Steelers Vs. Ravens: Pittsburgh Looks To Continue Impressive Streak of Recent Divisional Dominance

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 30: Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers watches his team warm up prior to the game against the New England Patriots on October 30, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The Pittsburgh Steelers are already half way through their 2011 regular season schedule, yet heading into Week 9, they've only played one of six divisional games on their 16-game slate. That lone game, of course, was in Week 1 when the Ravens trounced the visiting Steelers, 35-7, on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. 

The Steelers seek revenge for the embarrassing loss when the two rivals meet at Heinz Field on Sunday night. Mike Tomlin is 5-1 against the Ravens at home, playoffs included, since being named head coach in 2007. He knows how tough it will be to improve that record to 6-1 and subsequently remain atop the AFC North standings:

"The root of the matter is, we have two very good football teams with the same intentions and that is to dominate the AFC North and put themselves in positions to chase the Lombardi," says Tomlin whose team is 5-1 at home against Baltimore during his tenure (including postseason). "That is why we will always have issues with these guys because I expect that their goals will be unchanging like ours."

 

A win over the Ravens would also improve Pittsburgh's stretch of divisional dominance since the 2002 season.

Win Percentage in Div. Games since '02

TEAM

WIN-LOSS RECORD

WIN PCT.

New England Patriots

44-13

.772

Indianapolis Colts

42-14

.750

Pittsburgh Steelers

39-16

.709

Green Bay Packers

38-18

.679

San Diego Chargers

37-20

.649

 

The Steelers have also been outstanding in divisional games in the month of November. Here's how they fare in such games since 2002. 

Win Percentage in November Div. Games Since '02

TEAM

WIN-LOSS RECORD

WIN PCT.

New England Patriots

24-7

.774

San Diego Chargers

24-7

.774

Indianapolis Colts

23-7

.767

Green Bay Packers

23-10

.697

Pittsburgh Steelers

23-10

.697

We'll have much more Week 9 coverage as the week progresses, and perhaps even a few more looks back at the Steelers Week 8 win over the Patriots. But a nice figure to look at when beginning to think about how the Steelers will be able to stay hot and retain their lead in the AFC North this coming Sunday night despite the myriad injuries to key defensive players. 

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