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    Rematch of AFC North Foes Will Be Most Vicious NFL Divisional Playoff Game

    Todd Jacobs, Yahoo! Contributor Network
    Jan 9, 2011



    The Pittsburgh Steelers will host NFL Wild Card Playoffs Weekend winners the Baltimore Ravens January 15th. The Baltimore Ravens systematically destroyed the Kansas City Chiefs offensive mastermind Charlie Weis in an impressive defensive display by Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and the entire Baltimore Ravens defensive unit.

    The Pittsburgh Steelers banged up players on offense and defense have had time to recover with a week off as the number two seed in the AFC. The NFL Divisional Playoffs match up between these two teams will feature two teams that are very familiar with each other and have played to three point or less deficits in the last four games.

    Pittsburgh Steelers Offense vs Baltimore Ravens Defense

    The Baltimore Ravens defense is not the best defense in the NFL but they are one of the most vicious teams in the league. Ray Lewis and Ed Reed are not only talented against the pass they are the best at delivering bone jarring hits to separate their opponents from the ball.

    Run defense is still the strong suit of this Baltimore Ravens defense but they are vulnerable to the long ball. Ed Reed could be pulled out of his usual deep middle coverage by having to give safety help on speedy Pittsburgh Steelers wide out Mike Wallace. Watch this match up closely.

    Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers offense will need to kick into gear for the NFL Divisional Playoffs. Roethlisberger has struggled to involve his entire offense and spread the ball effectively on offensive drives this season. The Pittsburgh Steelers running game is better than it was at the beginning of the NFL season but it is still not consistent.

    Mike Wallace is the one of the best deep threats in the NFL and the reason the Pittsburgh Steelers let Santanio Holmes go to the New York Jets. Hines Ward is still one of the best possession receivers in the NFL and Rashard Mendenhall has improved his running game as the season has progressed. The Pittsburgh Steelers offense has the edge over the Baltimore Ravens defense.

    Pittsburgh Steelers Defense vs Baltimore Ravens Offense

    Defense is the reason the Pittsburgh Steelers are in the NFL Divisional Playoffs and Troy Polamalu is the key motor to this hard hitting aggressive unit. James Harrison and LaMaar Woodley are big pieces in the Pittsburgh Steelers defense but when Polamalu is on the shelf this defense has suffered.

    The Pittsburgh Steelers run defense is the best in the NFL and they are holding runners to less than 65 yards per game as they enter the NFL Divisional Playoffs. The Pittsburgh Steelers one weakness on defense is their corners. They are giving up 228 yards per game through the air and they have been known to give up the big play on defense.

    Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens offense stepped up against the Kansas City Chiefs defense led by five time Super Bowl defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel. Now Flacco, Ray Rice and company will face the best defense in the NFL.

    The last two games between these two teams the score was 13-10 with the teams splitting the series. This game will follow the destructive pattern of these two teams and it will be smash mouth football for 60 minutes. The Pittsburgh Steelers defense has the edge over the Baltimore Ravens offense.

    Baltimore Ravens vs Pittsburgh Steelers -3.5: Pick Against the Spread & Breakdown

    The Las Vegas Hilton Superbook has made the Pittsburgh Steelers a favorite over the visiting Baltimore Ravens for the NFL Divisional Playoffs battle. Battle is the correct word for this game and it will be a brutal battle as always between these two AFC North teams. The Baltimore Ravens are 9-6-1 against the spread overall and they are 5-3-1 against the spread on the road.

    The Pittsburgh Steelers are 10-6 against the spread overall in the regular season and they finished the season 5-3 against the spread in their home Heinz Field. Ben Roethlisberger has struggled but is a different quarterback in front of his home crowd. Take the Pittsburgh Steelers -3.5 points over the Baltimore Ravens.

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    A Ravens-Steelers trilogy is 'poetic justice'

    January, 9, 2011
    By James Walker



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    After dispatching the Chiefs, Ravens linebackers Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs will take on division rivals Pittsburgh.


    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Nothing against the AFC West champion Kansas City Chiefs, but the only team that got a rise out of the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday was the AFC North champion Pittsburgh Steelers.

