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Ravens, 49ers hook up for preseason opener on beautiful night in Baltimore

Posted on 07 August 2014 by Glenn Clark

BALTIMORE – Greetings from M&T Bank Stadium, where the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers will tangle Thursday night in the preseason opener for both teams.

It’s shaping up to be a gorgeous evening at M&T Bank Stadium, with game time temperature likely to be just at 80 degrees and the sun still likely to be shining.

The Ravens and Niners have not met in any game of any sort since Baltimore claimed a 34-31 win in Super Bowl XLVII. This will mark the first game San Fran WR Anquan Boldin will play in Charm City since being dealt by the Ravens in 2013 in exchange for a sixth round pick. The teams are scheduled to practice against each other over the next few days at the Ravens’ 1 Winning Drive facility in Owings Mills.

We’ll be chatting about the game on Twitter (@WNST) where I encourage you to get involved in the conversation. You can also follow the game live here.


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Ravens-49ers preseason primer: Five players to watch

Posted on 06 August 2014 by Luke Jones

A brotherly reunion and Super Bowl XLVII rematch adds a little more spice to the preseason opener as the Ravens welcome the San Francisco 49ers to Baltimore on Thursday night.

As is always the case with the first preseason game, the contest will offer little more than a cameo appearance for veteran starters expected to make the biggest impact this season, but it does provide welcome change for a group of players tired of working against one another after two weeks of practices in Owings Mills. While most veteran starters figure to see little more than a series or two, younger starters figure to see more extensive action in the first half if history holds to form.

“We’re kind of on a standard plan right now, as far as that [goes],” coach John Harbaugh said. “I don’t know exactly the number of plays yet, but it won’t be anything we haven’t done in the past.”

Of course, the first preseason game won’t be the standard road trip for the 49ers as they’ll then join the Ravens at their training facility in Owings Mills for three days of practices, providing extra competition as well as opportunities to evaluate just how much improvement has been made to a team that failed to make the playoffs last season for the first time since 2007. Much will hinge on the offense under new coordinator Gary Kubiak, who is bringing his version of the West Coast attack to reinvigorate a group that finished 29th in the NFL last year.

Entering his seventh season at the helm of the Ravens offense, Joe Flacco has been all business this summer as Kubiak and quarterbacks coach Rick Dennison have focused on the veteran quarterback getting rid of the ball quickly while improving his footwork. Flacco isn’t the only one who will be under the microscope with the new offensive attack, but even he acknowledges the preseason opener carrying more significance than in past years because of the dramatic changes made this offseason.

Of course, the outcome of the opener won’t provide any definitive answers for questions facing the Ravens on both sides of the football, but the game will sharpen points of emphasis for both coaches and players after facing another team.

“Anytime you’re running a new offense and you think you’re doing it pretty well, it’s always nice to get out there and have a real test,” Flacco said. “Have people hitting you and flying around and going full speed under the lights. It’s probably a little more important.”

Thursday will mark the first ever preseason meeting between the Ravens and the 49ers, but Baltimore owns the 3-1 edge in the regular season and a 1-0 advantage in the postseason after their 34-31 win in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. The Ravens are 42-29 all-time in the preseason and have a 15-9 preseason mark in the Harbaugh era.

Unofficial (and largely speculative) injury report

The Ravens are not required to release an injury report like they do for regular-season games, but I’ve offered my best guess on what the injury report would look like if one were to be released.

Most of the players ruled to be out will come as no surprise, but the status of a few will be in question. This list, of course, will not include any veterans who may be held out of the preseason opener due to the coaching staff’s preference. Cornerback Lardarius Webb is not expected to play in either of the first two preseason games as he’s been sidelined with a lower back injury since July 25.

