Making his first NFL start with injured Pro Bowl runner Ray Rice sidelined with a strained left hip flexor, Pierce salvaged a tough day by grinding out the majority of his 65 yards on 24 carries during the second half of a 30-9 victory at M&T Bank Stadium.
Ravens rookie free safety Matt Elam knows what's heading his way Sunday against the Houston Texans at M&T Bank Stadium. He'll be matching wits and speed with a sophisticated, high-powered offense led by veteran quarterback Matt Schaub.
Ed Reed, the ball-hawking safety who has built a future Hall of Fame career on surprising quarterbacks, seems intent on keeping everybody guessing until the very end. Signed by the Texans in late March, Reed has yet to suit up for a game with his new team because he's still recovering from surgery that he had in April to repair a torn labrum in his hip. He says that he's still dealing with tightness and soreness and he has a "lot of work to do" before he returns to game action.
It's been a hectic couple of days for the Ravens' sixth-year quarterback who returned to practice Wednesday following the arrival of his second son. Daniel Flacco was born about an hour and a half before the start of the Ravens' eventual 14-6 victory over the Cleveland Browns.
There will be a lot of talk about safeties this week with Ed Reed returning to Baltimore, Matt Elam earning a starting spot for the Ravens and Michael Huff trying to contribute off the bench. One player who probably won't be mentioned much is strong safety James Ihedigbo. But through two games, Ihedigbo has been a steady presence for the Ravens secondary.
Being a Ravens fan is a lifestyle. As rough as a week may be, I always know that for no less than 20 weeks out of the year (and hopefully more), I can stop everything that I'm doing, throw on my jersey, and go insane as I root for the team I love.
Players described Pees as using his usual low-key tone during a defensive meeting following the Ravens' 49-27 season-opening loss to the Denver Broncos. But Pees had little difficulty finding plenty to correct for a defense that surrendered seven touchdown passes to Peyton Manning as he tied an NFL record.
The Baltimore Ravens' season-opening 49-27 loss to the Denver Broncos on Thursday night featured a team-wide breakdown as the reigning Super Bowl champions were outplayed in every facet. But one group that took the loss particularly hard was the Ravens' defensive backs, who were badly victimized on Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning's record night.
Baltimore Sun blogger and reporter Matt Vensel gives his take on the Baltimore Ravens' loss to the Denver Broncos, including thoughts on the Ravens defense, Joe Flacco missing Dennis Pitta and John Harbaugh's decision not to challenge Wes Welker's non-catch.