Following a disappointing 8-8 season in which the Ravens failed to qualify for the playoffs after making it the previous five seasons under coach John Harbaugh, they face another challenging offseason filled with difficult personnel and salary cap decisions.
Although tight end Ed Dickson acknowledged that his chances of returning as an unrestricted free agent is probably a long shot, he made a sales pitch for the Ravens to do everything they can to hold onto free agent tight end Dennis Pitta.
For half a decade, the Ravens spoiled their faithful fans. With Joe Flacco under center and John Harbaugh wearing the head coach¿s headset, the Ravens went to the playoffs five years in a row, the only team to accomplish that feat over that span.
The Ravens (8-7) need a victory over the AFC North champion Cincinnati Bengals and a loss by either the Miami Dolphins to the New York Jets or the San Diego Chargers to the Kansas City Chiefs to make the postseason for a sixth straight year.
The Ravens and New England Patriots have been on a collision course since last January, when the Ravens got revenge against their conference rivals en route to the Super Bowl. High-stakes games have defined this budding rivalry.
Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta became a relative afterthought in the passing game Monday night, an unintentional situation triggered by the Detroit Lions devoting resources to contain him. Pitta was only targeted four times and caught two passes for 24 yards during an 18-16 win over the Lions where he wasn¿t utilized in the red zone. It was one week after he caught a key touchdown pass against the Minnesota Vikings in his first game back after being activated from the injured reserve-designated to return list.
Fullback Vonta Leach was an afterthought during Monday night's 18-16 win over the Detroit Lions, Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta played fewer snaps and more observations after looking at the official snap counts.
Following a week where he created unwanted headlines when he called Detroit Lions star Calvin Johnson "pretty old," Elam intercepted a Matthew Stafford pass in the final minute to preserve the Ravens' 18-16 victory Monday night at Ford Field.
Baltimore Sun reporter Matt Vensel highlights five stats that really mean something for the Ravens this week, including Dennis Pitta's snaps in the slot, Jimmy Smith's streak coming to an end, Joe Flacco's wins and more.
The nine-play, 64-yard, fourth quarter drive in the Ravens' 29-26 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday set up a finish that coach John Harbaugh described a day later as "epic." But lost in all the craziness — the 36 points scored and the six lead changes in 125 seconds — was the appearance of a balanced and explosive offensive attack that the Ravens have lacked for much of the season.
Dennis Pitta made his season debut in Sunday's 29-26 win over the Minnesota Vikings and the Ravens tight end played 36 of the team's 85 offensive snaps and had six catches for 48 yards and a touchdown.