In this game-day staple, blogger Matt Vensel makes four sometimes-courageous predictions for the game. All he asks is that you don't hold it against him whenever those predictions end up being embarrassingly wrong.
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.
On a cool, clear day made for football, Art Modell was laid to rest. Just 12 hours after the Ravens won their opener, 44-13 over the Cincinnati Bengals, more than 400 people — including quarterback Joe Flacco, running back Ray Rice and linebacker Ray Lewis — gathered at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation to pay homage to Modell, the team's former owner, who died at 87 on Sept. 6.
A Towson-area juvenile was arrested and charged with first-degree burglary and petty theft this week after stealing a football autographed by former Raven Todd Heap and a replica Ravens Super Bowl ring from a neighbor in Loch Raven Village.
Derrick Mason spent most of the 30-minute news conference reminiscing about his time with the team and speaking about his decision to retire. But he also talked about the current state of the Ravens, specifically their offense.
On paper -- and we know the dangers of evaluating football teams on that alone -- it doesn't appear the Baltimore Ravens have done much to improve an offense that ranked 12th in the NFL in points scored and 15th in total yards a season ago. But there is reason to believe that the offense will be better in 2012: They will finally have a little continuity.
While doing my homework on the Ravens and their history in the NFL draft, I spent a little time exploring our Ravens draft database (sorry for the shameless plug, but it's pretty neat feature if you haven't checked it out). In no particular order, here are some trends and random factoids from the 126 picks they've made in 16 years.
Maybe it's because I was a star mathlete in high school, but I love numbers. And we've spent plenty of time crunching them these past 10 days while waiting for the Ravens to make moves -- or purposefully not make moves -- in the new league year. So if you're a fan of numbers, here is a handful of relevant numbers from this quiet free-agency period, at least in Baltimore.
Making a splash by throwing around cash on talent from other teams isn't usually the Ravens' style, though that's not to say that they haven't made significant signings in their 16-year, going-on-17-year history.
Even with today's news that Randy Moss plans to come out of retirement, the bumper crop of free-agent wide receivers appears to be thinning out as we learn more about how teams plan to use their franchise tags. How does it affect the Ravens?
Joe Flacco¿s performance in the AFC championship game might not have silenced all his critics, but in the minds of owner Steve Bisciotti and general manager Ozzie Newsome, there is no question the 27-year-old quarterback is the man to lead the Ravens back to the Super Bowl
The Ravens' Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta are out to prove they can be as effective as the Patriots' tight ends. Baltimore's second-year tandem has played well but hasn't matched the production of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.
Baltimore Ravens: With so many young players playing important roles this year, The Baltimore Sun decided to take a look at the Ravens' first- and second-year players acquired in the draft or through free agency and evaluate their long-term potential.