The Ravens-Steelers rivalry has quickly become THE rivalry of the NFL. This rivalry rivals…well all other rivalries on the NFL. And it brings with it some of the hardest hitting, most entertaining games the NFL has seen as of late. And here we are again, about to trade haymakers with our hated, ugly (and I stress UGLY) stepbrother this Saturday at the ketchup bottle.
Aside from stating the obvious that this game will end a team’s season, and the fact that it means so much for both teams, I believe it means a little more to the Ravens than the Steelers. Please allow me to illustrate.
These two teams have met 32 times since the Ravens came to Baltimore. Out of those 32 games, Pittsburgh has won 20 of them. Pittsburgh is 18-12 in the regular season and 2-0 in the post season against the Ravens. The Steelers own winning records in both stadiums. In fact, in just about every W-L statistical category, the Steelers own the Ravens. The only fact that I could find was that the Ravens have the shutout edge on the Steelers at 2-1.
All of these stats and a lot more can be viewed at Wikipedia (see below). Yes, Wikipedia has a page dedicated to the Steelers/Ravens rivalry. Thank God it’s objective reading.
As great a rivalry as this is to watch, this is slowly becoming a Yankees/Red Sox type rivalry. Which is to say that although we know the Red Sox and Yankees hate each other with a passion, it hasn’t been much of a rivalry. The Yankees have pretty much owned the Sox since the beginning of time. And if the Ravens continue to get “edged” out by the Steelers, they will be regarded the same way. While most of the games are close, the Steelers always seem to come out on top...especially when it matters most (post season).
What else these all-time series stats tell us is that the Ravens have played the Steelers very close in most of the games (especially lately), save a few. That is a bit consoling, but for how long? We don’t want our beloved Ravens to be remembered or thought of as the Steelers annoying little brother. You know, they play a good game and give them a hard time, but in the end, they’re just a stepping stone. The Ravens need to stop the bleeding and NOW! Time in life is precious, and time in the NFL is even more so. How long can we keep replacing superstar players that get traded or retire? We’re about to lose a few in the next season or two that cannot be replaced. THE TIME IS NOW to take a step forward and become the championship team we all know they can be...again. THE TIME IS NOW to step up and hand one to the Steelers like they have done to us in times past. THE TIME IS NOW for the Ravens be the ones who eliminate the Steelers from the post season for once. I have all the faith in the Ravens talent and heart (among other things). But, the TIME IS NOW for talent, heart, scheme, coaching, pride, sacrifice and desire to come together in one massive explosion on Saturday afternoon. THE TIME IS NOW!!!