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Aerosmith, Kravitz sing for their NFL teams

Aerosmith, Kravitz sing for their NFL teams

NEW YORK (AP) The latest NFL teams to get songs from major artists are the Patriots and Jets.

And when they face off Sunday in Foxborough, their new anthems will be available for download.

Aerosmith, long associated with Boston, has recorded ``Legendary Child'' for the Patriots. Lenny Kravitz came up with ``Like A Jet'' for the Jets.

No word yet if Tom Brady and Rex Ryan will sing along.

Each of the songs will be heard on 30-second television commercials during the CBS telecast of the game. Fans also can download them at www.PepsiAnthems.com.

Previously Kid Rock composed and created a song for the Lions, while Kelly Clarkson did one for the Cowboys, Ice Cube for the Raiders and Travie McCoy for the Giants. The Steelers have an anthem called ``Black and Yellow'' by Wiz Khalifa.


COMEBACK VS. MUSIC CITY MIRACLE: Titans coach Mike Munchak can do without hearing the song ``Shout!'' on Sunday, when Tennessee travels to play the Buffalo Bills.

Munchak heard the Bills' traditional celebration anthem more than enough times in January 1993. That's when Munchak, an offensive lineman for the Houston Oilers, was on the losing end in what remains the largest collapse in NFL playoff history. The Oilers squandered a 32-point lead in a 41-38 overtime loss in the AFC wild-card game.

``That was a bad one,'' Munchak said this week. ``When you hear that song they like to play, `Shout!' yeah, I heard that quite a bit.''

At least he now has a retort when someone reminds him of that game, which has been dubbed ``The Comeback.''

``You guys have the Music City Miracle, so we're kind of even,'' Munchak said.

He's referring to the 2000 AFC wild-card playoff at Nashville. The Titans' shocked the Bills with a trick play lateral to score on a last-second kickoff return in a 22-16 victory. Munchak was a Titans assistant then.

He also won in his first trip as a head coach to Buffalo last season, when the Titans beat the Bills 23-17 in December.


GOING VEG: All those crazed, costumed Raiders fans who fill the Black Hole on Sundays can enjoy some of the most humane food options at the Oakland Coliseum.

PETA recently ranked the Coliseum third on its list of most vegetarian-friendly NFL stadiums, trailing Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia and Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

``With a veggie dog, black-bean burger, and veggie burrito leading the charge, fans of the Silver and Black can turn their health around by enjoying delicious, protein-packed vegetarian meals,'' said Tracy Reiman, PETA's executive vice president.

Among the other meat-free options in Oakland are burrito bowls and fruit salads. There are even more choices for fans in premium seats, including chipotle black-bean burgers, veggie fajitas, and vegan chocolate fondue.

Rounding out the top five on PETA's list were the Georgia Dome in Atlanta and Ford Field in Detroit.


SO LONG, RAY: Patrick Willis is setting the new standard for NFL linebackers. Still, San Francisco's star defender was saddened to hear about Baltimore's Ray Lewis going down for significant time with a torn right triceps.

Willis considers Lewis the guy who has long set the parameters for his position. Lewis was placed on injured reserve Wednesday with the ``designated to return'' tag, which provides him the chance to play again this season if he does well in his recovery from surgery.

``It was like, `Wow,''' Willis said. ``That, for me, was one of the forefathers considering he was during my time and a little bit before it. It's very unfortunate because I know he has a passion for this game and he loves playing this game. Who knows if this is going to be his last year or not. I wish him the best and hopefully it will be a speedy recovery.''


REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME: Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys are going back to Carolina, where the quarterback made his first start six years ago.

``You can always remember your first start,'' Romo said this week. ``We won the game, so you look fondly upon it. Obviously, it was a long time ago.''

It was October 2006, in coach Bill Parcells final season with the Cowboys. The first start for Romo, the undrafted free agent then in his fourth NFL season, came six days after Romo replaced Drew Bledsoe in the second half of a Monday night game.

Romo has been the starter since, and has a 49-33 record.

In that first start, Romo completed 24 of 36 passes for 270 yards with a touchdown and an interception in a 35-14 victory.

``It was one of those moments where you feel prepared, you do whatever you can,'' Romo said. ``You don't really know what to expect, and then when your team wins the game, it's great.''

Dallas went into that game with a 3-3 record, and that win started a stretch of four in five games that propelled the Cowboys to a 9-7 record, good for an NFC wild-card spot.

Romo has won all three career starts against the Panthers.


DALTON PICKED OFF: One of Andy Dalton's best attributes as a rookie was his ability to avoid the interception. He's struggling the second time around.

Dalton threw only 13 interceptions in the regular season as a rookie last year, when he reached the Pro Bowl. He had nine games without a pick.

In six games this season, Dalton has thrown nine interceptions, tied for second most in the NFL and leaving him on pace for 24, which would be a franchise record. Ken Anderson, Boomer Esiason and Jon Kitna each had a 22-interception season.

``They're not all on Andy,'' offensive coordinator Jay Gruden said. ``Some are on me, some are on the receiver, some are on the line, some are on him. If you play quarterback long enough, and you throw enough passes, you will throw an interception.''

Dalton's have come at critical times.

Ed Reed's 34-yard touchdown return got the Ravens rolling to a 34-13 win in the season opener. Reshad Jones' interception sealed Miami's 17-13 win two weeks ago. Sheldon Brown ran one back 19 yards in Cleveland's 34-24 win, when Dalton tied his career high with three picks.

``There have been some decisions to throw the ball when I probably shouldn't have, but others have been tipped balls and things like that, too,'' Dalton said. ``So I know when I can take my chances, I know when to take my shots. Hopefully, the interceptions will go down.''