Again, this is not an official injury report released by the Ravens:

OUT: CB Lardarius Webb (back), G Will Rackley (head), DT Terrence Cody (hip), DE Brent Urban (knee)
DOUBTFUL: LB Daryl Smith (groin)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Michael Campanaro (ribs), CB Marrio Norman (unspecified)
PROBABLE: DT Timmy Jernigan (back), CB Jimmy Smith (back)

Five players to watch Thursday night

1. RB Ray Rice

With so much attention justifiably paid to his off-field transgressions, you almost forget the 27-year-old back is coming off the worst season of his career in which he averaged a meager 3.1 yards per carry. Rice was heavy, slow, and banged up during the 2013 season and must play well to not only hold off backup Bernard Pierce but give the Ravens confidence that they can move forward with the three-time Pro Bowl selection beyond the 2014 season. Rice will want to use the first couple preseason games to make a favorable impression on Kubiak with his two-game suspension looming at the start of the season.

“Ray has looked really good,” Harbaugh said. “Comparisons to years in the past, we’ll find all that out during the season. But he’s in tremendous shape. I’m seeing him make good lateral cuts. He has really good burst, acceleration is there, [and] vision is there. He’s been very patient with the zone runs, which is something that I believe to be an improvement over the past — even two years ago.”

2. FS Darian Stewart

Signed to a one-year, $1.3 million contract in the offseason, the former St. Louis Ram has yet to be seriously challenged at the free safety position with third-round pick Terrence Brooks struggling to grasp the playbook in his first season. Stewart isn’t spectacular, but he’s been complimented by Harbaugh and defensive coordinator Dean Pees for knowing his assignments and being in the right place, traits that shouldn’t be taken for granted considering the Baltimore defense gave up too many big plays a year ago. Stewart isn’t a long-term answer or dynamic player, but the Ravens hope he can be a value signing comparable to when they signed Corey Graham a couple years ago.

“I see a grown, mature, confident guy that I think fits really well in our room,” said secondary coach Steve Spagnuolo, who was Stewart’s head coach for two years in St. Louis. “He’s kind of slipped in there. I’ve noticed he’s taken a backseat, which you have to do when you change teams a little bit, and that was early on. Now, I see his personality coming out. I think that will happen more and more. I think he’s going to be a great leader for us. I really do.”

3. RT Rick Wagner

Perhaps the storyline received too much attention during spring workouts, but there’s been less buzz about the right tackle position than you’d expect with second-year lineman Rick Wagner continuing to be the favorite to start over fourth-year disappointment Jah Reid. The Ravens have been higher on Wagner than most of the outside world all along, but the Wisconsin product will need to prove capable against preseason opponents to put concerns to rest. Wagner doesn’t need to be a Pro Bowl tackle, but he needs to hold his own as the Ravens are too challenged offensively to be forced to constantly provide help in protection on the right side of the line.

“He is doing a lot better,” said linebacker Elvis Dumervil, who often matches up against Wagner during practice. “You’ve got to stay consistent with [offensive line coach] Juan Castillo’s scheme — his protection, his switching it up. But for the most part, he’s just doing a really good job.”

4. DT Brandon Williams

The 2013 third-round pick appeared to be emerging as a contributor in the defensive line rotation last year before wearing down and being inactive over five of the last six games, but the Ravens have shown plenty of confidence in Williams so far this summer by sliding Haloti Ngata back to the 3-technique defensive tackle position and lining up the Missouri Southern State product at the nose. His strength and athleticism have been mentioned frequently, but Williams will need to show those traits translate in taking on interior blockers and making plays in stopping the run. If Williams is not up to the challenge, the Ravens could elect to shift Ngata back to the nose and take longer looks at second-round rookie Timmy Jernigan and third-year lineman DeAngelo Tyson.

“Now, his strength is a lot more functional because he understands the technical part of the game a lot better,” defensive line coach Clarence Brooks said. “He understands how we play a lot better and how we want things done. He understands that, and he was able to take his natural strength and work it into what we want. So far, everything is on the upswing.”

