Reporting Jerry Coleman
This week is Ravens – Steelers round two, the Ravens will be home this time, where they have won 15 straight. Linebacker Terrell Suggs is certainly looking forward to welcoming their arch rival. “That’s first and foremost – defend M&T [Bank Stadium]. She’s been mother to us all and been very good to us. So, we’ve got to continue to be good for her.”
The Ravens are 48-18 at M&T Bank Stadium since 2000 which is the best record in that span. The purple and black will host one of the most intense rivalries in all of sports. Both of these teams this week could be without some of their “franchise players”. However, there is plenty to play for as the Ravens can clinch the AFC North with a win against the Steelers, and Bengals loss. Coach John Harbaugh said, “We always let the guys know. We’re not about hiding something. The guys know what the situation is and the standings and those kinds of things. We understand that. But, it really doesn’t have much bearing on the game itself and the preparation. The preparation does not change. That doesn’t factor into how we prepare. It’s just the reality of it.” Baltimore has won 12-consecutive AFC North games, in fact the last time the Ravens had a divisional loss was at the hands of the Steelers on December 5th, 2010, marking the last time the Ravens lost at home.
The most important statement is the Ravens are holding on to the AFC’s 2nd best record at 9-2, but running back Ray Rice and the team are not stopping there, “I’ve said it before: This team is a pissed off 9-2 because we feel like we can get so much better. I’ve been around five years and this year just feels totally different, because we are 9-2 and nobody is satisfied. Nobody is satisfied with the way we are playing on offense; nobody is satisfied with how we are playing on defense; nobody is satisfied with the way we are playing on special teams. Week-in and week-out, coach ‘Harbs’ [John Harbaugh] and the team – whether it’s one little thing a week that we are going to work on to get better … That’s what’s special about this group.” The Ravens barely beat the Steelers two weeks ago ,and this will be just as intense. No matter who the QB is.