Ever since it was announced Monday that Cleveland signed former Kansas City running back Kareem Hunt to a one-year contract some anger around town has resurfaced about the way former Ravens running back Ray Rice was treated for his domestic violence case nearly five years ago.
Ray Rice's arrest five years ago represented a line of demarcation in the way the NFL and the Ravens understood and confronted intimate partner violence. Though much has changed in the time since, the league still faces difficult questions about its place in a national epidemic.
The assumption is that newly signed Cleveland running back Kareem Hunt will most likely be suspended for at least the first four games of the season for a physical altercation with a woman last February in a Cleveland hotel.
Ed Reed left a unique mark on the Ravens and the NFL in his 12 years as a big-play safety. On Saturday, Reed could become the third homegrown Raven, after Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis, to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
Most Ravens fans hate Tom Brady and the entitled New England Patriots anyway, but they have other reasons for rooting for Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. He is the embodiment of their hopes for Lamar Jackson.
Leading the AFC North for the first time since Week 6, the Ravens (9-6) can claim the division Sunday for the first time since 2012 with a win at home Sunday in their regular-season finale over the Cleveland Browns (7-7-1) or a loss by the Steelers (8-6-1) to the visiting Cincinnati Bengals (6-9).
After a 22-10 win Saturday over the Los Angeles Chargers and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ loss Sunday to the New Orleans Saints, the Ravens (9-6) could win the AFC North and earn the No. 4 seed even without a win in Week 17 over the Cleveland Browns.