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.”
"When he comes out there, he thinks he's standing on top of a mountain, and he's making plays to show that he's standing on top of a mountain," Don "Wink" Martindale said Thursday of Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.
When Lamar Jackson was taken No. 32 overall in the draft this year, Ozzie Newsome acknowledged they were “building for the future” with the Heisman Trophy winner. But, he added, “In order for us to win this year, we need Joe Flacco.”
If you’ve ever taken kids on a trip to Disney World in the summer you have some idea what it is like at a Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement. Except, instead of photo ops with Mickey Mouse, you might get to snap a picture of one of the new Hall of Fame inductees, like I did with Ray Lewis.
Joe Flacco still hasn’t revealed how he feels about the Ravens using their second first-round draft pick Thursday night to bring in a young quarterback who figures to be groomed as his eventual replacement. He only spoke to fans at the Ravens' DraftFest event.
There will be no storyline unturned during the week-long buildup to the enticing Super Bowl 50 matchup between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos, but there will be one that dominates all others. It is, of course, the matchup between 39-year-old quarterback Peyton Manning and soon-to-be-named NFL Most Valuable Player Cam Newton — the once and future kings of the NFL.
Before he injured his ankle in the Pittsburgh Steelers' 38-35 win over the Oakland Raiders, Ben Roethlisberger had thrown for 334 yards, passing Baltimore Colts legend Johnny Unitas on the all-time passing list.
At some point from the time he arrived at Maryland in summer 2012 to when he made his first career start in late October of that year, Caleb Rowe was labeled as a ¿gunslinger.¿ The term is a double-edged sword, one that conjures up images of free-flowing backyard football improvisation mixed with headache-inducing mistakes. Perhaps the greatest gunslinger of them all, Green Bay Packers legend Brett Favre retired as the NFL¿s leader in both touchdown passes and interceptions.
As the sixth-seeded Ravens (11-6) square off with the top-seeded New England Patriots (12-4) in an AFC divisional-round playoff game Saturday at Gillette Stadium, here's a checklist of things to keep an eye on:
Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen was transformed into a wrestling arena Sunday night for the latest stop on TNA's Impact World Tour. In case you missed it, three dedicated and talented Baltimore Sun summer interns were there to provide a running, retroactive commentary.
By By Aaron Dodson and Cody Goodwin and Trevor Hass
Believe it or not, Joe Flacco joined select company in 2013, doing something that all-time greats such as John Elway, Dan Marino, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning all did at least one point in their career. Heck, even the great Johnny Unitas pulled it off, but Flacco will have to do it a few more times to match him.
Only four current Ravens defenders were on the roster when the team last played the Minnesota Vikings in 2009. Those who remain have not-so-fond memories of trying to tackle Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
As general manager Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens put the finishing touches on their draft board in preparation for Thursday's 2013 NFL draft, there is a new class of collegiate prospects who have smitten Ravens scouts, coaches and front-office decision-makers. The scouting process is long, tiring and taxing, but each spring, there are players like Yanda who become the object of the Ravens' eye and other NFL teams.
Most Ravens fans will tell you that inside linebacker Ray Lewis was the greatest pick in franchise history. But the fine stat heads over at ESPN have calculated that Lewis was the NFL's best draft pick since 1994.
On Sunday, pretty much everyone in Baltimore will be rooting for the Ravens. Likewise in San Francisco with the 49ers. But the rest of the nation's football fans? They will just be rooting for another entertaining game. Each of the last five Super Bowls went down to the wire, and a couple of them could be considered among the greatest Super Bowls of all time. In anticipation of another good one Sunday in New Orleans, Matt Vensel has compiled his list of the seven most entertaining Super Bowls in NFL history.
When legendary Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis told his teammates during a team meeting Wednesday morning that he's going to retire after this season, it sparked strong emotions throughout the room.
Torrey Smith was intent on honoring his brother Tevin Jones, pointing to the sky after a 25-yard touchdown in the second quarter, and finishing with a team-high six receptions for 127 yards. Kneeling in the end zone, Smith said a prayer