For the Baltimore Ravens, the trade of Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers leaves a significant and belligerent void. The Ravens hope one or more of several young receivers can fill the void. That includes a pair of athletic, pass-catching, matchup-busting tight ends in Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson, who could be tough to stop when they're on the field together.
You know how you wake up on Sunday morning and enjoy the challenge of trying to complete the crossword puzzle or the Sudoku in the newspaper? That's how NFL defensive coordinators and coaches like Pittsburgh's Mike Tomlin when they wake up in the morning feel about the read-option offense, which puzzled many teams during the 2012 season.
The NFL offseason heats up on Tuesday when the free agency period begins and the NFL draft will take place next month. In anticipation of those events, blogger and reporter Matt Vensel will look at six key positions the Ravens might address in free agency and the NFL draft in the days leading up to the start of free agency. Today, he looks at safeties.
Now that quarterback Joe Flacco is poised to become the highest paid player in the NFL by virtue of a $120.6 million contract, the Ravens aren't expected to use the franchise tag on any of their other unrestricted free agents.
Ravens' Anquan Boldin was involved early and often in the second half, catching all five passes Joe Flacco threw his way while establishing a new franchise single-game playoff record with 145 receiving yards.
In this game-day staple, blogger Matt Vensel makes four sometimes-courageous predictions for the game. All he asks is that you don't hold it against him whenever those predictions end up being embarrassingly wrong.
Whatever happens Sunday in Baltimore, it¿s been an amazing football season to countenance. Whatever happens, even a Ravens¿ blowout, this has been the most fun, inspiring, unlikely season anybody around here can remember.
Every week, we hope to bring you a quick Q&A with someone who covers the Ravens' opponent that week. This week, we chatted with Mike Chappell, who covers the Indianapolis Colts for The Indianapolis Star
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 coffee and slack off at the start of your workday.