Johnson Wipes Smiles While Ngata Blows Up Backs

Raven Nation is still savoring the sweetness of a 35-7 stomping of the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday. I realize that it’s about time to move on to Baltimore’s Week Two opponent, the Tennessee Titans but I can’t help but post a few final reminders of Week One action.

This first one has become a favorite around the web. America’s favorite dancer comes across the middle and gets decked by Double J.

Ward, who has appeared on several “Dirtiest players” lists over the years is without question the player that Ravens fans detest the most. It wasn’t surprising to us that he was less than gracious in defeat. His comments are taken from Ron Cook’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article. Cook sets him straight at the end

“It leaves a taste in your mouth,” he said. “The 2-point conversion [when the Ravens led, 27-7]. The passing at the end …

“We’ll remember everything.”

The truth?

The Ravens earned the right to rub the Steelers’ noses in it. They put an awesome performance on tape. The Steelers, meanwhile, showed nothing.

 

I’ve heard Ward’s logic seep into some of the Steelers faithful over the past few days. There are claims that the Ravens ran up the score on Pittsburgh. That they should not have used a fake Extra point to grab two points instead of one and the Ravens were just piling it on. My answer would be – if you don’t like then go out and stop somebody. These are professionals and I think the issue of laying back and playing it out when you have your opponent down is something reserved for youth rec leagues and high school competition. Why would you expect mercy from a team that is promoted as a part of the NFL’s best rivalry due to the “hatred” they have for you?

Sometimes it happens. I can still remember clearly the 38-7 trouncing the Ravens received on Monday Night Football back in 2007. All that could be said was that the Steelers were just plain better that day. To be fair most of the Steelers said just that in their post game comments but Ward and Ben Roethlisberger bristled a bit at the conversion that occurred with 29 minutes remaining in the game.

This next one isn’t even fair. Rashard Mendenhall didn’t have a chance when Haloti Ngata ran over him. I’m still wondering where the Right Guard was going and so was Mendenhall.

Yes, it’s only one game but it will be one that Baltimore fans will remember fondly for a long time.


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