While the two lucky teams who actually made the Super Bowl, the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, prepare for the game Sunday, a recent analysis shows just how close the Ravens' roster was to carrying them that far.
Terrell Suggs famously refuses to say New England Patriots¿ quarterback Tom Brady¿s name, but now, he might have to. The star Ravens outside linebacker has been appearing on the NFL Network as part of its Super Bowl coverage, and Brady is basically the star attraction.
On NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake weighed in on the controversy surrounding the New England Patriots, who are being accused of cheating for using underinflated footballs during their 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship game.
If you recall what I said about the NFL conference championship games last week, then you know that I was right. Me pushing for the Packers and Colts in both games was a sure sign that the games were certain to end just the way they did.
Where all of these Sunday developments leaves the Ravens is weighing the merits of a group of candidates that includes Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase. Gase is highly regarded by the Ravens, according to sources.
The Ravens will need to hire a new offensive coordinator, after all. Just seven days after saying that he would remain with the Ravens, Gary Kubiak will be named the new head coach of the Denver Broncos, according to a source, returning him to the organization that he spent 20 seasons with as either a player or assistant coach.
One the NFL¿s most penalized defenders, New England Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner, could cross paths Saturday with the league¿s most prolific receiver in terms of drawing pass interference penalties, Torrey Smith.
The New York Jets have put in a formal request to interview highly regarded Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta for their general manager vacancy, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
Immediately after their 20-10 victory, the Ravens started focusing on their next challenge -- trying to mount a successful playoff run. Preparations for the 2015 season can wait, even though their opponents for next year are now all set.
The Ravens can clinch a playoff berth with a win over the Browns plus a Bengals loss, or a Ravens win plus the San Diego Chargers losing or tying the Kansas City Chiefs or a Ravens tie plus a Chargers loss.
The Ravens traded up to select linebacker Arthur Brown in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft, but the 2012 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year's highlight reel has effectively been put on pause at the professional level.
Ravens special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg said he knows some indicators that could protect the Ravens from giving up a big play on a fake punt return like the St. Louis Rams ran last week in a win over the Seattle Seahawks.
With Ray Rice dismissed, Bernard Pierce battling injuries and inconsistency and Lorenzo Taliaferro being a rookie, Justin Forsett has emerged as the surprise leader of the Ravens' running game. Heading into Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons at M&T Bank Stadium, Forsett ranks fifth in the NFL with 408 rushing yards and leads the league with an average of 6.4 yards per carry.