| Oct 25, 2012
| 4:22 PM
A quick explanation of the Hierarchy/Obituary: In a way, it's kind of like a "Power Ranking," but it focuses strictly on the NFC. Once I feel that a team no longer has a realistic shot at the playoffs, I'll write......
| Nov 1, 2012
| 4:23 PM
Obituaries this week: The Rams are better than I thought they'd be this season as new head coach Jeff Fisher has brought some legitimacy to St. Louis, but they're still far away from being contenders. The defensive line looks like......
| Nov 19, 2012
| 7:33 AM
Bears coach Lovie Smith likes to say that Kellen Davis can do all the things the good tight ends can do.
Except catch passes.
And hold on to the ball.
And stand up.
This is a bad week for all of that to seem true. A loss on Monday...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 4:45 AM
In eager anticipation of the 2013 NFL season, Baltimore Sun blogger and reporter Matt Vensel will take a daily look at one of the 13 opponents on the Ravens’ regular-season schedule. Today is the Detroit Lions.
The Ravens will make their only...
| Sep 24, 2012
| 8:09 AM
Every Monday morning, the day after my favorite day of the week but still hours before that week’s slate of games officially wraps up with “Monday Night Football,” I will bring you my weekly premature NFL power rankings.
| Aug 10, 2012
| 7:00 AM
Ten things to take away from the Chicago Bears' 31-3 loss to the Denver Broncos in their preseason opener:
1. No one game plans for the opening preseason game and starters don’t play into the fourth quarter in the first exhibition. But maybe nobody...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 11:18 AM
What are your (early) projections for Alshon Jeffery? How will he fare in the new offense? -- @ken d mccarthy, from Twitter
I will be surprised if Jeffery does not take a significant step forward in his second season. He is a pretty special talent. I...
| Jan 1, 2013
| 8:22 PM
Vikings will surprise
The reeling Texans will get it together enough to defeat the Bengals, who will fail to win the rematch of last year's wild-card game. The Bengals have won seven of eight games, but their run ends...
| Dec 11, 2012
| 9:13 AM
The Ravens can clinch the AFC North with a victory over the Denver Broncos, according to the latest NFL playoff scenarios announced by the league today.
The Ravens can also clinch the division with a tie against Denver along with a loss by the...
| Dec 16, 2012
| 5:13 PM
For the fifth straight season, the Ravens are headed to the playoffs.
Despite their 34-17 loss to the Denver Broncos, the Ravens clinched a playoff berth Sunday when the Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the Dallas Cowboys, 27-24, in overtime.
| Dec 17, 2012
| 6:00 AM
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....