Alongside Ed Reed, whom he calls "the best free safety to ever play this game," Ravens strong safety Bernard Pollard is living the dream. The tandem has made quite an impact in their first season playing together.
The Ravens tied a franchise record for sacks in a game with nine during Thursday night's 16-6 win over the San Francisco 49ers. It was also a record-setting night for Cory Redding, who racked up a career-high 2.5 sacks.
Baltimore will most certainly live up to its Charm City billing for at least the next week or so after the Ravens stunned the Steelers, 23-20, on Sunday night -- a win that gives them their first series sweep of their AFC North rivals in the John Harbaugh-Joe Flacco era and the franchise's first since 2006.
All eyes will be on the Ravens on Monday night as they have a chance to show that they are the AFC's best team. ... The Ravens ruled out Lee Evans and Ben Grubbs against the Jaguars after they failed to practice this week.
Ravens: The Ravens will look to continue their trend of roughing up young quarterbacks Monday night. Against Jaguars rookie Blaine Gabbert, the defense aims to improve on its 6-0 record vs. first- or second-year starting QBs.
Joe Flacco has completed a scant 49.3 percent of his throws in 2011, but the problem appears to be more anomaly than trend. ... Jarret Johnson was the latest Ravens player to be named AFC Defensive Player of the Week. ... Chuck Pagano's imprint on the Ravens defense is evident. ... Maryland has a daunting task in defending Georgia Tech's triple-option offense. ... Navy's leading rusher, Alexander Teich, will "probably" not play Saturday.