Ray Lewis' swan song postseason starts off with a battle of the wits against Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. Both players have a tremendous ability to read the opponent's alignments before the snap. Whichever can fool the other most often will give their unit a major advantage.
From the swamps of Bartow, Florida to the streets of Baltimore, Maryland we have watched the birth of the NFL's first true behemoth.
How cool would it be for UCLA fans to be able to sit in their own section at USC's Coliseum? Wouldn't all the Baltimore Ravens fans out there enjoy sitting with fellow purple and black fans at a Pittsburgh Steelers game at Heinz Field?
To have Big Ben out against the Ravens just makes this loss hurt that much more, especially because it was a game the Steelers definitely could have won.
More than halfway through the season, we have a pretty good idea of who the powerhouses are. The road to New Orleans is looming upon us and we'll see what teams are on the fast track.
The damage to the first three weeks of play has already been done. Let's end this lockout now before the whole season is ruled to be a sham.
Defending free speech is easy when everyone agrees with the speech -- it's defending odious and reprehensible speech that is always the harder path. More on this subject next week.
The exercise of celebrity free speech is one of diversity's most powerful weapons. The case of NFL Baltimore Ravens player Brendon Ayanbadejo, a celebrity only by virtue of being a professional football player, has amplified this point.
Now don't get me wrong, Flacco is a decent quarterback. He's taken the Ravens to the AFC Championship Game twice in his first four seasons, and has at times shown brief flashes of brilliance. But let's hold off on calling him elite.
The Cleveland Browns have a new owner and a new QB, the Steelers have new faces on the offensive line with old results, the Cincinnati Bengals hope to stave off sophomore slumps and the Ravens are still trying to make it over the hump.
The quarterback whined that he doesn't get enough of the credit. And one of his star teammates lobbed jabs that the signal-caller was a weak link. Something has to give in the AFC Championship Game.
Arian Foster and Ray Rice are free agents in six weeks and (although unlikely) could find themselves in different uniforms next year. Let's examine.
A sweep of the series gives the Ravens a tie-break if they end up with the same record as Pittsburgh. It was an incredible ending and completely uncharacteristic of the Steelers defense.
In the fifth episode of Sports Blitz Now -- the brand new Huffington Post sports radio show -- Jordan Schultz and the crew break down the Tim Tebow fiasco and fully preview Saturday's monstrous 1-2 LSU-Alabama showdown in Tuscaloosa.
Anyway, at this point the Eagles are seriously shaky. Then again, so are the Cowboys. Actually, I'm starting to think the entire league is shaky, other than maybe the Packers and the Pats.
Last November, I wrote about a new law in Baltimore that created the first anti-animal abuse commission of its kind. This law and the commission it created are the legacy of a dog who became known as Phoenix.