The Steelers will face the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday for the third time this season. Only this time it’s a playoff game. It’s win or go home. So the Steelers MUST win. And win they shall.
I’ve been listening to all of the national sports talk shows, and most of them seem to feel that the Ravens are going to emerge victorious on Saturday. They keep saying things like “Joe Flacco is red hot right now”, or “The Ravens’ defense is just too good”, or “The Steelers can’t defend Todd Heap and Anquan Boldin”. Blah, blah, blah.
These are nice arguments. They almost make sense. Almost.
But the reality is that the Ravens are going to lose on Saturday. Just like they always do when they face the Steelers.
I can already hear the Ravens’ fans making the following argument; “We’ve beaten Pittsburgh twice in the last two years”. There’s only one problem with that argument. It’s a half truth. Yes, the Ravens did beat the Steelers twice in the last two years. But there was a common denominator in both of those Ravens wins; Big Ben didn’t play. That’s right, Ben Roethlisberger didn’t play in either of those games. The Ravens beat Dennis Dixon and Charlie Batch in those two games. And they just barely won even against our 2nd and 3rd string quarterbacks.
When Big Ben plays, the Ravens lose. It’s as simple as that.
Don’t get me wrong. The Ravens are a good team. But the Steelers are better.
Joe Flacco is a good quarterback. But Ben Roethlisberger is better.
The Ravens’ defense is good. But the Steelers’ defense is better.
Ed Reed is good. But Troy Polamalu is better.
Todd Heap is good. But Heath Miller is better.
The Ravens’ linebackers (Johnson, Lewis, McClain, and Suggs) are good. But the Steelers linebackers (Woodley, Timmons, Farrior, and Harrison) are better.
With 837 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns, Anquan Boldin is good. But with 1,257 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns, Mike Wallace is better.
Ray Rice’s 1,220 rushing yards is good. Rashard Mendenhall’s 1,273 rushing yards is better.
Are you starting to see the pattern? The Steelers are just……….better.
In their head-to-head battles, the Steelers lead the series. They’ve won more times in Pittsburgh. And they’ve won more times in Baltimore. And lest anyone forgets, this game is being played in Pittsburgh. That’s a huge advantage for the Steelers.
Finally, the Steelers want to keep a very specific streak going. They have never lost to the Ravens in the playoffs. NEVER. Not once. The Steelers know that, and I’m sure the Ravens know it too.
So let the talking heads and “experts” at ESPN say what they will. Go ahead and predict that the Ravens are going to win. But when the dust settles, the Pittsburgh Steelers are going to emerge from this game with a win. Because frankly, the Steelers are better than the Ravens.
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