Ive been waiting for this one all year. It may have lost a little lustre in the national spotlight due to the Cincinatti Bengals surprising leading of the AFC North, yet both teams are still in the playoff hunt.
After a surprising loss at Kansas City, the Steelers were semi let off the hook by means of both the aRavens and Bengals losing in the same weekend, so Cincy is still 2 games ahead, and Baltimore 1 behind.
To take positives for the Ravens, they were in the game until the end, and they held off the great Peyton Manning led offense for the most part, as well as creating a number of turnovers.
The Steelers on the other hand, dominated statistically, yet special teams mishaps, a number of costly penalties, and a poor lack of defensive/offensive in crunch time cost them the game.
When the game is there for the taking, particularly in the final quarter, the first three quarters almost becomes irrelevant, as the Ravens found out in the second meeting last season. After stifling the Steelers for the majority of the game, the Steelers were able to drive 90 yards to victory, albeit on a controversial touchdown ruling
Dont think for a moment that the Baltimore Ravens have forgotten the three, count 'em, 1,2,3 epic battles they lost last season. They have had the Steelers games circles on their roster since the schedule came out. I can't speak for their fanbase, but Im sure winning both these games would make their season, even if they dont win another game the rest of the way.
Oh, yeah, make your picks for the week.