Opponent: Baltimore Ravens

2010 record: 12-4, second place in the AFC North.

Victories: (12) – beat N.Y. Jets in opener by 1; took two games from Cleveland by 7 and 10 points; beat the Steelers by 3 at Pittsburgh; grabbed a 14-point victory over Denver; won by 3 points in OT vs. Buffalo; beat Miami by 16 points; Carolina fell by 24 points; 7 points over Tampa Bay; 6 points in overtime at Houston; topped New Orleans by 6 points; and Cincinnati by 6 points. That was an average margin of victory of 8.6 points.

(FS Ed Reed (left) is one of the most dangerous defensive playmakers in the history of the game. He’s scored 13 return TDs over his career and is the only player in NFL history to score on a punt return, blocked punt, interception and a fumble recovery.)

Defeats: (4) – lost in the second week of the season by 5 points at Cincinnati; by 3 points in OT at New England; 5 points at Atlanta; 3 points to Pittsburgh in Baltimore. That’s an average margin of defeat of four points.

Misc. on ’10 record: they were 7-1 at home, 5-3 on the road; Ravens were 4-2 in their division; 9-3 in the AFC; 2-1 in overtime.

Last year’s record: 9-7, second place in AFC North; they went 1-1 in the playoffs, beating the Patriots in New England 33-14, then losing to the Colts in Baltimore 20-3.  

Record for the last five seasons (2006-10): an overall record of 53-33 including the playoffs, which they made four times in that span. They won a division title in ’06 and finished second three different seasons in ’08, ’09 and ’10. They were 3-3 in the playoffs, with all three victories coming on the road in New England, Tennessee and Miami.

Last appearance in the playoffs: 2009, when they went in as a wildcard and the No. 6 seed. They beat the Patriots in New England by 19 points and then lost at Indianapolis by 17 points.

Owner: Steve Bisciotti, 50-year old native of Philadelphia who bought minority interest in March 2000, grabbing 49 percent of the team, with an option worked out to purchase the rest of the club from owner Art Modell in 2004 for the price of $325 million. That words out to a price of $637 million for full ownership. Modell is listed as a minority partner, but it’s unknown what his share of the team is at this point. Bisciotti and his cousin started a company called Aerotek in 1983 that provided aerospace and technology companies skilled temporary employees. That grew into Allegis Group, the largest privately held staffing firm in the world with 220 offices around the globe, 8,000 full-time employees and 90,000 contract workers. Yearly revenue is over $5 billion dollars. Bisciotti no longer has a day-to-day role in the company. His last name is pronounced Bih-SHAH-tee.

General Manager: Ozzie Newsome has been with the Ravens since the franchise left Cleveland and moved to Baltimore for the 1996 season. Newsome had a Hall of fame playing career as a tight end with the Browns, playing 13 seasons, and caught 662 passes for 7,980 yards. Only Shannon Sharpe and Tony Gonzalez have been able to top his career numbers. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999. After his playing days were over, he began working in the Browns personnel department and eventually when the team moved, he was named VP of Player Personnel. In 2002 he was named GM, the first African-American to hold that position. Newsome and his staff are one of the best drafting teams in the league. Newsome is just 54 years old and is finishing up his 33rd season in the NFL.

Head coach: John Harbaugh is in his third season as head coach of the Ravens, posting a 35-18 record and three trips to the playoffs as a wildcard team. Harbaugh is 3-2 in the post-season. He grew up around coaching, as his father Jack was has spent 42 years coaching in high school and colleges. He was the head coach at both Western Michigan and Western Kentucky. John Harbaugh was a defensive back at Miami of Ohio, and went into coaching immediately spending 14 seasons in the college ranks before going to the Philadelphia Eagles where he worked for nine seasons, most of those as special teams coach. Harbaugh is 48 years old.

Coordinators: offense, Cam Cameron, third season with the Ravens, 12th-year in the NFL, including one season as head coach of the Miami Dolphins and five years as head coach at Indiana University; defense, Greg Mattison, third season with the Ravens (second as coordinator) and third in the NFL – he worked for 31 years in college football, including stops at Michigan, Notre Dame and Florida; special teams, Jerry Rosburg, third season in Baltimore, 10th in the NFL – he started as a high school coach in North Dakota in 32 seasons ago.

