For the past two seasons, Justin Tucker has been one of the NFL's best kickers and one of the league's biggest bargains. But the Ravens know that the time is coming soon where Tucker will get his big pay day and they are prepared to reward him.
It took a few years for him to find himself, but former Ravens kicker Steven Hauschka, the young man who faced the daunting task of filling the cleats of Baltimore legend Matt Stover, is going to the Super Bowl.
Because doing a full, 32-team list of power rankings is too much work for a Monday afternoon, I will rank the top 11 teams in the NFL after each exciting football Sunday (that's where the "first and 10" comes in). Here's the balance of power heading into the "MNF" game between NFC West powerhouses Seattle and St. Louis.
If the Ravens somehow slip up down the stretch -- a pair of tricky road games remain -- and fall behind the Steelers in the AFC North, they would likely face one of the NFL's hottest teams on wild-card weekend. Inspired by the play of second-year quarterback Tim Tebow, the 8-5 Denver Broncos have seized control of the AFC West after defeating the Chicago Bears in overtime Sunday. The Broncos have won seven of eight games, including three via walk-off overtime field goals by Matt Prater, to stake a claim for the No. 4 seed.