Oh man, the Ravens. I mean, where do I begin?
Should I talk about how they've won seven of their last eight games? Or how over that same stretch, supposed rookie phenom, Joe Flacco has only thrown three total picks? Or how he's also thrown 12 TDs? Should I talk about how friggin' Le'ron McClain is leading their team in rushing with 606 yards and 7 TDs on the year? Or how 75 year old Derrick Mason is leading them in receiving and could easily end the year with over 1000 yards (he's at 871)? Or maybe how their defense, despite being two men down in the secondary has nabbed 12 INTs over those last eight games? Or how Ed Reed's second in the league to only Troy, with five of those 12 picks?
Or MAYBE I could talk about how their numbers are eerily similar to ours on Defense in general? Yeah, how about that. Right now everyone knows the Steelers are #1 across the board. But playing a close second fiddle is
Total Yds Per Game - 253.4 (Pitt = 241.9)
Rush Yds Per Game - 77 (Pitt = 73)
Pass Yds Per Game - 176.4 (Pitt = 168.9)
Pts Per Game - 15.4 (Pitt = 14.1)
TDs allowed - 16 (Pitt = 16)
Of course, our 45 total sacks dwarf their measly 28. But you can't really deny that they seem to have their shit together.
Alright, so yeah, they played the Raiders, Browns, Texans and Bengals in there, but they also only lost to the Giants, who you know, are apparently the second coming of Christ...errr, were, until the Eagles told them what was what on Sunday. And the Giants kind of made them look like the Rams, actually, as did the Colts. Of course, we lost to both of those teams, ourselves. Albeit by a significantly lesser margin...
Anyways, my point being - we haven't seen the Ravens since September 29. And even then, we barely eked out a win in OT. We've got a real big game on our hands this week.
Now, I know you're all going to cry about me cupping the Ravens balls like this. But look, do you really think the Ravens are just going to forget that they're playing sick Defense right in time for our randomly-consistent Offense? Dude, they've had this game circled on the calendar since they lost to us in September. And definitely since they lost to the Giants a few weeks back. I'll bet any amount of money that Ray Lewis will be in there tomorrow screaming at those assholes about how everyone's talking about Pittsburgh, and how if they win this game they tie up the division and split two games with us. Not to mention how he's a murderer. Yadda yadda yadda, you've heard all this before.
I'm just sayin', we better be ready come Sunday. No screwing around this week, Arians.
Hines Ward - I don't know where YOU were last Sunday, but you better show up for this week. We're gonna need you. In addition to Heath, Santonio, and Nate Washington. Something tells me if we can't muster more than 70 yards on the Cowboys, with four guys contributing to that, we won't be running the ball much on the Ravens either.
And one more thing - their punter, Sam Koch, averages just about 43 yards a punt (2nd in league). Our punter is Mitch Berger. Need I go on?
Oh well, at least we've got Steely McBeam...
You know what? I'm just gonna watch this video again...
And also, this one...
This one's pretty good too...
This one, not so much...
What's that, Hines?