Roster overview: The Ravens have been one of the top drafting teams in the NFL over the last decade-plus. On the 53-man roster, there are 30 Baltimore draft choices, including eight first-round picks and 25 money selections (rounds No. 1 through 3.) Among the first round picks still with the Ravens include LB Ray Lewis (’96), TE Todd Heap (’01), FS Ed Reed (’02), LB Terrell Suggs (’03), DT Haloti Ngata (’06) and QB Joe Flacco (’08). The roster has five players acquired through trades, including WR Anquan Boldin. There are three unrestricted free agents, with C Matt Birk and CB Chris Carr in the starting lineup. The Ravens have only five players who have been in the league 10 years or more, while they have 12 who have been with them two years or less.

Quarterback: Joe Flacco is in his third season, after being selected in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft with pick No. 18. Flacco has now started 53 games, including playoffs and has not missed a start. He owns a 35-18 record as the Ravens starter, throwing for 10,206 yards with 60 TD passes to 34 interceptions. This year, he’s completed 62.6 percent of his passes, for an average gain per attempt of 7.41 yards and a career-high 93.6 passer rating. The New Jersey native began his college career at Pitt, but transferred and finished at Delaware.

Offensive threats: The guy who makes the Ravens offense run is RB Ray Rice. He’s the leading rusher with 1,220 yards on 307 carries and five TDs. Rice is also the second leading receiver with 63 catches for 556 yards and a TD. That’s 370 touches for 1,776 yards. RB Willis McGahee handles some of the short yardage plays, with 100 rushes and five TDs. Anquan Boldin is leading the team in receiving with 64 catches for 837 yards and seven scores. Derrick Mason has 61 catches for 802 yards, while TE Todd Heap has 40 catches, five TDs and 599 yards. WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh has 30 catches for 398 yards and three TDS.

Defensive stars: They have stars at all three levels of the defense. In his 15th season, MLB Ray Lewis (right) remains the leader of the Baltimore defense. He’s been involved in 145 total tackles, two sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and three recovered fumbles. The takeaway machine is FS Ed Reed; in just nine games this year because of injuries, he has 39 total tackles and eight interceptions as well as a forced fumble. Terrell Suggs is the leading sacker with 11 on the season, followed by 5.5 from Haloti Ngata.

Special teamers: K Billy Cundiff has had a big season, hitting 26 of 29 FGs. P Sam Koch averages 43.6 yards a punt and finished up with a net average of 39.2 yards. The return duties have been shared all season. On punt returns it’s been Lardarius Webb and Tom Zbikowski. They’ve combined to return 37 punts for an 8.1-yard average. On kickoff returns, Jalen Parmele and David Reed have returned 45 kickoffs for an average between them of 26.2 yards. Reed took one back 103 yards for a touchdown. On the coverage squads the leading tacklers are LB Prescott Burgess with 15 and S Haruki Nakamura with 13.

By the numbers: Offensively, the Ravens finished No. 22 in the league, with an average of 322.9 yards per game – that’s 14th in the running game and 20th in passing the ball. Defensively, they finished No. 10 overall, allowing 318.9 yards per game. That broke down to No. 5 against the run and 21st in stopping the pass. They are plus-7 in the turnover ratio, ranking in the top 10 in fewest giveaways. They are minus-13 in sacks however, giving up 40 while getting just 27. They are plus-87 in the point differential, and their favorite quarter for scoring was the second. Defensively, they allowed just 24 points in the third quarter over 16 games. They are plus-27 in penalties.

Top ’10 draft picks: 2.) LB Sergio Kindle, Texas – he suffered a fractured skull in an accident off the field back in the summer and did not take part in any football action in ’10. 2.) DT Terrence Cody, Alabama – played in 13 games with one start, he picked up 13 tackles along the way on defense. 3.) TE Ed Dickson, Oregon – appeared in 15 games with three starts and caught 11 passes for 152 yards and one TD, and contributed three tackles in the kicking game. 4.) TE Dennis Pitta, Brigham Young – played in 11 games, caught one pass for one yards and added one tackle on special teams. 5.) WR David Reed, Utah – played in 13 games and on special teams, he had 11 tackles and returned 21 kickoffs for a 20.3 average including a 103-yard TD. 5.) DT Arthur Jones, Syracuse – played in two games, without a tackle.

Familiar faces: Long-time Chiefs coach and offensive coordinator Al Saunders is with the Ravens coaching staff as senior offensive assistant; Baltimore’s WR coach is Jim Hostler, who spent the 2000 season with the Chiefs as an offensive assistant; Ravens offensive line coach John Matsko spent two seasons with the Chiefs coaching the blockers in 2006-07.

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