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NFL Week 15 -- Ravens at Lions
The Baltimore Ravens and Detroit Lions enter Monday with identical records, but not-so-identical situations. Detroit is tied atop -- and leads by tiebreaker -- the NFC North. Baltimore is second in the AFC North, tied for the conference's final playoff spot. Moreover, Detroit seems to be playing the most difficult of its final three games this weekend, while Baltimore's tall task is one of three on the way in. Which team stays above .500?
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NFL Week 7 -- Ravens at Steelers
Not long ago -- last year, maybe? -- Ravens-Steelers was among the NFL's best rivalries. And that was before Baltimore won the most recent Super Bowl. This season, though, both teams are struggling. Baltimore is stuck at .500 and Pittsburgh is coming off its first win of the season. With the Cincinnati Bengals not running away with the division, the Ravens remain in contention no matter what happens Sunday. But the Steelers might already be facing a must-win.
NFL Week 6 -- Packers at Ravens
The verdict's still out on two of the last three Super Bowl champions, who enter Sunday with a collective 5-4 record. The rebuilt Baltimore Ravens might be deemed a pleasant surprise, especially after a 26-23 road win against the game Miami Dolphins. Green Bay, meanwhile, is treading water, winning big at home and losing close on the road. Will the latter occur again in Maryland -- especially considering Clay Matthews' absence?
Broncos fans too sensitive?
Denver Broncos fans didn't exactly need much reason to be fired up for next Thursday's season-opening, playoff rematch against the Baltimore Ravens. But they've got it anyway, in the form of a massive banner featuring opposing QB -- and, you know, reigning Super Bowl champion -- Joe Flacco. To be fair, it's part of a dual-sided promo that also features Peyton Manning, but this hasn't stopped Rocky Mountain faithful from complaining about the images of their Week 1 rival. Did we say fans? Manning himself agrees the banner is a little strange. Yeah, it should be a good game.