The nine-play, 64-yard, fourth quarter drive in the Ravens' 29-26 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday set up a finish that coach John Harbaugh described a day later as "epic." But lost in all the craziness — the 36 points scored and the six lead changes in 125 seconds — was the appearance of a balanced and explosive offensive attack that the Ravens have lacked for much of the season.
One day after Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson complained that he was pelted with snowballs during a 29-26 loss at M&T Bank Stadium and called the Ravens' fans the worst in the NFL, coach John Harbaugh weighed in on the situation. "Who doesn't throw softballs when it snows?" Harbaugh said Monday. "Maybe Minnesota, because they're so used to snow. Maybe that has gotten old for them. I don't know. What do you want me to say? We have the best fans in the NFL, I can tell you that."
The Ravens remain optimistic that Pro Bowl outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil could return for next Monday night's game against the Detroit Lions. Dumervil was sidelined for the Ravens' 29-26 win over the Minnesota Vikings due to a bruised ankle, breaking a streak of 44 consecutive games.
Dennis Pitta made his season debut in Sunday's 29-26 win over the Minnesota Vikings and the Ravens tight end played 36 of the team's 85 offensive snaps and had six catches for 48 yards and a touchdown.
It wasn't a gaudy game statistically for running back Ray Rice, but he did contribute to the Ravens' 29-26 win over the Minnesota Vikings by generating 109 total yards from scrimmage. Rice rushed for 67 yards on 17 carries for a 3.9 average, his second-highest average per carry of the year during a mostly quiet season. He also caught five passes for 42 yards.
As if the Minnesota Vikings' 29-26 loss to the Ravens that included an NFL-record for changes in the fourth quarter wasn't hard enough for them to absorb, the NFC North football team's flight home to Minneapolis was delayed for several hours for an unusual reason. A catering truck apparently crashed into the Vikings' charter plane at Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport, which forced the Vikings to wait for a new airplane to bring them home, according to several Vikings players.
For the first 13 weeks of the season, Pitta had been helpless to watch the highs and lows while he was sidelined with a fractured and dislocated hip. At times, he wasn't sure if and when he would be back to help this teammates for their playoff push.
Maybe it's because I grew up in Wisconsin watching Vince Lombardi¿s Green Bay Packers on all those snowy Sundays. But watching a great NFL game played in the snow is as good a TV experience as there is in my book.
Here we were all concerned with the injury suffered by Minnesota Vikings All-World running back Adrian Peterson, who was named in the top five running backs of all-time in our Five For Friday feature this week, but that seems to be the least of his concerns.
As snow continues to fall, Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta and several other players are testing their footing and running routes hours before kickoff today against the Minnesota Vikings at M&T Bank Stadium.
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.
Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta was officially activated from injured reserve-designated to return today prior to a 4 p.m. NFL deadline, clearing the way for him to make his return to play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Pitta participated in team drills all week without incident after being limited to individual That included making a diving catch for a touchdown and landing on his surgically-repaired right hip and bouncing up unfazed, according to a source.
Former Maryland standout wide receiver Torrey Smith has already established career-highs with 54 receptions and 952 receiving yards this season. He's 250 yards shy of becoming the franchise single-season record holder.
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.