Here come the men in black

The last time the Ravens wore their all-black uniforms, they toppled the then-reigning Super Bowl champion Saints 30-24.

Maybe the black unis will bring a similar result tomorrow.

The Ravens will wear their black jerseys and black pants for Sunday night’s nationally televised game against the Jets, marking the first time they’ve gone with the all-black look since the Week 15 win over New Orleans last season.

According to the team, the Ravens are 4-2 all-time when they sport the all-black.

They’ve got stats for everything.

Trust me when I tell you that the players are excited about the team’s uniform selection. Guys have been talking about it all week, and even players who aren’t the type to care about uniform colors or style - like wide receiver Torrey Smith - are pumped to don the black-on-black.

“They’re pretty sweet,” Smith said with a big smile.

Speaking of Smith, the rookie wideout has gotten a lot of attention this week for his monster game last Sunday against the Rams, a game where he recorded five catches for 152 yards and three touchdowns.

A couple days ago, Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie was asked about preparing for Smith, and gave a response which made its way back to the Ravens locker room.

He had one big game. That’s it,” Cromartie said. “He has five catches for his whole career. He has a three-game career.”

Smith’s reaction to Cromartie’s comments?

“It’s the truth,” Smith said, matter-of-factly. “I’ve only played three NFL games, and I’ve only had one big NFL game. So, I mean, it doesn’t matter. It’s just one game, so there’s nothing really to be caught up in, as far as the hype goes.”

That’s a much more mature response than I’d expect many rookie wide receivers to provide.

Smith was quite complimentary of Cromartie and his fellow Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, and while this will be Smith’s first time seeing the duo up close, he’s eagerly anticipating a chance to compete against one of the top cornerback tandems in the league.

“I’m excited about it,” Smith said. “I’ve been watching those guys dominate the league really since high school. Cromartie’s been here for six years, and Revis has been there since I’ve been in college. So, I’ve been watching those guys play for a long time, and you can do nothing but respect and admire their game. To have the opportunity to play against them, I’m excited for the challenge.”

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