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Monday, January 5, 2009
Morning take: Ravens edition

By James Walker
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Since only one AFC North team played this weekend, we're going to focus Monday's "Morning Take" on the Baltimore Ravens.

Here are the most interesting stories about the Ravens from wild-card weekend:

Morning take: Ed Reed, Ray Lewis and Co. were in rare form. Baltimore's D turned it up several gears Sunday and Miami couldn't match that intensity.

Morning take: Flacco did what Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons couldn't in his first playoff game, which was stay composed and avoid turnovers.

Morning take: The league MVP (Peyton Manning), coach of the year (Smith) and rookie of the year (Ryan) are all gone after one round of the postseason. It's safe to say all three would trade in their awards to still have a chance at the Super Bowl.

Morning take: Tennessee plays like an AFC North team and is the closest thing to the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers outside the division. So both teams better strap their helmets on tight this weekend, because this game will get ugly.