I will entertain the notion of the Ravens winning one of these big games against the Steelers (and at least as far as the Ravens are concerned, this is a big game) when they actually do it.
Until then, I'm not buying it.
I was very, very scared of this game when first announced. Going into Baltimore Week 1 and starting off the season with a gut-check atmosphere has a lot of anxiety to go with it, which is what football is all about.
I initially predicted a Steelers loss when the schedule came out but LOVED what the Steelers did in the off-season and how they looked overall in the pre-season, even with depth stepping up and owning teams' starting units.
I don't think Baltimore is going to fluidly and consistently be dominant this season. They are still trying to find their own identity on offense and their passing defense is still suspect & can be takin' advantage of.
The Steelers defense is still as stout as ever, especially in the running game and Troy is going to be 100% healthy to start the season.
The X-factor here is both offense's.
The Steelers CAN and will beat teams this year offensively and I think this game is going to be more wide open than people think. Ben will pass heavily to open up Mendenhall, which never could of did in years past. I don't think Baltimore's offense would be able to close the gap late with Pittsburgh's offense clicking on more cylinders than usual. Maybe the Steelers will use more no huddle in this one, on the road.
Ben will throw 2 TD pass's. One to Ward in the redzone and one to Wallace deep.
Mendenhall will add a second half touchdown on the ground with Shuisham kicking a late field goal to seal it.
Baltimore's defense will keep it close early but their offense will stall the majority of the game, opening up Ben to get into rhythm. Rice will get a touchdown to keep Balty in a tight game being a workhorse that he is but the Steelers defense forces 2 turnovers that puts Balty in the hole.
I think the Ravens o-line is going to have trouble with the Steelers pass rush. I think this will be a 10 point loss for the good guys.
Steelers - 27
Ravens - 16
Sorry. Just don't see a good start to the season.
unfortunately i think we became a worse team this offseason. maybe we'll jell and get better as the season goes on (specifically the o-line) but it's not gonna happen week one and especially not against the steelers. because the second game is in pitt, i see us getting swept this year. if the games were the other way around, i would give the ravens the edge in baltimore week 9 but, as i see it, they wont be ready week 1
Ben will try to take advantage of CB Smitty and will get bit by the rookie. A new day is dawning in the AFC North.
Yes, this is my heart talking and my brain will remain inebriated until Sunday night!!!
The 13-10 days of this rivalry get put on hold this year. Lets goooooooooooooo!
Oh my God. Some of you just need to jump off the bridge now and get if over with.
13-3 ravens! Ed Dickson & Billy Cundiff
Im predicting another pitt-bmore grudgematch. Both teams will struggle to score early. Lots of hard hitting. Over 8 combined sacks.
I mean seriously..!!! Nobody seems to consider that the ravens may possibly not have forgotten that last game they played in january. Not to mention the fact that they have had to listen to loudmouth players, clueless media, hell their own fans :179421: talking all that shit all offseason. Talkin joe cant do this, joe cant do that, always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Oh...they are ready for the steelers..!! Its all they have been thinking about. Does anybody really think the steelers are going to come into bmore and impose their will? Ain't gonna happen. :kewl:
I just think it's nuts to predict a score difference of +10 in EITHER direction. Last time a regular season game was decided by more than 10 points was when Harbaugh was not the HC. In fact, 5 of the 6 regular season games under Harbaugh have been decided by a FG.
Both teams have had good offseasons. Ravens might have some shaky spots, but folks, the Steelers aren't perfection either. And maybe McKinnie and Gurode will be question marks, but they are both definitive upgrades at their positions, so the net result in Week 1 SHOULD be positive.
I'm not saying you have to pick the Ravens. I just think picking the Steelers to win by more than 2 TDs is being Chicken Little to the Ravens.
Flacco's ready.. just wait.
It won't be perfect, but it will be enough.
Anyway, that reality is staring me in the face right now too. We're MAYBE going to see our starting offensive line for the first time together in this game. We have no idea how healthy Birk or Yanda will be, how in shape and well McKinnie actually is, if Lee Evans will be ready despite still being in a boot, and who will be our third WR with Reed suspended and Smith not being as advertised during camp.
Season over? Of course not. But this game will be a hard one to win, and I just don't see it right now.
I think it's overly optimistic say we definitely will win this game, but by the same token I think it's a bit too doom and gloomy to predict a blowout by Pitt. (And in this rivalry, winning by 11 points or more is a blowout.)
I already predicted slim win by the Ravens and I'm sticking to it. But I will admit that I think it's more likely that we stomp them than they stomp us. On paper we are a better team than last years on offense and defense, if that paper tiger has any teeth whatsoever then we could be looking at a 2006 caliber team. Maybe better.
Joe get to play with his new weapons of Evans, Pitta, and a couple youngsters at WR, and Vonta Leach opens some big holes for Ray Rice.
That's the spirit T! Nice to see some optimism from our resident cloud yeller!
I don't care that their offense has looked more in sync in the preseason. I'm tired of losing to these pricks. Just find a damn way to beat them.