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Happy all-black Friday, Flock Nation! That’s right, the Ravens will be bringing out the black jersey, black pants combo on Sunday night against the Browns, along with the debut of a unique LED wristband light show in the stadium!

The Ravens put together some of the best hype videos in professional sports, and this week’s game trailer was no different.

This team has accomplished so much despite all of the adversity they’ve faced this season, and the idea that the best is yet to come is not that far-fetched. With so many players out for the season, Baltimore can’t hit ‘full-strength’ at all this year, but even minimizing the week-to-week injuries down the stretch could be huge.

But it won’t be this week, as lingering injuries and the Thanksgiving holiday limited several Ravens in practice this week. But Lamar Jackson appears to be good to go for prime time football on Sunday, giving the Ravens a good chance against a struggling Browns team.

Speaking of Thanksgiving, remember when Mike Tomlin tried to trip Jacoby Jones?

Karma ultimately had its way with that game, with the Ravens winning 22-20 by stopping a two-point conversion with a minute left. But looking at the box score, I just want to say that I’m thankful for this entire Ravens organization, top to bottom, especially the scouts and talent evaluators that have kept this team competitive for most of my lifetime. Our leading rusher that game was Bernard Pierce, and our leading tackler was James Ihedigbo. Names like Jameel McClain and Matt Elam were key starters, as was the ageless Josh Bynes, who’s still rockin’ and rollin’ in Baltimore eight years later.

Now, we have names like Patrick Queen, Marlon Humphrey, Tyus Bowser and Odafe Oweh set to lead our defense for years to come, with a Jackson 5 group of offensive weapons (Mark Andrews, Rashod Bateman, Hollywood Brown, plus the injured J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards) ready to take this offense to new heights next year. That’s the benefit of a great scouting and talent acquisition department determined to make the playoffs every season.

Finally, let’s get our boys to the Pro Bowl.

Unsurprisingly, Patrick Ricard and Justin Tucker are leading in their respective categories as the league’s best at their positions, but Jackson, Brown, Andrews and Bradley Bozeman should all be the in the mix. Calais Campbell should be an absolute lock since he’s single-handedly wrecked opposing offensive lines this season, and some love for Oweh or Justin Houston wouldn’t be out of the question either.

Enjoy your weekend, before what’s sure to be another nail-biter against the Browns. But at home, in prime time, I have faith in the Ravens. They’ll leave it all on the field, and they’ll leave the field with a W.

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