The Ravens will have a lot at stake tonight when they take the field against the Rams in the preseason finale.
Forgot about guys trying to win jobs. Forget about settling on a kicker, deciding if Troy Smith will stay around, and picking a wide receiver to fill in for Donte' Stallworth.
How about finishing the preseason undefeated? Huh? How's that for an ultimate goal?
With a win over the Rams tonight, the Ravens would finish 4-0 in the preseason for the second straight year. If that doesn't get the Ravens players fired up, I don't know what will.
Of course, a team's preseason record means absolutely nothing. If you need proof, take a look at the Indianapolis Colts.
After an 0-3 start to the preseason this year, the Colts have now gone 9-23 in preseason action since 2004. We know what they've done in the regular season and playoffs in that same time frame.
The Ravens' opponent tonight has had a little less success than the Colts since 2004. The Rams haven't had a winning season in the last six years, and have just six total wins in the last three seasons combined.
St. Louis will start their young quarterback Sam Bradford tonight and according to the team, will play their starters around 15 plays.
In contrast, the Ravens won't have many starters at all suit up tonight. Troy Smith will play the entire game at quarterback, and he'll be working with the second and third-team offense throughout the night.
The Ravens won't declare "scratches" tonight, but don't expect to see many (if any) of the big names on the field in St. Louis.
This is truly a big night for the 5-10 guys on the roster bubble. We'll see what they bring tonight in their final test of the preseason.