Much like on Monday, only Purple links today. My intern was out this morning, so my productivity was particularly limited. Super Jack might have the bubbling personality of Joe Flacco some days, but he’s definitely helpful to have around. If you’re Jones-ing for information from yesterday’s Maryland basketball Media Day, please check out Patrick Stevens’ “D1SCOURSE” blog at WashingtonTimes.com Also, all of the audio from Media Day (including Gary Williams) is in the Audio Vault at WNST.net.
Here are our picks for Sunday’s game….
Drew: Vikings 29, Ravens 26 (OT)
Drew says Minnesota will get the ball first in overtime and take it right downfield for the winning score.
Me: Ravens 24, Vikings 13
This team is ALWAYS better up against the wall and when they have a chip on their shoulder. They’re going to rally around the criticism of Greg Mattison this week, and this defense is going to show up in a big way.
I think. I hope.
Let’s see what everyone else has to say….
Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:
And from the rest of the world…..
The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Matt Birk will be ‘enemy’ in native Minnesota
The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Jarret Johnson, Haloti Ngata returned to practice Thursday
The Official Site’s Patrick Gleason says Ray Rice 2nd in NFL with 114.4 yards from scrimmage per game this season (only Tennessee’s Chris Johnson has more)
The Official Site says Oher knows he has to ‘work hard’ against Vikes’ Jared Allen
Vikings Official Site’s Mike Wobschall says Percy Harvin limited in practice Thursday
Vikings Official Site’s Mike Wobschall says Ed Reed ‘game changer’ for Ravens
Vikings Official Site’s Mike Wobschall says Harbaugh knows slowing Peterson will take ‘team effort’
Vikings Official Site’s Mike Wobschall says Leslie Frazier thinks Benny Sapp fitting in ‘nicely’ in Minnesota
The AP’s Jon Krawczynski says 52, Favre share ‘respect’ for each other
The AP’s Jon Krawczynski says Vikings offense more than just Peterson
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens must defend run, slow down Jared Allen, succeed on 3rd down
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens just 2-5 under Harbs in games decided by 6 points or less
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says fans can’t blame Billick for Flacco’s interceptions
The Sun’s Ken Murray says Favre has been ‘unpredictable’ historically against Ravens
The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens’ defense clearly misses Bart Scott
The Sun’s Edward Lee says Vikings TE Shiancoe ‘proud’ to represent Morgan State (who got a big win last night over Howard-Congratulations to Coach Hill-Eley)
The Sun’s Edward Lee says Edgar Jones (hamstring) practiced again Thursday
The Sun’s Edward Lee says Cam Cameron defended play-calling
The Sun’s Edward Lee says Cam Cameron ‘guaranteed’ Mason wouldn’t be shut out again
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Cameron thinks Demetrius Williams not getting playing time just because he’s “4th guy”
Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Ravens will be ‘tested’ by A.P. after being gauged by Cedric Benson last week
Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Jared Gaither didn’t practice again Thursday
Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Sid Hartman says Leslie Frazier excited for Matt Birk-Pat Williams matchup
St. Paul Pioneer Press’ Sean Jensen says Pat Williams ‘doesn’t care’ about Birk, Baltimore
SI’s Peter King picks Vikings 30-23 (mea culpa for earlier mis-quote)
Fox Sports’ Adam Schein says Ravens will win Sunday, be tied with Bengals again atop AFC North come Monday
ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens trying to start new streak against “All Day”
ESPN.com’s James Walker says pass defense will be ‘difference’ for Ravens in AFC North success the rest of the season
Here are the rest of our Football picks for the weekend:
Drew 21-7 Delaware, Glenn 13-3 Delaware
Drew 33-30 Navy, Glenn 28-20 Navy
Drew 19-13 Virginia, Glenn 21-17 Virginia
Rest of our NFL picks:
Talk to you from Owings Mills.