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    Re: In all seriousness, if the circumstances hold up, I see a blowout in the works.



    On paper maybe a blowout, but they don't play on paper...




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    Re: In all seriousness, if the circumstances hold up, I see a blowout in the works.

    Quote Originally Posted by ravenjoe View Post
    Remember, this is the #1 D in the NFL you are talking about; the Steelers have a solid run game; and 'road warriors' the Ravens are NOT!
    Only 7 out of 31 other teams in the NFL have a better road winning percentage than the Ravens this season, right now.

    Last year only 12 of 31 teams won more road games.

    In 2010 only 9 teams won more. Only 2 teams won more if you include the post-season.

    In 2009 only 13 teams won more. Only 9 teams won more if you include the post-season.

    In 2008 only 5 teams won more. NO teams won more (or even as many) if you include the post-season.

    In recent times (since 2010), we have won 12 road games, including the post-season, only 5 teams have won more.

    Going all the way back to the beginning of the Flacco-Harbaugh era (since 2008), the Ravens have won 23 road games, including post-season, second only to the New York Giants.

    And you know, we should be 3-1 on the road this year, because we only lost in Philly due to some obviously and ridiculously awful and unfair officiating from the replacements.




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    Re: In all seriousness, if the circumstances hold up, I see a blowout in the works.

    Blowout? Ravens crushed Oakland and you think this will be a blowout. RAVENS games (80%) are decided in the final few minutes. I see the same thing in this game. Ravens are an above average team (playoff caliber) not a great team by any means for lots of reasons. Nail biter as always.




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    Re: In all seriousness, if the circumstances hold up, I see a blowout in the works.

    If all things went right, it could be a blowout, but it won't be, and I'll tell you why.

    In every road game this year, the offensive line has been horrid. In the two losses, they were atrocious, in the two wins, they did everything they could to try and blow the two games. Now, they are playing in the toughest environment they have yet, under lights in front of a juiced crowd, against a bunch of guys who have traditionally given this offensive line fits.

    Everyone wants to talk about Ben not being there and Byron, Brown and Polamalu, but the deciding factor of this game is going to be the offensive lines, and frankly, I have zero faith in our offensive line being able to protect Joe long enough for him to get the ball to the holes that will be there.

    Not saying Ravens won't win, but a blowout? Nah...




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    Re: In all seriousness, if the circumstances hold up, I see a blowout in the works.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bhcforlife View Post
    If all things went right, it could be a blowout, but it won't be, and I'll tell you why.

    In every road game this year, the offensive line has been horrid. In the two losses, they were atrocious, in the two wins, they did everything they could to try and blow the two games. Now, they are playing in the toughest environment they have yet, under lights in front of a juiced crowd, against a bunch of guys who have traditionally given this offensive line fits.

    Everyone wants to talk about Ben not being there and Byron, Brown and Polamalu, but the deciding factor of this game is going to be the offensive lines, and frankly, I have zero faith in our offensive line being able to protect Joe long enough for him to get the ball to the holes that will be there.

    Not saying Ravens won't win, but a blowout? Nah...
    Hopefully it'll rain and the stadium will be half-empty like it was against the Chiefs. Did anyone else notice that?
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    Re: In all seriousness, if the circumstances hold up, I see a blowout in the works.

    I can't see a blowout with Flacco probably getting knocked around a ton in this game.




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    Re: In all seriousness, if the circumstances hold up, I see a blowout in the works.

    Quote Originally Posted by NCRAVEN View Post
    Hopefully it'll rain and the stadium will be half-empty like it was against the Chiefs. Did anyone else notice that?
    Weather forecast for Pittsburgh on Sunday, November 18, courtesy of weather.com:

    Sunny, high 50, low 35, wind from the east at 5 mph, prob of precip 0%.


    Sorry.

    FWIW I hope it doesn't come down to FGs. I love Tucker to death (in a manly man's way o'course) but Condiment Colosseum is a bitch of a field for kickers--& he's never kicked there before.




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    Re: In all seriousness, if the circumstances hold up, I see a blowout in the works.

    Quote Originally Posted by NCRAVEN View Post
    Hopefully it'll rain and the stadium will be half-empty like it was against the Chiefs. Did anyone else notice that?
    Yeah... that was because it was the Chiefs, this will be different. This is a huge game for them.