5. CB Tramain Jacobs

Most eyes will inevitably fall on Chykie Brown and Asa Jackson as the Ravens try to figure out who will be lining up at the No. 3 cornerback spot in the regular-season opener, but Jacobs is on a short list of rookie free agents to watch this summer. Playing at Texas A&M, the 5-foot-11, 182-pound cornerback saw plenty of tough competition in college practices matching up against wideout Mike Evans with Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel throwing the football. Jacobs has shown good athleticism and a nose for the football to put him in the conversation for a spot on the 53-man roster. With so much concern over the lack of depth at the cornerback position, Jacobs will have opportunities to turn heads if his play carries over to preseason games.

“Everybody’s getting a good look. It’s a stiff competition right now,” said starter Jimmy Smith, who mentioned Jacobs as someone in contention for the No. 3 cornerback job. “Obviously, we don’t want Webb hurt, but that gives opportunity for [others]. It’s a stiff battle at the third cornerback position right now.”

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 05 August 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA-New York Liberty @ Washington Mystics (Tuesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet/NBA TV), Washington Mystics @ Indiana Fever (Friday 7pm from Indianapolis live on WNBA Live Access), Washington Mystics @ Connecticut Sun (Sunday 4pm from Uncasville, CT live on WNBA Live Access); MLL: Charlotte Hounds @ Chesapeake Bayhawks (Saturday 7pm from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium live on YouTube); Charm City Roller Girls (Saturday 6:30pm Laurel Ice Gardens)

10. Jim Gaffigan (Saturday 8pm Wolf Trap); Jim Breuer (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Doug Benson (Thursday DC Improv); Baltimore Summer Restaurant Week (Tuesday-Sunday throughout Charm City); Otakon (Friday-Sunday Baltimore Convention Center); Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “Into The Storm” out in theaters (Friday); Divergent” and “Oculus” available (Tuesday)

Jim Breuer will be appearing on “The Reality Check” Tuesday. We will be discussing this. AT LENGTH.

Also, don’t go see any other movie until you see Guardians of the Galaxy. I’M NOT KIDDING. I WILL FIND YOU.

9. JD McPherson (Thursday 7pm Canton Waterfront Park); John Legend (Tuesday 8pm Pier Six Pavilion), Slightly Stoopid/Stephen Marley/G. Love & Special Sauce (Thursday 6:30pm Pier Six Pavilion), Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration feat. Baltimore Symphony Orchestra & Warren Haynes (Friday 8pm Pier Six Pavilion), Heart (Saturday 8pm Pier Six Pavilion), Panic! At The Disco/Walk The Moon (Sunday 7:30pm Pier Six Pavilion); David Gray (Thursday 6:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Gavin DeGraw/Matt Nathanson (Sunday 7pm Wolf Trap); Gregg Allman (Tuesday & Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Sublime with Rome (Thursday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds (Friday 7:30pm Howard Theatre), Project Pat (Saturday 11:30pm Howard Theatre); Presidents of the United States of America (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club); Kenny G (Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); Jerry Douglas (Tuesday 7:30pm The Hamilton), Carbon Leaf (Saturday 8:30pm The Hamilton); Moonrise Festival feat. Kaskade/DJ Snake/Wacka Flacka Flame (Saturday & Sunday Pimlico Race Course); Godsmack “1000HP” and Shooter Jennings “Don’t Wait Up For George” available (Tuesday)

Go see JD McPherson. You won’t regret it.

John Legend is married to Chrissy Teigen and it’s the second most impressive thing about him.

I enjoy the Walk The Moon a bit, friends.

Can someone buy me a bourbon and a David Gray ticket?

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Ravens forced to cancel Friday open practice against 49ers

Posted on 02 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Due to rules of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NFL Players Association and the NFL, the Baltimore Ravens’ Friday (Aug. 8) joint practice with the San Francisco 49ers at M&T Bank Stadium has been cancelled.