    Moments after Baltimore crushed and humiliated the Chiefs 30-7 at Arrowhead Stadium, you had the sense the Ravens were well prepared to field questions about their most-hated rival. Baltimore knew ahead of time that a wild-card win would set up another classic trilogy between the Ravens and Steelers, which will be the second time it has happened in the past three seasons.

    "Here we go again," Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said with a smile on his face. "I told you guys earlier in the year, man, that it's something [special] about the journey."

    "It seems like poetic justice," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said.

    As Harbaugh alluded, it's only fitting that these rivals settle their differences in the playoffs with both of their seasons on the line. There has been a lot of debate all season about which division team is truly better. The teams split two regular-season meetings and each finished 12-4. Pittsburgh won the tiebreaker and a coveted bye because it had a better division record.

    But Saturday at Heinz Field there will be no excuses. The top division team will advance to the AFC title game and a shot at Super Bowl XLV.

    "This is the NFL at its best," Ravens Pro Bowl defensive end Terrell Suggs said. "This is what the world wants to see. They want to see Baltimore and Pittsburgh."

    On Sunday, Baltimore continued its stellar run the past three seasons in the wild-card round. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Harbaugh is the second NFL coach to win a playoff game in each of his first three seasons, joining former Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer. The Ravens own convincing wild-card wins over the Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots and Kansas City in three consecutive seasons.

    Baltimore also improved to 7-3 all time on the road in the playoffs and is arguably this year's most dangerous wild-card team, especially when the defense is playing at a Super Bowl level. The Ravens' defense the past two weeks forced 10 turnovers and allowed only 14 points. Kansas City had no answers for Baltimore after committing three interceptions, fumbling twice and allowing three sacks of quarterback Matt Cassel, who was battered and confused. He passed for only 70 yards, one of the worst passing performances in playoff history.

    The Ravens said they were inspired by Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed, who played with a heavy heart Sunday. His younger brother, Brian, was reported missing this weekend and police called off the search in Louisiana. Brian Reed apparently jumped into the Mississippi River after being confronted by a deputy sheriff in response to a stolen car report.

    "What the Reed family is going through is a big part of this victory. That's what will be remembered by our players," Harbaugh said. "The Reed family is part of the Raven family, and the Raven family is part of the Reed family. That's the way it works with our team, our organization."

    Reed had four tackles, including a big hit on Chiefs receiver Dexter McCluster, and received a game ball afterward.

    "Who is a better teammate than Ed Reed?" Suggs said. "He didn't have to play today, but he played. And it was the simple fact that we wanted to give him three hours of peace to just go out there and have fun with your football brothers, and we did that."

    The Ravens must be at their best again next week. The Steelers are well rested and franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is 8-2 in his career against Baltimore, including six straight victories. Baltimore pulled off a rare win at Heinz Field in October, but that was during the final game of Roethlisberger's four-game suspension.

    But there could be good karma for the AFC North. The last time these teams met in the playoffs was in the 2008 AFC Championship Game, and Pittsburgh advanced to win Super Bowl XLIII over the Arizona Cardinals.

    The winner of this year's rivalry game will face the winner of the New York Jets and Patriots from the AFC East. Both divisional-round games involve teams that split the first two meetings in the regular season.

    "It's Armageddon for all four teams, and there can only be one winner at the end," Suggs said. "What better teams than these four?"

    Without a doubt, next weekend is going to be brutal in the AFC.

    Perhaps the biggest question is, will any of these teams have anything left for the AFC Championship Game?

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    I was only a little fry from 74 on, so of course, I don't remember the Raiders vs Steelers rivalry of the 70's, but have seen a lot of it on film. They met 5 times from 1972 to 1976.

    I'd say, this rivalry here is our generations version of it. The playoff game in 08 was just a classic, and it had an element of carnage to it. I somehow have this feeling that this one will be a lot similar. Granted, the Steelers and Ravens need to meet a couple more times in the next few years to really stack up to that, but this next one could be the next chapter in something similar to this:

    1972: AFC Divisional Playoff: Oakland Raiders 7 at Pittsburgh Steelers 13
    1973: AFC Divisional Playoff: Pittsburgh Steelers 14 at Oakland Raiders 33
    1974: AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers 24 at Oakland Raiders 17
    1975: AFC Championship Game: Oakland Raiders 10 at Pittsburgh Steelers 16
    1976: AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers 7 at Oakland Raiders 24

    OR after history is written a decade from now, it could be like the later 70's and be like the Houston Oilers - Steelers rivalry:

    AFC Championship Game: Houston Oilers 5 at Pittsburgh Steelers 34
    AFC Championship Game: Houston Oilers 13 at Pittsburgh Steelers 27

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    Oh one other thing, the Steelers are also 7-0 all time in the playoffs against teams in their own division. I like our odds.

