It was an extremely rough outing for Ravens backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor at the end of the game Sunday in relief of starter Joe Flacco. During the final two minutes of the Ravens' embarrassing 41-7 loss to the New England Patriots at M&T Bank Stadium, an errant shotgun snap from center Gino Gradkowski intended for Taylor was recovered for a touchdown by defensive end Chandler Jones.
Even if Bryant McKinnie does not prove to be an upgrade over Michael Oher, his return to the Ravens and the left tackle position should make the Ravens stronger at both left guard and right tackle. Make no mistake, though, Oher will still be in the crosshairs of formidable NFL pass rushers over at right tackle.
The New England defense that will greet the Baltimore Ravens in Foxborough on Sunday isn't just different from the one they played in last year's AFC championship game; it's different from the one they dropped 31 points on back in Week 3.
Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday.