If you are to believe the words of Ravens players this past week, avenging a rare home loss to the Bengals seven weeks ago is the furthest thing from their minds. Yet, no Ravens player made even the slightest effort to diminish the magnitude of Sunday afternoon's game against the Bengals.
Every team has injuries, but in Cincinnati's case, the team's top playmakers have been involved. The team's No. 1 receiver, A.J. Green, has missed the last two games with a toe injury. The team's top linebacker, Vontaze Burfict, has missed two entire games with a concussion, and parts of two others with a neck injury.
The last time that the Ravens squared off with Cincinnati Bengals All-Pro wide receiver A.J. Green, he caught the game-winning touchdown pass in the season-opener just behind cornerback Chykie Brown's outstretched fingertips.
Should the Browns commit to Brian Hoyer as their long-term starter with a lucrative contract? Should they explore trade scenarios for rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel if they don't foresee him as the face of their franchise?
Kirk Ferentz said he has not been back in Baltimore much since taking over as Iowa¿s coach in 1999. However, he was the assistant head coach and offensive line coach after the Ravens' franchise moved to Baltimore from Cleveland in 1996, and he spent three seasons in those roles before leaving for Iowa.
Terrell Suggs was hardly making an excuse, not for last year's regular-season opening, 49-27, loss to the Denver Broncos or an 8-8 campaign that left the Ravens out of the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
Following an ugly loss to the New England Patriots, cornerback Jimmy Smith says the Ravens' focus immediately shifted toward a pivotal regular-season finale against the AFC North division champion Cincinnati Bengals. The Ravens were embarrassed, 41-7, by the Patriots on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium in the most lopsided loss in the John Harbaugh era. "We've already forgot about it," Smith said. "That's the NFL. Things like that happen. We've moved on to the Bengals."
As the Ravens held practice on their indoor field today to begin preparations for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals, three starters weren't present during the portion open to reporters. That includes defensive lineman Arthur Jones. He suffered a concussion Sunday during a 41-7 loss to the New England Patriots at M&T Bank Stadium.
Now that the NFL season is here, I'm putting a twist on my weekly Blogger on Blogger series. Each week, I hope to enlist a blogger who regularly writes about the Ravens' opponent to help me break down the game. This week, I exchanged emails with Lindsay Patterson, who covers the Cincinnati Bengals for ESPN 1530.
Some of the Ravens either didn't know or didn't care about all that needed to happen — at least not at that moment — for them to make the playoffs. A 34-point loss to one of your biggest rivals has a way of making everything else seem insignificant.
The confidence of star Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has kept pace with his rapidly increasing production this year. Gordon has overcome persistent early-season trade rumors, a two-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy and a revolving door at quarterback to emerge as one of the top receivers in the league.
As the Ravens prepare for Sunday's game against the first-place Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium, Ngata acknowledged Wednesday that he needed to raise his level of play to help stop a slide that has the team on the edge of the playoff picture.
Heading into Sunday's game against the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium, Huff worked out for the Bengals along with defensive tackles Christo Bilukidi and Kheeston Randall, guard John Sullen, linebacker Bruce Taylor and defensive back Brandon Burton.
The old-school, hands-on owner rewarded Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins with a five-year contract extension worth $54.755 million, including a $15 million signing bonus, making him the second-highest paid defensive tackle in NFL history behind Ravens Pro Bowl lineman Haloti Ngata.