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    I was only a little fry from 74 on, so of course, I don't remember the Raiders vs Steelers rivalry of the 70's, but have seen a lot of it on film. They met 5 times from 1972 to 1976.

    I'd say, this rivalry here is our generations version of it. The playoff game in 08 was just a classic, and it had an element of carnage to it. I somehow have this feeling that this one will be a lot similar. Granted, the Steelers and Ravens need to meet a couple more times in the next few years to really stack up to that, but this next one could be the next chapter in something similar to this:

    1972: AFC Divisional Playoff: Oakland Raiders 7 at Pittsburgh Steelers 13
    1973: AFC Divisional Playoff: Pittsburgh Steelers 14 at Oakland Raiders 33
    1974: AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers 24 at Oakland Raiders 17
    1975: AFC Championship Game: Oakland Raiders 10 at Pittsburgh Steelers 16
    1976: AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers 7 at Oakland Raiders 24

    OR after history is written a decade from now, it could be like the later 70's and be like the Houston Oilers - Steelers rivalry:

    AFC Championship Game: Houston Oilers 5 at Pittsburgh Steelers 34
    AFC Championship Game: Houston Oilers 13 at Pittsburgh Steelers 27
    Steelers/Houston is the way I think of it. Many considered the Oilers to be one of the better teams behind the Steelers in the AFC. Both teams were built similar and the Oilers only road block was Three Rivers Stadium in the playoffs.

    The Ravens are the same
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    Rematch of NFC North Foes Will Be Most Vicious NFL Divisional Playoff Game
    NFC? haha.

    I hate playing the ravens because it's just so tough. They're just like us and it's always a battle. I know we can win I just hope it ends that way

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    NFC? haha.

    I hate playing the ravens because it's just so tough. They're just like us and it's always a battle. I know we can win I just hope it ends that way
    Good call Should be AFC

    I hate playing them too because you know it's just little things that can seperate the outcome. On paper we have far more talent than them. On Defense. I mean, Ben himself is more talented than 3/4 of their offense combined. But schemes and playing each other so much, talent right now disappears.

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    It will be the Ravens

    By Bob Labriola - Steelers Digest

    BALTIMORE RAVENS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS

    DATE: Saturday, Jan. 15
    TIME: 4:30 p.m.
    SITE: Heinz Field
    NETWORK: CBS

    FAST FACTS
    Ravens’ record: 13-4
    Steelers’ record: 12-4
    Series record (including playoffs): Steelers lead, 20-12

    HOW THEY GOT HERE
    Steelers: Bye, as the AFC’s No. 2 seed
    Ravens: Defeated Kansas City, 30-7

    OVERVIEW
    Ever since Coach John Harbaugh’s rookie season ended with a loss to the Steelers in the AFC Championship Game at Heinz Field, the expectation has been that the Ravens would take the next step and advance to the Super Bowl. It hasn’t happened yet, and if there is something to say about not being able to win a division title and earn the home playoff games that come with that, this also is a team unfazed by having to go on the road in the playoffs. In 2008, the Ravens won twice on the road before falling at Heinz Field. In 2009, they went to Foxborough and became the only team to beat the Patriots with Tom Brady at quarterback in the last 31 outings, and the score was a decisive 33-14. And it was a physical beating the Ravens put on the Chiefs last Sunday in the Wild Card round to advance to Heinz Field. A game against the Ravens is physical and violent, a lot of hard work even by NFL standards, and nobody knows that better than the Steelers.

    BALTIMORE RAVENS OFFENSE
    It seems as though this will be the critical area for this team throughout these playoffs. Can this offense generate enough points to complement a defense that might not be as dominant as in the recent past but still is the heart of this team? The pieces are in place, but the results of late haven’t been what any team is going to need to win a championship. And the natives are growing restless.

    According to a story written by Mike Preston that appeared in The Baltimore Sun, “(I)f you look closely at this team, this is a sensitive time. The lackluster offense is close to causing some division, because a poor offense keeps gassing a good defense. Fullback Le’Ron McClain voiced his displeasure earlier this week, and a defensive tackle complained about the offensive coordinator at halftime (of the regular season finale against Cincinnati) loud enough to be heard by other team officials.”

    What do the Ravens want to be on offense? In that playoff win over the Patriots a year ago, the Ravens rushed for 234 yards, with Ray Rice accounting for 155 on 22 attempts to go along with a couple of touchdowns. In keeping with the theme of the importance of running the ball vs. an opponent with a great quarterback, the Ravens used 153 yards and a touchdown from Rice to defeat Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints in Week 15 of 2010.

    But the passing attack has not taken the next step that was envisioned when the team added Anquan Boldin and Donte Stallworth during the offseason, and as the Ravens entered the playoffs there was some frustration over this. The return of Todd Heap from injury could open things up for the guys on the outside, and he was a big factor in the win over the Chiefs.

    “For us, we’ve just got to go out there and make it work,” said WR Derrick Mason. “I guess that has to be the theme of the playoffs -- whatever is being called, we have to make it work. We can no longer point the finger. We’ve got to make it work as an offensive unit. There are no more excuses, because excuses are going to get you beat. The teams that make excuses are going to have to sit at home next week, so we can’t make any more excuses. Whatever play is called, we’ve got to make it work … Whatever it is, we have to make it work.”

    REGULAR SEASON LEADERS – OFFENSE
    Rushing: Ray Rice (307 att; 1,220 yds; 4.0 avg; 5 TDs)

    Passing: Joe Flacco (489 att; 306 comp, 62.6 pct; 3,622 yds; 25 TDs; 10 INTs; 93.6 rtg)

    Receiving: Anquan Boldin (64 rec; 837 yds; 13.1 avg; 7 TDs)

    BALTIMORE RAVENS DEFENSE
    There doesn’t really need to be a lot said here. Judging this Ravens defense against some of the franchise’s previous units can leave the current one lacking, but that has nothing to do with whether it’s good enough to win a championship. The Ravens have just one big-time pass rusher, but Terrell Suggs can dominate a football game. The cornerbacks aren’t when they were back in the days of Chris McAlister and Samari Rolle, but Ed Reed led the team with eight interceptions despite missing the first six games of the season because of a hip injury. And if their defensive line isn’t as deep as it once was, well, Haloti Ngata is one of the NFL’s best players at his position.

    And they still have Ray Lewis, a man who has been the face of that franchise for over a decade. “It's just about being a swarming defense. Anytime you have a swarming defense, you're going to have turnover possibilities. That's a credit to the way we practice, to what we feel about each other. And that is never let another man see you loafing on the field.”

    REGULAR SEASON LEADERS – DEFENSE
    Tackles: Ray Lewis 139

    Sacks: Terrell Suggs 11

    Interceptions: Ed Reed 8

    BALTIMORE RAVENS SPECIAL TEAMS
    This is an underrated part of the Ravens’ success this season, and they can thank the Dallas Cowboys for one of their primary weapons here. Dallas cut PK Billy Cundiff, and he won a training camp battle for the position with the Ravens. In addition to being reliable with field goals, Cundiff also led the NFL with 40 touchbacks during the regular season. When you combine that with a punter in Sam Koch who finished with 39 kicks inside the 20-yard line, the Ravens can complement their rugged defense nicely.

    REGULAR SEASON LEADERS – SPECIAL TEAMS
    Scoring: Billy Cundiff (39-39 PAT; 26-29 FG; 49 long; 117 pts)

    Punting: Sam Koch (81 punts; 43.6 avg; 4 TB; 39 In 20; 39.2 net)

    Punt returns: Lardarius Webb (21 ret; 199 yds; 9.5 avg; 35 long; 0 TDs)

    Kickoff returns: David Reed (21 ret; 616 yds; 29.3 avg; 103 long; 1 TD)

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    Steelers/Houston is the way I think of it. Many considered the Oilers to be one of the better teams behind the Steelers in the AFC. Both teams were built similar and the Oilers only road block was Three Rivers Stadium in the playoffs.

    The Ravens are the same
    It's close, because at the end of the 70's, the Oilers and Steelers split their regular season games quite a few times, sorta like the Ravens - Steelers do now.

    The Ravens though, haven't won a Superbowl since 2000. So, its been quite a while for them, and without Superbowls, they are sort of like the Oilers of the late 70's. The Oakland team only got 1 though too.

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    Ravens gear up for Steelers after win

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    The Baltimore Ravens are looking for redemption when they play the Pittsburgh Steelers in a divisional playoff game Saturday.

    A month ago, the Ravens were three minutes from sweeping their biggest rival and gaining an inside track for a first-round bye. But a Joe Flacco fumble late in the fourth quarter led to a 13-10 loss to Pittsburgh.

    Now, Baltimore is seeking payback by knocking the Steelers out of the playoffs.

    "I think it's going to be World War III," safety Dawan Landry said. "The last one left a bad taste in our mouths."

    The Steelers ended the Ravens' run as defending Super Bowl champions in January 2002 and beat the Ravens in the AFC Championship Game in January 2009.

    "It's going to be a bloodbath," guard Ben Grubbs said, "a train wreck."

    This sets up rivalry weekend in the AFC next weekend. The Ravens play at Pittsburgh, and the New York Jets head to New England.

    "This is the NFL at its best," Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "This is what the world wants to see. This is Armageddon for all four teams, and there can only be one winner at the end."

    The Ravens are rallying around the tragedy surrounding safety Ed Reed's brother.

    In the locker room after the Ravens' 30-7 rout of the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, wide receiver Derrick Mason handed the game ball to Reed in memory of his brother, Brian Reed, who has been missing in Louisiana since police say he jumped into the Mississippi River to elude officers on Friday. Police called off the search a day before the game.

    Reed held up the game ball as teammates huddled around him.

    "My family would appreciate this and so would my brother," Reed said. "My brother would want us to beat Pittsburgh."

    Several players said Reed will serve as motivation for this year's Super Bowl run.

    "I told the guys (Saturday), 'Let's keep Ed on the field as long as possible because it gives him something to think about,' " Mason said. "When it's over, that's the hard part. Hopefully, he won't get off the field until February."

    After waiting four years for a chance to appear in the playoffs and then seven years for the opportunity to play a home game, the Chiefs went out of the postseason almost as quickly as they came in.

    With a squad that had minimal experience in January, the Chiefs' loss to the Ravens was a record-setting defeat for the Kansas City franchise, as it has now lost an NFL-record seven consecutive playoff games.

    The Chiefs had just 22 players on their roster with postseason experience, compared to 42 for the Ravens. That imbalance was visible in the second half when the Chiefs self-destructed with turnovers, penalties and sacks of quarterback Matt Cassel.

    "I don't feel like they are such a superior team to us that we didn't have an opportunity in this game," said Cassel, who struggled throughout the game and finished with a 20.4 passer rating. "We went into half at 10-7 (behind) and the game was in reach. In the second half, it was a lot of bad football on our part."

    There's no mystery to that bad football. The Chiefs did all those things that will get a team beat, whether it's the preseason or the postseason. They were simply awful in the second half, being outscored 20-0 because they:

    • Turned the ball over four times with three Cassel interceptions and a fumble by wide receive Dexter McCluster.
    • Allowed three sacks, costing them 17 yards of offense and getting their quarterback bruised and battered.
    • Committed four penalties for 39 yards.
    • Converted one of six third downs on offense in the third and fourth quarters.

    "We just didn't execute in the first half well enough," coach Todd Haley said. "We could have been in a much better situation. In the second half, we didn't execute a whole bunch. There were good things and there were bad things, and the bad things clearly outweighed the good things."

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    It's close, because at the end of the 70's, the Oilers and Steelers split their regular season games quite a few times, sorta like the Ravens - Steelers do now.