MILE-HIGH MAD: When cornerback Chris Harris stepped in front of Eddie Royal, picked off Philip Rivers' pass and raced down the sideline to seal Denver's historic 35-24 comeback win at San Diego on Monday night, he capped it with an emphatic Mile High Salute as if to say, ``Take that!''

Chargers tight end Antonio Gates had done his own Mile High Salute after scoring a touchdown during San Diego's 24-0 first half, and several Broncos took umbrage.

``Everybody knows the Mile High Salute is our thing,'' Harris said of the touchdown celebration popularized by Terrell Davis. ``I saw him doing it. You can say we definitely took it personally.''

Harris' 46-yard interception return for a TD capped Denver's 35-0 second half onslaught, making the Broncos the first team in NFL history to spot an opponent a 24-0 lead and then win by double digits.

The military-style salute was Davis' signature celebration in the late 1990s when he helped John Elway win back-to-back Super Bowls. It's to the Broncos what the Lambeau Leap is to the Green Bay Packers.

``I saw Gates do it in the beginning of the game, so I wanted to finish off with it,'' Harris said.


AP Pro Football Writers Barry Wilner and Arnie Stapleton, and Sports Writers Janie McCauley, Joe Kay, John Wawrow, Stephen Hawkins and Josh Dubow contributed to this story.


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Baltimore Ravens' 2018 regular season matchups, dates and times

Baltimore Ravens' 2018 regular season matchups, dates and times

We've known the Ravens' 2018 preseason and regular season opponents for some time now, but the NFL finally released their full schedule with exact dates and times.

As they do every year, the Ravens will be seeing the Bengals, Steelers and Browns twice. 

For the ninth consecutive year, Week 16 and 17 will be divisional games with playoff implications.

They Ravens will also be playing in the Pro Football Hall of Fame preseason game against the Chicago Bears in Canton, Ohio, bringing an extra preseason game to their schedule.

In the regular season, the birds will be flocking south to take on the Panthers, Falcons and Titans. They haven't seen the Panthers or Falcons since 2014 - both ending in wins - and came up just short against the Titans in their 23-20 loss last season.

The Ravens will only have to travel to the west coast once when they take on the Los Angeles Chargers, who they last saw in 2015 and earned a 29-26 win.

Not including AFC North rivals, the last time the Ravens saw their remaining five home opponents they came away with wins. Hopefully history will repeat itself.

Prime-time games, which the Ravens have two of, will kick off at earlier times than in the past. Monday Night Football will now start at 8:15 p.m. while Thursday and Sunday Night Football will start at 8:20 p.m.

Ravens 2018 Regular-Season Schedule:

Week 1: Sunday, 9/9 vs. Bills, 1:00 p.m.

Week 2: Thursday, 9/13 @ Bengals, 8:20 p.m.

Week 3: Sunday, 9/23 vs. Broncos. 1:00 p.m.

Week 4: Sunday, 9/30 @ Steelers, 8:20 p.m.

Week 5: Sunday, 10/7 @ Browns, 1:00 p.m.

Week 6: Sunday 10/14 @ Titans, 4:25 p.m.

Week 7: Sunday, 10/21 vs. Saints, 4:05 p.m.

Week 8: Sunday 10/28 @ Panthers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 9: Sunday 11/4 vs. Steelers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 10:  BYE week

Week 11: Sunday 11/18 vs. Bengals, 1:00 p.m.

Week 12: Sunday 11/25 vs. Raiders, 1:00 p.m.

Week 13: Sunday 12/2 @ Falcons, 1:00 p.m.

Week 14: Sunday 12/9 @ Chiefs, 1:00 p.m.

Week 15: Sunday 12/16 vs. Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 16: Saturday 12/22 or Sunday 12/23 @ Chargers, TBD

Week 17: Sunday 12/30 vs. Browns, 1:00 p.m.


Hall of Fame Game: Thurs., 8/2, vs. Chicago Bears (Canton, OH), 8:00pm (NBC).

Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. Los Angeles Rams

Week 2: Mon. 8/20,  at Indianapolis Colts (Monday Night Football, ESPN).

Week 3: at Miami Dolphins*

Week 4: Thurs., 8/30 at Washington Redskins

* - Game date and time not yet determined


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As 2018 NFL Draft approaches, Ravens to host QB Lamar Jackson per report


As 2018 NFL Draft approaches, Ravens to host QB Lamar Jackson per report

With 10 days until the 2018 NFL Draft, quarterback Lamar Jackson is set to visit the Ravens this week, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. 

The former Heisman Trophy winner is a projected first-round pick as he has proven to have success in the air and on the ground. 

While at Louisville, Jackson had 9,043 passing yards and 69 touchdowns. He also rushed for 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns. His NFL draft profile compares him to Michael Vick. 


The Ravens are in search of Joe Flacco's successor, but spending a first-round pick on a quarterback when there are other glaring needs is up in the air. However, assistant general manager Eric DeCosta isn't ruling out the possibility

"I feel like if there is a guy there that we think is really too good to pass up, we're going to take him," DeCosta told the team's website on the chance of drafting a quarterback in the first-round.

At their pre-draft press conference, GM Ozzie Newsome and DeCosta kept reiterating we could be surprised by who they pick at No. 16, if they do at all. 

While Jackson's numbers are impressive, he continues to be considered a late first-round pick as his build isn't up to typical NFL QB standards and scouts are concerned with his accuracy. What he does have in his favor is speed.

While fans are hoping for an offensive weapon, having Jackson learn under Flacco for a year (and maybe RGIII?) could rev up some excitement.