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.
The thrill of Saturday's 38-35 double-overtime win against the Denver Broncos in the AFC divisional round swept up Ravens players and coaches alike. But after the euphoria had dissipated, members of the special teams unit were left with another emotion: anger.
The New England defense that will greet the Baltimore Ravens in Foxborough on Sunday isn't just different from the one they played in last year's AFC championship game; it's different from the one they dropped 31 points on back in Week 3.
Holding court inside the Ravens' locker room Thursday, veteran free safety Ed Reed was in no hurry to head toward the exit door. Reed is following a similar unrushed, stress-free approach toward addressing his uncertain future with the team after 11 seasons.
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.
Instead of essentially abandoning the running game as they did a week earlier during the second half of a 24-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Ravens made running back Ray Rice a vital part of the offense for most of the game Sunday night against the New England Patriots.
Instead of essentially abandoning the running game like they did a week ago during the second half of a 24-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Ravens found a way to make Ray Rice a vital part of the offense on Sunday night.
Baltimore Ravens rookie kicker Justin Tucker barely kept a 27-yard field goal inside the right uprights as time expired to give the Ravens a frantic 31-30 victory Sunday night over the New England Patriots in front of an announced 71,269 at M&T Bank Stadium.
Every week, I hope to bring you a quick Q&A with someone who covers the Ravens' opponent that week. On Sunday night, the Ravens host the New England Patriots in a rematch of the AFC championship game. Since it's such a big game for both teams, let's go with double coverage this week. I chatted with Shalise Manza Young of The Boston Globe and Jeff Howe of The Boston Herald about a few hot topics entering Sunday night.
When the New England Patriots offense first took the field against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, they did so without their leading receiver from their previous five seasons. But Wes Welker wasn't injured. He stood on the sideline as Julian Edelman took his place as the team¿s starting wide receiver opposite Brandon Lloyd.
Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb was back in Baltimore on Friday to take a physical and officially sign his new five-year, $50 million extension. Webb, who was a restricted free agent, is now under contract through the 2017 season. The Ravens gave him a lucrative contract because they feel he can become one of the NFL's top cornerbacks. But according to stats from Pro Football Focus, Webb might already be there.
After a wild first week in free agency that was punctuated with Peyton Manning signing with the Denver Broncos, we have a better idea of what needs teams will address in April's NFL draft. So now seems like a good time for our second mock draft of the offseason. (This mock draft does not account for potential trades.) And remember, these are called "mock" drafts for a reason. Try not to take them too seriously.