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A Bandwagon Fan’s Guide to 'Big Truss,' the Ravens favorite saying

A Bandwagon Fan’s Guide to 'Big Truss,' the Ravens favorite saying

For those that have been following the Ravens this season, the phrase "Big Truss" is always something that comes to mind. But for those who may just be joining the Ravens hype-train for the playoffs, the two words may sound unfamiliar.

If you're going to be rooting for Baltimore in the Divisional round and potentially further, you'll need to know what the Ravens' rallying call really means, as you'll hear and see it plenty. Here's a guide for everything you need to know about "Big Truss," starting at the beginning.

While "Big Truss" is now well-known in the Ravens community, it wasn't at the beginning of the season. Well, for the public at least. The Baltimore Sun reported in a story that "truss" was a word that Lamar Jackson and Marquise "Hollywood" Brown both became familiar with during their time in Broward County, Florida, where they are both from. The word can be described as similar to trust, though as the story explains there are plenty of different interpretations based on which player you ask.

Whatever it truly does mean, "Big Truss" hit the national spotlight in Week 11 after the Ravens routed the Houston Texans 41-7. Running back Mark Ingram took the podium and gave an introduction for Jackson. In his larger-than-life speech, the words "Big Truss" were emphatically said. 

That following week before a matchup with the Rams, "Big Truss" was expanded on. Though, Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram were hesitant to give away more information on the term.

“‘Big Truss.’ Insider [knowledge]. You don't need to talk about it," Jackson told reporters.

“It’s something that he [Lamar Jackson] says, and I’ve been saying it to him for a little while. And then y’all just caught it on camera. It’s just a little something that we have going," Ingram said. "I can’t really expand on it, but we know it’s love, big love. Something along those lines.”

Weeks later, "Big Truss" grew even larger when kicker Justin Tucker said following his game-winning field goal against the San Francisco 49ers. 

From there, "Big Truss" took on a life of its own as the Ravens continued to rack up the wins. Every player was saying it, fans joined in, and it became the main phrase surrounding the Baltimore Ravens. Even John Harbaugh has joined the movement.

Now, as the Ravens enter the playoffs as Super Bowl favorites, the "truss" is only getting bigger. Leading up to the matchup with the Tennesse Titans, Baltimore has gone all out. That includes personalized doughnuts and probably the coolest salt mine one will ever see.

The Ravens and "Big Truss" go hand-in-hand. As the playoffs begin for Baltimore, there will be plenty of it all around.

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Mark Andrews both excited, and sad, about Hayden Hurst’s trade to Atlanta

Mark Andrews both excited, and sad, about Hayden Hurst’s trade to Atlanta

Mark Andrews is in a unique situation with his friend Hayden Hurst. 

He’s happy that Hurst will finally get his chance to be a No. 1 tight end in Atlanta and earn the targets he wasn’t able to receive in Baltimore.

There also won’t be the same relationship between Andrews and Hurst, and fellow tight end Nick Boyle, anymore. 

The three-headed monster was inseparable in the locker room, incredibly productive on the field and one of the brightest spots for the NFL’s best regular season team in 2019. Now, one-third of the group is gone. 

“I think, first of all, it was kind of a shock for me,” Andrews said Tuesday during a conference call. “And selfishly, Hayden being one of my best friends and being someone that I talk to every day and I'm super close with, I'm sad. I'm sad that I won't be able to have him next year, I won't be able to talk to him next year as much, but I'm also excited for him. I'm excited for him to get more of an opportunity with Atlanta.”

Hurst was shipped to Atlanta in mid-March to give the Ravens some much-needed draft capital. It also gave Hurst, a first-round pick in 2018, a chance to be a true No. 1 tight end threat.

The trade gave the Ravens the 55th overall pick in the NFL Draft later this month, as well as a fifth-round pick in exchange for Hurst and a fourth-round pick.

Last season, Hurst posted 349 yards receiving on 30 receptions with two touchdowns. Those numbers ranked fifth on the team in receptions and third in yards.

With Hurst out of the fold, Andrews, Marquise Brown and perhaps a few new offensive additions in the draft will have to pick up the load Hurst left behind.

“He's a great player,” Andrews said. “I love him to death, but it's exciting for him as well. But, firstly, I'm sad. I know Nick is sad. The three-headed monster kind of got broken up a little bit, but again, we're going to be just fine. Nick and I, we'll do our jobs, and then, obviously, we're going to find someone else to help us out.” 

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The last team to make the Super Bowl without having a bye? The 2012 Ravens

The last team to make the Super Bowl without having a bye? The 2012 Ravens

The NFL announced on Tuesday that the league will have a new playoff format beginning in 2020, one where seven teams from each conference would make the league's postseason.

While the new format helps those teams that finish with eight, nine or 10 wins and had previously been on the outside looking it, the new system also has its drawbacks. Each conference will now only have one team that earns a bye week, as the conference's No. 2 seed will now play on Wild Card weekend hosting the No. 7 seed.

Over the past seven seasons, all 14 Super Bowl participants were either the No. 1 or No. 2 seed in their respective conference, meaning they had bye weeks. For the teams that made a deep run in the postseason, the extra week of rest proved to be beneficial.

So, it was worth wondering: Who was the last team was to play in a Super Bowl without having a bye week?

That would be the 2012 Baltimore Ravens.

The Ravens finished the regular season 10-6 and as AFC North division champs. But Baltimore had the worst record of any division winner, giving them the No. 4 seed in the playoffs.

After Baltimore dominated then-rookie Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts in the Wild Card round, the Ravens traveled to the Mile High City for a date with the Denver Broncos. The Ravens upset Denver in double overtime after quarterback Joe Flacco found Jacoby Jones on a 70-yard touchdown to tie the game with less than a minute remaining in regulation.

In the conference championship, Baltimore traveled to Gillette Stadium and cruised by the Patriots, winning 28-13 and clinching their first Super Bowl berth since 2000. In Super Bowl XLVII, Baltimore held off an epic San Francisco comeback and defeated the 49ers in a thriller, 34-31.

The Ravens proved that a team can win a Super Bowl without having a bye, but it hasn't happened in a long time. With the new playoff format, that will likely change.

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