Rex Ryan pulling for Ravens, Troy Smith signs with Steelers

Former Ravens defensive coordinator and current Jets head coach Rex Ryan has tossed his prediction for Sunday’s Ravens-Patriots game out there.

And, perhaps not surprisingly, Rex is going with his old team and against his current rival.

Ryan told WFAN in New York that he’s predicting the Ravens to earn the win over the Patriots, and admitted that he’s pulling for his former squad.

“First off, the Ravens are going to win this game,” Ryan said, per the NY Daily News. “I think Terrell Suggs might be the difference in this game ... Let’s face it: I’m cheering for the Ravens.”

While it’s nice that Ryan’s predicting the Ravens to win, I’m not sure if it bodes well for John Harbaugh and company. Most of Ryan’s recent predictions haven’t been too accurate.

Here’s something Ravens fans might get a kick out of: Troy Smith is returning to the AFC North.

No, Smith hasn’t signed with Cleveland, the city he once said he would crawl to if he could play there. The former Heisman Trophy winner has inked a deal with the Steelers.

Smith spent this past season playing for the UFL’s Omaha Nighthawks.

I’ve got one final note to pass along, and it concerns Ravens running back Ray Rice, who turns 25 on Sunday.

Talking with Rice yesterday, he said he doesn’t want any presents from his teammates. Rice gave his offensive linemen nice Breitling watches thanking them for their effort this season, but he doesn’t expect any birthday gifts from anyone in the locker room this weekend.

His teammates could help deliver something special Sunday afternoon in New England, however.

“They know the only thing I want,” Rice said with a smile.

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