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.
The Ravens are bracing for a pivotal encounter against Peterson that represents the greatest test so far for their revamped group of inside linebackers. Since Ray Lewis retired in February, Daryl Smith has stabilized the middle linebacker spot while playing opposite a platooning group of weak-side inside linebackers in Jameel McClain, Josh Bynes and rookie Arthur Brown.
The NFL is expected to hand down hefty punishment to coach Mike Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers franchise for his unflagged sideline interference of Ravens kick returner Jacoby Jones on Thursday night, according to multiple reports.
This might be a good day to go out and finally knock out the rest of those leaves in the backyard...or head over to Home Depot and stock up on that phony rock salt that you're going to need a lot of next month, because you'd have to be kicking butt in your fantasy league right now to care much about most of today's NFL matchups.
Although there are five more games remaining on the schedule, the Ravens wouldn't qualify for the playoffs if the season was over today. That's because the Ravens trail two teams for the sixth and final playoff berth in the AFC: the Titans and Steelers heading into Thursday night's rematch against the Steelers.
The Ravens were without the services of Haloti Ngata during Sunday's 23-20 overtime loss to the Chicago Bears. With Ngata sidelined, Terrence Cody got his first start of the 2013 season at nose tackle, played a season-high 35 defensive snaps and made one tackle.
Sam Koch has been through a lot in his eight years in Baltimore, with many more memories worth savoring than ones he wishes he could kick to the curb. But the 31-year-old said this "little rough spot" over the past four games has been the most maddening stretch of his career.
Trying to figure out what the Ravens will do every Sunday has become an exercise in futility. Another surprising loss last weekend dropped them to 3-5 and logic says they will lose a fourth straight game Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium against the Cincinnati Bengals, but you never know with this team.
The Ravens have already seen how dangerous Cincinnati Bengals all-purpose rookie running back Giovani Bernard can transform a football game into an elaborate game of tag, eluding defenders with his unique set of cuts and moves.
On the Ravens' first running play in Sunday's loss to the Cleveland Browns, their offensive linemen fired off the line of scrimmage and rolled left in unison, as if they were tied together with string.
"I do know him, I've understood and heard the things from his past," Canty said. "I'm not familiar with the things he's had going on since then, but it's really unfortunate this took place. I didn't see him as somebody capable of using those racial slurs and leading racially charged attacks on Jonathan Martin in the fashion that he did. I didn't see that.
The topics of hazing and bullying are being discussed in NFL locker rooms after the Miami Dolphins suspended veteran guard Richie Incognito for conduct detrimental to the team for harassing teammate Jonathan Martin, a second-year offensive tackle.
Named to the Pro Bowl the past three seasons, Rice has rushed for just 259 yards on 97 carries this season and is on pace to finish with 519 yards. Averaging 2.7 yards per run, Rice is the second-lowest ranked running back in average per carry in the NFL.
Ravens strong safety James Ihedigbo didn't confirm or deny receiving a shipment of performance products from Mitch Ross, the Alabama man who alleged before the Super Bowl that he provided Ray Lewis with deer antler spray to accelerate his recovery from a torn triceps.
Since 1990, the year the NFL went to the six-team playoff format, nine teams have made the playoffs after starting the season 3-5, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals both did it last year, each winning seven of their final eight regular-season games to head into the postseason at 10-6.
Phil Taylor took notice of how the Ravens reduced the role of Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach to just two snaps with the offense emphasizing three wide receiver sets instead of the old-school I-formation.
When the regular season started eight weeks ago, plenty of pundits labeled the AFC North one of the top divisions in the NFL. However, as the season reaches its midpoint this weekend, three of the four teams in the division find themselves headed in the wrong direction.