The CBA limits the number of consecutive days a team can practice or take part in football activities during training camp. The decision to call off Friday’s event stems from the 49ers’ practice/travel schedule leading up to Thursday’s first preseason game (Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m.).

The Ravens will still hold a free and open practice at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis on Monday (Aug. 4) at 7 p.m. The practice will have interactive fan events, including post-practice player autograph signings for children, fun-filled activities designed specifically for younger fans, giveaways and cheerleader/mascot meet-and-greets. It will also feature a youth football clinic on the field prior to practice.

“We’re very disappointed for fans who were planning to attend Friday’s practice against the 49ers,” Ravens team president Dick Cass stated. “We hope some of them will be able to come to the practice at Navy on Monday.”

(Note: The previously-scheduled Ravens-49ers stadium practice would have been a walk-through-type session due to the game being played on Thursday night. Additionally, due to the Orioles’ game at Camden Yards on Friday evening, there also wouldn’t have been player autograph signings following practice.)

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Ravens announce open practice with 49ers August 8 at stadium

Posted on 08 July 2014 by WNST Staff


The Baltimore Ravens will practice against the San Francisco 49ers at M&T Bank Stadium on Friday, Aug. 8, one day after the teams compete in their first preseason game. The practice, which is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., is free and open to the public.

(Due to the Orioles’ game at Camden Yards that evening, there will be no player autograph session following the Ravens-49ers’ practice.)

The Baltimore-San Francisco practice is one of three free and open stadium events the Ravens will hold during their 2014 training camp. The Ravens will also practice at M&T Bank Stadium on Monday, July 28, a session highlighted by post-practice player autographs for children and a fireworks/laser show. The Ravens will then practice at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis on Monday, Aug. 4.

The Ravens and 49ers will hold four joint practices (Aug. 8-11) after their preseason contest (Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m.kickoff). The three sessions following the Friday M&T Bank Stadium practice will take place at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills.



Event: Fireworks Night at M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore, MD) – Free and Open to the Public

When: Monday, July 28

Practice Start Time: 7 p.m.

Gates Open: 5:30 p.m.

Parking: Stadium lots open at 4 p.m. and are available for cold tailgating. The parking fee is $10.

Details: Highlighted by a post-practice player autograph session for children and a fireworks/laser show, theFireworks Night practice will also feature entertainment that includes Baltimore’s Marching Ravens, cheerleaders, official mascot Poe and live mascots Rise and Conquer. The Ravens Team Store and concession stands will also be open.



Event: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Practice (Annapolis, MD) – Free and Open to the Public

When: Monday, Aug. 4

Practice Start Time: 7 p.m.

Gates Open: 5:30 p.m.

Parking: Lots open at 4 p.m. and are available for cold tailgating.

  • ·     $10 for cars and $25 for buses
  • ·     Parking may be purchased via www.navysports.com
  • ·     If Navy lots become full, nearby off-site locations are available with stadium shuttles.

Details: Baltimore’s Marching Ravens, cheerleaders, official mascot Poe and live mascots Rise and Conquer will be in attendance. The Ravens Team Store will be on site, and concession stands will be open. Prior to practice, the Ravens will host a RISE youth football clinic on the field featuring area players and teams.


Event: Ravens-49ers Practice at M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore, MD) – Free and Open to the Public

When: Friday, Aug. 8

Practice Start Time: 1 p.m.

Gates Open: 12 p.m.

Parking: Stadium lots open at 11 a.m. The parking fee is $10.

Details: The practice will feature entertainment that includes the Baltimore Marching Ravens Pep Band, cheerleaders, official mascot Poe and live mascots Rise and Conquer. The Ravens Team Store and concession stands will also be open.


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Ravens, 49ers to hold joint practices in preseason

Posted on 19 April 2014 by Luke Jones

As if a rematch of Super Bowl XLVII in the Ravens’ preseason opener wasn’t enough, head coach John Harbaugh will welcome brother Jim and the San Francisco 49ers for a series of training camp practices in Baltimore.

