The Ravens certainly won't be having a normal week this week.
They're finished with their Baltimore preparation and are scheduled to fly down to New Orleans Monday for the Super Bowl. That's when the fun begins, and even though the Ravens have a veteran team, it will be interesting to see how they handle all the pressure that goes with the big game.
Media from all over the world comes for this one with Tuesday's media day being something that always seems to affect someone. It will be very interesting to see how the Ray Lewis situation plays out then.
Lewis has gotten some sympathetic media coverage since announcing that he'd be retiring when the season ends. But the big question is if any of his past problems will come up during media day. Several publications and web sites already have brought up the incident in Atlanta that he was involved in where two people were killed. When the Ravens were last here, then-coach Brian Billick tore into the media about how they behaved in that situation and that took plenty of pressure off Lewis, but might have hurt the coach for a long time.
The Ravens have a lot of players who aren't afraid to say their feelings, like Terrell Suggs, but he's been much quieter in recent days. It almost seems like some of the Ravens are trying to be careful what they say.
Plus, going through Super Bowl week is something that's an experience in itself, and the team that handles it better is usually the one that comes out on top. The Ravens have handled everything else all right in the post-season, have already put in their game plan, and should have everything in place for this week.