As the Ravens (9-6) square off with the Cleveland Browns (7-8) in a regular-season finale Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, here's Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson¿s checklist of things to keep an eye on:
Ravens kick returner Jacoby Jones played five years for the Houston Texans before being released two years ago, months after mishandling a punt during a divisional round playoff game loss to the Ravens.
Some sports name three stars of the game after the game. I'll do that one better: I'm going to name them before the Ravens even play. These will be the three stars of the game when the Ravens travel to the site of their Super Bowl XLVII win in New Orleans to face the Saints on Monday Night Football.
Ravens veteran wide receiver Steve Smith was in a playful mood while standing at the podium Wednesday, weighing in on everything from jealous former girlfriends to the power outage during Super Bowl XLVII.
Every time the University of Michigan football job is vacant or the coach becomes embattled, NFL coaches and brothers John Harbaugh and Jim Harbaugh are quickly linked to the Wolverines' head-coaching position.
Jeremy Zuttah's athleticism in the middle of the offensive line has been key to a much-improved Ravens offensive front that has cleared space for the running game and kept quarterback Joe Flacco untouched in Week 2 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. But it's moments like that in the meeting room when Zuttah, the de-facto general of the offensive line, impresses them most.
Former Ravens starting nose tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu successfully donated a kidney to his younger brother, former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive guard Chris Kemoeatu during a surgical procedure in August.
The Ravens are standing by Ray Rice no longer. The team announced Monday afternoon that it has terminated the contract of the 27-year-old running back on the same day a new video surfaced showing him striking his then-fiancee.
In his first three NFL seasons, the 2011 first-round draft pick fought injuries and inconsistency, but it was his defense in the end zone on San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree that helped preserve the Ravens' victory in Super Bowl XLVII.
Terrell Suggs was hardly making an excuse, not for last year's regular-season opening, 49-27, loss to the Denver Broncos or an 8-8 campaign that left the Ravens out of the playoffs for the first time since 2007.