    The Ravens though, haven't won a Superbowl since 2000. So, its been quite a while for them, and without Superbowls, they are sort of like the Oilers of the late 70's. The Oakland team only got 1 though too.
    the Raiders back then remind me of the Colts today. Every year they were good. They made the playoffs 7 times in the 70's, won their division 6 times and could only get 1 Super Bowl victory. The Colts at least made it twice losing once.
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    Updated: January 10, 2011, 1:26 PM ET

    Terrell Suggs: Ravens ready for battle

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    Round 3 of Ravens vs. Steelers is Saturday. Pro Bowl linebacker Terrell Suggs said it's more like "World War 3" to the Ravens.

    On Sunday, after the Ravens beat the Kansas City Chiefs 30-7 in an AFC wild-card game, Suggs said that the divisional-round matchup between the Ravens and Steelers is "personal between the two cities, Baltimore and Pittsburgh."

    When asked to expound on his comment in an interview with "ESPN First Take" on Monday, Suggs said that for the Ravens, the matchup is taking on biblical proportions.

    "This is World War 3 to us. This is definitely Armageddon," Suggs said.

    The Ravens and Steelers split the two regular-season games in their bitter rivalry this season with Baltimore winning on the road 17-14 in Week 4 -- Pittsburgh's first loss -- and the Steelers winning at Baltimore 13-10 in Week 13 -- the Ravens' only loss at home this season.

    Suggs said the "whole football world" is looking forward to seeing another "smash-mouth" battle between the two teams.

    "We're like modern-day gladiators," he said.

    Both teams finished 12-4 but the Steelers won the AFC North thanks to a better division record.

    "We're very evenly matched. Two physical, fast, outstanding defenses," Suggs said. "Two very poised quarterbacks, except their quarterback [Ben Roethlisberger] may have an edge since he's got two rings, but we're working on getting Joe [Flacco] his first one this year."

    Saturday's winner will advance to the AFC Championship Game against either the New England Patriots or New York Jets, who play on Sunday.

    The Ravens are 7-3 all-time on the road in the playoffs and won't be intimidated playing in Pittsburgh for a second time this season.

    "We're looking forward to walking into Heinz Field with a certain swagger," Suggs said.

    Suggs said that swagger comes from the leadership of Baltimore's two longtime defensive stalwarts -- Ray Lewis and Ed Reed.

    "When we get on the road we get the feeling it's us against the world. We've got the whole city of Baltimore behind us, but at that moment they're not there with us," Suggs said. "It's just us guys. Us 53 men. We're just trying to get a Super Bowl ring."

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    Not that I don't think we can't beat the Ravens I wish we played another team. This is going to be such a blood bath and injuries are going to happen. It just seems too demanding on players to play this kind of game and then move onto the AFC championship and Super Bowl without being so banged up and possibly so tired out physically and emotionally.

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    Not that I don't think we can't beat the Ravens I wish we played another team. This is going to be such a blood bath and injuries are going to happen. It just seems too demanding on players to play this kind of game and then move onto the AFC championship and Super Bowl without being so banged up and possibly so tired out physically and emotionally.
    The Jets/Pats is going to be physical too. Well, let me correct that since the Pats are super - finnese. The jets are going to play physical and it's going to take a toll.

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    Default Re: Steelers-Ravens matchup will be vicious

    Here's the thing though. Since the history of the wildcard game began, only 7 teams have won the Superbowl if playing in that round. Granted, 4 of those 7 have happened this decade (05 Steelers, 00 Ravens, 06 Colts, 07 Giants). But, playing that extra week is going to be tougher on the Ravens I think. They only have a six day layoff between games, and I think by the second half they are going to be starting to wind down against the Steelers who haven't played one game in the last 3 weeks. The Ravens can say "this is going to be armageddon blah blah blah" but maybe for them. I see the Steelers being well rested and healthy going into this one, and I think they can punch out the Ravens. Then would be the tough one against whoever in the AFC East. I think regardless, they will have the better chance this week because of rest and health. Winning it all from the wildcard round is tough.

    So, the Steelers need to put together two great games here in a row. Then if they were to also win the AFC Championship, they would then have another 2 weeks before the SB. So, really it all comes down to this week and next in terms of rest and health. That's why I don't see the Ravens winning it all, they tire out every year. Granted they win their first one, then tend to peter out by game 2. I expect that to repeat again.

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