The Ravens and 49ers will meet at M&T Bank Stadium on Aug. 7 to kick off the preseason schedule before the teams meet for four days of practices in Baltimore. The teams will hold a light practice at the stadium the day after the game followed by three days of joint practices at the Ravens’ training facility in Owings Mills.

“I called Jim about a month ago and asked him if he wanted to do it, and I wasn’t really sure if he’d want to,” Harbaugh told the team’s official website on Friday. “And he was like, ‘Absolutely. Let’s do it.’”

One of the annual themes of training camp is players growing weary of going up against their own teammates, so the decision to invite the 49ers to practice with the Ravens figures to break up the monotony of the summer. Former Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin will certainly be familiar returning to the training facility at which he spent three seasons.

It will be interesting to see how the brothers interact with one another while their teams prepare for the 2014 season, and their father, Jack Harbaugh, is expected to be present for the practice sessions.

“He’s going to be the unofficial, official,” Harbaugh said. “He’s going to be in charge of breaking up all fights – different brotherly scuffles. If we start rolling around on the field my dad is going to have to jump in I guess. It’s going to be fantastic. We just can’t wait to do it.”

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Super Bowl XLVII rematch headlines Ravens’ 2014 preseason schedule

Posted on 09 April 2014 by Luke Jones

The Ravens will kick off the 2014 preseason in a rematch of Super Bowl XLVII when they welcome the San Francisco 49ers to M&T Bank Stadium on Aug. 7.

Though the stakes will be much lower than they were some 14 months ago in New Orleans, head coach John Harbaugh will face off against 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh for the first time since their teams met on the NFL’s biggest stage. The preseason opener will also mark the return of former Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who was traded to San Francisco last year for a sixth-round pick.

In addition to facing the 49ers for the first time in the preseason, the Ravens will also travel to AT&T Stadium to take on the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2 of the preseason. Baltimore hasn’t played at Dallas since 2008 when they helped close Texas Stadium with an upset win over the Cowboys.

Week 3 will bring the Washington Redskins to Baltimore as the geographic rivals square off in the most important game of the preseason. This year will mark the eighth preseason meeting between the teams as the Ravens hold a 5-2 series lead.

The preseason finale will be played on Aug. 28 when the Ravens travel to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to face the New Orleans Saints. In their only other preseason meeting, Baltimore beat the Saints in a 2005 contest taking place only hours before Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans.

The Ravens will also play at New Orleans during the 2014 regular season, but given the way teams typically rest starters during the final preseason game, this amounts to little more than an interesting coincidence.

Entering their 19th season, the Ravens are 42-29 in all-time preseason play and 15-9 under Harbaugh.

None of this year’s preseason games will be nationally televised, but all will air locally.

Dates for the Dallas and Washington games will be determined at a later date.

Ravens 2014 Preseason Schedule

Week 1: Thursday, Aug. 7 vs. San Francisco 49ers
Week 2: (Date TBD) at Dallas Cowboys
Week 3: (Date TBD) vs. Washington Redskins
Week 4: Thursday, Aug. 28 at New Orleans Saints


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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 13 January 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Syracuse @ Maryland (Thursday 8:30pm from Comcast Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Georgia Tech @ Maryland (Sunday 2pm Comcast Center); Boxing: Jean Pascal vs. Lucian Bute (Saturday 10:15pm from Montreal live on HBO), Ivan Redkach vs. Tony Luis (Friday 10pm from Memphis live on Showtime); MISL: St. Louis Ambush @ Baltimore Blast (Friday 7:35pm from Baltimore Arena live on YouTube), Baltimore Blast @ Syracuse Silver Stars (Sunday 1pm from Syracuse, NY live on YouTube)

10. Paul Mooney (Saturday 7:30pm Howard Theatre)l Iliza Shlesinger (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Doug Stanhope (Thursday 8pm Magooby’s Joke House); Todd Glass (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Baltimore County Restaurant Week (Tuesday-Sunday throughout Baltimore County); Enough Said“, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler“, “Riddick” and “Carrie” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit“, “The Nut Joband “Ride Along” out in theaters (Friday)

Iliza Schlesinger is both humorous and not safe for work.

