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Patriots-Ravens week is off to a kind of weird start

Steve Smith, Terrell Suggs, and John Harbaugh.
Steve Smith, Terrell Suggs, and John Harbaugh.Nick Wass/AP

Ravens receiver Steve Smith wore a Yoda costume to his news conference on Wednesday. Linebacker Terrell Suggs didn’t want to say Tom Brady’s name during his. And we learned that quarterback Joe Flacco lived at home during the offseason his first two years in the NFL, and shared a room that had a Brady poster on the wall.

Another year, another Patriots-Ravens matchup.

This Monday Night Football will be the sixth time since 2012, including the playoffs, that the teams have met. New England is 3-2 in those games.

Smith, the veteran wide receiver who is the Ravens’ nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, stuck with the costume almost all the way through his time with reporters, but shed it when he got too hot. Coach John Harbaugh joked that it would’ve been better had the onesie included footies; Smith wore slippers with the ensemble.

Suggs has previously avoided saying Brady’s name, like before and after the Patriots topped the Ravens in the divisional round of the playoffs en route to Super Bowl XLIX. Wednesday was the latest extension of the bad blood between Suggs and Brady.

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Flacco said he and his brother began hanging posters and magazine cutouts on the walls in 2000 and that the room hasn’t changed since.

“It’s got magazine cutouts, posters of a lot of people,” Flacco said. “Tom was one of them.

“He might have made those [posters], I think that was probably back in like 2000. I was probably a freshman or sophomore [in high school]. He was in junior high when he probably started doing all that. That room still looks identical to the way it did 16 years ago.”


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