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Marlon Humphrey thinks Steelers will take a lot of shots at him

The Ravens will not have cornerback Jimmy Smith in the secondary for Sunday’s game and that means rookie Marlon Humphrey is going to be playing a major role against the Steelers. It will be a major role in terms of playing time alone and Humphrey expects to be squarely in the middle of the action [more]

A Ravens-Chargers AFC title game isn’t as crazy as it sounds

While contemplating the AFC playoff field during Thursday’s PFT Live, a crazy thought that may not be all that crazy occurred to me: What if the presumed AFC Championship showdown between the Steelers and Patriots were disrupted not by one team losing in the divisional round but by both losing in the conference semifinals? Indulge [more]

Marty Morhinweg: Better health contributing to uptick in Joe Flacco’s play

The Ravens have won three games in a row and quarterback Joe Flacco has thrown one interception in those contests after throwing 10 in the team’s first nine games. Flacco’s also shown good ability to move while under pressure to either deliver a pass or run, as he did six times for 42 yards in [more]

Lions players told “not to talk about” having only nine players on field

Lions players were told not to discuss having nine players on the field for a third-down play Sunday. “We were told not to talk about it,” one player told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. It’s no wonder they were told to keep quiet considering the ineptness the Lions have shown the past two [more]

Patriots re-sign Jonathan Freeny

The Patriots re-signed linebacker Jonathan Freeny. Freeny, 28, spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons with New England. The Patriots released him following training camp this past summer on the final cut-down on September 2. He spent time with Baltimore and Jacksonville after being released by New England. He played in three games with the Ravens [more]

Roethlisberger sees respect in Ravens rivalry that’s missing with Bengals

After Monday night’s flag and injury-filled win over the Bengals, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said the game was just “AFC North football.” The Steelers will be playing another divisional rival this week when they host the Ravens, but there’s apparently a difference between one AFC North game and another. While the quarterback feels that games [more]

Eric Weddle is the AFC defensive player of the week

The Ravens had their best offensive day of the season against the Lions last Sunday in a 44-20 win over the Lions that bolstered their chances of making the playoffs. Even with the offense leading the way, there was room for one of their defensive stars to shine. Safety Eric Weddle was that star and [more]

JuJu Smith-Schuster suspension upheld

The Steelers will be facing the Ravens on Sunday night without one of their best young players. Receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster will miss the home game against Baltimore; the expedited appeal hearing of his one-game suspension has resulted in an affirmation of the banishment, which came both from an illegal block on Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict [more]

Browns are down to four chances to get one win

The 2016-17 Browns officially have passed the 1976-77 Buccaneers for the worst two-season run of futility at 1-27, versus Tampa’s 2-26. The 2017 Browns still have a chance to match the 2008 Lions for the worst single-season failure in NFL history. At 0-12, the Browns have four chances to do something they haven’t done since [more]

AFC playoff picture: Steelers stay on top

It took a rally from 13 points down in the fourth quarter on an injury-filled night in Cincinnati, but the Steelers wound up with another win that keeps them in the No. 1 spot in the AFC playoff picture for another week. The picture at the top will get more definitive when the Patriots and [more]

Ravens will promote Stanley Jean-Baptiste to active roster

The Ravens lost cornerback Jimmy Smith for the rest of the season to a torn Achilles and they’ll fill his spot on the active roster by promoting a player from the practice squad. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said on Monday that Stanley Jean-Baptiste will be making the move this week. Jean-Baptiste entered the league as [more]

Colin Kaepernick is on the short list for Time’s Person of the Year

Time magazine (which like most magazines is now more like a pamphlet) annually names a Person of the Year. A football player who has played no football at all this year is one of the finalists. Via, unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick has made the short list. He graced the cover of the pamphletzine a [more]

Jimmy Smith suspended four games for PED violation

Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith was done for the year anyway. Now, he won’t be getting paid for the first month of his absence. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Smith has been suspended four games for violating the league’s PED policy, and has withdrawn his appeal. It’s a pragmatic decision, since he suffered a torn [more]

Eric Weddle: We’ll be prepared for the Steelers

The Ravens have found their groove, and in seven nights they find their biggest rivals, again. Baltimore returns to Pittsburgh next weekend on NBC, at a time when Pittsburgh may be peeking past the Ravens for the first of potentially two games against the Patriots. Ravens safety Eric Weddle has no problem with that. “I [more]

X-rays negative on Matthew Stafford’s hand

Matthew Stafford‘s throwing hand doesn’t look good, but X-rays were negative. Coach Jim Caldwell told reporters after the game that the Lions quarterback has only a bruised right hand. Stafford left the 44-20 loss to the Ravens late in the fourth quarter after he was stepped on. Stafford said, via Kyle Meinke of MLive Media [more]

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