Links from a Ravens perspective

Links from the Ravens' perspective leading into this Sunday's game against the Patriots.

1. A fitting path: Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun writes that it's only fitting for the Ravens to have another shot to upend the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game following last year's tight tilt. Guard Marshal Yanda notes that it took him roughly two months to get over last year's defeat.

2. Patriots D improving, Ravens taking notice: The last time these two teams played, the Patriots surrendered over 500 yards of offense to the Ravens. Much has changed since that time, and the Ravens have taken notice of the improved Patriots defense, which is more aggressive with the addition of Aqib Talib, writes Matt Vensel of The Baltimore Sun.

3. Lewis helping against the run, not so much vs. the pass: Football Outsiders notes that while Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis has been a standout player against the run since returning from injury this postseason, his impact has not been as strong defending the pass (note: Insider content).

4. Flacco an elite quarterback?: With Joe Flacco set to enter free agency following the season, his agent says he is one of the top five quarterbacks in football, and an elite player, as relayed by Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun.

5. Lombardi adds insight: To that point, Mike Lombardi of the NFL Network discusses Flacco's worth to the franchise.

6. Ravens stuck to run game: Even when the running game wasn't producing big yardage, the Ravens stuck to it against Denver, writes Mike Preston of The Baltimore Sun. Defending Ray Rice will be key for the Patriots this Sunday.