The Terps have played Virginia more than any other football opponent. The Maryland-Virginia border-state rivalry — which ends for the foreseeable future with Saturday's meeting at Byrd Stadium — never rose to the level of Ohio State-Michigan or Alabama-Auburn. The teams weren't prominent enough for that.
Individually, Ravens right offensive guard Marshal Yanda and left offensive guard Kelechi Osemele solidify their spots on the offensive line. Together, they represent arguably one of the top guard tandems in the league
The second-round draft pick out of Kansas State is bespectacled, soft-spoken and cultivates a professorial look off the field as he frequently wears a tie, slacks and dress shoes. When he has the time, Brown, 23, can be found playing the piano or whipping up his favorite meal of salmon and sweet potatoes.
With more diligent preparation this offseason having lost 10 pounds after taking up a boxing regimen, the 2011 first-round draft pick has impressed the coaching staff with how seriously he's taking his job after a lackluster first two seasons. Smith is building on the momentum he started in the postseason.
After just one NFL season, Osemele has learned that lesson already. A second-round pick in 2012, Osemele started all 16 regular-season games for the Ravens at right tackle, a position that he hadn't played extensively in several years. When the playoffs began, Osemele was shifted to left guard to accommodate McKinnie's insertion into the starting lineup.
Instead of delivering touchdown passes, the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player handed out ice cream sundaes. Admittedly, Flacco did so with much less confidence than he normally displays in the Ravens' backfield.