I have no interest in seeing Jack Ryan, but I could use some more Keira Knightley in my life.

9. Jay-Z (Thursday 8pm Verizon Center); Stone Sour/Pop Evil (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live); Rusted Root (Monday 7:30pm Rams Head on Stage); Big Daddy Kane (Friday 9pm Howard Theatre); Charles Bradley (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), Big Head Todd and The Monsters (Saturday 7pm 9:30 Club); Gipsy Kings (Monday 7:30pm Birchmere); Dangermuffin (Friday 8pm Gypsy Sally’s); Bruce Springsteen “High Hopes”Switchfoot “Fading West” and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “Give The People What They Want” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I’ve seen Jay-Z a few times, probably won’t make down to DC Thursday night. But if he ever toured with The Roots there would not be a price I wouldn’t pay.

Charles Bradley > Charles Barkley > Matt Barkley > My elementary school friend Matt Besche. Actually, strike that. Matt Besche is WAY better than Matt Barkley.

Drew Forrester said the new Springsteen record isn’t a home run. Fair enough. I really like this tune though.

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are example number 6,789,403 why Brooklyn is now the capital of the music world.

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Orioles officially ink free agent OF Peguero

Posted on 07 December 2013 by WNST Staff

The Orioles today announced that they have signed free agent OF FRANCISCO PEGUERO to a one-year contract.

Peguero, 25, spent the majority of the 2013 season with Triple-A Fresno in the San Francisco organization, batting .316/.354/.408 in 70 games. He also appeared in 18 major league games, going 6-for-29 with his first big league home run. In eight minor league seasons in the San Francisco organization, Peguero is a career .306/.337/.427 hitter in 690 games. He has appeared in 35 major league games since 2012, batting .200/.217/.289 in 46 plate appearances.

Originally signed by San Francisco as an international free agent on August 8, 2005, Peguero was named the #98 prospect in baseball by MLB.com prior to the 2012 season, and was a Baseball America top-10 prospect in the San Francisco organization after each season from 2009-2012.

With this move, the Orioles now have 38 players on the 40-man roster.

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“The Reality Check” Week 2 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 11 September 2013 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (Last Week: 29)

I’m sorry I ever doubted the Jags being the worst team in the NFL.

31. Cleveland Browns (28)

So…you know…no pressure, Ravens.

30. Oakland Raiders (32)

Did you know their Tight Ends are something named “David Ausberry & Jeron Mastrud”? They look like they should play for Baltimore.

29. Buffalo Bills (30)

I still want Tuel Time.

28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (22)

You deserve to drop to 28 if you lose to the Jets.

27. New York Jets (31)

I don’t think they should get comfortable.

26. Arizona Cardinals (25)

It’s a road loss with some good. Not a disaster.

25. San Diego Chargers (24)

The Texans are a very good team, but there’s no excuse to lose that at home.

24. Carolina Panthers (23)

The Seahawks are a very good team, but there’s no excuse to lose that at home.

23. Tennessee Titans (27)

They get more credit for their win because it was on the road at a good team what we thought was a good team.

22. Minnesota Vikings (18)

Christian Ponder can’t possibly last the season.

21. Detroit Lions (26)

A good team can’t follow up a division win with a loss to the Cardinals-even if it’s on the road.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers (12)

What the hell was that? I mean, besides an awful lot of fun.

19. St. Louis Rams (20)

A game they should have won and did. That’s not a bad thing.

18. Washington Redskins (14)

Also from the list of “things I particularly enjoyed”.

17. Miami Dolphins (19)

Dannell Ellerbe looked really good Sunday. I know it’s one game.

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