Baltimore. What can I say about this city that hasn't already been said about Killadelphia? It's dirty. It's scary. And I'm pretty sure it's easier to get crack, a handgun or a handJOB than it is to get a parking spot. Thankfully, Baltimore is not the venue for our upcoming Monday night duel, but rather, the 'Burgh will play host (just like that last one).
Of course, they are right now the DIVISION LEADING Baltimore Ravens by virtue of their 2-0 start vs. our 2-1 start. But we all know that's more by technicality than merit. So far they've successfully bested two teams that are currently 0-3. And sure, their defense is #1 in the NFL. But again, the Bengals and the Browns, dude.
Nevertheless, every game against the dirty birds of the North (odd that we have two Northern dirty birds in two successive weeks) is a battle. Well, except for the last Monday night game we played against them. That was more a bloodbath. But you know what I mean. This isn't going to be easy.
We'll be without Master Fly W. Large. Which kind of sucks. But the fact is, he probably wasn't going to run on the Ravens anyhow. In the last five meetings between us and
Murdermore Baltimore in which he's played, he's only broken the 50 yard mark once (back in '05 when he had 59 yards). So maybe the change of pace that is Rashard Mendenhall will prove more successful. Stranger things have happened.
On Offense, I mean, you've got Willis McGahee. Good back, but stoppable. You've also got Derrick Mason, who's older than God; Todd Heap aka "The Man of Glass;" and Joe "I'm being touted as the next Ben Roethlisberger" Flacco. They've had some success against the Bengals and the Browns, but those aren't exactly "top notch" Defenses.
Not to mention it's been all running. ALL of their TDs this season have come on the ground. Even Flacco's only TD came after he ran 38 yards to paydirt himself. Unfortunately for Flacco and friends, though, the Steelers know a thing or two about stopping the run. So I imagine we'll all really get an idea of what kind of QB he is on Monday. The Ben Roethlisberger...or The Matt Leinart. I hate to do a fellow Blue Hen like this, but Joey, my boy, we're gonna eat you alive. Just think of it as hazing. You're playing with the big boys now.
Oh, and at least one Baltimore writer thinks...
"Pittsburgh doesn't have a force like the Ravens' Terrell Suggs..."Uh, no, we have like five of them (let's see, Silverback, The Wood, The Law, Farrior, and Foote...). Terrell Suggs. Get out of here with Terrell Suggs. "T-Sizzle." Yeah, he's pretty good. But a force unmatched by any Pittsburgh linebacker? I think not, my good man.
Plus, this dude also thinks...
"The Steelers have players who can change games in Polamalu, Woodley, Harrison and James Farrior. The difference is the Ravens have players who change entire seasons."I suppose this depends on your definition of "change entire seasons." If by that you mean being a solid force that helps the team win the division, then hell yeah do we have players who can change entire seasons." By the way, notice how he conveniently omitted Ben Roethlisberger. Intentional? Sign of disrespect? Who knows.
So guys, the Ravens - What's up with 'em?