I can't in good conscious predict the yinzers beating us.
24 -20 not sure who scores what
To hell with the close scoring game I say we blow them muthaf*%kas out the water this game we make up for every game we have ever lost to them 42-6 Ravens all the way slick!
Ravens have too many new pieces recently put in place compared to Puttsburgh. The short training camp favors teams with a lot of returning starters.
I think we drop this one at home but beat them at their place in November.
I would be absolutely delighted to be wrong and it wouldn't be the first time. Ha.
Well.. since I'm pretty much over here full time now, might as well move the ol' prediction thread over.
My biggest concern going into Week 1 is our patch-work O-line vs. the Squeelers pass rush. That and our questionable depth at WR with Reed suspended and Smith with the dropsies..
I really expect to see a sloppy game from both teams. But I think the Steelers will be a little more prepared and don't have as much personnel turnover as we have had over the last few weeks. The Steelers also have discovered another good receiver to go with Mike Wallace.
Steelers +3 is probably a safe Vegas bet...
I think the Ravens will get better as the year goes along, but the first few weeks could be a little rough. The o-line is a work in progress, which will effect both Flacco and Rice's performance. The defense, while getting more pressure, is still giving up yards through the air (yes, even the #1's).
Steelers 27, Ravens 17:ralph:
I am taking the 2006type outlook 31-7 Ravens. Suggs finishes what he started in the playoffs and gets 3 sacks and Nagta chips in with a painful pair.
The Ravens are ready for some payback, and I truly believe they will get it this time, go up 21-7 again but finish them off instead of fumbling, bumbling and choking away another golden opportunity.
Flacco gets sacked at least 4 times.
So hard to nail this one down. Gone from Ravens blowout win to Ravens blowout loss to close win or loss and back again lol.
Anyway think the O-Line will surprise us all. I think Leech is about to show us why he got that fat contract to be Joe's personal protector and blast holes for Rice. I think Harrison, Woodley and company are gonna find this team is built to block some of their mojo. On defense the will be a little faster and able to get more pressure on Ben.
So my prediction is a shockingly easy Ravens win.
Wooohooo WTG Ravens....Told ya that O-Line would represent. Lets just follow up with another dominating win
Historically a low scoring game. Both offenses struggle. Unless the Ravens change their MO, the stealers will find a way to pull off the one big play that seals the game late in the 4th qtr. with an assist from the zebras. Hope I am wrong.
I previously posted a classic negative Steeler fan post about my predictions for the game and the Ravens season (34-6 Steelers, 5-11 Ravens) and insults were included. I apologize for misleading you and I would like to inform Mista T and the rest of you that was not my real prediction and I was testing some of you to see if you would take the bait. My other posts on this board are not a reflection of how I truly feel about the 2011 Ravens. I want to encourage you not to let some of the immature Steeler fans and the media affect how you see your team. There has been a lot of talk about the psychological edge the Steelers have over the Ravens and I believe that the Ravens need to overcome that once and for all. I also believe that Ravens fans need to overcome that as well instead of displaying a defeatist attitude. It is my belief that you should just believe in your team and not be afraid to pick them to beat the Steelers and win the division. Here is my real and honest assessment of the 2011 Ravens and I assure you I am not here to play games:
12-4 5-1 within the AFC North and AFC North Champions for 2011.
Steelers finish second with an 11-5 record.
My prediction for the game:
I believe that the Ravens will be the hungrier team this year since it seems that people are writing them off far as the division is concerned. I am aware of the issues that your team has (OLine) but I believe that the more people talk up these issues the less likely they actually become issues when the season starts. I am a true Steeler fan through and through and I just humbled myself by picking your team to win Week 1 and the division. I have no ulterior motives so I hope that I have encouraged some of you who have doubts to take a leap and go with the Ravens all the way this year. I love my Steelers and I love how Ben has taken his game to a new level so far this preseason but it seems like they are little more cocky than what I've seen in the past. Ryan Clark came out and said that the Ravens and Steelers aren't real rivals based on the Steelers recent success, I really wish he would have kept his mouth shut since the games have been epic which indicates a rivalry by my standards. It seems like some of the players and the experts are kind of throwing the Steelers success in the Ravens faces and that can be a little dangerous. The Ravens aren't talking as much as they have in the past (I remember Suggs' shirt prior to the 2009 season) which also makes me nervous because that tells me they are quietly planning their attack on the rest of the NFL LOL. So in closing I want you gentlemen to have faith in your team this year and don't be afraid of the Steelers. Your team has a major chip on its shoulder and that's not good for the other teams. I wish you good luck and I apologize again for misleading you with my previous posts on this thread and other threads on this board.
TBH, I am a little surprised that the Ravens are a 2.5 point favorite.
Hopefully we can pull off the win but I'm nervous.