This Mondays game may not be as high of a scoring match the last, but it’s most certainly a Monday night must see! The Steelers have won 13 consecutive games on Monday Night Football in Pittsburgh dating all the way back to 1992. Pittsburgh leads the series 14-10 but the Ravens have won four of the past five against the Steelers.
The Baltimore Ravens were anticipated to be amongst the worst teams in the league this season, but as we approach week 4, theyre not only one of six undefeated teams, but lead their division in the AFC. Ravens QB Joe Flacco is hoping to make it outta week 4 as one of the only two rookie quarterbacks to start the season with a 3-0 record. Something tells me a quarterback making only his third career NFL start may not have the most positive outlook heading into one of the toughest stadiums, not to mention those terrible towels, oh ya and the Steelers themselves. Another Raven looking to make a record is TE Todd Heap is participating fully in practice and is 67 yards shy of 4,000 career receiving yards.
Injuries on both ends will definitely factor into the game as Monday night approaches. Pittsburgh will be without running back Willie Parker and two starting defensive linemen, Casey Hampton and Brett Keisel andTroy Polamalu, is listed as probable. . But what could be more detrimental is the Ravens’ injury report. Earlier in the week coach Brian Billick announced NFL defensive players of the year ILB Ray Lewis and DS Ed Reed are out for this week’s game at Pittsburgh. Willis McGahee, who was injured against the Browns, was listed as probable for the Ravens on Monday night.
Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger may have a banged up shoulder, and the Ravens’ defense has been on point thus far but its due to the fact that they’ve faced two struggling quarterbacks in the Bengals and Browns…Big Bens banged up shoulder is one thing, struggling QBs is another. The Eagles brought down Ben Roethlisberger eight times last week and when they weren’t sacking that quarterback, he was scrambling for yards and the Steelers’ line is going to have to attempt to hold back the leagues best pass rush.
The Ravens have proven they don’t do well on the road with only one road last season and were defeated by 31 points in their last trip to Heinz Field. But in their second meeting last season, the Ravens defeated the Steelers 27-21 as Baltimore scored on its first three possessions to build a 17-0 lead.
Being an Ohio girl I was raised to never side with the Steelers, but what trumps that Browns dog pound divisional rivalry is the history of the Baltimore Ravens. In 1996 Art Modell moved the Browns to Baltimore, he took away our Brownies (although I was kinda outgrowing the dog bone worn around my neck every Sunday) and because of that I will never, for any reason pick them to win…and after doing a little research, I’m seeing I’m not at all alone on that one. I wont go as far as waving the infamous Steelers terrible towel, yes I do have one hand delivered from “The Bus” himself, and I do look waaaay better in purple and black than yellow but this week Im jumping on the band wagon and rooting for the gold and black!