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    Re: In all seriousness, if the circumstances hold up, I see a blowout in the works.

    considering Pigsburgh's talent on dline and cb here's hoping Flacco can hit Dickson and Pitta and exploit the lbs and safeties. all those weapons should stretch them pretty good, just hope the line can give him time (don't we worry about that every week?)
    Offense could get a big assist with a pick or two, which could happen. BLeft just doesn't worry me that much, and I think their run game is shakier, and the Ravens run D is better, than many think.
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    Re: In all seriousness, if the circumstances hold up, I see a blowout in the works.

    There is no way this is a blowout. It'll be a closely contested game that could go either way. Ben being out gives us a shot, if he was there we'd have little chance to win up there.




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    Re: In all seriousness, if the circumstances hold up, I see a blowout in the works.

    Quote Originally Posted by NCRAVEN View Post
    Hopefully it'll rain and the stadium will be half-empty like it was against the Chiefs. Did anyone else notice that?
    I hope no rain.
    The name of the game for the Ravens is speed.
    We have it at all of the skill positions. We will need that.
    Right now, the Steelers are built for smashmouth, outside of Wallace.

    We need favorable weather conditions for Rice to hit the holes and go flying into the secondary free.
    Torrey, Jacoby, and Q running loose...that is what we need.
    So it is about our line giving Joe enough time and Rice the holes to run through.
    If the Oline can do that, the Steelers can't keep up in a shootout without Ben.

    This game may very well define our season.
    IF the Ravens can't win given the circumstances, the season will take a bad turn.
    IF the Ravens win like they should given the circumstances, it gives them a real chance to win the next 3 games which sows up the division title against the Redskins. 11-2 and owning all the tie breakers at that point.
    ONLY, then can we start talking about a bye.




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    Re: In all seriousness, if the circumstances hold up, I see a blowout in the works.

    Quote Originally Posted by alienrace View Post
    There is no way this is a blowout. It'll be a closely contested game that could go either way. Ben being out gives us a shot, if he was there we'd have little chance to win up there.
    I don't believe we'd have little chance to win with Ben playing. We didn't think we had a chance to win there last year and you see what happened. The Steelers are not without their issues either just like us. Did you catch how they played AT HOME against the Chiefs? They were damn lucky to pull out that win and really should not have won that. THE CHIEFS....worst team in the NFL.




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    Re: In all seriousness, if the circumstances hold up, I see a blowout in the works.

    Quote Originally Posted by lobachevsky View Post
    Weather forecast for Pittsburgh on Sunday, November 18, courtesy of weather.com:

    Sunny, high 50, low 35, wind from the east at 5 mph, prob of precip 0%.


    Sorry.

    FWIW I hope it doesn't come down to FGs. I love Tucker to death (in a manly man's way o'course) but Condiment Colosseum is a bitch of a field for kickers--& he's never kicked there before.
    I was merely making a joke about how they're stadium was empty.

    But, how is it going to be sunny when it's an 8:30PM kickoff
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    Re: In all seriousness, if the circumstances hold up, I see a blowout in the works.

    Quote Originally Posted by alienrace View Post
    There is no way this is a blowout. It'll be a closely contested game that could go either way. Ben being out gives us a shot, if he was there we'd have little chance to win up there.
    I agree. With our defense, even Leftwich will probably look good. If our offense continues to look like shit on the road, then we'll lose.




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    Re: In all seriousness, if the circumstances hold up, I see a blowout in the works.

    There are too many reasons for both teams to be an unknown. I expect a standard Ravens/Steelers game, just because it more often than not seems to work out that way. Pittsburgh is beat up, can run the ball, have fast receivers, a good secondary and are at home. The Ravens are beat up, give up a lot of yards on the ground, have good runners, fast receivers and good Special Teams. The Steelers' DC and the Ravens' OC are the same over the past four years and the regular season record since 2008 is even.

    I do not see a blow-out only because it rarely happens. Since 2008, including Playoffs, of the 10 games one was decided by 28, one by 9 and one by 7. One was by 4 and six by 3. If you throw out the Playoffs, all but one were either 3 or 4 points difference.

    I hope you are right, but I see a long night and a tired Monday. I just hope it is worth the little sleep I am sure to get.
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