Instead of caving in to some public sentiment after the first days teams could negotiate with free agents, Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta waited until the high money was invested into the so-called top unrestricted free agents and then walked away with one of the best safeties in the NFL.
Joe Flacco and the starting offense engineered a 16-play, 80-yard touchdown drive on their first and only possession. The starting defense forced the New Orleans Saints to go three-and-out. And the Ravens seemingly emerged from the game without any significant injuries to frontline players.
Running back Justin Forsett all but put the game away with his second rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter as the Ravens beat the New Orleans Saints, 34-27, in front of an announced 73,773 at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Last week, we looked at the biggest surprises of the 2011 fantasy football campaign. This time around, we will hand out dishonors to the disappointing (non-injured) players who have torpedoed our seasons so far. Try not to cuss too much in the comments section below after receiving this list, OK?
The news that Peyton Manning will miss Week 1 with a neck injury -- and that his status going forward is unclear -- is good news for the Texans, Ravens, Patriots, Steelers and the other contenders in the AFC. It's bad news for fantasy football owners who were counting on Manning or other Colts to produce this year.
Chances are a running back will be the first player to come off the board in your fantasy league unless one of your fellow owners has a serious crush on Michael Vick or is the father/mother/sibling/spouse of a current NFL player. Running backs no longer the first dozen players off the board in fantasy football -- and honestly, that makes things much more interesting -- but an elite back is still the way to go if you're picking first overall.
The scouting combine and most pro day workouts have been completed, and with the NFL draft just a few weeks away, there has been a significant amount of shuffling in my third NFL mock draft of the offseason. So who will the Ravens pick?