Johnson, the cerebral run stopper, made an odd couple, but they were the closest of friends in the locker room.
After manhandling a soft Raiders front seven, the Ravens' line will be tested by the Steelers' OLB tandem of James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley. Their extensive repertoire of pass-rushing moves is formidable
Every Tuesday, blogger Matt Vensel breaks down a critical play, sometimes with the help of Ravens players, from that week's game. Today, he looks at Byron Leftwich's slow-motion touchdown scramble in the Ravens' 13-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
Taking advantage of the absence of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the unit harassed replacement Byron Leftwich, knocked out running back Isaac Redman (concussion) and kept speedy wide receivers Mike Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders in check to propel the Ravens to a 13-10 victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on Sunday night.
Though neither played in the 55-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, defensive starters Haloti Ngata and Pernell McPhee were on the practice field Wednesday as the Ravens continued preparations for their AFC North showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend.
For the Ravens, the next three weeks, which features two games against the Steelers and a road contest versus the San Diego Chargers, will go a long way toward defining their season, and whether they are going to coast to an AFC North title or do things the hard way. The latter could mean going on the road for the playoffs or battling to even get into the postseason.
The Ravens scored 27 first-half points, tying the most ever in the John Harbaugh era, and kept pouring it on from there en route to a 55-20 blowout over the hapless Oakland Raiders in front of an announced 71,339 at M&T Bank Stadium. The 55 points set a new franchise record.
Carson Palmer is a couple of years older and is no longer throwing to Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh in their prime. But as the Ravens prepare for Sunday's game against Palmer and the Oakland Raiders, the bad memories have come rushing back for some Ravens.